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NFPA Urges Teens Not To Participate In Trending Social Media Challenge

According to local news reports, high school students in Massachusetts have been imitating a dangerous viral video circulating on the social media app TikTok. Along with Massachusetts fire officials who have issued fire alerts about the dangers of this activity, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging the public not to participate in this challenge.
 
“Electricity is ubiquitous in our lives, so much so that we often take for granted its power and potential for danger,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “This video challenge reinforces that electricity can inflict serious harm if used improperly.”
 
Called the #outletchallenge, the video shows how to partially insert the plug of a cellphone charger into an outlet and slide a penny down the wall onto the exposed prongs. The results include sparks and damage to the electrical system, and in some cases, fires, injuries, and even electrocution.
 
“Our hope is to communicate the true dangers of this activity so that we can prevent anyone else from being harmed by it,” said Carli.
 
NFPA offers resources to help protect teens from trends that have primarily emerged on social media in recent years, helping them identify risky behaviors and make safer decisions. Mainly designed for parents, caretakers, and fire departments, these resources can help anyone have an open dialogue with teenagers and discourage dangerous behavior.
 
NFPA is also the developer of the NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC) , which serves as the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards, and is used in all 50 states.
 
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room. For other information, please contact us at 617-984-7275 or publicaffairs@nfpa.org.
 
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Cardin Says New Water Rule Will Degrade Water Quality and Poses a Public Health Danger

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responded to the announcement today of a new water rule by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James. The new replacement rule will gut Obama-era regulations that define the waters of the United States (WOTUS) -- the rivers, streams and wetlands that fed into the drinking water supply of 1 in 3 Americans.

 

“Clean, safe water is a right of every person in this country. But the Trump administration does not seem to prioritize clean water or public health. Time and again they have shown their sole priority to be protecting polluters at the expense of evidence-based public policies that were built on years-long scientific research.”

 

Senator Cardin has long urged the Trump administration to protect the Clean Water Rule and protect America’s clean drinking water. In April 2019, he led colleagues in a letter to Wheeler and James during the formal rulemaking comment period urging them to abandon the dangerous proposal.

 

“Continued success of the Clean Water Act requires a clear and scientifically sound definition for determining which bodies of water are protected, while protecting those waters that influence the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters—the goal at the heart of the Act.  However, the final rule provides neither the certainty requested by our constituents, nor the clean and healthy waters upon which we all depend.  Instead, this rewrite makes it nearly impossible for stakeholders and regulators to easily and consistently define perennial, intermittent and ephemeral streams.  Far from fulfilling the President’s promise to create a nationally consistent rule, this rule injects ambiguity into the law at the expense of our decades of progress in cleaning up our waters.

 

“For Maryland and the Chesapeake region, the Trump administration’s latest rollback of federal clean water regulations undermines the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort by eliminating federal protections for thousands of acres of wetlands and some headwater streams. Under the Trump administration’s new water rule, isolated wetlands not connected by surface waters to navigable waterways in an average year will be denied federal protections. This would make them more vulnerable to pollution, and make it harder for state and local governments, farmers, nonprofits and businesses to achieve their nutrient and sediment reduction goals. Also exposed would be streams that flow only after rain or snowmelt, called ‘ephemeral’ streams, that play a critical role in supplying clean drinking water and as tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. In the long run, this rollback will cost American taxpayers money for increased health costs and other harmful effects of increased pollution in our waterways.”


Commissioners Announce Next Steps on Adult Entertainment Establishment's Planned Opening

Charles County is preparing for the possibility that an adult entertainment club may illegally open its doors this weekend in the Bryans Road area. Currently, the club does not have a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy to operate and an injunction was issued in November 2019 to prevent it from operating in the absence of a valid Certificate of Use & Occupancy. If the nightclub opens for business, as it has advertised it will, the county stands ready to immediately pursue legal action against the nightclub owners because they will have violated the injunction and will be operating without a valid Certificate of Use & Occupancy.

 

To date, the Board of County Commissioners has taken several actions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents from the potential adverse impacts of the nightclub’s anticipated adult entertainment activities, including:

Immediately after being notified by concerned residents that the nightclub was promoting adult entertainment in November 2019, county staff investigated the matter and revoked its original Certificate of Use and Occupancy because its activities were not authorized in the zone where the club planned to open.
On Nov. 22, 2019, the county's permit revocation was upheld in court and an injunction was issued.
Commissioners directed staff to begin the process of exploring development of a zoning text amendment that would consider limits on how, when, and where adult entertainment clubs can operate, with a proposal expected by July 2020.
On Jan. 14, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to temporarily suspend approval of site development plans and Certificates of Use and Occupancy for any property whose use will include adult entertainment in Charles County until a zoning text amendment can be considered.
The nightclub has applied for a new Certificate of Use & Occupancy but has not yet received it because its representatives have not complied with certain requirements in the Resolution.
 

“The Board of County Commissioners has taken every step that it has the legal authority to execute,” said Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “Under Charter Government, a County Executive would have the authority to exercise policing powers to prevent a business without proper permits from opening its doors – without the need to seek relief from the Courts.”

 

“We are disappointed that our law enforcement partners are not enforcing the injunction ordered by the Courts,” stated Commissioner Thomasina O. Coates, M.S., of District 2, the district where the nightclub intends to open. “Unfortunately, the Board of County Commissioners does not have the ability to compel them to take action on code violations, resulting in the situation that we are now facing as a community.”


St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and Transportation Completes Repairs on Walkway Bridge

Leonardtown, MD – The Department of Public Works and Transportation has completed repairs on the walkway bridge between Breton Marketplace located on Pt. Lookout Road and the St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center located on Peabody Street in Leonardtown.  Originally scheduled for completion on or about Jan. 31, 2020, the underground stormwater piping is now repaired, and the walkway has been returned to service.  The department thanks the community for patience during this project


Three Charged In Hollywood Home Invasion

On January 16, 2020, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown for the reported assault. Preliminary investigation determined three masked individuals forced entry into the 20-year-old male victim’s residence located in the 24400 block of Morgan Road in Hollywood, between the hours of 6-7 a.m. on January 16th. Once inside the residence two of the suspects assaulted the victim by striking him repeatedly and one of the suspects, identified as Cody Dustin Combs, age 22 of Leonardtown, brandished a knife.  
 
During the assault the victim advised one of the suspects later identified to be Bryon Michael Bishop, age 22 of Leonardtown, pointed a handgun at him. The victim advised Combs and Bishop searched his belongings and ultimately all three suspects left the residence with property belonging to the victim. The third suspect in the incident has been identified as a 17-year-old female from Hollywood.  The victim advised he is familiar with the 17-year-old and Combs and therefore was able to identify both individuals during the assault. Bishop was identified as a suspect during the investigation.
 
     
Cody Dustin Combs of Leonardtown           Bryon Michael Bishop of Leonardtown
 
All three suspects were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following:  
 
Home Invasion
Assault First Degree
Assault Second Degree 
Burglary First Degree
Theft 
 
All three suspects remain incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on a no bond status. The juvenile female involved has been charged as an adult. Due to a recent change in Maryland law the name and photograph of the juvenile will not be released until the court makes a finding at the waiver hearing to determine the jurisdiction of this incident. 
 
The victim was treated for numerous injuries sustained in the assault and has been released from the hospital. 
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@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. 

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of January 13 – January 19 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,432 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Theft: 20-2825
On January 15, 2020, Deputy Hardesty responded to War Bonnett Trail in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that an unknown suspect(s) stole three weapons from their residence. Prior to the complainant reporting the theft, it was confirmed one of the weapons was recovered.  
 
Theft: 20-3450
On January 18, 2020, Deputy Flynt responded to Highland Terrace in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that after leaving Anthony’s Bar and Grill in Dunkirk, they realized they did not have their purse. When they returned to the restaurant to look for it, it was gone. The value of stolen property is $100.
 
Arrests:
 
On January 14, 2020, Deputy S. Naughton responded to Emmanuel Church Road in Huntingtown for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Naughton made contact with the complainant who stated Kathleen Susan Bauman (55) was intoxicated and was repeatedly beating on their door making threatening statements. Deputy Naughton observed Bauman to be heavily intoxicated, and detected the strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath and person. Bauman was instructed to remain in her apartment for the evening. Shortly after leaving the scene, Deputy Naughton was advised by Calvert County Emergency Communications that Bauman was beating on the complainant’s door again. Deputy Naughton returned to the scene and observed Bauman banging on the complainant’s door while shouting profanities. Bauman was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where shew as charged with Disorderly Conduct and Intoxicated Public Disturbance. 
 
On January 17, 2020, Deputy Freeland conducted a patrol check in the area of the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Deputy Freeland observed a vehicle parked in a handicap spot underneath the bridge and made contact with the occupants. The driver did not have his driver’s license, and provided a name and date of birth that were later determined to be false. Deputy Freeland confirmed that the vehicle belonged to Dayshawn Martel Nolan (26), and Calvert County Emergency Communications advised that Nolan had an active warrant through St. Mary’s County as well as Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack. Nolan was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Obstructing and Hindering and Fraud- Assuming the Identity of Another to Avoid Prosecution.
 
On January 19, 2020, Deputy Anderson responded to Walmart in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that they observed Carl Savoy Smith (52) enter the store, take plastic grocery bags from the self-checkout area, and walk around the store placing items into the bags. After Deputies observed Smith walk past all points of sale towards the exit of the store, they made contact with Smith. Smith advised Deputies that he had paid for all the items, but could not provide a receipt. Deputies were able to confirm through surveillance footage that Smith placed his cart at a cash register, walked around speaking to different employees and then return to his cart, passing all points of sale. The total value of items stolen was $65.04. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less Than $100. 

Update: Charles County Officers Continue To Look For Critically Missing Man (Photo)

Update: At 12:40 p.m., John Stacey, 81, was found safe and unharmed about one quarter of a mile from his home.

 

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for John Stacey, 81, who was reported missing last night. On January 21 at 5 p.m., Stacey left his home in the 2800 block of Smith Point Road in Nanjemoy to walk to his mailbox to check on his mail. When he didn’t return 15 minutes later, family members began looking for him. After searching for over an hour, family contacted police. Officers immediately established a command center and began searching utilizing foot patrols, K9, MSP aviation, drones and the help of allied agencies. In addition, the search for him was posted on all social media outlets. Further, any tips that were provided have been pursued and all area hospitals have been checked. The search is continuing today. Mr. Stacey was last seen wearing a blue coat, light blue jeans and a winter hat with earmuffs. He is described as a white male, 6’2”, 150 pounds, gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. His family has indicated he may have the onset of dementia. Anyone with information is asked to call 911. Anyone wishing to help search for Mr. Stacey is asked to contact the CCSO non-emergency line at (301) 932-2222.


Annual Business Filings and Extension Requests Due by April 15

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced the availability of 2020 Annual Reports, Personal Property Tax Returns, and Extension Requests. All domestic and foreign business entities must file an Annual Report or request an extension by April 15, 2020, in order to maintain their “Good Standing” status. The quickest and easiest way to submit these filings is through the Department’s award-winning Maryland Business Express site. If you request a two-month filing extension through SDAT’s online extension system, your filings will be due to the Department no later than June 17, 2020. 
 
“Since 2018, annual filings submitted online have increased by 67 percent and we saw even greater traffic in 2019 with over 35,000 additional online filings,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “The creation of Maryland Business Express is a game changer. More than 30 percent of all online charter transactions take place outside of normal business hours. We have completely transformed the way we interact with our customers, from the interactive Chabot Mary to the wealth of information that used to be spread across 14 different agency websites. Entrepreneurs can now plan, start, manage and grow their businesses in Maryland from their home or mobile device 24/7, and our customers love it!” 
 
All businesses in Maryland must file an Annual Report yearly in order to maintain “Good Standing” status. If your business owns, leases, or uses personal property in Maryland and/or maintains a trader’s license with a local unit of government in Maryland, a Personal Property Tax Return must be filed. If a paper application is preferred, click here to download the forms on SDAT’s website and file by U.S. Postal Mail or in person at SDAT’s West Preston Street Office in Baltimore City. Major credit and debit cards are accepted as well as PayPal, Google and Apple Pay.
 
Due to the passage of Chapter 513 during the 2019 General Assembly Session, SDAT is required to add a new question to the Annual Report asking how many board members a corporation has, and how many of those board members are female. This question only applies to tax-exempt, domestic non-stock corporations with an operating budget exceeding $5,000,000, or domestic stock corporations with total sales exceeding $5,000,000. If one of the former applies to the corporation, this question must be completed unless at least 75% of the corporation’s shareholders are family members. See Tax Property Article §11-101.
 
If you do not file the required documents by the deadline, your business falls out of “Good Standing” status and may enter a “Forfeited” status soon thereafter. If your business is currently not in good standing because of failure to submit previous annual filings, you may now file up to ten years of overdue Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax returns online to regain the ability to legally conduct business in Maryland. For more information about the required annual filings or to view the status of your business, visit the Maryland Business Express page on maintaining “Good Standing” status.
 
SDAT strongly recommends that all business owners sign up for our distribution list to receive timely reminders to file these important documents or tax credit applications, or to receive general SDAT news updates. To view entity filings for free online and review the legal status of your business, access our Maryland Business Express Entity Search.
 
For additional questions about any of the information in this release, please contact SDAT’s personal Property Valuation Unit at SDAT.PersProp@Maryland.gov or (410) 767-1170.

Deadline To File As A Candidate For The 2020 Presidential Primary Election

Friday, January 24, 2020, at 9:00 pm is the deadline for an individual to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Primary Election. Under State law, an individual must file a Certificate of Candidacy by 9:00 pm ninety-five (95) days before the primary election. The filing location depends on the office sought. All federal and State candidates file a Certificate of Candidacy at the State Board of Elections (SBE), located at 151 West Street, Annapolis, MD. Local candidates file at the local board of elections. In addition to filing at SBE, candidates for Delegate to the National Convention may file a Certificate of Candidacy at the Charles, Frederick, and Wicomico Boards of Elections.
 
Besides filing the Certificate of Candidacy, all candidates must pay a filing fee at the appropriate board of elections. State and local candidates must also provide evidence that the candidate has filed a financial disclosure statement and established a candidate committee at SBE. Candidates for Delegate to the National Convention are not required to establish a candidate committee and there is no filing fee.
 
Candidates that filed a Certificate of Candidacy prior to January 1, 2020 must file a new financial disclosure statement with the ethics board where they filed their previous financial disclosure. The new disclosure must be filed no later than January 27, 2020. Failure to meet any of the requirements prior to the deadlines will invalidate the Certificate of Candidacy and remove the individual from the ballot.
 
The 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and the 2020 Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Additional election-related dates and forms are available at elections.maryland.gov. For more information, contact a local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or elections.maryland.gov.

Bob Branham Appointed Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Branham as the deputy director of the Department of Parks & Recreation. Branham’s appointment was effective Jan. 20, 2020.
 
Branham, who was most recently the recreation division chief for Parks & Recreation, has worked for county government for nearly 20 years. Branham has 27 years of overall experience in the field of parks and recreation at the federal, state and local levels.
 
During his career with county government, Branham has chaired or served on many parks and recreation committees locally and statewide through the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. He was also integral in creating and implementing the Calvert County Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund that enables families in financial need gain assistance to participate in parks and recreation programs and activities.
 
“Bob is a long-time member of our Parks & Recreation team and has been an amazing part of this department’s progress over the last few years,” said Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. “I’m excited for him to put his professionalism and experience to work in this very important role.”
 
“It is my pleasure to serve my community in the pursuit of a high quality of life through leisure opportunities,” said Branham. “I look forward to the future with this talented team and have no doubt that we can provide the best services our citizens so well deserve.”
 
Branham holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Towson University and is completing a master’s degree in recreation and parks management through Frostburg State University. He is also a member of Leadership Southern Maryland class of 2020.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

Family Of Jaelynn Willey Sue St. Mary's County School Board

The parents of Maryland teenager Jaelynn Willey, who was shot inside Great Mills High School two years ago, have filed a lawsuit against the St. Mary’s County School Board.
 
The 16-year-old was shot on March 20, 2018 in a school hallway. She was taken off life support and died three days later.
 
The shooter was another student, 17-year-old Austin Rollins, who had dated Willey starting in 2017. According to the lawsuit, the relationship soured as Rollins began to harass Willey.
 
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by her parents, Daniel and Melissa Willey, alleged that school personnel were aware that Rollins was harassing their daughter and that he was physically abusive to her — even grabbing, pushing and yelling at her directly outside of classrooms during school hours on a repeated basis.
 
“This lawsuit was filed by the parents of Jaelynn Willey because our most precious resources — our children — should be able to go to school every day with parents knowing they will return home safe,” Lauren Geisser, a lawyer for the Willey family said in a statement.
 
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
 
It stated the school system was negligent and should have done more to provide for Willey’s safety and the safety of other students at the school. Another student was wounded in the leg by a round from Rollins’ gun.
 
According to court documents, Willey’s parents made school officials aware of Rollins’ behavior before their daughter was killed.
 
The allegations stated that in the months leading up to the shooting, Willey’s parents “warned the school by way of directly advising the school’s swim coach that they were concerned about their daughter’s well-being, specifically as it related to Rollins,” but that the school system took no action. Willey, who was in 10th grade, was a member of the Great Mills High School swim team.
 
The lawsuit also said on Feb. 20, 2018, a month before Willey was shot, there was a threat of a shooter at the school, and the school system added security for only that day.
 
And less than 24 hours before the shooting that killed Willey, a threat of mass violence was made. The Willeys’ lawsuit said that the school had surveillance cameras and metal detecting wands it did not use.
 
“In this matter, there were warning signs the school chose to ignore and the family seeks to hold the school responsible for this failure on behalf of their daughter,” Geisser said.
 
Lawyers for the Willeys said after Rollins shot Willey, he was able to walk a round the school with the gun showing.
 
Rollins shot and killed himself at the school when he was confronted by a St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputy assigned as a school resources officer.
 
The Willeys are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
 
“Great Mills did nothing” to prevent Willey’s death, the lawsuit said.

Delegate Gerald "Jerry" Clark named Minority Ranking Member

Delegate Gerald “Jerry” Clark was named the new Ranking Member of the Environment and Transportation committee by the House Minority Caucus today.

 

“I am grateful for the opportunity.  Being part of this committee has given me the opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge in many areas.  I look forward to the new responsibility of keeping my colleagues informed of the progress and challenges of bills in committee,” said Delegate Clark.

 

The Ranking Member of the committee is responsible for giving reports on bills as they progress through the committee and advocating on behalf of bills sponsored by members of the minority party. 

 

The Environment and Transportation committee, hears bills pertaining to the environment, transportation, natural resources, agriculture, land use, ethics, housing and local government.  Delegate Clark is a member of the Land Use and Ethics and the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Open Space subcommittees.


Fire Damages Home In Waldorf

Early this morning at 4:43 a.m. forty firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department were called to 10856 Maplewood Court in Waldorf for a 2 story single family dwelling. The fire occurred in the living room of the home.  The occupant was alerted by the residential smoke detectors installed in the home. The occupant found fire in the living room and was able to escape without injury.  The fire is determined to be accidental, caused by an electrical component located in the living room. No one was injured in the fire and the estimated damage is $75,000.


Identity Needed for Vandalism Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person driving the vehicle pictured in a vandalism investigation. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm, the image of the suspect vehicle was captured at the same time a projectile pierced the window of the Five Below store in California. A small white marble was recovered, believed to be the projectile.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC Dustin McClure at 301-475-4200, ext. 78038 or email dustin.mcclure@stmarysmd.com. Case # 2898-20
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County 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

Identity Needed for Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm, the suspect walked out of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Lexington Park with a Chefman Air Fryer without paying for it. The suspect was last seen getting into the passenger side of a black SUV.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Michael Graves at 301-475-4200, ext. 78101 or email michael.graves@stmarysmd.com. Case # 2930-20
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County 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

SMCPS to Host Town Hall Meeting on January 22, 2020

St. Mary’s County Public Schools to Host Town Hall Meeting
Leading and Learning to Narrow the Gap:  Moving SMCPS Forward
 
What:  Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, will be hosting Monthly Town Hall Meetings during the 2019-2020 school year.  These conversational meetings will focus on topics that are important to the school system and community.  Be sure to visit our website at www.smcps.org for future topics.
Where:  Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD  20650
When:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Who: St. Mary’s County Public Schools
Contact:  Office of Strategic Planning and Communications, 301-475-5511, ext. 32133

Wanted for Escape- James William Blackiston III (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of James William Blackiston III, age 27 of Hollywood. Blackiston is currently wanted for Escape Second Degree after removing his tracking device while on pretrial release, for the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute. Blackiston is a black male, 5’11” and weighs 170 pounds; he has black hair and brown eyes.
 
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James William Blackiston III is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. For immediate assistance contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
 
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.

State Fire Marshal Kicks Off Community Risk Reduction Week

STATEWIDE, January 20, 2020 -  Today marks the start of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, a grassroots effort by the nation's fire service to encourage fire prevention and life safety education. The Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with dozens of fire departments throughout Maryland, will take part in CRR initiatives to get ahead of the 9-1-1 call before an emergency happens.
 
"I have always believed that the best way to keep the public and emergency personnel safe from fire is to prevent the 9-1-1 call from happening via public safety education," said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. "Whether it's social media posts, side-by-side burn demonstrations, or school presentations - it is vital to spread the word about fire safety to every generation of Marylander in the State."
 
This week, the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be publishing a series of CRR professional profiles on some of the many dedicated individuals who have made community education and life safety a top priority in their daily work. Look for #CRRWeek across social media platforms for efforts, both local and national, by various fire departments. You can also check out the official Twitter and Facebook CRR Week accounts for more information. 

Mechanicsville Student Arrested For Bringing Gun To Leonardtown Basketball Game

On January 17, 2020, School Resource Officer, Corporal Angela Delozier was working a basketball game at Leonardtown High School located at 23995 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. Cpl. Delozier was alerted to suspicious activity involving a group of juveniles by staff at the game. Cpl. Delozier and staff from the St. Mary’s County Public Schools immediately moved the juveniles to a secure location away from students and spectators and began an investigation. During the investigation, Cpl. Delozier located a loaded handgun on a 17-year-old male juvenile, from Mechanicsville.
 
The juvenile was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged as an adult with the following.
 
Carry and Possess a Handgun on School Property
 
Did Carry and Transport Loaded Handgun on Person
 
Wear and Carry a Dangerous Weapon-Conceal
 
Possession of Regulated Firearm- Individual Under 21
 
Disruption of School Activities
 
The juvenile remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center awaiting an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Due to a recent change in Maryland law, the name and photograph of the juvenile will not be released until the court makes a finding at the waiver hearing to determine the jurisdiction of this incident.
 
This investigation is ongoing and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office continues to collaborate with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.
 
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 tipster 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

Planning & Zoning to Hold Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan Public Meeting

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning will hold a public meeting to present an overview of the process to update Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan and to receive input on future challenges and priorities the plan should address. The meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 – Inclement weather date: Monday, Feb. 3 – at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad located at 755 Solomons Island Road South in Prince Frederick. The meeting kicks off with an open house at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m.
 
The Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan sets policies and actions that guide the physical development within the town center, including private and public development. This meeting will be one of many opportunities for the public to provide input for the Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan update. The master plan was originally adopted in 1989.
 
For more information about the Prince Frederick Maser Plan visit www.CalvertCountyMD.gov/TownCenters, email pz@calvertcountymd.gov or call
410-535-1600, ext. 2356.
 
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