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Calvert County Announces Improvements to "Prepare Me Calvert" Mobile App

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 15, 2019 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, announces the launch of the improved Prepare Me Calvert mobile app. It puts critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the unlikely event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared.
 
            Some of the new app features include:
 
·         A new “Submit a Tip” button for anonymous reporting to the Calvert County Sherriff’s Office
 
·         An emergency management blog with training information, preparedness tips and more
 
·         A damage report that allows users to send storm-related damage information to emergency management staff for situational awareness
 
·         A calendar of training and public outreach events
 
·         An “I Need Help/I’m Okay” button to allow users to send messages to loved ones – when phone systems are clogged in an emergency – letting them know their status during an emergency
 
·         A shareable emergency plan
 
·         Improved alerting
 
            Citizens are encouraged to download “Prepare Me Calvert” now for iOS (Apple) and Android devices.
 
            “Our primary mission is to minimize the effects of future disasters through prevention, mitigation, planning, training and response efforts,” said Calvert County Emergency Management Division Chief Al Jeffery. “We feel the Prepare Me Calvert app it is a great tool for our citizens to better prepare themselves and to stay informed.”
 
            For more information about the Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management, call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638; send an email to oem@calvertcountymd.gov, or visit online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/EmergencyManagement. Like county government on Facebook.

MDTA Police Arrest North Carolina Man With Stolen Gun And Drugs

BALTIMORE, MD – On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested a North Carolina man and charged him with illegally possessing a stolen gun and drugs.
An MDTA Police officer stopped a 2017 Hyundai that was following another vehicle too closely near the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge (US 301). A search of the vehicle revealed a stolen handgun and a large quantity of marijuana. The handgun was reported stolen from Apex, NC. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Kaytrell Williams of Cary, NC, claimed possession of the gun and drugs. Williams is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a prior felony conviction.
The MDTA Police charged Williams with illegally transporting a firearm, a prohibited person in
possession of a handgun, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and driving without a license.
After processing, officers transported Williams to a district court commissioner in Charles County. 

St. Mary's Board Of Education To Meet

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County will hold a Board meeting regarding the budget approval on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. in the Board of Education Meeting Room of the Central Administration Building, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland.
For additional information, call (301) 475-5511, ext. 32177.

 


: Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs February 14 - 15, 2019

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Maryland - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place February 14 - 15, 2019 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
 
Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. Airspeed, altitude, and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. It is a highly complex skill that requires an intense period of training before pilots deploy. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations. 
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call the toll free noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of February 4th, 2019 – February 10th, 2019 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,333 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Arrests:
 
On February 4th, 2019 Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the area of Route 4 and Dowell Road in Lusby. The driver, identified as Ryan Ford Gallagher (41), nervously handed Deputy Gott an open container of warm beer, to which the contents were poured out. A short time later, Deputy Childress and his K9 partner Flip conducted a scan on the outside perimeter of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert. Gallagher was later found to be in possession of an opened Zubsolv package and stated that it was not prescribed to him. A search of the vehicle revealed a prescription bottle that contained one half of a white pill identified as Zubsolv and two unopened packets of Zubsolv. The prescription bottle found did not belong to Gallagher. Gallagher was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana. 
 
On February 5th, 2019 Deputy Pounsberry responded to Silverton Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary in progress. The Calvert Control Center advised the subject was Brandon Lovell Jackson (31). Upon arrival, Deputy Pounsberry observed Jackson’s vehicle leave the area. An investigative stop was conducted on Jackson’s vehicle and at that point he admitted that he had disestablished residency from Silverton Lane several weeks prior. Witnesses stated Jackson was seen attempting to gain entry into the residence by tugging on the back door and screaming at the individuals inside. Jackson proceeded to rip the screen door off the hinges and threw several pieces of deck furniture causing damage. Jackson was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property less than $1,000.  
 
On February 5th, 2019 Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop located at Apple Way and Route 4 in Dunkirk. While making contact with the driver, William Eugene Estep Jr. (71), Deputy Crum could detect an odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed (3) clear plastic containers of suspected Marijuana in the amount of less than ten grams and a metal bowl tip pipe with black burnt residue. While searching throughout the vehicle a very strong chemical odor was emitting from the trunk. A search of the trunk revealed a wrapper containing a wet, brown filtered cigarette inside with suspected PCP.  Estep was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia. 
 
On February 5th, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to Saint John Vianney Catholic Church for the report of a theft. The complainant advised they were contacted by their bank who stated a suspect, later identified as Ronald Lee Russey-Thyes (19), had attempted to cash two checks totaling $120 but was unsuccessful. Deputy Parks canvassed the area in attempt to locate Russey-Thyes at which point he was located a short time later near KFC in Prince Frederick. Russey-Thyes was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft $100 to under $1,500.
 
On February 6th, 2019 Deputy Gilmore responded to the North Beach Town Center Senior Apartments for a trespassing complaint. The complex manager told responding deputies that the suspect, identified as Michael Raymond Culligan (61), had been evicted from his apartment earlier in the day and was told by Deputy Jacobs he was not to return to the complex. At approximately 4 p.m. Culligan was observed entering the front door of the apartment complex in attempt to gain access to the building. Culligan was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. After processing Culligan for trespassing, Deputy Gilmore was contacted by a Sergeant at the Detention Center and advised they located a cut straw with suspected cocaine which resulted in an additional charge of CDS: Possession Paraphernalia. 
 
On February 8th, 2019 Deputy Pounsberry conducted a traffic stop located Old Town Road and 
South Solomons Island Rd in Huntingtown. Upon making contact with the driver, Deon Lamont Jones (28), Deputy Pounsberry could observe in plain view, a clear bag crumpled in the center console, a cut straw with a powdery residue around it, and a roll of US Currency. Jones was asked to exit the vehicle, where a clear capsule containing suspected heroin was located in the driver seat. A further search of the vehicle revealed a clear capsule with suspected heroin and an opened capsule of suspected heroin.  The Sheriff’s Office advised the vehicle was not registered, that the registration belonged to another car and the vehicle did not have insurance coverage. The Calvert Control Center advised that Jones was on supervised release and his license was suspended. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On February 9th, 2019 Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop located at Route 4 and Chaneyville Road in Owings. The driver, identified as Ronald De’Ageo Murray (22), was found to be operating the vehicle under a suspended license and was issued the proper citations. A consent to search the vehicle was given at that time, where Deputy Crum located a backpack containing suspected Marijuana above 10 grams and a round scale. The passenger, later identified as Brandon Scott Collier (20), had provided a false name upon request to Deputy Crum. The Calvert Control Center advised that Brandon Collier had a warrant from Virginia for Failure to Appear. Murray and Collier were both transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were both charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10 grams or more and CDS: Paraphernalia. 

Public Hearing On Amending The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Retirement Plan Set

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing on February 26, 2019 at 9:00 am in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland, to consider a correction to the Fifteenth Amendment to rectify the discrepancy between the amendment as currently written and the DROP Plan and to restate the Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan document by incorporating amendments one through fifteen.

 

Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.

 

Note, that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, a correction may be made to the 15th amendment.

 

Written comments, questions and suggestions may be submitted on or before September 18, 2018, to: Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

 

Copies of the correction to the 15th Amendment is available in the Department of Human

Resources, Potomac Building, 3rd floor, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650, www.stmarysmd.com


Public's Assistance Sought in Property Destructions

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of multiple instances of property destruction in the Country Lakes neighborhood in Mechanicsville.
 
On or about Feb. 7, 2019, several residential properties were vandalized with spray paint in the area of Tin Top School Road and Yowaiski Mill Road. The cases are under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is asking neighbors for suspect information or any surveillance video they may have that could assist deputies.
 
Anyone with information or video of these incidents is asked to contact Deputy First Class Kevin Molitor at 301-475-4200, ext. *8061 or email kevin.molitor@stmarysmd.com.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Calvert County Announces Presidents Day Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in recognition of Presidents Day. In addition:
 
·         The three county senior centers will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on these days. However, participants are provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
 
·         There will be no county bus service Monday, Feb. 18.
 
·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. Online services and electronic checkouts are available.
 
·         All community centers will be closed Monday, Feb. 18.
 
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open normal hours.
 
·         All nature parks including Flag Ponds Nature Park, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Kings Landing Park will be open normal hours.
 
·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be open with regular hours.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed. The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be closed. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
 
·         The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open normal hours.
 
·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be closed through February due to renovations.
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter will be closed Monday, Feb. 18.
 
·         The Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open normal hours.
 
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov or like us on Facebook.

Emergency Redistricting Commission Adds Website Feature to Allow for Public Plan Proposals

 The Emergency Commission on Sixth Congressional District Gerrymandering (Emergency Commission) today announced guidelines to allow the public to submit congressional boundary plans.

On November 26, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.29  creating the Emergency Commission on Sixth Congressional District Gerrymandering, a nonpartisan commission to comply with a federal court order requiring Maryland to draw new boundaries for the 6th Congressional District.

?The nine-member Emergency Commission is charged with developing new 6th Congressional District boundaries in an open and transparent manner to address all constitutional violations.

Three public meetings were held in Frederick County (January 14), Montgomery County (January 31) and Allegany County (February 6); the meetings were also live-streamed.

To propose a plan to be reviewed by the Emergency Commission, please go to https://governor.maryland.gov/free-and-fair/ and click on Propose a Plan.

Plans can be submitted through February 27 and will be reviewed before the Emergency Commission approves and certifies a proposed redistricting plan and map with adjusted boundary lines on March 4.


Drive By Shooting In Lusby

On February 10, 2019 at approximately 12:51a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Lusby, Maryland for the report of a drive by shooting. The suspect in this case was named by the caller and a lookout was given for the suspect and the vehicle he was operating. Once on scene responding deputies located several gunshot holes in the front of the residence.  
     Detective Livingston responded to the scene and began conducting his investigation. The victim walked Det. Livingston to her bedroom where he located a bullet lodged in a closet door. The victim’s were interviewed and after obtaining statements from them Det. Livingston was able to confirm the suspect was James Gross of Long Beach, St. Leonard MD. 
     Calvert County Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to James Gross’ address at approximately 4:56 a.m. and placed him under arrest for his involvement in the shooting incident. James Gross was processed accordingly and awaited his appearance before a District Court Commissioner.   

February 12th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall provided a briefing on the National Citizen Survey (NCS) results and the NCS Community Livability Report to the Board of Commissioners. Within responses received, 70 percent rated Charles County has an excellent or good place to live and 8 in 10 gave positive ratings to their neighborhoods as a good place to live. Residents identified cost of living and employment opportunities as priorities and safety as a key focus area for the community. The Board of Commissioners, along with the County Executive Leaders, will gather for a progressive retreat on Feb. 26 and survey results will be used to inform and develop the Board’s goals and objectives.
 
 
 
Recognitions
 
Commissioners recognized Black History Month in February and presented a proclamation to the Historic McConchie One-Room School Organization. Black History Month celebrates the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.  View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners also presented a 100th birthday citation to Cecilia Evelyn Yates at Sagepoint and then visited the Board of Education for state recognition of the Charles County High Schools represented at the Maryland State Theatre Festival.
In celebration of Job Shadow Day, the Commissioners were joined at the meeting today by local high school students, Ja’len Nicholson, Darius Dantzler, Danaisha Proctor, Jakob Moorehead, and Aqsa Siddique.
Open Session Briefings
 
Attorney Sue Greer, with Law Offices of Sue A. Greer, and a Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department representative, provided a resolution and request for a public hearing to approve the issuance of bonds by the fire department, in order to purchase of pumper truck. The Waldorf Fire Department received approval from the Board of Fire and Rescue Commissioners and the Board of County Commissioners set the public hearing for Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Maureen Murphy presented the college’s State of the College, which included the college’s emphasis on workforce development, and several building and program additions and enhancements.
The United States Census Bureau presented a briefing on the 2020 Census and the county Planner Amy Blessinger presented a resolution, which would establish a “Complete Count Committee” for Charles County. The committee would focus on strategies to ensure a high response rate from Charles County residents for the 2020 Census. Commissioners will vote on the proposed resolution at the next meeting on Feb. 26. Residents who are interested in employment opportunities related to the upcoming census can visit https://2020census.gov/jobs for more details.
Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall provided a briefing on the overview of County Administration, which includes the Media Services Division, Central Services Division, and Internal Audit Office.
Department of Public Works provided an overview of the department, which includes Buildings and Trades Division, Environmental Resources Division, Operations and Maintenance, Public Facilities, Roads Division, Technical Support, and Utilities Division.
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland provided a briefing on the organization and their efforts with workforce and business development, agricultural development, transportation, regional planning, heritage tourism, and veteran support.
Approval Items
 
Commissioners approved a budget transfer for the funding needed to cover a change order for a wet-well replacement and the anticipated site grading and SCADA antenna improvements for the Cliffton Pump Station #4 capital project.
 
 
 
General Assembly Legislation Update
 
Acting County Attorney Danielle Mitchell provided an update and requests for approvals for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session. To date, approximately 2,300 bills have moved forward so far and hearings are forthcoming.
 
House Bill 389: Requested by Swan Point Development Company, LLC to establish a resort complex license in the county and authorize the Board of License Commissioners to approve licenses with specific provisions. A letter support was provided by the Board of County Commissioners.
House Bill 388: Requested by the county’s alcohol enforcement officer to allow licensees or their designee to legally secure their licensed unoccupied premises from the outside. A letter of support was provided by the Board of Commissioners with a requested amendment to the bill that seeks to clarify the intent of the legislation.
House Bill 438: Requested by the Board of License Commissioners to require certain license holders to obtain a golf course privilege if they desire to sell, serve, or allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the golf course. A letter of support was provided by the Board of Commissioners.
House Bill 400: Requested by the Board of License Commissioners to exclude holders of a state-issued manufacturer’s license from the Off-Sale License Quota, which benefits distilleries and breweries in the county and allows these businesses to sell directly to consumers with a license and permit. A letter of support was provided by the Board of Commissioners.
House Bill 366: Requested by Delegate Carol Krimm to establish a commission to study non-emergency medical transportation funding.
Senate Bill 634: Requested by Senator Adelaide Eckardt which authorizes an electric cooperative to construct, maintain, or operate, or allow others to do so, at communication facilities along, on, under, or across certain property under certain circumstances. Commissioner Gilbert “BJ” Bowling (District 1) requested a letter of support and the Board decided to revisit this at a later time.
House Bill 1051: Requested by Delegate C.T. Wilson to establish procedures for landlord tenant repossession for Failure to Pay Rent.
Senate Bill 845: Requested by Senators Arthur Ellis, Guy Guzzone, Cheryl Kagan, Benjamin Kramer, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Obie Patterson, Douglas Peters, Paul Pinsky, Jim Rosapepe, Mary Washington, and Craig Zucker to require the Maryland Department of Transportation to promptly undertake all steps necessary to complete the design, engineering, and National Environmental Policy Act process and secure a record of decision for the Southern Maryland Rapid Transit Project and requires the Governor to include the project in the annual state budget for certain fiscal years.
Senate Bill 866: Requested by Senators Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jack Bailey, and Arthur Ellis to make modifications to the College of Southern Maryland budget process.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 9 a.m.
 
 
 
For More Information:
 
Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv.    Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.

National Weather Service SKYWARN® Class Scheduled for April

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology will host a SKYWARN – Basics training session on April 25, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The address is 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD.

 

Citizens with an interest in weather and/or who would like to help the local National Weather Service (NWS) office to provide ground truth on atmospheric conditions seen on radar, satellites and various reporting stations are encouraged to attend.

 

Attendees will be trained by NWS personal to recognize features associated with developing, mature and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes and downbursts. Basics about winter weather and tropical hazards will also be taught.

 

At the end of the course, registrants will be assigned a SKYWARN® spotter number which will be maintained in the official database at the NWS in Sterling, Virginia. Attendees will also be directed on how to report this vital weather information.

 

Registering for a SKYWARN® Class

Interested citizens are required to pre-register for all classes. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have a limited amount of space. Registrants are asked to notify the Department of Emergency Service if they are unable to attend in order to make the spot available to another individual. Future classes will be announced on this page. All training classes and SKYWARN® membership are free. 

 

To register for the SKYWARN Basics training go to: http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn

For more information, please call 301-475-4200 Ext. *2124 or email: ema@stmarysmd.com


Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter Reaches Milestone with 100th Animal Adopted

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 12, 2019 – The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter reached an exciting milestone recently after a local family adopted Tobi, a 1-year-old black lab who is the 100th animal from the shelter to find a new home.

Tobi came to the animal shelter after a previous owner moved out of Maryland and was unable to take the dog. The owner wanted the best for Tobi and shared as much information as possible to help the shelter find him a good home. Calvert County Deputy Sheriff James Flynt visited the shelter and instantly matched with the animal.

“This is only one of 100 happy stories where animals entering our shelter have found loving homes through adoption,” said Animal Services Deputy Director Crystal Dowd. “Every single animal deserves to be celebrated equally and we are ecstatic to reach this milestone.”

The nearly 13,000 square-foot-facility, located at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick, opened in November 2018 has the capacity to house an estimated 200 animals. The shelter has fenced-in play yards, cat condos, a cat patio, indoor and outdoor meet-and-greet areas for dogs, grooming and bathing space, an exotic animal room and a 1,380-square-foot barn to house livestock should there be the need.

For more information on the county’s animal shelter, visit Calvertcountyanimalshelter.com or contact the shelter directly at 410-535-7387. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.


Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Advisory: Missing Person-JUVENILE: Valdez Rico Baker III, B/M DOB: 07-01-01 age 17
 
SMCSO Missing Person - Valdez Rico Baker III DOB: 07-01-01 age 17 wearing black hoodie blue jeans.
 

MALPF Easement Applications Now Available

Leonardtown, MD - The Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) is now accepting applications for the FY2020 Easement Cycle. A landowner, who has a minimum of 50 contiguous acres, is not in the 10 year water and sewer plan for the county and has a minimum of 50% Class I, II, or III soils, can apply to sell an easement to MALPF. The number of applications MALPF will accept from each county has yet to be determined.
All easement applications must be received by the Department of Economic Development Agriculture Division by May 1, 2019.  Once applications are received, they will be ranked by     St. Mary’s County Agriculture Land Preservation Advisory Board (ALPAB) using the state mandated Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) system.  The top ranked applications will be submitted to the State for easement consideration.  
Applications can be obtained by calling the Department of Economic Development Agriculture Division at 240-309-4021.

SMECO 2019 Scholarship Applications Available Four students to receive $1,500 each

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is offering college scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline for students to apply for college scholarships is Friday, April 12, 2019. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to smeco.coop/scholarships. 
To be eligible for SMECO scholarships, students must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community and school involvement. As part of the application process, students must submit an essay on “Why is a College Education Important to Completing My Lifetime Goals?” Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2019. 
Students may obtain an application from their school’s career counselor or by calling SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, extension 4340. Applications are also available online at smeco.coop/scholarships and at the customer service desk in SMECO’s Leonardtown and Hughesville offices. Completed application packages with all items submitted together may be taken to a SMECO office or mailed to the attention of Bernadette Lewis, SMECO, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, MD, 20637. When mailing, please allow time for delivery. 

Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Incident Report

Possession of Amphetamine, Dextroamphetamine and Marijuana:  On 2/4/19 at 5:01 pm, Trooper First Class Barlow and Trooper Stull working a stopping team stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Armory Road in Prince Frederick.  A moderate odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause shearch revealed marijuana, marijuana wax, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills.  Mariah C. Gray, 23 of Lusby was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
 
Possession of Heroin and Switchblade:  On 2/7/19 at 3:16 pm, Cpl. Esnes stopped a vehicle at Route 4 near Parran Road in St. Leonard for traffic violations.  Several criminal indicators were observed and Cpl. Esnes requested assistance with the traffic stop.  Tpr. Strong, TFC McCombs and K-9 Benelli responded to assist.  The K-9 scan resulted in a positive alert.  A probable cause search revealed K2/Spice-Synthetic Marijuana, Heroin and Marijuana and a switchblade.  Robert D. Harrod, 31, and Ashley L. Markart, 25, both of Lexington Park were arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.   Charges for Concealed Dangerous Weapon are pending for Dale L. Waul, 39 of Lexington Park.
 
 
DUI / Possession of Heroin:  On 2/8/19 at 23:56 pm, Trooper First Class Davis responded to the Prince Frederick Walmart for a reported unconscious subjects inside a vehicle.  The vehicle was located with the motor running and tranmission in park.  Both the driver and passenger appeared to be asleep.  A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed marijuana and heroin. William M. Stallings Jr, 27, and Tara L. Burket, 26, both of St. Leonard were both arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Sex Offenders Targeted By Phone Scam

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community regarding the latest phone Scam targeting registered sex offenders.  The Scam begins with a telephone call to citizens who are Registered Sex Offenders.   The caller identifies himself as a law enforcement Officer.  The fictitious Officer informs the victim that they are in violation of the sex offender registry and are required to pay a fine in lieu of jail.  As the conversation progresses, the caller asks the victim for personal information and for the victim to wire money to pay the fine. 
Please remind your family and friends that no legitimate government or law enforcement official will randomly contact you by phone, ask for personal information and require you to wire money to suspicious bank accounts.  The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to hang up on these callers and not to follow their instructions.

$53 Million Awarded To Help End Homeless In Maryland

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today $53.3 million in FY 2018 Continuum of Care Program grants to support local homeless programs in Maryland.

 

“Local communities in Maryland are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness,” said Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “I’m pleased we can bolster their efforts by renewing support to 143 existing programs and funding 20 new, promising projects.”

 

HUD grants support a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs.

 

HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations called ‘Continuums of Care’ to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness. 

 

Nationally, HUD announced nearly $2 billion in January to renew funding to thousands of local homeless assistance programs. Of this amount, $202 million will go to new local projects. This funding represents a record investment to support state and local efforts across the nation to reduce and end homelessness.


2019 Visitors Guide Invites All to "Catch our Drift"

The 2019 Calvert County Visitors Guide is now available. Use the Visitors Guide to find information on shopping, restaurants and visitor attractions like Breezy Point Beach & Campground, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Calvert Marine Museum, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, the Patuxent Wine Trail and many other places of interest that make Calvert County, Maryland a favorite destination.
 
The guide also features contact information and details on charter boats, marinas, boat ramps, campgrounds, golf courses, antique stores, accommodations and biking/hiking trails as well as a listing of major events throughout the year. Whether you come to comb for shark teeth or sail the scenic Chesapeake Bay, discover amazing adventures and unspoiled beauty in Southern Maryland’s Calvert County.
 
“The 2019 Calvert County Visitors Guide is for beach-goers, nature-lovers, craft beverage connoisseurs, shoppers, foodies, boat-riders, history museum browsers and everything in between – and there’s a lot in between,” said Tourism Program Specialist Hilary Dailey. “There’s always more to explore in Calvert County.”
 
To receive free copies of the 2019 Visitors Guide or for more information on county attractions and events, please contact the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or via email at info@ecalvert.com. Visit online at www.choosecalvert.com and like us on Facebook.

 

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