WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful national emergency declaration. The president is using this declaration as a pretense to raid funding for projects supporting our military and military families to pay for the construction of his border wall, including $66.6 million in funds for projects in Maryland.
“I voted to end President Trump’s emergency declaration for the southern border and override his veto. A bipartisan majority in both the House and Senate have rejected this wasteful expenditure of resources, which diverts funding that supports our service members and families. In my own state of Maryland, the president’s actions have jeopardized the construction of a desperately needed new child development center at Joint Base Andrews, among other projects. The president’s actions are an affront to the Constitution and separation of powers, our checks and balances, and congressional power of the purse to set appropriations levels.
“Congress needs to overturn this unlawful presidential declaration. Instead of trying to raid funds that have been designated for critical military construction and environmental projects, the president should work with Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Raymund Antoine Bradford, 42, to 18 years in prison and 5 years of supervised probation for Armed Robbery and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
On July 8, 2019, Bradford entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.
On March 21, 2018, officers responded to Drive-In Liquor in Faulkner for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers made contact with store owner Pargat Mand, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Mand was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
An investigation revealed that during the afternoon hours of March 21, Bradford entered Drive-In Liquor with a bookbag and a gun pointed towards Mand. Both Mand and Bradford walked behind the sales counter, where Bradford began placing money and cigarettes into the bookbag. During this process, Bradford’s gun fired, and a bullet struck Mand in the arm. Bradford initially continued to put cigarettes in the bookbag, but then approached Mand and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. Mand was then able to retreat to an office in the store and close the door. Bradford fled the scene soon afterward but dropped a knife in front of the store.
During the course of the investigation, the recovered knife was submitted for DNA analysis, which identified Bradford as the suspect.
At sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney John A. Stackhouse addressed the judge, “Even after the victim gets shot, [the defendant] chose to mace him in the face. It’s cruel. It’s unnecessary. [The defendant] is violent; he’s not playing around.”
DEATH INVESTIGATION: On October 9 at approximately 2 a.m., CCSO and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to a SMECO power substation located at the 12000 block of Substation Road in Waldorf for the report of an explosion and fire. Representatives from SMECO responded and assisted first responders with entering the facility due to the presence of high voltage electricity. Once inside, an unidentified male was located deceased approximately two stories above the ground amongst the high voltage equipment. The power substation is surrounded by a tall chain-link fence with two gates that were secured with locks. At this time, it is unknown how the male gained entry. Detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene to assume the investigation. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. J. Long at (301) 609-6502. The investigation is ongoing.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Charles County Board of Commissioners celebrated the opening of the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center. County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the milestone, a first-of-its-kind facility that combines both daytime programming for seniors and recreational activities for the community. The center is open daily and features sports courts, a fitness room, group fitness, meeting rooms, and special events held throughout the year.
Open Session Briefings:
Commissioners were briefed on the county’s drainage system improvement program. Staff highlighted current stormwater challenges that lead to localized flooding. The county has invested $3.2 million in capital improvement programs that are underway to address flooding concerns, including roads maintenance and drainage pipe rehabilitation projects. They discussed the process for how drainage issues are identified and addressed, but emphasized additional investments are needed to pay for a comprehensive study and implement a thorough stormwater management plan.
Commissioners received a briefing on the Charles County Fire and EMS Study. Mission Critical Partners, the consultant that conducted the study, analyzed the current volunteer structure to estimate its cost savings to the county; identified opportunities to strengthen relationships; and presented recommendations for reorganization, staffing, and financial considerations related to operations, capital, and revenue.
Commissioners received an update from representatives for Rebuilding Together, who shared statistics on project assistance they have provided through volunteer labor and donation of construction supplies. They highlighted specific home projects they are currently restoring and challenges faced in completing necessary renovations.
Commissioners reviewed the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan based upon the July 1, 2018 Actuarial Valuation Update. They received information on the employer contribution, key risks, trend in investment returns, costs, unfunded liabilities, plan provisions, and actuarial assumptions. Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.
Commissioners approved the following requests:
A budget transfer request of $49,700 from transportation capital outlay to the special revenue fund for the purpose of providing matching grant funds that partially pays for the cost of new VanGO services to the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center.
A reconsideration and decision to include a legislative proposal that would create a quasi-judicial body to hear and resolve disputes between a homeowners association and a homeowner.
Review and approval of an update to the Charles County Pension Plan, based on the July 1, 2018 actuarial evaluation. Prudential representatives reviewed the plan’s results, funded status, participant statistics, and actuarial funding methods and assumptions. Commissioners also received an update on the pension investments, as of June 30, 2019.
Commissioners presented a citation in honor of the United States Navy’s 244th Birthday. Employees who served in the Navy were recognized for their service, valor, and sacrifice. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed October as Global Diversity Awareness Month and recognized employees who serve on the Emergency Services Diversity Work Group and employees who participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. View photo in Flickr.