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Police Arrest Almost 100 Impaired Drivers Throughout Independence Day Weekend

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Enforcement efforts throughout the Independence Day weekend led to the arrests of almost 100 people who are suspected of driving under the influence. 

 

From Friday, July 1st, through Monday, July 4th, police arrested 95 impaired drivers during regular road patrols throughout the state and a joint DUI saturation patrol focused on Route 50.  The full-time drunk driving enforcement team of troopers known as the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort, or S.P.I.D.R.E. team, funded by the Maryland Highway Safety Office also worked the initiative.

 

            Troopers worked saturation patrols on I-695 in Baltimore County, I-70 in Howard County and I-495 in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. In total, police issued 1,396 citations and warnings in these four counties during the initiative.

 

            Maryland State Police, with the assistance of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police worked a joint DUI saturation patrol on Route 50 in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Together, they issued an additional 852 citations and warnings and arrested 14 suspected impaired drivers.

 


Fatal Car Crash on Poorhouse Road in Port Tobacco

Traffic Operations Unit Investigating Fatal Car Crash on Poorhouse Road: On July 2, at 6:17 p.m., officers responded to the area of Poorhouse Road and Glasgow Lane in Port Tobacco for the report of a single vehicle crash. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle that had crashed into several trees. The driver, John Walter Knott, 52, of Nanjemoy, was pronounced deceased on the scene. A preliminary investigation showed the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck the trees. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information pertaining to it is asked to contact Cpl. D. Spence in the Traffic Operations Unit at 301-932-3514. The investigation is ongoing.


Children & Families Resource Day Scheduled for Aug. 20

The Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth, and Families/Local Management Board is hosting the Children & Families Resource Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Charles High School (5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf).

The Children and Families Resource Day will help families find resources available in Charles County that can support their child and the family. Learn more about recreational programs, mental health resources, and parental support for families with children aged 0-18. Face painting, balloon artist, and door prizes are a few of the kid-friendly activities.

An exhibitor display is $35. Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from silver to gold levels. Sponsors are recognized in select advertising. Exhibitor and sponsor registration information is available online at https://bit.ly/3OU0IMg. The deadline to register as an exhibitor or sponsor is Friday, Aug. 5.

For more information on the event or becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Laura Gustafson at 301-396-5241 or GustafsL@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Noise Advisory - Nighttime FCLP Flights Scheduled July 5-8, 2022

PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 8, 2022 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pilots at NAS Pax River will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare pilots to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, called “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military pilots and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult tasks in military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense periods of training before pilots deploy. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call 1-866-819-9028.


Lexington Park Shooting Arrests

July 1, 2022:

 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has arrested and charged two men with numerous firearms offenses stemming from a shooting that occurred on June 24, 2022 in Lexington Park.

 

Arrested and charged were Daitoine Vincent Payne, age 21 of Lexington Park, and Joshua Alexander Mason, age 38 of Lexington Park, in the shooting which injured a 43-year-old man in the area of Exquisite Court in Lexington Park.

 

During the investigation, items of evidence, in conjunction with multiple witness accounts, determined an earlier altercation took place between the victim and Mason. Payne and Mason later returned to the incident location armed with several firearms and assaulted the victim.

 

On June 30, 2022, Payne was observed walking through the Columbia Commons neighborhood in Lexington Park carrying a black bag. As officers approached him to apprehend him, Payne fled on foot and was apprehened a short distance later. Recovered was a loaded Glock 27 handgun with its serial number obliterated. Payne is a prohibited person from owning firearms by Maryland law.  

 

A short time later on June 30, 2022, after Payne’s arrest, Mason was located and apprehended pursuant to an outstanding warrant for his arrest in connection to the aforementioned incident.

 

Payne is charged with the following: First-Degree Assault; CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute; CDS: Distribution etc. with firearm; Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm; Possession of a Firearm with Criminal Violence/Felony Conviction; Firearm in the Use of a Felony or Violent Crime; a bench warrant for Failure to Appear for Child Support; Illegal Possession of Ammunition; Second-Degree Assault and CDS Possession: Marijuana more than 10 grams.

 

Mason was charged with First-Degree Assault; Attempted First-Degree Murder; Attempted Second-Degree Murder; Second-Degree Assault; Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm; Fiream Possession with Felony Conviction; Illegal Possession of Ammunition; Fiream Use in a Felony/Violent Crime and Loaded Handgun on Person.

 

Payne and Mason are being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown.

    


Officers Address Complaints of Off-Road Vehicles Being Operated Recklessly on Roadways/Public Businesses

In response to numerous citizen complaints regarding off-road vehicles (ATVs & dirt bikes) operating recklessly in the roadways, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Unit conducted a special enforcement effort on June 29 in Waldorf.

Officers were made aware that off-road vehicles were being operated recklessly in the area of St. Thomas Drive, Village Street, and Stoddert Middle School. When officers arrived they observed several people riding ATVs in a reckless manner. One man, Tavon James Dodson, 26 of Waldorf, was apprehended without incident. When an officer attempted to stop another man, the man failed to comply and attempted to drive away. The officer was able to quickly turn the ATV off and take the man, Sean Gerard Estep, 36 of Waldorf, into custody without further incident. Further investigation revealed that Estep was in possession of crack cocaine, and that his ATV had an altered Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Dodson was charged with operating an off-road vehicle on government property. Estep was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, operating an off-road vehicle on government property, removing the serial number on the vehicle, and resisting arrest. Both Dodson and Estep were taken to the Charles County Detention Center where they were released on personal recognizance. The ATVs the men were riding (pictured below) were impounded.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping our community safe for everyone and will continue to conduct special enforcement operations to educate the public and address citizen complaints. Anyone who has information related to this event or needs to report events like it is asked to contact the CCSO at (301) 932-2222. The investigation continues. 


State Fire Marshal Warns Of Fireworks Danger; Encourages Attending Public Displays

State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci joined Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Deputy Chief Gordon Wallace this morning and leaders in various medical fields to present the dangers of legal and illegal fireworks. 

"There were numerous fireworks-related incidents reported in Maryland last year," said State Fire Marshal Geraci. "Prevention of burns, injuries, and fires has always been a top priority of our office. The safest way to enjoy fireworks this July 4th holiday season is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state." 

The safety demonstration, conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Bomb Squad, showed the impacts of M-80s, firecrackers, and even sparklers on various parts of the human body, including the hands and eyes.

"A sparkler can burn hot enough to melt gold," said Dr. Dean Fiergang, an ophthalmologist and executive board member of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. "While advancements in ophthalmic surgery have come a long way, there is very little that can be done when extreme temperatures make contact with the human eye." 

If you insist on viewing fireworks at home instead of at a recommended professional display, you are encouraged to do the following:

  • Keep a bucket of water on hand for sparklers and other fireworks after use
  • Never attempt to re-light fireworks that did not fully ignite the first time
  • Never use fireworks in combination with alcohol and other drugs
  • Never allow children to use fireworks or sparklers
  • Light fireworks one at a time and move away quickly after igniting
  • Look up your county's local fireworks rules to ensure you are using only legal fireworks products

"This time of year is one of the busiest for The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Memorial Hospital," said Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, an attending hand surgeon. "If you experience a loss of digits during a fireworks accident, never put them directly on ice. First, wrap them in gauze and place them in a plastic bag within another plastic bag that contains a combination of ice and water. Go directly to your nearest emergency room."

Click here for a list of permitted, professional fireworks displays across the State of Maryland this holiday season or visit https://mdsp.maryland.gov/firemarshal/Pages/ExplosivesandFireworks.aspx


Local Residents Serving Their Country Overseas

ADRIATIC SEA (June 28, 2022) Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman Brendon Harper, from Lusby, Maryland, inspects jet engine parts in the jet shop aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), June 28, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Charles Blaine)
 With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

 

ADRIATIC SEA (JUNE 28, 2022) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Dominick Quintero, from California, Maryland, secures a box for offload in the hangar bay of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), June 28, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Woods)


Commissioners Seek To Change Land Use To Include Medical Cannabis Growing Facility - Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary's County will hold a Public
Hearing on July 26, at 6:30 p.m.in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland, to consider public input on a proposed ordinance to amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for three new uses for medical cannabis: Medical Cannabis Growing Facility, Medical Cannabis Processor, and Medical Cannabis Dispensary. The proposed ordinance contains definitions for new terms; the zoning districts where these uses will be allowed; general standards, including, at a minimum, 500 feet of separation from property lines of any residences, schools, daycares, or substance abuse treatment facilities for medical cannabis growers and processors and 500 feet of separation from property lines of any schools, daycares, or substance abuse treatment facilities for medical cannabis dispensaries; abatement of offensive
odors and other nuisances; and both general site plan approval and conditional use approval required for all new uses.
The proposed ordinance can be viewed at: https://www.stmarysmd.com/publichearings/
Those wishing to address the Commissioners may participate in-person, email, written
correspondence, or prerecorded video submissions. The public hearing may be viewed on SMCG Channel 95 or the SMCG YouTube Channel.
In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:
a. Email: csmc@stmarysmd.com
b. US Mail: PO Box 653 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
c. Submit a 3-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com no later than 5:00 p.m.,
August 2, 2022.
All submissions will be considered by the Commissioners at the Public Hearing and/or seven (7) days following the Public Hearing.
Public Hearing Guidelines are subject to change.
Appropriate accommodations for individuals with special needs will be provided upon request. In order to meet these requirements, we respectfully ask/or one week's prior notice. Please contact the County Commissioners Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1340. Proceedings are televised live and/or recorded/or 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.
COMMISSIONERS OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY
By: William B. Hunt, Director
July 8, 2022 and July 15, 2022 Advertising Dates
Ordinance No. 2022 -
Subject: An ordinance amending Chapter 285 of the Code of St. Mary 's County, Maryland, by adding Use 5 1.3 .84.a. "Medical Cannabis Growing Facility"; by adding Use
51 .3.84.b. "Medical Cannabis Processor''; by adding Use 51.3.76.a. " Medical Cannabis Dispensary"; by amending Chapter 90 by adding definitions of "Medica l Cannabis" , " Medi cal Cannabis Grower", " Medical Cannabis Processor" and " Medical Cannabis
Dispensary" .

TO AMEND CHAPTER 285 OF THE CODE OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MARYLAND BY ADDING
USE 51.3.84.a. "MEDICAL CANNABIS GROWER"; BY ADDING USE 51.3.84.b. "MEDICAL
CANNABIS PROCESSOR"; BY ADDING NEW USE 51.3.76.A. "MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY";
BY AMENDING CHAPTER 90 BY ADDING THE NEW DEFINITIONS OF "MEDICAL CANNABIS
GROWER," "MEDICAL CANNABIS PROCESSOR", "MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY."
WHEREAS, pursuant to § 4-101 through § 4-104 of the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County, Maryland, are authorized to establish zoning districts and prescribe regulations applicable in such districts; and
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of St. Mary 's County, Maryland and County staff obtained community input, determined community needs, and investigated impacts the medical cannabis industry's operations may have on the County; and WHEREAS, the St. Mary's County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on May 91
2022 to review, hear, consider, draft and make recommendations to the Commissioners of St. Mary's County to approve or disapprove the adoption of an ordinance to amend the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance regarding future medical Cannabis growing facilities, process facilities, and dispensaries; WHEREAS, the St. Mary's County Planning Commission on June 61 2022, recommended that the
Commissioners of St. Mary's County approve a text amendment accomplishing these goals;
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of St. Mary 's County find that it is in the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of St. Mary's County to amend Chapter 285 of the Code of St. Mary's County, Maryland by adding Use 51.3 .84.a. "Medical Cannabis Growing Facility"; by adding Use 51.3 .84.b. "Medical Cannabis Processor"; by adding Use 51.3.76.a. "Medical Cannabis Dispensary"; by amending Chapter 90 by adding the new definitions of "Medical Cannabis Growing Facility," "Medical Cannabis Dispensary"; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that the Commissioners of St. Mary's County, Maryland, pursuant to § 4-101 through § 4-104 of the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Mary land, that: SECTION I. Code of St. Mary's County, Maryland, Chapter 285, Schedule 50.4 is amended by adding three new uses:
50.4.84.a. Medical Cannabis Growing Facility. A facility operated by a person or entity licensed by the state that cultivates, manufactures, grows, packages, or distributes medical cannabis to a licensed processor or a registered independent testing laboratory pursuant to COMAR 10.62.01 to 10.62.35. 


BOCC Appoints Members to Inaugural Calvert County Police Accountability Board, Administrative Charging Committee

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) appointed eight members to a newly established Police Accountability Board (PAB). Inaugural members were appointed to staggered terms by the BOCC during their regular open session meeting this week:

·         Wilson Parran, Chair (3-year term)

·         Lisa Ireland Barony (1-year term)

·         Suzanne Benedict (2-year term)

·         Brian Cedar (3-year term)

·         Alphonso Hawkins (1-year term)

·         Quentin Jones, Jr. (2-year term)

·         Susan Justice (1-year term)

·         Dawn Lister (2-year term)

The BOCC also appointed two members to the Administrative Charging Committee (ACC):

·         Norman Dorn (3-year term)

·         Stacey Stump (3-year term)

The five-member ACC is comprised of the two members appointed by the BOCC, the PAB chairperson (or another PAB member designated by the chairperson) and two additional members appointed by the PAB.

After the initial staggered terms, PAB and ACC members will serve three-year terms with a limit of six total years of service.

PAB members consist of two retired sworn law officers, who retired in good standing at least five years prior to appointment on the PAB; at least three members from minority populations in Calvert County; and one mental health practitioner. PAB membership is at least 50% female and includes two or more members from each of the commissioner districts. The PAB will meet at least quarterly and provide an annual report to the BOCC on what should be done to improve matters of policing.

Prior to serving on the ACC, members will receive training on police procedures from the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission. The ACC will meet at least monthly to review the findings of a law enforcement investigation to determine if it is appropriate to administratively charge a police officer who is the subject of investigation.

The BOCC also appointed Larry Lamson as a trial board member. The three-member trial board will convene as needed for a charged officer’s appeal of disciplinary action. The trial board is comprised of one active or retired judge appointed by the BOCC, one civilian appointed by the PAB and one law enforcement officer of equal rank to the officer charged appointed by the law enforcement agency head. The makeup and function of the trial board is defined in the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021.

A citizen review committee evaluated 61 applications that met the minimum membership criteria to help attain a balanced representation of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The review committee is comprised of one representative each from the Calvert County Fraternal Order of Police, Calvert County NAACP, Calvert County Republican Central Committee and Calvert County Democratic Central Committee. Committee recommendations were provided to the BOCC in early June for consideration in making member appointments.

The BOCC has included approximately $321,500 in the fiscal year 2023 general fund budget to support the PAB, which includes two staff positions to provide administrative support from the Department of Human resources, operating expenses and member stipends.

For more information, please visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PAB or contact the Department of Human Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 2359.

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.


Rain Barrel and Compost Workshops to be Held July 30

The Department of Public Works is partnering with the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center and the University of Maryland Extension to host a rain barrel and compost workshop event. This event will be held on Saturday, July 30, in the Public Works Facilities Building parking lot (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata). Workshops are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Register at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/Outreach. Advanced registration is required. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 27.

Rain Barrel Workshop

  • Take home a rain barrel and learn proper in-home installation techniques, practical uses for rain barrels, and how to reduce the impact of runoff on local waterways.
  • Rain Barrels are $30 for residents and $65 for non-residents.
  • Become eligible for a stormwater remediation fee credit. Residents within the Town of La Plata and the Town of Indian Head are not eligible to receive the Stormwater Remediation Fee Credit.
  • For more information, contact Jackie Takacs at 240-393-6508 or jtakacs@umd.edu or Keith Roumfort at 301-932-3440.

 

Composting Workshop

  • In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of home composting. Registrants can receive a free plastic GEOBIN® or get instructions on making a wire bin at home. Free GEOBIN® available to Charles County residents only.
  • For more information, call Meg Romero at 301-932-3599.

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


St. Mary's Transit System to Resume Full Service for Great Mills Route

LEONARDTOWN, MD - St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) resumes full transit route service for the Route 3, Great Mills bus, starting Friday, July 1, 2022.

The Great Mills, Route 3 bus runs northbound and southbound every hour from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays – Fridays. It traverses the route between the Leonardtown governmental center and the Tulagi Place transfer locations.

For additional information on STS routes and operations, please visit our webpage at https://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/sts-transit/


Officers Investigating Home Burglary and Vandalism

On June 27 at approximately 1:31 p.m., officers responded to the 10900 block of Sam’s Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival, officers learned that the victim returned home to find his residence had been broken in to and vandalized. Walls, furniture, cabinets, fixtures, and personal items were destroyed and covered in paint. Two video game systems were stolen. The approximate loss in stolen items and damage to the residence is over $30,000.00. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer M. Thomson at 301-609-3282 ext. 0698. Tipsters wishing 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. The investigation is ongoing.


Commissioners to Host Public Forum July 12

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host a Public Forum Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.

 

Public Forums allow residents to speak directly to the Commissioners on topics of their choosing. Residents may offer appreciation, questions, or suggestions in a mutually respectful format.

In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:

         a. Email: csmc@stmarysmd.com.

         b. Mail: Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD, 20650.

c. Submit a three-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com through 5 p.m.  Thursday, July 7, 2022.

 

Those wishing to speak at the forum will receive up to three minutes to address the Commissioners. Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.

 

Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) and streamed live on the St. Mary’s County YouTube Channel.

 


Calvert Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of June 20, 2022 – June 26, 2022, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,399 calls for service throughout the community.

 

Damaged Property: 22-35400

On June 20, 2022, DFC R. Evans responded to the 12600 block of Rustlers Ridge Road in Lusby, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on June 19, an unknown suspect (s) damaged the victim’s bedroom window screen. The estimated value of damaged property is $20.00.

 

Damaged Property: 22-35322

On June 20, 2022, Deputy Novick responded to the 600 block of Main Street in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised unknown suspect (s) damaged the privacy fence around the parking lot of the property. The estimated value of damaged property is $300.00.

 

Damaged Property: 22-36218

On June 24, 2022, Deputy Ashley responded to Park & Ride located 250 Silverwood Lane in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 3 a.m. on June 21 and 3 p.m. on June 24, an unknown suspect (s) smashed out the victim’s car window. No items were missing or stolen. The estimated value of damaged property is $500.00.

 

Theft: 22-36135

On June 24, 2022, Deputy Ashley responded to the 3700 block of N. Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown, MD, for the report of a theft. The complainant advised several pieces of equipment were stolen (multiple chainsaws, leaf blowers, and climbing rope) from a storage container in the parking lot of the business. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time.

 

Theft: 22-35511

On June 21, 2022, Deputy Novick responded to the 5000 block of Ketch Road in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised a tire and lug nuts were removed from one of the company’s delivery box trucks. The estimated value of stolen property is $1,000.00.

 

Theft: 22-36036

On June 23, 2022, Deputy Daily responded to the 600 block of Ray Road in Sunderland, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 5 and June 23, an unknown suspect (s) entered the victim’s locked shed and stole one Stihl 350 Chainsaw (gas-powered), one Stihl leaf blower (backpack gas-powered), one Stihl hedge trimmer (gas-powered), and three wooden folding chairs. The estimated value of stolen property is $1,600.00.

 

Theft: 22-36471

On June 25, 2022, Deputy Wilder responded to the 1000 block of Golden West Way in Lusby, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m., an unknown suspect (s) stole her Craftsman electric lawn mower from the back of the residence. The estimated value of stolen property is $200.00.

 

Theft: 22-36671

On June 26, 2022, Detective McDowell received report of a theft. The complainant advised his red iPhone 11 was stolen while at the beach at the Breezy Point Campground located at 5300 Breezy Point Road in Chesapeake Beach, MD. The estimated value of stolen property is $500.00.

 

ARRESTS

 

On June 21, 2022, deputies responded to the 500 block of Fox Run Blvd. in Prince Frederick, MD for a welfare check. DFC Ostazeski made contact with a subject identifying himself as Jeremy Lee Rawding. A warrant check revealed the subject had an aka of David Tyrone Patterson, 42 of Greensboro, MD, and was wanted in Caroline County, MD. Patterson was placed into custody. A search of Patterson’s person revealed a crack pipe and several small plastic bags containing suspected heroin. Patterson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession Paraphernalia, and providing a false name to prevent prosecution.

 

On June 21, 2022, Deputy Shoemaker responded to Prince Frederick Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler located at 265 S. Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, contact was made with Joshua Terrell Trippett, 26 of Lusby, MD, who was attempting to test drive a vehicle. Investigation revealed Trippett was involved in an earlier traffic complaint for Negligent and Reckless Driving and was in possession of a stolen vehicle. Trippett was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle and Theft: $1500 to under $25,000 for being in possession of and operating the stolen vehicle.


Kings Landing Pool to Open to Public July 12

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Kings Landing Pool will open to the public beginning Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The pool will be available for open swim Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on aquatic facility hours visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/aquatics.

“We are so pleased to finally be able to open Kings Landing Pool to the public this season,” said Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. “While we initially closed the facility for the safety of patrons due to a shortage of aquatics safety personnel, we are thankful to now have enough qualified individuals available to safely staff the pool during these adjusted hours.”

Various Parks & Recreation facilities continue to operate with adjusted hours and services due to labor shortages, which are being felt throughout the United States. Calvert County Government continues to recruit employees. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Employment to learn about and apply for open positions.

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.


June 28th St. Mary's County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, June 28, 2022, with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda.

The Commissioners welcomed the new St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge, Associate Judge Amy D. Lorenzini. Governor Larry Hogan recently appointed Lorenzini to the position.

The Commissioners presented Commendations in recognition of H.S. “Lanny” Lancaster’s retirement from the Three Oaks Center and to Ann & John Richards, Jim Dicus, Jeff Thomas, Jennifer Overstreet, and James Thomas for their contributions to Hospice of St. Mary’s County.

The Department of Land Use & Growth Management received approval for a request for a Public Hearing to hear public comment on a proposed cannabis ordinance. The hearing will take place on July 26, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., and a formal notice will be forthcoming.

The Sheriff’s Office received approval for the FY2023 School Resource Officer/Adequate Coverage Grant application for FY2023 from the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Center for School Safety, for $204,369.

The Commissioners also approved the Sheriff’s Office's request for the grant application for the FY2023 Police Accountability, Community and Transparency (PACT) Grant Application from the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services for $76,796. The grant will fund law enforcement with the development of effective accountability procedures to achieve their goals of lawfulness and legitimacy while enhancing community relations and transparency.

The FFY2022 Cooperative Reimbursement Agreement Application for the Child Support Grant from the Maryland Department of Human Services for Child Support Enforcement for $490,375 requested by the Sheriff’s Office was approved by the Commissioners. It will fund a portion of the expenditures related to staffing, maintenance, training, and equipment needs for the Child Support Unit.

The Department of Economic Development and Visit Southern Maryland MD (VSMMD) received approval for the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding for VSMMD to continue to carry out tourism-related duties on behalf of St. Mary's County for FY2023.

The Commissioners also approved the Department of Economic Development’s request to renew the Memorandum of Agreement with the College of Southern Maryland to continue business counseling services from the Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center in St. Mary’s County 

The Commissioners approved a request from the Department of Economic Development to transfer both the housing and non-housing allocations of St. Mary's County's portion of the 2022 Private Activity Bond authority to the appropriate State agencies.

The Department of Aging & Human Services received approval for a request for the Senior Care grant award, project #MD2203, from the Maryland Department of Aging for $130,925 to fund the Senior Care System, for case management and funds for services for people 65 years or older who may be at risk of nursing home placement. Senior Care allows seniors to live with dignity and in the comfort of their homes at a lower cost than nursing facility care.

The Commissioners also approved the FY2022 Notice of Grant Award for the state grants, Project #s MD2201, MD2202, MD2204, MD2206, and MD2214 from the Maryland Department of Aging on behalf of the St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services for $83,003 to provide funding for various programs and services to the seniors of St. Mary's County.

The Commissioners approved a request from the County Attorney’s Office to adopt the proposed resolution “Prohibiting Entitlement To Any Compensation or Emolument Resulting From Service in More Than One Public Office of St. Mary’s County.”

The County Attorney briefed the Commissioners with updates on the Police Accountability Board and the Administrative Charging Committee.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing tonight, June 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown to consider public input on the Snow Hill Master Plan. The plan can be viewed at https://www.stmarysmd.com/publichearings/.  

The next Commissioner business meeting will be in the Chesapeake Building at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2022. There will be no Commissioner Meeting Tuesday, July 5, 2022, due to the observance of the Independence Day holiday. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocsCommissioner 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.

 


Nominations Open for the 2022 Historic Preservation Awards

The Charles County Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for its annual award program for outstanding achievements in historic preservation that occurred in Charles County and completed between Jan. 1, 2020 – July 1, 2022. The Historic Preservation Award is presented annually to an eligible individual, business, organization, or project deserving recognition for outstanding achievements in historic preservation. Awards are presented in two categories: Preservation Projects and Preservation Service. 

For additional details and the nomination form, visit: https://bit.ly/38SUVqH.

The nomination deadline is Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.  The Historic Preservation Commission will host a Preservation Reception and Awards Ceremony in September, at Serenity Farm in Benedict to honor the winners.

For more information, please contact Ms. Kathleen Seay at 301-645-0684 or seayk@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Lexington Park Shooting Under Investigation

June 28, 2022:

 

On Friday, June 24, 2022, at approximately 11:03 pm, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 21400 Exquisite Court in Lexington Park for the report of a shooting. Once on scene, deputies located a 43-year-old male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body.

 

The victim was flown to a local trauma center for treatment. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at 301-475-4200, ext. 71953, or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.

 

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.


Calvert County Government Announces Independence Day Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day. In addition:

·         The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, which includes the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will be closed.

·         The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be closed on Monday, July 4.

·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed on Monday, July 4.

·         Calvert County’s senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on Monday, July 4. Shelf-stable meals were distributed in advance. Meal delivery will resume on Tuesday, July 5.

·         There will be no county bus service on Monday, July 4. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, July 5.

·         The Calvert County Board of Elections office will be closed Monday, July 4.

·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Monday, July 4, and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Downloadable materials and virtual services are available 24/7 at calvertlibrary.info.

·         The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store will be open with normal hours on Monday, July 4.

·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed on Monday, July 4. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies.

·         All community centers will be closed on Monday, July 4.

·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open with normal hours.

·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open on Monday, July 4, with normal hours.

·         Flag Ponds Nature Park, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Kings Landing Park will be open with regular hours of operation. For a full nature park schedule, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/1505/Park-Hours.

·         Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4. 

·         Cove Point Pool will be open Monday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·         Kings Landing Pool will be closed.

·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground will be open Monday, July 4.

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.


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