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Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million for Public Health and Infectious Disease Research

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $6,938,832 in federal funding to promote public health and support infectious disease and medical research efforts in Maryland. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding will be directed to the Maryland Department of Health. 

“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we arm ourselves with the data and resources needed to be ready for future public health challenges,” the lawmakers said. “This federal funding is crucial to building our understanding of the environment’s impact on public health and infectious diseases. Team Maryland will continue working to secure federal investments in our state’s medical and health systems.”

Project recipient include:

·         $6,323,832 to Maryland Department of Health for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) to support work across a wide range of infectious disease areas including food and waterborne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vector-borne diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, influenza surveillance, and more

·         $615,000 to the Maryland Department of Health for Advancing Maryland’s Health through Environmental Public Health Tracking to help us better understand the adverse effects of pollutants such as chemicals and emission on public health

Respectively, funding comes from the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, And Enteric Diseases (CK) and the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) within the CDC.  


Student Charged with First-Degree Assault and Theft - Replica Firearm Recovered

Student Charged with First-Degree Assault and Theft: On August 4 at 12:15 p.m., the victim and suspect, who are students in the summer program at Westlake High School, were involved in an altercation in the stairwell inside the school when the victim’s phone fell out of his pocket. The suspect grabbed the phone and fled. The victim followed the suspect outside of the building and asked for his phone. The suspect refused, brandished a firearm, and threatened the victim. The victim left and notified the school resource officer. Patrol officers canvassed the area and located the suspect in a nearby neighborhood. He was in possession of a replica firearm and the victim’s cell phone. In accordance with Maryland law, the suspect was charged on a juvenile offense report with first-degree assault and theft. He was released to a parent. The cell phone was returned to the victim. Officer Douglas is investigating.


Domestic-Related Shooting on Holly Springs Drive

Domestic-Related Shooting on Holly Springs Drive: On August 3 at 9:50 a.m., officers responded to the 13300 block of Holly Springs Drive in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation revealed a man went to a house where he thought a female acquaintance was. He knocked on the front door and a male, who was armed with a gun, answered. The two men began arguing at which time the male with the gun fired it, striking the other man. The man was transported to a hospital and treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. Jonathan Blades, 38, of Waldorf, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and illegal possession of a firearm due to a previous felony conviction. On August 4, a judge ordered Blades to be held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center. Detective Bringley is investigating.


Temporary Daytime Signal Outage at MD 237 / FDR Boulevard Intersection on Thursday, August 4th

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) is continuing its construction for the FDR Boulevard extension.

Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 4, crews will deactivate power to the traffic signal, and traffic will be directed using a flagging operation at the MD 237 (Chancellors Run Road) / FDR Boulevard intersection. A section of sidewalk along northbound MD 237 just north of Fire Department Lane will also be temporarily closed to pedestrians. During this work, drivers may experience a brief delay and should use caution.

DPW&T’s contractor Great Mills Trading Post, Co. is performing the work. Drivers should remain alert for equipment, work crews, and changing traffic patterns. 

For more information about this project visit, https://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/FDRBoulevard/. Anyone with questions can contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3525.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 25, 2022 – July 31, 2022, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,543 calls for service throughout the community.

 

Damaged Property: 22-42809

On July 26, 2022, Deputy Kwitowski responded to the 6200 block of Long Beach Drive in St. Leonard, MD, for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., an unknown suspect (s) damaged the side panel of the residence possibly from a pellet gun. The estimated value of damaged property is unknown at this time.

 

Theft: 22-42789

On July 26, 2022, Deputy Daily responded to a residence on Scarlett Drive in Huntingtown, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised a package was stolen from the front door of the residence sometime between 11:31 p.m. on July 21st and 9 a.m. on July 22nd. The estimated value of the package contents was $127.18.

 

Theft: 22-43392

On July 29, 2022, Deputy T. Bowen received report of a theft. The complainant advised a handicap placard was stolen from his vehicle while parked at the Walgreens located at 110 Hospital Road in Prince Frederick, MD. The estimated value of stolen property is $100.

 

Theft: 22-43642

On July 30, 2022, Deputy T. Bowen responded to the 100 block of Allnut Court in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised a handicap placard was stolen from inside her vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $100.

 

Theft: 22-42571

On July 25, 2022, Deputy Daily received report of a theft. The complainant advised her gold iPhone 12 Max Pro was stolen from her cart while shopping at the Walmart located at 10600 Town Center Blvd. in Dunkirk, MD. A review of store surveillance revealed a suspect removed the phone from the cart and left the store. The suspect is described as a black male with short black hair and a mustache wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black pants, black socks, and black and gray crocs. The suspect was accompanied by a black female with dark hair and blonde highlights wearing a blue face mask, a pink short-sleeved shirt, black pants with white stripes on the sides, and flip flops. The suspect arrived and left in a dark-colored SUV. The estimated value of stolen property is $1000.

 

Theft: 22-42961

On July 27, 2022, DFC Burgraff responded to the Southern Community Center located at 20 Appeal Land in Lusby, MD, for the report of a theft from a vehicle. The complainant advised sometime between 4:30 p.m. on July 25th and 4:30 p.m. on July 26th, an unknown suspect (s) cut the catalytic converter off her truck that was parked in the Southern Community Center parking lot. The estimated value of stolen property is $500.

 

Theft: 22-42924

On July 27, 2022, DFC Burgraff responded to Rausch Funeral Home located at 20 American Lane in Lusby, MD, for the report of a theft from a vehicle. The complainant advised sometime between 6:30 a.m. on July 26th and 8:30 a.m. on July 27th, an unknown suspect (s) cut the catalytic converter off a van parked in the parking lot of the business. The estimated value of stolen property is $500.

 

ARRESTS

On July 30, 2022, Deputy R. McCourt initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that had crossed the center line and nearly struck another vehicle head-on in the area of Beach Drive and Catalina Drive in Lusby, MD. The driver, Erin Nicole Stahl, 34 of Lusby, MD, advised she did not have a driver’s license. A wanted check revealed Stall had two open warrants for her arrest. A search of Stahl’s vehicle incident to her arrest revealed a baggie of suspected crack cocaine. Stahl was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Stahl was asked if she had anything on her person and adamantly advised she did not. A secondary search of Stahl’s person upon intake revealed an orange pill. Stahl was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, Possession or Receiving CDS While Confined/Detained, Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement, and Obstructing and Hindering.

 

On July 28, 2022, Deputy Wilder responded to the 800 block of Planters Wharf Road in Lusby, MD for an indecent exposure complaint. The complainant advised a naked man was in the backyard waving a tiki torch around yelling and screaming causing a disturbance for all the neighbors to see. Deputies made contact with Antonio Renard Kelly, 43 of Lusby, MD, who was lying face down shouting and appeared to be under the influence of PCP. While inside Kelly’s apartment, deputies observed a small glass vial of Phencyclidine, a pint-sized glass jar full of marijuana, and a bag of marijuana in plain view. Kelly was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

 

On July 29, 2022, Deputy Huy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation along Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick, MD. Upon making contact with the driver, Dale NMN Garvin III, 21 of Clinton, MD, a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. A vehicle search revealed 57.6 grams of marijuana, a metal grinder, and a loaded 9mm handgun. A search of Garvin’s person revealed $1,125 in US currency. Garvin was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Concealing a Dangerous Weapon, Possession with the Intent to Distribute, CDS: Possession:-Marijuana 10GM and Loaded Handgun in Vehicle.


St. Mary's County Man Charged After March Apartment Fire

ST. MARYS COUNTY, MD (August 3, 2022) -

A sprinkler system and pawned items stolen after a Lexington Park apartment fire are credited with leading investigators to their suspect. Deputy State Fire Marshals charged Terrell Anthony Duckett, 26, yesterday with burglary, theft, and arson charges stemming from the March 2022 fire.

On March 21, 2022, at around 3:00 p.m., Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to 4652 Valley Court for a reported apartment fire. Firefighters later discovered a fire within a bedroom closet that had been extinguished due to the sprinkler system activating. Deputy State Fire Marshals were requested to investigate the cause and discovered evidence the apartment had been burglarized and concluded the suspect had intentionally started the fire. Investigators credit the sprinkler system with containing the fire and minimizing damage to around 3,000 dollars.

Investigators interviewed the occupant of the apartment and discovered several items, including big screen televisions, cell phones, and an Xbox and PlayStation, had been stolen. Investigators later tracked down the electronics at a local pawn shop and identified Duckett as the person who pawned the items.

Deputy State Fire Marshals charged Duckett yesterday, who is currently incarcerated at St. Mary's Detention Center, on unrelated charges. Duckett is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, second-degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property under $1,000, and theft under $1,500.

" Arson investigations are lengthy and arduous, but in this case, the activation of a sprinkler system can be credited on many levels. The sprinkler system not only extinguished the fire but also minimized the damage, allowed multiple tenants to remain in their homes, and assisted in identifying the cause as well as stolen items that may have otherwise been lost in the fire," stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci


Public Safety Issues Animal Safety Alert Due to Severe Heat

The Department of Public Safety has issued an animal safety alert due to forecasted high temperatures and heat index values for Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Animal owners or custodians are required to provide the following protections while the alert is active:

·         Animals must be provided with shelter, water, space and access to shade for the duration of the heat advisory.

·         Dogs with short snouts (brachiocephalic), such as boxers, Shih-Tzus and pugs, and long-hair winter breeds, such as huskies, malamutes and St. Bernards, should have outside time limited to less than 30 minutes at a time to prevent overheating.

·         Animals kept outdoors should be monitored at all times and brought into a temperature-controlled environment if they begin to show signs of distress such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, dizziness, disorientation or heavy panting.

Any person in violation of the requirements set forth in this alert may be subject to enforcement, which could include fines up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.

To report concerns, citizens may contact the Animal Control Division at 410-535-1600 ext. 2526, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the office is closed, reports may be made to the non-emergency line at 410-535-3491.

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 and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


Traffic Safety and Speed Enforcement Operation on Budds Creek Road

Traffic Safety and Speed Enforcement Operation on Budds Creek Road: In a continuing commitment to address traffic complaints throughout the county, officers from the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit and Patrol conducted a traffic enforcement assignment on July 23 geared toward safety and speeding violations in the area of Budds Creek Road. During the operation, 58 vehicles were stopped resulting in citations for violations relating to speed, seatbelts, registration, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, and driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle license. Officers recovered a stolen motorcycle and arrested the operator, Darrell Allen Davidson, 35, of Washington, D.C.

Members of the Traffic Operations Unit will continue to focus traffic assignments in various parts of the county to address roadway safety. These operations are conducted in areas based on data relating to crashes, citizen complaints, and patrol observations. This detail was supported under a Maryland Highway Safety Office Speed Enforcement Grant program. Traffic safety concerns may be directed to TrafficOperations@ccso.us.   


Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Reckless Endangerment Case on Jackson Court

Detectives Investigating Reckless Endangerment Case / Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Case: On August 2 at 9:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Jackson Court in Waldorf for the report of the sound of gunshots. Several citizens reported seeing people running from the area. Officers arrived on the scene and observed shell casings on Jackson Court and on Brightwell Court. A house on Jackson Court and a house on Knolewater Court were struck by the rounds; no one was injured. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Gregory at 301-609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.


Patrol Officers and Police K9 Teams Locate Fugitive and Recover Handgun

Patrol Officers and Police K9 Teams Locate Fugitive and Recover Handgun: On July 30 at 4 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Livingston Road in Bryans Road, MD in reference to a person with an open arrest warrant at the location; the suspect was possibly armed with a gun and had a warrant for first-degree assault. The suspect fled prior to officers’ arrival. At 10:30 p.m., officers were called back to the residence after being made aware the suspect was banging on the front door. As officers arrived, the suspect fled into a wooded area. The suspect was successfully tracked and apprehended by a K9 team with the assistance of patrol officers; he was found hiding underneath a car. Officers determined the suspect had a gun prior to fleeing and continued to search for the firearm. Patrol officers with the assistance of a second K9 team located the firearm – a polymer 80 handgun with no serial number – in the woods. The suspect, Kemani Rhodes, 21, of District Heights, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. On August 1, a district court commissioner released Rhodes from the Charles County Detention Center after he paid 10% of a $5,000 bond. Rhodes was then released to the custody of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office who served his first-degree assault warrant. PFC Eshleman is investigating.


Bodies of 10-Year-Old-Boy, Father Found After Going Missing In Potomac River

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — The body of a 10-year-old boy and his father who went missing in the Potomac River Monday were found, according to Maryland Natural Resource Police.

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were called the Potomac River at Swan Point in Charles County just 5 p.m. for a report of the missing swimmers.

On Monday, Elias Isai Sandoval Pimentel, 43, from Front Royal, Va., his wife, and three children had anchored their 23-foot bowrider on the Potomac River when two of their children, ages 10 and 12 years old, were swimming and began to struggle in the water. Police said their father, Mr. Pimentel entered the water and tried to help the children when he and the 10-year-old son disappeared in the water and did not resurface.

The 12-year-old child was recovered from the water and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

According to authorities, crews searched for the pair in the water and suspended their efforts overnight until daybreak.

Police said the Charles County Dive Team located the body of the 10-year-old son just before 11 p.m. Monday and search efforts continued throughout the night before they found his father, Mr. Pimentel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Several agencies, including the Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, assisted in the search.


Man Sentenced to Life without Parole for Murdering 7-11 Employee during Armed Robbery

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Gregory Deshawn Collins, 23, of Waldorf, to life without parole plus 20 years in prison for the First-Degree Felony Murder of Lynn Maher, Armed Robbery, and related charges.

On May 11, 2022, a Charles County Jury found Collins guilty of the aforementioned charges.

In commenting on the Court’s sentence, Covington said, “The Court’s decision in this matter was appropriate.  Collins permanently erased a life from this earth.  In my view, when you take someone’s life as this defendant did, you should forfeit your right to live the rest of your life as a free man.  So, the sentence was fair and reasonable.”

On October 1, 2020, officers responded to the 7-11 convenience store located in the 3300 block of Middletown Road in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered victim Lynn Maher, an employee of 7-11, deceased at the scene.

An investigation revealed that on the night of the incident, a male suspect entered the store and selected a 7-11 brand tea bottle. He then approached the sales counter, where Maher was working as a cashier. The suspect brandished a handgun and announced a robbery. Maher removed all the money from the register till and gave it to the suspect. She showed the empty register till to the suspect, who pointed a handgun at her and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck Maher in the head, killing her. After shooting Maher, the suspect put the money, a total of $249.69, in his pocket and fled the scene.

Surveillance of the incident showed that the suspect, later identified as Collins, was wearing a distinct pair of blue jeans and blue tennis shoes. A photograph was discovered of Collins wearing blue shoes on September 7, 2020, consistent with what was worn during the robbery and murder. Further, a search and seizure warrant was executed at Collins’ residence. During the search, a pair of blue jeans were recovered that were consistent with the suspect from the robbery and murder.  During the investigation, Collins confessed to robbing the store and shooting Maher. DNA evidence also linked Collins to the robbery and murder.

At sentencing, the Assistant State’s Attorney for the case, stated, “We do not ask for life without parole often and certainly not lightly. The facts of this case absolutely warrant it. The defendant was on probation when he committed this senseless, horrific murder.”.


August 2nd St. Mary's County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held an Encroachment Mitigation and Prevention joint meeting with the Commanding Officer, NAS Patuxent River, at the Frank Knox Building in Lexington Park at 9 a.m.

Following adjournment, the Commissioners held their regular business meeting at 11 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, with the invocation, pledge and consent agenda approval.

The Commissioners presented Proclamations in recognition of Child Support Awareness MonthNational Black Business Month and National Aviation Day.

The Commissioners deferred a decision, pending additional information, on a request from the Department of Public Works & Transportation for a  Memorandum of Land Restriction for Dam or Reservoir between the Maryland Department of Environment, Water and Science Administration for repair work at 22405 Johnson Pond Lane in California.

The Directors from the Department of Finance, Department of Economic Development, Department of Emergency Services and MetCom briefed the Commissioners on American Rescue Act Grant funding requests and expenditures.

The next Commissioner business meeting will be in the Chesapeake Building at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. There will be no Commissioner Meetings August 9 or 16. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocsCommissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.

 


Patrol Officers Apprehend Two Juveniles Involved in Armed Robbery Case / Replica Firearm Recovered

Patrol Officers Apprehend Two Juveniles Involved in Armed Robbery Case / Replica Firearm Recovered: On August 1 at 8 p.m., officers responded to Mall Circle for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim, a juvenile, reported the suspects approached him in a hallway near the food court, displayed a firearm and stole his jacket and shoes. The suspects fled on foot. Officers canvassed the area and located the suspects in the parking lot of a nearby business. One of the suspects was in possession of a replica AR-15 style pellet gun. Two suspects, a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male were charged with armed robbery. The suspects were charged on a juvenile offense report and in accordance with Maryland law, they were released to their parents. The investigation is ongoing.


Calvert County Police Accountability Board to Hold First Meeting

The Calvert County Police Accountability Board (PAB) will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 at 10 a.m., with members of the Administrative Charging Committee (ACC) and Trial Board. The meeting will be held at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center, located at 901 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.

The meeting will include time for public comment. The public may attend to observe or provide comment either in person or virtually through Zoom. Participants may also dial in by phone (audio only):

·         Toll-free: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257

·         Meeting ID: 899 4188 8251

·         Passcode: #

The meeting will also be streamed live on the Calvert County Government YouTube page at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov to ensure full public access and transparency. A recording will be available following the meeting on YouTube and in the Videos on Demand library at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/videos.

Citizens can find PAB information on the PAB website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PAB.

For more information, citizens may email PAB@calvertcountymd.gov. Citizens may also contact Senior Human Resources Analyst Cindy Allen at 410-535-1600, ext. 2819, or Administrative Aide Liz Drew at 410-535-1600, ext. 2695.

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 and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


Charles County Public Schools Plan Meet And Greet Events, Orientations For Students

 

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has released orientation and meet and greet schedules for the 2022-2023 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions about orientation events should be directed to individual schools.

Elementary Schools

  • C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet drop-in event, 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 26.
  • Berry, meet and greet, 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 24.
  • Billingsley, meet and greet for students with last names beginning with A-L, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Aug. 25.
    • A meet and greet for Billingsley students with last names beginning with M-Z is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 25.
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown, orientation, 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 25.
    • Dr. Brown students and staff are returning to the school at 421 University Drive from the Transition School this year.
  • Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • William A. Diggs, meet and greet for students with last names beginning with A-L, 1 to 2 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • A meet and greet for Diggs students with last names beginning with M-Z, 1 to 2 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Gale-Bailey, meet and greet, 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, orientation for kindergarten students who attended Higdon for prekindergarten is noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 10.
    • An orientation for kindergarten students new to Higdon is noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 11.
    • A meet and greet for Higdon students with last names beginning with A-L is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • A meet and greet for Higdon students with last names beginning with M-Z is 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 24.  
    • A meet and greet for Higdon prekindergarten students is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31.
  • Indian Head, kindergarten orientation, 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 19.
    • A meet and greet for all other Indian Head students is 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, greet your seat, 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 24.
  • Malcolm, meet and greet, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Aug. 25.
  • T.C. Martin, meet and greet for students in kindergarten through Grade 2, noon to 12:40 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • A meet and greet for Martin students in Grades 3-5 will be 12:50 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • Martin students and staff are attending the Transition School during the 2022-23 school year. The Transition School is located at 3155 John Hanson Drive, Waldorf, MD, 20601.
  • Mary H. Matula, meet and greet, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Middleton, drop-in meet and greet, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Walter J. Mitchell, kindergarten drop-in orientations, 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 11, and 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 16.
    • Drop-in orientation for Mitchell prekindergarten students is 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 17 and 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 18.
    • A meet and greet is 10 to 10:45 a.m., Aug. 25, for Mitchell students with the last names beginning with A-M.
    • A meet and greet is 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 25, for Mitchell students with the last names beginning with N-Z.
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, meet and greet, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 26.
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, meet and greet, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 25 (in school parking lot, block-party style).
  • Mary B. Neal, meet and greet, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • J.C. Parks, meet and greet for students with last names beginning with A-L is 2 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
    • A meet and greet for Parks students with last names beginning with M-Z is 2:30 to 3 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • J.P. Ryon, orientation for kindergarten students with last names beginning with A-K is 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15. This is a drop-off orientation for students only.
    • An orientation for Ryon kindergarten students with last names beginning with L-Z is 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 16. This is a drop-off orientation for students only.
    • Ryon will hold a drop-in meet and greet for all students from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Eva Turner, orientation, 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • William B. Wade, meet and greet for returning students, 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • A meet and greet for Wade kindergarten and new students will be 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.

Middle Schools

  • Theodore G. Davis, new student orientation, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • John Hanson, Grade 8 orientation is 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 17.
    • Orientation is 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 18, for Grade 7.
    • Orientation is 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 19, for Grade 6.
  • Matthew Henson, new student orientation, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Mattawoman, new student orientation, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Piccowaxen, meet and greet, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • General Smallwood, orientation, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Aug. 25.
  • Milton M. Somers, all new students in Grades 6-8, 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Benjamin Stoddert, New Scholar Boot Camps will be 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 16 and 17, and 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 16 and 17.

High Schools

  • Henry E. Lackey, drop-in orientation for all ninth graders and new students to Lackey only, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 24.
  • La Plata, drop-in meet and greet for all ninth graders and new students to La Plata, 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Maurice J. McDonough, new student orientation, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • North Point, new student orientation, 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 24.
  • St. Charles, meet and greet for new students in Grades 10-12, 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 24.
    • Meet and greet for freshmen, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Thomas Stone, meet and greet, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Aug. 25.
  • Westlake, new student orientation, 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 25.  

Centers

  • F. B. Gwynn Educational Center, meet and greet, 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 26.

 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

 

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).


Van Hollen Meets with Organizations Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence, Highlights New Federal Actions, Funds to Support Them

BALTIMORE, Md. – Friday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders and organizations that support survivors of domestic violence to discuss new funding awards and provisions passed by Congress to help survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence. The Senator highlighted efforts to successfully reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which included an expansion of vital protections for survivors. He also discussed direct federal investments he secured for Maryland organizations that provide resources and support to survivors, as well as gun violence prevention measures he worked to pass – such as the closure of the “boyfriend loophole” to keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic violence offenders – and the need to protect reproductive rights in Maryland following the Supreme Court’s harmful decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic and all of the challenges resulting from it caused an uptick in domestic violence cases. Last year, at least 58 Marylanders died because of intimate partner violence. That is the highest number of intimate partner violence homicides on record in fourteen years. Early data suggests that incidents of violent domestic crime in Baltimore City rose by 31 percent in 2021 compared to the year before. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is receiving historic amounts of outreach – and in February, that organization saw the highest number of calls, chats, and texts in its 25-year history. This rise in domestic violence is straining local providers who do so much to deliver resources to survivors.

 

“We must do more to combat the rising tide of domestic violence – utilizing every tool at our disposal to protect survivors and ensure their safety. That’s why it was so important to meet with leaders of organizations who are on the front lines supporting survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence. We discussed the positive impact of some of the recent measures the Congress has taken to support their efforts, including expanding the Violence Against Women Act, fixing the Victims of Crime Fund, and closing the dangerous “boyfriend loophole” in our gun laws. I was also proud to secure federal funding for a number of local organizations doing life-saving work on the ground. But we also discussed the fact that the scourge of domestic violence has gone from bad to worse during the pandemic. That’s why we need to redouble our efforts, and I am grateful for the input and ideas the leaders brought to our roundtable discussion. I will continue to stand with domestic violence survivors and do everything I can to support local organizations who are making a difference in our communities,” said Senator Van Hollen. 

 

The Senator’s roundtable included representatives from CHANA, the DOVE Program with LifeBridge Health, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, and Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA). Also, as part of the fiscal year 2022 federal funding legislation, Senator Van Hollen secured a $600,000 direct investment for the LifeBridge Center for Hope – which houses the DOVE Program – alongside Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-Md.), as well as $300,000 for JCADA to expand capacity alongside Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).

 

“During the pandemic, CHANA has seen and responded to an unprecedented rise in domestic violence.  Our call volume has increased by 92%. The calls demonstrate that victims are experiencing abuse with greater frequency, severity and lethality.  Our advocates are spending exponentially more time with each client because the cases are all complicated, requiring a greater devotion of resources and expertise. We are grateful for the Senator’s continued focus on the increase in domestic violence and his support of legislation that impacts survivors and that funds programs like ours,” said Lauren Shaivitz, Esq. LMSW, Executive Director of CHANA.

 

“The DOVE Program has seen large increases in potentially lethal cases of domestic violence, as well as more victims struggling with mental health issues. Senator Van Hollen's investment will help address the mental health needs and short-term emergency shelter to keep victims safe,” said Audrey E. Bergin, Manager, Domestic Violence (DOVE) Program, LifeBridge Health.

 

“Senator Van Hollen is truly a bright light out of Washington who uses all the tools at his disposal to support local domestic violence service providers in Maryland.  We are grateful for his leadership and continual advocacy on behalf of survivors,” said Jennifer Pollitt Hill, Executive Director, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

 

"Due to the efforts of Senator Van Hollen, and Representative Jamie Raskin, JCADA secured an earmark this year that will allow us to support even more survivors of intimate partner violence with our free, trauma-informed services and support for our incredible staff. With rising inflation, the potential onset of a recession and unprecedented levels of mental health needs, the burdens on those in the nonprofit and victim services sector continue to mount. We need more federal, state and local funding, as well as donations from caring community members, to create decent pay, leave opportunities, professional development, new technology for virtual learning and tele-appointments, and physical safety and security improvements to our organizations," said Amanda Katz, Executive Director, JCADA.

  

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorized in the fiscal year 2022 government funding bill reauthorized all current VAWA grant programs until 2027. That includes the Rape Prevention and Education grant program to provide services, protection, and justice for young victims of violence; the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Program to enhance judicial and law enforcement tools to help crack down on domestic violence; and the SMART Prevention Program to reduce dating violence. The reauthorization also included several historic milestones, including provisions to expand jurisdiction for American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes and increase services and supports for historically underserved populations – including LGBTQ survivors, survivors with disabilities, immigrant survivors, older Americans, and others.

 

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which passed last month closed the “boyfriend loophole” that allowed domestic abusers to purchase guns. Now, convicted domestic violence abusers in dating relationships will be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS). The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act also includes other important provisions to crack down on gun violence and expand mental health services in order to reduce the threat of violence across the country.

 

 


Four Restaurants Pass Alcohol Compliance Checks, Three Do Not

Aug. 1, 2022:

 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Unit recently conducted a succession of alcohol compliance checks at seven restaurants in St. Mary’s County. Four of the restaurants were found to be compliant, while three businesses failed to ask an underage cadet for identification.

 

The covert compliance checks were conducted on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, using an underage Sheriff’s Office Cadet. The 18-year-old cadet was wearing plain clothes and carried no personal identification. The cadet was directed to enter the restaurant and order an alcoholic beverage at the bar or while seated at a table. Sheriff’s Office deputies accompanying the cadet were also dressed in civilian clothing.  

 

Of the seven restaurants visited, four were found in compliance with Maryland law and required identification from the underage cadet. Three businesses failed to ask for any identification and the cadet was able to purchase an alcoholic beverage.

 

The local restaurants found to be in compliance were: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in Lexington Park; Ledo Pizza in Leonardtown; Pax River Ale House in Lexington Park and Leonardtown Grille in Leonardtown.

 

The three restaurants found to be in violation were: Gridiron Grill in Callaway; Salsa’s Mexican Café in Leonardtown and Tacos Hacienda in Callaway.

 

The reports of alcohol violations were forwarded to the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board for review.

 

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

 


Citizens Invited to Help Clear the Shelters in August

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 1, 2022 – The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter invites citizens to adopt during a month-long Clear the Shelters event in August. As added incentive beginning Aug. 1, the shelter will waive adoption fees for the first 20 cats, dogs and small exotic animals adopted, made possible through partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter.

“Joining in national adoption events like Clear the Shelters helps increase the chances of our animals finding good families, and in turn creates room for more animals who need our help,” said Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan. “Whether folks are looking to adopt or have time to volunteer, every little bit makes a huge impact. We have the opportunity to make a big difference.”

Clear the Shelters is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Since 2015, the Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than a half million pets finding new homes.

The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter is an open admission animal shelter managed by the Animal Shelter Division of the Calvert County Department of Public Safety. Shelter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an intake appointment call 410-535-7387. The shelter is located at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick. For more information about adopting from the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter visit www.CalvertCountyAnimalShelter.com.

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 and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


SMCHD Offering Free Back-to-School Vaccine Clinics

LEONARDTOWN, MD (August 1, 2022) - The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will offer free back-to-school vaccine clinics for children (birth to age 18) living in St. Mary’s County. Clinics will be held:

Appointments are required unless otherwise noted; click the clinic date above to make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present and bring the child’s immunization record and any related school forms. A Spanish speaking interpreter will be on-site to assist community members as needed. The following vaccines will be available:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough)
  • Meningococcal (meningitis)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • COVID-19*

For more information, vaccination recommendations by age, or to make an appointment, please visit smchd.org/immunizations or call the SMCHD Health Clinic at (301) 475-4330.
 
*Pfizer & Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 will be available (separate registration required on-site at clinic). For more information, please visit: smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine.


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