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Shooter Who Murdered Former Roommate Over a Mattress Sentenced to Life, Co-Defendant Sentenced to 40 Years

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Dominic Xavier Daniel, 26 of Waldorf, to life in prison for the First-Degree Murder of Samuel Gemeny, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence in relation to the murder of Samuel Gemeny, and the First-Degree Assault of Allison Hofman.

 

Daniel previously entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges on February 25, 2019 in front of the Honorable Judge Amy J. Bragunier.

 

On May 16, 2017, officers responded to an apartment complex located in the 3400 block of Promenade Place in Waldorf for the report of a home invasion and shooting. Upon arrival, officers found victim Gemeny suffering with a gunshot wound to his neck. Officers also made contact with victim Hofman, who was suffering with non-life-threatening injuries. Gemeny was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

An investigation revealed that during the evening hours of May 16, 2017, the victims were inside of their apartment when Hofman heard knocking at the front door. Hofman looked through the peephole of the door but did not see anyone outside of the apartment. In an effort to see if someone had knocked and walked away, she opened the front door. At that time, Daniel, as well as co-defendants Morgan Tyrone Rich, Jr. and Dominique Ariel Grant, forced entry into the apartment. None of the suspects concealed their faces and Hofman immediately recognized Daniel and Grant as acquaintances of her and Gemeny.

 

Daniel, who briefly lived at the apartment prior to the incident, wielded an assault rifle and pointed it directly at Hofman, demanding to know where a mattress was that he had while living in the apartment. He also demanded to know the whereabouts of Gemeny. Rich and Grant demanded money. Gemeny, who was in the master bedroom during the initial confrontation, approached the suspects undetected and hit Daniel in the back of the head with an iPad. Daniel then turned toward Gemeny and shot him at close range. Following the shooting, the suspects fled the area with three other co-defendants.

 

During the incident, Rich grabbed Hofman by her throat and slammed her into a counter, which caused injury to her back.

 

At Daniel’s sentencing, State’s Attorney Constance Kopelman addressed the Court, “This crime is so senseless. It cannot be tolerated. The only sentence that makes sense is life. – [The defendant’s actions] caused a fear that is never going to leave [Hofman]. People should be able to feel safe in their own homes. She had to see her boyfriend’s life taken in front of her. – The defendant robbed the victim [of his future] because he was angry over a bed, a bong, and $80.”  

 

Also on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, co-defendant Rich, 29 of Waldorf, entered a guilty plea in front of the Honorable Judge H. James West to the Felony Murder of Samuel Gemeny, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence in relation to the murder of Samuel Gemeny, and the First-Degree Assault of Allison Hofman. Immediately following his plea, he was sentenced to life suspend all but 40 years in prison.

 

On June 5, 2018, co-defendant Grant entered a guilty plea to Felony Murder in front of the Honorable Judge H. James West. A sentencing date for Grant has been scheduled for August 28, 2019.

 

The remaining co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on July 31, 2019. Two of the co-defendants have entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Burglary; the remaining co-defendant entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion.


Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, June 28

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint during the evening of Friday, June 28, 2019, on Route 235 in the Hollywood area.
 
At Friday’s checkpoint, law enforcement officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Drivers will also be checked for other traffic infractions.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that roadside sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and efficient tools used in efforts to combat impaired driving. Advance notification of sobriety checkpoints gives drivers the opportunity to make better decisions and helps to prevent and deter impaired driving. Advance notifications are also required by law for the validity of a sobriety checkpoint.
 
Sheriff Tim Cameron asks that everyone drive safely and sober, no matter what the occasion.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

This July, It's Game On at Calvert County Parks & Recreation

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore the great things happening at Calvert County parks and recreation centers. This July, join in on the fun and games offered by the Department of Parks & Recreation as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month.
 
Activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities throughout July. Many activities are free. Here’s a sampling:
 
·         Fourth of July Party for ages 2 to 12 years, July 2 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
 
·         Try Out the Driving Range for all ages (fee required), July 7 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course, 11200 H G Trueman Road, Lusby
 
·         Park Adventure Day Obstacle Course for ages 2 to 13 years, July 15 from 10-10:45 a.m. at Cove Point Park, 750 Cove Point Road, Lusby
 
·         Hunt for Sharks’ Teeth for all ages (fee required), July 20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Flag Ponds Nature Park, 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby
 
·         Glow Dodgeball Fun for ages 12 to 17 years, July 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
 
·         Make a Boat for ages 2 to 10 years, July 30 from 10-11 a.m. at Mt. Hope Community Center, 104 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland
 
See the full calendar of Park and Recreation Month activities online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PRmonth.  
 
Park and Recreation Month is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. NRPA encourages people that support parks and recreation to share why they think it’s important with the hashtag #GameOnJuly. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July.
 
For updates on Calvert County Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

Statement from Governor Hogan on U.S. House Approval of Chesapeake Bay Funding

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the government funding bill that includes Chesapeake Bay funding:
 
"As chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, I commend the House for agreeing to increase federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Since March, we have been fighting the federal administration's attempts to make cuts to the program. The Chesapeake Bay is our state’s greatest natural asset, which is why over the last five years, we’ve invested $5 billion in wide-ranging restoration efforts; as a result, we have seen marked improvements in the Bay’s health.
 
"Our record commitment to the Chesapeake Bay will continue as long as I am governor, but federal support is an important part of maintaining our historic momentum. I now call on the Senate to immediately follow the lead of their colleagues in the House and help our efforts to preserve this state and national treasure."

Charles County Commissioners Announce July Public Meetings

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend the July public meetings as scheduled below. The purpose of the meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and to discuss items of importance to the citizens and the community.

 

Gilbert “BJ” Bowling, Commissioner (District 1)

Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

La Plata Volunteer Fire Department (911 Washington Avenue, La Plata)

 

Future meeting dates are available at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. 

 

For more information, contact the Citizen Response Office at CitizenResponse@CharlesCountyMD.gov or call 301-645-0550.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 19-34454
On June 17, 2019 Deputy Aranda responded to Dalrymple Road, Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 14th and June 17th an unknown suspect in a white passenger car ran into her brick sign at the end of her driveway that has the house number on it, knocking the sign down. The value of damaged property is approximately $1,500. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-35758
On June 23, 2019 Deputy Freeland responded to S. Solomons Island Road, Solomons for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 22nd at 6:00 PM and June 23rd at 1:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) scratched symbols and words into 3 vehicles in the area. The estimated value of damaged property is $1,350. 
 
Theft: 19-34463
On June 17, 2019 Deputy Flynt responded to Fielder Lane, Dunkirk for the report of a fraud. The complainant advised sometime between 1:25 PM and 4:30 PM on June 9th an unknown suspect stole her debit card from her wallet that was in a locker at the Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick. The suspect made 3 transactions, adding up to $87.
 
Theft: 19-34891
On June 19, 2019 Deputy Burggraff responded to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 12:30 AM and 6:30 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole a Milwaukee sawzall from the trunk of his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $120. 
 
Theft: 19-34899
On June 19, 2019 Deputy Sturdivant responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised earlier in the day while he was inside Safeway, an unknown suspect stole his medication from the center console of his vehicle. The value of stolen medication is $90. 
 
Theft: 19-34941
On June 19, 2019 Deputy Lewis responded to Marketplace Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised at approximately 5:00 PM two unknown males took a bottle of Ciroc VS French Brandy, placed it inside a backpack and left the store without paying. The value of stolen property is $42.99. 
 
Theft: 19-35050
On June 20, 2019 Deputy J. Ward responded to Northern High School for the report of a theft. The complainant advised the front registration plate was stolen off of her vehicle, but she was unsure exactly when it was stolen. 
 
Theft: 19-35539
On June 22, 2019 Deputy Flynt responded to Apple Greene Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised on June 19th at approximately 5:30 PM two unknown males grabbed a bottle of Courvoisier 740, placed it in a backpack and left the store without paying. On June 21st at approximately 2:30 PM the same males entered the store, took a bottle of Patron Silver and a bottle of Ciroc Red Berry, placed them in the same backpack and left the store without paying. The total value of stolen property is $115.97.
 
ARRESTS:
On June 17, 2019 Deputy Bowlan conducted a traffic stop on S. Solomons Island Road at Sweetwater Road in Lusby. Deputy Bowlan asked the driver, Theresa Elizabeth Burns (49), for consent to search the vehicle, which she agreed to. A search of the vehicle revealed 11 Suboxone strips, 2 suspected Oxycodone pills and 10 suspected Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride. Burns was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On June 17, 2019 Deputy Holt responded to 26th Street, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a disorderly subject. The complainant advised the subject urinated on a Chevy Camaro then began striking the vehicle with plastic furniture that was nearby. Deputy Holt found the subject walking down the road and identified him as Robert Nicholas Gray (26). The complainant was able to positively identify Gray as the individual she saw causing damage to the vehicle. Gray was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property > $1,000 and Intoxicated Endangerment.
 
On June 18, 2019 Deputy S. Naughton responded to The Shoe Department in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. A citizen waved down Deputy Naughton and advised him the suspect went into the woods beside K-Mart. Deputy Naughton saw the suspect walking out of the woods and detained him. Ted William Taylor Sr. (51) was positively identified by the complainant as the thief. Taylor stole a pair of men’s Nike Air Mavins, a pair of girl’s high top Nike shoes, a pair of boy’s Nike shoes and two pairs of socks. The total value of stolen property is $201.96. Taylor was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Theft: $100 to Under $1,500. 
 
On June 21, 2019 Sgt. Dean conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Duke Street Commons in Prince Frederick. The driver, Dayvon Malik Johnson (21), exited the vehicle and was immediately detained. A search of his person revealed one baggie of suspected marijuana, one baggie of suspected cocaine and $725. A search of his vehicle revealed a large quantity of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and two cell phones. Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute: Narcotics, CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Marijuana > 10 grams.
 
On June 22, 2019 Deputy Freeland conducted a traffic stop on Southern Connector Blvd just off of S. Solomons Island Road in Lusby. The driver, Michael Stephen Kubisiak (27), had slurred speech and had a hard time keeping his eyes open. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and Kubisiak was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A search of the vehicle revealed a prescription bottle with Alprazolam that was filled on June 20th with a significant amount of pills missing. Kubisiak was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana as well as multiple traffic citations for driving under the influence. 

Wanted: Richard Alvin Nolan

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Richard Alvin Nolan, 31 of no fixed address. Nolan is wanted for escape after absconding from a drug rehabilitation center in Hagerstown.
 
Nolan is a black male, 5’ 10” tall, weighing 195 pounds with brown eyes.
 
Anyone with information about Nolan’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff
 

Department of Aging & Human Services Recognized for Lyme Action Tool Kit

Leonardtown, MD - On June 11, the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services’ Northern Senior Activity Center was recognized with a Program of Excellence Award: Honorable Mention in the Nutrition and Health Promotions Category from the Maryland Association of Senior Centers (MASC) for Lyme Action Tool Kits.
 
The MASC Programs of Excellence Awards contest is designed to honor and promote outstanding efforts made by senior centers to enhance program offerings for their members. The Lyme Action Tool Kit received praise from MASC for its “wide impact and level of resources provided to the community…For a very low cost, it managed to tackle three approaches to dealing with Lyme disease, from awareness to action to advocacy. The comprehensive community-based approach for preventing and managing Lyme disease is admirable and essential to improving public health.”
 
The kits were developed to fill a public education and outreach niche for the complex issue of tick-borne disease. MarieNoelle Lautieri, Northern Senior Activity Center Operations Manager and Facilitator of the Lyme Disease Support and Discussion Group, learned that the senior community was asking for direct and specific instructions about this topic and produced the tool kit for those not comfortable using, or without access to, the Internet.
 
The tool kit’s message was “What you need to know and what you can do.” An infographic with clear visual and action-specific instructions promoted educational resources, how senior centers and libraries help, where caregivers can get support and detailed how local laws, legislation and efforts relate to this topic. The lime-colored kit included an awareness bracelet and brochures from Lyme-literate organizations. The kit provides suggestions that can be used whether someone is diagnosed with Lyme, caregiving for someone sick, or just looking for concrete information.
 
Toolkits are available free of charge to those 50 years of age or older, one per person. The Department has received seven MASC award since 2005.
 
For more information, visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging or call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050.

Charles County Department of Health Honored for Worksite Wellness Achievement

The Charles County Department of Health was recognized by Healthiest Maryland Businesses as a Gold level recipient of the Wellness at Work awards. The Wellness at Work awards took place at the 10th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

The Wellness at Work awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces.  Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member. Recognition criteria are based on the CDC’s Workplace Health Model and applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation. Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time. A complete list of businesses recognized at this year’s Wellness at Work awards can be found here: https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/awards19.

 

Launched in 2010 and based at the Maryland Department of Health, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals, and monitor progress. To learn more about Healthiest Maryland Businesses services or membership, visit https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/.


Governor Hogan Declares July 5 a Holiday for State Employees

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced that the July 4 Independence Day holiday for state employees will be extended to include Friday, July 5, 2019.
 
Since the July 4 holiday falls on a Thursday this year, the governor is granting state employees an additional day to gather with their families and enjoy the many celebrations taking place throughout the state.  
 
“We have some tremendous family-friendly events taking place all around the state, not only on the Fourth of July, but throughout the entire weekend,” said Governor Hogan. “I hope the long holiday will encourage Marylanders to spend more time together and celebrate our nation’s independence with all we have to offer here in our great state.”
 
To avoid disrupting class and exam schedules, Maryland state universities will have the option to remain open on July 5 and schedule the additional holiday at a later date.

Man Arrested Sunday at Lexington Park Library At Drag Queen Story Hour

Due to an elevated level of interest for a private event held at the Lexington Park Library on Sunday, June 23, 2019, additional personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were present. 
 
At 1:40 pm, Ashley Kyle Morgan, 42 of Leonardtown, attempted to register and check in for the “Drag Queen Story Hour” event, but had already preregistered for a drag queen makeup session to be held later at 3 pm that day. Morgan was advised by library security, the private group coordinator and Cpl. Timothy Snyder that he was not welcome into the room until 3 pm and was advised not to cause any other disturbance or he would be arrested. Sgt. Shawn Moses spoke with Morgan separately and advised Morgan that the room was privately rented under the St. Mary’s County library board’s policy and was not open to the general public and only an invited guest would be permitted to enter the room. 
 
At 1:50 pm, Morgan ran past the check-in table outside of the room and into the private room. Upon entering, Morgan began to yell at the approximately 75 people inside, including about 25 children. Morgan was advised several times to stop by library security and Cpl. Snyder. As security personnel and Cpl. Snyder attempted to grab hold of Morgan to initiate an arrest, Morgan continued to pull away, running around the room and yelling at those in the room. Sgt. Moses and Cpl. Snyder were able to gain control of Morgan and he was again advised to stop yelling and causing a disturbance multiple times to which he failed to comply. Due to his aggression toward those in the group and noncompliance, deputies escorted Morgan out of the building through a fire-alarm door, causing a further disturbance to the library. 
 
Morgan was arrested by DFC Carl Ball, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and charged with: 
 
-Disorderly Conduct 
-Disturbing the Peace/Disorderly 
-Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order 
-Resist/Interfere with Arrest 
-Trespass Public Agency During Hours 
  
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff 

MDTA Police Recover Guns And Drugs At Harry Nice/Middleton Bridge

At approximately 2:57 p.m., an MDTA Police Officer stopped 38-year-old Baltimore resident Derrick Sessons on US 301 near the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge in Charles County for not having a front license plate. Mr. Sessons was driving a 2001 Lexus passenger car. During an ensuing probable cause search, officers located a loaded handgun and drugs.
The handgun’s serial number was removed. He was taken into custody without incident.
The MDTA Police charged Sessons with illegally possessing a firearm, drug
possession and removing the serial number from a firearm. Session was taken before a District Court Commissioner and is awaiting a trial date. 

Department of Public Works and Transportation Aids in Relocating Fire Engine for Repair and Maintenance

Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Public Works and Transportation, in collaboration with Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, provided transportation services for the relocation of Fire Engine 92, Friday, June 21, 2019.
 
The engine was transported to the DPW&T facilities where it will undergo maintenance and repair to replace the transmission and the power take-off that controls the water pumps. 
 
Upon completion of repair work, Fire Engine 92, having been classified as surplus, will be turned over to a private company for future operational status determination.
 
For more information, please call the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3510.

Maryland State Police Arrest Suspect Wanted For Fatal Charles County DUI Crash

(PORT TOBACCO, MD) – Maryland State Police arrested a man on Friday in Virginia who has been indicted in connection with the death of a woman following a crash last October in Charles County.
 
James Christian, 43, of Bryans Road, Maryland, was indicted May 31 with negligent manslaughter by auto, homicide by auto under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, homicide by auto under the influence of drugs, three counts of second-degree assault, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, failure to stop after being involved in collision involving property damage and failure to control speed to avoid a collision.
 
Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team located and arrested Christian on Friday in Richmond, Virginia.  Christian is awaiting an extradition hearing back to Maryland.
 
Shortly before 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2018, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze operated by Tiauna Shawnta Quarles, 36, of Bel Alton, Maryland and occupied by Antwan Demarkus Lyles, 38, of Port Tobacco, Maryland, Destanee Keenae Lyles, 18, of Waldorf, Maryland, Averi Jeannette Smith-Godfrey, 18, of Temple Hills, Maryland and Jada Monique Brown, 18, of Burtonsville, Maryland were traveling on eastbound Maryland Route 6 (Port Tobacco Road) west of Burch Road in Charles County, Maryland.
 
At the same time, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, driven by Christian, was traveling on eastbound Maryland Route 6 west of Burch Road approaching the Chevrolet Cruze from the rear. According to investigators, Christian attempted to pass the Chevrolet Cruze and failed to control his vehicle’s speed to avoid a crash.
 
The right front half of the Nissan made contact with the left rear half of the Chevrolet Cruze. This impact caused the Chevrolet Cruze to rotate clockwise causing the vehicle to travel off the roadway and collide with a drainage culvert/ditch. This impact resulted in the Chevrolet’s rear axle becoming separated from the vehicle.  The Chevrolet came to a final rest off the roadway in a private driveway.
 
Investigators said that the Nissan rotated clockwise and came to a final rest in the roadway.  After the Nissan came to a final rest, a small fire started in the engine compartment.  The left rear passenger of the Chevrolet Cruze, Lyles, was pronounced deceased at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland.
 
Investigators believe that the crash was caused by Christian, who failed to control his vehicle’s speed to avoid a collision, exceeding the posted speed limit (driving 109 mph in a posted 50 mph zone) and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a control dangerous substance, believed to be Phencyclidine (PCP).
 
After the investigation was completed, the findings were turned over to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, which led to the indictment of Christian.

Arrests Made in Lexington Park Shooting Incidents

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office detectives developed information that two suspects in recent shootings on Ronald Drive in Lexington Park and Mojave Drive in Great Mills and an armed robbery in Lexington Park were in possession of firearms. The suspects were approached in Lexington Park, and a foot chase ensued. One of the suspects fled to the area of St. Mary’s Square and ran through the Weis Market. Both suspects were eventually caught, and two BB guns were recovered.
 
The suspect vehicle in the shooting cases was located on Route 235 and a traffic stop was initiated. The vehicle refused to stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect vehicle was then involved in a collision on Great Mills Road with other vehicles and the occupants fled. There were no reported injuries in the collision. The suspect driver of the vehicle was caught a short distance from the collision and placed into custody. The suspect vehicle was discovered to be reported stolen from Bowie.
 
*Vincent Lavey Harrington, 18 of Bowie, was charged with First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault and Use of a Handgun in the commission of a Felony, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and numerous driving violations.
 
*Anthony Albern Rice Jr., 18 of Drayden, was charged with Armed Robbery, First-Degree Assault and Use of a Handgun in the commission of a Felony and related charges.
 
 
*Kyjuan Tyrese Bush, 17 of Lexington Park, was charged as an adult with Armed Robbery, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Theft, Use of a Handgun in the commission of a Felony, Fourth-Degree Burglary and related charges.
 
Personnel from the Criminal Investigations Division, the Vice Narcotics Division, the Special Operations Division and the Patrol Division all participated in the arrests on Thursday.

Calvert County Government Launches Redesigned Website

Anyone can connect with Calvert County Government information and services at home or on the go with the redesigned Calvert County Government website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov.
 
The new mobile-friendly design features improved navigation and usability, a simplified design and easy access to frequently visited pages. Much of the site organization remains the same, so it will feel familiar to those who have used the previous site. The redesign makes the site easier to use on mobile devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, and sports a fresh look that makes the county’s most visited tools and information easier to find.
 
“It is imperative that citizens have the ability to access county government services and information quickly and with ease,” said Calvert County Board of County Commissioners President Thomas “Tim” Hutchins. “The newly redesigned website provides all users an attractive new interface, greater visibility of government functions and will help continue to keep our community engaged and informed.”
 
Site visitors will find major sections on government, departments, resources for residents and resources for businesses. The site features a “How Do I?” section that provides quick access to various applications, online payments, registrations, public information and volunteer opportunities. The design also ties together the county’s agriculture, animal shelter, economic development and tourism websites with buttons linking each site to the homepage.
 
The site design was determined using feedback from county staff, citizen responses to a survey conducted earlier this year and data analysis of site use.
 
Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

Governor Hogan Announces 3% Pay Increase for State Employees in Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that his Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes a 3% pay increase for most state employees.
 
“Due to our administration’s prudent fiscal management and a robust economy, we are able to provide another well-deserved cost-of-living increase for state employees,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state employees, many of whom are on the front lines in protecting and serving our citizens, work hard every day and we need to ensure that we pay them appropriately for their service.”
 
“This year, we expanded the pay ranges for state employees so that the state can continue to compete with the private sector and other public employers,” said Secretary David Brinkley of the Department of Budget and Management. “We have talented and valued employees that we want to retain and vacancies in critical classifications that we need to fill. The state’s continued commitment to fairly compensating our public servants will help us do just that.”
 
The FY 2020 increases are effective July 1 and were negotiated with most of the exclusive bargaining representatives for state employees. Between January 1 and July 1 of this year, most state employees will have received at least a 5.5% cumulative increase to their overall pay.  

St. Mary's County Commissioners Host Next Public Forum July 9

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their next Public Forum Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in their meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.
 
Citizens unable to attend in person can submit comments or questions via the county’s social media platforms by using the hashtag #CSMCforum on the county’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment or Twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov). Comments and questions received will be read during the forum. Citizens should include their full name and location in the county in which they live. All comments received via Social Media will become part of the official record.
 
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) and streamed live for on demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County YouTube Channel at http://tinyurl.com9n9k521 , and SMCG TV 95 portal at https://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp. Viewing is also available on mobile devices.
 
The forum will re-air on SMCG TV 95 Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Videos of the Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel, SMCG TV Facebook page and SMCG TV 95 portal on the county website.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via email at csmc@stmarysmd.com or at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland, 20650.
 
The final Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forum will take place Oct. 8.

Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Multiple Assault Cases

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the identity of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with throwing bricks at two, possibly three cars earlier this morning. A preliminary investigation showed unknown suspect(s) threw bricks and or pieces of concrete at motorists traveling on St. Charles Parkway near October Place between 5 a.m.  – 6 a.m. The bricks struck the front windshields of the vehicles causing significant damage. One driver suffered scratches from the breaking glass. No other injuries were reported. It appears the suspect(s) were in a wooded area near the parkway. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s). The investigation is ongoing.


Maryland State Police Investigating Motorcycle Crash In Charles County

(WALDORF, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in which one person was injured Wednesday in Charles County.
 
 At about 4:30 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to westbound Maryland Route 228 at Buttonbush Drive in Waldorf, Maryland for a report of a serious vehicle crash. According to a preliminary investigation by troopers from the La Plata Barrack and the Crash Team, the driver of a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 was attempting to make a left turn from eastbound Route 228 onto Buttonbush Drive.  At the same time, a 2001 Suzuki GSXR-600 operated by Timothy Lee Gaines Jr., 28, of Mitchellville, Maryland, was traveling on west on Maryland Route 228 east of Buttonbush Drive.  
 
Investigators said that the Suzuki came out from behind the pack of vehicles, accelerated and collided with the rear metal bumper of the Dodge.  Gaines became separated from the Suzuki and slid over 340 feet and came to rest on the right shoulder of Route 228 and the Suzuki slid over 520 feet.  
 
According to a preliminary investigation, at least one citizen offered medical assistance until a Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on the scene. Gaines was transported by a Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopter to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.  for treatment of his injuries. Speed is believed to be a factor in the collision.  
 
Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200. 

 

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