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(LEONARDTOWN, MD) – Maryland State Police are continuing an investigation into a trooper-involved fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon in St. Mary’s County.  
The deceased individual is identified as Peyton Ham, 16, of Leonardtown, Md.  He was transported from the scene to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 
The trooper involved is a uniformed patrol trooper assigned to the Leonardtown Barrack.  He has been a Maryland state trooper for two years and seven months.  
According to the preliminary investigation, just before 1:30 p.m. today, two separate 911 calls were received at the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack.  The first call was from a male who gave a phone number instead of an address.  He reported to the dispatcher that there was a guy acting suspicious who he thinks has a gun.  The dispatcher asked for his location, but the call was disconnected. 
Two minutes later, a second 911 call is received from a male who gives a street address in the 23000-block of Hollywood Road, just down the street from the barrack.  The caller said a guy was acting suspicious and he thinks he has a gun.  He hangs up and does not give a name. 
The preliminary investigation indicates that within minutes, a uniformed Maryland state trooper arrived at the location and confronted a male in the driveway.  The male, later identified as Peyton Ham, was armed with a gun and a knife.  A witness told investigators they saw the individual in the driveway in what the witness described as a shooting stance, pointing a gun at the trooper.  The trooper fired at Ham, wounding him. 
A second witness told investigators that after the trooper fired the first time, they saw the male pull out a knife and try to get up.  The trooper ordered him to drop the knife, before he fired again.   
The trooper reported the shooting and called for EMS.  Aid was rendered to Ham by troopers and sheriff’s deputies until EMS arrived.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was on the scene and conducted a criminal investigation.  This is procedure in all trooper-involved shootings.  Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses at this time.
Maryland State Police crime scene technicians responded and are processing the scene.  A gun was recovered at the scene.  It has been determined to be an airsoft gun that is a close representation of an actual handgun.  A knife was also recovered at the scene.  An autopsy of the deceased will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.  
The trooper involved was not injured.  He has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation. This is procedure in trooper-involved shootings.  
Upon completion of the criminal investigation, it will be presented to the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.  The St. Mary’s County deputy state’s attorney responded to the scene and has been briefed by investigators
In addition, the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Division will be conducting an administrative investigation.  This is also procedure. 
The investigation is continuing. 

In March of 2021, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor that occurred in the late 1990s. The suspect was identified as Allen Briscoe Weiland, age 59 of Leonardtown. During the course of the investigation evidence was obtained supporting the allegations.
The investigation was presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and an indictment issued for Weiland’s arrest. On April 9, 2021, Weiland was arrested and charged with the following:
Sex Offense Second Degree (two counts)
Sex Offense Third Degree (two counts)
Anyone with information regarding Allen Weiland, or this case is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@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.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
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Charles County Correctional Officer Suspended After being Indicted on Felony Charges in King George, VA:  In August of 2020, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into a corrections officer who worked at the Charles County Detention Center. Based on the nature of the allegations, CFC Richard Dean, a 14-year-veteran was suspended immediately. The investigation revealed the incident occurred in Virginia and the investigation was turned over to the King George County Sheriff’s Office. On April 9, Dean was indicted by a King George County, Virginia grand jury on charges of aggravated sexual battery and indecent act with a child. In accordance with Agency policy and Maryland law, Dean has been suspended without pay. For questions relating to the investigation, please contact the King George County Sheriff’s Office at 540-775-8598.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.


The Commissioners recognized Week of the Young Child, Flood Safety Awareness Month, National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week and National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week with Proclamations.


The Commissioners then adjourned and reconvened as the St. Mary's County Board of Health to hear COVID-19 updates from the County Health Officer, Dr. Meenakshi Brewster. Dr. Brewster provided updates to the Commissioners on current St. Mary's County COVID-19 statistics and upcoming vaccination clinics. Dr. Brewster also briefed the Board of Health that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution in St. Mary's County is being paused following an announcement made April 13, 2021, by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. 

The Commissioners approved a Public Hearing request from the Department of Finance on a Supplemental Appropriation Ordinance. The Public Hearing will be held May 4, 2021, and a formal notice will be distributed.


The Commissioners also approved a Public Hearing request from the County Attorney on the St. Mary's County Public Ethics Ordinance Proposed Revisions as submitted by the St. Mary's County Ethics Commission. The Public Hearing will be held May 4, 2021, and a formal notice will be distributed.


County Attorney David Weiskopf gave his final 2021 proposed legislation brief to the Commissioners as the 2021 Maryland General Assembly wrapped up Monday, April 12, 2021. The Commissioners were updated on the status of proposed bills that could have an effect on St. Mary's County.


Bob Kelly, Chief Information Officer for St. Mary's County, updated the Commissioners on the final totals for the Broadband for Unserved Students (BUS) Grant. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 330 St. Mary's County residential addresses were provided access to wired broadband bringing 98% of St. Mary's County Public School Students Addresses to a "Serviceable" status of wired broadband.


The Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Circuit Court and Town of Leonardtown regarding the Courthouse property; and the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) MOU with the Circuit Court.  


The Commissioners approved a request by County Attorney David Weiskopf for a settlement agreement with Windward Land Development, LLC. The agreement will provide for the continuation of the St. Mary's County Regional Airport project improvements.


The Commissioners approved the last two agenda items from the Department of Finance: a budget amendment request to increase the Department of Agriculture's FY2021 budget for the gypsy moth pest management survey and a CARES Grant Funding update.


The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Commissioners of St. Mary's County is Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. 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.

The Charles County Department of Health is pausing the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on the recommendation of the Maryland Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


As of April 12, there have been six cases reported out of more than 6.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine administered. This is less than one case in 1,000,000 doses given.  The full statement from the CDC and FDA can be read here. Those who have received the J&J vaccination and have developed a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the vaccination should contact their health care provider.


There have been no similar side effects with Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.  The Charles County Department of Health will continue to provide Moderna vaccines as scheduled.


“COVID-19 infection is still high in Charles County and in the State of Maryland,” said Charles County Health Officer Dianna E. Abney, M.D.  “As we continue to see infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19, I encourage residents to continue to get vaccinated.  Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and effective.”


For information on vaccine availability throughout the State of Maryland at mass vaccinations, retail pharmacies, and other local clinics, visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

April 13, 2020:
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in motor vehicle breaking and entering investigation. On Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm, the suspect entered the victim's car while it was parked at the California Walmart and removed cash from the vehicle. The suspect was last seen getting into a white SUV assisted by an unknown person. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Travis Wimberly at 301-475-4200, ext. 71956 or email travis.wimberly@stmarysmd.com. Case # 18317-21
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

Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) is moving forward with plans to close the 2020-2021 school year with celebratory graduation ceremonies and to open the 2021-2022 school year with virtual and in-person options for families.
High school graduations will be held on June 2 and 3 as originally planned. Calvert High School and Northern High School will graduate on June 2. Huntingtown High School and Patuxent High School will graduate on June 3. Principals, assistant principals, and class sponsors in each high school met with the senior class council to discuss ideas and design a survey that was emailed to all seniors to elicit their input about the ceremonies. Details, including the locations, will be shared with families as soon as information is available.
June 2 and 3 will not be early dismissals and will instead follow the schedule of the typical instructional day. June 2 will, however, be a full day of asynchronous learning for Calvert High and Northern High students, and June 3 will be asynchronous for Huntingtown High and Patuxent High. 
For high school students only, June 4 will be an in-person instructional day for Cohort A. Cohort B and fully virtual high school students will participate in synchronous instruction that day. 
Calvert County Public Schools has committed to a full in-person opening for the 2021-2022 school year. The system does not plan to implement a hybrid model with concurrent instruction. Like other school districts across the state, CCPS is exploring the possibility of opening a fully virtual school for students in Grades 3-12 whose families choose this option. Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We want our students back in school full time, and we believe we can do that safely. We do, though, recognize that some families will want a virtual option, either for health concerns or because their children have been more successful online. Stay tuned for more information.”
Family information nights about the virtual school will be held via Microsoft Teams on April 27 and May 4 at 6:00 p.m. Links to the meetings will be posted on the school system website, www.calvertnet.k12.md.us.

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Residents and other interested parties in the vicinity of NAS Patuxent River and Webster Outlying Field are invited to attend a virtual Restoration Advisory Board meeting for an update on the Navy’s Site Inspection of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) April 28, 2021 from 6-7 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. The Navy has developed a protective policy to assess certain PFAS on and in the vicinity of installations which have known or potential releases of these compounds into the environment; these are compounds frequently found in fire-fighting foam (aqueous film forming foam (AFFF)) and various industrial and consumer products.
The meeting format will include a brief on the Site Inspection results and a question and answer session with representatives from the Navy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Department of Environment. The Navy is seeking questions from the public about PFAS and the Pax River and Webster Field Site Inspections prior to the meeting via email at pax_rab@navy.mil . Emailed questions will be accepted until Friday, April 16, and meeting participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions via Microsoft Teams during the meeting.
The public can join the live virtual meeting by clicking the hyperlink Microsoft Teams: Virtual RAB Meeting-PFAS Update or copy and pasting the following url into their browser:   https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_NWZjMTBmOGQtNmQwNC00NzEzLWJmNmItYmMwZDc1Mjc2OGZk@thread.v2/0?context={"Tid":"37247798-f42c-42fd-8a37-d49c7128d36b","Oid":"a2dea0c3-d10a-4c4f-93cd-980183f9d581","IsBroadcastMeeting":true}&btype=a&role=a .
For additional information regarding the meeting, including the Site Inspecting brief, visit the public web site at https://go.usa.gov/xnBga and www.secnav.navy.mil/eie/pages/pfc-pfas.aspx

LEONARDTOWN, MD (April 12, 2021) – Safeway, Inc., St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), and the Office of Delegate Brian Crosby have announced two local initiatives to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine for St. Mary’s County residents.
Student Vaccination Initiative
Starting this week, COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held for eligible students (age 16 ) attending public and non-public schools in St. Mary’s County through the SMCHD drive-thru mechanism at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. Individual appointments and parent consent are required. More information on how to register a student for an appointment will be sent to parents/guardians directly from their child’s school. Bus transportation will be available for St. Mary’s County Public School students if needed.  
Community COVID-19 Vaccination Event
A special two-day COVID-19 vaccination event will be held at Great Mills High School on Saturday April 17, 2021 and Sunday April 18, 2021. Individual appointments are required, community members age 18 years or older may register at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine (as appointments are available).The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge to the patient, however, individuals should bring their ID/driver's license and health insurance card (uninsured individuals also welcome) to their appointment time. Those with appointments should park, walk-up, and follow directional signage onsite.  
“Throughout the pandemic, Safeway pharmacy teams have been a trusted resource to serve the health and wellness of the community. As the vaccine became available, helping the public get access has been a priority of Safeway since the beginning. We are proud to partner with St. Mary’s County to help get as many residents vaccinated as possible,” said Amir Masood, Director of Pharmacy, Eastern Safeway. 
“I was happy to arrange an important public-private partnership that will make a meaningful difference for our community. Safeway’s donation will vaccinate almost 10% of St. Mary’s County’s population!” said Delegate Brian Crosby.
“With this partnership, over 3,500 St. Mary’s County Public School high school students will be able to be vaccinated. This moves us ever closer to getting back to normal - something our students desperately need, ” said Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools.
“This pandemic has demonstrated the strength of our community coming together in many ways,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “We are so grateful for this extraordinary public-private partnership to protect our residents, support safe in-person schooling for our youth, and advance access to COVID-19 vaccine in our most impacted neighborhoods.”
Special thanks to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Government Departments of Emergency Services, Public Works & Transportation, and Aging & Human Services, local volunteer EMS and Fire Rescue departments, St. Mary’s County Library, and Maryland National Guard for providing essential support for local vaccination efforts.
For more information on local SMCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics, please visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine. Community members may also pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine on this website and will be contacted as appointments are available to complete registration. 
For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced more than $182 million in federal funding to bolster Maryland’s COVID-19 pandemic response and expand the capacity of laboratories and local health departments to fight infectious diseases.


“This significant infusion of federal funding will help strengthen Maryland’s pandemic response,” the lawmakers said. “Our delegation will continue working closely with state and local health departments to keep Marylanders safe by better preventing, detecting, responding to and controlling infectious diseases like COVID-19.”


The $182,092,917 grant comes through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


This latest CDC grant builds on an extensive series of grants and other funding actions to confront the COVID-19 pandemic that have been advocated for, acquired and announced by the Maryland congressional delegation over the past year.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened to announce the sudden death of Deputy First Class William ‘Wes’ Beisel, a school resource officer (SRO) assigned to Northern High School (NHS) in Owings, MD. Beisel was found deceased at his residence in St. Mary’s County, MD on April 8, 2021. 
Beisel began his career with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in January of 2012. Beisel was initially assigned to the Patrol Bureau from 2012 through 2016. In 2016, he was selected to serve as a member of the Community Action Team until 2018. From 2018 to 2021, he served as the SRO for NHS.
“We are still in the process of gathering more details, but at this time I ask you to please keep his wife and two children, the students and staff at Calvert County Public Schools, and his brothers and sisters at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers,” said Sheriff Evans. 

2021 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns must be filed for all domestic and foreign business entities with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) no later than Thursday, April 15. If you request a two-month filing extension through SDAT’s online extension system, your filings will be due to the Department no later than Tuesday, June 15. The quickest and easiest way to submit these filings is through the department’s award-winning Maryland Business Express website. If you do not submit these critical filings by the appropriate deadline, your business will lapse into “Not In Good Standing” status, which eventually leads to forfeiture.
Please note that SDAT will not be granting extensions through July 15, as was the case last year.
“Despite the many challenges faced over the past year, there are currently more entities registered with SDAT than ever before,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “Maryland is clearly Open for Business, and whether you are a new business owner opening a bank account, or an existing business owner applying for COVID-related relief, Good Standing Status with SDAT will likely be a requirement.”
In order to maintain good standing status, all business entities formed, qualified or registered to do business in Maryland must file an Annual Report every year. If your business owns, leases, or uses personal property in Maryland and/or maintains a trader’s license with a local unit of government in Maryland, you must also file a Personal Property Tax Return. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDAT’s offices are closed to the public until further notice. If you are unable to file your returns on Maryland Business Express, please find the appropriate form on this page and follow the instructions to mail them in.
If you do not file your required documents by the deadline, your business will enter into “not in good standing” status. If your domestic business entity is currently not in good standing because of failure to submit previous annual filings, you may now file up to ten years of overdue Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns online to regain the ability to legally conduct business in Maryland. For more information about the filings that entities are required to submit annually or to view the standing of your business, visit the Maryland Business Express webpage and review SDAT’s Good Standing Checklist.
SDAT strongly recommends that all business owners sign up for our email distribution list to receive timely reminders about filing these important documents by the required deadline, as well as general SDAT news updates.

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces additional funding is available through the Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund Grant program to provide financial assistance to locally owned and operated restaurants and food service establishments that have experienced significant economic hardship or unusual expenses because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The application portal will open Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. The portal will be available until 11:59 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Closing date is subject to change based on the number of applications received.
Eligible businesses include:
·         Full and limited service restaurants
·         Locally owned franchise restaurants
·         Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
·         Catering businesses
·         Bed-and-breakfast establishments with food service
·         Food trucks
·         Breweries and wineries
The grant may be used for working capital such as rent, payroll or job training; purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining such as tents or heaters; infrastructure improvements such as HVAC system upgrades or technology to support carryout and delivery; or for purchase of personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related or unusual expenses incurred due to the public health emergency. Repayment is not required for any funds received through this program.
Small restaurants with up to seven full-time equivalent employees may receive $6,000. This also includes restaurants with no employees. Large restaurants with eight or more full-time equivalent employees may receive $12,000.
To be considered eligible for a grant, businesses must:
·         Be a legally recognized business in good standing with the State of Maryland as determined by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT);
·         Be current on all county tax liabilities (paid in full);
·         Have no outstanding/open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues with the county;
·         Have a physical business presence in Calvert County;
·         Not be a franchise or national chain (unless able to provide proof of local ownership and operation);
·         Be primarily engaged in activities that, in accordance with the North American Industrial Classification System, would be included in Code 722320 (Caterers), Code 7224 (Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)), or Code 7225 (Restaurants and Other Eating Places); and
·         Demonstrate a need for assistance.
Business owners interested in receiving a grant are encouraged to review eligibility criteria and application requirements online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/COVID19ReliefFund.
The relief grant program is funded through the Maryland RELIEF Act.
Questions may be emailed to grant@calvertcountymd.gov. For business assistance, call the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583.
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.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO) is hosting a series of virtual Public Workshops to introduce the Complete Streets Plan project and gather input and feedback from the community.


The Complete Streets Plan project will aid in developing a plan to ensure that residents, workers, and visitors can safely walk or bike to nearby schools, restaurants, places of employment and other local amenities. This project is an effort to make the region a better place to live and enhance the quality of life for the surrounding community.


St. Mary’s County residents are invited to participate in one of two upcoming virtual Public Workshops to learn more about the Complete Streets Plan Project.


To register for the C-SMMPO Complete Streets Plan St. Mary's County Public Workshop #1 Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., click this link: Workshop #1.


To register for the C-SMMPO Complete Streets Plan St. Mary's County Public Workshop #2 Wednesday, April 22, 2021, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., click this link: Workshop #2.

The Public Workshops will be recorded and uploaded to the St. Mary’s County website and

the C-SMMPO website along with other materials. An online survey will be made available after the Public Workshops to gather further comments regarding the project. St. Mary’s County will mail printed packets of the Public Workshop material to anyone who is unable to access or use a computer to attend a meeting.


To request an information packet or for further information, please call 301-475-4200, ext. 1500 or 1507.

April 9, 2020:
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm, the suspect placed two Vankyo movie projectors into his backpack and left the California Walmart store without paying for them. On Saturday, April 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm, the suspect placed merchandise under his shirt at the Walmart store and passed the last points of sale. Loss prevention staff stopped the suspect and recovered the items, but the suspect fled the store.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or these incidents is asked to call Deputy Zachary Jerew at 301-475-4200, ext. 78154 or email zachary.jerew@stmarysmd.com. Case # 18056-21 and 18059-21
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

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s newly-announced measures to address gun violence, including his nomination of David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Senator Van Hollen recently led a letter with over 10 of his colleagues urging the Biden Administration to quickly fill this position and take other steps to address gun violence, including action to crack down on ghost guns and improve firearms trafficking reports. The Senator has also authored legislation to tackle gun violence, including a bill to improve and modernize ATF and a bill to incentivize state permit to purchase laws.


“Gun violence has plagued too many families in Maryland and across the country. To stop this senseless violence, we must enact national, common-sense policies that meaningfully address this crisis, and we must have dedicated leadership at ATF that is committed to tackling this epidemic.


“Today’s actions by the Biden Administration are a step in the right direction. From cracking down on ghost guns, to improving firearms trafficking reports, I’m glad to see the Biden Administration move forward on priorities we’ve recommended. Additionally, President Biden’s decision to nominate David Chipman to serve as the Director of ATF sends a clear signal that the Administration is ready to get to work on this issue. David’s breadth and depth of experience on gun violence prevention will be vital in our efforts to modernize ATF to ensure it’s meeting its mission to keep Americans safe. I look forward to working with David and alongside the Biden Administration to further these efforts with legislation. It’s past time for the Congress to act on gun safety reform, and I’ll be fighting tooth and nail to get it done.”

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland, 20650 to consider adoption of:


#1 Constant Yield Tax Rate (“Real Property Tax Increase”)

#2 St. Mary’s County Fees & Charges

a) Aging & Human Services – Northern & Garvey Senior Center Activity Fees/Room Rental.

b.) Emergency Services Billing – Transport & Medicare Transport Fees.

c) Recreation & Parks Activity Fund Fees.

#3 FY2022 Recommended Budget


Public meetings are now open to the public as long as social distancing guidelines can be maintained and the Commissioners’ Meeting Room capacity limits do not exceed 32 people. Everyone in attendance must adhere to the social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times unless they have a disability or if they are speaking or consuming food/drink. If social distancing guidelines or occupancy room capacity limits cannot be followed, the hearing may be rescheduled. The public is strongly encouraged to view the hearing remotely on SMCG Channel 95 and YouTube or listen to the Public Hearing by calling 301-579-7236; Access code: 963443#.


In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:


a) Phone: 301-475-4200 Ext 1234 to speak via telephone during the public hearing

b) Email: csmc@stmarysmd.com

c) US Mail: P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650

d) Submit a 3-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021.


All submissions will be considered by the Commissioners at the Public Hearing and/or the seven (7) days following the Public Hearing.


Public Hearing Guidelines are subject to change. For more information, please call 301-475-4200.


Appropriate accommodations for individuals with special needs will be provided upon request. In order to meet these requirements, we respectfully ask for one week’s prior notice. Please contact the County Commissioners Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1340. Proceedings are televised live and/or recorded for later broadcast on television. All content of these proceedings is subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act. Photographic and electronic audio and visual broadcasting and recording devices are used during the Commissioners’ meetings. These are public meetings and attendance at these meetings automatically grants St. Mary’s County Government permission to broadcast your audio and visual image.

LEONARDTOWN, MD  – The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) will host a webinar series titled “Eat, Live, and Be Healthy” throughout 2021. This webinar series will focus on healthy eating and maintaining a physically active lifestyle. Healthy eating and active living are essential in the prevention and control of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The series will feature local organizations and offer topics such as healthy cooking classes, nutrition education, and exercise classes. The following webinars are currently scheduled:
Monday, April 19, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mindful Eating
Webinar Host: Health Connections, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Healthy Meal Prep Class
Webinar Host: Real Food Studio
Friday, May 7, 2021
12:00 - 12:40 p.m.
Lunchtime Zumba Break
Webinar Host: UnitedHealthCare Community Plan
To register for events in the webinar series, please visit: healthystmarys.com/eatlivebehealthy
As more events are scheduled they will be posted to the HSMP website. Live sessions will be recorded and available following the event. For more information please contact stmaryspartnership@gmail.com.

With funding from the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the federal government is stepping up efforts to expand Maryland’s vaccine program in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today applauded the award of more than $54.6 million in federal funding, from the American Rescue Plan, to bolster public health infrastructure and expand vaccination efforts, particularly COVID-19 vaccines, for underserved and hard to reach communities across the state.


“The health and safety of Marylanders is our top priority. Our delegation fought hard to secure this critical funding to help improve Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that every community in our state – especially communities of color, which have been disproportionately impacted by the virus – receives the coronavirus vaccine and helps us get to the other side of this pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland welcomes this new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan and remains committed to ensuring that the federal government provides the necessary resources to bolster Maryland’s public health infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond for children and families across the state.” 


Funding comes from both the newly passed American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, which were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden. The award of $54,627,875 comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.


Lawmakers previously announced more than $68 million in federal funding to support Community Health Centers in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.


On April 2, 2021, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, along with the Emergency Services Team (EST), Special Operations Division (SOD), and members of the Patrol Division, executed a search and seizure warrant in the 47000 block of Thurman Davis Lane in Lexington Park. Detectives located four handguns, U.S. currency, and approximately two pounds of marijuana that was packaged for distribution. Following the search and seizure warrant, Jermaine Anthony Bell Jr., age 26 and Juwan Deontre Ford, age 18, both of Lexington Park, were arrested.
Bell was charged with the following:
Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm in Drug Trafficking Crime
Carrying a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime
CDS: Possession of Marijuana plus 10 grams
CDS: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
Ford was charged with the following:
Possession of a Firearm/Minor
Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime
Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession
Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime
Illegal Possession of Ammunition
CDS: Possession of Marijuana plus 10 Grams
CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute
CDS: Distribution with Firearm
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