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Wanted Individual-Callie Ann Whitney

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Callie Anne Whitney, age 22 of Lexington Park. Whitney is wanted for escape for violating the terms and conditions of her release to a treatment facility in Anne Arundel County. Whitney is a black female, 5’6” and weighs 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

 

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Callie Anne Whitney is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.

 

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

 

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

 

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FCLP Training Flights Scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 10, 2021

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Tuesday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our pilots and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is perhaps the most difficult task in military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.


Walk-up COVID-19 Testing Site to Open Dec. 1 at Dunkirk District Park

A new COVID-19 testing site will open at Dunkirk District Park, located at 10750 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. The testing site is independently operated by First Call Medical Center and will provide same-day, walk-up COVID-19 rapid, PCR and antigen testing in Calvert County. Testing will be available at the site every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVID-19 testing is available through many primary care providers throughout the county. The following local providers also offer COVID-19 testing by appointment:

·         Calvert Internal Medicine Group

·         CalvertHealth Primary Care (for established patients)

·         Patriot Urgent Care in Dunkirk, Prince Frederick and Solomons

In addition, more than 300 testing sites are available throughout Maryland; use the Maryland Department of Health testing site locator to find a location with availability.

Citizens are reminded to NOT call 911 or visit the emergency room for COVID-19 testing. DO seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing any emergency warning signs of COVID-19:

·         Trouble breathing

·         Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

·         Sudden confusion

·         Inability to wake or stay awake

·         Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds

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.


Testing of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens

LEONARDTOWN, MD - There will be a full-cycle test of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) alert and notification sirens throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert and Dorchester counties Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at noon.

 “We perform a full-cycle siren test twice a year, so we know that the system is working properly,” said Stephen Walker, Director of Emergency Services. “The sirens are an important part of our Emergency Notification System (EAS), signaling the public to tune in to local EAS radio or television stations for information and instructions. Our testing helps to ensure that the system is ready in the event it is needed.” There are 17 sirens in St. Mary’s County, 50 sirens in Calvert County, and six in Dorchester County. In all cases, the siren sounding test is not a signal to evacuate but rather a way to alert individuals to tune in to an EAS television or radio station for more details.

The test will include a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around CCNPP. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.

Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency may make all the difference when seconds count.

For more information on preparedness in each county visit:

Calvert County: https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/342/Disaster-Preparedness

Dorchester County: https://dorchestercountymd.com/emergency-management-division-2/

St. Mary’s County: www.stmarysmd.com/es/beprepared


Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Lusby

On November 26, 2021 at approximately 3:33 p.m., Deputies with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to report of a single motor vehicle collision in the area of Barreda Blvd. and Chestnut Drive in Lusby, MD.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2008 Toyota Camry was travelling north on Barreda Blvd and according to witnesses, lost control, crossed the double yellow line and struck a tree. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Cory D. Angelo Zelonis, 18 of Lusby, MD. Zelonis was found suffering serious injuries and was transported to CalvertHealth where he succumbed to his injuries.

Anyone with any information regarding this crash, is asked to please contact Sgt. T. Phelps of the Crash Reconstruction Team at (410) 535-2800 or Thomas.Phelps@calvertcountymd.gov


Double Homicide Investigation in Lexington Park

UPDATE: Wayne Carroll Key Jr., age 42 of Great Mills, has been located and arrested.

 

 

UPDATE: The victims of the double homicide have been identified as Martina Lynn Patterson, age 37, and Lyneasha Justice Greenwell, age 6, both of Lexington Park. A warrant has been issued for Wayne Carroll Key Jr., age 42 of Great Mills for the following charges:

 

Murder First Degree (two counts)

Murder Second Degree (two counts)

Assault First Degree (two counts)

Assault Second Degree (two counts)

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wayne Carroll Key Jr., is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.

 

Original Release: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a double homicide investigation in the 46800 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, involving an adult victim and a child victim. At this time, the victims have not been positively identified.

 

Wayne Carroll Key Jr., age 42 of Great Mills, has been developed as a person of interest in this case. Key is also wanted on prior warrants for burglary, assault, harassment, child support, and is being sought for questioning in this homicide investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wayne Carroll Key Jr., is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.

 

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.


Safe Nights Program to Open Dec. 19; Registration Begins Dec. 3

 Calvert County’s annual Safe Nights program providing winter shelter for people without housing will run Dec. 19, 2021 through Feb. 27, 2022.

Safe Nights provides winter protection for Calvert County’s homeless population by offering shelter in a clean and safe environment. Host shelters will provide a warm bed and breakfast, a bag of lunch and dinner. Shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week.

To qualify, individuals must:

·         Be without a fixed residence

·         Show identification

·         Show proof of Calvert County residency

·         Be ambulatory and capable of self-care

·         Be older than 18, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

·         Pass a background check

·         Sign the guest shelter agreement and agree to abide by its provisions

A one-time in-person registration is required each season. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Call Safe Nights of Calvert County beginning Dec. 3, 2021, at 443-486-8670 for more information.

Safe Nights is working with the Calvert County Health Department to safely operate with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Program volunteers will provide instructions throughout program registration and participation.

Those in need of shelter before Safe Nights opens can receive assistance by contacting the Department of Social Services at 443-550-6900; the Department of Public Safety at 410-535-1600, option 6, during regular business hours; or the Calvert County Emergency Communications non-emergency line at 410-535-3491 after hours.

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.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of November 15 – November 21, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,330 calls for service throughout the community.

Burglary: 21-65004

On November 17, 2021, Deputy Sturdivant responded to the 12500 block of Vanous Road in Dunkirk, MD for the report of a burglary that had already occurred. Contact was made with the complainant who advised two unknown white males entered the residence through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. The suspects were confronted by the homeowner and fled the residence. Suspect #1 is described as a heavy set, white male approximately 5’8”- 5’11” inches tall with blonde hair. Suspect #2 is described as a white male with a stocky build, approximately 6’ - 6’2” tall. Both males were between 20 and 30 years old, wearing surgical masks. The suspects were seen entering a gray older model passenger vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen.

Damaged Property: 21-65060

On November 18, 2021 DFC Mitchell responded to Circle B Farms located at 11060 Mill Bridge Road in Lusby, MD in reference to destruction of property.  The complainant advised unknown suspect(s) damaged a wooden post at the entrance of the farm, stole a metal sign and left a damaged solar powered light fixture laying in the grass. The value of damaged property is unknown at this time.

 

Destruction of Property: 21-65443

 

On November 20, 2021, Deputy Murphy responded to the 4100 block of Chesapeake Ave in Chesapeake Beach, MD for report of destruction of property. The complainant advised unknown suspects poured gasoline into the interior of his vehicle and scattered clothing throughout. The approximate value of damaged property is $200.00.

 

 

Theft: 21-64545

 

On November 15, 2021, Deputy Aley received report of a theft. The complainant advised he was parked at the Walmart located at 150 N Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, MD and after returning to his vehicle, discovered one of his handicap placards was stolen from inside the vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time.

Theft: 21-64509

On November 15, 2021, Deputy Aley received report of a theft from a vehicle. The complainant advised sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle parked at 10726 Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk, MD and stole a black tote bag containing her wallet, MD Driver’s License, a passport, and a couple of gift cards. The estimated value of stolen property is $200.00.

Theft: 21-64951

 

On November 17, 2021, Deputy Huy responded to the 500 block of Keith Lane in Owings, MD for report of a stolen vehicle. The complainant advised his 2014 Silver Chrysler Town and Country Minivan was last seen on Nov. 16 and was now missing. The value of stolen property is $500.00.

 

Theft: 21-65477

On November 20, 2021, Deputy Aley responded to the 4400 block of Virginia Avenue in Prince Frederick, MD for report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 9:07 a.m. on Nov. 20, unknown suspect(s) stole his black CountyLine 30 Ton Log Splitter from his front yard. The estimated value of stolen property is $2,000.00.

 

 

ARRESTS

On November 21, 2021 Deputy Freeland responded to the Solomons Fastop, located at 13888 HG Trueman Road in Solomons, MD for a reported disorderly subject. Deputy Freeland observed a male subject slumped in the driver’s seat with an open beer bottle to which he offered the Deputy. Additional police units arrived on scene and observed a machete and hatchet inside the vehicle. The operator, Gary Leon Mitchell, 42 of Washington D.C., was detained while a search of the vehicle was conducted. While in police custody, Mitchell was shouting profanities and causing a disturbance in a public setting, Mitchell was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Concealing a Deadly Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.

 

On November 21, 2021, Deputy Murphy was dispatched to report of a stolen U-Haul entering the county via Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk, MD. A traffic stop was initiated and a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a container with suspected marijuana, two burnt ‘joints’ of suspected marijuana, a baggie contained suspected cocaine, a cut straw, a folded one-dollar bill and a hallowed out pen, all containing a white powdery residue (suspected cocaine) and $277.00 in US Currency. The operator, Khalil Tyron Price, 38 of Washington D.C. was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft: $25,000 under $100,000, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance- Not Marijuana, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

On November 20, 2021, DFC Holt responded to the 8100 block of Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a vehicle theft in progress. The victim stated his vehicle, a white 2012 Ford box truck was parked at Traders Restaurant when an unknown male suspect entered the vehicle and fled the area. DFC Holt was able to locate the stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Plum Point Road and Lady Annes Way in Huntingtown. The suspect, Frederick Lee Jones III, 41 of Chesapeake Beach, MD had an active warrant through the state of Virginia for vehicle theft. Jones was apprehended and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle/Motor Vehicle Theft and Malicious Destruction of Property Value $1000 .

 

On November 21, 2021, Deputy Dymond attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling at speeds in excess of 80 MPH and passing other vehicles on a double yellow line. The violator failed to stop for marked deputies with emergency equipment activated. Deputies pursued the vehicle north on Route 4 just south of Wayson’s Corner in Anne Arundel County, where the suspect vehicle finally came to rest. A search of the vehicle revealed two loose bags of Marijuana (totaling 80 grams), a Marijuana cigarette, a Ziploc bag containing suspected cocaine (9.4 grams), a digital scale, a pair of brass knuckles and a collapsible knife. The driver identified as Anthony Steven Reyes, 26 of Germantown, MD was apprehended wearing a ballistic vest. Reyes was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, Wearing Bulletproof Armor, Obstructing and Hindering Arrest and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest.


Calvert County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Site to Relocate

 The Calvert County Health Department will relocate the current COVID-19 vaccination clinic site from the Calvert County Industrial Park to the Fox Run Shopping Center located at 713 Solomons Island Road N. in Prince Frederick. Beginning Monday, Nov. 29, vaccination clinics will be held daily from noon to 3 p.m. The new location will offer individuals more convenient access to COVID-19 vaccination services. 

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be available as supply allows. This includes booster doses, additional doses and doses for children ages 5 to 11. Residents can schedule appointments online at CalvertCountyCovid19.com/vaccination or by calling the Calvert County COVID-19 vaccine information call center at 410-535-0218 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Individuals must bring proof of prior vaccination to their appointment to receive a booster or third dose. Citizens may view and print copies of their immunization record through the Maryland MyIR website at https://md.myir.net.

For health questions regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations, residents should call their primary care providers. Many health care providers, hospitals and pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics; search for all vaccine providers near you at Coronavirus.Maryland.gov/pages/vaccine.

Visit Calvert County’s COVID-19 virtual resource center at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for updates and resources. 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.


Leonardtown Library & Garvey Senior Activity Center Design Firm Wins Prestigious Award

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Grimm Parker Architects were awarded the AIA Chesapeake Bay 2021 Merit Award for Non-Residential New Construction for the Leonardtown Library & Garvey Senior Activity Center facility.

The award was presented during a virtual ceremony that recognized multiple winners in various Excellence in Design categories and can be viewed on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/myta04E3UMw?t=1049.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved funding for the Leonardtown Library & Garvey Senior Activity Center project in FY2018, and construction was completed in 2020. The building features multiuse space, including a full service library and several areas for activities and programs.

Commissioner President Randy Guys said, “We are so proud of this facility and the wonderful amenities that are available to our citizens. I want to extend congratulations to the Department of Public Works & Transportation for their leadership throughout the project.”

For more information on the Leonardtown Library & Garvey Senior Activity Center facility, please visit www.stmarysmd.com.


Replica Handgun Found in Student's Possession on School Property

Replica Handgun Found in Student’s Possession on School Property During Investigation of Possible Overdose: On November 23 at 11:26 a.m., a school resource officer at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret, MD, was notified of a possible overdose of a controlled substance involving an 18-year-old student. While school staff was helping the student, a replica Glock 19 handgun fell out of the student’s book bag. It was determined to be a pellet gun which resembles a real handgun. The student was transported to a hospital for treatment. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted and the investigation is continuing. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to student safety and is reminding parents to talk with their children about bringing inappropriate items to school and the dangers and possible consequences of these actions.   


Man Wanted for Attempted Second-Degree Murder and First-Degree Assault

Man Wanted for Attempted Second-Degree Murder and First-Degree Assault: On November 21 at 5:53 a.m., officers responded to the 9500 block of Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of an assault in progress. When officers arrived, they found the victim with severe injuries. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated. The suspect had already fled. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect walked into a building and started punching the victim multiple times. During the assault, the suspect repeatedly said he was going to kill the victim. The suspect fled the scene in a car. Officers were able to identify the suspect as Ezra Charles Calloway, 41, of Suitland. A warrant is on file charging Calloway with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Calloway is 6’1” and weighs about 240 pounds. He may be driving a light gray or silver-colored Dodge Journey with Maryland registration 3EV6828. The vehicle has an Air Force sticker to the left of the registration plate. Calloway has been known to carry a firearm. Anyone with information about Calloway’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but rather call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Cpl. C. Smith at 301-932-2222. 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.


Detectives Identify Suspect in 2020 Murder Case on Glenview Place

Detectives Continued Efforts in Homicide Case Lead to Identity and Indictment of Suspect: On October 25, 2020, at approximately 2:56 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Glenview Place in Waldorf after receiving a call for the report of a death. When officers arrived, they located the victim, Latoya Hicks, 33, of Waldorf, near the entrance of her apartment with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced deceased. A toddler who was with her was not injured. Detectives pursued leads for months and subsequently identified the suspect as Jacobi Marquette Williams, 35, of Temple Hills. Williams and Hicks were known to each other. The case was presented to a Charles County Grand Jury on November 19, 2021, and Williams was indicted for her murder. An arrest warrant was issued. Williams is currently being held in a detention center in Washington, D.C. for a different charge. He will be charged with first-degree murder in this case when he is extradited to Maryland. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Bringley at 301-609-6499. 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.


Driver in Motor Vehicle Crash on St. Charles Parkway Succumbs to Injuries

Driver in Motor Vehicle Crash on St. Charles Parkway Succumbs to Injuries: On November 21 at 3:37 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and St. Ignatius Drive for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a vehicle was making a left turn from St. Ignatius Drive onto St. Charles Parkway when he failed to negotiate the turn, went across the median, and struck a tree. The driver, Jeffrey Morgan Hedrick, 51, of Waldorf, was transported to a hospital. On November 22, Hedrick was pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Anyone with additional information is asked to call PFC D. Walker at 301-609-3251. The investigation is continuing.


Collision with Pedestrians Under Investigation

Nov. 23, 2021:

 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle collision with two pedestrians in Lexington Park that resulted in injuries. On Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at 5:35 pm, Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision in the area of Great Mills Road and Darcy Lane involving two pedestrians. Deputies arrived on scene and observed two vehicles in the roadway and two pedestrians lying in the roadway with obvious injuries. Due to the severity of the crash, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

 

Preliminary investigation determined a 1995 Chevrolet truck was carrying an unsecured load when a mattress flew out of the truck bed and landed in the roadway. The truck’s operator, Michelle Lee Williams, age 49 of California, had turned the vehicle around and parked in the center left-turn lane at Great Mills Road and Darcy Lane. Williams and a 13-year-old passenger got out of the truck to retrieve the mattress.

 

A 1997 Ford Expedition, driven by Laquan Woodland, age 32 of Lexington Park, was traveling eastbound on Great Mills Road when it struck the mattress, Williams and the juvenile.

 

Williams was flown to a regional hospital for non-incapacitating injuries and the juvenile was flown to another hospital where the juvenile is listed in stable condition. The occupants of the Ford Expedition refused medical treatment at the scene.

 

At this time, poor lighting, dark clothing and the pedestrians illegally in the roadway are contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or any events leading up to it and has not already provided a statement is asked to call Cpl. Brandon Foor at 301-475-4200, ext. 2265 or email brandon.foor@stmarysmd.com.

 

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


Traffic Crash with Critical Injuries on St. Charles Parkway

Traffic Operations Officers Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash with Serious Injuries on St. Charles Parkway: On November 21 at 3:37 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and St. Ignatius Drive for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a vehicle was making a left turn from St. Ignatius Drive onto St. Charles Parkway when, for unknown reasons, he failed to negotiate the turn, went across the median, and struck a tree. The driver, an adult male, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Anyone with additional information is asked to call PFC D. Walker at 301-609-3251. The Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.


Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens Dec. 6, 2021

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at noon.

The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Citizens are encouraged to be aware of the testing and relay this 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 listed below for information and instructions.

Emergency Alert System stations include:

WPTX 1690 AM Lexington Park  WMDM 97.7 FM Lexington Park          WTOP 103.5 FM Washington, D.C.                                    

WKIK 1560 AM La Plata              WKIK 102.9 FM California        WPRS 104.1 FM Waldorf

WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville    WNNT 107.5 FM Warsaw          WGOP 540 AM Pocomoke

WCEM 1240 AM Cambridge        WCEM 106.3 FM Cambridge     WCEI 96.7 FM Easton

WRAR 105.5 FM Tappahannock   WKHZ 1460 AM Easton           

 

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BeAwarePrepare and signing up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Calvert County ALERT messages can be received by cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more.

While visiting the Be Aware and Prepare safety portal, citizens can register with Smart911 to create a safety profile for emergency communications. Smart911 is a free online service that allows individuals and families to automatically provide vital information to 911 call takers during an emergency. Citizens can also visit the portal to register individuals with special needs for the Calvert County Emergency Management special needs registry. Anyone who has unique needs that hinder or prevent them from taking protective actions during an emergency should sign up for the special needs registry.

The Department of Public Safety also offers a free “Calvert Prepare” app to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.

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.


Traveling Maryland Toll Roads This Thanksgiving?

BALTIMORE, MD (November 22, 2021) - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to plan ahead for Thanksgiving holiday travel. By traveling off-peak, drivers can minimize delays during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Motorists are asked to protect themselves, their families and other travelers by placing safety at the top of their holiday menu. The MDTA is also reminding travelers that all-electronic tolling is in place statewide in Maryland. Cash is no longer an accepted form of payment, as tolls are paid electronically via E-ZPass, Pay-By-Plate or Video Tolling. E-ZPass remains the most cost-effective way to travel toll roads in Maryland, saving drivers up to 77% versus the higher rates and additional paperwork that come with Video Tolls. Video Tolling occurs for any trips not paid with a valid E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate at the time of travel. With Video Tolling, a Notice of Toll Due is generated and sent to the registered owner of the vehicle for standard Video Toll rates. With Pay-By-Plate, tolls are automatically billed to the driver’s registered credit card as they use Maryland toll facilities, with no need for a transponder or pre-paid toll deposit. -more- Page Two Enroll in E-ZPass or sign up for Pay-By-Plate today at DriveEzMD.com. We’ll Keep You Moving! If using a rental vehicle over the holiday, you can add the vehicle information temporarily to an E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate account. Otherwise, be sure to alert the rental car company before traveling a route that includes a toll facility.

PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID PEAK TRAVEL The MDTA recommends these travel times on the Bay Bridge to avoid the most congested periods:

Eastbound: • Tuesday, November 23, through Friday, November 26 – before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m., and •

Monday, November 29 – before noon and after 9 p.m.

Westbound: • Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24 – before 6 a.m. and after 6 p.m.; • Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28 – before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.; and •

Monday, November 29 – before 5 a.m. and after 2 p.m.

Weather and traffic volumes permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way operations to help alleviate eastbound delays at the Bay Bridge. Motorists must pay attention and obey overhead lane use control signals. As a reminder, two-way operations are prohibited during bridge wind warnings/restrictions, fog or times of precipitation. For I-95, the best times to travel include these off-peak hours: • Tuesday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 24 – before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.; • Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 – before 7 a.m. and after 9 p.m.; and • Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 28 – before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. The I-95 travel plazas – the Chesapeake House in Cecil County at mile marker 97 and Maryland House in Harford County at mile marker 82 – are open 24/7 with indoor and outdoor seating available. For real-time updates on major incidents on Maryland toll roads follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. For 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic information call 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com. You also can sign up for traffic email/text alerts at https://bit.ly/2Dh9EZn, and follow the MDTA at facebook.com/TheMDTA. PUT SAFETY ON YOUR HOLIDAY MENU No matter where you travel for the holiday, please remember these safety tips on the road: • Allow for extra time to get to your destination. • Obey speed limits. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of a crash. • Devote your full attention to driving and maintain a safe following distance. Food, phones or other things that can take your focus away from the road ahead can be distractions. • Move over for emergency vehicles. State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency, transportation, service and utility vehicle or tow truck with red, yellow or amber flashing lights. If you cannot safely move over, slow down to a safer speed. • Make sure your vehicle is road ready. A breakdown can create a backup within seconds. If your vehicle breaks down, exit the roadway. If that isn’t possible, remain inside your vehicle and call #77 for assistance. • Use caution while traveling in work zones. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target dangerous drivers, seat belt violations and criminal activity throughout the holiday travel period. To report aggressive or dangerous driving on Maryland toll roads, call MDTA Police Dispatch at 410-537-7911. DriveEzMD Customer Service Centers will be closed Thursday, November 25. Visit DriveEzMD.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 for 24/7 account maintenance or to make payments. The MDTA thanks all roadway users for their continued partnership with us to help keep travelers safe.


Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has updated the eligibility criteria for local COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics in accordance with updated authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All individuals 18 years of age and older are now eligible for a booster dose after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

The following populations are now eligible to schedule an additional/booster COVID-19 vaccine dose through SMCHD:

  • Individuals with compromised immune systems (Pfizer or Moderna recipients):
    • 3rd dose, at least 28 days after 2nd dose
    • 4th dose, 6 months after the 3rd dose
    • When registering for a vaccine appointment, please mark “yes” to the immune-compromise question
  • All individuals age 18 and older:
    • Johnson & Johnson recipients, at least 2 months after 1st dose
    • Pfizer or Moderna recipients, at least 6 months after 2nd dose

Eligible individuals do not have to receive the same type/brand of COVID-19 vaccine as their initial vaccination; each of the available COVID-19 vaccines may be “mixed and matched” for the additional/booster dose after completion of the primary vaccination.
 
For more information or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or call the SMCHD COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4330 or St. Mary’s County Library at (240) 523-3340. Please review the allergy guidance and the FAQs for SMCHD COVID-19 Vaccination prior to registering for a vaccine appointment. 

“Booster doses give adults who completed their primary vaccine series several months ago a chance to better protect themselves from COVID-19 infection and complications,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “This is especially important as we head into a season of holiday gatherings and colder weather."
 
For local COVID-19 updates, information, and data visit smchd.org/coronavirus.  


Margaret (Peggy) Hartman Appointed to the Chesapeake Beach Town Council

- The Mayor and Town Council interviewed (4) four candidates to fill (1) one vacancy on Town Council that was created by the relocation of Councilman Derek Favret. Candidates were reviewed during a work session that was held prior to the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting with Margaret “Peggy” Hartman succeeding as the final candidate selected after (3) three rounds of Town Council selection. “The Town Council joins me in appreciation of our candidates for their willingness to serve the citizens of Chesapeake Beach. I am fully confident in Councilwoman Hartman, as our newest member of Town Council, and look forward to continuing our work as a Council motivated by the goal of maintaining Chesapeake Beach as a wonderful place to call home ”, stated Mayor Patrick “Irish” Mahoney. Councilwoman Hartman has held a career in computer programming, project management, internal audit and sourcing process improvement. She has served the community as the Treasurer for the Friends of Jug Bay, as a Seagate Homeowners www.chesapeakebeachmd.gov Association board member and as a member of the Chesapeake Beach Board of Elections. As a member of Town Council, Councilwoman Hartman hopes to promote, and achieve, citizens visions of Town living. Councilwoman Hartman expressed that she looks forward to meeting citizens that she would not otherwise have met through her role on Town Council. To view the recording of the Town Council interviews and the November 18th Town meeting, please click here. 


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