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Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspect in Home Invasion and Robbery Case

Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspect in Home Invasion and Robbery Case: On July 13, 2021, at approximately 8 p.m., officers responded to the 6900 block of Surrey Place in Bryans Road, MD for the report of a home invasion and assault that just occurred. The initial investigation revealed the victim was exiting his vehicle in his driveway when the suspect, armed with a gun, approached him. The victim fled into his residence. The suspect followed the victim and kicked the front door open. The suspect's weapon discharged striking him in the lower body. Despite being injured, the suspect still pursued the victim, ordered him to the ground, stole money and fled in a car. Detectives responded to the scene and recovered evidence. In October, the suspect was positively identified as Clyde William Peterson, 51, of Suitland. An arrest warrant was obtained and Peterson was located on October 19 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office. A search warrant was also conducted at Peterson’s home where detectives recovered two firearms, which Peterson is prohibited from possessing due to previous felony convictions of crimes of violence. Detectives also determined this was not a random crime. Peterson is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. 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. 


Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $2 Million for Local Government Crime Prevention Programs

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 B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $2,076,666 in federal funding to bolster crime prevention programs for local governments across the state.

This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and will be used for crime prevention through drug treatment, prevention and education, mental health, law enforcement, witness and crime victim, and crisis intervention team programs.

“Making our communities safer for Maryland families goes well beyond law enforcement; it requires a comprehensive approach that includes crime prevention strategies. That’s why investments like this in resources, initiatives, and strategies that are successful in curbing crime before it happens and promoting greater community safety are so vital,” the lawmakers said. “We will continue to secure federal resources to assist our local communities in improving public safety across Maryland.”

Awardees include:

  • $150,462 for Anne Arundel County for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • $959,956 for the City of Baltimore for the Baltimore Police Department
  • $404,096 for Baltimore County to partially fund the salaries of six Police Officer positions and one Criminal Records Clerk position hired under a previous award
  • $11,337 for the City of Cambridge for the Cambridge-Dorchester BJAG
  • $14,802 for Cecil County for life-saving protective equipment and radar units
  • $45,626 for Charles County to increase officer safety and drug court support program
  • $12,391 for the City of Cumberland in partnership with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office to improve police services
  • $43,631 for the City of Frederick for equipment purchases to facilitate productivity
  • $26,389 for Harford County for radar and traffic data gathering
  • $53,332 for Howard County’s saturation patrol funding, equipment purchases, and training
  • $122,049 for Montgomery County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
  • $167,177 for Prince George's County’s public safety initiative to continue funding all public safety agencies
  • $24,726 for the City of Salisbury’s police department
  • $17,075 for St. Mary's County for the purchase of a Polaris Ranger Side-by-Side Utility Task Vehicle to navigate rural areas
  • $23,617 for Washington County for holiday and community events, traffic enforcement initiatives, crime prevention patrols, and equipment purchases

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice.


Halloween Safety Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) continues to show high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. SMCHD strongly recommends that all community members (vaccinated and unvaccinated) continue to wear masks in indoor settings when with others outside their household and in outdoor group settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
 
“With the holiday season approaching fast, it is important that everyone in our community takes steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “If you’re eligible to get COVID vaccine or booster doses, please do so now. While enjoying the holidays, please take some additional measures to decrease your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 infection.” 
 
Tips for a Safer Halloween

  • Wear a well fitted mask in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained from people who do not live with you
    • Masks are recommended for everyone over age 2 
    • Costume masks with openings around the mouth and nose do not substitute for a mask for COVID-19 prevention - a well-fitted mask for COVID-19 prevention can be worn underneath most costume masks
  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor public spaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, or others if you are sick
  • Please wash your hands before preparing Halloween treats or goodie bags
  • Avoid handling or distributing Halloween treats if you are feeling sick or may be a close contact of someone who has COVID-19
  • Instead of indoor Halloween get-togethers, consider alternative celebrations such as outdoor scavenger hunts, outdoor movie nights, and virtual Halloween costume contests 

 If someone in your family is feeling sick or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, they should not participate in in-person Halloween activities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters. They should stay home unless seeking medical care or to get tested for COVID-19. Information on free community COVID-19 testing is located on the SMCHD website at smchd.org/covid-19-testing
 
For local COVID-19 updates, information, and data visit smchd.org/coronavirus or call the SMCHD COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4330. 


Update About CCPS Transportation Operations

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is experiencing interruptions in school bus services. For the past two school days, about 25 percent of the CCPS contracted school buses were not in operation on Charles County roads. This has led CCPS to ask parents and families to make back-up or alternative arrangements for their children to get to and from school.  

 

CCPS contracts with 26 independently owned bus companies with contractors who provide bus services for the school system. There are 280 buses that service a total of 718 routes in Charles County, as well as provide for out-of-county transportation of students in specialized programs.  

 

One bus may provide service for up to four schools. Contractors as well as CCPS transportation staff are covering as many routes as possible but are not able to cover every route without an adequate number of bus drivers. CCPS is posting transportation updates on its website at ccboe.com. Updates are shared with parents and community members as they are received by staff. Additionally, CCPS is not always made aware in advance of a driver who does not show up for a route.  

 

On Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, a total of 74 school buses did not operate which left 186 routes without drivers and bus service. This means 26 percent of routes did not run. A total of 37 CCPS schools were affected by the driver call outs on Friday. A total of 14 CCPS contracted bus companies experienced at least one driver who did not report to work on Friday.    

 

Today, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, a total of 59 school buses did not operate which left 157 routes without drivers and bus service. Today, 22 percent of routes did not run. The same 37 schools were affected by the driver call outs today. A total of 12 CCPS contracted bus companies experienced at least one driver who did not report to work today.  

 

A group of Charles County bus drivers and attendants participated in a protest at the CCPS administrative offices this morning. Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro talked with those who gathered about setting up a meeting as early as tomorrow to follow-up with their concerns.  

 

CCPS will continue to share any bus service interruptions with the Charles County community at ccboe.com.  

 

Bus contract, agreements with CCPS  

 

Bus contractors sign annual agreements with CCPS. A copy of a master school bus service contract is posted on the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/transportation/?page_id=1127. A signed contract is good for one year and addresses driver and attendant salaries, health and retirement benefits, as well as driver and attendant personal/sick leave.  

 

Drivers and attendants are not CCPS employees; they are employed by independent bus companies that provide transportation service to CCPS. However, benefits negotiated through CCPS and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for various CCPS employees also affect bus drivers and attendants.  

 

When a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is negotiated by CCPS and AFSCME, CCPS bus drivers and attendants also receive the increase.  

 

Driver, attendant salaries  

 

The base hourly rate for a CCPS driver with one to four years of experience is $20.12. A 25 percent fixed charge amount is added to the driver and attendant hourly rate paid to the independent bus companies to cover worker’s compensation, social security, Maryland unemployment, federal unemployment and payroll compensation for the drivers and attendants.  

 

The base hourly rate for a certified CCPS attendant with one to four years of experience is $14.78.  

 

Hourly pay rate charts are located on Page 8 of the CCPS rate schedule posted online here.  

 

Driver, attendant benefits  

 

Drivers and attendants who are employed full time as the regular route driver or attendant on a contracted bus route are eligible for benefits. This includes a minimum daily requirement of six hours per day.  

 

Full time drivers and attendants receive six days of leave, which is paid in full by CCPS. All drivers and attendants employed for more than four years receive one additional day of leave per year at a maximum of 10 days total.  

 

Health and life insurance premiums vary among bus contractors, but CCPS provides the same amount to all contractors. A difference in premiums does not change the cost to a driver or attendant. The cost of these programs is shared by CCPS, the driver and the contractor. Drivers and attendants are not required to take advantage of benefits; they are available at their choosing.  

 

For health and life insurance benefits, the base premium is $10,000; CCPS pays $6,000; the contractor pays $2,000; and the driver pays $2,000.  

 

For life insurance only, the base premium is $210; CCPS pays $150; the contractor pays $30; and the driver pays $30.  

 

For retirement, the base amount is $650; CCPS pays $487.50; the contractor pays $81.25; and the driver pays $81.25.  

 

A further breakdown of benefits is located on pages 8-10 in the CCPS rate scheduled posted online here.  


Multiple St. Mary's County Museums to Change Over to Winter Hours of Operation Starting November 1

LEONARDTOWN, MD - Starting Nov. 1, 2021, the museums operated by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division: St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown, and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum in Piney Point, will switch over to winter hours of operation.

From Nov. 1, 2021, through Mar. 24, 2022, all three museums will be open to visitors daily, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day when they are closed.

 

The Water Taxi at St. Clement’s Island Museum will cease operations by Oct. 31, 2021, for the season and resume cruises on Maryland Day, Mar. 25, 2022.

 

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse, the fourth division historic site, will be closed until spring 2022.

 

For more information about the museums, please visit Museums.StMarysMD.com.

 

About the St. Mary’s County Museum Division

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. These sites include St. Clement’s Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, the Old Jail Museum and the Drayden African American Schoolhouse. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets.


Calvert County Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Sixth Consecutive Assessment

 The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the county has, for the sixth consecutive assessment, received AAA credit ratings from three independent credit rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services and S&P Global Ratings assigned Calvert County their highest ratings due to the county’s strong economy, robust revenues and sound financial management.

The three ratings are assigned to Calvert County’s 2021 general obligation bonds totaling $21.55 million and are reaffirmed for the county’s outstanding debt.

“This sixth consecutive assessment of top credit ratings for Calvert County is a testament to our fiscal stewardship,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “It affirms our commitment to conservative financial management and highlights the county’s strong economic position. These ratings also help the county achieve the best interest rates available when borrowing for major county projects, saving Calvert County taxpayers millions of dollars each year on the repayment of bonds.”

Fitch Ratings assigned its AAA credit rating based on “the county's low long-term liability burden, very healthy reserve levels, superior budgetary flexibility and prudent budget management.” The agency noted these attributes combine to establish resilience to potential economic downturns.

Moody’s Investors Service assigned a “Aaa stable” rating, citing the county’s credit strengths, including a moderately sized, affluent tax base; improved financial reserves and financial flexibility stemming from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement with Dominion Cove Point; and manageable debt and pension burdens. “The outlook also considers the county's moderately sized tax base that continues to exhibit modest growth benefitting from its close proximity to the District of Columbia and ongoing residential and commercial development,” the agency stated.

In its rationale for Calvert County’s AAA rating, S&P Global Ratings noted the strength of the county’s economy, its financial management and its budgetary performance and flexibility. “We view the county's management as very strong, with strong financial policies and practices under our Financial Management Assessment methodology, indicating financial practices are strong, well embedded and likely sustainable,” S&P stated.

“It takes a great deal of hard work to achieve this rating,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “Our fiscal health comes through good planning, the dedication of our employees, and the support of our citizens. This is a proud moment for the county, for county government staff and for Calvert County citizens.”

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.


Transportation update from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS)

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is experiencing bus service interruptions today, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. As of 8:15 a.m., 157 routes did not have coverage. There are 59 buses that are not covering routes this morning. CCPS has 280 buses, and a total of 718 routes. One bus may provide service for up to four schools. Contractors as well as CCPS transportation staff are covering as many routes as possible, but are not able to cover every route without bus service today. CCPS is posting transportation updates on its website at ccboe.com.

Since last week, CCPS has kept school system staff, students and families informed about bus service interruptions. Staff is working with the 26 county contractors who provide bus services to address driver and attendant concerns.

There is a rumored bus driver protest planned for this morning at the CCPS administrative office building in La Plata. CCPS has a Nov. 17 follow-up meeting to present both a short-term and long-term plan to contractors, as well as a representative group of bus drivers and attendants. Bus service interruptions affect the entire community – but mostly students, parents and families. CCPS is committed to working together with contractors, bus drivers and attendants to resolve concerns so they do not impact students.


Charles County Government November Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of November.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

 

Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans’ Day)

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.
  • All school-based community centers, the Nanjemoy Community Center, and all senior centers are closed.
  • All indoor pools will be open Noon - 6 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).
  • The Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will be open 4 p.m. -9 p.m. for recreation activities only.
  • VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, and St. Charles C.  Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, and Charlotte Hall.  Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector.  Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy.  Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day)

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.
  • The Nanjemoy Community Center, The Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, all senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics, indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • VanGO services will not be operating.
  • The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah are closed.
  • Curbside recycling will be delayed one day, Thursday pickup will take place on Friday.
  • The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.
  • White Plains Golf Course and skate park are closed.
  • Port Tobacco Historic Village is closed.

 

Friday, Nov. 26 (Day after Thanksgiving)

  • All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.
  • The Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
  • All indoor pools will be open Noon - 6 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).
  • The Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will be closed.
  • Curbside recycling will be delayed one day. Friday pickup will take place on Saturday.

 

Operating status for other County affiliated agencies:

 

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


CNN Won't Apologize To Joe Rogan For Bruising His Ego

CNN refused to apologize to podcaster Joe Rogan for their claims that he took horse dewormer ivermectin for his COVID infection last month, even after the network's own doctor Sanjay Gupta groveled over the incident on Rogan's podcast. In a statement to the Washington Post, the media network wrote, “The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so.” CNN went after Rogan for promoting the anti-parasitic medication, along with other treatments prescribed by doctors, to fight the COVID infection he caught in September. Rogan had fired back at CNN for not specifying that he took the version of ivermectin prescribed for human use rather, than the version used for livestock. Rogan earned two victories recently after CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta admitted his colleague's should not have said Rogan took horse dewormers while on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week. Then, one of CNN's political commentator's, Mary Katherine Ham, spoke out against her employer and defended Rogan.


James Michael Tyler, Gunther From 'Friends' Dead At 59

James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther on “Friends,” died of prostate cancer. He was 59. TMZ says he died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. Tyler announced on the Today show in June that he had been battling the disease since 2018. He attended the recent Friends reunion via Zoom and said the cast and producers were aware of his health battle. Gunther had pined for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel for years, but she ultimately ended up with on-off beau Ross (David Schwimmer.) Tyler's other credits include Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, Modern Music, The Gesture and the Word and Processing. He also was a vocal advocate for people to get early cancer screenings.


Alec Baldwin Is Canceling Other Projects After Fatal Movie-Set Shooting

Alec Baldwin is canceling work projects after last week’s movie-set mishap that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. A source close to the Baldwin told People magazine that the actor is canceling other projects and plans to “take some time to himself and re-center himself” after last week’s shooting on the New Mexico set of “The Rust.”


Patrol Officers Locate Man Threatening to Harm Himself

Patrol Officers Locate Man Threatening to Harm Himself / Emergency Evaluation: On October 21 at approximately 2:04 p.m., officers responded to a residence in Welcome for a person threatening to harm himself. Prior to officers’ arrival, the individual fled the residence in his vehicle, armed with a shotgun. A lookout was broadcast to responding officers.  Cpl. B. Saunders located the vehicle on Crain Highway and Theodore Green Boulevard in White Plains.  The vehicle abruptly pulled over just prior to Demarr Road.  The individual was taken into custody without incident and transported to a hospital for treatment. Corporal Saunders is investigating.


Notice Of Public Hearings: St. Mary's County Redistricting Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Mary’s County Redistricting Board will hold Public Hearings as set forth below to consider public comments on proposed boundaries of districts for the election of County Commissioners in the 2022 general election and thereafter. The proposed County Commissioner District Maps can be viewed at: http://www.stmarysmd.com/publichearings.asp

 

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.                      Valley Lee (2nd District) Volunteer Fire Dept. Hall

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY                45245 Drayden Road Valley Lee, Maryland

NO CALL IN OR LIVESTREAM                                

REBROADCAST ON CH. 95/YOUTUBE…………Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ   

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 6 p.m.               St. Mary’s County Governmental Center

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE                          41770 Baldridge Street, Chesapeake Building

AND                                                                Leonardtown

CALL TO LISTEN                                           301-579-7236; Access code: 963443#

CALL TO SPEAK                                            301-475-4200, ext. 1234
VIEW LIVE/CH. 95 OR YOUTUBE:         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ 

REBROADCAST ON CH. 95/YOUTUBE…….……Sunday Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m.                    Charlotte Hall Library

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY                37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall

NO CALL IN OR LIVESTREAM                                

REBROADCAST ON CH. 95/YOUTUBE…………Saturday Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ   

 

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at 6 p.m.                  Lexington Park Library

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY                21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park

NO CALL IN OR LIVESTREAM                                

REBROADCAST ON CH. 95/YOUTUBE……..Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ
 

Nov. 23, 2021 @ 6 p.m.            St. Mary’s County Governmental Center

IN PERSON ATTENDANCE                         41770 Baldridge Street, Chesapeake Building

AND                                                                            Leonardtown, Maryland

CALL TO LISTEN                                                       301-579-7236; Access code: 963443#

CALL TO SPEAK                                                        301-475-4200, ext. 1234
VIEW LIVE/CH. 95 OR YOUTUBE:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ 

 REBROADCAST ON CH. 95/YOUTUBE…….…..Saturday 11/27 at 7 p.m.

 

Public Hearings are now open to the public. In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:

a) Written Comments via email: csmc@stmarysmd.com

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

c) Submit a three-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com no later than 5 p.m. on

    Nov. 25, 2021.

 

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

 

Section 26-2 of the Code of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, provides:

  • The Redistricting Board shall propose, after due consideration and investigation, a Redistricting Plan drawing and defining reasonable and lawful boundaries of the four (4) districts for subsequent elections of County Commissioners.
  • After preliminary district boundaries have been drawn and defined, the Redistricting Board shall conduct at least one (1) public hearing in each of the four (4) proposed Commissioner districts. Notice of public hearings shall be given in accordance with the requirements for public hearings by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • After public hearings have been held, the Redistricting Board shall prepare and submit a Redistricting Plan to the Board of County Commissioners by Dec. 31 of the year in which the Redistricting Board is created.
  • Sixty (60) days after submitting the Redistricting Plan to the Board of County Commissioners, the plan shall become the districts for the subsequent election of County Commissioners according to law.


Please note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearings, amendments may be made to the proposed boundaries.

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.


Calvert Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of October 11 – October 17, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,379 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Burglary: 21-57556
On October 12, 2021, DFC P. Wood responded to 3500 block of Ponds Wood Drive in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a burglary. Contact was made with the complainant who advised he returned home to find the basement door kicked in. Nothing was taken from the residence and only the door was damaged. The value of damaged property is unknown at this time.
 
Damaged Property: 21-58410
On October 16, 2021, DFC A. Mitchell responded to 200 block of Thunderbird Drive in Lusby, MD in reference to destruction of property on a vehicle. The complainant advised there were several cracks in her windshield and that there was a hole in the center of the sunroof that was not there prior to Oct. 14. No other damage was reported. The estimated value of damaged property is unknown at this time. 
 
Damaged Property: 21-57325
On October 11, 2021, DFC C. Childress responded to the parking lot of Patuxent High School located at 12485 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby, MD for the report of destruction of property. Contact was made with the complainant who advised unknown suspect(s) placed a traffic cone on the roof of his vehicle and discovered several “fine” scratches on the passenger door handle. The approximate value of damaged property is $100.00.
 
Theft: 21-57940
 
On October 14, 2021, Deputy B. Anderson responded to the 1200 block of Golden West Way in Lusby, MD for the report of a theft. Contact was made with the complainant who advised unknown suspect(s) stole several items off his 1980 Sailboat parked in the rear of his residence. The following items were stolen: a Hobie 18 Magnum Furler, two jib blocks, two shackles, and a jib sheet. The total value of stolen items is $2,300.00.
 
ARRESTS
On October 15, 2021, at approximately 12:51 a.m., Deputy Gough responded to Hook & Vine- Kitchen and Bar, located at 4114 7th Street in North Beach, MD for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival, contact was made with the complainant who advised a male suspect had broken into the restaurant earlier in the night after the restaurant had closed. Video surveillance from the establishment was obtained and the suspect was seen forcibly opening the door to the restaurant and making entry into the building. A lookout for the suspect was broadcasted to patrol units. Shortly after the lookout was given, CCSO received reports of a disorderly subject in the area and deputies responded to scene. Contact was made with the disorderly subject identified as Kolten Takoda Ford, 24 of Chesapeake Beach, MD, who matched the description and was wearing the exact clothing of the suspect in the Hook & Vine burglary. Ford was taken into custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary-2nd Degree and Burglary-4th Degree. 
 
On October 16, 2021, DFC A. Mitchell responded to 1000 block of Gringo Court in Lusby, MD in reference to a disorderly subject. Contact was made with multiple complainants who advised a neighbor was yelling and shooting a BB gun at individuals and residences. Deputy Mitchell observed a male subject on a deck holding what appeared to be an assault rifle. The male, identified as Charles Raymond Corbin, Jr., 46 of Lusby, MD was waving the weapon and yelling at neighbors across the street. Investigation revealed Corbin had fired several BB rounds at a neighbor and distinct red marks were observed on the victim’s stomach and chest. Surrounding neighbors advised Corbin opened fire on their residences, firing shots at their residence’s windows and siding. Corbin was placed into custody and transported to the Calvert Detention Center where he was charged with Reckless Endangerment, 2nd Degree Assault and Intoxicated Endangerment. 

Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters in St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, MD (October 21, 2021) - The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has updated eligibility criteria for local COVID-19 vaccine additional dose/booster clinics in accordance with authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most residents who previously received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may now be eligible for an additional dose/booster dose. Most prior Pfizer recipients continue to be eligible for a booster dose.
 
The following groups who live or work in St. Mary’s County are now eligible to schedule an additional/booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine through SMCHD:

  • All persons who initially received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, age 18 and older (Johnson & Johnson recipients, at least 2 months after 1st dose)
  • All individuals age 65 and older (Moderna and Pfizer recipients, at least 6 months after 2nd dose)
  • Individuals age 18 and older with underlying medical conditions (Moderna and Pfizer recipients, at least 6 months after 2nd dose; if immunocompromised, then at least 28 days after 2nd dose)
  • Individuals age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings (Moderna and Pfizer recipients, at least 6 months after 2nd dose), such as workers in:
    • Healthcare settings
    • Law Enforcement/Corrections, Emergency Medical Services & Fire Rescue
    • Schools and childcare
    • Grocery stores, restaurants, retail

 Eligible individuals do not have to receive the same type/brand of COVID-19 vaccine as their initial vaccination; each of the available COVID-19 vaccines may be “mixed and matched” for the additional/booster dose after completion of the primary vaccination.
 
SMCHD will verify individual age and vaccine history at the time of vaccination (bring ID and vaccine record/card). Patients will affirm they are eligible during registration for appointments (documentation/proof will not be required during registration or at the vaccine site).
 
For more information or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or call the SMCHD COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4330 or St. Mary’s County Library at (240) 523-3340. Please review the allergy guidance and the FAQs for SMCHD COVID-19 Vaccination prior to registering for a vaccine appointment. 
 
For local COVID-19 updates, information, and data visit smchd.org/coronavirus.  


Oct. 19 and 20 Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Board of County Commissioners participated in a follow-up work session on Amendment to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan-Land Surrounding Maryland Airport. Department of Planning and Growth Management staff provided a presentation on the amendment, which would change the land use designation of lands around the Maryland Airport to employment and industrial land use category. County Commissioners approved the amendment in a 4-0 vote.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, County Commissioners participated in Maryland Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Transportation Program Tour. The Maryland Department of Transportation works together with residents, local jurisdictions, and local and state elected officials to include projects in the Consolidated Transportation Program that preserve investments, enhance transportation services, and improve accessibility throughout the state.

Open Session Briefings  

  • Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna E. Abney and Department of Emergency Services Director Michelle Lilly provided an update on COVID-19 in Charles County. There are a variety of vaccination clinics in the community, which include mobile pop-up clinics, schools, congregate living facilities, churches, and vaccines for the homebound. Residents can make their own vaccination appointments and walk-ins are accepted. For a list of county vaccination clinics, visit the Department of Health’s website. For a list of pharmacies and other vaccination clinics available, visit the State of Maryland’s website. University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center provided an update on current COVID-19 hospitalizations and staff COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Chief of Media Services Jennifer Harris provided an update on the county’s communications efforts, which are focused on informing residents about the importance and availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as misinformation. Charles County Public Schools Director of School Safety and Security Jason Stoddard provided an update on the schools’ COVID-19 contact tracing process and case statistics.
  • Department of Emergency Services, Department of Planning and Growth Management, and County Attorney’s Office provided a presentation on and request to introduce Bill 2021-09 Kari’s Law Multiline Telephone System Inspections and Compliance. County Commissioners introduced the bill and set the virtual public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.
  • Planner Kelly Palmer provided a presentation on and request to introduce Bill 2021-10 Zoning Text Amendment 21-162 Veterinarians and Veterinary Hospitals in the Central Business Zone. County Commissioners introduced the bill and set the virtual public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.
  • Soltesz Engineering representatives provided an annual update on Docket 90. The presentation covered development highlights in the St. Charles area, including Stonehaven, Highlands, and Parklands neighborhoods.

 

Approval Items

Commissioners also approved:

  • memorandum of understanding between the County Commissioners and Volunteer Departments.
  • contract modification to the engineering services contract for the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant Flow Equalization Basin.
  • change order for the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant Flow Equalization Basin Project.
  • request from Commissioner Thomasina O. Coates, M.S. (District 2) to provide ad additional $2,500 to support the 2021 Charles County Community Resource Day.

 

Appointments

Commissioners also:

  • Appointed Patricia Vaira to the Library Board of Trustees.
  • Appointed Dan Creighton and Sowande Brown Lawson as the Republican Central Committee members; Monica Kim Temoney and Nikia Smith as the Democratic Central Committee members; and Jessica Jennings and Jamila Smith as citizen members to the Charles County Redistricting Board.

Follow-Up Plan

Associate County Attorney II Danielle Mitchell provided an update on the Maryland State House Bill 670 Police Accountability Board. County Commissioners approved setting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

 

Commissioners’ New Business

Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. requested that the County Commissioners direct staff to research rental affordability for senior citizens and potential rental increases year to year.

 

Proclamations

Public Hearing

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the County Commissioners provided a public hearing on Heritage Green. County Commissioners approved the amendment to the Heritage Green Developers Rights and Responsibility Agreement.

 

Next Commissioners Session: Oct. 26, 2021 (held virtually) 

 

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


Calvert County Planning Commission to Review Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan Comments at Oct. 27 Special Meeting

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 21, 2021 –The Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on the draft Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan (July 2021 draft). The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at 7 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is for the Planning Commission to consider comments from agencies and the public. The Planning Commission will provide an opportunity for people to speak on the draft plan.

Attendees may join the meeting through Zoom by phone (audio only):

·         Toll-free: 888-475-4499

·         Meeting ID: 858 5579 4151

·         Passcode (if asked): #

Those wishing to speak may sign up in advance online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PrinceFrederickTownCenterMasterPlan; attendees will also have the opportunity to request to speak at the beginning of the meeting. In order to allow for as many speakers as possible, individuals will be allowed to speak once per person and will be limited to two minutes, or five minutes if speaking as the designated representative of an organization. Registration to sign up to speak is open through 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

The meeting will also be broadcast live for viewing only on the Calvert County Government website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Meetings, under the “Planning Commission” section, and on Comcast channel 6 and 1070 HD. Speakers must join the meeting through Zoom by phone in order to participate.

Members of the public are invited to review the draft plan at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PrinceFrederickTCMPJuly2021Draft.

The Planning Commission will review and consider all agency and public comments received at this stage, including all written comments submitted before Oct. 1, 2021, to develop an updated draft for further public review.

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.


Escaped zebras' Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty In Maryland

The owner of dozens of zebras living on a farm in Maryland has been charged with several counts of animal cruelty after three escaped nearly two months ago and one was caught in a snare trap and died, having “completely decomposed” by the time investigators found it.
 
Meanwhile, one of the zebras on the farm was found dead Tuesday, officials with the Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment said Wednesday. The dead zebra was seen by a news crew on a helicopter, and they reported it.
 
The state’s attorney for Prince George’s County charged Jerry Holly, who owns a large farm on Duley Station Road in Upper Marlboro, where he keeps the zebras, with three counts of animal cruelty, according to court documents filed Tuesday in the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County. The charges accuse Holly of inflicting “unnecessary suffering or pain on a zebra” and allege that he didn’t provide the zebras with “nutritious food in sufficient quantity” or give “proper shelter.”
 
Attempts to reach Holly were unsuccessful.
 
Officials with the Prince George’s Department of Environment, which has taken over the escaped zebra investigation, said in a statement that they are “not impounding the remaining animals housed on the property.” But they said they would look into getting them to other facilities “should the animals be removed.” Maryland’s Natural Resources Police are handling the investigation on the snare trap, which is illegal in the state.
 
County officials said Wednesday the other two escaped zebras remain on the loose.
 
One of the zebras that escaped from a Maryland farm was found dead last month, officials say
 
The zebra saga started in late August when they escaped from Holly’s farm. Many area residents reported sighting them and posted on social media photos, videos and updates on where they’d been spotted.
 
In the court documents, Rodney Taylor, the chief of Prince George’s County Animal Services division, said his agency got a call Aug. 26 that three zebras were “at large” on nearby Croom Road. When they contacted the animal caretaker, he said he would go check on a fence and count them. They also contacted Holly, said Taylor, who added that Holly was “aware the zebras were loose, but had no plan to recapture the zebras at that time.”
 
 
The county had been leaving it primarily to Holly’s caretakers to capture the escaped zebras and said the best way to do that was to lure them with feed and hay to a field near Holly’s property and gradually put up fencing to try to corral them. The county’s animal service’s chief had said it would take time and that the zebras could be easily spooked.
 
But last week, the county disclosed that one of the zebras had died after it was caught in a snare trap on private property that’s owned by the Girl Scouts and sits next to Holly’s land. Maryland’s Natural Resources Police said a private individual affiliated with the Girl Scouts called them in mid-September to report a dead animal, and when officers arrived, they found one of the zebra’s hind legs caught in a snare.
 
The Girl Scouts said in a statement that the snare trap was placed by an “unauthorized trespasser” on their property.
 
Taylor said in the court documents that the caretaker has “been unable to recapture the zebras.” Taylor also said the escaped zebras “pose a threat to the community” as they “continue to wander through communities, railroad and public roads.” He said they were “also at risk, as evidenced by the death of one of the zebras while at large.”
 
He said the zebras lack adequate food, water and veterinary care. The zebra that died after getting caught in a snare trap, according to Taylor, was “within two feet of the fence line,” where 36 other zebras were being held.
 
An investigating officer with the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the “animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying from being caught in the snare if the caretaker had attended to the zebras in the fenced enclosure,” according to the court papers. The zebra “most likely died of dehydration after a period of a few days struggling in the trap,” the officer said.
 
Maryland’s Natural Resources Police have said they were not notified until Sept. 16 of the dead zebra and that by the time their officers got there, “the animal was completely decomposed.” Officials said the “cause of death could not be specifically determined.” The other dead zebra that was found Tuesday in the enclosure with other zebras had been dead “long enough” that it had entered the “rigor-mortis stage,” according to the court papers.
 
Taylor in the court filing called the zebras a “public nuisance” and said “media coverage surrounding the zebras has brought traffic and trespassers to surrounding homes.”
 
“These animals are being kept in the county in such manner as to disturb the peace, comfort, or health of neighbors and other residents of the county,” the document said.
 
County officials said Wednesday that they were continuing to try to capture the other two zebras.
 
 
Holly has a long history in the exotic animal business. He’s had a slew of animals at his properties in Florida and the one in suburban Maryland, including bison, kangaroos, zebras, camels and spider monkeys.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for licensing and inspecting animals, Holly has a breeder’s license for his facility in Maryland. Richard Bell, a spokesman for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said Holly does “have the appropriate license for the zebras.”
 
Holly has been cited for multiple animal welfare violations that include inadequate veterinary care, unsafe enclosures and filthy conditions, according to USDA inspection records.
 
In a 2014 USDA report, inspectors said they found a dead monkey at his property in Florida, as well as sharp ends of wires on shelters for monkeys and “dirt, insects, rodent droppings and food debris” in storage areas for the animals’ food.
 
Two years later, Holly was charged in Marion County, Fla., with possession of captive wild animals without a permit. He was found guilty and paid about $280 in court costs, according to online court records.
 
And in 2017, USDA officials said that there were roughly 170 animals — including gibbons, a giraffe, lemurs, spider monkeys, camels, kangaroos and roughly 51 zebras — at his Florida property and that there were “a number of animals with physical conditions that need veterinary examination.”
 
The latest revelation in the zebra saga “shows exactly what’s wrong with treating animals as commodities,” said Kitty Block, the president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this incident will spur the county and state to reconsider their current laws to hopefully prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.”

Detectives Make Arrest in Fastop Robbery

On October 19, 2021, around 4:51 a.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Patrol Bureau responded to the Fastop located at 8834 Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach, MD for the report of armed robbery.
 
Investigation revealed a black male, wearing all black with a mask entered the North Beach Fastop and approached the cashier and asked for cigarettes. When the cashier asked for identification, the suspect brandished a weapon, described as an AR-15 style long gun. The suspect brought two white plastic bags and had the cashier place all the money from the cash register inside. The suspect then fled the store on foot.
 
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau assumed the investigation. The suspect was identified as Bryce Everett-Earl Goggins, 29 of North Beach, MD. Goggins was later apprehended and is currently incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Goggins is being charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault and Theft: $100 to under $1,500.00.

Maryland State Police To Participate In National Drug Take Back Day

(PIKESVILLE, MD)  — The Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at state police barracks.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day.  Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75 percent of all overdose deaths in 2020.

In Maryland, during the first six months of 2021, health officials reported 1,358 confirmed unintentional overdose deaths involving drugs and alcohol compared to 1,351 overdose deaths during the same time period in 2020. Opioids accounted for 1,217, or nearly 90%, of overdose deaths reported through June 2021 compared to 1,204 deadly overdoses in 2020. Of those opioid deaths, 250 were from prescription drugs through June 2021 compared to 216 over the same span in 2020.

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As part of Maryland’s combined effort to reduce opioid abuse, Maryland State Police barracks across the state have become around-the-clock drop-off locations for unused prescription medications. All 23 Maryland State Police barracks are now equipped with secure drug collection boxes and available around-the-clock for unused medication drop off.  No questions will be asked when deposits are made.  Citizens can locate the closest Maryland State Police barrack by visiting:

http://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/FieldOperationsBureau/allbarracks.aspx

The Maryland State Police is a partner in the Opioid Operational Command Center, which facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and its deadly impact on Maryland communities. Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery.

 

WHAT:           National Drug Take Back Initiative

WHEN:           SATURDAY, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:          Maryland State Police Barracks Statewide


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