PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 23, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, July 3, 2017, at noon.
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of our local radio stations.
Residents are also encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading the “Prepare Me Calvert” app for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market.
It puts critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared.
Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Calvert County ALERT messages can be sent by a variety of methods including cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more. Sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts button. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.
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The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, July 1. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Visit www.charlescountymd.gov/HHW for a list of prescription and non-prescription medication dropped off locations.
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2017 collection dates are: July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
DETECTIVES IDENTIFY AND ARREST FOUR SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY: On April 18 at approximately 5:07 a.m., four masked men entered the Dash-In in White Plains and demanded money from the clerk. After obtaining the cash register, one of the suspects fired two shots from a shotgun, striking the ceiling and a display case. The suspects fled in a minivan, which was found a short time later on fire. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified and arrested all four suspects. Nathan Ellsworth Proctor, 34, of Bryans Road; Corey Kelton, 25, of Marbury; Anthony Walls, 23, of Indian Head; and Tyrel Adams, 20, of Indian Head, were charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges. They are being held in the Charles County Detention Center. Det. C. Gregory investigated.
BURGLARY: Between June 20 – June 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 7100 block of Henson Landing Road in Welcome and stole hunting equipment and tools. Officer J. Harley is investigating.
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On June 19 at 10:44 p.m., officers responded to the 12200 block of Goldstone Court in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related assault. Upon arrival, officers learned a 37-year-old male had been stabbed in the chest by a relative with whom he was arguing. The victim was transported to a hospital where it was later determined his injuries were not life threatening. The investigation is ongoing. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On June 18 at 10:28 p.m., officers responded to the 4000 block of Tims Place in Nanjemoy for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located a 22-year-old male with a stab wound to the abdomen. He was flown to a hospital where his injuries were later determined to be non-life-threatening. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the victim and suspect, Tremaine Vondell Dorsey, 24, of Nanjemoy, were attending a birthday party and became engaged in an altercation. During the altercation, witnesses observed Dorsey stab the victim with a knife. After the stabbing, Dorsey fled in the woods towards Clarice Place. With the assistance of a K9, officers were able to track the suspect and take him into custody. Dorsey was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Det. C. Shankster is investigating.
5-30-2017 - Theft - DFC D. Potter observed the suspect, Steven Ray Lee, California, age 24 of, California, leave the Walmart store without paying for merchandise. DFC Potter followed the suspect and provided identifying information to responding deputies. The vehicle was located and the stolen merchandise was recovered. Lee was charged with Theft Under $1000.
Criminal Summons and Warrant Services:
05/31/17 - Shannon Elizabeth Johnson, 39, Huntingtown, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property. Served by Dep. K. Molitor CASE#18629-17
06/01/17 - Laura Ann Marini, 36, Mechanicsville, MD was charged via Criminal Summons for Theft Less than $100. Served by Dep. C. Edwards CASE#28430-17
Adult Arrests 06/01/17
6-1-2017 - Assault - DFC J. Maguire responded to the 44000 block of Watson Lane for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, David William Thompson, age 34, of Leonardtown, assaulted the victim leaving visible signs of injury to the victim's left hand and elbow. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#02849-17
6-2-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to a reported theft at the Walmart in California. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Daniel Holly Dement, age 50, of Lexington Park, filled a shopping cart with items and utilized a small child to push the cart past all points of sale into the parking lot. Loss prevention made contact with the suspect who then dropped the bags full of merchandise and fled with the child. Using surveillance the suspect was identified and then located. He was charged via criminal citation for Theft Less Than $1000. CASE#29037-17
6-2-2017 - Assault on Inmate - Cpl. E Johnson responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Keith Demar Young, age 28, of Waldorf, assaulted another inmate by hitting the inmate on the head, and then continued to hit assault the victim in the head and face. The victim displayed visible signs of injury. Young was charged with Assault on DOC employee and released back to the custody of the detention center. CASE#29070-17
6-10-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the Lowe's in California for a late report of a theft. The investigation revealed that on May 10, 2017, the suspect, Evan Thomas Jenkins, age 28, of Mechanicsville, exited the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect was located and charged for Theft Less than $1000.CASE#24697-17
6-5-2017 - Assault - Deputy P. Henry responded to the 21000 block of Tammies Drive in Great Mills for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, William Howard Grantham, age 57, of Great Mills assaulted the victim causing visible sign of injury. Grantham was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Two Counts of Second Degree Assault.CASE#29565-17
6-6-2017 - CDS Violation - Deputy E. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported CDS Violation. The suspect, Steven Rene Tharpe, age 26, of Great Mills, was ordered by the District Court Judge to take a urinalysis test prior to sentencing. During the test, something fell out of the suspect's pants. The correctional officer advised it appeared to be a condom containing an unknown liquid. The suspect was charged with altering a drug/alcohol urinalysis test. CASE#29720-17
It has been brought to our attention posts are circulating on social media regarding a rape that occurred in the Charlotte Hall area.
As with all active investigations, we are limited in the amount of information we can release. However, we can confirm the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred on Mount Wolf Road on June 13, 2017.
This an isolated incident and no similar incidents have been reported.
At the conclusion of the investigation, any substantiated information will be released to the public.
As always, if you believe you see something suspicious, please call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 301-475-8008.
To our concerned citizens, thank you for reaching out to us.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of David Steiner, Ph.D., Dr. Justin Hartings, Michael Phillips, and Kyle Smith to the Maryland State Board of Education.
“These talented individuals represent our administration’s continued commitment to ensuring that our already strong education system continues to improve while providing a world-class education for all Maryland students,” said Governor Hogan. “Their strong academic backgrounds and educational expertise have prepared them well, and I look forward to seeing all the great work they will accomplish as we continue to Change Maryland for the better.”
David Steiner, Ph.D. currently serves as the executive director for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and a professor of education at Hopkins. He has served on many education-related boards across the country, and was previously dean of the School of Education at Hunter College, and served as the New York State Commissioner of Education.
Pastor Michael Phillips is currently the senior pastor of the Kingdom Life Church in Baltimore, an also serves as the chairman and founder of the Better Life Community Development Corp. He serves on the board of Green Street Academy and on the 50CAN Maryland Can and Faith Leaders for Excellent Schools.
Justin Hartings, Ph.D. is the founder and president of Biaera Technologies of Hagerstown, a company that does aerobiology program management, quality control, and creates customized aerosol systems in the life science field. He has twice been elected to the Washington County Board of Education and served a term as president.
Kyle Smith, the fourth nominee to the board, is from North Point High School in Charles County, and will be serving as the student member. Smith was appointed by the governor after receiving the recommendation from the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
These appointments will be subject to confirmation of the Maryland Senate during the 2018 session of the General Assembly.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 22, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, and the Department of Planning and Zoning seek public feedback on the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan was recently updated and will be presented to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners for review July 25.
The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property from the effects of natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, severe storms, droughts, landslides and other events. Calvert County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies and assesses potential natural hazards and man-made events, evaluates local mitigation measures that should be undertaken – including public outreach before and during major events – and outlines procedures for monitoring the implementation of mitigation strategies.
Residents have until Wednesday, July 5, to review and comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan. It can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us/HazardMitigation. Comments should be directed to Emergency Management Specialist Shelly Gooding via email at email@example.com or by calling 410-535-1600, ext. 2302.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state.
Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany to Worcester.
“Through this grant program, we are improving the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through the development and enhancement of various water access sites throughout the state, while expanding opportunities for the public to appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays and their tributaries have to offer,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The boating industry supports thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributes billions to our economy.”
Funded projects include the dredging of local navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving parking and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, piers and ramps. Funding is also provided to local first responders to enhance water rescue operations.
“From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to maneuvering the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, boating is a way of life in Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike will continue to benefit from Maryland’s world-class recreational boating opportunities for years to come.”
The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.
In Southern Maryland:
Anne Arundel: Broadwater Creek, Deale: Main channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne Arundel: Carrs Creek, Deale: Main channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne Arundel: Citywide Annapolis: Public boating facilities improvements
Anne Arundel: Parrish Creek, Shady Side: Install single lane boat ramp with floating pier and paved turnaround
Calvert: Hallowing Point Boating Facility, Prince Frederick: Develop master plan for expanded Hallowing Point facility
Calvert: North Beach Volunteer Fire Department: Purchase of a new fire/rescue boat
Charles: Smallwood State Park, Marbury: Re-deck the boating ramp piers and the marina concession pier at Sweden Point Marina
Charles: Smallwood State Park, Marbury: Design of bulkhead replacement along the Sweden Point Marina waterfront
Prince George’s: Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad: Purchase new fire/rescue boat motor
Prince George’s: Prince George’s County, Fort Washington: Purchase new high performance all-terrain airboat for water rescue
St. Mary’s: Countywide: Public boating facilities improvement
St. Mary’s: Point Lookout State Park, Scotland: Re-deck marina boardwalk and piers
St. Mary’s: St. Clements Island, Coltons Point: Re-deck the north and south light house piers
Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans is asking for the Community to attend a Community Workshop. “Community Policing and Building Relationships of Trust”
An opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the Sheriff’s Office and the community they serve. On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the College of Southern MD, Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, Room 119. “Public trust is based on a relationship that is reciprocal in nature, fostered by deputies who demonstrate the highest ethical standards while being supported by an engaged community.”
~ Sheriff Mike Evans
Free Workshops – 2 Sessions Available, Session 1: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Session 2: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Sheriff Evans invites: Community Leaders, Activists, Interested Citizens, Law Enforcement and their families.
Workshop Leader is Dr. Melanye Smith:
• A 20-year Law Enforcement Vet & Administrator, Metropolitan Police Dept. (Ret.)
• A community policing expert, and an author and contributing faculty member at Walden and Ashford Universities.
Workshop participants will:
• Work together in an environment designed to encourage open engagement and enhanced understanding of each other’s' positions and concerns;
• Focus on the interdependency of the police and their family members with the community;
• Explore leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, hope, and compassion;
• Learn about the research on and practice of communication and building trusting relationships; and
• Be part of an effort to create a sustained positive community change.
“The workshops are geared towards moving each participant from their current position along an ideological continuum, by generating dialogue that enhances understanding and meaning and helps to create a shared vision.”
~ Dr. Melanye Smith
To RSVP or for more information contact:
Capt. Dave Payne via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-535-1600 x 2593.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Residents of communities surrounding
Patuxent River (PAX) Naval Air Station are advised that a noise-generating event is scheduled to
take place on June 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. within the NAS Patuxent River airfield boundaries.
This event will produce a single loud booming noise that may be heard by nearby residents.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 21, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a public workshop Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:30 p.m., to discuss all hazards, natural and man-made, that residents might face and offer tips on how to prepare for them. Citizens are encouraged to attend the workshop at Calvert Pines Senior Center, located at 450 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
“We’ll provide examples of how our citizens can be better prepared to respond and protect themselves and their families in all types of emergencies,” explained Division of Emergency Management Chief Al Jeffery. “We will also explain how we routinely drill with federal, state and other local responders to ensure our protective plans are rigorous.”
Residents are also encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading the “Prepare Me Calvert” app for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us by clicking on the Emergency Alerts button.
For more information about the apps or about the workshop, contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638.
Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that the State of Maryland has received a $5.7 million rebate from U.S. Bank. The rebate is the result of 76 state agencies spending more than $286 million on small purchases through Maryland’s Corporate Purchasing Card program for the period of April 26, 2016 through April 25, 2017.
“Taxpayers want and expect us to do everything we can to watch out for their financial best interest and to save them money,” Comptroller Franchot said. “In my role as the state’s fiscal watchdog, it’s what my office does each day. The Corporate Purchasing Card program allows state agencies to make small purchases in an efficient and effective way, providing accountability and allowing vendors to be paid in a timely manner.”
Under this program, the Comptroller’s Office issues one payment each month to U.S. Bank for all card purchases made during the previous month. Merchants are paid directly by VISA, usually within two business days of the purchase, which is shorter than the normal 30-day payment cycle. U.S. Bank pays a rebate when the state reaches pre-set purchase volumes. This contract for purchasing card services was approved by the Board of Public Works in 2013, with U.S. Bank offering a higher rebate percentage than the previous vendor.
The State of Maryland first began using the VISA corporate purchasing card program in March 1997. Since then, the state has purchased approximately $4.1 billion worth of goods and services, while earning $56.9 million in rebates.
Leonardtown, MD – Following a nationwide search, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed Bill Hunt director of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM). His appointment is effective June 30.
Mr. Hunt stepped into the role of interim director following the retirement of Phil Shire in January. Previously he had served as LUGM deputy director since December 2012.
“I am excited about getting started with meeting the immediate challenge of implementing the Lexington Park Plan and coordinating this with the Department of Economic Development and the stakeholder businesses and residents in the development district,” said Hunt. “I also look forward to the duties of the Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization as transportation continues to expand with new federal and state requirements.”
Prior to his arrival Mr. Hunt was the Principal Planner and headed the Planning Division in Lake County, Illinois from 2000 to 2010. He began his career as an urban planner in Ocala, Florida in 1984 and was promoted to Planning Director before departing in 2000.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Bill Hunt serve as our new LUGM director,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Though there were a number of excellent candidates, the commissioners believe Mr. Hunt is uniquely qualified to handle the land use issues before us here in St. Mary’s County.”
Mr. Hunt‘s annual salary will be $130,000.
Indecent Exposure: Between May 14 and June 3, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office
received calls for a black male, in his early 50’s, with a beard sitting in a white Lexus exposing
himself to passersby in the CVS, Solomon’s Island parking lot. Deputies were able to locate the
subject in the area of HG Trueman Rd. He was identified as Lamar Antonio Allen, 49, of
Solomon’s Island. He was charged with Indecent Exposure.
Traffic Violations and CDS Arrests: On June 17, 2017 Dana Michelle Domanow, 37, of
Mechanicsville was stopped for a traffic complaint and was found to be in possession of crack,
oxycodone and paraphernalia.
Destruction of Property: On June 14, 2017, a vehicle located in the 11000 block of Rousby
Hall Rd, Lusby had a “male organ” spray-painted on his vehicle.
On June 16, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls for
Destruction of Property. A residence on Dayton Ave in North Beach had eggs thrown at
it. A vehicle located on 27th Street, Chesapeake Beach had its hood damaged and on
Keith Lane in Owings a motorcycle had sugar put in the gas tank.
On June 17, 2017, a vehicle located in the 8300 area of G Street, Chesapeake Beach had
its tires cut.
On June 17, 2017, boat located at the Fishing Creek Marina in Chesapeake Beach had the
interior of it damaged.
Theft: Between June 1 and June 8, 2017, the Cheseapeake Beach and Huntingtown area had
numerous unlocked vehicles entered and items of value stolen. Members of the Calvert County
Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maryland State Police were able to identify the suspects as
juveniles. They were charged with theft and released to their parents. The Calvert County
Sheriff’s Office is reminding its residences to please do not leave items of value in site in their
vehicles and to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
On June 16, 2017, a dirt bike was stolen from a home within the 1000 block of Gringo
On June 17, 2017, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Golden West
Way, Lusby and recovered at Sea Horse Beach.
On, June 17, 2017, an unlocked vehicle in the 8000 area of Hilltop Way, Lusby was
entered and change was stolen.
On June 17, 2017, an unlocked vehicle in the area of Horizons on the Bay in North Beach
was entered and items of value stolen.
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or
indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Calvert County. Anyone with information
about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s
Office at 410-535-2880. Any criminal activity can be reported anonymously online by clicking
the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us.
The Calvert County Safety for Students Speed Enforcement Program is in effect year round. The speed cameras will be moved randomly between the school zones. As a courtesy, the locations of the cameras are posted on the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page.
• Cameras are active year round, Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. This does not alter any posted speed reduction times.
• Citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, and only if the speed was 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit. The camera will adjust for the reduced speed times.
• A school zone speed camera violation is a $40 fine with no points.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Calvert County Safety for Students program, please contact Captain Brent Parrott at 410-535-1600 ext. 2584, or email at email@example.com.
On Wednesday, St. Mary’s County Public Schools expressed their appreciation for the support of law enforcement at their schools and on their safety teams. During a ceremony, they recognized Safety and Security Assistants, Maryland State Police, and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their public safety efforts in the public school system. Principals who submitted nominations, commanders and members of the school board, along with Superintendent James Scott Smith and Safety & Security Director, Mike Wyant, bestowed the awards.
“For every day of this school year, there has been at least one unsung hero,” Wyant said. “Law enforcement officers have helped make a difference in a child’s life, and the partnerships we continue to forge provide confidence in our systems.”
Following an opening by Smith, Sheriff Cameron said, “Our partnerships create a great synergy, and we have a positive relationship that exists today.”
The following officer from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for Adopt-A-School Officer of the Year: Timothy Snyder, Lexington Park Elementary, and George Washington Carver Elementary School.
“Deputy Snyder grew up in Lexington Park and finds his life experiences a benefit in supporting the children in the community regardless of their age,” Dr. Rebecaa Schou, Principal of Lexington Park Elementary said. “Deputy Snyder also finds time to support his community as a member of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, providing care and comfort to families who are experiencing a medical emergency.”
“The Carver team wishes to express our utmost gratitude for the hard work Deputy Timothy Snyder has displayed in safeguarding the school, staff, and students,” Principal Deanna Mingo of George Washington Carver Elementary School said. “He has shown to the Carver community the highest professionalism in every interaction. Deputy Snyder’s concerted effort exceeds expectation.”
The following officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for School Resource Officers of the Year: Corporal Andrew Holton, Chopticon High School; Corporal Kristi Nelson, Great Mills High School; and Corporal Gray Maloy, Leonardtown High School.
Selected for School Resource Officer of the Year was Corporal Andy Holton, Chopticon High School and Margaret Brent Middle School
“Holton is always on time, always on duty, and always interacts with students with nothing but respect and support,” Mark Priner of Chopticon High School said. “Every interaction I have with him is marked by professionalism, respect and a steady focus on the task of ensuring that Chopticon is run as safely as possible.”
“He is firm, consistent, and holds students to high expectations,” Principal Janet Fowler of Margaret Brent Middle School said. “However, he also provides a safe outlet for students to confide in him. He models appropriate behavior for our young men and women, and his positive impact reaches beyond the walls of our building into our community.”
Sheriff Cameron, along with the men and women of the sheriff’s office, extends congratulations to every individual who was nominated and received an award. The Sheriff’s Office also thank the board of education, Superintendent Smith, St. Mary’s County Public School staff, and the principals of our local schools for honoring the nominees and winners.
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce M/Cpl. Patrick McCue was named Policeman of the Year during the Waldorf Moose Family Center #1709 Annual Law Enforcement and Firefighter/EMS Awards Ceremony held on June 16. Mr. Larry Dean, Prelate and Valor Awards Chairman, served as emcee and presented M/Cpl. McCue with the award. “We appreciate our first responders and the work they do to protect us day in and day out,” said Dean.
On April 9, 2016, M/Cpl. McCue was on a special saturation detail in the Wakefield neighborhood, when he was flagged down by a citizen who stated a man was walking toward the Wakefield Recreation Center with a long gun. M/Cpl. McCue responded to the center, where he observed the man walking with an AR-15 rifle. Upon seeing M/Cpl. McCue coming toward him, the suspect ducked behind a vehicle in the parking lot. M/Cpl. McCue immediately engaged the suspect, ordering him to the ground. The suspect, who had hidden the rifle under another vehicle, gave himself up and was placed under arrest. M/Cpl. McCue searched the area and located the gun, which was loaded with 27 rounds and had been reported stolen through Fayetteville, NC.
Further investigation revealed the suspect was attending an event at the recreation center when he was punched by another man. The suspect left the event to retrieve the assault rifle. People inside the center saw the suspect approaching with the rifle and, fearing for their lives, quickly locked the doors to keep the suspect from entering. It was at this time the citizen flagged down M/Cpl. McCue to report the armed suspect in the area.
Also during the awards ceremony, Emmett O’Hare, La Plata VFD, was named Firefighter of the Year. Nominated by Chief Jason Moore, O’Hare was honored for his work in teaching fire safety to Charles County school students, homeowners and business owners.
“It’s always nice when local civic organizations take time to recognize the outstanding work of emergency workers. We thank the Waldorf Moose Family Center for honoring our police officers and firefighters with such prestigious awards,” said Sheriff Berry.
M/Cpl. McCue also received a Meritorious Service Award for his actions in this case during the CCSO’s 2016 Awards and Retirement Banquet last October.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 19, 2017) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking child care center organizations to participate in School and Child Care Center Wellness Grant activities. The School and Child Care Center Wellness grant focuses on health and wellness efforts for implementing policies and practices in schools and child care centers and creating an action plan for a healthy child care environment. For more information about this request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org/rfp.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is issuing capital credit refunds totaling nearly $3.8 million. Of that total, a general refund of approximately $2.2 million will be issued in early July. Active eligible customer-members will receive credits on their bills and checks will be issued to eligible former members. Special refunds of about $1.6 million will be paid throughout the year to estates of deceased members and unpaid final bills.
“When SMECO refunds capital credits to customer-members, we’re putting our words into action and making good on a promise,” said Austin J Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO. He added, “Our customers realize the benefit of being electric cooperative members when they receive a portion of the co-op’s margins. Passing savings on to customers demonstrates the value of the cooperative business model, and that differentiates us from other utilities.”
SMECO’s margins for 2016 totaled $12 million. Because SMECO is a cooperative, margins—revenue minus expenses—are retained to provide working capital for new construction and system improvements. Slater explained, “SMECO’s customer-members invest in their co-op every time they pay their bill. They share the responsibility of ownership by financing the cooperative’s operations, but they also share its rewards.”
SMECO’s margins are allocated to customers’ capital credit accounts at the end of each year. Margins are refunded to customer-members in the form of capital credits when SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that the co-op’s financial conditions can be met.
Each member’s share of the co-op’s margins is based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. All eligible active customer-members will receive a credit on the bill for their primary account. If customers wish to contact SMECO to designate their primary account, they may call 1-888-440-3311. Inactive eligible members will receive a full refund of the balance in their capital credit account if the balance is $100 or less. Capital credits may also be used to pay any amount due if a customer had an unpaid final bill for electric service.
ROBBERY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED BY OFFICERS: On June 9 at 12:57 a.m., an officer was parked in the parking lot of a business in the 6200 block of Crain Highway in La Plata when he observed two males enter the CVS Pharmacy. The males had their hoods up, wrapped tightly around their heads, and appeared to be trying to cover their faces. Suspecting a robbery might occur, the officer immediately called for backup, and additional officers from the CCSO and La Plata Police Department responded. The suspects suddenly ran out of the pharmacy and fled with bags in their hands. They were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. Employees confirmed the suspects entered the store in disguise, jumped the pharmacy counter, assaulted the pharmacist, and demanded narcotics from the safe. Indrick Lightfoot-Taylor, 19, of no fixed address, and Leslie Lightfoot Taylor, 23, of Clinton, were charged with theft, assault, and armed robbery. Det. R. Johnson is investigating.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 13 between midnight and 5 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into three unlocked cars in the area of Helen Court in Indian Head. Clothing and headphones were stolen. Anyone with suspect information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Officer S. Griffith is investigating.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 12 at 4:10 a.m., four males were observed trying to break into cars in the area of Marlin Court in Waldorf. Officers responded, but the suspects were gone. Further investigation showed the suspects broke into cars on Moonfish Court, Night Sergeant Court, and Paddlefish Court. Anyone with suspect information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Officer R. Logsdon is investigating.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING AND ASSAULTING AN OFFICER: On June 10 at 11:18 a.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a disorderly female. When officers arrived they learned it was the same woman who had been banned from the business the day before. As officers were attempting to arrest the suspect, she kicked one of them. Kayla Wynn, 19, of Atlanta, GA, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and assault. Cpl. J. Timko investigated.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 5 at 11:56 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of the park and ride, 3220 Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf, when he observed three cars with the passenger-side window broken out. All three vehicles were Chevy or GMC SUV’s, and the after-market speakers and radios had been stolen. The owners were contacted, and no other vehicles were reported damaged. Anyone with suspect information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Pfc. S. Hooper is investigating.
HIT AND RUN / ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: On June 2 at 6:29 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mall Circle in Waldorf for the report of a hit-and-run crash. The victim advised a woman hit her car and took off. The victim used her cell phone and recorded the suspect’s car as the driver fled. Officers were able to obtain a description of the car and subsequently spotted the car on Route 925 near Route 5, where they initiated a traffic stop. The driver, Ronna Curelea, 24, of VA, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and appeared to be intoxicated. She refused to follow any commands and was subsequently arrested. As officers were taking her into custody, she attempted to bite them. Curelea was subsequently transported to the Charles County Detention Center, where she was charged with hit-and-run, driving while impaired, and assault. Pfc. R. Gass is investigating.