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Last Co-Defendant Pretending to be U.S. Marshal in Home Invasion Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, September 12, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Bernard Green to 25 years in prison for Home Invasion and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
 
On June 27, 2019, Green entered a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.
 
On September 3, 2017, officers responded to the 3500 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a home invasion. Upon entrance to the residence, officers discovered two adult victims, one male and one female, confined in separate areas in the basement level of the home. The female victim’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape and plastic zip ties, while the male victim’s hands were handcuffed behind his back and feet were bound together with flex cuffs.
 
An investigation into the home invasion revealed that during the evening hours of September 3, 2017, three suspects knocked on the door of the victims’ residence. Each of the suspects wore jackets that read “US Marshals” and relayed that they were there for official business. Soon after the victims answered the door, the suspects forced the victims into the basement area of the residence, assaulting them both and bounding them. Young children were also present at the residence during the incident, but they were unharmed. Before fleeing the scene, the suspects stole marijuana, money, two handguns, and the male victim’s vehicle.
 
During the course of the investigation, Green, as well as co-defendants Dakevis Larry Maryland and Danzie Lee Barron were identified as the suspects who entered the home. Co-defendant Michael Damion Coffer was discovered to be a part of the home invasion by providing the victims as a target to Green; although, he was not present on the night in question and never entered the residence. A last suspect, co-defendant Jermel Andrico D’Aubrey Thomas was identified to have a limited role as a look out during the home invasion but abandoned the other co-defendants before they left the residence after committing the offense.
 
Based on the investigation, Green was identified as one of the organizers of the home invasion along with Coffer.
 
Co-Defendant Pleas and Sentencings
 
On November 26, 2018, Maryland entered a guilty plea to Home Invasion and was sentenced in December 2018 to 25 years with all but 12 years suspended in prison.
 
On January 9, 2019, Barron entered a guilty plea to Home Invasion and immediately afterwards was sentenced to 25 years with all but 10 years suspended in prison.
 
On November 15, 2018, Coffer entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion and was sentenced in December 2018 to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended in prison.
 
On October 16, 2018, Thomas entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Motor Vehicle Theft and was sentenced in July 2019 to 5 years with all but one day suspended in prison and 5 years of unsupervised probation.

Joint Public Meeting In St. Mary's County

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to consider requests by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, as well as proposals from organizations and citizens for the enactment of legislation during the 2020 session of the General Assembly of Maryland.

 

Citizens are encouraged to attend. Copies of the Legislative Proposals are available for viewing in the County Attorney’s office and online at:  https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Legislative Proposals 2020.pdf

 

Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary’s County Communications Director at (301)475-4200, extension 71342.


NSWC IHEODTD, Union Sign Historic Collective Bargaining Agreement

INDIAN HEAD, Md. ?  It’s been more than 20 years since the last collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was signed between Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), local 1923. On September 12, both union and command representatives officially recognized the new CBA at a signing ceremony at the NSWC IHEODTD Velocity Center.

 

“Reaching the agreement on the new CBA took a significant amount of work by both parties,” said Bill Shea, NSWC IHEODTD Director of Human Resources. “Collectively, we were able to come up with a new agreement that struck the appropriate balance between employee-friendly policies and mission accomplishment. At times, this required compromise by both parties. The impact of these efforts; however, will be felt for years to come, and I look forward to continuing our partnership with AFGE, local 1923 as we implement the new provisions contained within the CBA.”

Following the 2013 disestablishment of NSWC Naval EOD Technology Division  at the Stump Neck Annex in Indian Head, Maryland, and its subsequent reorganization under then-NSWC Indian Head, the newly merged organization had seven separate bargaining units, each reinforcing different  policies and practices. The different sets of rules for each bargaining unit made difficult to manage.

The command, with the backing of its union partners, filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to consolidate the seven separate bargaining units into one bargaining unit to become more efficient and effective as a command.

 

“The signatures on the master agreement are promises made by both parties and a document worth defending,” said AFGE, local 1923 Vice President Donnie Bicknell. “The joining of commands into one, and the joining of labor unions into one is a tough road to walk; but once achieved, that pathway to the future is open to all.”

 

In November 2015, FLRA designated AFGE, local 1923 as the exclusive representative of the newly created bargaining unit at Indian Head. After several years of negotiations, the new CBA became effective on July 23, 2019. 

 

“This is a historic milestone for the command,” said NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraft. “The CBA ensures the command’s union employees are adequately represented while ensuring the warfighter and the joint services continue to receive the critical products they need with the professionalism they have come to expect from our command.”

 

NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Establishment – is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions.  The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.


Officers Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

The St Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Ishaan Javon Young (Blk-M-09-12-03). He is 5-07, 115lbs, with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen on 09-12-19 and was wearing a blue and gray jacket, white V neck tee shirt, blue jeans, and multicolor tennis shoes. He may be in the area of Patuxent Homes.


Commissioners Appoint Members to YMCA Exploratory Committee

Leonardtown, MD - On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County appointed the following persons to the YMCA Exploratory Committee:
 
Catherine Askey, Local Business Leader
 
Captain John Brabazon, Patuxent River Naval Air Station                                                               
Mike Brown, Citizen-at-large
 
Ashleigh Dufresne, St. Mary’s County Public Schools                                             
 
Jenna Guzman , St. Mary’s County Health Department                                            
 
Tyrone Harris, St. Mary’s County Government                                                        
 
Beverly Johnston, Community Youth Center Campaign                                          
 
                        Dr. Monika Lee, Business Leader                                                                 
 
                        Omonigho Olumese, Commission on Aging 
 
                        John Parlett, Business Leader                                                
 
                        Donovan Weekley, Youth Advisory Committee                                                       
 
                        Bennett Wilson, Citizen-at-large
 
The committee will learn about YMCA programs and services, investigate community needs, identify potential locations for a facility, discuss potential facility amenities and gauge fundraising capacity for purposes of delivering an in-depth report to the Commissioners.                 
 
Announcements regarding future meetings will be forthcoming.  For more information call Diane Gleissner, Coordinator II at 301-475-4200 ext. 71700 or diane.gleissner@stmarysmd.com

Leonardtown Man Arrested for Rape

On September 11, 2019, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, along with investigators from Child Protective Services (CPS), began an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse involving an eight-year-old victim and an adult male. The investigation determined Gilbert NMN Estevez, age 30 of Leonardtown, had sexually abused the female victim. Estevez was arrested and charged with the following:
 
 
Rape Second Degree
 
Sexual Abuse of a Minor
 
Sex Offense Third Degree
 
Assault Second Degree
 
Estevez is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Taylore Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension *8109 or by email at Taylore.Nauman@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.

eBay Scams Alert From St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert citizens to various eBay scams that have affected several residents recently. The most recent scam reported to the Sheriff’s Office is the buyer offers to overpay for an item for sale, and the scammer will then send a fraudulent cashier’s check or personal check. Typically, by this point the item has already been sent to the scammer. A variation of this scam is to request some of the extra money sent be returned or forwarded to another party.
 
When selling vehicles on eBay, another common scam is the buyer will send the seller a check to cover shipping costs. The seller will wire money as directed to cover the shipping costs, and the scammer will then decline to purchase the vehicle. The seller sends the remaining funds back as directed and ultimately the seller discovers the check was fraudulent after having sent the money to the scammer. Other similar scams involve fraudulent checks wherein the sender requests gift cards be purchased and the serial numbers forwarded to them. A safe waiting period for any deposited check to be fully verified is seven business days; more than seven business days maybe required for banks outside the United States.
 
Tips for selling items on eBay:
 
· Don’t send the item before you receive payment or before the transaction has gone through
 
· PayPal is an electronic option and produces digital logs of the transactions
 
· Keep all dealings as a seller on eBay where it can be monitored
 
· Refuse any requests to bypass eBay or cut auctions short for a “buy it now” price

High Speed Chase With Motorcycles Leads To Arrests

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at 11:41 a.m., Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy Ostazeski was on patrol in his marked patrol vehicle traveling southbound on Rt. 4 in the area of Western Shores Blvd. and observed two sport style motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed. Dep. Ostazeski conducted a traffic stop, activated his emergency lights and instructed both drivers to pull over to the shoulder. The drivers of both motorcycles pulled onto the right shoulder around the deputy’s patrol vehicle and then accelerated at a high speed and fled the area. The motorcycles continued northbound in a reckless manner traveling at speeds over 100 mph. 
Police units had the intersection of Rt. 4 in the area of German Chapel Road in Prince Frederick shut down. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the motorcycles had to slow quickly. During the attempted block of traffic, one of the motorcycles a 2007 black Yamaha made contact with a patrol vehicle causing the Yamaha and its driver to tip. The driver was identified as Steven Alan Burch, 27 of Fort Meyer, VA. Burch was quickly taken into custody and evaluated by emergency personnel. Burch appeared to be in stable condition and refused further medical assistance. Burch was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center without incident.
The second motorcycle, a black 2011 Kawasaki continued north traveling at speeds over 110 mph while being pursued by multiple police units. The driver attempted to turn at a crossover in front of Chesapeake Presbyterian Church and a result of his speed, was unable to complete the turn, struck the median guardrail and was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver was identified as Michael Antonio Gaddie, 26 of Lanham, MD. Gaddie fled on foot into a nearby wooded area where he was quickly located and taken into custody. A small amount of marijuana along and drug paraphernalia was found on Gaddie’s person. Gaddie was transported to Calvert Health Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.
Investigation revealed one of the motorcycles and a pair of tags were reported as stolen through the Howard County Police Department.
Both Gaddie and Burch received numerous traffic related charges. 
 
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.

Drugs And Guns Found In Search

On Sept., 5, 2019, at approximately 6 p.m., the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Special Operations Team, with the assistance of members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau, Road Patrol Bureau, K9 Unit and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, executed search and seizure warrants at three residences in the area of Kent Road and N. Solomon’s Island Road, Sunderland, Calvert County, Maryland.
Once all the search warrants were executed and subjects were detained, the search of the residences, vehicles, properties and subjects revealed the following:
- Approximately 79.2 grams of crack cocaine
- Approximately 65.7 grams of powder cocaine
- Approximately 305.7 grams of marijuana
- Approximately $3700.00 in U. S. currency
- One vial with trace amounts of PCP
- Misc. paperwork and CDS paraphernalia (2 digital scales)  
- One stolen loaded 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun
- One Harrington & Richardson Rifle 410 caliber (Shotgun)
- 11 Cellular phones 
- Two vehicles (seized)
All the above was seized and taken to the Calvert County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) for processing.  Four individuals were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center (CCDC) for processing and were charged accordingly. 
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.

Fire Destroys Home And Kills Pet In Mechanicsville

Thirty Firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single family home fire on Grandiflora Court in Mechanicsville. It took them thirty minutes to control the blaze. The cause of the fire which originated on the exterior of the residence, remains under investigation at this time.  Both occupants escaped the residence without injury, however the family dog perished in the fire.  The occupants are being assisted by other family members and friends. The total estimated loss in the fire is $375,000. 


September 10th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Charles County Board of Commissioners held a joint public hearing with the Charles County Delegation to receive comments on state legislative proposals. They considered more than 30 proposals submitted by Commissioners, County Administrator Mark Belton, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, local boards and commissions, local advocacy organizations, and individual requests from the public. These proposals will be discussed between the Delegation and the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at a working session.
 
 
 
Public Hearings
 
Commissioners held the additional public hearings to receive comments:
 
Resolution to authorize submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $800,000 to pay for operation of a homeless/domestic violence shelter.
Draft bill to amend the Code of Charles County to authorize the Sheriff to appoint school crossing guards if approved and budgeted by the Board of County Commissioners. 
Draft bill to make the Code of Charles County consistent regarding vehicle parking laws.
 
 
Approval Items
 
Commissioners received a briefing and approved a letter from the County Attorney authorizing Shlagel Farms to conduct deer-hunting activities on his property at night. The letter will be submitted with Shlagel Farms’ application to renew its Agricultural Deer Cooperator Permit.
Commissioners received a briefing and approved a request for a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to receive comments on modifications to the Financial Assurance Plan for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. This action is required to fulfill state permit requirements for the county’s watershed protection and restoration plan.
Commissioners approved a lease for East Coast Hockey to rent space at the Capital Clubhouse for the purpose of selling sporting equipment and pro-shop for ice skating.
Commissioners also approved a budget transfer request of $946,330 from the Water Capital Budget Contingency Fund to the Water Capital Fund Expenditure Fund to pay for costs associated with the Bryan’s Road Well #7.
 
 
Recognitions
 
Commissioners recognized and congratulated the Charles County Youth League 8U baseball and softball state champion teams. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 17 – 23, as Constitution Week in Charles County and expressed appreciation to representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, whose organization initiated the recognition nationally. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners presented a proclamation to Department of Emergency Services staff in recognition of September as National Preparedness Month. View photo in Flickr.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 19-51643
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Clas responded to Windy Hill Elementary School in Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between August 30th at 3:00 PM and September 3rd at 10:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) used tools to take apart several picnic tables, stealing the nuts and bolts and leaving the seats behind. The estimated value of damaged property is $100.
 
Damaged Property: 19-52585
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to Eastern United Methodist Church in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between September 5th at 7:00 PM and September 8th at 8:45 AM an unknown suspect(s) knocked over 13 head stones, breaking one in half. The estimated value of damaged property is $500. 
 
Theft: 19-51486
On September 3, 2019 Deputy Ostazeski responded to Beech Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 30th at 4:00 PM and September 3rd at 10:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole several tools from a truck parked in his driveway. The estimated value of stolen property is $9,191.50.
 
Theft: 19-51529
On September 3, 2019 Deputy Savick responded to Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) broke into the saddle bags on his Harley Davidson and stole the items that were inside of them. He also advised he believes the suspect tampered with the belt on the bike, causing it to break. The estimated value of stolen and damaged property is $950. 
 
Theft: 19-52562
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to Epworth Court in Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 26th and September 7th at 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his handicap placard from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $20. 
 
Theft: 19-52620
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to K Dock at Calvert Marina in Dowell for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between September 5th and September 8th at 1:49 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his registration plates from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $20. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Hardesty conducted a traffic stop on S. Solomons Island Road at Cove Point Road in Lusby. The driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a marijuana grinder, marijuana flakes and seeds, a glass pipe with suspected crack residue inside, a cigarette wrapper that contained a crystal white powder and other items of paraphernalia. The passenger, Margaret Ann Hale (24), was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Cress was flagged down by a concerned citizen who advised a female was asleep inside a vehicle in a parking lot on Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach. Deputy Cress made contact with the female who identified herself as Daisy Sherita Landrew (35). Calvert Emergency Communications advised Landrew had an active warrant through Virginia. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. A search of her person revealed a plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana. Landrew was served her warrant and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. 
 
On September 5, 2019 Deputy Barger responded to Dollar Tree in Prince Frederick for the report of a male passed out in the store. Upon arrival he observed Travis Demetrius Harris (30) lying on the floor receiving medical attention. Once Harris was awake he became agitated which began drawing the attention of customers in the store. Harris was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance. 

False Report Made at Matthew Henson Middle School

FALSE REPORT: On September 10 at 9:56 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call stating that there was an active shooter inside Matthew Henson Middle School. Officers responded and determined that there was no active threat. An investigation revealed that two students, who are both 14 years old, had taken another student’s phone and called in the false report. Charges are pending and Cpl. J. Thompson is investigating.
 
Filing a false report is a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to six months of incarceration and up to a $500 fine. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to the safety and security of Charles County Public Schools, and we urge parents to talk to their kids about the severity of these crimes.

Man Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder

On September 3, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46200 block of Mako Way in Lexington Park, for the reported injured subject. A male victim, age 31 from Lexington Park, was discovered in a residential parking lot with significant injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined Derrick Clifton Marshall, age 40 of no fixed address, assaulted the victim and stomped on the victim’s head, causing serious injury. The victim was transported to an area trauma center and is currently in a medically induced coma and listed in critical condition.
 
 
Marshall was arrested on September 7, 2019, and charged with the following:
 
Attempted First Degree Murder
 
Assault First Degree
 
Assault Second Degree
 
Marshall is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *8118 or by email at James.Bare@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.

Public Notice - Fifth Five-Year Review Completion at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, St. Mary's County, Maryland

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – The Department of the Navy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3, with concurrence from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), completed the Fifth Five-Year Review of existing Record of Decision (ROD) documents and ongoing remedial (environmental cleanup) actions at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. A Five-Year Review is required by Section 121 of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for remedial actions which result in any hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants remaining at a site at levels that do not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure.

The purpose of the Five-Year Review was to ensure that these remedial actions are providing adequate protection of human health and the environment. The final report was completed in March 2019 and is available to the public through the two public repositories at these libraries:

 

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library

22269 Cedar Point Road, Building 407

Patuxent River, MD 20629

(301) 342-1927

 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday


 

 

St. Mary’s County Public Library

Lexington Park Branch

21677 FDR Boulevard

Lexington Park, MD 20653

(301) 863-8188

 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday

 

The Five-Year Review contains information on the following ER Sites: Site 1 Fishing Point Landfill and Site 12, Landfill Behind Rifle Range, Operable Unit (OU)-1, Site 6/6A, OU-1 – Bohneyard Site, Site 11 OU-1 and OU-2- Former and Current Sanitary Landfills, Site 17, OU-1 – Pesticide Shop (Building 841), Site 31 – Tire Shop Building 307, and Site 39 – Waste Tetrachloroethene (PCE) Storage Area (Building 503).

Community members who have questions or information about the effectiveness of the remedies and protection of human health and environment are encouraged to contact the Public Affairs Officer:

 

Patrick Gordon

NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

22268 Cedar Point Road, Building 409

Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154

(301) 757-3343


Detectives Arrest Suspect Linked To Thefts From Motor Vehicles

During the timeframe of August 27 and August 29, 2019, there were numerous occurrences of thefts from motor vehicles in several neighborhoods located near Little Cove Point Road in the Lusby, MD area and in the Mount Harmony area of Owings, MD.
 
Detectives within the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) canvassed neighborhoods and located additional victims, one of which reported a unique silver dollar coin in a plastic case being stolen from his vehicle.
 
Calvert County Cpl. Harms and Dep. Freeland stopped a suspicious individual wearing a backpack riding a bicycle on Little Cove Point Road several nights after the theft incidents occurred.
 
Investigation revealed that the person stopped had knowledge of the individual responsible for the recent vehicle break-ins. Search warrants were executed by members of the CIB and contact was made with suspect Mark Allen Green, 27 of Owings, MD. Stolen property was recovered to include the unique silver dollar coin in the plastic case along with clothing worn during the burglaries. 
 
Green was placed under arrest and charged with numerous counts of Burglary and Theft. 
 
Further investigation revealed, Green’s primary residence is in the Mount Harmony area of Owings, MD, within walking distance of an additional neighborhood that recently reported a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles. Green is suspected to be involved in those crimes as well. 
 
The investigation is ongoing. If you have additional information about these crimes, please contact Detective Yates at Edward.yates@calvertcountymd.gov or (410) 535-2800 ext. 2151.

The Navy Invites Public Comment On The Proposes Remedial Action Plan For Munitions Site At Webster Field

In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Webster Field Annex invites public comment on the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) for Munitions Response Site UXO-0001.
 
During World War II, an aerial bombing target (referred to as the Former Aerial Bombing Range) was located adjacent to and just south of the runways on the southern half of the Webster Field Annex facility. The Former Aerial Bombing Range, which is now referred to as Site UXO-0001, contained three observation towers and was used for 5 to 8 years in the 1940s and early 1950s. Aerial photographs from 1954 show that the access roads to the observation towers were overgrown, implying that the range was no longer in use by 1954. The size and configuration of the former range is unknown, but the original 21-acre boundary for UXO-0001 was estimated based on the locations of the three observation towers.
 
The findings of the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and the results of the removal actions in the northern farm field and southern portions of UXO-0001, indicate that there is unacceptable risks to human health or the environment remaining in the 12.4 acres forested wetland area in the middle portion of the site. Therefore, “Action” for land use controls of the forested wetland portion is proposed for UXO-0001 site media.
 
 
 
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Public comment begins on September 6, 2019, and closes on October 5, 2019. A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on October 8, 2019, at the Frank Knox Employee Development Building 2189, Room 100, to present the PRAP for Site UXO-0001 and answer questions.
 
 
 
PRAPs are issued as part of the Navy Environmental Restoration (ER) Program and CERCLA process. The purpose of a PRAP is to describe the background and rationale for the selection of the remedy proposed by the Navy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The PRAP includes solicitation of public comments on the remedy.
 
The public is encouraged to comment on the PRAP. The final remedy will be selected only after the public comment period has ended. An alternative remedy may be selected for Site UXO-0001 only after all comments have been received from the public. Relevant environmental documents for Site UXO-0001, including final technical reports and the PRAP, are available at the following repositories.
 
 Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library
 
222690 Cedar Point Road, Building 407
 
Patuxent River, MD 20629
 
(301) 342-1927
 
 
Hours:
 
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Closed Saturday and Sunday
 
St. Mary’s County Public Library
 
Lexington Park Branch
 
21677 FDR Boulevard
 
Lexington Park, MD 20653
 
(301) 863-8188
 
Hours:
 
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
 
 
Comments may be written and mailed (postmarked by the closing date of October 5, 2019) to any of the following points of contact:
 
Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Officer
 
Attn: Patrick Gordon
 
22268 Cedar Point Road
 
Building 409, PAO
 
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154
 
 
Maryland Department of the Environment
 
Attn: Mrs. Jenny Herman
 
Federal Facilities Division
 
Hazardous Waste Program
 
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 645
 
Baltimore, MD 21230-1719
 
 
For further information, contact the Naval Air Station Public Affairs Officer at 301-757-3343 between
 
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Address Canvassing Underway in Calvert County for 2020 Census

Calvert County citizens may see census takers in neighborhoods throughout the county now through early October to verify addresses in preparation for the 2020 Census.
 
Address canvassers help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures and residence types. Part of this effort involves census takers noting where houses, apartments, shelters and other residences are located.
 
If visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, the following tips can help citizens verify the validity of a field representative:
 
·         Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
 
·         Census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
 
·         If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
 
The U.S. Census Bureau provides an interactive online map that enables residents to see where the Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers. For more information about census takers, visit https://2020Census.gov/en/census-takers.html.
 
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.

Hughesville Suspect Wanted For Assault On Perryville Police Officer Captured

(FRONT ROYAL, VA) – The suspect who drove a stolen vehicle at a police officer attempting to arrest him in Cecil County early today has been arrested in Virginia.
 
The suspect is identified as William H. Galvin, Jr., 29, of Hughesville, Md.  He was arrested at a trailer in Front Royal, Va., shortly after 5:30 p.m. today by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshals Service.  He is being charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and second degree assault on a law enforcement officer.
 
Galvin was wanted for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle directly at a Perryville Police Department officer at about 2:00 a.m. today, as the officer and other law enforcement personnel were attempting to arrest him following a multi-state pursuit.  He will be held in Virginia pending extradition back to Maryland.

Maryland State Police Identify Victim In Fatal Charles County Crash

(LA PLATA, MD) – Maryland State Police have identified the man who was killed in a crash that also injured four people Wednesday in Charles County.
The victim, Joshua Richmond, 37, of Waldorf, Maryland, was pronounced deceased Wednesday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. According to a preliminary investigation from the Maryland State Police Crash Team, shortly before noon on Wednesday, troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded on a report of a two-vehicle crash on Maryland Route 6 (Port Tobacco Road) in the area of King Edward Place in La Plata, Maryland. 
Investigators believe that a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, was being operated by Jessica Dutrow, 29, of Port Tobacco, Maryland, and occupied by Shania Zimmerman, 19, of Nanjemoy, Maryland, Richmond and a 7-month-old infant. The Chevrolet Blazer was traveling east on Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Dutrow drove past an unidentified vehicle while traveling on the right shoulder. She re-entered the eastbound lane and began to lose control of the vehicle. 
At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche, operated by Melvin Spriggs, 64, of Capital Heights, Maryland, was traveling on westbound Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Investigators believe that Dutrow lost control and her vehicle and entered the westbound lane of Maryland Route 6 where it was struck by the Chevrolet Avalanche. After the crash, the Chevrolet Blazer overturned at least one full rotation and Richmond was ejected from the vehicle. The preliminary investigation indicates speed and driver error are believed to be factors in the crash.
Spriggs was flown by MSP Trooper 7 to UM Prince George’s Hospital. The 7-month-old was also transported by MSP Trooper 7 to Children’s National Medical Center. Dutrow and Zimmerman were flown by MSP Trooper 6 to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Anyone who may have witnessed this crash should call Cpl. Zimmerman of the Crash Team at (301) 392-1231.   

 

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