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State Fire Marshal Kicks Off Community Risk Reduction Week

STATEWIDE, January 20, 2020 -  Today marks the start of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, a grassroots effort by the nation's fire service to encourage fire prevention and life safety education. The Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with dozens of fire departments throughout Maryland, will take part in CRR initiatives to get ahead of the 9-1-1 call before an emergency happens.
 
"I have always believed that the best way to keep the public and emergency personnel safe from fire is to prevent the 9-1-1 call from happening via public safety education," said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. "Whether it's social media posts, side-by-side burn demonstrations, or school presentations - it is vital to spread the word about fire safety to every generation of Marylander in the State."
 
This week, the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be publishing a series of CRR professional profiles on some of the many dedicated individuals who have made community education and life safety a top priority in their daily work. Look for #CRRWeek across social media platforms for efforts, both local and national, by various fire departments. You can also check out the official Twitter and Facebook CRR Week accounts for more information. 

Mechanicsville Student Arrested For Bringing Gun To Leonardtown Basketball Game

On January 17, 2020, School Resource Officer, Corporal Angela Delozier was working a basketball game at Leonardtown High School located at 23995 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. Cpl. Delozier was alerted to suspicious activity involving a group of juveniles by staff at the game. Cpl. Delozier and staff from the St. Mary’s County Public Schools immediately moved the juveniles to a secure location away from students and spectators and began an investigation. During the investigation, Cpl. Delozier located a loaded handgun on a 17-year-old male juvenile, from Mechanicsville.
 
The juvenile was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged as an adult with the following.
 
Carry and Possess a Handgun on School Property
 
Did Carry and Transport Loaded Handgun on Person
 
Wear and Carry a Dangerous Weapon-Conceal
 
Possession of Regulated Firearm- Individual Under 21
 
Disruption of School Activities
 
The juvenile remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center awaiting an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Due to a recent change in Maryland law, the name and photograph of the juvenile will not be released until the court makes a finding at the waiver hearing to determine the jurisdiction of this incident.
 
This investigation is ongoing and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office continues to collaborate with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.
 
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 tipster 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

Planning & Zoning to Hold Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan Public Meeting

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning will hold a public meeting to present an overview of the process to update Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan and to receive input on future challenges and priorities the plan should address. The meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 – Inclement weather date: Monday, Feb. 3 – at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad located at 755 Solomons Island Road South in Prince Frederick. The meeting kicks off with an open house at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m.
 
The Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan sets policies and actions that guide the physical development within the town center, including private and public development. This meeting will be one of many opportunities for the public to provide input for the Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan update. The master plan was originally adopted in 1989.
 
For more information about the Prince Frederick Maser Plan visit www.CalvertCountyMD.gov/TownCenters, email pz@calvertcountymd.gov or call
410-535-1600, ext. 2356.
 
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.

Residents Encouraged to Use Non-Emergency Citizen Notification System This Weekend

Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County Government is committed to providing safe and accessible services to all residents of our community and we recognize that inclement weather can affect residents differently depending upon location.

 

The forecast for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2020, is a slight chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a chance of snow and sleet between 10 a.m. and 1p.m., then rain after 1p.m. The temperature will only have a high near 41, South wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected. Saturday Night’s forecast calls for rain likely, mainly before 10 p.m., mostly cloudy, with a low around 37 and southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70% with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

Preparation is underway at the County Department of Public Works & Transportation. Should you encounter unsafe conditions or any impediments to public safety, please call the non-emergency Citizen Notification System line at 301-475-8016. Unsafe conditions can vary from icy sidewalks or roadways, trees or limbs down, to other weather-related safety concerns.

 

This non-emergency number is monitored 24 hours a day and can be used to report conditions or situations that will activate a response from St. Mary’s County public agencies. Play it safe, if you see it, report it.

 

In cases of emergency, immediately dial 911.

 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.


Maryland Tourism Ads Help Draw More Visitors

 “Open for It,” Maryland’s tourism ad campaign that debuted in spring 2019, helped to attract an additional 123,000 visitors to the state, with spending by those visitors topping $45 million, according to a report released today by Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism. The report, which measured the effectiveness and economic impact of the campaign from April to September 2019, also showed that for every dollar spent on the ads, $31 flowed back into the state’s economy.
 
“We are thrilled by these initial results of the “Open for It” campaign, which helped spur more than 53,500 additional trips to Maryland over a six-month timeframe,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, managing director of Tourism and Film at Maryland Commerce. “We look forward to its continued success in attracting more visitors to our state and we’re confident that these numbers will continue to climb in the coming year.”
 
“Open for It” was launched by the Office of Tourism and its agency of record, Maryland-based Marriner Marketing, to increase the awareness of Maryland as a tourism destination. The campaign has a multi-platform approach, including broadcast television, digital, print, and social media. The messaging and images were designed to highlight Maryland as a welcoming place with diverse attractions and experiences for travelers of all ages and interests, whether it’s taking in a sporting event, enjoying the state’s famed seafood, or playing on the beach or in the mountains.
 
An important result of the research, conducted by market research company Destination Analysts, demonstrated that the ads resonated with a healthy percentage of those surveyed saying that they recalled the new advertisements; a majority of those surveyed said the ads influenced their decision to visit Maryland. In addition, the additional revenues from visitor spending generated $6.2 million in tax revenue for local governments. The report noted that key motivators for visitors were enjoying local seafood and engaging in water-related experiences.
 
About Maryland Office of Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $18.1 billion on travel-related expenses in 2018. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.5 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 150,000 jobs with a payroll of $6 billion. For more information, go to visitmaryland.org.
 
About Maryland Commerce
The Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit commerce.maryland.gov.

Governor Hogan Announces More Than $1 Billion in Tax Relief for Maryland Retirees

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced a more than $1 billion tax relief proposal to make it more affordable for retirees to stay in Maryland. This legislation, which would lower taxes for more than 230,000 Marylanders, is the biggest tax reduction in Maryland in more than two decades.
 
“People who have been lifelong Marylanders and have contributed so much, and still have more to offer, are moving to other states for one reason—our state’s sky-high retirement taxes,” said Governor Hogan. “When I first ran for governor, I said that once we solved the budget crisis and turned our economy around I wanted to eventually reach the point where we could eliminate all retirement taxes just as other states have done. That is still our goal, and this tax cut is a major step toward achieving it.”
 
The Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2020 will cut retirement taxes for Marylanders by more than $1 billion over five years. This legislation will eliminate all state tax on the first $50,000 of income for retirees making up to $100,000 in federally adjusted gross income. Retirees with Maryland income up to $50,000 will pay no state tax whatsoever in the state of Maryland. This tax reduction will be phased in over five years, beginning in FY22.
 
“This legislation will provide tax relief to 230,000 Marylanders, is the largest tax reduction in Maryland in more than two decades, and it will keep tens of thousands of Maryland retirees from being forced to flee our state,” the governor continued. “As long as I am governor, I will continue to fight to make it easier for Maryland families, small businesses, and retirees to stay in our state, and to make it easier for all Marylanders to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
 
Over the last five years, Governor Hogan has led an historic economic turnaround, with the state going from losing 100,000 jobs prior to taking office to gaining 140,000 jobs. More businesses are open and more people are working than ever before in the history of the state. The governor has already delivered $1.25 billion in tax, toll, and fee relief for hardworking families, retirees, and small businesses.
 
Despite this progress, a recent survey found that Maryland is the worst state for retirees, ranking near the bottom in affordability. Since taking office, Governor Hogan has taken numerous steps to fulfill his commitment to eliminate state income taxes on all retirement income.
 
In addition to today’s announcement, the governor has introduced the Hometown Heroes Act of 2020 to exempt law enforcement, fire, rescue, corrections, and emergency response personnel from state tax on all retirement income specific to their service in those professions. This is the fifth year that Governor Hogan has introduced legislation to eliminate state taxes on the retirement income of first responders. In 2017, the governor was proud to enact the Hometown Heroes benefit so that first responders can exempt the first $15,000 of their retirement income from state taxes. This year, he is again pushing to fully exempt all retirement income for these occupations and to lower the age of eligibility from 55 to 50.   
 
The governor has also announced legislation to eliminate all state taxes on retirement income received as a result of military service. In 2015, the governor enacted legislation to increase the tax exemption on military retiree pensions from $5,000 to $10,000 for retirees 65 years or older, and in 2018, he again enacted legislation that increased the exemption by 50% to $15,000 and lowered the eligibility age to 55. 

Man Arrested For Thefts In The Mechanicsville Area

In January of 2020, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office investigated several burglaries and a motor vehicle theft in the Mechanicsville area. On January 14, 2020, Deputy Hersh observed the stolen vehicle operating on Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville. Dep. Hersh conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the operator to be Timothy Brian Conner, age 56 of no fixed address. Conner had already been identified as a suspect in the burglaries from video surveillance and was being sought for questioning. Conner was taken into custody and located on Conner’s person was a suspected controlled dangerous substance (CDS) smoking device which contained suspected cocaine.
 
Conner was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where two baggies containing suspected cocaine were found in his wallet. Conner was charged with the following:
 
Burglary First Degree
 
Motor Vehicle Unlawful Taking
 
CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana
 
CDS: Possession-Paraphernalia
 
Possess Contraband at Place of Confinement
 
 
Conner remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.
 
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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Feb. 1

The Department of Public Works is holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Feb. 1
 
What: Household Hazardous Waste
 
Where: Department of Public Works building (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
 
When: Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
 
Items accepted: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
 
Unacceptable materials: bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified.  This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
 
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

Maryland Board of Public Works Awards Grant Funding to Land Preservation in St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, MD.- The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are pleased to announce that the Maryland Board of Public Works last week awarded over $2.5M in FY20 grant funding for land preservation in St. Mary’s County. Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Board, Inc. will use the grant, along with County and Navy funding, to purchase conservation easements in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (RLA). In total, RC&D has leveraged over $9.5M to preserve over 1,670 acres of land in the Mattapany RLA over the last two years.
 
Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large, contiguous blocks of environmentally sensitive land, while supporting agriculture and natural resource-based industries. Recognizing these important benefits, as well as the need to protect  local quality of life and rural character, St. Mary’s County provides matching funds for conservation easements through its land preservation program. The Navy’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program also contributes significant funding for the easements in order to minimize conflicts between development and military operations at NAS Patuxent River and Webster field.
 
Commissioner Todd Morgan was pleased to join RC&D’s Executive Director, Cindy Greb, at the Board of Public Works’ grant award announcement. “We are happy to be able to give landowners the option of preserving their farmland and protecting it for future generations,” Morgan said.
 
RC&D is currently preparing its grant application for FY21 Rural Legacy Program funding. Landowners in the Mattapany RLA (roughly bounded by Hermanville Road to the north and the Rt. 5 and 235 intersection to the south) who are interested in participating in the program should contact RC&D by Jan. 24, 2020, to verify their eligibility. The time from application to completion of the easement process is typically 18-24 months.
 
Southern Maryland RC&D Board, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and land trust. For more information, call 240-577-6413, email caroline.king@somdrcd.org, or visit www.somdrcd.org.

Update: Stephen Michael Hawkins Wanted

Update: Mr. Hawkins has been located. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on a burglary warrant.
 
Stephen Michael Hawkins, 30 of Mechanicsville, is also wanted on a warrant for Theft: $1,500 to under $25,000. Hawkins is a white male, 6’ tall, 230 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.
 
 
Anyone with information about Hawkins’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email 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

Hit and Run Collision Involving Pedestrian Under Investigation

On January 14, 2020, at 4:16 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Corporate Drive in Lexington Park for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Units arrived on scene and located Sherry Lynn King, age 44 of California, suffering from injuries sustained from being struck by a motor vehicle. The striking vehicle fled the scene and has not been identified. King was transported to an area trauma center and is in stable condition.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. The striking vehicle is believed to be a dark colored truck. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information on this incident is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@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.

Department of Public Works and Transportation to Perform Walkway Repairs in Leonardtown Area

Leonardtown, MD – The Department of Public Works and Transportation will be performing repairs on the walkway bridge between Breton Marketplace located on Pt. Lookout Road and the St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center located on Peabody Street in Leonardtown. 
 
Residents are advised the bridge area will be blocked off on or about Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 to allow for underground stormwater piping repair work in immediate proximity to bridge. The repair work is expected to continue for approximately two weeks. The Breton Market Place, St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s Nursing Center operational schedules will be unaffected. Access is available via the separate walkway located 75 feet south of the bridged walkway.
 
For more information, please contact John Deatrick, Director, St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 73510.

Detectives Uncover Large-Scale Fencing Operation

In the fall of 2019, Charles County Detective C. Gilroy, who is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, initiated an investigation into a large-scale organized retail theft ring occurring at several businesses after noticing a marked increase in theft reports, especially involving printer ink cartridges, and repeated arrests of shoplifters. After three months of following leads, detectives were able to identify the owner of Waldorf RC & Hobbies as a "fence", taking in large amounts of stolen property from thieves and paying them cash for the stolen items. The stolen property was then sold online by the owner, Husani "Tony" West, 42, of Alexandria, VA.
 
Search warrants were served at West’s business in Waldorf as well as a storage unit located on Pierce Road and West's residence in Virginia. During the searches, a large amount of stolen property was recovered to include hundreds of ink printer cartridges, lawn equipment, televisions, jewelry, fragrances, electronics, tools, breast pumps, clothing, Fitbits, phones, and children’s games. In all, more than $100,000 in stolen property was recovered. Further, it appears West sold over $180,000 worth of suspected stolen property online.
 
In addition, during the search of his house, a Ruger .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered. West is prohibited from possession of a firearm. He was charged by Fairfax County Police for illegal possession of the handgun.
 
In late December, West was indicted by a Charles County Grand Jury on several counts of theft and theft scheme. He was released from the Charles County Detention Center after posting a $30,000 bond. Anyone with additional information about this scheme is asked to call Detective Gilroy at (310) 609-6484. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

Environmental Law Overhaul Could be Dire for Places that Need It Most

Annapolis, MD – The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back a 50-year-old bedrock environmental law would disproportionately hit low-income and minority communities, according to critics. They claim such revisions as adding new fees and limiting the nature of public comments would weaken the National Environmental Policy Act. 
 
Kym Hunter with the Southern Environmental Law Center points out that the planned revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA, mean developers would not have to disclose the cumulative impact of multiple projects, like oil pipelines or highways, that already exist in a neighborhood.
 
"This would include things like climate change or oil spills, the type of things that actually really affect low-income communities where you have lots of different projects, which together, add up to something that can be really, really harmful."
 
The administration says the proposed changes are designed to streamline and speed up the development of projects that help the public.
 
Hunter disagrees. She says the changes would weaken the law and restrict what used to be an open process. For instance, if the public wants to comment on a proposed project, the NEPA revisions would require those comments to be technical in nature, and cite official documents – making it tougher for average citizens to comment. She adds vulnerable communities could also face expensive fees when asking for an injunction to stop a project.
 
"It is absolutely gutting NEPA. But it’s also putting in new requirements, so I’m not even sure it’s going to fulfill the purpose of speeding anything up. I think it’s probably going to cause a lot of chaos while also disenfranchising communities."
 
She says many studies have confirmed that low-income areas and communities of color in the U-S see environmental harm on a daily basis, including disproportionate exposure to chemicals and proximity to hazardous waste sites.

Cardin, Murkowski Encourage States to Complete Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

“Congress certainly has the authority under Article V of the Constitution to set and change deadlines for the ratification of constitutional amendments, and has done so on numerous occasions. There is no reason to put a time limit on achieving equality under the law.”
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following joint statement in response to the recent opinion by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) on the ongoing efforts in Congress and the states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Senators Cardin and Murkowski are the lead sponsors of S.J.Res 6, which would remove the deadline for ratification of the ERA.
 
“We disagree with the Justice Department’s opinion that states can no longer ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Congress certainly has the authority under Article V of the Constitution to set and change deadlines for the ratification of constitutional amendments, and has done so on numerous occasions. There is no reason to put a time limit on achieving equality under the law. We will continue to pursue our legislative efforts in the House and Senate to remove any legal ambiguities regarding the ERA ratification deadline. We encourage the states to complete the ratification process and make ERA part of the Constitution. As we near the centennial anniversary of adding women’s suffrage to the U.S. Constitution, let us finally prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in the U.S.”

Commissioners Approve Resolution for Temporary Restriction on Approvals for Adult Entertainment Establishments in Charles County

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution that would temporarily suspend approval of site development plans or Certificates of Use and Occupancy for any property whose use will include adult entertainment in Charles County. Commissioners took this action so the county can update its zoning regulations to limit adverse public impacts of adult entertainment activities. The resolution will take effect immediately and expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

 

“Recent efforts to open an adult entertainment club in an area near churches, schools and residential neighborhoods were unwelcomed by the community and it necessitated the Board’s action today,” stated Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “We need this resolution to give the county time to conduct a thorough review of our zoning ordinances and a study regarding the adverse impacts of adult entertainment establishments to ensure they are addressed.”

 

Charles County’s zoning regulations do not currently provide specific guidance or restrictions on adult entertainment clubs and related activities. The resolution requires all applicants seeking a Certificate of Use and Occupancy to provide a written statement that no adult entertainment activities will occur on their property as part of its business operations. The county’s Zoning Officer is authorized to deny any application that does not include it.

 

The Board of County Commissioners has directed staff in the Department of Planning and Growth Management to study the issue and draft a zoning text amendment that will legally regulate the location, signage, security requirements, hours of operation and related activities of adult entertainment establishments. The Board of County Commissioners has directed staff to present the zoning text amendment for the Board’s consideration by Jul. 1, 2020.


Calvert County Government Announces Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 14, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition:
 
·         County senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered. However, participants will be provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
 
·         There will be no county bus service Monday, Jan. 20. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
 
·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 20. Online services and electronic checkouts will be available.
 
·         All community centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.
 
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open with normal winter hours.
 
·         The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, including the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will be open with normal operating hours.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office, and the Solomons Septage Receiving Facility, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20. On-call crews w­ill be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
 
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open Monday, Jan. 20, with normal hours.
 
·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be open Monday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 
·         The Solomons Visitor Center, located in the Calvert Marine Museum, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20. Winter hours are Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
·         Kings Landing Park will be open Monday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed and remain closed through spring while undergoing renovations to the nature center.
 
·         Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open with normal operating hours Monday, Jan. 20.
 
·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground is closed for the season.
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.
 
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.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of January 6 – January 12 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,318 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Damaged Property: 20-949
On January 6, 2020, Deputy Ostazeski responded to HG Trueman Road in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between the night of January 5th and the morning of January 6th, an unknown suspect(s) shot their house and truck with a paintball gun. The value of damaged property is $50.
 
Damaged Property: 20-1995
On January 11, 2020, Deputy R. Evans responded to the Shell gas station in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that an unknown suspect(s) appeared to have tried to break in to the CSC air equipment and steal the change from inside. The value of damaged property is $1,500.
 
Theft: 20-1202
On January 7, 2020, Deputy Parks responded to Family Circle in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between 6:53am and 9:00am on January 6th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a package from their mailbox. The value of stolen property is $60.
 
Theft: 20-1336
On January 8, 2020, Deputy Boerum responded to Potts Point Road in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that an unknown suspect(s) cut open a package that was delivered to their front porch, stole the Apple Air Buds from inside the package, then re-taped the box closed. The value of stolen property is $235. 
 
Theft: 20-1337
On January 8, 2020, Deputy Ridgely met with a complainant at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office who was reporting a theft that occurred on Baythorne Road in Prince Frederick. The complainant advised that sometime between 8:00am and 8:30am on January 6th, an unknown suspect(s) stole their mailbox. The value of stolen property is $350.
 
Arrests:
 
On January 6, 2020, Deputy Aranda conducted a traffic stop at Stoakley Road and Solomons Island Road North in Prince Frederick. Upon making contact with the occupants, Deputy Aranda detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The passenger, Lejeevan Ryan Toudle (35), advised there was a small amount of marijuana in his backpack in the backseat. The occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a coin purse belonging to Toudle, which contained a clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, which Toudle advised was methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The search also revealed Toudle’s backpack which contained a black plastic bag with two clear bags of 41grams of suspected marijuana. Toudle was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana Over 10 Grams, and CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana.
 
On January 6, 2020, Deputy Sturdivant and Deputy Bradley responded to Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Huntingtown for the report of a disorderly subject. The complainant advised that the suspect, Philip Halladay Dew III (44), was intoxicated and acting disorderly, waking up other Safe Nights participants. Deputies made contact with Dew inside the church, and detected the strong odor of alcohol emanating from Dew. Deputies advised Dew to pack his belongings and leave the property, which Dew ignored and continued to use profane language waking multiple participants. After Deputies successfully exited the church with Dew, he continued to ignore multiple commands to leave the property and was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property, Disorderly Conduct, and Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order. 
 
On January 7, 2020, Deputy Sturdivant assisted Deputy Deleon on a traffic stop at Chaneyville Road and Southern Maryland Boulevard in Owings. Upon making contact with the occupants, Deputies detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The occupants were removed and a search was conducted which resulted in a small black container with two, already smoked, marijuana joints inside. Deputies also located a folded one dollar bill containing a white powdery substance, suspected to be cocaine, inside a backpack belonging to the passenger, Gabrielle Marie Smith (22). Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Paraphernalia. 
 
On January 7, 2020, Deputy Wilson responded to Giant in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that the suspect, Marvin Charles Dickerson Jr. (35), was observed to take a cheesecake and exit the store without paying for it. Deputy Wilson made contact with Dickerson outside the store, and Dickerson admitted to stealing the cheesecake. Dickerson was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less than $100.
 
On January 12, 2020, Deputy Rzepkowski was conducting routine patrol in the area of Ward Road in Dunkirk when he observed Damion Eric Alexander Hazell (37) walking through the parking lot of the Shoppes at Apple Green and along the sidewalk of Five Guys. Hazell was observed to be intoxicated and stumbling around the establishments causing a disturbance and was issued a trespass warning by Calvert County Sheriff’s Office on January 11, 2020, which included the entire property of the Shoppes. Hazell was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property.

Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Fraud / Theft - On 01/06/2020 at 09:05 am, Trooper First Class Kaitz responded to the 3100 block of West Ward Rd. in reference to a fraud. Upon arrival, Trooper First Class Kaitz made contact with the victim, 60 year  old caucasian male who advised he was contacted in reference to fraudulent prescriptions being issued from his practice. Upon further investigation, Heather E. Voithofer was in possession of the blank prescription slips that were stamped with the victim's name. The victim stated that one of his stamps went missing while Voithofer worked for him. Voithofer was apprehended by Patuxent River Police Department and held until contact was made by Trooper First Class Kaitz. Her miranda rights were read and charges are pending.
 
Possession of Cocaine - On 01/06/2020 at 7:42 pm, Trooper Fraser arrived in the area of Solomons Island Rd. and Plum Point Rd., in Huntingtown, to assist Senior Trooper McCombs on a routine traffic stop. Due to multiple criminal indicators observed, both the operator and the passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Once the vehicle was unoccupied, a K9 scan was conducted and a positive alert was given by K9 Carey. A probable cause search was conducted and a straw with a white powdery substance was located on the passenger side of the vehicle. The passenger was identified as Nicholas V. Haddaway, 39, of Prince Frederick. Haddaway was then arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. All of the controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia were processed and packaged at the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. 
 
Possession of Marijuana / Traffic Arrest - On 01/07/2020 at 12:58 am, Trooper Strong conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle on West Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick. Once contact was made with the operator, Trooper Strong was able to positively identify the registered owner, who at the time was showing suspended and revoked. Upon initial contact, Trooper Strong also noticed the odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a plastic bag containing marijuana and paraphernalia. Russell H. Walker, 32 of Waldorf was placed under arrest for driving without a license  as well as driving while revoked and suspended. Walker was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. All marijuana and paraphernalia were processed and packaged at the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack.
 
Possession of Marijuana - On 01/11/2020 at 1:43 am, Trooper Marsch stopped a vehicle on Rousby Hall Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations. Once contact was made with the operator, Trooper Marsch noticed the odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a plastic medicine bottle containing marijuana. Jaleen B. Gross, 20 of Lusby was issued a Civil Citation and was released from the scene. All marijuana was processed and packaged at the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack.
 
Possession of Marijuana - On 01/12/2020 at 12:08 am, Trooper Marsch stopped a vehicle on H.G. Trueman Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations. Once contact was made with the operator, Trooper Marsch noticed the odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a plastic bag containing marijuana and paraphernalia. Haley A. Craddock, 20 of Saint Leonard was issued a Civil Citation and was released from the scene. All marijuana and paraphernalia was processed and packaged at the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack.
 
Assault - On 01/12/2020 at 6:04 am, Trooper Marsch responded to the 300 block of Chestnut Dr. in Lusby for the report of an assault that just occured. Once on scene Trooper Marsch made contact with the victim, a 19 year old caucasian female who had blood coming from her nose area as well as a swollen nose. When asked how the injury occured, the victim stated the injuries occurred from an altercation she had with Joseph Michael Blakenship, 34, of Solomons, Maryland. However, prior to arrival, Blankenship left the scene on foot. As Trooper First Class Costello was arriving in the area for assistance,  he spotted a male fitting the description of Blankenship walking on the shoulder. Trooper First Costello made contact with the male who was positively identified as Blankenship. Case remains open pending Second Degree Assault charges on Blankenship. 

Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Theft from Auto: On January 13 at 1:41 a.m., officers responded to the area of New Stead Court in Bryans Road for the report of a theft. A homeowner was alerted by a security system that someone had pulled on the door handles of several cars parked nearby. Entry was not gained because the doors were locked. As officers canvassed the entire neighborhood, they found clothing and other items lying in the middle of Larissa Court. Contact was made with the residents of one of the homes who verified some of the recovered items were stolen from her unlocked vehicle. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Officer T. Garner at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wising to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. 
 
Officers Identify and Arrest Two Suspects in Armed Robbery Case: On January 10, detectives arrested a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, both of Charles County, in connection with a robbery of an acquaintance that occurred on January 8 in the area of Continental Drive and Sierra Lane in White Plains. During the robbery, the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his belt. The victim complied and the suspects fled. Officers and detectives pursued leads and identified the suspects. Search warrants were conducted at their homes and evidence linking the suspects to the robbery was recovered. Both suspects were charged with robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm during the commission of a crime and other related charges. PFC McPherson and Detective Wimberly investigated. 
 
Woman Charged with Theft and Assaulting Two Police Officers: On January 10 at 10 a.m., officers responded to a drug store in the area of High Street in Waldorf for the report of a theft in progress. When officers arrived, they observed the suspect on a nearby street. As officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, she spat at one officer and kicked another in the stomach. Melissa Ann “Marie” Russell, 34, of Waldorf, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, theft and other related charges. The stolen items were returned to the business. PFC B. Rash is investigating.
 
Officers Identify and Arrest Suspect in Theft from Auto Case: On January 6, officers responded to the 3100 block of John Hanson Drive in Waldorf for the report of a theft from auto. The victim reported his wallet, a book, and other items were stolen from his unlocked car. One of his credit cards was then used to make purchases totaling more than $800. Through investigation, a suspect was developed. A search warrant was conducted at the suspect’s residence and the victim’s wallet and other items were recovered. Savana Wilkinson, 26, of Waldorf, was charged with theft and other related charges. Officer S. Hillman is investigating.  

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