Detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Science Unit have identified the suspect in a sexual assault that occurred in 1993 in Waldorf. Vincent Wayne Jones, 51, of Tennessee, was arrested by members of the Bartlett County Police Department and the CCSO in September 2018. He waived extradition and was transported to Charles County on September 29. Investigators are looking into the possibility Jones may have assaulted other people, but have not linked him to any cases in the region at this time. Investigators are asking anyone with additional information about Jones to contact them. The 1993 case occurred as follows:
On August 20, 1993, during the overnight hours, Jones broke into a woman’s home in the 1100 block of Heritage Place in Waldorf, MD, where he sexually assaulted her at knife point for several hours. He did not know the victim, and the two had never met. He fled in the victim’s car, which was recovered in North Carolina a few days later.
Forensic Specialists processed the house where the assault occurred, as well as the victim’s vehicle, and evidence was recovered. A DNA profile was developed from evidence recovered from the victim’s vehicle, but it was not linked with a known suspect at that time.
In 2016, a specialist with the CCSO’s Forensic Science Unit re-examined the evidence in this case, and an identification was made linking Jones to a fingerprint that was recovered. Detectives pursued additional leads and subsequently obtained a search warrant for Jones’ DNA, which was analyzed and linked to the DNA recovered from the crime scene.
After all investigative leads were exhausted, the case was presented to a Charles County Grand Jury who returned an indictment in September charging Jones with rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges.
Investigators pieced together information about Jones:
· He was born and raised in Maryland and moved frequently.
· At some point, he lived on Gittings Court in Waldorf, MD, and went to Thomas Stone High School, but it doesn’t appear he graduated from there.
· He was 25-years-old when the rape occurred, but it’s not clear where he was living at that time.
Investigators have determined Jones has lived in the following locations:
· Baltimore, MD
· Birmingham, AL
· Chattanooga, TN
· Las Vegas, NV
· Lahaina, HI
· Memphis, TN
· Dallas, TX
· Bartlett, TN
· Tupelo, MS
When Jones was arrested in 2018, he was working as a private contractor for a satellite TV company as an installer. Jones previously worked in construction and listed his occupation as a carpenter. He also worked for a custom cabinet maker.
Due to his arrest, Jones’ DNA profile is continuously being searched at the National Level of CODIS. As detectives continue to investigate, they are asking anyone with more information about Jones, including where he’s lived and worked, to call Det. B. Buchanan at (301) 609-6477.
Vincent Wayne Jones (young photo) Vincent Wayne Jones
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of S. 24, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the bill into law Wednesday.
“Twenty-six days into the federal government shutdown, we are bringing some long-term relief to furloughed workers, but we still need to reopen the government immediately. The promise of back pay will not cover the cost of rent or groceries today. It won’t make a car payment or cover prescriptions. This needless shutdown is having a painful effect on hundreds of thousands of workers, their families and their communities.
“Federal workers are dedicated public servants who shouldn’t continue to suffer. Many of them are working dangerous jobs without knowing when their next paycheck may come. Many others are being forcibly furloughed and unable to carry out their mission – because of the government shutdown. Now that we are guaranteeing pay to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been locked out of their jobs, let’s reopen the government and get them all back to work so American taxpayers can receive the services they need and are paying for. Only once the government is open again, can we have a reasonable discussion about border security and the issues at the heart of the current shutdown.”
Leonardtown, MD – At their January 15 business meeting, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County accepted a transfer of funds of $44,000. The money represents remaining money for St. Mary’s County’s Juvenile Drug Court program.
The program, in existence for the past 14 years, is shutting down due to a reduced number of students in the program. Currently only two students are enrolled.
The Drug Court Advisory Committee wanted to find a worth source to donate the money. The committee voted to give the funds to the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. The money will be used to provide scholarships to allow St. Mary’s County kids to participate in the department’s various programs. The money had previously been used to provide scholarships and occupational training.
“This is a wonderful gift for the youth of St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “It will allow some kids, who may not otherwise be able to afford recreation and Parks’ program, an opportunity to take part without having to worry if they are able to afford it.”
On Tuesday, Jan.15, the Board of County Commissioners discussed the challenge of broadband availability in rural areas and examined options for addressing the problem. County staff briefed Commissioners on past efforts to work with local internet service providers that were unsuccessful in developing a sustainable business model for rural broadband service. A representative from the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service discussed their research to determine the challenges, issues, and potential actions to address broadband access to the unserved and underserved in all rural areas of Maryland. The Task Force delivered a report to the Maryland General Assembly that summarized its findings. It recommended gaining access to electric utility rights-of-way for broadband and developing partnerships to access existing fiber networks. In 2017, Governor Larry Hogan established an Office of Rural Broadband to identify needs and potentially provide some funds for rural broadband projects in the state of Maryland. Commissioners asked staff to draft a county-wide broadband plan and establish a task force to pursue legislative action and funding options available to ensure broadband access for everyone.
Commissioners also held a work session to discuss a proposal by Commissioner Gilbert Bowling (District 1) for the formation of a Rural Land Use Designations Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to bring individuals from the rural community into the process of proposed zoning changes related to the Comprehensive Plan. Commissioners would appoint members from key stakeholder groups to the task force and the group would be charged with proposing zoning text amendments and making recommendations on changes to zoning on rural land uses. Based on feedback from the Board, Commissioner Bowling will present additional information and a proposed resolution to establish the group, that includes details about its membership and scope of responsibility, for Commissioners to consider at the next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Open Session Briefings
Broadband in Charles County: County staff updated Commissioners on the current accessibility of broadband internet service throughout Charles County.
Fiscal 2018 Audit Presentation: The County’s outside auditor, SB & Company, LLC, presented a summary of results from its audit of the county’s 2018 financial statements. They provided an overview of the audit approach, evaluation of key processes, and findings from the audit. View the full presentation on BoardDocs.
Charles County Financial Policies: County staff briefed County Commissioners on financial policies related to the budget, investments, debts, revenues, fund balance, expenditures, capital management, accounting, and financial reporting.
County Attorney and Human Resources Department Briefings: Acting County Attorney Danielle Mitchell presented an overview of the County Attorney’s Office, its role and functions, and current projects. Mitchell also provided background on the Charles County Charitable Trust, an entity responsible for awarding and managing grants to local nonprofit. Megan Donnick, acting director of Human Resources, summarized the responsibilities of the department, its upcoming priorities, current collective bargaining agreements, and the results of the recent employee survey. View the full presentations in BoardDocs.
Multi-year Encroachment Protection Funding Agreement: Commissioners received a briefing and approved a request to authorize the Commissioner President to sign an amendment to the Multi-year Encroachment Protection Funding Agreement. This agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD) provides for partnership with private conservation organizations, and state and local governments to share the cost of acquisition of conservation easements from willing sellers. The acquisitions are intended to preserve compatible land uses and natural habitats near military installations, that may otherwise limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations. Charles County will become eligible to use DoD funding with existing county budgets for land preservation.
Additional Legislative Proposals for 2019 General Assembly Session: Commissioners approved two additional legislative proposals. The first proposal is a request from the Board of License Commissioners, for a proposed amendment to exempt holders of a state-issued manufacturer’s license from the quota system. The second proposal is a new class of license designated for a resort complex. It is intended for use at Swan Point but is written broadly so the benefit could apply to other current or future resort areas in the county.
Commissioners also approved the following items:
Greenwill Consulting Group presented an agreement to provide government relations services during the Maryland 2019 Legislative Session. The primary scope of work shall be: to advocate for the Board of Charles County Commissioners before the Maryland General Assembly, State Executive Branch, and statutory agencies.
The Department of Public Works presented a budget amendment for recycling operations. There are currently unfavorable market conditions for single-stream recycling, as China has adjusted the standards on accepted recycling. The county is currently working on public/private partnerships to adjust to these changes.
Commissioners appointed Delegate Debra Davis and Ellen Flowers-Fields to the Tri-County Council.
The Commissioners, joined by representatives from NAACP and United Way of Charles County, recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Beyond on Monday, Jan. 21. This day offers an opportunity for Americans to give back to their communities on the holiday and make an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 9 a.m.
For More Information:
Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv. Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.
Leonardtown, MD – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, and the St. Mary’s County Department of Finance, its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY2019 Budget. This is the third time the county has received the award.
The award reflects the county’s commitment to meeting the Association’s highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the award, St. Mary’s County had to satisfy national recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the county’s budget serves as:
· a policy document
· a financial plan
· an operations guide
· a communications device
The budget document must be rated proficient in all four categories, along with 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
“I personally congratulate my entire team here in Finance,” said Jeannett Cudmore, Chief Financial Officer. “I’m excited to be one of the many local governments to receive this award. This accomplishment further reflects how our Department demonstrates teamwork and continued quality performance.”
Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
“This award is symbolic of the great work exhibited by our Department of Finance,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “I and the commissioners congratulate the Finance team for their continuing efforts work in developing such a high quality publication.”
On Friday, January 11, 2019, at approximately 0222 hours, Trooper First Class Oleksak #6300
conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Altima, for failing to maintain lane direction, and exceeding the speed limit in Waldorf, Charles County, MD. TFC Oleksak made contact with the driver,
identified as Molina-Sibrian, Nestor Ermelind, 24 yoa, of Waldorf, MD. TFC Oleksak detected a
strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Molina’s breath. Molina failed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and was arrested and charged with the following: 15525 TA 21 201 a1: Driver Failure to Obey Properly Placed Traffic Control Device Instructions; 19739 Ta 21 902 A1 I: (Driving, Attempting To Drive) Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. During a search at the Charles County Detention Center, a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine was recovered. Molina was additionally charged with 1 1111 CR, 5 601(a)(1) : CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana
All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 19MSP001441
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent.
The Maryland State Police has lifted the Snow Emergency Plan for Calvert and St. Mary's Counties effective at 1030 hours on 01/13/2019. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution while driving as they may
quickly encounter different road conditions throughout Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.
Drivers can view the latest road conditions on SHA’s website at www.roads.maryland.gov and clicking “CHART.” Travelers may obtain the latest free traffic and weather information by calling 5-1-1 from a landline or a hands-free mobile device or by logging onto www.MD511.org. Maryland’s 511 service now offers free text and email
alerts for most travelled routes through 511Direct – simply register and set your routes and preferences on-line.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 14, 2019) - With its large number of federal employees and contractors, Maryland’s economy is being profoundly impacted by the ongoing government shutdown, according to a report released today by the state’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates (BRE).
Approximately 172,000 Marylanders are currently impacted by the government closure, which began on Dec. 22, 2018. Each bi-weekly payroll for which these residents are not paid results in $778 million of lost wages, which translates to roughly $57.5 million less in combined state and local income tax withholding, and $2.1 million less in sales tax collections.
“These estimates demonstrate what we already knew -- the unnecessary shutdown of our federal government is having a devastating effect on Maryland’s families and our state’s economic well-being,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “Even if some employees do eventually get repaid, our economy will not be made whole and changes to long-term spending habits may cause further harm.”
The uncertainty surrounding the shutdown -- how long it will last and if it will happen again -- will also likely reduce business investment, according to the Bureau of Revenue Estimates report.
Between 230,000 and 245,000 Marylanders are federal employees; since some agencies are funded through other budget appropriations, about 90,000 Marylanders are either furloughed or working without pay, according to the BRE report. It is estimated that roughly half of the state’s 164,000 federal contractors are impacted by the shutdown. Many of these workers are unlikely to be repaid once the government reopens, so state and local tax collections would suffer from their lost wages.
Snow Emergency Plans are now in effect for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties
WHAT IS A SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN?
The Maryland State Police (MSP) declares snow emergencies with input from MD State Highway Administration. Once a snow emergency is declared, the law requires certain precautions.
Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes; and
The use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary);
Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted. A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county. Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect. A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan. If the Statewide Operations Center is notified of an exception, we will note these routes as exceptions in our list below. Please check back periodically for updated information.