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Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward For Information Leading To Pharmacy Robberies (Photos)

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the identities of the suspects involved in two armed robberies in which pharmacies were targeted. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects. The first robbery occurred on March 5 at 9:51 a.m. at a pharmacy on High Street in Waldorf. The other robbery occurred on March 21 at 1 p.m. at a pharmacy in the 3900 block of St. Charles Parkway. In each case, the suspects entered the store armed with handguns and demanded prescription narcotics, prescription cough syrup and cash. Detectives obtained footage of the suspects from store security cameras. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Detective A. Bringley at (301) 609-6499 or email bringleya@ccso.us. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.

Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation Announces Controlled Burning of Structure at Hallowing Point Park

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 22, 2019 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a controlled burn of an unsafe structure located at Hallowing Point Park on Monday, March 25.
Citizens are advised that smoke and fire may be visible but to not contact emergency services if visiting the park. The structure is located adjacent to field four.
Hallowing Point Park will be open during the duration of the burn, and members of the fire department and county staff will be on site to ensure citizen safety.
For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $17 Million in Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $17,314,430 in federal funding for Maryland to combat the opioid epidemic. These funds, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ State Opioid Response Grants aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen have consistently fought to increase this funding in the budget and appropriations process and through the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.


“These federal funds will save lives and better our communities,” said Senator Cardin, member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “Maryland received over $17 million in federal funding for the State Opioid Response Grants, which will provide flexibility for local governments and local communities to do what they need to do in order to expand access to substance use treatment and reduce opioid overdose deaths, while at the same time providing Federal Government partnership and resources that can really make a difference.” 


“Opioid addiction has wreaked havoc in our state and across the country, leaving no community unscathed. This investment will provide crucial resources to Maryland’s efforts to combat the crisis – from increasing access to treatment to providing our emergency responders with the tools they need to save lives,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees. “I was proud to work in the Senate for increased funding to tackle this epidemic -- together, we must keep expanding prevention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals struggling with addiction and other mental health issues."

Working Smoke Alarm Alerts Marbury Family to Call 911

Just after 3:00 a.m. this morning volunteer fire units were dispatched to a reported “smoke in
wall near the attic” of a dwelling on Pisgah Marbury Road. The box assignment brought 40
volunteer firefighters from Tenth District, Nanjemoy, Potomac Heights, Indian Head, La Plata,
and Bel Alton along with mutual aid from NDW Stump Neck to the scene. Command was
established by Chief 8A (Danielson) and operated with Company 8, 21, Truck 11, all other units
“staged” nearby. Units found the walls surrounding the wood stove on fire, check for extension
while extinguishing the small fire. No injuries, notification made to the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Family was not displaced as a result of this incident.

ID Needed for Theft Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 2:04 p.m., the suspect paid for items that were placed in a plastic bag. The suspect then proceeded to another part of the store where he placed other items in the plastic bag and left the Sheetz store in Great Mills without paying for the additional items. The suspect was last seen getting into a gold-colored Honda Accord with Maryland tags. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC Dale Smith at 301-475-4200, ext. *8098 or email dale.smith@stmarysmd.com. Case# 11126-19
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Updatae: Social Media Threats of Violence Against Local Schools

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, regarding threats circulating via text messages and on social media. After an extensive investigation, no sustained or credible threats were identified. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools will continue to fully investigate all threats reported, and will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.
On March 19, 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools began a joint investigation into various threats of mass violence directed at area schools in St. Mary’s County. The threats have been circulating on social media and via text messages and correlate to the one year anniversary of the tragedy which occurred at Great Mills High School, on March 20, 2018. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools are working collaboratively to determine the origin of these threats, the credibility of the threats, and to ensure the safety of St. Mary’s County students and faculty.
Anyone with information regarding the origin of the threats is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

NAS Patuxent River to Hold Change of Command April 11, 2019

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Capt. Christopher Cox will assume command of the naval air station (NAS) from Capt. Jason Hammond during a ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. in Hangar 306.
Cox has served as the NAS's executive officer since August 2017. Capt. Hammond has served as the commanding officer since August 2017.

Charles County Corrections Officers Save Woman From Burning Car

On March 13 at 3:35 p.m., Charles County Corrections officers CFC Eric Keys and Cpl. Phillip Norris were conducting a prisoner transport in the area of Route 301 and Trade Zone Avenue in Bowie, MD when they observed an SUV had run off the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire. The officers pulled over and observed a man trying to break open a window with a hammer. CFC Keys quickly exited the van with a fire extinguisher, while CFC Norris stayed inside the van with the prisoner. As CFC Keys approached the SUV, the grass beneath it and nearby trees were on fire and the inside of the SUV was filled with heavy smoke and air bag dust. CFC Keys instructed a bystander to utilize the extinguisher and spray at his feet while he broke out a window with his agency-issued ASP baton. CFC Keys was then able to unlock the doors and pull the woman out. He dragged her about 20 yards away when he noticed she was not breathing.  He began CPR and continued for several minutes until she began breathing on her own. During that time, the fire grew more intense. With the help of other law enforcement officers and bystanders, the woman was moved further away but as they began moving, the fire engulfed the front and mid-section of the SUV causing portions to explode and expel metal and tire shrapnel at high speeds. CFC Keys and the bystanders protected the woman and placed her in a stable position until paramedics arrived. The woman was transported to a hospital and survived her injuries. Cpl. Norris maintained constant communication with CFC Keys via their portable radios, and was able to provide critical situational awareness and encouragement as Keys focused on saving the woman. “These officers were faced with making a quick decision. They took swift and immediate action which ultimately saved the woman’s life,” said Brandon Foster, Director of the Charles County Detention Center. CFC Keys is a 15-year veteran of the CCDC and Cpl. Norris is a 7-year veteran.

Student Arrested and Charged as Adult with Possession of Handgun and Drugs on School Property

On March 19 at approximately 10 a.m., a teacher at La Plata High School noticed a student who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The teacher called school administration to the classroom and an administrator immediately responded and removed the student. Administrators subsequently discovered the student was in possession of a container of marijuana-infused brownies. They also found a loaded gun in his book bag. The School Resource Officer recovered the gun and drugs and arrested the student,  Kristopher Alexander Raul McDonald, 16, of La Plata. McDonald was charged as an adult with possession of a weapon on school property, possession of drugs with intent to distribute while armed, loaded handgun on person, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon and other related charges. Cpl. K. Burger is continuing the investigation to determine where the student got the gun and why he brought it to school. At this point in the investigation, there is no indication McDonald planned to use the weapon against anyone. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. K. Burger at (301) 932-2222.     

Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward For Multiple Property Damage Cases (video)

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple incidents of property damage in which unknown suspect(s) shot out windows to cars. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s). Over the last two weeks, during the overnight hours, the suspect(s) used a pellet gun to shoot out the windows of more than two dozen cars throughout the county. Most of the cases occurred primarily in Waldorf; however, some cars have been damaged in White Plains and the Bensville area. In an effort to develop leads, detectives have conducted numerous neighborhood canvasses. In addition, they have reviewed home security surveillance systems to look for additional evidence. In several cases, a white four-door passenger car was observed on surveillance footage at about the same time the incidents occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. R. Logsdon at (301) 609-6436. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.


Calvert Officers Look For Help Identifying Burglary Suspect (Photos)

In the early morning hours of March 10, 2019, the subject shown above burglarized a commercial business in the 2700 area of W Chesapeake Beach Rd, Dunkirk, Maryland in Calvert County. Subject stole multiple bottles of alcohol for possible resale purposes in the DMV area.  The subject is described as a B/M, between 45 and 60 years of age, with a mustache. He was wearing a black zipper front hooded jacket. The jacket had a red liner on the inside and a mask design on the front, arms, and back of the jacket (see photo). He is wearing oversized, baggy, blue jeans and blue sneakers. The vehicle he is operating is possibly a 2016 white Nissan Pathfinder.  If anyone has any information into the identity of this subject, please contact Detective Yates with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 ext 2151 or by email at edward.yates@calvertcountymd.gov. 

Noise Advisory - Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs March 26-29, 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 March 26 - 29, 2019 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 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.

Maryland Retains Triple-AAA Bond Rating, To Sell Up To $490 Million of General Obligation Bonds

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced
today that the three major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed the State's AAA bond
rating, all with stable outlooks, in advance of the upcoming competitive sale of State
General Obligation Bonds on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Maryland is one of twelve states* to hold the coveted AAA rating, the highest possible
rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. S&P Global Ratings has rated the bonds
AAA since 1961, Moody’s Investors Service has assigned the bonds a rating of Aaa since
1973, and Fitch Ratings has rated the bonds AAA since 1993.
Treasurer Kopp said, “We are pleased and proud that Maryland continues to be recognized
as a triple-AAA State, a distinction that affirms our State’s overall fiscal strength and
longstanding commitment to prudent and proactive financial management. The rating
agencies recognize that our dynamic economy, highly educated workforce, and aboveaverage wealth and income levels make Maryland an outstanding investment.”
“The AAA ratings will allow the State to achieve lower interest rates on its bonds, saving
the taxpayers of Maryland millions of dollars and freeing up resources that will allow us to
continue to invest in our local communities, notably our schools, libraries, institutions of 
higher education, healthcare facilities and cultural projects important to the residents of our
State,” Treasurer Kopp added.
Fitch Ratings, in assigning its AAA rating and stable outlook, said that Maryland’s rating
“reflects its broad, diverse and wealthy economy, extensive budget controls and sound
financial operations, and strong management of debt.”
Fitch further noted: “Fiscal management is very strong, with consensus-oriented long-term
planning and multiple sources of flexibility including a consistently solid budgetary reserve
and a demonstrated ability to adjust spending to address changing circumstances. Although
liabilities are elevated for a state, they are moderate relative to resources and carefully
Moody’s Investors Service, in providing its rationale for its Aaa rating, said “The highestquality rating reflects Maryland’s strong financial management policies, ample liquidity
levels, stable economy and high personal income levels, all of which offset the state’s
economic exposure to constrained federal spending, as well as the above-average debt and
pension burdens stemming from the state’s practice of issuing debt and absorbing certain
pension costs on behalf of local governments.” In explaining the stable outlook, Moody’s
indicated “The state’s proactive fiscal management enables it to make midcourse
corrections and weather economic cycles. It has also taken often difficult actions to
strengthen the foundation for long term fiscal sustainability. Even so, growth in fixed costs
for pensions, debt service and retiree health benefits will continue to be a challenge.”
In assigning its AAA long-term rating and stable outlook, S&P Global Ratings said: “Our
‘AAA’ long-term rating on Maryland’s GO bonds reflects our view of the State’s: Broad
and diverse economy, which continues to post slow growth; Strong wealth and income
levels relative to those of the nation; Long history of proactive financial and budget
management, including implementation of frequent and timely budget adjustments to align
revenues and expenditures and long-term financial planning that should continue to be
helpful in addressing future budget challenges; and Well-developed debt management
practices with a moderate debt burden for most measures and rapid amortization, although
long-term pension and other postemployment benefits liabilities remain moderately high,
in our opinion.”
S&P Global Ratings further stated: “The stable outlook reflects Maryland’s continued
focus on structural budget alignment and maintenance of minimum state reserves at levels
we consider good, despite continued slow economic growth. The state’s continued practice
of making proactive midyear adjustments to align the budget in case of slower-thananticipated revenue growth will remain an important credit factor over the two-year
outlook horizon, given Maryland’s above-average economic dependence on federal
government employment and spending.”
The bond sale will include $490,000,000 million of tax-exempt bonds sold in two bidding
groups to enhance competition: Bidding group 1 - $265,040,000 of tax-exempt bonds; and
Bidding group 2 - $224,960,000 of tax-exempt bonds. Both bidding groups are expected
to be sold to institutions.
As is always the case with Maryland’s tax-exempt General Obligation Bonds, the State
will use the proceeds to finance important capital projects and improvements, such as
public schools, community colleges, university projects and hospitals.
The Maryland Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.,
Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, will preside over the
competitive bond sale on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the Assembly Room in the Goldstein
Treasury Building in Annapolis.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in August or
September 2019.

New Rankings Show St. Mary's as the 5th Healthiest County in MD

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 19, 2019) – St. Mary’s County ranks as the 5th healthiest of the 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. This ranking reflects improvement from sixth in 2018, eighth in 2017 and tenth in 2016.
“Our residents and community partners should be proud of the improvement in our health ranking over the past few years," said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. "Our progress shows that the collective action of many really can make a difference in community health."
An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. Housing is part of the foundation for living long and well. High housing costs can force some families to live in unsafe or overcrowded housing or even into homelessness. This year’s State Reports show stark differences across and within counties in the opportunity to afford a home, especially for those with low incomes and people of color. This year’s analyses show that a lack of opportunity for a safe, secure, and affordable home is tied to poor health.
The Rankings State Reports call attention to key drivers in health such as severe housing cost burden and its connection to other factors like children in poverty. Among Maryland children living in poverty, 64 percent were living in a household that spends more than half of its income on housing. High housing costs make it difficult for families to afford other essentials that contribute to good health, such as healthy food, medicine, or transportation to work or school. Looking at differences by place and race offers a more complete picture of a community’s health. In Maryland, 15% of households spend more than half of their income on housing costs but when we look by race –  stark differences emerge, as Hispanic households are most burdened by severe housing costs at 20 percent compared to White households at 12 percent.
“Our homes are inextricably tied to our health,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “It’s unacceptable that so many individuals and families face barriers to health because of what they have to spend on housing. This leaves them with fewer dollars to keep their families healthy. Imagine the stress and pain that come with unplanned moves. We are all healthier and stronger together when everyone has access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of the color of their skin or how much money they make.”
In addition to the county-level data, the Rankings also features What Works for Health, a database of more than 400 evidence-informed strategies to support communities as they implement local action around public health. If you are interested in working to improve health in St. Mary’s County, visit www.healthystmarys.com and join the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership!
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About the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership
The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) is a community-driven coalition of partners working together to improve health in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The coalition mobilizes members through four action teams to address the priority health issues in St. Mary’s: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Healthy Eating & Active Living and Tobacco Free Living. Joining the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership is free and all interested organizations and community members are welcome! For more information, visit www.healthystmarys.com. Follow HSMP on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HealthyStMarys or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthystmarys. 
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.
About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels.  The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health. A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond, and a convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those in academia and those in the policy and practice arena.  The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. For more information, visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 19-14984
On March 14th, 2019 Deputy O’Donnell responded to Chesapeake Ave in St. Leonard for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between March 12th at 7:00 am and March 14th at 4:23 pm, an unknown suspect(s) entered their residence and stole several prescription narcotics as well as a black house phone that had a value of $30.   
Burglary: 19-15046
On March 14th, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby for the report of a burglary. Deputy Gott made contact with the complainant who stated they returned home from their neighbor’s house and caught a glimpse of an unknown male with long, dark, shoulder length hair running down their hallway. The suspect fled after being caught and ran into the wooded area behind the residence.  
Theft: 19-15125
On March 15th, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to The Spot Thrift Store in St. Leonard for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 5 pm on March 14th and 9:30 am on March 15th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a black leather jacket with an estimated value of $90. 
Theft: 19-15349
On March 16th, 2019 Deputy Flynt responded to Game Stop in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant stated at approximately noon an unknown black male and an unknown black female entered the store together where they were both seen placing items inside a purse and down their pants. Both suspects exited the store without paying for items.  The approximate value of stolen items is $53. 
On March 12th, 2019 Deputy Ridgely was dispatched to the area of Stamper Court in Prince Frederick for the report of a subject under the influence and possibly in possession of a stolen handgun. After canvassing the area with negative results, Sergeant Naecker observed an abandoned house on Tubman Drive in Prince Frederick. Sergeant Naecker and Corporal Morgan made entry into the house and located the suspect, Dru Mathew Maguire (20), sleeping on a couch. Maguire was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary- 4th Degree – Dwelling. 
On March 12th, 2019 Deputy Mason and DFC Mohler responded to Fairground Road in Prince Frederick for the report of an individual with a warrant. Upon arrival, Deputies Mason and Mohler observed the wanted individual in a parking lot. The suspect, Lemuel Mckinley Mackall Jr. (35), advised deputies he was unaware of the pending arrest warrant. DFC Mohler asked Mackall if he had any weapons on him and Mackall advised he had a pistol in his pants pocket. DFC Mohler and Deputy Mason were able to retrieve the unloaded handgun from his pants pocket without incident. Mackall was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Handgun on Person, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, and Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction. 
On March 14th, 2019 Deputy Wilder responded to Shore Acres Way in Prince Frederick for the report of a trespasser. The complainant advised that the suspect had returned to the residence after being told an hour prior by Deputy Wilder she was not welcome there. Deputy Wilder placed Valerie Mason (67) under arrest and transported her to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Failure to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order and Trespass: Private Property. 
On March 15th, 2019 Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop in the Fox Run Shopping Center located in Prince Frederick. Upon making contact with the driver, Nicole Fant (33), Deputy Sampson observed her slurred speech and slow movements as well as green residue in her right nostril. A search of the vehicle revealed a purse containing a pill grinder with various shades of pill powder to include green, orange and white. Located throughout the vehicle were several prescription bottles with several pills missing, based on the dosage statements versus when it was originally filled. Fant was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. While at the Detention Center, a secondary search was conducted and Fant was found to be in possession of a folded $1 bill with suspected pill residue. Fant was charged with CDS: Possession Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS While Confined/Detained.    
On March 16th, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to H.G. Trueman Road in Solomons for a warrant service. Upon arrival, Deputy Anderson met with a State Trooper who had the suspect, Nicole Anne Kelly (33), in his marked cruiser. Upon arriving at the Calvert County Detention Center, Kelly was asked by Correctional staff if she had any contraband and she advised she did not. While searching her belongings, a card holder containing Suboxone strips was located. Kelly advised the Suboxone strips were not hers and they were prescribed to someone else. Kelly was additionally charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and Possession of Contraband in a place of confinement. 
On March 17th, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to the area of Route 4 at Parran Road to assist Sergeant Shrawder with a traffic stop. Sergeant Shrawder was issuing a traffic warning to the driver, Justin Dale Wood (29), and asked for consent to search the vehicle. Consent was given by Wood and a search of the vehicle revealed a hypodermic syringe. Wood advised he was not diabetic and the needle was in fact his. Wood was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 

Identity Sought For Theft Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at 3:20 p.m., the suspect put a 32-inch Visio television and other merchandise into a shopping cart and left the California Walmart store without paying for the items. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Matthew Beyer at 301-475-4200, ext. *8005 or email matthew.beyer@stmarysmd.com. Case # 15417-19
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Possession of Marijuana Over 10 Grams:  On 3/12/19 at 8:41 am, Trooper First Class Davis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Lusby Lane at Town Square Drive in Lusby.  A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed over 10 grams of marijuana.  Alonzo E. Mayes, 23 of Lusby was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Trespassing:  On 3/14/19 at 12:01 pm, Trooper First Class Davis responded to the Fastop in Lusby to investigate a reported trespasser on the stores property.  Dean A. Graham, 61 of Lusby was located on the property and had previously received a “not to trespass” order from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in February.  He was served with another “notice not to trespass order” from the Maryland State Police and was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
Theft of License Plate:  On 3/14/19 at 2:14 pm, Corporal Oles responded to the Bay Avenue in North Beach for a reported theft of a license plate.  The victim reported the rear license plate was taken off his vehicle by unknown suspect(s).  The tag, 3CT7143, has been entered into NCIC.  Investigation continues.

Governor Hogan Statement on Progress of School Construction Initiative

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan’s historic school construction initiative has won approval in the Maryland House of Delegates. Members of the House of Delegates have passed similar legislation to the governor’s Building Opportunity Act of 2019, which was announced last December.  
“Repairing our aging schools is vital to ensuring the children in our state receive a world-class education, which is our administration’s top priority,” said Governor Hogan. “Today’s action puts us one step closer to making the largest investment in school construction – ever – in Maryland history. We have already done more than any previous administration has to invest in school construction, and now we need to build on this historic commitment.”
To date, the Hogan administration has invested $1.4 billion towards school construction - no governor in the history of the state has invested more in his first four years in office. The governor has continued this commitment by including a record $438 million in his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
This legislation provides funding to cover more than 90 percent of the projects requested by local school systems from 2020 to 2024, if enacted. Moreover, it gives the Maryland Stadium Authority oversight of additional school construction funds and includes critical accountability measures. The Building Opportunity Act is closely modeled after the highly successful 21st Century School Buildings Program currently underway in Baltimore City, which is providing students with the healthy, efficient, and modern school buildings they deserve. The new construction projects are estimated to create more than 27,000 new jobs over the four- year construction period.

St. Mary's County Vice Narcotics Arrests

In January of 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, began an investigation into Melvin Jerome Maddox, age 50 of Lexington Park, regarding his involvement in the distribution of controlled dangerous substances. As a result, a search and seizure warrant was obtained for Maddox’s person, vehicle and residence.

On March 13, 2019, members of the Vice Narcotics Division observed Maddox as a passenger in a vehicle in the California area. A vehicle stop was initiated, with the assistance of Patrol and K-9 Deputies. The operator, later identified as Reginald Delante Thomas, age 28 of Great Mills, fled the scene in the vehicle, and then proceeded to flee on foot. During the foot chase Thomas was observed discarding two large bags. Thomas was quickly apprehended, and the two bags were recovered by Vice Narcotics Detectives. Both bags contained cocaine having an estimated resale value of $7,200. Thomas was also found to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. Maddox was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine.

Maddox was arrested and charged with CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana, (Cocaine), and Thomas was charged with the following:

CDS: Possession W/Intent to Distribute-Narcotics

CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana

Fleeing and Eluding

Fleeing and Eluding on Foot

Driving on Suspended License

Maddox and Thomas were both incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Additional charges are pending review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

Charles County Commissioners Announce April Public Meetings

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend the April 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.
Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq.
“Community Conversation with the Commissioner President”
Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Lancaster Neighborhood Center (4150 Lancaster Circle, Waldorf)
 Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed., Commissioner (District 3)
“Town Hall Meeting for District 3”
Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Waldorf West Library (10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf)
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.



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