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State Alerts Residents To Follow Safety Tips And Take Precaution To Avoid Heat Related Illness

BALTIMORE, MD (July 19, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is alerting residents of an excessive heat watch forecast through Sunday evening, July 21 for central Maryland and parts of eastern Maryland. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach the high 90s and may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some places, with heat index values potentially 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit each afternoon. 
 
“I urge all Marylanders to take precautions during this excessive heat,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “Be mindful of the potential for heat-related illness and take precautions to stay hydrated. Do whatever you can to help keep yourself cool and if necessary, move to a cooling center.”
 
Excessive heat can lead to serious health issues. While anyone can be the victim of heat-related illness, the highest risk groups include people under age 5 or over age 65, people with chronic illnesses, people taking certain medications and those who are exercising or working outdoors.
 
Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common health issues associated with excessive heat. Symptoms of heat cramps include:
Muscle pain/spasms, caused by loss of water and salt from heavy sweating
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
Dehydration
Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
Extreme weakness
Muscle cramps
Nausea, headache and possible vomiting or fainting
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
Body temperature of more than 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Dry, red skin
Rapid, weak pulse
Rapid, shallow breathing
Convulsions
Disorientation
Delirium
Coma
MDH encourages residents to use the following tips to help cope with excessive heat if they must be outside:
Drink plenty of fluids
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and overly-sweetened beverages
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen; stay in the shade when possible
Avoid salt tablets, unless advised to take them by a doctor
Schedule physical activity in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and take short breaks if necessary
Never leave children or pets in a car for any amount of time, even with the windows cracked. Residents also are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors or relatives to ensure they have a cool place to stay during excessive heat.
 
Residents in need of cooling centers are encouraged to reach out to their local health department or call 2-1-1 and provide their county location and ZIP code to get information about cooling center locations, hours of operation and available accommodations.
 
More resources about staying safe excessive heat are available from the MDH Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R) at: https://preparedness.health.maryland.gov/Pages/resources_hot.aspx
 
Updates and additional information may also be found on OP&R’s Facebook page and Twitter page. 

Advisory: Missing Person Macy Jean Harim

The St Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Macy Jean Harim. She is a white female, 5-04, 200lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on 07-12-19 in the area of St Mary's City, MD.


Cardin, Boozman Call for Reauthorization of Water Research Grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act (WRRA/S. 2164), a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state and territory has a water institute located at a land grant or other university designated by its governor that conducts important research on state and regional water challenges. Water Research Institutes also provide training for hydrologists and other water-related scientists and engineers, and fund public outreach and education on water issues.

 

“Extreme weather has increased the frequency of floods and droughts, causing more severe water issues nationwide. The research being done by scientists in every state looks at these new difficulties as well as chronic issues affecting availability, stability and public health. Our goal is to ensure that everyone in this country has clean, safe water at home and at work,” said Senator Cardin. “Clean water and resilient infrastructure are ever more critical for production of resources, economic stability, and the health and well-being of every person and business in this country.”

 

“Access to safe and clean water is critical to the livelihood of every American. Research conducted by the Arkansas Water Resources Center and its sister institutions around the country helps manage this vital resource. This bill will provide the means needed to solve real-world problems so we can effectively meet the water demands of our communities,” Senator Boozman said.

 

The Cardin-Boozman bill amends the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to ease the burden on cash-strapped local jurisdictions by creating a 1:1 threshold for matching grants. It also provides greater accountability by aligning five-year grant funding with five-year evaluations and annual reporting.

 

“The National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) applauds Senators Cardin and Boozman for introducing the Water Resources Research Amendments Act to reauthorize this important program at USGS.  Across the nation, the institutes collaborate with over 150 state agencies and more than 160 local and municipal offices to deliver needed research and planning in areas such as combating harmful algal blooms, mitigating drought effects, and protecting against soil erosion.  We look forward to working with the senators’ offices to advance this program,” said Dr. Daniel Devlin, President, National Institutes of Water Resources.

 

"I thank the Senators for their strong support of water resources research. Funds from this federal/state partnership have addressed Maryland's diversity, from farms to forests to cities, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachians. Researchers have developed methods to treat dairy manure while producing methane as a source of renewable energy, to control urban runoff with green roofs and constructed wetlands, and to better communicate flood risk to citizens of all walks of life. They are investigating erosion, extreme precipitation, wetland processes, legacy contaminants, and intersex fish. With the support of this program, fundamental understanding and innovative techniques will continue to protect human health, environmental integrity, and economic sustainability in Maryland and across the country,” said Dr. Kaye Brubaker, Director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center.

 

“In Arkansas, we have used these funds to research emerging issues like harmful algal blooms, the use of irrigation strategies like alternative wet and drying in rice, and state agencies wanting to prioritize where to invest resources to improve water quality. In 2018, the Arkansas Water Resources Center funded five research projects and with the increase in funds our institute and others across the country will be able to accomplish even more – these funds will focus on the issues that emerge that our state needs to be able to address,” said Dr. Brian E. Haggard, Director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center.


Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 8:08 pm, the suspect walked out of the AutoZone store in Charlotte Hall with several items that he did not pay for. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Steven Kerby at 301-475-4200, ext. *8122 or email steven.kerby@stmarysmd.com. Case # 36862-19
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

The Department of Emergency Services Warns Families About the Dangers of Vehicular Heatstroke

Leonardtown, MD - Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the No. 1 vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. That’s why The Department of Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2018, there were 52 preventable deaths of children in vehicles, a 21-percent increase from 2017.
 
“As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from vehicular heatstroke increases,” said Stephen Walker, Director. “One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days in the United States from being left in a car or crawling into an unlocked vehicle. What is most tragic is that every single one of these deaths could have been prevented.”
 
The Department of Emergency Services urges all parents and caregivers to do these three things:
 
NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
Make it a habit to look in the back seat EVERY time you exit the car.
ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach.
If you are a bystander and see a child in a hot vehicle:
 
Make sure the child is OK and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.
If the child appears to be OK, attempt to locate the parents or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over the PA system.
·         If there is someone with you, one person should actively search for the parent while the other waits at the car.
 
·         If the child is not responsive or appears to be in distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child—even if that means breaking a window—many states have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect people from lawsuits for getting involved to help a person in an emergency.
 
Know the warning signs of heatstroke, which include red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse; nausea; confusion; or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, quickly spray the child with cool water or with a garden hose— NEVER put a child in an ice bath. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
 
A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s, and heatstroke can occur in outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.
 
“More than half (54 percent) of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and 26 percent are from a child getting into a hot car unsupervised,” said Stephen Walker, Director “We want to get the word out to parents and caregivers: please Look Before You Lock.”

Man Sentenced 8 Years for Shooting at Fleeing Vehicle

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Damarco Rashord Hall, 21 of Waldorf, to 18 years suspend all but 8 years for First-Degree Assault and Wear, Carry, and Transport of a Handgun.

 

Hall previously entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges on May 31, 2019, in Charles County Circuit Court.

 

On August 15, 2018, officers responded to Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Waldorf to meet with a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers made contact with victim Omar Catoe, who reported that an unknown suspect, later identified as Hall, shot at his vehicle multiple times on Slater Drive in Waldorf. Alexis Coates was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

 

An investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, Catoe was operating a rental vehicle with Coates as his passenger. Catoe was dropping off Coates at a residence on Slater Drive when Hall approached the vehicle and attempted to open the front passenger door. In fear, Catoe accelerated the vehicle in reverse and began fleeing to the area of Poplar Hill Road. As Catoe was fleeing, Hall produced a gun and shot towards the vehicle at least twice, striking it once. Catoe was able to drop off Coates at a residence on Poplar Hill Road, then meet with officers at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church. Fortunately, no one was injured during the shooting.

 

Hall, who was previously in a relationship with Coates, was developed as a suspect during the course of the investigation and admitted to the shooting, stating that he and Coates were on bad terms during the time of the incident.  

 

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Pettersen told the judge that the victim was “really affected” by the incident. She furthered that the offense was “very serious. This could’ve gone very differently had the victims been struck.”


National Weather Service Releases Heat Advisory for St. Mary's County

Leonardtown, MD - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for areas of Maryland including St. Mary’s County through 8 p.m. July 17, 2019. Heat indexes may reach 105 to 110 degrees. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the hot and humid weather.
 
Check on elderly friends, family members and neighbors
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Postpone outdoor games and activities.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons with certain medical condiitons should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

CCSO Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2019 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2019 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, set to begin in September. This 12-week program will begin on September 18, 2019, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 11, 2019, with the exception of Wednesday, November 27. The classes will be held in various locations, to include the CCSO Headquarters, District 3 Station, Community Services Annex, Crime Lab, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, and the Charles County Courthouse. 
 
“We are thrilled to host the Citizens Police Academy again for our fourth year,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “The CPA is a program we are very proud of. It reinforces police-community relations, and it has been the catalyst for a great partnership with the CPA Alumni Association, which class members can join after they graduate.” 
 
Participants will learn about a wide range of topics including:
•             Patrol Procedures
•             Narcotics Investigations
•             Forensic Evidence
•             Criminal Law
•             Juvenile Issues
•             Use of Force
•             Criminal Investigations
•             Search and Seizure
 
 
Participants will get hands-on experiences to include a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing. They will also have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer’s perspective. Participation in the Ride-along Program is not required but is strongly encouraged.
 
The Citizens Police Academy is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and residents of Charles County. Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. This program is free of charge. There are a limited number of seats available, so anyone interested in participating in the CPA should submit their application as soon as possible.  
 
Additional information and applications for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy can be found on our website at www.ccso.us/citizens-police-academy. Applications are due no later than August 31, 2019, and should be mailed to:  
 
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
6915 Crain Highway
PO Box 189
La Plata, MD 20646
Attn: Human Resources 
 
Additional questions about the program or application process should be directed to Captain Kevin Leahy at 301-609-6541.

Public Hearing Set for Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Budget Adjustment

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 17, 2019 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. to consider an adjustment of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Solid Waste Enterprise Fund operating budget for the purchase of a replacement dump truck. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Calvert County Courthouse located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick.
 
The Solid Waste Division is looking to replace a dump truck due to deteriorating truck body conditions and amount of continued maintenance and repairs required for the 18-year-old vehicle. The division proposes to replace the truck during FY 2020 with equipment reserve funds.
 
Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 29, 2019, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
 
Interested persons are urged to view the proposal in its entirety by contacting the Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2520, Julie.Paluda@calvertcountymd.gov, or by viewing the local amendments on the Calvert County Government website.
 
The proposed provisions may be substantively modified, revised, amended or otherwise changed based upon comments received at the public hearing.
 
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: Animal Cruelty Investigation

3 p.m. 7/16/19 UPDATE: July 16, 2019- St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians transported both dogs to a local veterinarian hospital for an assessment and evaluation. The dogs were determined to be male and ages are unknown at this time. The dogs are being transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where necropsies will be performed in attempt to gather additional investigative information. Updates will be provided as warranted.
 
UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance with information identifying the owners of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.
 
UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance with information identifying the owners of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. On July 14, 2019, Deputy First Class Roszell responded to the 40400 block of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported animal cruelty. Located in a wooded area were two deceased dogs. The dogs were determined to be Black Labrador Retrievers, both weighing over 80 pounds. The dogs had been decapitated and discarded in the wooded area. Animal Control responded to the scene, and it was determined the dogs had been discarded within the last 48 hours.
 
Anyone with information on the possible owners of the dogs, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact DFC. Rachael Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108 or by email at Rachael.Roszell@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.

Update: Identity Needed for Counterfeit Suspect (Photos)

Update: The suspect has been identified.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 3:40 p.m. the suspect passed a suspected counterfeit bill in an attempt to purchase items at the Stop & Shop store in Great Mills. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Tyler Payne at 301-475-4200, ext. *8010 or email tyler.payne@stmarysmd.com. Case # 38209-19
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Cooling Centers Available During Sweltering Temperatures

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for this week as temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management reminds citizens there are several places in Calvert County to visit if they need to cool off. These sites will be open during regular hours and safe drinking water is available in each of them. Residents who need to take refuge in a safe, cool place may go to one of the following locations:                                                                                                                                                     
 
Harriet E. Brown Community Center
 
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
Open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
 
 
Northeast Community Center                               
 
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach 
 
Open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
 
 
Mt. Hope Community Center                       
 
104 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland
 
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 
12:30 to 6 p.m.
 
 
 
Southern Community Center
 
20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
 
Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
 
 
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick Branch
 
850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick
 
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
 
 
Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center
 
130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick
 
Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.to 9 p.m.; and
 
Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 
Emergency cooling centers open when the need arises. Calvert County Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warnings and will make a determination to keep certain cooling centers open past normal business hours if the need arises.
 
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
 
·      Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
 
·      Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
 
·      Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
 
·      Stay out of the sun.
 
·      Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
 
·      Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
 
·      Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
 
            Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, senior citizens and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
 
            Pet owners should provide ample shade and water for their pets or bring pets indoors. Any time a pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
 
            To learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638.
 
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.

CCSO Seeks Public's Help Locating Missing Person (Photos)

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating Ronnie David Tippett, 29, of Hughesville who was reported missing on July 13. Tippett was last seen in the area of Mechanicsville. Family members are concerned for his well-being. Tippett is 5’8”, 200 lbs., and has brown hair, a beard, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a tan-colored “Napoli’s” work-shirt, dark gray sweatpants and brown/orange flip flops. He may be frequenting the Charlotte Hall, Mechanicsville, Loveville or Newburg areas. Anyone with information regarding Tippett’s whereabouts is asked to call Det. K. Goddard at (301) 609-6428.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 8 – 14 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,674 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 19-39327
On July 9, 2019 Deputy Wilder responded to Forest Lane, Port Republic for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 19th and July 9th an unknown suspect(s) stole wood from the barn he stores it in. The value of stolen property is approximately $900. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-39063
On July 8, 2019 Deputy Deleon responded to Grays Road, Port Republic for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised at approximately 7:30 PM she heard a loud noise and realized an unknown suspect(s) shot through her living room window. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-39518
On July 10, 2019 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Tomahawk Trail, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 4:30 AM and 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) shattered the window on the door to his residence. The approximate value of damaged property is $1,000. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-39573
On July 10, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to Grays Road, Port Republic for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised on July 8th his daughter heard a noise outside of her bedroom window. On July 10th he noticed a hole in the siding of his residence. The estimated value of damaged property is $150. 
 
Theft: 19-39295
On July 9, 2019 Cpl. Robshaw responded to Sidewinder Lane, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 1st and July 4th an unknown suspect(s) stole the HVAC unit and pipes from the vacant residence. 
 
Theft: 19-39458
On July 10, 2019 Deputy Mason responded to Hospital Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 3:00 AM and 9:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole Oakley sunglasses, a tire pump, 2 light bulbs, his work badge, his vehicle registration and his vehicle insurance card from his vehicle. The total value of stolen property is approximately $130.
 
Theft: 19-39673
On July 11, 2019 Deputy Mason responded to Rite Aid in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown female entered the store with an empty plastic bag. The complainant noticed the female placing items in the bag as she walked around the store. When she confronted her, the female left the items on the counter and exited the store. The cost of the items recovered was $22.98.
 
Theft: 19-39744
On July 11, 2019 Deputy Grierson responded to Mill Creek Drive, Lusby for the report of a fraud. The complainant advised she noticed her bank card missing on July 10th. An unknown suspect made 18 fraudulent charges to her bank account between July 8th and July 10th, resulting in $4,473.44 stolen from her. 
 
Theft: 19-39841
On July 11, 2019 Deputy Spalding responded to El Segunda Lane, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 8:45 AM and 9:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole two bicycles from the side of her residence. One bicycle is a black Hyper Havoc men’s mountain bike and the other is a light blue Huffy Trail Runner women’s mountain bike. The estimated value of stolen property is $266.
 
Theft: 19-39954
On July 12, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to Plum Point Road, Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) stole multiple Pokémon cards from her collection. 
 
Theft: 19-40017
On July 12, 2019 Deputy B. Wilson responded to the Sheriff’s Office to meet with two complainants for the report of a theft. The first complainant advised on July 11th he went to sleep at a friend’s house and when he woke up his wallet was missing that had $950, a debit card and his boating and hunting licenses in it. The other complainant advised he was missing $50 and a portable speaker.
 
Theft: 19-40265
On July 13, 2019 Deputy Deleon responded to McDonalds in Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 7:00 AM and 2:45 PM an unknown suspect stole her iPhone 8 while she was working. The estimated value of stolen property is $1,000. 
 
ARRESTS:
On July 9, 2019 Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Blvd at Chaneyville Road in Owings. A K9 scan was conducted which resulted in a positive alert. A search of the passenger, Craig Robert McDaniel Jr. (34), revealed 7 plastic capsules with suspected heroin in his sock. A search of the vehicle revealed a syringe which McDaniel admitted was his. McDaniel was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and CDS: Administer Equipment-Possession/Distribute.
 
On July 11, 2019 Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop in the area of Chesapeake Beach Road and Old Solomons Island Road in Owings. A search of the driver, Jeffrey Rod Bradford Jr. (31), revealed a plastic bag with 21 capsules of suspected heroin, 9 glass vials with suspected crack cocaine and another plastic bag with suspected Suboxone. The passenger, Sarah Ray Ward (29), advised she knew they were travelling to purchase CDS, but did not have any CDS on her person. Bradford and Ward were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Bradford was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. Ward was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute. 
 
On July 13, 2019 Deputy Holt observed a vehicle sitting in the Roland’s parking lot in Chesapeake Beach with two occupants inside who appeared to be passed out. Deputy Holt made contact with the subjects, later identified as Jeremy Anthony Desantis ¬(34) and Jennifer Lynn Hamilton (36), who did wake up, but continued to nod out while he was speaking with them. A search of the vehicle revealed a cut straw with suspected heroin residue inside. Desantis and Hamilton were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On July 14, 2019 Deputy Lewis responded to the Citgo Gas Station in Port Republic for the report of a physical altercation in a vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, Terrell James Russell (33), Deputy Lewis noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. Deputy Lewis attempted to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests on Russell, however, Russell refused to follow instructions and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. A search of his person revealed two MD driver’s licenses which were confiscated. A search of the vehicle revealed a large blade, similar to a machete. Russell was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Failure to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Concealing a Dangerous Weapon and multiple traffic citations for Driving Under the Influence. 

St. Mary's County Vice Narcotics Arrests

In July of 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division was conducting an investigation on William Joseph Leo Brown “Lee”, age 41 of Drayden, for the distribution of controlled dangerous substances. With the assistance of the Vice Narcotics Support Team and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K-9, a vehicle Brown was a passenger in was stopped in the area of Three Notch Road and Baptist Church Road in Mechanicsville. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Barbara Ann Ball, age 58 of Mechanicsville.
 
William Brown and Barbara Ball were found to be in possession of several capsules containing suspected heroin. Brown was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession With Intent to Distribute and CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. Ball was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
Additional charges are pending further review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

Wanted- Deshawn Anthony Carey (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Deshawn Anthony Carey, age 31 of Lexington Park. Carey is 6’1” in height, weighs 217 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Carey has the name “Anthony” tattooed on his neck and may no longer have a beard. Carey is currently wanted on the following charges:
 
Firearm Use-Felony/Violent Crime
 
Assault First Degree
 
Assault Second Degree
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Deshawn Anthony Carey is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@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.

2019 St. Mary's County Property Tax Bills Now Available Online

Leonardtown, MD - The office of the St. Mary’s County Treasurer has published the 2019 property tax bills to their web site. The tax bills are ready to be viewed or printed for customer’s convenience. For access to property tax bills, search by name or tax account number.
 
Online payment options are available. The Treasurer’s office reminds residents to verify tax liability through your lending institution prior to making a payment. There is a convenience fee associated with online payments; a fees list is available on the website.
 
The DUE DATE for payment of 2019 tax bills is September 30, 2019 for both annual payments or first installment payments. Second installment payments will be due December 31, 2019.
 
When mailing a payment, make your check payable to:
 
St. Mary’s County Treasurer
P.O. Box 642
Leonardtown, MD 20650
 
The St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
For more information, please contact Office of the County Treasurer at 301-475-4200, ext. 73301.

Update: Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photo)

July 15, 2019 update: The suspect has been identified and arrested.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Monday, July 8, 2019, at 8:30 pm the suspect walked out of the St. Mary’s Fine Wine and Spirits liquor store in Great Mills with alcoholic beverages without paying for them. The next day, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the suspect returned and ran out of the store with a pack of cigarettes and another alcoholic beverage without paying for them. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Michael Graves at 301-475-4200, ext. *8009 or email michael.graves@stmarysmd.com. Case # 39399-19
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Shooting Investigation-UPDATE

UPDATE: On July 12, 2019, with the assistance of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Timmy Harrod Jr., age 21 of Prince Frederick, was arrested and charged with the following crimes:
 
Attempted First Degree Murder
 
Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime
 
Loaded Handgun on Person
 
Handgun on Person
 
Handgun in Vehicle
 
Assault First Degree
 
Assault Second Degree
 
Harrod is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in locating and apprehending Harrod.
 
On July 10, 2019, at approximately 2:20 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Urgent Care located in Solomons for a reported shooting. Preliminary investigation determined a male victim age 18, was traveling in a vehicle in the area of Route 4 and Lou’s Way in California, when an unknown vehicle pulled alongside the victim and began shooting. The victim was shot and sustained life-threatening injuries. The victim was flown to an area trauma center and is in stable condition.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996 or by email at Melissa.Hulse@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.

St. Mary's County Government to Offer Citizens Academy

Leonardtown, MD – If you’ve ever wondered how or why a county department does what it does, you can gain knowledge of the inner workings of local government at the 2019           St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy.

 

The academy, which will meet on seven Tuesday evenings, between September 10 and October 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at various county owned locations. It is open to St. Mary’s County residents, 18 years of age and older and limited to 25 applicants. The purpose of the academy is to provide an overview of County programs and services. Participants will gain a better understanding of County government operations and will receive a certificate upon completion.

 

At the first session participants will receive an overview of County Administration. Subsequent sessions will focus on the departments of Aging and Human Services, Economic Development, Land Use and Growth Management, Recreation and Parks, Public Works and Transportation and Emergency Services.

 

“The Citizens Academy allows our citizens to become more engaged with county government and vice versa,” says County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett. “The Academy’s responsibility is to educate and inform citizens about County Government programs and services.”

 

Citizens interested in learning more about the academy, or taking part, can go to https://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/citizensacademy/
St. Mary's County - Citizens Academy
The St. Mary's County Government’s Citizens Academy provides an overview of county programs and services. Participants will gain a better understanding of county government operations by learning from directors and staff from County Administration, the Departments of Aging and Human Services, Economic Development, Land Use and Growth Management, Recreation and Parks, Public Works and ...
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