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Narcotics Arrest-James Bond

On May 26, 2022, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division were conducting a surveillance operation and witnessed a suspected CDS transaction inside a vehicle, in the 22100 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle along with detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and detectives from the Narcotics Division. James Perry Bond, age 31 of Great Mills, was an occupant in the vehicle. Located on Bond was a large quantity of U.S. currency, suspected cocaine and suspected fentanyl in quantities to indicate distribution. A search warrant was conducted on Bond’s hotel room which yielded additional evidence.

 

Bond was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following:

 

CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute (two counts)

CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (two counts)

CDS: Possession-Paraphernalia


CCPS Offering Summer Lunch On Us For Children Ages 18 And Under

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering free meals for children this summer as part of its Lunch on Us program. Meal sites will operate from 12 to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, starting June 27. Meal sites will not be open on Fridays.  

Any child between the ages of 2 to 18 is eligible for a free hot meal, regardless if they live in Charles County or are a CCPS student. The child must be present to receive a meal and food must be consumed on site at the meal serving location. This is due to the expiration of a federal meals wavier in which CCPS could offer grab-and-go meal service. Site supervision will include members of the school’s administrative team.  

The following locations will serve free Lunch on Us meals from 12 to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 27 through Aug. 11.  

  • Indian Head Elementary School  
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School  
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School  
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School  
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School  
  • Mattawoman Middle School  
  • John Hanson Middle School  
  • Westlake High School  
  • St. Charles High School  

Through grant funding CCPS received from No Kid Hungry, transportation will be provided in the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School area. Educational programming will also be offered at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy during the Lunch on Us program.  

All meals will be served by CCPS Food and Nutrition Services staff. CCPS will also provide free meals to any student participating in elementary or middle summer boost programs, the summer school program, special education boost camps, and the CTE, STEM and Science Center camps. Elementary students attending summer boost programs will also receive free breakfast.  

CCPS is able to support the Lunch on Us program and provide meals free of charge through federal reimbursement programs.  

Community members with questions or large groups who plan to visit a meal site and want to provide staff with advance notice should call the Food and Nutrition Services department at 301-392-5570.  


Maryland Urges Waterway Safety as Boating Season Hits Full Throttle

The outdoor temperature is rising, and Maryland’s waterways are about to get a lot busier. The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds anglers, boaters, swimmers, and all waterway users to take proper precautions. 

In 2021, Maryland had 145 reportable boating accidents; 51 of those accidents caused injuries, and six were fatal. These numbers are down from the previous year when Maryland saw 155 reportable boating accidents, 64 injuries, and six fatal accidents resulting in seven deaths. 

Although boating accidents are decreasing, those who enter waterways must continue to practice safe boating. NRP is dedicated to educating and protecting Marylanders; this boating season officers will once again be out in force to engage the public about safe waterway practices and to enforce the law on unsafe, negligent, and impaired boating.

While it is important that everyone has an enjoyable boating experience, safety must come first. Boaters are encouraged to wear a life jacket because it drastically reduces the chance of a fatality, and citations will be issued to those who fail to carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or the required safety equipment. 

“Safety is our No. 1 priority and officers will be out in full force, but accidents sometimes happen more quickly than our officers can respond,” NRP  Superintendent Col. Adrian Baker said. “We encourage Marylanders to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from the unpredictable. Take the extra step to ensure your and your family’s safety by taking a boating safety class, getting your vessel inspected, and operating sober.”

Here are some helpful tips for water way users to “know before you go”:

  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • File a float plan with a family member or friend, advising them of trip details in the event of an emergency.
  • Carry all required boating safety equipment such as flares, fire extinguisher, horn or whistle, first aid kit, throwable life jackets, line, etc. 
  • Check navigation lights prior to departure.
  • Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Avoid distracted boating and travel at safe speeds.
  • Have more than one form of communication that works when wet.
  • Download the U.S. Coast Guard app and the Maryland AccessDNR app for easy reference information on Maryland’s waterways.

Election Information from Maryland State Board of Elections

LEONARDTOWN, MD - The Maryland State Board of Elections is encouraging eligible

voters interested in casting a ballot in July’s primary election to register to vote online. SBE is

also urging those who are already registered to confirm their latest district and polling place

information using the online voter lookup tool.

 

The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 Primary Election is Tuesday, June 28. Those using

the online registration system must submit their completed voter registration application by

11:59 p.m. on that date. To ensure applications are completed and received by 11:59 p.m., SBE

advises voters to access the online system no later than 11:50 p.m. on June 28. Those who

prefer not to register to vote online may print the registration form (English version and Spanish

version) and return it by mail or do so at the office of their local board of elections by 5 p.m. on

June 28.

 

Following the recent redistricting process, county district, state legislative district and

congressional district information – as well as polling place information – for some registered

voters has changed. For this reason, it is important that all registered voters confirm their current

district and polling place information online or by calling or visiting the office of their local board

of elections.

 

“This week, we launched a statewide digital advertising campaign to educate Maryland voters

on the registration deadlines and to encourage those who intend to cast a ballot in this year’s

primary election to ensure they have the latest district and polling place information,” said

Maryland State Board of Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone. “As in previous years, there

will be three ways for eligible Marylanders to cast their ballots – by mail, secure dropbox or in

person. But the process for every voter should begin today, either by registering or confirming

they have the latest information about their districts and polling places.”

 

On May 20, the members of the State Board of Elections finalized the list of all early voting,

drop-box and election day polling locations. A list of early voting locations is available online

here (Spanish version). Dropbox locations can be viewed online here (Spanish version).

Election day polling locations are available via the online lookup tool.

 


Citizen Preparedness Urged for Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, urges citizen awareness and preparedness.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, but most hurricane-like weather occurs between mid-August and late October. Calvert County is at risk for strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding and other severe weather. Residents can be “weather ready” by knowing how to receive information and warnings, having a plan and practicing safety during and after a storm.

The National Weather Service notes hurricanes can cause coastline damage and destruction for several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes often produce extreme winds, devastating high tides, flooding from torrential rains and even tornadoes.

Residents can take the following actions to prepare for severe weather:

·         Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for official weather information, alerts and warnings.

·         Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials.

·         Know your evacuation route and have an emergency shelter plan.

·         Remain indoors during a hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

·         If you live in a mobile home, plan alternate shelter. Mobile homes are unsafe in high winds.

·         Have a family communication plan and easy-to-find meeting place in case you are separated when a storm or disaster strikes.

·         Consider specific needs of household members, such as medical needs, dietary needs, disabilities, languages spoken, pets or service animals, as well as babies and young children.

·         Build an emergency kit and store supplies in easy-to-carry containers. Recommended items for a basic kit include water, non-perishable food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, local maps, cell phone with chargers and backup battery, prescription medications, cash, important family documents, blankets and change of clothing. Prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

·         Fill a bathtub or large container with water for sanitary purposes such as for cleaning and flushing toilets. This is important for those whose water runs on an electrical system.

 

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.

Citizens may 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. To view more emergency-planning tips and information visit www.ready.gov.

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 Operations Unit Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Involving Pedestrian: On May 24 at 10:15 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of a restaurant in the 2900 block of Crain Highway for the report of a crash involving a pedestrian. A preliminary investigation revealed a woman exited a vehicle and while she was crossing the lot, she was struck by a pickup truck that was also traveling in the parking lot. The driver of the truck remained on the scene. The woman was transported to the hospital with injuries to her leg; she was pronounced deceased on May 25. She has been identified as Joyce Ann Thorne, 83, of Charlotte Hall, MD. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Cpl. Spence of the Traffic Operations Unit at 301-932-3514. The investigation is ongoing.


Section of Grays Road to Close Due to Tropical Storm Damage

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 26, 2022 – The Calvert County Department of Public Works will close a section of Grays Road in Prince Frederick, beginning Monday, June 6, 2022, to repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. The road will remain closed through Aug. 1, 2022, weather permitting.

Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in August 2020, leaving significant damages in Calvert County. During construction, a section of Grays Road between Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and the Gatewood Preserve will be closed to traffic in both directions. A detour will be in effect on Sixes Road and Broomes Island Road.

Citizens are advised that access to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Grays Road Dog Park and Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm will be detoured through the duration of the work. Signs will be in place to notify citizens of the closure and detours to safe alternate routes. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area while construction is underway.

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.


Metropolitan Commission Announces Success with Bill Pay Assistance Program

The Metropolitan Commission partnership with the Maryland Department of Human Services Office of Home Energy Program (OHEP) has proven successful for certain MetCom customers.  “We are grateful for this funding and the opportunity it will provide to struggling constituents,” asserts Lauren Molineaux, Director of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Home Energy Programs. According to MetCom’s Executive Director, George A. Erichsen, “This ongoing partnership has already provided over $9,500 in pledges to help dozens of low-income households pay their water and wastewater bills.”

Particular Partnership and Partnership at WillThe federally funded Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) offers eligible households up to $2,000 in assistance, focusing on those households whose drinking water or wastewater bills are 30 days or more past due.  Renters are also eligible according to program guidelines if they are responsible for paying a water/wastewater bill or this utility bill is included in their rent. As funding is limited, applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and will continue until federal funds are exhausted. Eligibility is determined based on income and specific needs.

Learn more and sign up today at the Department of Human Services website where customers may apply for assistance safely and conveniently using the myMDTHINK consumer portal at mymdthink.maryland.gov. Those unable to apply online may request an application by mail by calling the Department’s Local Home Energy Program Office. A printable paper application can also be found on the Department of Human Services’ website.


Charles County Recognized with National Awards for African American Historical Video Series

Charles County Government Television (CCGTV) is the recipient of the 2022 National Association of Counties Achievement Award, as well as a two-time recognized winner at the 43rd Annual Telly Awards.

 

The Telly Awards showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens which honors excellence in video and television.  The National Association of Counties Achievement Award recognizes innovative county government programs.

Charles County Government Television (CCGTV) was awarded the 2022 National Association of Counties Achievement Award in the Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation Category for the "Deep Roots & Many Branches: The African American Experience in Charles County" documentary series. The award-winning documentary series is available for viewing at https://bit.ly/3KTPRR7.  For a full list of National Association of Counties Achievement Award winners, click here.

“Blue Jay Motel” is the silver Telly Award winner in Non-Broadcast – History.  In Charles County, there were two motels, a restaurant, and seasonal hotel listed in The Green Book, a guide for African American travelers and motorists from the 1930s to 1960s. One of these was the Blue Jay Motel. This video features the story of the owner of the Blue Jay Motel, Arthur Farrar from the perspectives of his cousin and his grandson; as well as other local historians. This award-winning documentary is available for viewing at https://bit.ly/3LNHR3h

“The Village of Pomonkey” is a bronze Telly award winner for Non-broadcast – Documentary.  The Village of Pomonkey is a significant historic location in our county. Hear from county residents about what this special place means to them. This is available for viewing at https://bit.ly/3sXUv9q.

Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. This year’s Telly Awards received over 11,000 entries and had global submissions from Australia, Mexico, across Europe and Asia. For a full list of Telly Award winners, click here.

Video Production Specialist Lee Ann Stone produced, edited, and videoed all the videos in the “Deep Roots & Many Branches: The African American Experience in Charles County.” Her expertise and passion for video were vital to this project’s success, as well as the historical knowledge and community connections of Planning Supervisor Cathy Thompson. The project would not have been possible without our community members who shared their valuable stories.

 


Maryland Congressional Delegation Delivers More than $198 Million in Federal Funding to Help Spur Economic Growth & Support Small Businesses Recovering from the Pandemic

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) delivered $198,404,958 to spur economic growth and support small businesses in Maryland through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. This Treasury Department program was reauthorized and expanded by the American Rescue Plan which the lawmakers fought to pass. The funds will be targeted to minority-owned, women-owned small businesses through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Maryland Department of Commerce, and Maryland Technology Economic Development Corporation to help rebuild and strengthen our small business economy in communities most impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities – driving our local economies and creating opportunities for all Marylanders,” said the lawmakers. “But the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a heavy toll on our small business community, particularly in low-income, rural, and urban areas. Now, we must ensure those hit hardest have access to the capital they need to promote economic resiliency, generate growth and opportunity, and create new good-paying jobs for Marylanders. We were proud to fight for this funding and will continue to invest in our small business communities across the state.”

 

“These critical investments through the American Rescue Plan will support entrepreneurs and promote small business growth in Maryland, including in underserved communities that face barriers to accessing the capital they need to turn their business ideas into reality,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury will continue working with Maryland to help make sure that this funding is having maximum impact across the state to promote economic growth.”

 

Implementation of the SSBCI program will expand access to capital, promote American entrepreneurship, drive economic resiliency, create new jobs, and increase economic opportunity for all Marylanders. The program will expand the resources available to underserved communities lacking capital and build financing ecosystems that empower and support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Maryland anticipates that 70 percent of new loans in the SSBCI-funded program will be provided to minority-owned businesses and 40 percent to women-owned businesses.


County Tourism Grant Funding Applications Accepted Until June 24

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism fiscal 2023 tourism grant application is now available. 501c3 compliant organizations may request funding up to $9,000 for eligible projects. Applications are due by Friday, June 24, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

Desired project qualities include:

  • Enhancing county tourism objectives through events, exhibits, education programs, or recreational opportunities.
  • Fostering or strengthening partnerships with other county organizations, attractions, or initiatives that extend single day events into collaborative, event weekends.
  • Enhancing county, state, and National Park Service trail and by-way experiences in Charles County through matching grant programs for interpretive signage.

For information or a copy of the grant guidelines and application, Click here. For additional questions, contact Maggie Boyden at BoydenM@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-396-5839. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Calvert County Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens June 6, 2022

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 25, 2022 – 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, June 6, 2022, 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.

Citizens may 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.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of May 16, 2022 – May 22, 2022, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,589 calls for service throughout the community. 

 

Damaged Property: 22-27585

On May 16, 2022, Deputy Grierson responded to the Chesapeake Village subdivision in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised an unknown suspect (s) spray-painted the sidewalk near the entrance to the neighborhood. Several drawings of a male body part were observed to have been painted. Multiple neighbors also reported teenagers knocking on doors and running away. The estimated value of the damaged property is $500.00.

 

Theft: 22-29069
On May 22, 2022, Deputy Mister responded to Bayfront Park located at 7255 Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach, MD for a reported theft. The complainant advised two teens ran off with the victim’s black and blue kayak paddle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50.00.

 

Theft: 22-28979
On May 22, 2022, Deputy Murphy received a report of a theft. The complainant advised unknown suspect (s) stole a sheet of drywall, a box of screws, and some drywall tape from the back porch of a residence located in the 3100 block of North Ave in Port Republic, MD. The estimated value of the stolen property is $22.00. 

 

Theft: 22-27584
On May 16, 2022, Deputy Morrison responded to a business located in the 900 block of Skinners Turn Road in Owings, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect (s) stole the catalytic converter from one vehicle and vandalized a second vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen/destroyed property is $4,000.00.

 

ARRESTS

 

On May 21, 2022, shortly after 9:30 a.m., Deputy Murphy responded to a residence in the 600 block of Gunsmoke Trail in Lusby, MD for an attempted burglary and theft. The complainant advised an unknown female suspect later identified as Mariah Mae Bergendahl, 27 of Lusby, MD, attempted to enter the victim’s residence. When Bergendahl could not gain entry to the residence, she entered a vehicle on the victim’s property, stole two pair of sunglasses, and left the scene. Bergendahl was located 100 yards from where the theft occurred and was taken into custody. Bergendahl was charged with Rogue and Vagabond and Theft $100 to Under $1500.

 

On May 16, 2022, Deputy R. McCourt responded to the Walmart located at 150 Solomons Island Rd N. in Prince Frederick, for the report of trespassing. The complainant advised there was a suspect in the store who had been previously issued a ‘No Trespass Warning’ for the establishment. Deputies confirmed an existing trespass warning was active, and suspect Benji Lee Wells, 47 of no fixed address, was not allowed back on the property. Wells was placed under arrest and charged with Trespassing: Private Property.

 

On May 18, 2022, at 5:15 p.m., DFC R. Evans responded to the Safeway located at 80 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, MD for a group of disorderly subjects. Upon arrival, several individuals including Michael Phillip Wilson, 35 of no fixed address, were issued ‘No Trespass’ orders and ordered to leave the property and not come back. At 6:56 p.m., deputies responded back to the Safeway for Wilson trespassing and issued him a trespassing citation. A third call at 8:23 p.m. was received and Wilson was placed under arrest and charged with Trespassing: Private Property.


Sheriff's Officers Seek Help Locating Dangerous Suspect who Made Threats of Mass Violence

Sheriff’s Officers Seek Help Locating Dangerous Suspect who Made Multiple Threats of Mass Violence: Charles County Sheriff’s officers are seeking the public’s help in locating Earl Benjamin Washington, Jr., 46, of Lexington Park, MD who is wanted in connection with making several threats of mass violence. On May 24, Washington called a business in White Plains and Gale-Bailey Elementary School and made several threats of mass violence. The calls to the specific locations are related to people he knows and is believed to be domestic-related. Officers obtained an arrest warrant and are actively searching for him. Out of an abundance of caution, extra officers will be at the school this week. Anyone with information about Washington’s whereabouts should not approach him but rather call 9-1-1. Callers 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.


School Resource Officer Investigating Possible Overdose at High School

School Resource Officers Investigating Possible Overdose at High School: On May 24 at 1:15 p.m., a student at Maurice J. McDonough High School consumed several pieces of candy knowing they were possibly tainted with an unknown substance intended to cause a high. The student became ill and was taken to a hospital by ambulance and treated. Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of ingesting foods or liquids that contain dangerous substances as there is a risk the substance could be life-threatening and contain poisons such as fentanyl or other toxic materials. Anyone with additional details is asked to call M/Cpl. Anderson at 301-932-2222. Callers 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.


Record of Decision Signed for the Environmental Impact Statement for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex

PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – The Department of the Navy (Navy), after carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the Proposed Action, announces its decision to: 

  • Conduct testing and training as identified in Alternative 2, the Navy’s Preferred Alternative, of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Testing and Training Activities in the Patuxent River Complex (PRC). 
  • Implement this alternative to enable the Navy and other U.S. military services to meet their respective missions.  
  • Continue to implement the full suite of mitigation measures detailed in the PRC Final EIS to avoid or reduce potential environmental impacts during testing and training activities. 
  •  

The Navy’s mission, under Title 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 8062, is to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready military forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas. This decision will enable the Navy to provide sailors and Marines with equipment and technology that operate effectively and safely to support current and projected future military readiness requirements.  The Record of Decision concludes the National Environmental Policy Act process that involved years of research, analysis, consultations with state and federal agencies, stakeholder and tribal engagement, and public involvement.  The Record of Decision is available on the project website: www.PRCEIS.com  The Record of Decision is also available for viewing at local public libraries: St. Mary’s County Library Lexington Park Branch and Charlotte Hall Branch; Calvert Library Southern Branch; Dorchester County Central Library; Somerset County Library Princess Anne Branch; Lancaster Community Library; and Northumberland Public Library. 


Two Students to be Charged in Connection with Assaulting a School Administrator

Two Students to be Charged in Connection with Assaulting a School Administrator: On May 23 at 11:15 a.m., a school administrator at Thomas Stone High School was assaulted by two students while attempting to separate them from fighting. Additional staff were able to intervene and stopped the assault. The administrator was subsequently treated for injuries. The school resource officer will be charging both students with second-degree assault and disruption of school activities. Anyone with additional information should contact PFC Payne at 301-932-2222. The investigation is ongoing.


19-year-old Arrested for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

On May 23, 2022, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office observed Trevan Desales Gant, age 19 of no fixed address, enter a vehicle in the 21300 block of Jettison Drive in Lexington Park. Gant had several outstanding violation of probation warrants for assault second degree and illegal possession of ammunition. A vehicle stop was conducted, and Gant was taken into custody. While in custody, it was determined Gant possibly had possession of a firearm. Gant is a prohibited person by Maryland law from possessing any firearms or ammunition.

 

Subsequent to Gant’s arrest, a search warrant was conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division at a residence in the 21300 block of Jettison Drive in Lexington Park. The search warrant yielded a semi-automatic shotgun along with a bandolier and ammunition.

 

Gant was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, where he was served the outstanding warrants and charged with several firearms related offenses. Gant remains incarcerated on a no-bond status.


Mt. Hope Community Center to Temporarily Close for Building Maintenance

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation advises citizens that the Mt. Hope Community Center will temporarily close for routine maintenance on Sunday, June 5 from 5:30-9 p.m. and Monday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mt. Hope Community Center is located at 104 Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland.

For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks and follow @CalvertCountyParksandRec on Instagram.

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.


CCPS Announces Time Changes For 5 Elementary Schools Effective This August August

Starting this August with the launch of the 2022-2023 school year, the start and end times for five elementary schools will change to an earlier or later schedule. The affected schools include C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, T.C. Martin and J.P. Ryon elementary schools.  

The changes will accommodate transportation needs associated with the move of T.C. Martin Elementary School students to the Transition School, as well as increased transportation needs as part of regionalized program expansions. The new schedules will also create efficiencies within the CCPS transportation system to continue reliable service for all students.  

The following are the new start-and end-time schedules, effective Aug. 29, 2022.  

  • C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
    • This is a 10-minute time change from the current school year.  
    • The change allows for a more regionalized transportation tier system in central Waldorf.  

  • Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
    • Students are currently at the Transition School but return this fall to the Dr. Brown school campus. The renovation of the school campus is nearly complete.  
    • This change moves the start and end times for Dr. Brown back to a similar time frame prior to the renovation.  
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
    • This is a 15-minute time change from the current school year.  
    • The change allows for a more regionalized transportation tier system in central Waldorf.  

  • T.C. Martin Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
    • Martin students will attend the Transition School for two school years.  
    • Renovations begin at the Martin campus this fall.  
    • This schedule also accommodates bus transportation for Martin students to and from Waldorf.  
  • J.P. Ryon Elementary School: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
    • This is a 30-minute time change from the current school year.  
    • The change will support staggered start times for safety and traffic accommodations in the areas of John Hanson Drive and Vivian Adams Drive.  
    • The Ryon campus is only accessible by one street, which increases traffic and can lead to transportation challenges.  

School principals will share the time change information with parents and send reminders prior to the start of the school year.  


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