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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 ...