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Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Helicopter Night Test Flights August 19-23, 2019

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that helicopter nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place Aug. 19 through Aug. 23, 2019. The nighttime test events are scheduled from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $10 Million Rural Broadband Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan has announced $9.9 million in available funding as part of the first wave of a five-year plan to provide 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with reliable, affordable internet access.
 
“Maryland is ranked number one in America for having the fastest internet and we have been working hard to provide high-speed internet to every county in the state,” Governor Hogan said. “Today I’m announcing that we will provide an additional $10 million this year as the first installment of a five-year $100 million initiative that will finally provide another 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.”
 
Created by executive order in 2017, the Office of Rural Broadband, housed in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, was established to expand broadband capabilities statewide in underserved, rural areas of Maryland. 
 
The plan builds upon earlier efforts made by the Office of Rural Broadband, which successfully implemented the following projects:
 
Provided a loan and refinanced $17 million of the City of Westminster’s debt through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program for Westminster’s newly completed fiber network. This financing support will ensure that the city’s network is sustainable and will allow for the completion of customer installations over the next three years.
 
Awarded grants of up to $100,000 each for 11 small broadband pilot projects in five counties.
 
Awarded grants of up to $60,000 each to six counties for broadband feasibility studies. The studies will identify areas lacking broadband facilities, provide guidance for planning and construction, and determine present cost estimates.
 
Hosted a conference in the summer of 2018 for county information technology and economic development officials to determine the needs and status of each county’s broadband expansion efforts. Eighteen counties attended the conference, where best practices developed in relation to local efforts were presented.
 
Provided technical assistance and application preparation funding with grants of up to $200,000 for the upcoming USDA ReConnect broadband funding program. The office worked with two applicants, Easton Utilities on behalf of Talbot County and Armstrong Communications on behalf of Harford and Cecil Counties. If the applicants are selected by USDA, they could be eligible for federal grant awards up to $25 million each.
For more information, visit www.dhcd.maryland.gov/RuralBroadband. 

Bank Robbery in California Under Investigation

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the individual pictured. On August 2, 2019, the suspect entered the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California, and indicated he had a weapon. The suspect demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.
 
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
 
On August 2, 2019, at approximately 3:29 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a duress alarm at the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California. Preliminary investigation determined an unknown male wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank, indicated he had a weapon and demanded money. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot towards the Target store. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed an individual on foot during the time frame of the robbery, wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@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.

Charles County Government September Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of September.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
 
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day)
 
All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed.
Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the remaining week, Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Saturday, Sept. 7.
VanGO services will not be operating.
The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics, and all school-based community centers are closed.
All indoor pools will be closed.
All outdoor pools will open noon - 5 p.m. for open swim (La Plata, Thomas Stone, and McDonough).
Charles County Public Library is closed from Saturday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 2 (All branches).
Charles County Department of Health is closed.
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Almost $1 Million to Boost STEM at UMD

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $996,074 in federal funding to boost Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.

 

The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Research on Learning, will create a year-long intensive training program for 40 scholars and ultimately expand STEM education research and broaden participation in STEM fields. The research will also focus on increasing representation of minority communities in STEM. This comes on the heels of a $1.1 million federal investment in STEM learning at UMD.

 

“Increasing diversity is critical to the long term strength of our STEM workforce,” said Senator Cardin. “I am pleased by this recognition of the University of Maryland’s success in opening doors for historically underrepresented groups of students to contribute to our nation’s global leadership in these fields.”

 

“The success of our economy will increasingly depend on developing a workforce that can keep us at the cutting-edge of technological innovation – and this investment will help Maryland equip our students with STEM skills to help them succeed. I will continue working in Congress to make sure that our students get the very best education and are ready to move America forward in the global economy,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees.

 

“Investing in STEM fields is critically important to the success of our students,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This new funding will ensure our students have access to the tools they need to succeed. I’m pleased the funding will focus on minority communities, helping to close disparities in the STEM field. I will continue to support efforts to expand STEM learning in educational institutions throughout our state.”

 

NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.


Breezy Point Beach & Campground Alcohol Restriction Takes Effect This Week

Beachgoers planning to visit Breezy Point Beach & Campground next weekend are reminded that, beginning Thursday, Aug. 22, alcohol is prohibited in the park’s beach, fishing and picnic areas.
 
Registered campers may consume beer and wine at their campsites only. Glass containers are not allowed in any area of the park.
 
This measure is an effort to ensure a safe environment for park guests, minimize disturbances to nearby residents and reduce strain on county resources. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution July 23 to restrict alcohol at Breezy Point.
 
Breezy Point Beach & Campground is operated by the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation. More information about the park, including rules and regulations, frequently asked questions and maps, is available online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BreezyPoint. Citizens can also visit www.facebook.com/BreezyPointBeachPark for regular updates on beach closures, policies, camping information, special events and more.
 
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.

TCCSMD and MTA to Host Coordinated Transportation Planning Workshop

As part of the update of a coordinated transportation plan for the region that includes Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will be hosting the Southern Maryland Coordinated Transportation Planning Workshop on August 28, 2019.
 
This workshop will engage a variety of individuals and organizations that are aware of transportation issues in the region, especially in regard to people with disabilities, older adults and people with lower incomes. This workshop gives an opportunity to the public to voice ideas and learn what is happening in the southern Maryland transit world.
 
The Southern Maryland Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan helps three southern Maryland counties plan, prioritize and direct regional efforts to coordinate both private transportation providers with public transit providers. The plan is required for certain grants and incorporates these activities into a solid plan.
 
Opinions and feedback from residents in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties is appreciated.
 
Here are workshop details:
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Location: Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center
 
3090 Crain Highway
 
Waldorf, MD 20601
 
Participants are asked to register through the planning website at http://www.kfhgroup.com/marylandcoordinatedplans before August 21, 2019. This website also provides information on the planning process and copies of the current plan. Registration is also available through email at lschwartz@kfhgroup.com, or by calling 301-951-8660.

alvert County Leadership to Discuss Transportation, Economic Recession Concerns

Calvert County leadership will hold a press conference to discuss transportation plans and challenges, including the current county transportation plan update and recent meeting with Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, and the county’s perspective related to concerns of an economic recession.
 
WHO:             Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) President Thomas E. “Tim” Hutchins, BOCC Vice President Kelly McConkey and County Administrator Terry Shannon
 
WHAT:          Press conference
 
WHEN:          Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:       Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
For more information about this event, call the Department of Communications and Media Relations at 410-535-2003. 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.

Update: Collision in Chaptico Under Investigation

UPDATE: On August 15, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m. Garland Lawson Coleman succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.
 
On August 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 35800 block of Bay Drive in Chaptico, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival deputies located a single vehicle off the roadway, on fire. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to a local trauma center with incapacitating injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Ford Ranger operated by Garland Lawson Coleman, age 83 of Chaptico, was traveling northbound on Longview Road. For unknown reasons the vehicle continued through the intersection at Washington Avenue, through a field, and ultimately became disabled in a ditch alongside Bay Drive. Coleman was trapped in the vehicle which caught on fire. Coleman was removed from the vehicle by citizens who heard the collision prior to police and emergency responders arriving on scene.
 
At this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.

Cardin Statement on Israel Barring Congresswomen from Visiting

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement:
 
“I disagree adamantly with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in regards to our policy toward the State of Israel and the BDS movement that seeks to marginalize, if not erase off the map, a strong ally of the United States. However, I also disagree adamantly with the highly political move to bar two Members of the United States Congress from visiting Israel, the only other functioning democracy in the Middle East. It was wrong for the Prime Minister of Israel to block the American lawmakers. It is in Israel’s interest for these critics to see this vibrant democracy and talk to Israelis firsthand. It was even more egregious that the President of the United States interfered in this process for his own political purposes. President Trump continues his attempts to use every opportunity to turn the historically bipartisan support for Israel into a political wedge. For the sake of our strong, longstanding bilateral relationship, Prime Minister Netanyahu should not play into such blatant manipulation.”

MetCom Reports Progress on Water Storage Tower Construction

The Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) provides public water and sewer services to St. Mary’s County operating 17 elevated water storage towers, 37 ground storage towers, and 28 water supply and distribution systems, including 67 wells which annually supply approximately 1.4 billion gallons of water.  In addition, MetCom owns and/or operates 7 wastewater treatment facilities treating a combined daily average of 1.5 billion gallons of wastewater.
 
The new Charlotte Hall elevated Water Storage Tower (WST) near the Maryland Transit Administration Park and Ride Facility on MD Route 6 serves the Charlotte Hall Town Center area. The Water Appropriations and Use Permit was obtained from the Water Management Administration and MDE’s Certification of Potability for the well was received on January 15, 2019.  Water quality testing for the storage tank has been completed and the facility has been placed into full operation. This particular tower will provide 400,000 gallons of storage and includes a 250 gallon per minute (gpm) well.  The new facility will ensure adequate fire suppression (as the only available water for fire protection is owned by the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home), address storage lost due to a damaged ground storage tank and provide water storage for domestic use. The approved capital construction budget was $3.107M and was funded through a low interest loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development.  The project was made successful through the efforts of MetCom staff, contractor (Caldwell Tanks, Inc.) and Designer (WR&A).
 
George Erichsen, MetCom’s Executive Director stated, “We are pleased to have the Charlotte Hall water tower on line, and we are now pressing forward on the construction of what will be the largest MetCom water tower” (see rendering at right). A much larger, two million gallon composite water storage tank in the Hickory Hills community (located behind the new Nissan dealership on MD 235) will replace the existing 500,000 gallon facility, built in 1992.  The new facility has an approved budget of $6.297M for the storage tank and $0.997M for the new 700 gpm well which replaces the 1982 well and draws water from the Patapsco, not Aquia Aquifer. A new well house, pump controls, disinfection/metering/telemetry equipment, a stand by diesel generator and demolition of the existing tower are included in the contract. Bids were opened on July 10, 2019 and the MetCom Board approved the recommendation for award on August 8, 2019. Construction is anticipated to be completed 710 calendar days following the formal Notice To Proceed.  This project will help stabilize water system pressures throughout Lexington Park as well as improve water storage deficiencies to meet the current water demands of the community. This project is funded through a low interest loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development.  The project has come to fruition due to the efforts of MetCom staff and project designer, WR&A.
 
To learn more about planned projects, please visit www.metcom.org and select Capital Improvement Projects under the Engineering tab.

Charles County Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Sept. 7th

The Department of Public Works is holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Sept. 7 
 
What:                                   Household Hazardous Waste
 
Where:                                Department of Public Works building (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
 
When:                                  Saturday, Sept. 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.

Sobriety Checkpoint In Calvert County Friday August 16th

The Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack, in partnership with the Calvert County
Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 16th, 2019.
There is zero-tolerance for driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. It’s not worth the
risk...to your life or the life of another. No excuses will be accepted as there is no substitute for
sobriety while behind the wheel. We will be doing our part. We kindly ask that you do yours.
There will also be increased DUI saturation patrols and other initiatives through the Labor Day
holiday. The enforcement initiatives planned are in support of the Maryland State Police’s goal to “enhance the safety of all who travel on Maryland’s highways” and are made possible, in part, due to grant funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
The Maryland State Police has partnered with law enforcement agencies across the state in an
effort to move Maryland Toward Zero Deaths. Please visit http://towardzerodeathsmd.com to learn more about this unified mission.

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Saturday, June 13, 2019 at 10:45 am, the suspect entered the victim’s front porch, sat down in a chair and took the victim’s personal property at a home in the 22700 block of Bayside Way in California. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC Matthew McCuen at 301-475-4200, ext. *8102 or email matthew.mccuen@stmarysmd.com. Case # 34183-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Lexington Park Drug Dealer Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm today sentenced Keino Ferrez Dorsey, a/k/a B, age 46, of Lexington Park, Maryland, to 186 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, resulting in the death of a victim, and possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, and cocaine.  Dorsey had previously been convicted of a felony drug distribution offense. 
 
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jesse R. Fong of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Chief Barry M. Barnard of the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department.
 
“The drugs distributed by Keino Dorsey were mixed with fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, unbeknownst to the victim, who died almost immediately after ingesting the drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  “Dorsey will now face more than 15 years in federal prison, where there is no parole—ever.  Drug traffickers are on notice that dealing in fentanyl increases their odds of federal prosecution.  We must do everything we can to reduce overdose deaths from fentanyl and from all opioids.”
 
According to Dorsey’s plea agreement, Dorsey and Victim A had known each other for approximately three years, during which Dorsey sold heroin and other drugs to Victim A.  On October 17, 2017, Dorsey and Victim A communicated via text message and phone calls.  Victim A and others traveled to Dorsey’s apartment to purchase narcotics.  At about 12:45 p.m. Victim A went inside the apartment building to conduct the narcotics transaction and the other individuals stayed inside the vehicle.  Less than five minutes later, Victim A texted one of the individuals waiting in the vehicle:  “Gimmi a min he wants me to try sumthin…”  The individuals inside the vehicle attempted to contact Victim A, but left the area to return home after several unanswered calls and text messages.
 
Dorsey admitted that at 1:08 p.m. he contacted 911 using Victim A’s cellular telephone to report an emergency and then hung up.  The 911 dispatcher called Victim A’s phone three times between 1:08 and 1:16 p.m., but no one answered.  The 911 dispatcher also texted Victim A’s phone during that time, but with no response.  At 2:22 p.m. Dorsey again contacted 911, this time informing the dispatcher that Victim A was unresponsive.  Emergency medical personnel responded to Dorsey’s apartment and attempted lifesaving measures, but were not successful, and Victim A was pronounced dead.
 
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland subsequently determined that the cause of Victim A's death was heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cyclopropyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl intoxication.  Victim A died as a result of ingesting the narcotics Dorsey provided to Victim A.
 
From April through June 2018, law enforcement conducted eight controlled buys of narcotics from Dorsey, who traveled from Maryland to Virginia to conduct the transactions.  At the direction of law enforcement, purchases totaling of 111 grams of heroin and 78 grams of a mixture of heroin and other drugs, including fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and/or cocaine were made from Dorsey.
 
On July 13, 2018, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Dorsey’s residence and recovered narcotics containing heroin, fentanyl and cocaine; 12 boxes/bottles of cutting agents for heroin; and drug paraphernalia.  From Dorsey’s vehicle, law enforcement recovered a black vacuum sealed foil package containing heroin from inside a magnetic box in the rear floorboard.                    
 
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur praised the DEA, HSI, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and the Prince William County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Sykes and Gregory Bernstein, who prosecuted the case.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of August 5 – 11 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,775 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 19-45199
On August 5, 2019 Deputy Sturdivant responded to Two Horses Lane in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between July 28th at 5:00 AM and August 5th at noon an unknown suspect(s) attempted to break into his barn. The estimated value of damaged property is $100. 
 
Theft: 19-45146
On August 5, 2019 Deputy Wilder responded to Chesapeake’s Bounty in St. Leonard for the report of a theft. The complainant advised on August 2nd around 4:45 AM an unknown suspect came onto the property and stole soft shell crabs, string beans and frozen chicken. The total value of stolen property is $361. 
 
Theft: 19-45150
On August 5, 2019 Deputy Holt responded to Roland’s in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 3rd at 9:00 AM and August 5th at 9:00 AM an unknown suspect stole the registration off of her vehicle. 
 
Theft: 19-45266
On August 5, 2019 Deputy R. Evans responded to the Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 4th at 5:00 PM and August 5th at 6:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) rummaged through her vehicle and stole her wedding ring, a Michael Kors wallet and $4 in change. The estimated value of stolen property is $3,104. 
 
Theft: 19-45326
On August 5, 2019 Deputy B. Wilson responded to Brick Wood Fire Bistro in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised for two weeks he has noticed inventory of food missing, including a ribeye steak and three pounds of crab meat. The total value of stolen food is $195.
 
Theft: 19-45450
On August 6, 2019 Deputy Deleon responded to Asbury Circle in Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 3rd at 1:00 PM and August 6th at 1:00 PM an unknown suspect stole two Garmin GPS devices and a cell phone charger from her vehicle.
 
Theft: 19-45550
On August 6, 2019 Deputy Gilmore responded to Cassidy Court in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 5th at 8:00 PM and August 6th at 4:30 AM an unknown suspect stole his Mongoose bicycle from his back deck. He also advised his air conditioning unit was damaged as if the suspect climbed on it to get up onto the deck. The estimated cost to repair the air conditioning unit is $300. 
 
Theft: 19-46001
On August 7, 2019 Deputy Aurich responded to Wild Goose Way in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM an unknown suspect stole his front registration plate from his vehicle. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On August 9, 2019 Deputy Holt responded to the North Beach firehouse for the report of an individual trespassing on the property. The complainant advised Frederick Emmett Donahue (58) was sitting on a bench outside the firehouse and was asked to leave. Prior to this incident, Donahue was issued a trespass warning for this firehouse for a period of two years. Donahue was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property. 
 
On August 11, 2019 Deputy Holt responded to Rod N Reel in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a disorderly male in the area. Prior to his arrival, Deputy Crum and Deputy J. Ward made contact with the disorderly male and the female complainant. Deputy Ward gave Deputy Holt two prescription bottles, one which was missing a label and had suspected Oxycodone Hydrochloride in it, and one which had the female’s name on it. Both bottles were found in the male subject’s front pocket, who was identified as Kenneth Ray Huffin (39).  Huffin was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.

Calvert Board of Education Approves Calendar for 2020-2021

The Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools approved the calendar for school year 2020-2021 at the Board meeting on August 8, 2019. The calendar is available on the school system website.
The 2020-2021 calendar was originally presented for approval at the July 11 meeting, and, based on input from the community, the Board asked for amended calendar options that lengthened spring recess.
The Board subsequently chose to add one day to spring recess, while preserving the start date of September 1 and the end date of June 11. The three options that the Board considered are posted on the school system website. 
Board President Dawn C. Balinski said, “The Board wanted to honor community requests for a longer spring break while keeping orientation for 6th and 9th grade students on Monday, August 31, rather than moving it back to Friday. We believe that adding days at the end of the school year is not optimal for instruction, which is why we chose not to extend the school year and also why we embed days during the year to make up for inclement weather or emergency closures.”
The Board’s discussion of the 2020-2021 calendar is available on the school system website.

Maryland State Police Reminding Motorcycle Riders To Take Safety Precautions Following Recent Fatal Crashes

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Recent motorcycle crashes are prompting Maryland State Police to issue a reminder for both motorcyclists and other drivers to take precautions, especially during the remaining warm weather months.
 
Since July 28, troopers have responded to six fatal crashes across the state that have involved motorcycle riders. The crashes represent reminders to take extra precautions while driving.
 
Consider the following:
 
On Aug. 12, a 44-year-old Harford County man died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a light pole in the area of northbound Bel Air Road north of Rock Spring Road.
On Aug. 10, a Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle in Rosedale, Md. Investigators believe that he was traveling the ramp from Golden Ring Road to the inner loop of I-695 and failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, striking a vehicle on its passenger side and overturning.  The motorcycle then slid to the right side of the roadway and the motorcyclist was ejected. A car traveling in the lane where the motorcyclist was ejected then struck him.
On Aug. 5, a 26-year-old Prince George’s County man died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a car on Central Avenue at Watkins Park Drive in Largo, Md. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the car was attempting to make a left from westbound Central Avenue.  The motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue when the crash occurred. Charges against the driver of the car are pending the outcome of the investigation.
On Aug. 4, a 34-year-old Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle in the area of I-695 and Maryland Route 2 in Glen Burnie, Md.
On Aug. 4, a motorcyclist died when he lost control of his motorcycle, traveled across a grass median and struck two other motorcycles as he drove from on the ramp from Harry S Truman Drive to westbound Central Avenue in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
On July 28, a 61-year-old Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle on the inner loop of I-695 between North Point and Merritt boulevards.
In Maryland, an average of 70 traffic fatalities and 1,400 injuries associated with motorcycles are reported each year, with 82 such fatalities in 2017 alone, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office. Common factors associated in motorcycle crashes include alcohol impairment, lack of helmet use and aggressive driving.
 
Here are some basic tips for motorcycle riders:
 
Get trained and properly licensed: A motorcycle license is required to ride on the roads in Maryland. There are also basic rider training courses riders can take in Maryland prior to testing for the license. Learn more at: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/motorcycle/training/register.htm
Stay sober: Nearly 1/3 of fatalities in motorcycle crashes in 2014 were alcohol-impaired.
Obey speed limits: In 2015, speeding was a factor in more than 30 percent of motorcycle crashes.
Wear proper protective clothing, especially a helmet: Wearing a helmet is the law in Maryland. Violators could be fined up to $500.
Allow for proper space for emergency breaking on the road
Don’t drive aggressively
Here are some basic tips for general motorists:
 
Be alert for motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges on the road as any other driver
Yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle when turning left
Give motorcycle riders plenty of space
Use care when driving near a group of motorcyclists.

Governor Hogan Launches New Push for Clean and Renewable Energy

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Continuing his commitment to skilled environmental stewardship, Governor Larry Hogan today announced new initiatives to promote clean and renewable energy projects in Maryland.
 
Clean and Renewable Energy Initiatives. Governor Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2019.09, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting, which will work to develop consensus-based recommendations on the siting of new solar and wind energy projects in the state. To jumpstart that process, the governor announced new initiatives aimed at advancing solar energy deployment and development on state-managed and -owned properties:
 
The Maryland Department of General Services, along with the Maryland Environmental Service, will conduct a first-of-its-kind assessment and inventory of state properties that could be utilized for solar energy.
The state is pledging an additional $4 million in grants to aid large public institutions, including community colleges and universities, to deploy solar arrays on existing infrastructure—such as parking lots and rooftops—while encouraging state agencies to incorporate solar energy into any future construction.
“In my most recent State of the State address, I pledged my strong support for clean and renewable energy solutions that are affordable, reliable, and produce jobs right here in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “That is exactly what these announcements will help us to achieve. These innovative initiatives will provide millions of dollars in benefits to Marylanders and lower energy and maintenance costs, all while creating clean energy and green jobs opportunities.”
 
The Governor’s Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting will include key stakeholders from state agencies along with representatives of Maryland’s agriculture community, local government, as well as the solar and wind energy sectors. The task force seeks to accelerate clean and renewable energy projects while minimizing and mitigating the impact on agriculturally or ecologically important, sensitive, and valuable areas. The task force will submit its initial findings in December 2019, with final recommendations due within a year.
 
The task force will be chaired by former Washington County Commissioners President Greg Snook, who currently serves on the boards of Hagerstown Community College, Meritus Medical Center, and Maryland State Roads Commission. Snook is the president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation.
 
Bold Energy Strategy. In May, Governor Hogan outlined a bold energy strategy to set Maryland on a path to 100% clean electricity by 2040. The governor plans to submit the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES) plan to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2020 legislative session.
 
Environmental Stewardship. Governor Hogan’s record of skilled environmental stewardship includes:
 
Committing an historic $5 billion toward Chesapeake Bay initiatives, fully funding restoration efforts for four years in a row.
Fully funding Program Open Space for the first time in more than a decade.
Fully funding the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund for the first time in state history.
Pushing for and enacting clean air standards that are stronger than 48 other states.
Joining the U.S. Climate Alliance and serving as a leader in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

**UPDATE** - Hit and Run Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

FATAL HIT & RUN SUSPECT VEHICLE EXAMPLE
Investigators have been able to narrow down the suspect vehicle as a white 2017-2018 Ford F-350 Dually Crew Cab. Below is an exemplar photo. The vehicle will have damage to the right headlamp assembly. Please call the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack with any information at 301-392-1200. 

 

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