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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 24, 2024) – The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office urges all residents and visitors to make responsible choices and avoid driving under the influence during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

 

To enhance road safety during the holiday weekend, the Sheriff's Office will increase traffic patrols throughout the county. These heightened efforts align with a nationwide campaign to prevent drunk driving and protect all road users.

 

Here are some tips to help keep our community safe:

 

Plan and designate a sober driver before any festivities begin.

Use public transportation or ride-sharing services if you have been drinking.

If you see a friend attempting to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe way home.

Always wear your seatbelt and ensure that all passengers do the same.

Report any suspected impaired drivers to 911 immediately.


Cardin: The Senate Needs to Keep Voting on Border Security Until Republicans Remember that Protecting Our Nation and Public Safety Are More Important than Election-Year Politics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks following the latest vote in the Senate on border security.

 

“Our immigration system is broken. The situation at the border continues to be chaotic and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle know it. The American people know it. Yet when given a chance to pass strong bipartisan legislation that could directly address the problems, Republicans balked. Again. Republicans insisted that we could not pass a national security supplemental without border reforms. They said the situation was urgent, but they reversed course when President Trump instructed them to kill it for his own political gain. National security needs to come before politics. This legislation is not perfect, but it would have taken important steps forward in improving the situation at the border. It would address delays in the asylum system to allow for more timely and fair determinations, crack down on the flow of fentanyl entering the U.S. and surge resources to the border to help President Biden better manage the flow of migrants in a more orderly process.

 

“The Senate needs to keep voting on this border security package until Republicans remember that protecting our nation and supporting public safety and our economic security are more important than election-year politics. We should pass this bill plus more comprehensive reforms that recognize the critical value that immigrants bring to our country, including a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and long-time undocumented residents that now call the United States home.”


Calvert County Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, June 3, 2024, at noon.

The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Citizens are encouraged to be aware of the testing and relay this information to friends, family and neighbors.

The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time outside of scheduled testing, residents should tune to one of the listed local radio stations for information and instructions.

Emergency Alert System stations include:

  • WKIK FM 102.9 MHz - California
  • WPRS FM 104.1 MHz - La Plata
  • WTOP FM 103.5 MHz - Frederick and Washington, D.C.
  • WMDM FM 97.7 MHz - Lexington Park
  • WPTX AM 1690 kHz - Lexington Park
  • WSMD FM 98.3 MHz - Mechanicsville
  • WRAR FM 105.5 MHz - Tappahannock
  • WNNT FM 107.5 MHz - Warsaw
  • WCEI FM 96.7 MHz - Easton
  • WKHZ AM 1460 kHz – Easton
  • WGOP AM 540 kHz - Pocomoke
  • WCEM FM 106.3 MHz - Cambridge
  • WCEM AM 1240 kHz – Cambridge

Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/AlertNotificationSystem to learn more about the Calvert County siren alert system and to find other emergency planning and mitigation information from the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division.

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.


May 21st Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, May 21, Barbara Farmer, Community Development Supervisor, presented a draft resolution for a Proposed Community Development Block Grant to Acquire Land for an Affordable Housing Development in La Plata, which would be built by Osprey Properties. A public hearing on the proposed grant was originally held on May 7, 2024, and the record was held for two weeks for additional input from residents.  Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the resolution.

Briefings

  • Meg Romero, Recycling and Litter Control Superintendent, and Frances Sherman, Chief of Environmental Resources, updated commissioners on Keep Charles County Beautiful Initiatives. The county participated in the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 6, and hosted the Charles County Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 18. The community cleanup rained out on May 18, and participating sites made arrangements for alternate event days.  Residents can continue participation through the Adopt-a-Road and Adopt-a-Spot programs. Future litter control initiatives include establishing full-time litter control crews to mitigate trash found in area roadsides.
  • Jason Groth, Acting Director of the Department of Planning and Growth Management, updated commissioners on a draft policy and procedures document for Developer Bond Releases. Groth stated that the department spoke with local and regional stakeholders on an approach for the policy. A formal recommendation on guidelines is expected before the end of July.

Annual Updates

Commissioners received updates on the activities of the Charles County Pension Plan CommitteeThe Sheriff’s Office Retirement  Plan (SORP) Committee, the Other Post Employment Benefits Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Approval items

Commissioners approved:

  • budget amendment increase of $198,500 to support renovations for the county’s new rental space on Stonehaven Place. The site will hold additional office space for the Department of Emergency Services, Planning & Growth Management, and the Economic Development Department.
  • change to the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Plan to replace an investment fund. 
  • letter of support for the Piscataway Conoy Cultural Museum.
  • change in funding method to the Charles County Pension Plan.

Viewing option of the meeting and the Commissioner Listening Session: Click Here

 

Next Commissioners Session: June 11-12

 

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 


Maryland State Police Bolster Patrols For A Safer Memorial Day

(PIKESVILLE, MD) — Maryland State Police beginning Friday will increase enforcement efforts on impaired, aggressive and distracted driving through the Memorial Day weekend.

State troopers from all 23 barracks across Maryland will conduct saturation patrols from Friday to Monday. Increased enforcement efforts are funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort team—a specialized unit trained to identify impaired drivers—will also work to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities. SPIDRE is funded by a grant from the MDOT MVA Highway Safety Office.

Maryland State Police safety initiatives are focused on preventing dangerous driving behaviors and to save lives. Initiatives can include partnering with allied law enforcement and state agencies to provide enforcement and community outreach via social media and billboards.

Among the planned initiatives:

  • Eastern Region:Troopers from the Berlin, Centreville, Easton, Princess Anne and Salisbury barracks will conduct high-visibility enforcement on major corridors and routes including 50, 13, 301, 404 and 413.
  • Central Region:Troopers from the College Park, Forestville, Golden Ring, Rockville, Waterloo and Westminster barracks will conduct high-visibility enforcement on interstates 495, 95 and 695.
  • Western Region:Troopers from the Cumberland, Frederick, Hagerstown and McHenry barracks will conduct high-visibility enforcement in areas known to have a higher number of traffic-related incidents including Interstate 68 and Route 219. The McHenry Barrack additionally will participate in a joint DUI enforcement with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office.  
  • Northern Region:Troopers from the Bel Air, JFK Memorial Highway and North East barracks will conduct high-visibility enforcement along areas known to have a higher number of impaired driving crashes and throughout the counties. This includes routes 40 and 213.
  • Southern Region:Troopers from the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick barracks will conduct high-visibility enforcement along Route 50 and Interstate 97 and throughout the counties.

Nearly 44 million people are expected to travel Memorial weekend, according to the AAA. This is a 4% increase compared to 2023 and is expected to be the second highest since 2005, with a record of 44 million travelers. Police urge motorists to avoid impaired, aggressive and distracted driving.

If you are attending a Memorial Day event:

  • Designate a sober driver. Give that person your car keys.
  • Avoid drinking if you are planning to drive.
  • Consider using public transportation. Call a taxi or use a ride-share service.
  • Do not let friends drive if you think they are impaired.
  • Call the police if you see someone who you believe is driving impaired.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Do not text, drive distracted or use a cellphone that is not hands-free.

If you are hosting a Memorial Day event:

  • Remember that you can be held liable if someone you served alcohol to ends up in an impaired driving crash.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Ensure sober drivers or alternative modes of transportation are available.
  • Have contact information for local taxi companies readily available.
  • Take away the keys from anyone who is thinking about driving impaired.

Lock Your Vehicle Every Time Everywhere

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 23, 2024)— The St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office strongly urges all residents to lock their car doors whenever they leave their vehicles unattended.  Recently, there has been an increasing number of reported vehicle break-ins in the county. Many of these incidents involved cars that were left unlocked, making them easy targets for criminals. Locked car doors are a simple yet highly effective measure to prevent theft.

 

We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community. As an added security measure for car owners, we are providing free steering wheel locks to county residents. These free locks add an extra layer of defense to your vehicle, helping to deter criminals.

 

Thanks to a generous donation from Kia/Hyundai, residents can pick up their free steering wheel lock at the following locations:

 

District 1 Station
37575 Charlotte Hall School Road, Charlotte Hall, MD

 

District 4 Station
21633 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD

 

Steering wheel locks are available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. The offer is limited to one per person, and proof of vehicle ownership is required.


Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results

The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), estimates 317 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay in 2024, compared to 323 million crabs last year.

The number of spawning age female crabs decreased from 152 million crabs in 2023 to 133 million crabs in 2024, but is still well above the management threshold of 72.5 million crabs. The threshold indicates whether the female crab population is being overfished or not. 

Adult male crabs also experienced a slight decrease from 55 million crabs in 2023 to 46 million crabs in 2024.

The number of juvenile crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has been below average for the past four years, but rose to 138 million juvenile crabs in 2024. Blue crab reproduction is naturally variable and influenced by many factors such as oceanic conditions, available nursery habitat, predation, and other environmental impacts. 

“An increase in juvenile recruitment is certainly welcome news, and the stock and population as a whole remains healthy,” said Maryland DNR Fishing and Boating Services Director Lynn Fegley. “However the continued relatively low recruitment numbers warrant a closer look at our approach moving forward.”

The consecutive years of low juvenile abundance prompted the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee to plan a new stock assessment for blue crabs, which will begin this summer. The new assessment will allow fishery managers to take an in-depth look at their understanding of the ecology of this species, how it is modeled, and whether the reference points used for management should be revised.

Mandy Bromilow, DNR’s blue crab program manager, noted there has not been an overall reexamination of the data that contributed to the 2011 stock assessment on blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

“We haven’t had a real evaluation of the assumptions we have in the model, and there are new analytical methods that could be applied to the data,” she said. The stock assessment is set to be completed and published in March 2026.

In the meantime, the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee will review the survey results for this year and provide their scientific advice for management. Following their advice, DNR will begin discussions with the state’s Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee to provide guidance concerning management options for 2024 that promotes the health and sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population and its fisheries.

The Winter Dredge Survey has been conducted cooperatively by Maryland and Virginia since 1990, and the results are reviewed annually in an effort to have consistent management efforts across the jurisdictions. Throughout the survey, biologists use dredge equipment to capture, measure, record and release blue crabs at 1,500 sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay from December through March. Detailed results are on the DNR website.


St. Mary's County Jury Convicts Man for Kidnapping and False Imprisonment of Local Car Dealership Employee

 State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that a St. Mary’s County Jury found Joshua Terrell Trippett, 28, of Lusby, Maryland, guilty of kidnapping and false imprisonment for an incident that occurred on November 16, 2023.

“The defendant kidnapped a car dealership employee under the guise of a vehicle test drive. He drove dangerously and refused to return to the dealership despite the victim’s multiple pleas to do so. The defendant maliciously exploited the employee’s good faith. Preying on the trust of others is reprehensible, and I hope the verdict brings the victim a sense of justice,” said State’s Attorney Sterling.

The defendant faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and will continue to be held without bond pending a sentencing hearing.

Detective Andrew Burgess of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Proctor prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of St. Mary’s County.

The Honorable Joseph M. Stanalonis presided over the case.


Maryland State Police Barracks Prince Frederick Incident Report

Firearm Violation: On Thursday, April 11, 2024 Tpr. Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Civic with expired registration in addition to motor vehicle alterations that deemed the vehicle unsafe to drive. The driver was identified as Jefferson Peralta, a 27 year-old-male of Williamsburg, VA. Peralta opened his glove box in search of his registration and a 9mm handgun was observed. After contacting the Maryland State Police Gun Center it was determined Peralta did not possess a Maryland concealed weapons permit. It was also learned that Peralta’s registration came back for another car. Peralta was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.

 

Criminal Trespass: On April 15, 2024 Tpr. Hernandez responded to the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick for a report of a female trespassing at the Joann Fabric store asking strangers for money for alcohol. Tpr Hernandez located the female and identified her as Arneisha Barnes, a 28-year-old female, of Bowie sitting outside of the Applebees. Barnes was previously served a No Trespass order for the Fox Run Shopping Center. Barnes was observed with a 32 ounce beer in her hand. Barnes was placed under arrest and transported to Calvert County Detention Center and charged for Trespassing.

 

Possession of Controlled Substance: On Friday, April 19, 2024 Tpr. Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry for traffic violations. The driver of the car was later identified as Deborah Wilson, a 53 year-old-female of Brandywine. The traffic stop resulted in Wilson performing a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which Wilson failed to complete satisfactorily. Cocaine was later located on her person. Wilson was ultimately charged with DUI and CDS Related offenses.

 

Threats of Mass Violence: On Friday, April 19, 2024 Tpr. Dill and TFC. Kreczmer responded to the Magic Tunnel Car Wash located in Prince Frederick, MD for a report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival the subjects were later identified as Brandon Robinson, a 18-year-old-male of Prince Frederick, and Dorian Dickerson, a 21 year-old- male of Prince Frederick fled the scene. While speaking with witnesses it was advised that Dickerson stated he would shoot up the car wash. Dickerson and Robinson were later located by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team (MSAT). Robinson was served with a criminal summons and Dickerson was arrested and transported to Calvert County Detention Center and was charged accordingly. 


Two Charles County Sheriff's Officers Graduate from Northwestern University Program

Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Lieutenant Charles “Chuck” Gass, Jr. and Lieutenant Kevin Conley (CCDC) from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command is an intensive leadership and management education program that helps prepare experienced law enforcement professionals for success in senior command positions. “Participating in this rigorous academic program requires a great deal of time, commitment, and dedication from these officers and their families,” said Sheriff Berry. “I am extremely proud of their commitment and look forward to their continued success as leaders within our Agency.” 

The 10-week curriculum, during which officers stay on campus and receive instruction in a traditional classroom setting, provides upper-level college instruction on topics including:

  • Planning and policies,
  • Media relations,
  • Organizational behavior,
  • Budgeting and resource allocation,
  • Human resources,
  • Contemporary policing and more.

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations, quizzes, and a staff study paper which are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 to expand university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community. Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development. The School of Police Staff and Command has graduated more than 30,000 officers nationally and internationally since its first session in 1983.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple Store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com. 


Wanted: Aaron Dondre Medley

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Aaron Dondre Medley, 24, No Fixed Address, for failing to turn himself in to serve a sentence at the Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown.

 

Medley was scheduled to report to the detention center on May 21, 2024, but did not appear. Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful, and his current whereabouts are unknown.

 

Medley is a black male 6’ tall, weighing 158 pounds.

 

 

Anyone with information about Medley’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Joseph Bowling at Joseph.Bowling@stmaryscountymd.gov or 301-475-4200, ext. 1959.

 

Tipsters can also call Crime Solvers 24/7 at 301-475-3333 or send a text to Crime Solvers at 274637. Type "Tip239" in the message block and select SEND. After you get a response, continue your conversation.

 

Note: Tip239 is case-sensitive and must be typed in the message block as shown. With Crime Solvers, you never have to give your name. You may be eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.


Governor Moore Announces $1.75 Million to Support Nonprofit Organizations and Incentivize Donations

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Wes Moore today announced $1.75 million in tax credits for nonprofit organizations through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Investment Tax Credit program. The funding will assist nonprofits with capital and operating costs associated with local housing efforts and community revitalization projects and initiatives.

"Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. Our local nonprofit leaders possess a deep knowledge of the challenges Marylanders face, and we have an obligation to elevate their work through partnership," said Gov. Moore. "The tax credit support we announce today will help leaders on the ground serve their communities and make Maryland safer, more competitive, and more affordable for all."

Community Investment Tax Credits support nonprofit organizations by awarding allocations of state tax credits to use as incentives to attract contributions from individuals and businesses that benefit local projects and services. Eligible activities include costs for strategic consultant services, staff, general operating expenses, marketing, IT upgrades and other costs directly associated with community revitalization and development projects. Projects and services must be located in or serve a community in a Priority Funding Area.

In the Fiscal Year 2024 round, $1.75 million was awarded to 70 projects across the state, leveraging $138.5 million.

Businesses and individuals who donate $500 or more to a qualified organization’s approved project can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the money, goods or real property contribution. The tax credits are in addition to the deductions on both federal and state taxes as a result of the charitable contribution.

Non-profit organizations that are supporting the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse recovery efforts and are 501c3 organizations may be eligible to apply for the program. Community Investment Tax Credits can be a powerful tool to increase donations for projects or services that provide food, income and job security.

“The Community Investment Tax Credit empowers local nonprofits in their efforts to end poverty, connect Marylanders with opportunity, and improve quality of life,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Jake Day. “These tax credits are powerful tools with a successful track record of strengthening projects that invigorate communities and support our people.”

For more information on approved projects from prior CITC rounds, visit givemaryland.org.

Fiscal Year 2025 CITC applications will open May 22, 2024, and close at 5 p.m. on June 26, 2024. 

For more information about the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Investment Tax Credit program, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/communities/pages/programs/citc.aspx.


Caution Advised During Roadwork on South Flint Hill Road in Owings

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Project Management Division, announces upcoming improvement work to South Flint Hill Road in Owings. Work is expected to begin May 28, 2024, and last three weeks, weather permitting.

Crews will conduct tree trimming, storm drainage improvements, curbing installation in certain locations and paving between 7002 South Flint Hill Road and 7021 South Flint Hill Road. South Flint Hill Road will be closed for active construction between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays); the road will be open to traffic 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, on weekends and holidays. During closures, access will be available using North Flint Hill Road.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to continuously improve county road infrastructure. For questions, concerns or additional information, citizens may contact the Department of Public Works, Project Management Division, at 410-535-2204 or email public.works@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.


Health Department Temporary Closure on May 22, 2024

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 22, 2024) - The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will be closed for employee training on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This includes the main office in Leonardtown and all satellite offices. Services will reopen for community members at 11:30 a.m. for the remaining business hours.

Visit smchd.org for more information on SMCHD locations and services.


Student Assaulted At JP Ryon Elementary School

On May 20, three students at JP Ryon Elementary School assaulted another student. The student who was assaulted was taken to a medical facility by their parents for treatment of injuries sustained during the assault. The assault was reported to school administrators after school hours and the school resource officer was notified today. In accordance with MD law, the three students involved in the assault cannot be charged criminally due to their ages; however, the students face consequences from the CCPS. The school resource officer notified the Charles County Department of Juvenile Services. Anyone with information may contact PFC Hancock at 301-609-3282 ext. 0499.


St. Mary's County Government Operations for Memorial Day

LEONARDTOWN, MD – All St. Mary's County Government (SMCG) administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will resume normal operating schedules on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

 

The May 27 closure includes:

  • All three St. Mary's County Libraries (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown, and Lexington Park)
  • All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler, and Northern), and there will be no home-delivered meals
  • The St. Mary's Transit System (STS)
  • Department of Recreation & Parks indoor programs and facilities (exclusions below)
  • The six Convenience Centers and the St. Andrews Landfill
  • The Animal Adoption & Resource Center

 

The following SMCG operations will be open on May 27:

  • Great Mills Pool (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Wellness & Aquatics Center (6 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • The St. Clements Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, and the Old Jail Museum (open for visitors from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • The Wicomico Shores Golf Course and Riverview Restaurant

 

For more information on SMCG programs and operations, please visit: stmaryscountymd.gov.


Maryland State Police Aviation Command Rescues Injured Hiker In St. Mary's County

(LEONARDTOWN, MD) – The Maryland State Police Aviation Command on Monday rescued an injured hiker at St. Mary’s River State Park.

At approximately noon on Monday the Maryland State Police Aviation Command was requested to assist St. Mary’s County fire personnel with the extrication of an injured hiker, who was located three miles into St. Mary’s River State Park in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Trooper-7, based out of St. Mary’s Regional Airport, responded to the scene and maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into a 120-foot hover. Once in place, a state trooper/flight paramedic was deployed from the helicopter to assess and prepare the patient to be hoisted into the helicopter.

Under direction and coordination between the flight paramedic and ground personnel, the hiker was placed into a patient extrication platform and successfully hoisted into the helicopter. Once the patient was brought into the helicopter, the flight crew transitioned into a medevac role and transported the hiker to the University of Maryland Capital Regional Medical Center in Largo, Maryland, for treatment of their injuries.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served the Maryland since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 AW-139 helicopters from seven bases throughout the state. Each aircraft provides round-the-clock coverage to Maryland residents and visitors. The agency’s missions include medevac, law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and disaster assessment. The success of the missions relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of local fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement agencies and our partners at the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Park Police.


Public Hearings on Proposed Real Property and Income Tax Increases Set for June 4

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold public hearings on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. to present and receive comments regarding proposed increases to the real property tax and county income tax rates. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners Hearing Room, located in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, Second Floor, at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick.

The public may dial in by phone (audio only) to participate remotely:

·         Toll-free: 301-715-8592

·         Meeting ID: 899 4188 8251

·         Passcode (if asked): #

·         To provide public comment: *9

The real property tax rate is proposed to increase by $.04 per $100 of assessed value, from $0.927 to $0.967 per $100 of assessed value. This is projected to yield an estimated increase of $5.8 million in revenue. Based on state-assessed values, the average impact on taxpayers will be $152. If approved, the new real property tax rate would take effect for the tax year beginning July 1, 2024.

The county income tax rate is proposed to increase from 3% to 3.2%. This increase will yield $3.6 million in additional revenues. If approved, the new county income tax rate would take effect for the tax year beginning Jan. 1, 2025.

The FY 2025 commissioners’ budget is available for public viewing at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/FY25. Hard copies are available at the public libraries or by contacting the Department of Finance & Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2441, or Dawn.Wood@calvertcountymd.gov.

To ensure full public access and transparency, the hearing will be streamed live during the regular June 4 BOCC meeting on the Calvert County Government YouTube page at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Comcast channel 99 and 1070 HD. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202, or TTY 1-800-735-2258.

Individuals may also submit written comments. Written comments may be submitted by email to Dawn.Wood@calvertcountymd.gov or mailed to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing in person or virtually. To learn more about the budget development process at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/FY25.

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.

 


Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward In Reckless Endangerment Case

On May 18 at 8:50 p.m., officers responded to the 3400 block of Highgrove Drive in White Plains for the report of gunshots. When officers arrived, they did not locate anyone with gunshot wounds; however, it was discovered several shots were fired and one of the rounds struck a house with adults and young children inside. Further, the shooting may have stemmed from an argument that occurred minutes before outside in the neighborhood. Officers are working on leads and ask anyone with information to call Cpl. Rash at 301-609-3282 ext. 0598. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case.


St. Mary's County May 21 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County (CSMC) started the day with a joint meeting at the St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom), which included updates and discussion on capital improvement projects, problem water and sewer areas, an EDU transfer program, and the EPA lead and copper rule. The CSMC wrapped the joint meeting by approving MetCom's FY2025 Capital Improvement Budget and FY2026-2030 Plan. Video of the joint meeting will be available post-production at: Youtube.com/@StMarysCoGov.

 

The CSMC reconvened at the Chesapeake Building for the remainder of their business meeting. They began with an invocation and the pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda.

 

The Commissioners then presented proclamations in recognition of Mental Health Awareness MonthNational EMS WeekNational Transportation Week, and National Public Works Week.

 

For their main agenda item, the CSMC approved the FY2025 Operating & Capital Budgets.

 

During County Administrator Time, the Commissioners took the following action:

  • Reviewed future CSMC meeting agendas.
  • Approved the budget amendment realigning revenues collected from the Commission for Women’s annual awards brunch to the Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship Fund. 
  • Accepted Program Open Space funding for the Nicolet and Chaptico skate park projects.
  • Approved the Waterway Improvement Fund grant award for needed repairs to the pier at Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park.

 

The Commissioners then wrapped the meeting with Commissioner Time.

 

The Commissioners will not meet on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The next CSMC business meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 9 a.m. in the CSMC Meeting Room, located on the 1st floor of the Chesapeake Building at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown. CSMC decisions and related documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. Meetings are open to the public and can be viewed live on Channel 95 or on-demand via www.YouTube.com/@StMarysCoGov. Visit stmaryscountymd.gov for more information.  

 


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