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Detectives Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Murder of Walter Thomas on Fairchild Court

Detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division have charged Michael Rashid Moore, 22, of Waldorf and Darren Earl Miller, 24, of Washington, D.C. in connection with the murder of Walter Eugene Thomas, 18, who was shot and killed on March 4 in the 2100 block of Fairchild Court in Waldorf. Moore was also linked to a shooting that occurred on March 3 on Amber Leaf Place. The facts of the cases are as follows:
 
On March 3 at 7:15 p.m., a 23-year-old male was shot in the upper body as he was driving in the area of Amber Leaf Place in Waldorf. The victim survived. Detectives pursued leads but were not able to immediately identify a suspect at that time. 
 
On March 4 at 11:50 p.m., Thomas and a friend were walking on Fairchild Court when two suspects approached in a car and announced a robbery. One of the suspects opened fire with a gun striking Thomas as he fled. Thomas ran to Freemantle Court where he collapsed and died as a result of his injuries.
 
On April 9, investigators identified Moore as the shooter on Amber Leaf Place. Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned the victim and Moore had an argument prior to the shooting and Moore had intentionally targeted the victim. Detectives immediately obtained an arrest warrant and charged Moore with attempted murder, first-degree assault and other charges. He was remanded to the Charles County Detention Center.
 
On May 17, through an extensive investigation, detectives linked Moore to the Thomas murder. They also identified Miller as a suspect in that case. Miller was arrested at his residence in Washington, D.C. and subsequently extradited to Charles County where he was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and other charges. Moore, who was already being held at the CCDC for the shooting on Amber Leaf, was served an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, robbery, and other related charges for the murder of Thomas. In the Thomas case, the shooting was random. Both suspects are being held with no bond.

Mt. Harmony Elementary Named a Sustainable Green School

Calvert County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Mt. Harmony Elementary School has earned the status of Maryland Sustainable Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education for the 2018-2019 school year.  
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said,” Thanks to our dedicated staff and students who make this a priority, Calvert County is a healthier place to live.”
After previously earning the status of Green School, Mt. Harmony was approved to be a Maryland Sustainable Green School, having demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into their daily operations for the past fourteen years. 
The Maryland Green School Program encourages educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase the students’ awareness and understanding of environmental relationships that have an impact on public health and the local community. The program is aligned with Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014 goals and supports environmental literacy graduation requirements, as established by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Energy and Environmental Specialist Sheila Stevens said, “CCPS continues to maintain a 100% success rate, with all schools being certified as Maryland Green Schools. Of our 24 schools that are certified as Maryland Green Schools, this year MHES makes the twelfth school that has attained sustainable status. Only 72 schools in the state of Maryland have attained the sustainable level, and I am proud that CCPS represents nearly 20% of those elite schools. The success is owed to the dedicated administration, teaching staff, support staff, students, and community partners. Additional support is provided by the Departments of Instruction and School Facilities. This accomplishment is a testament that CCPS is moving towards a sustainable future.”

St. Mary's County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the $253,113,474 fiscal year 2020 General Fund budget. The figure represents a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2019, including other financing sources. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 82 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted budget supports a fiscal year 2020 Capital budget of $81,700,793.
 
 
 FY2020 budget highlights include …
 
 
Income tax rate increases from 3% to 3.17% of net taxable income
·      Property tax rate remains at .8478; rescue rate increases for Mechanicsville
 
·       State and federal grants are projected to be $8,242,568 in FY2020 which is a 4.3% higher than the approved FY2019 budget.
 
·      St. Mary’s County Board of Education receives a funding increase of $2,390,396 over fiscal 2019 to $106,242,921, or 2.3% over fiscal 2019. The county’s investment supports compensation increases for teachers and other school employees. State mandated Maintenance of Effort is $103,156,261.
 
·      $14,881,410 of the June 2018 unassigned fund balance will be used for non-recurring operating and CIP paygo
 
·      The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will realize an increase of $3,400,283 or 8.4% for recurring expenditures
 
·      Full and regular part-time county employees will receive a phased in compensation increase, a one-step merit increase, a 1% COLA and a top of grade stipend
 
An online version of the approved budget will be available for viewing on the county website once all of the ordinances have been signed.

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Releases Calvert County Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning announces the release of the Calvert County Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report. The plan includes Calvert County’s flooding history, a description of the flooding issues impacting the county, a flood vulnerability assessment, property protection measures and preventative measures. The Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report can be viewed online. 
 
 Calvert County participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, which requires the county to engage in activities that protect the 100-year floodplain, educate citizens and empower the community by providing 100-year floodplain information and data resources. As of May 1, 2015, Calvert County’s participation in FEMA’s CRS program allows county residents owning property with structures within the 100-year floodplain to receive a discount on flood insurance premiums when renewing policies.
 
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Calvert County American Legions Host Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion posts 85, 206, 220 and 274 will jointly host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Green on the Calvert County Circuit Court lawn Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.
 
This annual event takes place to honor and remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. Speakers will include Gold Star mothers – those whose children have given their lives for the nation – representatives from Calvert, Huntingtown, Northern and Patuxent high schools’ NJROTC programs and other guests.
 
The public is encouraged to attend. In the event of inclement weather the service will be moved inside the courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. 
 
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.calvertcountymd.gov. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Friday, May 10, 2019 at 3:15 pm, the suspect took a debit card that the victim had left on the counter of Abell’s Tavern in Callaway. The suspect then went to the Callaway Shell gas station and attempted to use the debit card to make a purchase. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Michael Worrey at 301-475-4200, ext. *8080 or email michael.worrey@stmarysmd.com. Case # 27303-19
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff
 

Patuxent River Native Serves Aboard Advanced U.S. Navy Warship Half A World Away

SASEBO, Japan – Airman Bradley Morgan, a native of Patuxent River, Maryland, wanted to serve in the military as his father and grandfather did before him. He thought it was his duty to serve. He joined the Navy also to travel and see the world.
 
Now, two years later and half a world away, Morgan serves aboard one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious ships at Fleet Activities Sasebo, patrolling one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of U.S. 7th Fleet. 
 
“It’s great that I’ve been able to meet people from all over the country and all over the world, from different cultures and backgrounds,” said Morgan. 
 
Morgan, a 2016 graduate of Chopticon High School, is an aviation support equipment technician aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in Sasebo, Japan. 
 
“I’m in charge of over one thousand pieces of equipment that support all the aircraft on the ship during fight operations,” said Morgan. 
 
Morgan credits some success in the Navy to lessons learned in Patuxent River.

Calvert County Office on Aging to Hold Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 23, 2019 – The Calvert County Office on Aging, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services and Charles and St. Mary’s county governments, will hold a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Calvert Pines Senior Center located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
 
The event aims to raise elder abuse awareness and to provide valuable resources and information to citizens about elder abuse prevention, financial exploitation, caregiver stress, medication safety and more. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
“Citizens in the aging community are mistreated much more often than people think and it is critical that we educate our community about elder abuse,” said Calvert County Office on Aging Long-Term Care Coordinator Lisa Caudle. “This awareness event will provide valuable resources to citizens of all ages to ensure our aging population is treated with dignity and respect.”
 
For more information please call 443-550-6947 or contact Patrice.Brooks@Maryland.gov. To learn more about the Calvert County Office on Aging visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Aging or call 410-535-4606.
 
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Savoy Indicted On 18 Charges Related To Police Pursuit on March 3, 2019

UPDATE: On May 21, 2019, Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy was charged via indictment with the following crimes resulting from the March 3, 2019 pursuit.
 
 
Murder Second Degree
 
Negligent Manslaughter
 
Criminally Negligent Manslaughter
 
Manslaughter
 
CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute
 
Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime
 
CDS Distribution-With Firearm
 
2 Counts-Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession
 
Firearm Possession-Felony Conviction
 
Possession Firearm/Minor
 
Regulated Firearm: Stolen
 
Know Alter Firearm ID Number
 
Handgun in Vehicle
 
Motor Vehicle Theft
 
Unauthorized Removal of Motor Vehicle
 
Fleeing and Eluding
 
Resisting Arrest
 
UPDATE: On March 9, 2019, Carol Jean Anderson, age 87 of Leonardtown, succumbed to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision on March 3, 2019. Sheriff Tim Cameron and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office want to express our condolences to the Anderson family and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. The St. Mary’s
 
County Sheriff’s Office is actively working with the Office of the State’s Attorney regarding additional criminal charges on Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy.
 
On March 3, 2019, at approximately 12:44 p.m. law enforcement officers located Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy, age 20 of Lexington Park, operating a vehicle in the area of Midway Drive in Lexington Park. Savoy is wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, to include Handgun on Person, Handgun in a Vehicle, and Loaded Handgun in Vehicle. Officers attempted to take Savoy into custody, however Savoy refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Savoy lost control of the vehicle he was operating while negotiating a curve on Pegg Road. Savoy’s vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway and was struck by another vehicle. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 1995 GMC Jimmy, operated by Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy, was traveling northbound on Pegg Road when Savoy lost control of the vehicle in the area of West Westbury Boulevard. Savoy’s vehicle crossed the centerline, and entered the southbound lanes of travel, where it was struck by a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, operated by Carol Jean Anderson, age 87 of Leonardtown. Both operators sustained incapacitating injuries and were transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital; both operators were subsequently transported to area trauma centers for further treatment and remain in critical condition. Located on Savoy’s person prior to being transported to the hospital was a loaded handgun; other items of evidence were also recovered from the vehicle. Additional charges are pending review with the Office of the State’s Attorney. At this time speed, driver error, and attempting to elude arrest appear to be contributing factors in the collision.
 
Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision are asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031, or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com.

Retire Your Worn Flags

Leonardtown, MD - Do you have old and worn American or Maryland State flags? Give them the retirement they deserve. The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services’ three Senior Activity Centers are collecting flags in preparation for the St. Mary’s County Flag Day ceremony to be held on Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center in Leonardtown, MD.
 
Bring your flags to any Senior Activity Center by 4 p.m. on June 11:
 
Northern Senior Activity Center
29655 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall, MD
 
Garvey Senior Activity Center
41780 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown, MD
 
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellors Run Road
Great Mills, MD
 
During Flag Day, American Legion Post 221 will conduct an official flag disposal ceremony.
 
For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050, or visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging.

Governor Hogan Outlines Energy Strategy

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today outlined a bold strategy to set Maryland on a path to 100% clean electricity by 2040. The innovative Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES) promises to set an example for the nation, continuing the Hogan administration’s strong commitment to leading the charge on clean energy, climate change, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
 
The governor made the announcement in a letter to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, indicating he will allow Senate Bill 516 — Clean Energy Jobs to take effect without his signature, expressing serious concerns that the legislation could send too many jobs out of state and enable poor environmental stewardship.
 
“Despite its name, this bill is not clean enough, nor smart enough, nor does it create the intended jobs within Maryland,” wrote Governor Hogan, who goes on to note that “this legislation appears politically motivated—it mandates a broad and untargeted increase in the RPS that threatens to roll back our progress and send jobs and environmental benefits to other states.”
 
The governor adds that the measure “fails to address land use issues and could impose serious damage on economically and environmentally sensitive areas and viewsheds. And, while Senate Bill 516 masquerades as a job-creating proposal, Maryland stands to lose out on far too many of those jobs to out-of-state companies.”
 
Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES)
 
In his State of the State address earlier this year, Governor Hogan called on legislators to “support clean and renewable energy solutions and green energy jobs.” To that end, he is setting a path for a bolder, smarter energy strategy that he plans to submit to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2020 legislative session.
 
“Our CARES plan aims to get us to zero carbon emissions, rather than just increasing the quotas for dirty energy and outdated technologies,” writes Governor Hogan. “It uses competition to get better results at a lower cost to ratepayers. Our CARES target is clear: 100% clean electricity by 2040. This better and bolder goal is what our state should be striving for as we continue to set an example for the rest of the nation.”
 
The goals of the CARES plan include:
 
Increasing the strategic use of zero- and low-carbon clean and renewable energy sources;
Recognizing the clean and safe aspects of nuclear energy;
Supporting hydropower, coupled directly with maintaining environmental stewardship;
Advancing emerging technology for carbon capture and storage; and
Utilizing the role of energy-efficient combined heat and power.
Governor Hogan closes the letter by stating, “We will continue to work with the General Assembly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard our environment.”

Commissioners of St. Mary's County and MetCom Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Tuesday to increase efficiency and enhance collaboration between MetCom construction work and Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPW&T) roadway construction for the FDR Boulevard Project Phase 3.
 
 
John J. Carey, Chair, MetCom and Randy Guy, President, Commissioners of St. Mary’s County sign FDR Boulevard Project Phase 3 MOA, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the regularly scheduled joint meeting.
 
The Phase 3 project will extend FDR Boulevard between Chancellor’s Run Road and Pegg Road, in Great Mills and Lexington Park and allows for respective contract work to be bid together as two lots in a single solicitation. This partnership allows for a streamlined project resulting in timely completion and improved road services to St. Mary’s County residents.
 
For more information, contact St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation, Engineering Division, at 301-863-8400, ext. 3560.

Identity Needed for Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8 pm, three suspects entered the Dollar General store in Charlotte Hall and loaded bars of Dove soap, containers of Arm & Hammer detergent, Dove liquid body wash and Gain detergent pods into a large gray plastic tote, yellow hand baskets, a black backpack and a reusable shopping bag and left the store without paying for the merchandise.
 
The suspects were last seen getting into a black SUV with Washington DC tags beginning with GA, heading north on Route 5. Anyone with information about the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Kyler Kilgore at 301-475-4200, ext. *8029 or email kyler.kilgore@stmarysmd.com. Case # 28275-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff
 

May 21st Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, May 21, the Board of Commissioners received a briefing and introduction of a request for a zoning text amendment to allow the operation of permanent shelters in the General Industrial Zone. The request, submitted by Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc., would allow the organization to pursue additional steps toward opening a permanent homeless shelter in White Plains. A public hearing date is set for Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

 

Open Session Briefings

Commissioners received a briefing from the Planning Division on the county’s shoreline assessment and management plan. The assessment reviews much of the county’s 183 miles of shoreline to identify and prioritize areas for restoration. This plan identifies opportunities for implementation of shoreline restoration projects and is an efficient method to meet requirements of the county’s stormwater permit. The report prioritized 153 sites and 27 miles of shoreline for restoration based upon erosion rates, proximity to agricultural or residential sites, with a combination of sill systems and living shorelines as the primary method for restoration. The report will enable the county to be considered for state and federal grants, determine future restoration programs, provide a model for other counties to follow, and share information with the public.

 

Economic Development Department Director Darréll Brown and Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Steve Kaii-Ziegler updated Commissioners on school seat allocations within opportunity zones designed in the county. Staff consulted with Superintendent Dr. Kimberly A. Hill, her executive team, and the Board of Education to consider alternatives to the current school seat allocation policy. Staff requested additional time to develop preferred options for the Commissioners’ consideration prior to Aug. 1.

 

Chief Executive Officer Brandon L. Jones presented Commissioners with an update on Hospice of Charles County, which provides terminally ill residents and their families with support for routine, inpatient, and respite care. They provide patients with care in their homes, at extended care facilities, and at the Hospice House. He highlighted some common myths about hospice care and shared facts about the variety of ways it serves families and provides patient care. For more information about hospice services, visit www.hospiceofcharlescounty.org.

 

Dr. Suzan Lowry, the health officer for Charles County, presented a semi-annual update on the Charles County Health Department. She reviewed the department’s programs and services, and shared data on indicators assessing the health and well-being of residents. Dr. Lowry discussed strategies for improving public health and highlighted the department’s efforts to address public health priorities. 

 

Internal Auditor John Simpson briefed Commissioners on the work of the Internal Audit Oversight Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing the annual audit plan and internal audit reports, making recommendations, and ensuring there are no unjustified restrictions or limitations on the Internal Audit Office.

 

Approval Items

Commissioners approved the following budget requests:

An fiscal 2019 inter-category budget transfer request to the Board of Education in the amount of $6.9 million to support instruction materials, student transportation, operations, and capital outlay.
A fiscal 2020 contingency transfer request to fund the county’s match for the Teacher’s Salary Incentive Grant Program. Staff presented an updated document that includes this change in the Board of Education funding in the fiscal 2020 approved budget.
 

Commissioners approved memorandums of understanding with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to pay a portion of the costs for the following programs:

A Geospatial Data Exchange and Index program;
Regional Law Enforcement License Plate Readers; and
Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
 

Commissioners also approved a revised summer schedule to meet every two weeks in June and July.

 

Recognitions

Commissioners presented a proclamation to the county’s Emergency Medical Services staff and volunteers in recognition of May 19 – 25, 2019 as Emergency Medical Services Week. View photo in Flickr.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of May 13th – May 19th deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,607 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Burglary: 19-26949 
On May 16th, 2019 Deputy Flynt responded to Skinners Turn Road in Owings for the report of a burglary that had already occurred. The victim stated sometime between 5:00 pm and 7:15 pm on the reported incident day, an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through a window and took a television that was later found in the front yard. The victim stated they saw a dark colored Honda type vehicle pull out of their driveway and sped away going eastbound on Skinners Turn Road. The television was recovered in the front lawn and no other items appeared to be missing at the time.  
 
Damaged Property: 19-26325 
On May 13th, 2019 Deputy Savick responded to Lord Calvert Bowl in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. Upon arrival, the complainant/manager stated on Thursday May 9th at approximately 10:55 pm, a group of teenagers exited through the front glass door in a “rough-housing” type of manner, damaging the door and causing a “spider web” effect. The approximate value of damaged property is $300.  
 
Arrests: 
On May 13th, 2019 Deputy Mason conducted a traffic stop in the area of Clubhouse Drive and Catalina Drive in Lusby. Upon making contact with the driver, Kahnr Anthony Allegra (27), Deputy Mason could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and the vehicle. Allegra advised that he was coming from Buckets Sports Bar and drank two or three beers. After completing Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Deputy Mason found Allegra was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. Allegra was placed under arrest and a search of his vehicle was conducted which revealed suspected crack cocaine. Allegra was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, (Driving, Attempting to drive) vehicle while impaired by alcohol, person driving motor vehicle on (Hwy., public use property) on suspended license and privilege, and several other driving related charges. 
 
On May 13th, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to the Olympia Sports located in Prince Frederick for a reported theft. Upon arrival, the Calvert Control Center gave a description of the suspect. Deputy Parks was able to locate a man matching the description and made contact with Broderick Cortez Mackall (50), who stated he didn’t take any items from the store. While speaking to Mackall, Deputy Parks could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and person. While conducting an investigation into the stolen items, the manager stated they witnessed Mackall take a shoe and put it in his jacket. The manager then confronted Mackall about the shoe. Mackall then took the shoe out of his jacket and fled the store. Mackall admitted to putting the shoe in his jacket, but stated he put it back after being confronted and did not leave the store with the merchandise. Mackall was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with theft less than $100.  
 
On May 17th, 2019 Deputy Holt conducted a traffic stop in the area of 5th street and Greenwood Ave. in North Beach. Upon making contact with the vehicle occupants, Deputy Holt detected a moderate odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver, Nicholas Allan Thomas (27), was instructed to exit the vehicle, at which point he told Deputy Holt “No.” Deputy Holt instructed Thomas once more to exit the vehicle due to the strong odor of marijuana but Thomas refused. Deputy Fox and Sergeant Phelps arrived on scene to assist with successfully removing Thomas from the vehicle. Once Thomas was removed, he was placed in handcuffs. A search of the vehicle was conducted where numerous “tear offs” were found as well as loose tobacco and other leafy substances. Thomas’ information was given to the Calvert County Control Center and they advised his license was suspended. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with failure to obey a reasonable/lawful order, resist/interfere with arrest, and obstructing and hindering.  
 
On May 19th, 2019 Deputy Bradley, while working security for the carnival being held in the Fox Run Shopping Center located in Prince Frederick, was contacted by the owner/manager for the report of an intoxicated person causing a problem with staff. The owner asked that the suspect be removed from the carnival due to his behavior. Deputy Bradley located the suspect, Justin Earl Asquith (27), who was on one of the rides. Once the ride ended, Deputy Bradley approached the suspect and began to speak with him. An odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected on his breath and his eyes were red and glassy. Asquith was informed that management wanted him to leave the carnival due to his apparent intoxication and behavior. Asquith stated he was not leaving but was instructed he needed to leave or he would be placed under arrest. Asquith was belligerent and argumentative the entire time with Deputy Bradley. As Asquith kept talking, he became louder and louder continuing to curse. Asquith walked towards the exit then turned around and held up both middle fingers towards deputies continuing to shout profanities. He was warned once more to stop swearing or be placed under arrest. He turned away, took several steps then turned back around again cursing at deputies. Asquith was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable/lawful order. 

Summer 2019 Travel Season Kicks Off With Memorial Day

BALTIMORE, MD – As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)
reminds the nearly two million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel offpeak and put safety first. This total represents a 1.0% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.
MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 24, and Monday, May 27:


• Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 340,000.
• John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 550,000.
• Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 590,000.
• Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) – more than 215,000.
• Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) – more than 190,000.

 

An additional 190,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. All totals represent traffic in both directions.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the summer months:
• Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the

Bay Bridge this weekend include:
? Thursday/Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
? Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
? Sunday/Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Motorists traveling to and from the Eastern Shore should remain on US 50 to keep local roadways open for first responders and residents.
• Avoid the Flock!
? For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. To sign up for email/text alerts or view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
? Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions or visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras.
• Get there faster with E-ZPass! E-ZPass transponders are FREE and no $1.50 monthly fee. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
• Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House travel plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.
• Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.
Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Officers will step up seatbelt enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign through June 2. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities throughout the holiday weekend. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 24, to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

 

Construction Reminders:
• I-895 Bridge Project currently features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel southbound bore. The northbound bore is closed until mid-June. Motorists should use I-695/Key Bridge and I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as alternate routes.
• I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Motorists should use I-695/Key Bridge and I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as alternate routes.
For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:
• Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
• Buckle Up! Every Trip. Every Seat. Every Time.
• State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency, transportation, service and utility vehicle
or tow truck with red, yellow or amber flashing lights. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
• Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
• Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
• Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge. Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
• Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
• Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.” If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
• When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
• The location of the emergency;
• A call-back telephone number; and
• Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.
The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Monday, May 27. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 


Health Department Receives Funding for Behavioral Health Clinicians in Schools

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 21, 2019) – St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will be partnering with St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) in the 2019-2020 school year to place Behavioral Health Clinicians in each of the high schools, middle schools and Fairlead Academies. These clinicians will provide prevention and intervention services for students, focusing on topics such as:
 
Self-monitoring mood
Anger management
Depression and anxiety
Risk for substance use
Dealing with family substance use
Social and emotional skills
When adolescents learn social-emotional skills such as self-monitoring mood and addressing signs of anxiety, depression, and anger, they reduce their risk for substance use and can improve functioning at home, in school, with peers, and within the community.
 
“Student mental health and well being is priority in SMCPS and this partnership will provide additional tools for working with the whole child,” says Dr. James Scott Smith, SMCPS Superintendent.
 
Students at risk for mental health and substance-related disorders will participate in a twelve-week prevention/intervention program that focuses on mental health and wellness, building resiliency, and learning coping skills using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. This program builds upon a successful pilot model that SMCHD and SMCPS have implemented in one school over the past two years.
 
“With increased youth mental health and substance use concerns across the country, these prevention and intervention services in school-based settings are a critical component of improved long-term behavioral health outcomes,” said Tammy Loewe, Behavioral Health Program Director at SMCHD.
 
To learn more about local behavioral health services, visit: http://www.smchd.org/behavioralhealth/

Public Assistance Sought In Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland To Identify Suspect Wanted In Cecil County Armed Home Invasion

(North East, MD) Maryland State Police continue to search in Maryland and neighboring states for one of numerous suspects wanted in connection with an armed home invasion in Cecil County.
 
Investigators believe the suspect pictured below, along with at least three others, was involved in an armed home invasion that occurred in an apartment complex in the North East area on April 25, 2019. Police believe the suspect(s) brandished handguns and violently assaulted a pregnant woman inside her apartment before fleeing the scene.  Police do not believe this is a random act of violence.
 
Investigators are seeking the assistance of citizens in both Delaware and in Maryland to help identify the man pictured below. Citizens are urged to contact the Maryland State Police via phone at 410-996-7814 or 410-996-7800 with any information.  The suspects in this case should be considered armed and dangerous.

St. Mary's County Local Management Board Seeking Citizens to Serve on Board of Directors

The St. Mary’s County Local Management Board is seeking citizens interested in serving on its board of directors.  The Local Management Board (LMB) serves as the primary structure in the county charged with creating an effective system of services, supports and opportunities that improve the lives for all children, youth and families. 
 
The LMB designs and implements strategies to maintain standards of accountability and influences the allocation of resources to build local partnerships, eliminate fragmentation and duplication of services.  Board members must be residents of St. Mary’s County, be willing to serve a three-year term and are expected to attend all board meetings.
 
The board meets on the third Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 14 of the Potomac Building, 41770 Baldrige Street, Leonardtown, MD.
 
If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please visit the website at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/boards/

Lexington Park Man Arrested For Calvert Bank Robbery

Detectives from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office spent countless hours over the past two weeks exploring all leads to apprehend the suspect in the PNC Bank Robbery that took place on May 9, 2019 in Owings, MD. Detectives were able to determine a suspect using all available technology in law enforcement investigations.
Leads took Detectives to Donald Edward Rankin, 63 of Lexington Park, MD, who has a lengthy criminal history to include illegal narcotic use and sexual abuse of a minor where he was currently wanted through a neighboring jurisdiction.
The investigation took detectives and members of the warrant apprehension unit to a hotel in Prince George’s County on May 18, 2019 where the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Rankin was processed and charged with Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Illegal Handgun Possession and Theft Over $1500. Rankin and is being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on a No Bond Status pending an additional bond review on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Detectives would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation and the many leads that were sent.

 

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