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MetCom Announces New Adopt- A- Hydrant Program

The Metropolitan Commission and local volunteer fire departments are asking the community to partner with us in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program. Adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business will assist fire fighters by keeping hydrants cleared of snow during the winter and free of vegetation and debris in the summer.
 
In the unfortunate event of a fire, the quicker the fire department can have access to water, the quicker the fire can be extinguished. Hydrant accessibility can help to prevent loss of property and/or life. You can assist by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.
 
Anyone 18 years of age or older may participate in the program. Participants under 18 years of age must have an adult sponsor. Participants may include; individuals/families, neighborhood groups, community organizations, Boy/Girl Scouts, places of worship, schools, and businesses. Brochures are available on the MetCom website, at either of the MetCom offices or at any of the local volunteer fire departments.  St Mary's County Fire Chief Gary Bell stated “The St Mary's County fire chiefs are happy to partner with the St Mary's County Metropolitan Commission in the Adopt a Fire Hydrant program. Please help us by keeping the fire hydrant nearest your residence or business clear of snow, leaves and debris.”
 
Selecting a hydrant. Applicants may search for a fire hydrant near them by visual observation or by using our online Hydrant Locator at https://www.metcom.org/hydrant-locator-1 and selecting one available for adoption. Applicants may also propose a hydrant name for the hydrant they adopt (subject to approval by MetCom staff). For more information on the program or to complete an application, please visit https://www.metcom.org/ under the OPERATIONS tab or email MetCom at AdoptAHydrant@metcom.org and staff will work with you to adopt an available hydrant or answer any questions you may have about this new program.
 

Charles County Sheriff's Office Welcomes 3 New Correctional Officers

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) celebrated the graduation of 13 correctional officers – 3 from Charles County – from the Corrections Entrance Level Training Program (CELTP), Session 63, at a ceremony held February 18 at St. Charles High School in Waldorf, MD. The program requires each Correctional Officer to complete a ten-week Basic Corrections Academy, which exceeds the state minimum for all Correctional Officers working in local correctional facilities across Maryland.
 
“Correctional Officers are a vital part of law enforcement and work one of the toughest beats,” said Sheriff Berry. “They are responsible for the safety and security of all inmates, officers and support staff in the Detention Center. They serve as mentors and counselors, and they provide resources to help inmates get back on track upon their release. Their impact reaches far beyond the walls of the jail.”  
 
During the graduation ceremony, SMCJA instructors presented awards to three graduates who excelled in several categories: Nicholas Dickerson, from Calvert County, received the Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a 98.99 percent grade point average, the highest in the class. CO Dickerson also received the Physical Training Award, scoring 736 points out of 800, the highest in the class during PT tests administered at the beginning and end of the training program. Daniel Clark, from Charles County, earned the Steve Allen Leadership Award, named after one of the original founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer several years ago. 
 
 
CO Daniel Clark is awarded the Steve Allen Leadership Award
 
Sheriff Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are proud to welcome our newest Correctional Officers to the CCSO family:
 
Correctional Officer Daniel Clark
 
Correctional Officer Dalton Parrell
 
Correctional Officer Dallas Savoy

St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development Launches New Website

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development has launched YesStMarysMD.com.  This new website is a resource-rich tool for local employers and businesses as well as those looking to make a career move or bring their businesses to St. Mary’s County.
 
Features include tax incentives and site selection, spotlight on targeted industries, links to business development resources and networking organizations, profiles on NAS Patuxent River and the emerging Airport Innovation District.
 
The site also serves as a workforce development tool incorporating industry information and detailed employment data.  A lifestyle section profiles local housing, education, recreation and the unique landmarks and natural resources that make St. Mary’s a great place to call home.
 
“This is a major step forward in representing the opportunities found here in St. Mary’s County,” said Chris Kaselemis, Director of Economic Development. We wanted to create a point of entry to our St. Mary’s business ecosystem, which houses all data, tools and links to relevant resources and showcases the excellent quality of life found here.” continued Kaselemis. 
 
The visually driven website was developed primarily in-house with content and imagery from Economic Development and technical and creative work from the talented staff in the County’s Information Technology department. 
 
“This is an example of an excellent St. Mary’s County Government team effort.  The YesStMarysMD site is a powerful resource for promoting St. Mary’s County,” stated Commissioner President Randy Guy.
 
For more information, please contact Chris Kaselemis, Director, Department of Economic Development at 301-475-4200, ext. 71405.

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Present the 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results for St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, MD (February 20, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Public Schools will jointly host a Town Hall Meeting to present key findings from the 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for St. Mary’s County, Maryland. This Town Hall Meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. This event is open to the community. Parents, youth, community members and local organizations who are interested in learning more about health risk behaviors of our students are encouraged to attend.  
 
The YRBS is a national school-based survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with state and local-level education, health and governmental agencies. This survey monitors health-risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students which contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social issues among youth and young adults. Monitored behaviors include mental health; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; violence; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
 
“The YRBS data helps guide efforts to provide needed services in our community by identifying the most pressing health concerns affecting our youth,” said Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, Health Officer for St. Mary’s County. 
 
The 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey was administered to students in the public high schools in St. Mary’s County. Participating students voluntarily completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire about their health behaviors. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students and adhered to local parental permission procedures.
 
Community members are encouraged to attend the upcoming Town Hall Meeting for a review of the results from this survey as well as information on local action to address youth health. For more information on the YRBS, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/ or www.smchd.org/data. 

Tri-County Animal Shelter to Close Early on March 6

The Tri-County Animal Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) will close to the public Friday, March 6 at 4 p.m.  The shelter will reopen to the public for adoptions on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
 
To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/AnimalShelter/Tri-County-Animal-Shelter or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your “purrfect” pet. Follow the Tri-County Animal Shelter on Facebook for adoptable pets, pet tips, and more at www.facebook.com/TriCountyAnimalShelterSoMD/. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Update: Wanted Individual- Jamie Lee Clarke

Update: Mr. Clarke has been caught. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Jamie Lee Clarke, age 25 of no fixed address. Clarke is 5’9”, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Clarke is currently wanted on violation of probation warrants for the original charges of burglary and theft.
 
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Clarke is asked to 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.

Identities Needed for Theft Suspects (Photos)

Feb. 20, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of the persons pictured. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 3:27 am, the suspects entered several vehicles and stole items while in the 48000 block of Mayflower Drive in Lexington Park. Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Richard Wilhelmi at 301-475-4200, ext. 78152 or email richard.wilhelmi@stmarysmd.com. Case # 9022-20
 
 
Citizens may also contact the 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

Maryland Activists Pressure Officials to Break Ties With ICE

Annapolis, MD -–Outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices in Maryland has spurred immigrant-rights groups to host a rally this coming Sunday (Feb. 23) in Howard County calling for state officials to cut ties with the agency. The protest will feature immigrants' personal stories about what they say is overreach by ICE officers. One woman, Miriam, is upset about her undocumented husband Blevin, who was pulled over recently by Howard County police for a broken taillight. He was sent to a county ICE detention center after an officer checked his immigration status with the agency. Speaking through an interpreter, Miriam says she is scared her family might have to go back to Honduras.
 
"I would say please, don’t deport my husband, he's in grave danger if he's deported to Honduras. In Honduras, it was really dangerous for us, including they killed two of my brothers. When that happened, that’s when we fled to the United States."
 
Howard County officials say they are protecting public safety, and that all ICE detainees are being held on jailable offenses. The rally Sunday will be held at Oakland Hills Interfaith Center and starts at 6:30 in the evening.
 
Members of the Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice say their local government is enabling an inhumane practice. Rabbi Sonya Starr, whose congregation is part of the coalition, says ICE has become an extension of what she calls a harsh immigration policy by the Trump administration. She points out that it's good to work with law enforcement, but she thinks ICE goes too far.
 
"They've picked up people that should not be picked up. They pick up people in a random way that is not legal to be picking them up. And so ICE itself is an unethical institution and local agencies should not be helping them do their unethical work."
Tag:  Nationwide, non-criminal arrests more than doubled from 2016 to 2018 from about nine thousand to more than 20 thousand. In Maryland, the number grew by more than 145 percent during the same time.

Detectives Charge Suspect in Connection with Homicide on Warehouse Landing Road

On February 19, detectives arrested Darryl Edward Freeman, 17, of Waldorf, in connection with the homicide of Bradley Alan Brown, 17, who was shot and killed on February 18 in the 3100 block of Warehouse Landing Road in Bryans Road, MD. While detectives continue to follow up on information, they have established the shooting was not random and appears to be drug-related. Freeman was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and other related charges. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. R. Johnson at (301) 609-6453. Tipsters who want 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.


Wanted: Kacey Grace Medeiros

Feb. 19, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Kacey Grace Medeiros of Lexington Park, who is wanted on a warrant for Second-Degree Escape. Medeiros was incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and allowed to attend outside rehabilitation services, which she left without authorization.
 
Medeiros is a 27-year-old white female, 5’5” tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
 
Anyone with information about Medeiros’ whereabouts is asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. 71996 or email melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.
 
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

Detectives Investigating Homicide on Warehouse Landing Road in Bryans Road, MD

On February 18, shortly before 7 p.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of Warehouse Landing Road in Bryans Road for the report of the sound of multiple gunshots. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Bradley Alan Brown, 17, in his driveway. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.  Detectives are pursuing leads and it does not appear this is a random shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. R. Johnson at (301) 609-6453. Tipsters who want 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. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. The investigation is ongoing.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of February 10 – February 16 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,468 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Damaged Property: 20-8480
On February 12, 2020, Deputy Plant responded to Casey Way in Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between February 6th and February 7th, an unknown suspect(s) shot the front of their house with blue paintballs. One of the shots went through a screen that was covering a window, causing it to tear. The value of damaged property is $100. 
 
Arrests:
 
On February 10, 2020, Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop in the area of Route 231 and Prince Frederick Boulevard in Prince Frederick. After making contact with the driver, Darryl Wayne Icenhower (27), Icenhower was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in an eyeglass case containing a metal spoon with blue residue and burn marks, an orange syringe cap, paper folds containing two plastic baggies of a blue powder substance suspected to be heroin, 6 cotton cigarette filters, and a small cotton ball with suspected heroin residue. A second spoon was located in the glove compartment, as well as two partial Suboxone strips in wrappers. Icenhower was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On February 12, 2020, Deputy Savick conducted a traffic stop at Sneades Ace Hardware Store in Owings. Upon making contact with the driver, Michael Joe Cluxton (37), Deputy Savick observed Cluxton to be extremely nervous and make continuous movements towards the driver’s side floor area. Cluxton was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a blue straw with powder residue, two orange and white Adderall capsules, which Cluxton advised he did not have a prescription for. A black Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun loaded with seven rounds was also located in a LED light box in the vehicle.  A search of Cluxton’s person revealed a Ziploc bag containing multiple colored pills suspected to be Xanax and Klonopin. Cluxton was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Rifle/Shotgun with Felony Conviction, and Illegal Possession of Ammunition. 
 
On February 12, 2020, Deputy Parks conducted a traffic stop on Dalrymple Road at Ray Road in Sunderland. Deputy Parks made contact with the driver, Michael Tenney (30), and when asked, Tenney advised he had an unloaded Glock 27 in a bag, two 80% lowers for the gun, as well as an empty magazine in the vehicle. Deputy Parks removed the hand gun bag from the vehicle and located the empty 9mm magazine. Tenney was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted resulting in a backpack in the backseat containing two gallon-sized vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, a large mason jar containing marijuana, two full zip lock baggies of marijuana and a black digital scale. In the front pocket of the backpack were two extended 9mm Glock magazines, one loaded with 21 rounds and the other loaded with 20 rounds. Tenney was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Distribution Etc. with a Firearm, CDS Distributing/Dispense- Large Amount, CDS: Possession of Marijuana Over 10grams, Firearm/Drug Traffic Crime, Firearm Use/Felony Violation, Handgun in Vehicle, Handgun on Person, and Assault Weapon/ Magazine Use. 
 
On February 15, 2020, Deputy Stevens responded to Brickhouse Road in Dunkirk for the report of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, Deputy Stevens met with the complainant who advised they offered to give Karl Kozee (48) a ride home from Anthony’s Bar and Grill, which Kozee accepted but would not provide his address or a phone number to the complainant. Deputy Stevens observed Kozee to be slumped over in the front passenger and appeared to be asleep. Upon approaching the vehicle, Kozee woke up and exited the vehicle, but became disorderly while speaking with deputies and would not provide a home address. Deputy Stevens detected the strong odor of alcohol emanating from Kozee’s breath. Kozee ignored the deputy’s commands, and continued to behave in a disorderly and disruptive manner. Kozee was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance, and Disorderly Conduct.

Kerry Dull Appointed Director of General Services

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerry Dull as the county government director of General Services. Dull’s appointment was effective Feb. 3, 2020.
 
Dull has an extensive military background, serving in the Army for more than 28 years in a variety of positions beginning as an aviation officer in 1989 before being promoted to airborne reconnaissance officer in January 2001. He quickly moved up the ranks becoming a battalion operations officer in June 2003, battalion executive officer in 2004 and material management and logistics officer in October 2006.
 
In November 2007, Dull joined the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff where he served as a strategic analyst/counter-narcotics program manager. There, he served as lead strategist for the joint staff, identifying and bridging gaps between policies while providing reports and analysis on key information and objectives to senior leaders.
 
Dull later became commander for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade and ended his career with the Army National Guard as the chief of staff for the 29th Infantry Division. In this role, he was responsible for leading organization activities and operational planning by successfully supporting and implementing a strategic framework with more than 500 executive-level staff and three chief executives. He identified necessary resources and managed budget constraints to meet established priorities and goals.
 
Dull holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management and a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance.
 
“Kerry has a diverse background and has held several key leadership positions that make him an outstanding fit as general services director,” said Commissioner President Kelly McConkey. “We are excited to have his level of expertise contributing to the important decisions made to benefit our community.”
 
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.

Well Installation Work Underway at Dunkirk District Park

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation advises citizens that a new well is being installed at Dunkirk District Park beginning today, Feb. 18.
 
Well drilling equipment and machinery will be present around the restroom and concessions area at the front of the park. The restroom building, parking lot and small playground will be closed for approximately seven weeks and are expected to reopen in April. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided. Other park amenities and traffic will not be affected.
 
Dunkirk District Park is located at 10750 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk.
 
For updates on Calvert County Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. 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.

Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Warrant Service - On 2/11/2020, Trooper First Class Matthews and Trooper Brown responded to the Calvert County Detention Center to make contact with Edwin Stanford Foote, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Foote was located and served the warrant without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/12/2020, Trooper First Class Matthews and Trooper Brown responded to the Calvert County District Courthouse to make contact with Heather Rozella Johnson, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/13/2020, Trooper White responded to the Calvert-Arundel Medical Center, Owings, to meet an Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Deputy in reference to Robert Lee Commodore, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Commodore was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/14/2020, Trooper Fraser responded to the 400 block of Bafford Rd., Lusby, to make contact with James Edward Gray, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Gray was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/14/2020, Trooper Fraser responded to the Calvert County District Courthouse to make contact with Lashley Harold Mann, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Mann was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Possession of Oxycodone and Suboxone - On 02/14/2020, At 11:30 am, Trooper First Class Costello and Trooper Emerson stopped a vehicle on Mesa Trail in the area of Thunderbird Drive, Lusby, for traffic violations. Once
contact was made with the operator and passenger, Trooper First Class Costello and Trooper Emerson requested a K9 scan to be conducted on the vehicle. The K9 scan yielded a positive alert and a probable cause search revealed Oxycodone, Suboxone, and paraphernalia. Both the driver, Amanda Lynn Fenwick, 35, of Lusby, MD and passenger, Whitney Anne Arnold, 33, of Mechanicsville, MD, were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. All Oxycodone, Suboxone and paraphernalia were processed and packaged at the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/16/2020, Trooper First Class Marsch responded to the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack to make contact with Dante Michael Lane, who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Lane was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 02/16/2020, Trooper First Class Matthews, Trooper Brown, and Trooper Strong responded to the 800 block of Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick to make contact with Keith Maxie Stepney, 3rd, who had multiple active warrants through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Stepney was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.

Detectives Arrest One Suspect in Assault at St. Charles Towne Center

On February 16 at 4:53 p.m., officers responded to the St Charles Towne Center in Waldorf for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival they located a 16-year-old male with a stab wound to his face. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and suspects had engaged in a verbal argument prior to the victim being stabbed with a screwdriver. The victim was transported to a hospital and admitted with injuries that were not life-threatening. After the stabbing, the suspects fled in a silver Nissan Altima. Through investigative work, officers were able to track the suspects’ vehicle to a house in White Plains. A search warrant was served at the residence and evidence was recovered. Officers obtained arrest warrants for Jashawn Kimquan Damon Barnes, 22, and Taquan Alfair Williams, 27, both of White Plains. Williams was arrested on February 17 and charged with second-degree assault. He is being held with no bond at the Charles County Detention Center. Detectives are trying to locate Barnes who has an active arrest warrant charging him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges. Anyone with information about Barnes’ whereabouts is asked to call Detective Gregory at (301) 609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or submit a tip online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.  


Mechanicsville Sailor Serves In Arabian Sea

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 17, 2020) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Zachary Tanner, from Mechanicsville, Maryland, assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM-72), installs a bonding wire onto the center stab of an MH-60R Seahawk in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dalton Lowing)


Household Hazardous Waste Collection on March 7

The Department of Public Works is holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, March 7.
 
What:    Household Hazardous Waste
 
Where:  Department of Public Works building (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
 
When:    Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
 
Items accepted: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
 
Unacceptable materials: bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified.  This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
 
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office seeks your help in locating a missing "at risk" person: Alek Hernandez, A 15 year old hispanic male. Last seen: 02/17/20 at 12:15 p.m. on FDR Blvd in California. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Alek Hernandez, please call 911 or contact the police.

Traffic Operations Unit Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash on Old Washington Road

On February 15, shortly before 2 a.m., a patrol officer responded to the area of Larkspur Court in Waldorf for the report of loud music and two males loitering inside a car. When the officer arrived, he exited his cruiser and approached the vehicle on foot. Upon seeing the officer, the subjects fled. A few minutes later, an officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Old Washington Road near Smallwood Drive at a high rate of speed. The driver also failed to stop at a red traffic signal at Route 5. At that time, the officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the car, which was a significant distance away. As the officer neared the 2400 block of Old Washington Road, he noticed the vehicle had crashed into a wooded area and the occupants had been ejected. Both males were transported to a hospital. The driver, 23 of Waldorf, was admitted with serious injuries and the passenger, 31, of Lexington Park, was admitted with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was the same car that fled from Larkspur Court. Officers learned the driver had four open warrants including one for second-degree rape and another for failure to appear in court on a robbery charge. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to call Cpl. Hemsley at (301) 609-5903. The investigation is ongoing.   


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