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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Sept. 21, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners has partnered with the National Association of Counties (NACo) since July 2009 to provide county residents with a prescription drug discount program. To date, the partnership has saved Calvert County residents more than $403,000 on more than 20,824 prescriptions with discounts averaging 30.5 percent, or $19.40 per prescription.
This free program is available to all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. The card also covers certain pet medications. The card cannot be used for co-pays or to obtain additional discounts on prescriptions that are covered by insurance. Cards are available at all Calvert County libraries, senior centers, the Calvert County Health Department and the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, located at 30 Duke St., in Prince Frederick. 
To learn more about this free service and to review a list of participating pharmacies, visit the NACo website at www.nacorx.org or call toll-free 1-877-321-2652. Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to recognize CCSO Detective Jennifer McKenzie and Sgt. Jon Burroughs for their work in this year’s legislative process, during which two legislative proposals they suggested were subsequently passed into law. One bill prohibits scrap metal dealers from paying money for cell tower batteries to unauthorized persons, and the other bill allows Charles County Commissioners to adopt county code to require towing companies to be regulated by permits.   
“At the beginning of each legislative session, we ask our employees to make suggestions that would improve policing techniques, reduce criminal activity and/or enhance quality of life issues,” said Sheriff Berry. “Our Executive Command staff reviews each proposal and, after thorough vetting and upon agreement, we prepare the proposals for review by legislators.”
House Bill 198 – From 2015 through 2016, Detective McKenzie, a 14-year-veteran assigned to the Property Crimes Division, noticed batteries from cell towers were being stolen and sold to scrap dealers at an alarming rate. McKenzie, who specializes in tracking stolen goods, recognized the need for better regulation among scrap dealers who purchase batteries. “The batteries were being sold for pennies on the dollar to scrap metal dealers,” McKenzie said. “Much like catalytic converters, trying to determine if the batteries were actually stolen is a bit difficult. We wanted to make it harder for thieves to steal the batteries and sell them quickly.”
In preparing the proposal, Detective McKenzie researched the number of thefts and provided the value of the batteries as well as what scrap dealers were paying. The batteries cost phone companies $800 - $1,200 each, and scrap dealers paid $30-$40 for the metals. Detective McKenzie testified before Maryland legislators, and due to her efforts, House Bill 198 was passed. HB 198 adds cell tower batteries as a prohibited item to scrap at licensed scrap metal dealers, auto dismantlers, recyclers, and scrap processors, with the exception of those who are allowed to by contract and by law, i.e. Sprint or Verizon.
House Bill 1320 – This bill was initiated by Sgt. Burroughs, a 17-year-veteran of the CCSO and current supervisor of the Traffic Operations Unit, who recognized a need for legislation that would create towing regulations in Charles County. Through his experience, as well that of his colleagues, Sgt. Burroughs noticed several towing companies were preying on citizens by towing their vehicles at targeted locations and then charging exorbitant amounts of money for the towing and storage. “We recognized a need to regulate these companies, and this bill does just that,” said Sheriff Berry.  
 
Because of his research, Sgt. Burroughs testified before legislators in Annapolis and in March, HB 1320 was passed. “This House Bill is the first step in ensuring oversight and regulation on towing operations within Charles County.  This bill enjoyed the full support of the Towing & Recovery Professionals Of Maryland and will enhance existing laws by providing a regulatory body,” said Sgt. Burroughs.  This particular law, which is only applicable in Charles County because of Code Home Rule, will allow the Charles County Commissioners to adopt County Code governing the operation and permitting of tow trucks within Charles County. 
 
“Suggesting legislation is a tedious process that requires research and answers. I am extremely proud of our employees who take an interest in enhancing laws that help our crime fighting efforts,” said Sheriff Berry. Both laws become effective on October 1, 2017.   

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The Maryland Department of Health has presumptively identified the influenza virus strain H3N2v (variant flu) in seven Maryland residents who had close contact with pigs at the Charles County Fair. None of the infected individuals has developed serious illness or been hospitalized.
 
Influenza is an infection caused by the influenza virus which can affect people and other animals, including pigs and birds. Symptoms for the H3N2v strain are the same as seasonal flu and include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as sore throat and cough. Historically, there is limited human to human transmission from this strain of variant flu. The treatment recommendations for this strain of influenza are the same as for seasonal flu.
 
Health officials recommend that people with influenza-like illness contact their healthcare provider and inform them if they have had pig contact within the past seven days. Providers are advised to contact their local health departments if they suspect variant flu in their patients to coordinate appropriate testing with their local health department. The Charles County Health Department can be reached at 301-609-6900 ext. 6025 and the St. Mary’s County Health Department can be reached at 301-475-4330.
 
Twenty other cases of variant flu have been detected in other states this year. Of those, 18 were also the virus strain H3N2v. Illnesses associated with these variant flu infections have been mostly mild with symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu. In 2012, 13 individuals developed influenza after direct contact with sick pigs at the Queen Anne’s County fair in Maryland.
 
Certain people are at higher risk for complications of influenza, including children under five, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic heart, lung, liver, kidney and neurologic conditions or immunosuppression. The spread of influenza, including the possible spread of H3N2v, between humans can be prevented by:
 
Avoiding close contact with sick people;
Limiting contact with others as much as possible if you are sick to keep from infecting them and staying home from work or school if you are sick until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines;
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately after use;
Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available;
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu; and
Getting the seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available. Although it is not effective against H3N2v, it is protective against other common strains of influenza.     
 
The spread of influenza between pigs and humans can be prevented by:
 
Washing your hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to pigs;
Never eating, drinking or putting things in your mouth in pig areas;
Considering avoiding exposure to pigs and swine barns this summer, especially if sick pigs have been identified and if you are high risk of complications from influenza;
Watching your pig for signs of illness and calling a veterinarian if you suspect they might be sick;
Avoiding close contact with pigs that look or act ill; and
Avoiding contact with pigs if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspects pictured below. 
 
 
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 11:45 AM, both suspects were seen rummaging through the employee office area of the Rent-A-Center store located at 21600 Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park, Maryland.
 
An employee later discovered her wallet had been stolen from her purse which was in the same office. 
 
Anyone with information regarding the identity of either suspect or about the crime in general is asked to contact  DFC Potter at 301.475.4200 ext. *8037 or by email at David.Potter@stmarysmd.com CASE #48647-17
 
Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or TEXT a TIP to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED and callers can remain ANONYMOUS. St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers REWARDS of up to $1,000 for information about a crime that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 

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Influenza A detected in swine exhibited at the 
Charles County Fair
Further testing taking place to determine specific strain
 
Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and the health departments in Charles County and St. Mary’s County are investigating five cases of influenza in pigs recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair. Preliminary tests show that the pigs are infected with influenza A, but it is not yet known if this strain is potentially transmissible to humans. Additional testing and investigation is underway by the Department of Agriculture.
 
It is rare for influenza viruses that normally infect pigs – often called “swine flu” – to spread to people, but it is possible. Most commonly, human infections with swine flu occur in people who have been exposed to infected pigs (e.g., children handling pigs at agricultural fairs or workers in the swine industry). Limited human-to-human spread of swine flu has been detected previously, but no sustained or community spread has been identified. There have been 421 human cases of swine flu in the United States since 2005. Twenty cases have occurred in 2017, all in states other than Maryland.
 
The symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to non-swine influenza and can include fever, cough and sore throat. Prescription influenza antiviral drugs can treat swine flu infections in people, especially when started early. Health officials recommend that people with influenza-like illness contact their healthcare provider and inform them if they have had pig contact within the past seven days. Providers are advised to contact their local health departments if they suspect swine flu in their patients to coordinate appropriate testing with their local health department. The Charles County Health Department can be reached at 301-609-6900 ext. 6025 and the St. Mary’s County Health Department can be reached at 301-475-4330.
 
All swine at the Charles County fairgrounds are under a quarantine order from the Department of Agriculture and will not be released until seven days after the last pig shows signs of influenza illness. Swine exhibits at the upcoming St. Mary’s County and Calvert County fairs have been cancelled by order of the Secretary of Agriculture. To report sick pigs, or if you have questions about pigs and influenza, please call the Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5810 or after hours at 410-841-5971.
 
 
Tips to protect yourself and others from the flu
The flu vaccine protects against many types of influenza. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people over age 6 months get the flu vaccine every year. Other important steps people can take to protect themselves and others from all types of influenza include:
Avoiding close contact with sick people;
Limiting contact with others as much as possible if you are sick to keep from infecting them and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities;
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately after use;
Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available;
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
People who are at high risk of serious flu complications, including children younger than 5 years, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions (like asthma and other lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions) should avoid pigs and swine barns. Other people who may have exposure to pigs, such as through an agricultural fair, should take the following protective measures:
Do not eat, drink or put anything in your mouth in pig areas;
Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers, or similar items into pig areas;
Avoid close contact with pigs that look or act ill;
Wear personal protective equipment if you are required to have contact with a pig that is known or suspected to be sick;
Wash your hands often with soap and running water or alcohol-based hand rub before and after Exposure to pigs;
Minimize contact with pigs in the pig barn and arenas;
If you have a pig, watch it for signs of illness and call a veterinarian if you suspect illness; and
Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu symptoms.
Additional Resources:
Health overview of flu facts, the Maryland 2016-2017 Influenza Plan, and other flu-related resources: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN/Pages/influenza.aspx.
USDA APHIS swine disease information: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/swine-disease-information.
CDC information about swine flu, including key facts and details on past cases: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/index.htm. 
CDC guidance for people attending agricultural fairs or other settings where swine might be present: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/variant/preventspreadfactsheet.htm. 
CDC information about influenza, including prevention recommendations, surveillance data, and other facts: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
World Animal Health Organization (OIE) information: http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Media_Center/docs/pdf/Disease_cards/SI-EN.pdf.
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Order to Prevent the Spread of Swine Influenza: http://mda.maryland.gov/AnimalHealth/Documents/2017SwineFluOrder.pdf.

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Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces Christina R. Pompa, AICP, LEED AP as the deputy director for the Department of Planning and Growth Management.  The deputy director will report to the Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Steve Kaii-Ziegler. Pompa will begin her employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Oct. 2.
 
As the deputy director, Pompa will work with the director in managing the operations, administration and financial functions of the Department of Planning and Growth Management.  This includes development review and permitting operations, budget development, administration and management of department programs, leadership, policy guidance, interagency liaison, and assistance with planning, organizing, and directing the operation of the department’s programs and activities.
 
"I am excited to serve all the stakeholders of Charles County," said Pompa.
 
Pompa has extensive expertise in interpretation and implementation of zoning, subdivision, and environmental regulations as applied to development projects across multiple Maryland counties and municipalities.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified planners and accredited with U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  She was recently employed with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as an acting planning supervisor in the Development Review Division, Subdivision and Zoning Section. Previously she served as the assistant branch manager of the Centreville, Maryland office of McCrone, Inc., a civil engineering, land planning, and surveying firm.
 
"I look forward to Christina joining Charles County Government,” said Kaii-Ziegler. “She will be a positive addition to the department’s team as she works to serve the residents of Charles County."
 
Pompa holds a Master of Science from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
 

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect pictured below. 
 
 
On Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:18 PM, the suspect used a stolen Target gift card at the Target store located at 45155 First Colony Blvd. in California, Maryland. 
 
The gift card had been inside a birthday card which was stolen from a mailbox in the 21800 block of Oscar Hayden Road in Bushwood, Maryland.
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or about this crime in general is asked to contact  Deputy Dale Smith at 301.475.4200 ext. *8098 or by email at Dale.Smith@stmarysmd.com CASE #47255-17. 
 
Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or TEXT a TIP to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED and callers can remain ANONYMOUS. St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime that leads to an arrest or indictment.  

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Theft of Motor Vehicle - On 9-19-17 a victim reported unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle from the 28000 block of Lockes Hill Road in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Yingling is investigating. Case #48388-17
 
Burglary - On 9-19-17 an employee reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a shed at the Joseph Sacco Fire School located in Valley Lee and stole property. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating. Case #49555-17
 
Counterfeit Complaint - On 9-19-17 a victim reported she received a counterfeit bill from a known suspect at the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge. DFC Potter is investigating. Case #49615-17
 
Burglary - On 9-20-17 unknown suspects forced entry into a residence located in the 21000 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. Unknown suspect(s) stole property. DFC Beyer is investigating. Case #49725-17
 
Burglary to Motor Vehicle - On 9-20-17 unknown suspect(s) entered a vehicle while it was parked on Expedition Drive in Lexington Park at the Extended Stay America. Cash and other property was stolen. Deputy Bush is investigating. Case #49765-17
 

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The Board of Public Works today approved funding for a new Coastal Resiliency Grant Program to help Maryland’s coastal communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of extreme storms and weather.
 
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources program will help design four shoreline improvement demonstration projects across the state with an additional two projects pending.
 
“Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states to the effects of a changing climate and sea level rise,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “This innovative new program – the first of its kind – will use natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities, infrastructure and public resources from climate-related impacts, such as erosion, flooding, storm surge and more.”
 
Grantees will work with department staff and coastal engineers to complete designs and will partner with local communities to ensure an open and transparent process. Funds for this new pilot program were designated in Governor Larry Hogan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which set aside dedicated funds for the design of shoreline restoration projects in the following locations:
 
Dorchester County – Address sea level rise, complex sediment dynamics and wave action through a living shoreline built with local dredged material along the mouth of Hurst Creek on the Choptank River.
Eagle Harbor – Focus on sea level rise, stormwater impacts and storm surge in Prince George’s County community through a living shoreline, stream enhancement and stormwater practices.
 
Somerset County – Mitigate erosion and flooding along Deal Island Peninsula with a living shoreline that incorporates dune restoration and marsh enhancement.
 
St. Catherine’s Island – Concentrate on erosion and sea level rise at the Jefferson Islands Club’s island in St. Mary’s County with an innovative living shoreline that builds coastal resiliency and wildlife habitat on an island environment in the lower Potomac River.
Two additional projects, slated for Anne Arundel County, will go before the Board of Public Works later this year.
 
The new Coastal Resiliency Grant Program is part of a larger Resiliency through Restoration Initiative, which also provides technical assistance for communications, education, monitoring and outreach to document and share the benefits of natural solutions.
 

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(La Plata, Maryland) – The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack in partnership with University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata Town Police, Charles County Rescue Squad 51 and Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) are conducting a free child safety seat check on September 23rd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Walmart in La Plata, Maryland. 
 
Attending a car seat check is a great way to determine if your child safety seat is installed correctly. Child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to educate and assist parents, caregivers or day care provider’s information to keep your children safe while in transport or in the event of a crash.
 
While 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, research shows that 7 out of 10 children are improperly restrained.  Furthermore, child safety seats can reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers, ages 1-4.
 
WHAT: Child Safety Seat Check 
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
WHERE: Walmart- 40 Drury Drive La Plata, Maryland 20646

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(La Plata, Maryland) – The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack in partnership with
the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, La Plata Town Police Department, Department of
Natural Resources, and Maryland Transportation Authority will be conducting a
Sobriety Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, in Charles County,
Maryland.
Motorists are encouraged to appoint a designated driver or use public or other
alternative transportation if you are planning on consuming alcohol. If you do drink,
you are simply asked to please not drive.
There is zero-tolerance for driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. It’s not
worth the risk...to your life or the life of another. No excuses will be accepted as there
is no substitute for sobriety when behind the wheel. We will be doing our part. We
kindly ask that you do yours. This effort is designed to educate the public and make our
communities a safe place to live, work and visit.
 

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Theft From Vehicles Chesapeake Ranch of Estates
Between September 11th and September 12th several deputies responded to the Chesapeake Ranch of Estates for multiple complaints of thefts from vehicles. Multiple items were stolen out of the complainants’ vehicles including money, cigarettes, Coach brand wristlet, Coach brand wallet, Michael Kors wallet, Ipad 4, Ryobi Drill Set, Surface Pro Computer 4, and a Maryland ID card. After speaking with each complainant it was discovered that all vehicles were left unlocked at the time of the thefts. The streets affected in these incidents are San Gabriel Ct, San Gabriel Road, Sitting Bull Trail, Wolf Howl Lane, and Redlands Road.
 
Theft: 17-48691
On September 13, 2017 Deputy Migliaccio responded to Dunleigh Dr for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between September 12th and September 13th the front tag of their vehicle was stolen. The value of the stolen property is $200.
 
Theft: 17-49330
On September 16, 2017 Deputy Barger responded to Dayton Ave, North Beach for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated sometime between September 15th at 5:00pm and September 16th at 12:00pm someone entered their unlocked vehicle and stole their wallet containing multiple credit cards, a car key, and currency. The value of the stolen property is $325.
 
Damaged Property: 17-49173
On September 15, 2017 Sergeant Naecker responded to Dartmoor Drive for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between September 14th at 9:30pm and September 15th at 5:00am their mailbox had been damaged. The estimated damage is $300.
 
Damaged Property: 17-49104
On September 15, 2017 Deputy Callison responded to Walnut Creek Road for the report of damaged property. The victim stated at approximately 4:00pm on September 14th their living room window had been damaged by an unknown object. The estimated damage is $500.
 
Damaged Property: 17-49281
On September 16, 2017 Deputy Boerum responded to 3rd Street North Beach for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that between September 15th at 8:30pm and September 16th at 5:00am they discovered their rear driver side window had been shattered and there was a brick from the yard inside the vehicle on the back seat. The estimated damage is $500.
 
Burglary: 17-48398
On September 11, 2017 Deputy Sampson responded to Leitches Wharf Road for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival the victim stated they noticed the front door to the residence was unlocked and the kitchen window in the rear of the residence had been broken. After a check of the residence, it was discovered the master bedroom had been ransacked and items in the kitchen had been broken. The overall value of damaged property and items is undetermined.  
 
ARRESTS:
 
On September 12, 2017 Deputy Durner responded to the Quality Inn located on Lore Road, Solomons for the report of a trespasser. Upon arrival Deputy Durner made contact with the suspect later identified as Theresa Hebert (59) of Solomons inside the lobby. Ms. Herbert was arrested and charged with trespassing. 
 
On September 16, 2017 Deputy Spalding responded to Patuxent Camp Sites located on Williams Wharf Road, Saint Leonard for a trespassing complaint. After speaking with the complainant, they advised Stephen Morrow (46) of Broomes Island was on the property after already being issued a no trespass order. Mr. Morrow was located in the wood line attempting to sleep. Mr. Morrow was arrested and charged with trespassing. 

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Leonardtown, MD – Planning is underway to upgrade Wieck’s playground at Miedzinski Park in Leonardtown. The public will have an opportunity to share comments and ideas at a planning meeting, scheduled for Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m.. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the October Recreation and Parks Citizen Advisory Board meeting inside the Chesapeake Building. The address is 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
 
The Department of Recreation and Parks has assembled a committee of several of the park’s original Project Playground volunteers, citizens and Recreation and Parks Advisory Board members  to work with staff on the project.
 
The project’s goal is to make necessary safety and ADA upgrades while maintaining the park’s history and the playground’s “fantasy” theme. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded a $200,000 FY18 Community Parks and Playground grant to help pay for playground improvements. County commissioners approved capital funds in FY17 for the project.
 
Citizens unable to attend the October 5 meeting, but wish to submit comments and ideas for the project, can call Recreations and Parks at 301-475-4200, ext. *1811 or email Kathy Bailey at Kathy.bailey@stmarysmd.com. 

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Leonardtown, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has recently received multiple complaints involving a check fraud scam. In this scam, a potential victim will receive, what appears to be, a legitimate bank check in the MAIL; typically by 2 day or 3 day US Priority Mail service. Instructions will accompany the check directing victims to cash the check then contact someone for additional information. Victims are subsequently directed to purchase items and deposit the left over money into a separate account belonging to the scammer.
Cashing the check and sending the money to the scammer will result in the victim losing their own money. 
DON'T BE A VICTIM. If you receive a check similar to those pictured below, DO NOT ATTEMPT to cash it without first verifying the check's authenticity. 
 
 
 
If you have any questions or if you are a victim of a scam, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301.475.8008.
 

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening.
 
“I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the fiscal year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland is home to more than 40,000 active and reserve service members. These men and women have volunteered to defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This bill will improve the quality of life of more than 2 million men and women of the all-volunteer force – as well as their families – through more fair compensation, policies and benefits, including first-rate health care. It also better addresses the needs of wounded, ill and injured service members.
 
“I am especially pleased to have included an amendment that will establish a process intended to prevent the imminent closure next month of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBAAC) located at Ft. Detrick. Preventing this closure will allow for the Department of Homeland Security to work with other agencies that rely on this lab, and ensure that our country does not lose this essential capability. This will ensure our continued ability to understand and counter against biological threats to our national security.
 
“I also am pleased that we were able to include my amendment that would direct the U.S. Air Force to modernize the existing National Guard F-16 fleet with upgraded radar systems. This amendment would ensure that the National Guard F-16 fleet, including the District of Columbia Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, is able to detect modern and evolving threats.
 
“The NDAA is not a Democratic bill or a Republican bill, but bipartisan legislation to provide defense for our nation. The NDAA is the key mechanism to provide necessary authorities and funding for America’s military.”

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Charles County Government, in partnership with Charles County Public Schools, is hosting a free community opioid workshop and resource fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at North Point High School (2500 Davis Rd, Waldorf) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This fair is to help educate our local community and help provide resources to those in need.  Registration is not required.
 
The Opioid Education and Prevention Event will feature the following workshops:
...• How to Administer Narcan (naloxone) (Charles County Department of Health) • How to Administer CPR (Charles County Department of Emergency Services) • How Opioids Affect the Brain (Porto Treatment Center) • How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs (Charles County Public Schools and Charles County Sher…
Vendors will be on-site to offer treatment and prevention resources. Refreshments will be available for a fee by the North Point softball boosters club. 
 
If you are seeking immediate help or support, please visit beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov.  For additional information or questions about this event, contact Erica Rizor at RizorE@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-645-0553.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 
 

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On September 17, 2017, at 7:59 PM, patrol deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Piney Point Road and Blake Creek Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the nature of the collision, The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was requested.
 
The preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by Shelia Marie Hardesty, 54, of Leonardtown, MD, was traveling southbound on Piney Point Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and into northbound traffic. The vehicle then struck a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 operated by James Matthew Bowes Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, MD. 
 
Hardesty was pronounced deceased at the scene. Bowes was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Preliminarily, neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.
 
Anyone with further information regarding this collision, please contact Deputy John Davis at (240)496-6695 or by email, John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.
 

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Maurice J. McDonough High School senior Elizabeth Saoud is working her way towards her high school graduation in June 2018, one Advanced Placement (AP) class at a time. As the current top ranking senior in the McDonough Class of 2018, Saoud has a full schedule of AP classes to keep her busy. Her passion for soccer keeps her busy outside of school, but Saoud finds the time to support her commitment to her future.
 
“I am a hard worker and have studied very hard to get to where I am now. I set goals, reach them and enjoy pushing myself to do my best,” she said of her study habits. She has earned straight A grades since she began her high school career and took the Preliminary SAT, PSAT, exam as a freshman. Her performance on the PSAT, as well as the SAT, recently earned her recognition in a prestigious national scholarship program.
 
Saoud was named a semifinalist last week in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a scholarship program that recognizes some of the highest achieving high school seniors nationwide. Students are selected for recognition on their academic achievement, performance on the PSAT and SAT exams, community involvement and leadership experience.
 
Saoud is captain of the McDonough varsity soccer team and president of the National Honor Society. She is also the president of the Student Government Association and plays for a travel soccer league, Capital Futbol Club. Additionally, Saoud also received the grand award as a freshman at the CCPS Science Fair.
 
She said she was honored to learn she was chosen for recognition as a semifinalist in the merit scholar program. “This is a huge honor. I studied really hard for the PSAT and the SAT. If I am picked as a finalist, I will be honored and excited to receive any kind of scholarship assistance. It really is an honor just to be picked for this recognition,” Saoud said.
 
Saoud’s favorite subjects are science and math. She said her passion for these subjects helped to fuel her future plans. She plans to major in pre-medical studies with the goal of becoming either a surgeon or an anesthesiologist. “I want to do something challenging and really enjoy learning about math and science. When I was little, my parents told me I could do anything I wanted to do. I want to use those subjects and do something to help the community,” Saoud said.
 
Saoud is enrolled in six AP classes this school year, and completed five courses during her sophomore and junior years. She has taken the accompanying exams for five classes and received a score of 5, the highest possible on an AP exam, on each exam.
 
One of her favorite classes is calculus, but not only because she loves the subject. Saoud said her calculus I teacher, Michael Swann, has a natural ability to push students to do their best. “I look up to Mr. Swann. I took his calculus I class and did well. He always helped me be confident in my abilities and to push myself when I thought I was not capable of something,” she said.
 
Swann said he could not think of a more deserving student to be recognized through the scholarship program. “Elizabeth is a role model in and out of the classroom. She is kind to all those that she meets and works tirelessly to pursue her goals. She is proof that hard work and determination will be rewarded,” Swann said.
 
The program is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Finalists in the program receive a $2,500 scholarship, some of which are renewable. Saoud said the scholarship would help her fund her educational pursuits, which include attending either Yale University or Johns Hopkins University.
 
Saoud and nearly 16,000 other students nationwide advance to the finalist level. Semifinalists include the highest performing students from each state and scholarships are awarded on a state representational basis.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland will advance communications for first responders by opting in to the FirstNet and AT&T plan. This state-of-the-art plan will deliver a wireless broadband network to Maryland’s public safety community, allowing for faster, more informed, and better coordinated responses. Through FirstNet’s advanced technologies, Maryland’s first responder subscribers will now have additional resources to help save lives and protect communities.
 
“Keeping Marylanders safe is our top priority, and our first responders need to be equipped with every tool possible to protect our citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “By adopting this plan, our first responders will now have the ability to efficiently and effectively work together not just within the state, but across the region and at the national level.”
 
“This innovative initiative will also spur investment into Maryland’s economy, helping to create jobs and enhance mobile broadband coverage in rural parts of the state,” the governor continued.
 
AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate, and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Maryland’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps, and tools for first responders.
 
FirstNet will transform the way Maryland’s fire, police, EMS, and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:
 
Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies, and supporting large events like the Preakness.
Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters like 2016’s Winter Storm Jonas that brought record-breaking snowfall and blizzard conditions to the state.
Increase public safety coverage across the state and region and connect public safety subscribers nationally, providing modern communications and data sharing, helping to increase the safety of first responders.
Enhance and expand network coverage across Maryland’s diverse landscape, to cover areas that are today underserved, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural areas.
Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.
Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.
FirstNet and AT&T designed Maryland’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public safety community. FirstNet has been meeting with Maryland’s officials and public safety personnel for several years to address their unique communication needs. These include:  
 
Expanding coverage across the state, particularly in the western and lower Eastern Shore.
Focusing on the state’s critical infrastructure in preparation for severe weather events.
Making solutions available to support the state’s large base of volunteer emergency responders.
“FirstNet is honored to serve the State of Maryland – where we launched our nationwide consultation program in 2014,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “Governor Hogan's decision will help deliver game-changing technology to first responders throughout Maryland, making communities safer and more secure. FirstNet will continue our partnership with the state to make sure the network delivers the coverage, services and innovation that public safety expects and needs.”
 
The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Maryland’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.
 
The administration’s decision to opt-in will enable AT&T to buildout FirstNet in Maryland and begin planning and construction ahead of schedule. This will create a highly secure public safety network for Maryland's first responder subscribers and provide priority use and preemption on this network.
 
Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS, and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.
 
"Governor Hogan's decision to opt-in to FirstNet demonstrates his continued commitment to support public safety at all levels,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “With his decision, we're now able to launch our efforts to deliver a public safety broadband network in Maryland. We look forward to working with first responders statewide to give them access to the life-saving technologies they've asked for."

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