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Recent Altercation at North Point High School Investigated

Recent Altercation at North Point High School Investigated: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a video that recently surfaced on social media in which students from North Point High School were seen fighting and a school employee, who was trying to intervene, was injured. The fight occurred on January 19. The school resource officer was notified, initiated an investigation, and contacted the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office. After further investigation, and in consultation with school administrators, the injured school employee, and the parents of all students involved, the case will be handled by the CCPS. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Morgan at 301-609-3282 ext. 0583.     


NAS Patuxent River Announces New Gate Hours, Spike Strips Effective February 1, 2023

NAS Patuxent River will adjust its gate hours beginning Feb. 1, 2023.  

Pax River’s new gate hours are: 

Gate 1 – Open 24/7 

Gate 2 – Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Gate 3 – Open 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

 

NAS Patuxent River will also lay spike strips on Cuddihy Road just beyond its intersection with Cedar Point Road at Gate 2 during morning rush hour beginning Feb. 1. 

 

“This is an increased security measure to prevent unauthorized access to the base,” said Lt. Charles Whittenton, NAS Patuxent River Security Officer. “The spikes will be marked by a barrier of cones during the morning rush; if you drive over the cones, you’ll hit the spikes.” 

 

Drivers are reminded that Gate 2’s sentries check IDs at the tension material-covered shelter just beyond the gate during morning rush hour (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) to provide greater traffic flow into base during those hours, and that drivers should not proceed onto base without having their IDs checked by a sentry. 

 

For more information on NAS Patuxent River, follow on social media at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver and https://twitter.com/NASPaxRiverPAO . 


Leonardtown Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling today announced that Defendant Phillip Jae Han Tayag, 21, of Leonardtown, MD, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections after being found guilty of sex abuse of a minor. The State’s Attorney’s Office requested the Defendant be sentenced to the maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. The Defendant was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, suspend all but 10 years of active incarceration. He was further placed on five years of supervised probation. The Defendant must register for lifetime sex offender registration. Sterling thanked members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Proctor who prosecuted this case on behalf of the citizens of the County. Sterling stated, “Crimes against children are the most heinous of all. My office will continue to defend victims and strenuously prosecute these cases.” Proctor added, “As the parents of the victim expressed to the court, this was a horrendous and unspeakable crime against a child who will carry the scars and trauma for life.” The Honorable Joseph Stanalonis presided over the case.


Reckless Endangerment in Lexington Park Under Investigation

Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) executed a series of search and seizure warrants, with the assistance of the agency’s Emergency Services Team. As a result, investigators located a loaded Cobray MK-11 assault pistol as well as a loaded Taurus G2C semi-automatic handgun, which are suspected of being utilized during the incident. These seizures resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old male and 14-year-old male on multiple firearms-related charges.

Pernell NMN Maddox, age 18 of Lexington Park, was charged with Handgun in Vehicle; Loaded Handgun in Vehicle; Handgun on Person; Loaded Handgun on Person; Reckless Endangerment and Possession of a Firearm by a Minor.

A 14-year-old male from Lexington Park was also referred to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services for the illegal possession of the aforementioned firearms during the incident.

Additionally, Maddox was served an outstanding warrant for his arrest, stemming from an unrelated incident wherein he has been charged with Armed Robbery; Robbery; Second-Degree Assault and Theft: Less than $100 by warrant from an incident in November in Lexington Park.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at 8:19 pm, a St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy reported hearing shots fired in the area of Hancock Road in Lexington Park, as well as multiple witnesses who reported shots being fired in the area. Upon investigation, multiple shell casings were located in the roadway of Hancock Road, and a residence on Midway Drive was struck by a projectile, but there were no reported injuries from the incident.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded and continued the investigation.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. Austin Schultz at 301-475-4200, ext. 71953 or email austin.schultz@stmaryscountymd.gov.

 

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.


Officers Investigating Theft of Wheels - Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward

Theft of Wheels / Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward: Between January 24 - January 25, during the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) removed the tires from a vehicle in the area of Sir Douglas Drive in Bryans Road. A similar theft occurred on Stream Vista Place in Waldorf and an attempted theft occurred in the parking lot of a business in Waldorf that was closed for the evening. The cars were processed for evidence. Officers are working on leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Watson at 302-609-3282 ext. 0719. 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. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects(s).  


Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation Now Accepting Applications

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) Program is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2024 Easement Cycle.

Eligibility requirements include a minimum of 50 contiguous acres, land outside of the 10-year water and sewer plan for the county, and a minimum of 50% Class I, II or III soils. For more information on eligibility and the MALPF easement acquisition process, please visit: https://mda.maryland.gov/malpf/Pages/Fact-Sheets.aspx.

The mission of MALPF is:

  • to preserve productive farmland and woodland for the continued production of food and fiber for all of Maryland's citizens,
  • to curb the expansion of random urban development,
  • to help curb the spread of urban blight and deterioration,
  • to help protect agricultural land and woodland as open space,
  • to protect wildlife habitat, and
  • to enhance the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

MALPF purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. The MALPF Program, launched in 1977 is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. The State of Maryland has preserved in perpetuity more agricultural land than any other state in the country; St. Mary’s County has preserved over 14,420 acres to date, using MALPF easements.

To apply, contact the Donna Sasscer, Mary’s County MALPF Program Administrator, with the Department of Economic Development at (240) 309-4021 or via email to: Donna.Sasscer@stmaryscountymd.govApplications must be received by the St. Mary’s County MALPF Administrator by May 15, 2023.  Once applications are received, they will be ranked by the St. Mary’s County Agriculture Land Preservation Advisory Board, using the state mandated Land Evaluation and Site Assessment system. The ranked applications will be submitted to the state for consideration.


Pinefield Water Tower Rehabilitation Project to Start Feb. 6

The Department of Public Works Utilities Division is scheduled to rehabilitate the Pinefield Water Tower on 1300 Tower Place in Waldorf starting Monday, Feb. 6, and will last approximately five months. The work does not require any disruptions to water service; however, properties close to the site may experience various levels of construction-related noise. The contractor is planning to work Mondays through Saturdays, weather permitting.

 

The tower rehabilitation allows the county to maintain a good water quality for the users and prolong the tower's lifespan. This restoration project includes interior and exterior painting, and upgrades to miscellaneous metal components.

 

For questions or concerns, call the Department of Public Works at 301-609-7400. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711 or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Altercation at Lackey High School Being Investigated

Altercation at Lackey High School Being Investigated / Preliminary Investigation: On January 25 at 10:50 a.m., two students, who are siblings, entered a bathroom at Henry E. Lackey High School to fight another student. The school resource officer was made aware of the fight and he and a school staff member responded. At that point, the students were already engaged in a physical altercation. The officer gave commands to stop, but no one complied. As the SRO attempted to separate the students, one of the students fled and ran down the hallway. One of the other involved students attempted to run after him to continue the assault, but the SRO was able to block his path. That student then tried to strike the officer with his fist, pushed the officer against the wall, and broke free from the officer’s grasp. The officer gave additional commands to stop, but the student refused. At that time, the officer deployed his electronic control device (ECD), striking the subject preventing a further assault. EMS responded to the scene and, out of an abundance of caution, he was transported to the hospital. The investigation revealed the fight was mutual and all three students will be charged with assault and disruption of school activities. The student who assaulted the SRO will also be charged with assaulting the officer. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Plunkett at 301-609-3282 ext. 0469.  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. The investigation is ongoing.   


Free Legal Expungement Clinics at St. Mary's County Health Hub

LEONARDTOWN, MD (January 25, 2023) - Williams, McClernan, and Stack, LLC (WMS) and the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) announce free legal services to support expungement of certain criminal records at the St. Mary’s County Health Hub, located at 21625 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Free legal help will be provided by  Williams, McClernan, and Stack, LLC to those seeking expungements of certain types of criminal records as allowable by Maryland law.
 
The first WMS legal clinic at the Health Hub is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 and will continue to be offered on a monthly basis. St. Mary’s County residents can schedule appointments for this or future legal clinics by contacting the St. Mary’s County Health Hub at 301-904-8949 or via email at: smchd.healthhub@maryland.gov
 
“Criminal records oftentimes can be an impediment to obtaining employment and housing, which can adversely affect a person's health,” said Marsha Williams, Attorney at Williams, McClernan, and Stack, LLC. “Expunging qualified criminal records can open up opportunities for people to have a better quality of life which is why Williams, McClernan, & Stack, LLC, is pleased to partner with the St. Mary's County Health Department to provide expungement services to St. Mary's County residents.”
 
“People trying to get a fresh start in their life sometimes find it difficult to get a job or even stable housing because of a poor decision from their past, even though they may have already been rehabilitated from their crime,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Not having a job or steady housing impacts their ability to take care of their health. Helping people to become productive citizens and stay off the streets is important to advancing health equity in our community.”
 
For more information about services offered through William, McClernan, and Stack, LLC, visit wmslawyers.com
 
For more information about services offered at the St. Mary’s County Health Hub, visit smchd.org/hub


Neighborhood Enforcement Team Recovers Two Stolen Motor Vehicles and Arrest Juvenile Suspect

Officers Recover Two Stolen Motor Vehicles / Suspect Arrested: On January 23 at 12:32 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a victim of a theft who reported a dirt bike, that was previously stolen from his house, was being advertised for sale on an online social media site. Officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team investigated and learned the suspect was in the 2900 block of Marshall Hall Road. Officers responded and observed the suspect on the stolen dirt bike; he was arrested after a brief struggle. While on the scene, officers learned the suspect made earlier plans to meet with a potential buyer and indicated he would be in a Lincoln passenger car. Coincidentally, as officers were investigating, a witness called police to investigate a suspicious Lincoln passenger car parked nearby. Officer Pickeral located the Lincoln a short distance away from Marshall Hall Road. Further investigation revealed the Lincoln had been reported stolen from another county. It was discovered the suspect, who had just been arrested in connection with the stolen dirt bike, was in possession of the key to the stolen Lincoln. In accordance with Maryland law, the suspect, age 17, was charged on a juvenile offense report with two counts of theft and motor vehicle theft and released to his parents. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Pickeral at 301-609-6556. 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.


Maryland State Department of Education Provides Update to Statewide Spring 2022 Maryland Comprehensive Assessments

Today at the January Board meeting, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released an update to 2021-2022 school year English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment data, which detail student proficiency in the first administration of the new Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP). Following national assessment trends, statewide ELA results signal a return to pre-pandemic proficiency rates with improvements across all grade levels and student groups. The percentage of students proficient on the math assessments has not returned to pre-pandemic levels of proficiency. Maryland math assessment data results also indicate a decreasing proficiency in math as students advance from third to eighth grades, demonstrating a persistent decline in the mastery of math skills evident prior to the pandemic. Although math outcomes reflect national trends of persistent low proficiency rates, the results show that many students are near proficiency levels, scoring in the performance level just below proficient. For example, statewide data indicates that while 24.6% of fifth grade students were proficient in math, 49.4% of fifth graders scored at performance level 2, developing learners.

Maryland students have returned to pre-pandemic proficiency in ELA, with students across all grade levels attaining similar or improved proficiency rates in comparison to school year 2018-2019 ELA performance. Results varied across local education agencies (LEAs), with a low of 21% to a high of 64% proficient. More students in third, fourth and sixth grades scored at the proficient level this past school year in comparison to the 2018-2019 school year. In the high school English 10th grade assessment, 53% of all students taking the assessment were proficient, an increase of 10 percentage points as compared to the 2018-2019 school year.

In mathematics, student performance has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, math proficiency percentages for grades 3 through 8 combined decreased from 33% in 2018-2019 to 22% in 2021-2022. In middle school,18% of sixth grade students were proficient in math and just 7% of students who took the grade 8 assessment were proficient. LEA results varied from 7% to 38% of students proficient in mathematics. The percent of students proficient in Algebra I was 14%, below pre-pandemic results of 27% proficient in 2019.

With national data indicating that grade levels were affected differently by the pandemic, an analysis of cohort data provides information on the performance of the same students over time. Nationally, an analysis of test results that followed groups of students between school years 2016-2017 and 2021-2022 in 21 states demonstrated a decline in middle school math proficiency rates 3-4 times greater than the decline in ELA. Following cohorts of students over time in Maryland, ELA proficiency has increased 4-5 percentage points between third and eighth grades, while math proficiency decreased by 24-26 percentage points.

“State investment in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, emergency federal funding, bold leadership, and the development and implementation of our strategic plan must provide the foundation and resources needed to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and ensure all students have every opportunity to thrive academically, socially and emotionally,” said Maryland State Board of Education President Clarence C. Crawford. “Just as we saw notable improvements between the early fall assessment and this past spring, we will continue to push forward and partner with LEAs in redoubling our efforts so that all students have the opportunity to master both ELA and mathematics skills for success in school, college, career and life.”

“As a result of the inspiring work and commitment of our educators and school leaders, we continue to  the pandemic. Even as we begin to return to pre-pandemic outcomes, our latest MCAP results underscore that normal is not good enough, especially for our historically underserved students,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “By leveraging best in class and evidenced-based strategies to accelerate student learning, MSDE must provide the guidance, leadership, and support to carry out the promise of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future boldly, collaboratively and with urgency. We must do whatever it takes to ensure that every student has access to excellent education opportunities to realize their full potential at every stage and transition point of their academic journeys from elementary school to high school graduation and beyond.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to assess students annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in ELA and mathematics. The assessment measures mastery of Maryland content standards to ensure that all students are progressing and receiving the necessary supports for remediation, acceleration, and enrichment. The newly designed MCAP ELA and mathematics assessments were administered to Maryland students for the first time in Spring 2022, and include four student performance levels: distinguished learner, proficient learner, developing learner and beginning learner. Both distinguished and proficient learners are considered proficient.

All Maryland students participating in the Spring 2022 assessments will receive an Individual Student Report (ISR). This report enables educators and families to better understand a student’s proficiency on Maryland content standards individually and in comparison, to peers in their school, county or city, and the State. The 2021-2022 assessment results, including disaggregation of data by LEA and student groups, will be published on the Maryland Report Card website. Individual student data has been provided to the LEAs, and printed student reports will be sent to the LEAs in March. Results in the future will be made available more expeditiously following the completion of the administration of the assessments.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of January 16 – January 22, 2023, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 1,427 calls for service throughout the community.

 

Property Destruction: 23-3609

On January 17, 2023, Cpl. Robshaw received a report of property destruction that took place in the 4600 block of Rolling Hill Road in Huntingtown. The complainant advised sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, 2022, an unknown suspect (s) shot out the victim’s front driver’s side window and damaged the glovebox. The estimated value of the damaged property is $850.00.

 

Theft: 23-3523

On January 17, 2023, Deputy Tavares responded to Ace Hardware Home Center located at 11861 HG Trueman Road in Lusby, for the report of a theft that already occurred. The complainant advised a male and female entered the store on January 14, 2023. The male was observed picking up a two-pack of 20v DeWalt Powerstack Batteries and placed it in the female’s purse. The first suspect is described as a black male with dreads wearing a navy blue and yellow coat, blue jeans, black shoes, and a camo face mask covering his entire face. The second suspect is a black female wearing a camo jacket, gray sweatpants, black shoes, holding a brown purse, wearing a pink surgical-style mask. The estimated value of the stolen property is $199.00.

 

ARRESTS

On January 16, 2023, Deputy Strong was dispatched to Outer Place and Sycamore Road in Lusby, for numerous calls in regard to a suspicious vehicle. Deputies arrived on scene and observed a vehicle driving very slowly, stopping in the middle of the roadway. Upon making contact with the sole occupant Sonia Knapp, 51 of Waldorf, copper wire was observed in plain view. A vehicle search revealed 28 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills, 30 Lorazepam pills, and copper wire bundles. A search of Knapp’s person revealed a glass pipe with copper wire and a container of suspected crack cocaine. Knapp was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and CDS: Possession-Not Cannabis.

 

On January 18, 2023, Deputy McCourt responded to the Safeway located at 80 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, for a 911 hang-up.  Upon arrival, Deputy McCourt observed Lionell Mackall Jr., 41 of Prince Frederick, in the parking to be heavily intoxicated as he was unable to walk straight and had extremely slurred speech. While speaking with Mackall, he became disorderly and combative, yelling profanities and racial slurs. Mackall was asked to stop, to which he refused. Mackall began stripping in the middle of the parking lot and proceeded to remove all his clothes except for his underwear as employees were coming in and out of the front doors of Safeway. Mackall became increasingly combative and disorderly to deputies on the scene. Mackall was placed into custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Indecent Exposure, Intoxicated Public Disturbance, and Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order of a Law Enforcement Officer.

 

On January 19, 2023, DFC Boerum responded to CalvertHealth Medical Center located at 100 Hospital Road in Prince Frederick, for a disorderly subject. Investigation revealed Laurie Fortis Snow, 48 of Hughesville, was in the waiting room screaming, cursing, and swinging her cane around scaring patients waiting for medical treatment. Hospital security escorted Snow out of the hospital for her behavior. During the escort outside, Snow assaulted one of the security officers and ripped off the officer’s face mask. Deputy Boerum attempted to speak with Snow who continued to yell and scream causing a disturbance. Snow advised she was carrying an illegal knife in her purse. Deputies confiscated the knife and placed Snow into custody. Snow was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Second-Degree Assault.

On January 20, 2023, Deputy Durnbaugh responded to the McDonald’s located at 515 North Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Durnbaugh observed a female identified as Kimberly Louise Parran, 55 of Chesapeake Beach, sitting near the entrance of the drive-thru harassing both employees and customers in the drive-thru line. Investigation revealed Parran had been previously trespassed from the establishment on Dec. 13, 2022. Parran was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Trespassing: Private Property.
 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800 and reference the case number provided. Citizens may remain anonymous thru the ‘Submit a Tip’ feature on the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office mobile app. To download, visit https://apps.myocv.com/share/a39520678 . Tipsters may also email ccsotips@calvertcountymd.gov


Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Statement on Changes to Water and Sewer Usage Audit and Billing

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) acted unanimously today to improve the water and sewerage customers’ relationship with Calvert County Government.

The BOCC initiated the process to repeal Resolution 32-16, the current Water and Sewer Allocation Policy, adopted on Sept. 27, 2016. Staff was directed to schedule a public hearing to repeal Resolution 32-16 and adopt an amended policy that eliminates additional water and sewerage equivalent dwelling units, or EDUs, for residential customers.

The BOCC also directed the Department of Public Works, Water & Sewerage Division (WSD), to make several changes designed to enhance monitoring and billing for customers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, WSD will transition to a tiered, monthly billing system. Under tiered billing, the customer cost per unit of water will be based on the amount used. Customers will also be provided with their consumption and billing on a new and simplified monthly statement.

The BOCC also expedited several technology upgrades to billing software and metering infrastructure that will allow customers to monitor online, real time, daily water use. To accelerate software improvements within the current fiscal year (FY23), the BOCC requested the reallocation of $750,000 in unexecuted American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Citizens will be provided an opportunity to review and comment on the updated policy prior to the public hearing.

More information and updates are available on the county website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/EDU. A recording of the Jan. 24, 2023, BOCC meeting is available at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Meetings.


January 24th St. Mary's County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County (CSMC) hosted a joint meeting with the St. Mary’s County Board of Education on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. After the joint meeting, the Commissioners held their regular business meeting, beginning with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda.

 

The Commissioners then presented a proclamation for National Mentoring Month, followed by the presentation of a commendation celebrating the dedicated service of a retiring county employee, Brian Gillingham.

 

The Commissioners then received a State of the College presentation from Dr. Yolanda Wilson, President of the College of Southern Maryland.

 

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

 

The Commissioners then received a legislative update from the Office of the County Attorney.

 

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County’s next regular business meeting will be Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 9 a.m. CSMC decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. CSMC meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.


Jan. 24th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Associate County Attorney Danielle Mitchell, Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall, and GS Proctor and Associates, Inc. representatives provided a legislative update for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session. County Commissioners voted to send a letter of supports for Senate Bill 103 and Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans Senate Bill 134.

 

Approval Items

County Commissioners approved:

 

Work Session

County Commissioners held a work session on Bill 2022-10 Zoning Text Amendment 21-169 Update Critical Area Overlay Zone. County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2023-02 Zoning Map Amendment 21-02 Adoption of Critical Area Zone Layer 2022, as well as the bill.

 

Viewing option of meetings: Click Here

 

Next Commissioners Session: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2023

 

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


Lexington Park Pair Arrested for Intent to Distribute Narcotics

Jan. 24, 2023:

A traffic stop Tuesday morning by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies resulted in several Controlled Dangerous Substance charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics for a Lexington Park man and woman.

Amber Nicole Queen, age 28 of Lexington Park, and Barry Nathaniel Booker, age 61 of Lexington Park, were both charged with six counts of CDS Possession: Not Cannabis; CDS Possession Paraphernalia and CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics. Queen was also charged with Possession of Contraband in Place of Confinement.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, Deputy First Class Tyler Westphal was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road near North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park when he observed a 2007 Chrysler 300 with equipment violations. DFC Westphal conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and Booker was identified as the vehicle operator while Queen was the front seat passenger. A K-9 responded to the scene and scanned the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, which located a $5 bill that contained a white powdery substance, believed to be crack cocaine, and a small plastic baggie containing Oxycodone tablets. Inside of the vehicle’s trunk was a shoulder bag containing a large number of narcotics, along with a digital scale and other packaging material indicative of narcotics distribution. Also contained in the bag were two baggies of more suspected crack cocaine, one weighing 21.8 grams and the other 3.2 grams. There were also numerous pill bottles located, with individually wrapped bags of CDS.

One bottle contained a large bag of suspected heroin. Other bottles contained a quantity of Oxycodone tablets and 27 separate suboxone strips were also located in the same bag with other CDS. A quantity of Dextroamphetamine tablets was also located in a pill bottle in the same bag along with a scale and numerous empty clear bags.

Also seized was a large quantity of US currency.

On Queen’s person, a small baggie with a white powdery substance and a hard white powder substance was located. Transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown by Deputy Taylor-Lynn Kril, Queen was searched and was found to have concealed a straw and clear baggie with white residue.

Both Queen and Booker are being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center.


Maryland State Board of Education Hosts Meeting Tuesday, January 24

The Maryland State Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), 200 W. Baltimore Street in the 7th floor State Board Room. The complete agenda and livestream are available at this link. The meeting will also be available via YouTube livestream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eYoQ8Hq144&feature=youtu.be

 

At the meeting, members of the State Board of Education will join State Superintendent of Schools Mr. Mohammed Choudhury in recognizing the outstanding contributions of the 2023 Maryland Teacher of the Year, Berol Dewdney. Ms. Dewdney is a prekindergarten teacher at Commodore John Rodgers School in the Baltimore City Public School system. Ms. Dewdney was announced as the 2023 Maryland Teacher of the Year during the televised special hosted by Maryland Public Television on October 6, 2022.

 

Following the teacher of the year recognition, the meeting will include a stakeholder engagement session highlighting Maryland Leads program implementation in Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties. Maryland Leads grant initiatives, underway in all 24 local education agencies, consist of seven, high-leverage strategies rooted in national research and evidence-based best practices for driving student outcomes, bolstering teacher pipelines, and supporting teacher and staff recruitment and retention.

 

The meeting will also include a regulation deep dive on educator preparation and licensure. Additionally, the agenda features a presentation on the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program 2022 results, and an Accountability and Maryland School Report Card update by MSDE’s Office of Assessment, Accountability, and Performance Reporting. The Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services will also present the second of a two-part data deep dive on students with disabilities.

 

Public comment can be provided both in-person and virtually according to guidelines for participation. Registration is limited to 10 individuals and is first come, first served. Once the 10-person maximum is reached, additional individuals may be placed on a waiting list.

 

Registration for public comment opens the week prior to the Board meeting date and ends at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 23. Interested individuals can register by calling the Office of the State Board of Education at 410-767-0467 and leaving a message, or by emailing your request to stateboard.msde@maryland.gov. Confirmed registrants for public comment will be notified. Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker and monitored by staff.

 

The State Board has restored in-person meetings, open to the public. The State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education will continue to practice public health measures.


Healthy St. Mary's Partnership Named Healthy People 2030 Champion

The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Healthy People 2030 Champion. Healthy People 2030 is the fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative, which sets 10-year national objectives to improve health and well-being nationwide. Healthy People 2030 Champions are organizations that are working to help achieve Healthy People objectives.   These Champions are committed to working toward Healthy People's overarching goals and objectives in their own communities.
 
“We are proud of all of our community partners working together through the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership to advance the Healthy St. Mary’s 2026 plan and the national Healthy People 2030 vision,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer and HSMP Co-Chair. “As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, it will be wonderful to collaborate with new partners nationwide so that we can better achieve health improvement for our St. Mary’s County residents.” 
 
The HSMP released its annual update to the Healthy St. Mary’s 2026 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for St. Mary’s County. The CHIP for St. Mary’s County provides a community blueprint for improving the health of local residents from 2021- 2026. The plan provides insight into health solutions for the long term and presents a road map for achieving optimal health for all. Good health provides the foundation for a healthy community and economy.


Town Of Leonardtown Honors Local Legend On Moll Dyer Day February 26yh

The second annual Moll Dyer Day event is a collaboration between The St. Mary’s County Historical Society, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, Visit St. Mary’s MD, and the Leonardtown Business Association. The first year was a resounding success, and the exciting plans for this year include a reception at Tudor Hall, an opening ceremony at the Moll Dyer Rock, a family-friendly Spirit Hunt through Leonardtown, a paranormal investigation, and many other special offers and activities hosted by local Leonardtown businesses, including an evening performance by world-renowned Mentalist Duo: The Evasons at the newly renovated, The Rex Theatre. 

In 2021, Leonardtown Mayor, Dan Burris, proclaimed February 26th as Moll Dyer Day, to be commemorated annually on the last Saturday in February, in a touching ceremony that was held at Tudor Hall Manor, the home of the famed rock that bears her now faded handprint.

Many know the legend of Moll Dyer, but it’s not as widely known that in the late 1600’s, Dyer was a real woman who lived just south of what is now Leonardtown. She is believed to have been a healer who often aided the community. However, when an epidemic of influenza arose during the winter of 1697, the Town inhabitants looked to lay blame and named her as its cause. Accused of witchcraft, Dyer was set upon by a mob fearful of the sickness. When they set fire to her small cabin, Dyer escaped into the surrounding woods on a bitterly cold night in February 1698. Her body was found days later by a young boy looking for lost livestock. She was found with one hand frozen to a large rock and the other outstretched to the sky. Legend has it that Moll put a curse on the land and on the rock. It's rumored that anyone who touches the rock may become dizzy or even fall ill. 

The rock was moved from the Old Jail Museum in 2021 where it sat for almost 50 years to Tudor Hall Manor, the home of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, where the organization oversees the preservation of this important piece of Southern Maryland history. The Society has helped build a platform and protective covering to shelter the rock from the elements. Since its move, the rock has seen a steady flow of visitors who often leave trinkets and small gifts for Moll. 

Peter LaPorte, Executive Director for the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, notes the significance of this event and why this story continues to resonate with us to this day, “The Legend of Moll Dyer and the rock that bears her name are known well beyond Leonardtown and St. Mary’s County,” said Mr. LaPorte. “We’re happy that she and her legend convey across the 325 years since her death an important message for us all. That is, to be kind.”

This enduring message from The Legend of Moll Dyer, “Be Kind” has been chosen as the continuing theme of this year’s event.

Find more information and a complete list of activities and events at VisitLeonardtown.com/MollDyerDay. 


Annual On Watch Memorial Campaign to Commemorate World War II Veterans Runs Through May 1, 2023

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 23, 2023 – Citizens are invited to honor a World War II veteran with a memorial paver brick on the Veterans Patio at the “On Watch” memorial statue in Solomons. The Calvert County Department of Public Works, General Services Division, is coordinating the annual campaign, which runs through May 1, 2023.

The “On Watch” memorial statue is an 8-foot bronze statue by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez commemorating the people and work done at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base during World War II. This facility, the nation’s first amphibious training facility, was active from 1942-1945 and its effect on the area continues to be felt today. The statue was unveiled in August 2007.

The monument commemorates those who served the United States during World War II. The cost of each brick is $100 and is tax deductible. Purchasers will be notified when engraving and installation are complete. Gifts made toward the memorial brick campaign are used for the maintenance and care of the statue and grounds, located at 14485 Dowell Road in Solomons.

An application is available online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/OnWatch. To learn more, contact Theresa Windsor at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565.

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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