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Identities Needed for Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of the persons pictured in a theft case. On Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at 7:40 pm, four suspects walked into the Belk department store in California. Suspect No. 1 distracted the cashier while two other suspects went through the store stuffing merchandise into large shopping bags they had brought with them. A fourth suspect (not pictured) is described as a black male with four gold upper front teeth, wearing a red hoodie with Pokemon written on the front with a picture of a Pikachu on the back.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects or this incident is asked to call DFC Dale Smith at 301-475-4200, ext. *8098 or email dale.smith@stmarysmd.com. Case # 65900-19
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

Maryland Public Service Commission to Hold Public Hearing for Solar Project in St. Mary's County

(BALTIMORE, MD-November 18, 2019) – The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public comment hearing on a request by Lightsource Renewable Energy Development, LLC to build a 20 MW solar generating facility in St. Mary’s County. The hearing will be held Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn at Lexington Park, 22211 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park.

Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposal are welcome to attend the hearing before Public Utility Law Judge Janice Flynn. The solar facility, known as the Whitetail Solar Project, and the accompanying interconnecting facilities are proposed to be constructed on 81 acres south of the intersection of Hermanville Road (Maryland Highway 72) and Three Notch Road (Maryland Highway 235).

The application and other filings in this case are available in the electronic docket for Case No. 9620, which may be viewed or downloaded at www.psc.state.md.us.  In addition, the application is available for public inspection and copying at St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Written comments may be submitted using the Commission’s public comments electronic filing system, instructions for which can be found at https://www.psc.state.md.us/make-a-public-comment/. Comments may be uploaded after completing a one-time registration.


As an alternative, comments referencing Case No. 9620 may be mailed or hand-delivered to:


Andrew S. Johnston, Executive Secretary

Maryland Public Service Commission

William Donald Schaefer Tower

6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202


For more information, contact Tori Leonard at 410-767-8054.

Charles County To Hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection On Dec. 7th

The Department of Public Works is holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Dec. 7
What:                                   Household Hazardous Waste
Where:                                Department of Public Works building (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
When:                                  Saturday, Dec. 7 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 Business Groups React to Union Report Calling for Maryland Tax Increases Topping a Billion Dollars

SEIU, the union representing public schools, colleges, and universities, has recommended that Maryland raise taxes  an additional $1.6 billion annually to fund the Kirwan Commission’s recommendation for a large increase in school funding.  NFIB, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Retailers Association—partners in protecting the business community in Maryland—warn that any drastic increase in state taxes will ultimately fall upon taxpayers and small businesses. 
“The union said they propose raising taxes on ‘profitable corporations and super-rich individuals,’ but large employers can easily pick up, move to a business-friendly state, and take their employees with them. We’ve already seen it happen in Maryland,” said Mike O’Halloran, state director of NFIB in Maryland. “Then any massive increase in school funding falls on the backs of small businesses and all taxpayers who are left holding the bag.”
“The Maryland business community has a longstanding commitment to supporting education, and this misguided proposal will hamper our ability to continue to invest in educational programs and workforce development opportunities for students across the state,” added Christine Ross, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “In addition, it will hurt our small businesses, who make up 92 percent of companies in the state and employ more than 1 million Marylanders.”
“This union-backed plan of more taxes will create an untenable situation for small businesses, their employees, and Maryland taxpayers,” said Cailey Locklair, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Labor unions are going back to the well with this plan. The public understands more taxes mean less opportunities for growth.”
The SEIU report also suggests a number of changes to the state’s individual income tax laws. Among the proposed changes are:
Increasing the state’s highest marginal income tax rate to 7 percent for Marylanders earning $1 million or more annually;
Initiating combined reporting for businesses operating in multiple states on the amount of business they conduct in Maryland;
Eliminating some tax credit and subsidy programs; and
Lowering the state’s estate tax exemption limit.

Cardin, Casey, Van Hollen Call on USDA to Target Unspent Funds Toward Helping Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Reduce Runoff Pollution

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging him to use his authority to transfer unspent funds to conservation programs that will help agricultural producers and landowners voluntarily improve their farms and private forests by reducing runoff pollution. The senators are asking that previously non-expended funds from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) be directed within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to areas where the need and nutrient reduction opportunity is highest– all of which contribute to the health and wellbeing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
“Reallocating financial and technical assistance to farmers within the Chesapeake Bay watershed where it will reduce nutrient pollution from their farms will help states meet their Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) water quality goals,” the senators wrote. “The need for additional investment in conservation assistance for farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is more urgent than ever.” NRCS funding provides essential support for farmers to be leading conservationists and to ensure they have the tools they need to improve the health of the Bay.
Senators Cardin and Van Hollen are members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Senator Casey is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of November 11 – November 17 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,532 calls for service throughout the community.
Tampering: 19-66043
On November 13, 2019 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Dowell Road in Solomons for the report of motor vehicle tampering. The complainant advised that they drove to work at 11:30pm and when they left work in the morning, the gas cap on their vehicle was open. It does not appear any gas was missing. 
Tampering: 19-66249
On November 14, 2019 Deputy Evans responded to Bayberry Crossing in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that they checked on their vehicles parked in their driveway and discovered that one of the vehicles had been tampered with. The complainant advised that the contents of the center console were scattered along the floorboards, but it does not appear any items were stolen. 
On November 11, 2019 Deputy T. Buckler responded to 9th Street in Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that the suspect, Tunde Samurai Oderinde (24) had thrown a Himalayan salt lamp through their back glass door. Oderinde was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property Valued < $1,000.
On November 12, 2019 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Cabin Court in Owings for the report of a vehicle theft. The victim advised that sometime between 3:00pm on November 11th and 8:30am on November 12th and unknown suspect(s) stole their vehicle that was parked in their driveway. While conducting a neighborhood canvas, Deputy Rzepkowski was advised by Calvert County Emergency Communications of a call they received of a suspicious vehicle on Joy Lee Court in Huntingtown which matched the description of the stolen vehicle. Deputies responded to Joy Lee Court where they made contact with Dexter Erwin Holland (37) who was attempting to change a flat tire on the vehicle. Corporal Woodford detained Holland, and it was confirmed that the vehicle was registered to the victim. Deputies conducted a search of Holland which revealed a credit card belonging to the victim. Deputies were also advised by Calvert County Emergency Communications that Holland’s license was suspended and he had an active warrant through Charles County. Holland was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Theft: $1,500 to under $25,000, Malicious Destruction of Property Valued $1,000 , Stealing Another’s Credit Card, and Theft: $100 to under $1,500.
On November 13, 2019 Deputy Callison reported to the Calvert County Detention Center for the report of a CDS violation. Correctional Deputy Olumese advised that a search was conducted on Quinten Aaron Holland (44) after Holland returned from a scheduled work release program. While conducting the search, a small yellow pill, suspected to be Nucynta Tapentadol, fell from Holland’s pocket. Holland was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS-Possession with Intent to Deliver in a Place of Confinement.
On November 13, 2019 Deputy Flynt conducted a traffic stop at Cameleer Pass and Southern Maryland Boulevard in Dunkirk. Upon making contact with the driver, Deputy Flynt observed the passenger, McKinley Theodore Brooks Jr. (27), continuously move around and reach into the center console of the vehicle after being told to stop. Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which revealed a glass pipe with copper filament under the passenger seat, a silver spoon with burn marks on the bottom and white residue on top, used copper filaments along the passenger side floorboard and a second spoon with burn marks in the trunk area.  A search of Brooks revealed a small white rock, suspected to be Crack Cocaine, and a white piece of plastic tied at one end, containing suspected crack cocaine. Brooks was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On November 17, 2019 Deputy Parks responded to Safeway in Prince Frederick for the report of a disorderly subject. The complainant advised that the suspect appeared to be on CDS and was unable to keep their balance and was knocking things over in the aisles. The suspect left the area on foot prior to Deputy Parks arriving, but was quickly located walking on Prince Frederick Boulevard. Upon making contact with the suspect, Kevin Lamont Clark (26), Deputy Parks was advised by Calvert County Emergency Communications of an active warrant on Clark through West Virginia. Deputy Parks conducted a search of Clark which revealed a syringe and a small glass pipe with a brillo pad in the end of it. Clark was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and CDS: Administer Equipment Possession. 
On November 17, 2019 Deputy Hardesty responded to Patuxent High School in Lusby for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Hardesty observed the suspect, Steven Paul Blake (39), appear to be fighting another subject. Blake was asked numerous times by Deputies to leave the property but did not comply. Deputies detained Blake, and a search was conducted revealing two shooters of Fireball whiskey. Blake was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Intoxicated Public Disturbance, and Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order.  

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft case. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm, the suspect picked up a pair of athletic shoes and a hooded jacket and left the Kohl’s store in Lexington Park without paying for the items. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Alexander Wynnyk at 301-475-4200, ext. *8020 or email alexander.wynnk@stmarysmd.com. Case # 64925-19
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

State Fire Marshals Encourages Marylanders To Enjoy The Holidays Safely

State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to wish residents across the State of Maryland happy holidays and remind them of safe practices when celebrating this season. 
"This is the time of year where we gather around dinner tables, fire places, Christmas trees, and candles. It's important to put safety first when celebrating the holiday traditions that are unique to your family in order to keep each other safe and well through the New Year," said Fire Marshal Geraci."
Review the tips below that are relevant to your family celebrations this holiday season, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association. 
Thanksgiving Safety
Remain in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top and stay in the home when your oven is in use. 
Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove when you are cooking.
Keep the kitchen floor clear of obstructions that could cause someone to trip or fall while they're carrying hot items.
Never deep fry a frozen turkey (see above image). Always be certain your turkey is 100% thawed and dry before frying. For thawing instructions, click here. 
Never leave a fryer unattended and keep children and pets away from the area.
Never operate a fryer outdoors in rain or snow and be sure it is placed on a level, sturdy surface away from trees and combustible structures. 
Let oil cool overnight before disposing.
Leave at least two-feet between tank and burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
Don't overfill the fryer and be sure to turn the burner off just before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner back on. 
Utilize protective equipment, such as eye protection and grill mitts, when frying. 
Do not use deep fryers, knives, ovens, or stove tops while intoxicated. 
Holiday Safety
Choose a Christmas tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing the Christmas tree in a stand with water.
Place the tree three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, radiator, candles, heat vents, or indoor lighting.
Do not place a tree in the way of an exit of your home.
Add water daily to your tree.
Only use lights on your tree that have a label with a recognized testing laboratory on it.
Replace any string lights that have worn or broken cords and loose bulb connections.
Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
Dispose of the tree after Christmas before it gets dry and becomes a fire danger. Do not leave it in the home or garage, instead, place it outside and check your local community for any recycling programs specifically for trees.
When using candles, be sure they are placed in a sturdy holder away from anything flammable like curtains, lamp shades, and furniture.
Handheld candles should not be passed form one person to another at any time.
Always remain in the room with a lit candle. If it must burn continuously, be sure the candle is in an enclosed glass container and placed near a sink, on a metal tray, or in a deep basin filled with water. 
Consider using battery-operated candles, especially if there are children in the home. 
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. Three of every five home candle fires happen when a candle is placed too close to something that can burn. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do happen, they are more likely to be serious. One out of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by a heat source located too close to the tree.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a safe New Year.

Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Day Schedules

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 and Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition:
·         County senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered either day. However, participants will be provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
·         There will be no county bus service Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. Regular service will resume on Saturday, Nov. 30.
·         Calvert Library locations will close Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. for the holiday and will reopen Saturday, Nov. 30 with normal hours of operation. Online services and electronic checkouts will be available.
·         All community centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open with normal hours.
·         The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, including the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. Normal operating hours resume Friday, Nov. 29.
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office, and the Solomons Septage Receiving Facility, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open Thanksgiving Day until 3 p.m. Carts must be returned by 2:30 p.m.
·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. The museum will reopen Friday, Nov. 29, 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 Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. Winter hours are Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and will reopen Friday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. 
·         Kings Landing Park will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
·         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 closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and will resume normal hours Friday, Nov. 29.
·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground is closed for the season.
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
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.

Notice of Limited St. Mary's Transit System Route Operations

Leonardtown, MD – During the week of Nov. 18-22, the St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate the new Route 8 California/Great Mills public transportation service.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit program for persons with disabilities and the Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will continue to operate on a regular schedule.
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, STS public transportation routes will operate on the Saturday schedule: Great Mills / California (11), Leonardtown Route Northbound and Southbound (12), and County Span Northbound and Southbound with the Southern Route (7) and the Northern Route (14 6).
SSTAP routes for the senior centers and seniors will not operate Friday, Nov. 29, but all ADA routes will operate as scheduled.
For complete information on routes and schedules, please visit the website at https://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/sts-transit/
STS Transit - St. Mary's County, MD
St. Mary's County Government. P.O. Box 653 41770 Baldridge Street Leonardtown, MD 20650 (301) 475-4200 Maryland Relay dial 7-1-1
or contact Jacqueline Fornier, Transportation Manager at 301-475-4200, ext., 71122.

Testing of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens to Happen December 2

Leonardtown, MD - There will be a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert and Dorchester counties on Monday, December 2, 2019 at noon.
This includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the local radio stations for information and instructions.
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference, when seconds count.
To learn about Disasters & Hazards, Being Prepared and Being Informed visit:

Maryland State Police Investigate Fatal Crash On Rt. 5 In St. Mary's County

(MECHANICSVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a crash that killed one person and injured three others Thursday evening in St. Mary’s County.
Around 5 p.m. Thursday, troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of Point Lookout Road (MD Route 5) north of Harper’s Corner Road in Mechanicsville, Maryland, on a report of a two-vehicle crash.  According to a preliminary investigation, a woman driving a Hyundai Sonata southbound on Rt. 5 collided head-on with a Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was traveling north at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, Julie Ann Blew, 49, of unknown address, was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.  Her body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Two of the occupants of the pick-up truck, a 15-year-old female and 40-year-old male, were transported by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of their injuries. A third occupant of the truck, a 13-year-old male, was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Children’s National Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Point Lookout Road was closed for about four hours in the area of the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

CCSO to Host Citizens Advisory Council Meeting

On Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will host a Citizens Advisory Council Meeting at the American Legion located at 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata. Representatives from each of the Sheriff’s Office districts will be present to meet with county residents and talk about crime trends and crime prevention. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Ms. Connie Gray, Community Organizer, at (301) 932-3080 or grayc@ccso.us. 

St Mary's County Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Person (Photo)

The St Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Michael Anthony Reed Sr, 57, of Loveville. He is 6'3' 120 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Last seen on 11/10/19 in the Loveville Area. Anyone with information please contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.


Mulch Loading Ends Nov. 30 at Piney Church Road Mulch Facility

Saturday, November 30 will be the last day residents can have mulch loaded at the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility for the season. Residents can continue to self-load mulch while supplies last.  Commercial entities are prohibited. 
Locations and hours for self-load mulching:
Breeze Farm Recycling Center (15950 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island):  Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pisgah Recycling Center (6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata): Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Piney Church Road Mulch Facility (5370 Piney Church Road): Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Applications Being Accepted for the Purchase of Development Rights Program

The Charles County Commissioners wish to notify residents that applications are being accepted to participate in the fiscal 2020 Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program.  Complete applications must be received by the Department of Planning and Growth Management by close of business, Friday, December 13, 2019.


The PDR Program allows the county to purchase and retire transferrable development rights from willing sellers, thereby preserving productive agricultural and forest land.


The PDR Program is one of several tools the county uses to preserve rural properties, including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Rural Legacy, and Transferrable Development Rights programs. These three programs have permanently preserved 20,150 acres of farm and forest land throughout the county’s rural areas.


For more information on program requirements and to obtain an application, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/PGM/Planning/Land-Preservation  or contact:


·         Charles Rice at 301-645-0651 or RiceC@CharlesCountyMD.gov

·         Beth Groth at 301 645-0684 or GrothB@CharlesCountyMD.gov


Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY / POSSIBLE POLICE IMPERSONATOR: On November 10 at 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Middletown Road near Rocky Place in Bennsville for the report of suspicious activity. A male called 9-1-1 and said a man driving a car with a spotlight and flashing blue lights pulled him over. The driver indicated the man was wearing what appeared to be a dark-colored uniform. When the man approached the driver, he told the driver he was speeding. He then got back into his car and left. The driver described the man as African American, 5’8” and slightly overweight. The driver was not able to provide any other details. Officers canvassed the area but did not locate the vehicle. Further, a computer check revealed there were no traffic stops reported in that area and there have not been any similar reports. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call PFC M. O'Shields at (301) 609-6557. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.
WITNESSES TO SERIOUS CAR CRASH SOUGHT: On November 9 at 2:50 p.m., officers responded to Radio Station Road in La Plata for the report of a motor vehicle crash in which a sedan had rolled over and caught fire. Prior to police arrival, two children – ages 2 and 7 – were removed from the vehicle by passersby. The driver, who was trapped, was extricated by members of the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of the vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned, and then struck trees. The children were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver was flown to a hospital in serious condition. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact M/Cpl. Jason Hopkins at (301) 932-2222.

Open Panel Discussion on Transportation, Trails &amp; Community Design Policy for Health

The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with the environmental studies department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is hosting an open panel discussion on how community design and policy can improve public health and wellness.
This event will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., in the Cole Cinema, Campus Center, on the St. Mary’s College campus. To register, please visit: https://trailspanel.eventbrite.com.
Discussion will focus on how trails and walkable communities can be instrumental for improving public health, how policy can impact community wellness, and local action on the built environment. Panelists for this event include:
Fred Shaffer, Planning Coordinator, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Sue Veith, Urban and Environmental Planner, St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development
Kwasi Bosompem, Senior Planner, St. Mary's County Department of Land Use and Growth Management
This event is open to all students, faculty and staff, public health professionals, and community members who would like to learn more on this public health issue.

St. Mary's County Government Operations for Thanksgiving Weekend

Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  County Government offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.


The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers, and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.  However, the Landfill, Convenience Centers, and STS will be open for normal business hours the day before Wednesday, Nov. 27, and the day after Friday, Nov. 29.

The SSTAP will not operate Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, it will resume regular operating hours Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

All St. Mary’s County Public Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and remain closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28, and 29. All library locations will reopen Saturday, Nov. 30, for regular business hours. The Lexington Park library will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.


All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, and there will be no Home-Delivered Meals deliveries. The centers will reopen for normal operations Monday, Dec. 2.


The St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. The museums will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, from noon – 4 p.m.


For more information, please visit our website www.stmarysmd.com

Residents Encouraged to Apply for Census Jobs

Leonardtown, MD - The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census.
The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. The positions will be located across 248 Area Census Offices nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.
Available jobs:
Recruiting assistants travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.
Office operations supervisors assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
Clerks perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
Census field supervisors conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers and/or to follow up in situations where census takers have confronted issues, such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.
Census takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends.
Applicants will be placed in an applicant pool for 2020 Census field positions for positions they qualify for and will be contacted as work becomes available in their area. For more information, contact 1-855-JOB-2020. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
For more information, please visit the 2020 Census Jobs  page or the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.




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