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Charles County Commissioners Announce Approval of Outdoor Dining, Additional Activities Beginning May 29

On Thursday, May 28, the Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss completion of Stage One of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery.”  They voted unanimously to move forward with outdoor dining, opening of outdoor pools and other activities in accordance with Stage One of Governor Hogan’s executive order that becomes effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

 

This decision authorizes the following businesses and activities to resume beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29:

 

Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs may begin to safely re-open for outdoor dining only; following strict public health requirements in accordance with the governor’s orders.
Outdoor pools may also reopen in accordance with strict safety guidelines, including 25 percent capacity restrictions and strict physical distancing and sanitization measures.
Youth sports and youth day camps may also resume, operating under strict safety protocols and capacity limitations.
Businesses are advised that an online permit application for a temporary outside service area will be available after 5 p.m. today along with guidance documents regarding the opening requirements at [www.CharlesCountyMd.gov]www.CharlesCountyMd.gov.  This application must be completed and returned prior to opening to the public.

 

Charles County Commissioners previously initiated the County’s initial move to Stage One, which allows certain retail businesses, houses of worship, and other personal services to re-open on Friday, May 29.

 

This decision authorizes the following businesses and activities to resume during their normal business hours beginning on Friday, May 29:

 

Retail businesses may re-open to 50 percent of their normal capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged. Examples of retail businesses that may re-open include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, and bookstores. Enclosed malls may not re-open at this time, except for stores with access to the public directly from the outside. St. Charles Town Center Mall is planning for the re-opening of certain stores with outside access beginning next week.
Churches and houses of worship may begin to hold religious services, up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged.
A limited number of personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may re-open with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only. Nail salons and establishments that provide esthetic services, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, and massage parlors must remain closed to the public at this time.
Before making these decisions, Commissioners received briefings to gather data and other relevant information from County Attorney Wes Adams; Dr. Howard Haft, who is county’s response to COVID-19 for the Charles County Health Department; Director of the Department of Emergency Services Michelle Lilly; CEO of Charles Regional Medical Center Noel Cervino; and Chair of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Tom Blandford. After considering the feedback, legal advice, and additional information from public health experts, they decided to move forward with the decision to gradually expand the re-opening of more businesses and activities in Charles County.

 

“Charles County’s decision to completely implement Stage One of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery depends on each one of us,” stated Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “As we gradually re-open for business, the health and safety of our community can only be ensured if every retailer, restaurant owner, personal services provider, and each customer they serve do their part. That means continuing to wear face masks, maintain social distancing, ensure frequent handwashing, and follow strict cleaning protocols.”

 

Residents are advised to assess their own health situation before deciding to head out to newly opened establishments. For the latest updates on the Coronavirus, including how to protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you are infected, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. Re-opening guidance for public spaces, workplaces, and businesses is available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

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


Update: School Feeding Programs

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), in partnership with St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services has engaged the assistance of local food service facilities to ensure continued safe food distribution to families with children. Food will be prepared and packaged in off-site food service facilities licensed and inspected by the St. Mary’s County Health Department and brought to the schools for distribution. 

 

No contact, drive-up meal service will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020.  Services are also scheduled for next week, Monday through Wednesday June 1 - June 3, 2020, at the locations listed below from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

 

Leonardtown Elementary School

22885 Duke Street

Leonardtown, MD 20650

 

Greenview Knolls Elementary School

45711 Military Lane

Great Mills, MD 20634

 

Margaret Brent Middle School

29675 Point Lookout Road

Mechanicsville, MD 20659

 

Lexington Park Elementary School

46763 Shangri-La Drive

Lexington Park, MD 20653

 

Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge. Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive meals that they can take home during current school closures. For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservice@smcps.org.

 

For local COVID-19 data, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

For information on St. Mary’s County Government Operations and Updates please visit our website at www.stmarysmd.com/covid-19/updates/.


Governor Hogan Announces Resumption of Outdoor Dining, Additional Activities to Complete Stage One of Recovery

Youth Sports, Day Camps, Outdoor Pools Can Reopen Under Strict Protocols and Public Health Guidance
Maryland’s Positivity Rate Has Dropped By More Than Half Since Peaking on April 7; State Adds New Data to Public Dashboard
Maryland Reaches Goal of 10,000 Tests Per Day, Has Completed More Than 300,000 COVID-19 Tests
Will Continue Flexible, Community-Based Approach for Reopening; Nearly All Jurisdictions Have Entered or Announced Plans to Enter Stage One
 
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that due to successful Stage One reopenings across the state and improvements in key data and metrics, the State of Maryland can now safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes the resumption of outdoor dining and outdoor activities such as youth sports and youth day camps, and the reopening of outdoor pools and drive-in movie theaters.
 
Stage One will continue to be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings. As of today, 23 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have entered or announced their plan to begin entering Stage One.
 
“Though we continue to make great progress toward recovery, COVID-19 is still very much a deadly threat, and our responsible behavior is absolutely critical in the continued efforts to defeat it,” said Governor Hogan. “Thankfully, the vast majority of our citizens clearly understand that while doing things like avoiding crowds, practicing distancing, and wearing masks may be inconvenient, that these are some of the best tools we have to continue to slow the spread of this virus, and to put us in a position to rebuild and restore our economy, and to finally defeat this invisible enemy.”
 
MARYLAND’S POSITIVITY RATE HAS DROPPED BY HALF, NEW DATA NOW AVAILABLE. Maryland has now reached the goal of conducting 10,000 tests in a day, and has completed more than 300,000 COVID-19 tests statewide. With the state’s expanded testing and tracing capacity, Maryland now has the ability to take a closer and more accurate look at positivity rates—another important indicator of the recovery and a key metric being used by the CDC and other states to track the containment progress of COVID-19.
 
Building on Maryland’s data-driven approach, Governor Hogan unveiled positivity rate data for the state showing that Maryland’s statewide positivity rate peaked at 26.91% on April 7. Since then, it has dropped by more than half, down to 12.8%. This data is now available on the state’s public health dashboard.
 
LOWER RISK DOES NOT MEAN NO RISK. Governor Hogan continued to stress the importance of staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds of people, teleworking when possible, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks in indoor public areas, and avoiding public transportation unless it is absolutely necessary.
 
Stage One Activities Effective Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm:
 
OUTDOOR DINING. Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs will be able to begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association.
 
Restaurants must:
 
Ensure patrons are appropriately distanced with no more than six people seated at a table, with the exception of members of the same household.
Ensure patrons are seated at least six feet away from each other, except for households seated together.
Use single-use disposable paper menus or sanitize reusable menus between each seating.
Sanitize outdoor tables and chairs between each customer seating.
Train staff in current COVID-19 health and workplace guidelines.
Begin screening procedures including daily temperature checks of all staff.
Ensure staff wear masks or face coverings when interacting with other employees or patrons.
In an effort to promote safer dining and support the restaurant industry, the governor is encouraging local jurisdictions to expand the footprint of outdoor dining by allowing for the closing of streets and expanding into parking lots and public outdoor spaces.
 
Guidance and best practices for restaurants.
 
YOUTH SPORTS. Outdoor youth sports may resume following appropriate CDC guidelines including:
 
Limited, low-contact outdoor practices focused on individual skill building versus competition.
Limited group sizes.
Limited touching of shared equipment and gear.
The ability to engage in physical distancing while not actively engaged in play.
Guidance and best practices for youth sports.
 
YOUTH DAY CAMPS. Outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume under the following guidance:
 
Capacity limitation of no more than 10 individuals in a group.
Daily COVID symptom checks for youth camp staff and campers.
No out-of-state or overnight campers will be permitted.
Physical distancing and masks will be required for all staff and campers.
Department of Health directives regarding youth camp programs.
Guidance and best practices for youth day camps.
 
OUTDOOR POOLS. All outdoor pools may reopen with strict safety guidelines including:
 
25% capacity restrictions.
Strict physical distancing and sanitization measures.
Patrons will be required to sign-in and sign-out.
All pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.
Department of Health directives regarding swimming pools.
Guidance and best practices for outdoor pools.
 
STAGE TWO. Governor Hogan noted that health officials will continue to watch the data closely, and if these encouraging trends continue into next week, the state will then be in a position to move into Stage Two of the recovery, which would mean lifting the order on non-essential businesses.

Local COVID-19 Testing Expanded

In order to expand COVID-19 testing access for St. Mary’s County residents the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will begin operating drive-thru testing sites in various locations throughout the community. Testing has been scheduled for the following date, time, and location - additional sites will be announced on later dates.
 
 
June 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (while supplies last)
Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department - Station 22
29848 Therese Cir, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
 
 
Pre-registration for this testing event is available by calling the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020 (open Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Pre-registration is not required, however, those who pre-register may have reduced wait times, depending on volume. 
 
In order to be tested at these sites, individuals must:
 
Be a St. Mary’s County resident
Present a photo ID
Remain in their vehicle with the windows rolled up until it is time to receive their test - A clinician will come out to your vehicle
If you have insurance coverage, please bring your insurance card with you to the testing site. Insurance coverage is not required and testing is provided free of charge (no out-of-pocket cost, co-payment, co-insurance, etc.) to all residents.
 
Additionally, appointment-free drive-thru testing continues to be available Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. outside of the Outpatient Pavilion at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. An order for testing from a doctor, pharmacist or the COVID-19 Community Hotline is required for testing through the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital drive-thru.
  
COVID-19 testing requires a swab to be inserted into the back of the person’s nostril for several seconds. Most individuals experience minor discomfort at most. All tested individuals will receive information with further instructions at the test site and should continue to self-isolate at home while waiting for results, which should be available within approximately two to five days.
 
Community members, healthcare providers, and local business owners are encouraged to visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus.

UPDATE: Identity Needed for Theft and Fraud Suspect

The suspect has been identified
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft and fraud investigation. On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 9:04 am, the suspect used the victim’s credit cards to make fraudulent purchases at the California Walmart store. The victim’s wallet was stolen from a parked car at the 45400 block of Buttercup Lane in Great Mills the night before.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Tyler Westphal at 301-475-4200, ext. 78017 or email tyler.westphal@stmarysmd.com. Case # 32564-20
 
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

News Release: School Feeding Programs Closed Thursday 5-28-20 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified involving St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) employees; the public health response involves universal testing of individuals working in the food preparation and distribution system for Community Feeding Programs. As a result, the SMCPS drive-up meal service at all locations will be closed Thursday, May, 28, 2020 for deep cleaning and employee testing.
 
“Thankfully, exposure risk to community members who received food through the SMCPS drive-up meal service is extremely low as distribution did not involve close contact between staff and those picking up food,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Our health department is working very closely with SMCPS to investigate and respond to this situation.”
 
SMCPS is working with St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services to organize a backup food distribution mechanism that will commence on Friday, May 29, 2020 after the deep cleaning is complete.
 
“We are doing everything we can to establish a new process for food pick-up while ensuring the safety of our team members and of the families who rely on these meals,” said Dr. James Scott Smith, St. Mary’s County Superintendent.
 
Further information/updates to meal distribution through the Community Feeding Program may be forthcoming. 
 
For local COVID-19 data, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m  – 5 p.m.

Public Notification: Interruption of Public Water Supply for Town Creek Residents

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 27, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (Metcom) is reporting a public water main leak located in the area of Gunston Drive and Spruce Drive in Town Creek. The water main will require scheduled repairs and may result in a temporary interruption of water supply. Metcom plans to perform this work during off peak hours beginning at approximately 9 a.m. on May 27, 2020. Repairs are expected to take approximately 4 hours to complete.  For additional information, please contact St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission at (301) 373-5305.


St. Mary's County Approves Covid-19 Small Business And Nonprofit Relief Fund

LEONARDTOWN, MD - On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved the St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund. St. Mary’s County recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic hardship for many small businesses and nonprofit agencies. To provide local relief from this hardship, St. Mary’s County has established the COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund to support businesses and agencies during this time.
 
The new grant program will have a maximum budget of $2 million. The goal is to provide grants to support certain small businesses and nonprofit agencies, based in St. Mary’s County that have realized significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, this relief program targets businesses and nonprofits with 30 or less FTE employees that have experienced a drop-in revenue of at least 50%.
 
Grants may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.
 
Small businesses and nonprofits will have access to grant funding up to $7,500. Entities with 15 or less employees are eligible for grants of $5,000 and entities with 16 to 30 employees are eligible for grants of $7,500 (grant amount not to exceed yearly average of two months revenue).
 
Eligible businesses and nonprofits can submit an online application starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at  https://www.yesstmarysmd.com/grants/
 
Applicants are encouraged to visit the grant portal at any time before June 2 for more information on required documents, applicant eligibility, a sample application and to create a user account before submission of the application.
 
The application portal will be open until 325 qualified applications have been received.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Hinkle, Deputy Director, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development at Kellie.Hinkle@StMarysMD.com  or at 240-925-7178.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 20-25890
 
On May 21, 2020, Deputy Plant responded to Plum Point Road in Huntingtown for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between May 3rd, and May 15th, an unknown suspect(s) had broken padlock on the door of the residence and stolen various items from the kitchen and living areas. The total value of stolen property is $815.00. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-25721
On May 20, 2020, Deputy Gilmore responded to Fastop in Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that three male suspects approached his vehicle while parked at the rear of the building and threw a beer can, leaving a dent on the rear driver’s side door. The value of damaged property is $450.00.
 
Theft: 20-25207
On May 18, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski met with a complainant who was reporting a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 7:00am on May 14th and 9:00am on May 18th, an unknown suspect(s) stole their trailer tag. The value of stolen property is $20.00.
 
Theft: 20-26074
 On May 22, 2020, Deputy Hardy was contacted by a complainant who was reporting a theft that occurred on Castesby Oak Court in Port Republic. The complainant advised sometime between 2:47pm on May 11th and 12:00pm on May 12th, a package that was delivered was stolen from their mailbox. The value of stolen property is $98.00. 
 
Arrests:
 
On May 20, 2020, Deputy Plant responded to Calvert Health Medical Center in Prince Frederick for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Plant met with the complainants who advised a female subject was discharged, but was refusing to leave the Emergency Room. Deputy Plant met with the female subject, Kylie Renee Letcher (19), who refused to speak with Deputy Plant. When Deputy Lewis arrived on scene to assist, Letcher ignored multiple questions and commands given by the deputies and was eventually assisted out of the hospital. Outside, Letcher began shouting and acting disorderly and ignored deputies commands to leave the premises. Letcher was then placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Trespass: Private Property, and Disorderly Conduct.
 
On May 21, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell conducted a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at German Chapel Road. Upon making contact with the driver, Dondre Phylep Jones (22), Deputy McDowell detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Jones admitted to having marijuana on his person, and a search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a large sum of US currency, two heat sealed bags containing suspected marijuana and a digital scale. Jones was placed under arrest and a search of his person was conducted, resulting in additional US currency. Jones was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, and CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10 GM . 
 
On May 21, 2020, Deputy Plant responded to Wawa in Prince Frederick for a welfare check. The complainant advised a vehicle was parked in the rear of the building near the dumpster. Upon arrival, Deputy Plant and Detective Rector made contact with the driver, Brian Joseph Morgan (36), who was asked to exit the vehicle. Morgan advised deputies that he had smoked marijuana in the vehicle. A search was conducted which resulted in a prescription bottle containing suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device, a Newport Cigarette box containing two glass smoking devices with suspected crack residue and steel wool, two Suboxone packets, a black and gold paper pouch containing suspect THC Wax, and rolled up currency with suspected crack residue. Morgan was detained and a search of his person was conducted resulting in a paper fold in his wallet containing suspected LSD tabs. Morgan was placed under arrest and was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 

Calvert County Division of Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens June 1, 2020

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 1, 2020, 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. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
 
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the local radio stations 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 new 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 “Prepare Me Calvert” 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.

Vehicle Gathering in Mechanicsville Dispersed

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at approximately 10:10 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 37700 block of Golden Beach Road (Charlotte Hall Park and Ride) in Mechanicsville, for the reported traffic complaint called in by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Charles County Sheriff’s Office advised approximately 400 vehicles left their jurisdiction and were heading into St. Mary’s County.
 
Deputies arrived on scene and observed numerous vehicles along Golden Beach Road and in both the Park and Ride lot as well as the Social Security Administration parking lot. As officers arrived, numerous people dispersed the area on foot and in vehicles. Several traffic stops were conducted for violations and 13 citations were issued. One vehicle was towed from the scene as a result. It took approximately 30-45 minutes for deputies to disperse the vehicles from the area.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office remains diligent during this time in enforcing social distancing guidelines decreed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Deputies are currently reviewing film and video evidence obtained from this incident to identify operators and owners of vehicles for possible additional traffic/criminal charges.
 
Anyone with information or videos/pictures of this incident is asked to contact Deputy Dianne Hersh at (301) 475-4200 extension 78155 or by email at Dianne.Hersh@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.

Motor Vehicle Collision in Mechanicsville Under Investigation

On May 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 27400 block of North Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located a vehicle and motorcycle involved in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 2017 Ford Explorer operated by Thomas Van Oudenaren, age 55 of Great Mills, was traveling north on North Sandgates Road and attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. Van Oudenaren failed to yield the right of way to a 2008 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by a 75-year-old male from Waldorf. The operator of the motorcycle and a 59-year-old female passenger from Waldorf, were both ejected from the motorcycle. Both the operator and passenger of the motorcycle were transported via helicopter to area trauma centers.
 
Van Oudenaren was assessed on the scene by emergency medical personnel and not transported for treatment. Deputies on scene determined that Van Oudenaren had been operating his vehicle while impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision. Van Oudenaren was arrested and charged with Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.
 
Anyone with information on this collision is asked to contact Corporal Christopher Beyer at 301-475-4200 extension 78004 or by email at Christopher.Beyer@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.

YMCA Exploratory Committee to Hold Rescheduled Meeting via Teleconference

LEONARDTOWN, MD - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the YMCA Exploratory Committee will hold a rescheduled meeting via teleconference Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room located in the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, MD discuss their final report. 
 
The regular meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020, was canceled but has been rescheduled for June 3, 2020, at 6 p.m. and will be held via teleconference. Due to social distancing guidelines at this time, the meeting will not be open to the public. While the public is not allowed to be physically present, the public may listen to the meeting by calling 301-579-7236; Access code: 963443 While citizens may listen only, you are encouraged to submit your comments via video clip (under 3 minutes please) and email them by June 1, 2020, to PublicMtgs@stmarysmd.com.  Press may attend.
 
If the Public Gathering/Social Distance guidance cannot be followed, the meeting will be canceled/rescheduled.
 
For more information, please contact SMCG Staff Contact at  diane.gleissner@stmarysmd.com.
 
Appropriate accommodations for individuals with special needs will be provided upon request.  In order to meet these requirements, we respectfully ask for one week’s prior notice.  Please contact the County Commissioners Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. 71707.  Proceedings may be televised live and/or recorded for later broadcast on television.  All content of these proceedings is subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act.  Photographic and electronic audio and visual broadcasting and recording devices may be used during the YMCA Exploratory Committee meetings. These are public meetings and attendance at these meetings automatically grants St. Mary’s County Government permission to broadcast your audio and visual image.

Motor Vehicle Collision in Leonardtown Under Investigation

On May 25, 2020, at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 22000 block of Newtowne Neck Road in Leonardtown, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located two vehicles involved. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 2015 Mazda 3 operated by Corey Michael Brooks, age 32 of Clements, was traveling south on Newtowne Neck Road in the area of Rosebank Court, when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the centerline into the opposite travel lane. The Mazda 3 collided with a 2014 Ford Focus operated by Jonathan Eric Payer, age 51 of Leonardtown. Brooks was transported to an area trauma center via helicopter with incapacitating injuries. Payer was assessed on scene by emergency medical personnel and not transported for treatment.
 
At this time, the circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision, that has not provided a statement to law enforcement is asked to contact Deputy First Class Shawn Shelko at (301) 475-4200 extension 78147 or by email at Shawn.Shelko@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.

FDR Boulevard Extension Road Opening from Monterey Lane to Kinnegad Drive/Castletown Way

LEONARDTOWN, MD - Please be advised that on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the roadway extension of FDR Boulevard, from Monterey Lane (Private) to the roundabout at the intersection of Kinnegad Drive/Castletown Way (Private) for a length of 0.28 mile, will be open to traffic.
 
Construction completion will provide a connection to the current end of Amber Drive at the intersection of Kinnegad Drive/Castletown Way (Private), located in Great Mills, MD, within the Hickory Hills community. Amber Drive was previously reconstructed as part of the FDR Boulevard project. A road renaming will occur June 9, changing the road name of Amber Drive to FDR Boulevard.
 
The extension and connection of the FDR Boulevard roadway will allow traffic to flow between MD 4 - St. Andrews Church Road and MD 237 - Chancellors Run Road. Due to this extension and connection, additional traffic volume will occur within the Laurel Glen, Beverly Hills and Hickory Hills communities. Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of the increased vehicular traffic and use only designated crosswalk locations for crossing FDR Boulevard.
 
Citizens with questions about the roadway extension of FDR Boulevard and the renaming of Amber Drive to FDR Boulevard can contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext. 73525.

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

May 26, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm, the suspect stole the tip jar from the Ledo Pizza restaurant in Leonardtown. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a red puffy jacket.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Robert Chase at 301-475-4200, ext. 78079 or email robert.chase@stmarysmd.com. Case # 31838-20
 
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

Detectives Seek Public's Help Locating Missing Juvenile

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating Jelani Isreal Freeman, 12, of Waldorf who was reported missing on May 23. He was last seen on May 22 at approximately 10 p.m. in the 8700 block of Bancroft Drive in Waldorf. Freeman is 5’2” and weighs about 125 lbs. Family members believe he is in the Washington, DC area. Detectives are pursuing leads and ask that anyone with information regarding Freeman’s whereabouts call Detective K. Goddard at 301-609-6428. The investigation is ongoing.


Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing & Community Hotline Memorial Day Closure

Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, the St. Mary’s County Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be closed. Drive-thru testing will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 26 (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.).
 
Testing is offered in front of the Outpatient Pavilion at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. In order to be tested in the drive-thru, individuals must:
 
Have a doctor’s order for testing from a community health care professional or the Health Department, available through the COVID-19 Community Hotline (301-475-4911)
Present a valid photo ID and insurance card 
Remain in their vehicle with the windows rolled up until it is time to receive their test. An associate will come out to your vehicle.
 
The COVID-19 Community Hotline will also be closed, Monday, May 25, but will reopen for callers with COVID-19 questions on Tuesday, May 26. Regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
For more information regarding COVID-19 prevention, local data, symptoms and testing, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus.

Woman Killed In Vehicle Accident In La Plata

(La Plata, Maryland) – On Thursday, May 21, 2020, at approximately 2348 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision on Maryland Route 6 (Charles Street) in the area of Bel Alton Newtown Road in La Plata, Maryland. Due to the seriousness of the collision, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested a Collision Reconstruction Specialist (CRS) to assume the investigation. Trooper First Class M. Posch of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded as requested.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates a 2014 Nissan Sentra operated by Virginia Gayle Stout (53 yoa) of La Plata, Maryland was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 6 in the area of Bel Alton Newtown Road. For reasons unknown, the Nissan traveled off the roadway and entered a ditch, traveled through a group of bushes and subsequently collided with a tree. Ms. Stout sustained injuries that were not compatible with life and was pronounced deceased on the scene.
 Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Duty Officer at the
Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by TFC B. Meurrens of the Maryland
State Police La Plata Barrack and TFC M. Posch (CRS) of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. (20-MSP-016889)

Calvert County Releases Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning announces the release of the Calvert County Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report.
 
The Flood Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report can be viewed online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/FloodMitigationProgressReport.
 
Calvert County's Flood Mitigation Plan includes Calvert County’s flooding history, a description of flooding issues that impact the county, a flood vulnerability assessment, property protection measures and preventative measures. The plan was adopted in 2011.
 
Calvert County participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, which requires the county to engage in activities that protect the 100-year floodplain, educate citizens and empower the community by providing 100-year floodplain information and data resources. To learn more about the CRS program in Calvert County, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/1926/Community-Rating-System.
 
As of May 1, 2015, Calvert County’s participation in FEMA’s CRS program allows county residents who own property with structures within the 100-year floodplain to receive a discount on flood insurance premiums when renewing their policies.
 
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.

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