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COVID-19 Testing Site Weather Closures 10-29-2020

LEONARDTOWN, MD (October 28, 2020) – Due to inclement weather anticipated from Tropical Storm Zeta, the following walk-up COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Thursday, October 29, 2020:
 
St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) COVID-19 Testing:
 
Main Office in Leonardtown
Harm Reduction Program Office in Lexington Park
Normal testing operations are expected to resume on Friday, October 30, 2020. For more information on local COVID-19 testing, visit: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing.
For local COVID-19 updates, data, and information, please visit the SMCHD website at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call (301) 475-4330.

Detectives Investigating Homicide on Mount Clare Place in Waldorf

On October 27 at 11:40 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Mount Clare Place in Waldorf after receiving a call to check on the welfare of a resident who lived in one of the apartments. Upon arrival, officers located Herbert Andrei James, 64, deceased inside his residence. He had trauma to his body and foul play is suspected. It does not appear this is a random incident. Detectives are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to contact Detective C. Garner at (301) 609-6531. 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.


Board of County Commissioners Votes to Award the Sale of County Bonds

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 28, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners voted to award the sale of $39.9 million in bonds during a public meeting held Oct. 22, 2020. The bonds are public improvement general obligation bonds and are backed by the full faith and credit of the county.
 
The purpose of the bond sale is to help finance projects including the upgrade of the emergency communication system to 800 MHz, closing out contracts from the construction of Northern High School, various fire-rescue apparatus and to refund prior bond issuances to reduce future debt service payments by more than $2 million. The winning bids for the bond sale came from FHN Financial Capital Markets and Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc., at a true interest rate of 1.3%.
 
In October 2020, Calvert County Government received AAA credit ratings from three independent credit agencies due to the county’s strong economy, robust revenues and sound financial management. The AAA credit rating allows the county government to receive funding through bond sales at a lower interest rate for major capital projects.
 
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2651 or via email at Beth.Richmond@calvertcountymd.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.

Report of Person with Firearm at Webster Field, Suspect in Custody, Scene Secured

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – At 10:35 Oct. 28, 2020 NAS Patuxent River emergency services received a report of an individual in Building 8140 at Webster Outlying Field with a firearm. A lockdown of Webster Field was put in place as NAS Patuxent River Security Forces and St. Mary's County Sheriff's department personnel responded to the scene and took a suspect in custody. A search of the suspect and their belongings found no weapon. No shots fired and no injuries reported, but the investigation is ongoing. The scene has been secured and the lockdown has been lifted as of 11:15 a.m.
 
NAS Patuxent River would like to thank our Navy and community partner emergency services for their quick and professional response to this emergency situation.

Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

(Prince Frederick, MD) – The below incidents, investigations, and arrests are, in part, demonstrative of the Prince Frederick Barrack’s effort to ensure that Calvert County is a safe place to live, work, and visit.
 
False Name to Police - On October 15, 2020, TFC Lewis stopped a vehicle on Route 4 at Parran Rd, Saint Leonard, MD, for a traffic violation. A search of the vehicle was conducted due to the odor of marijuana. During the traffic stop, the front seated passenger provided a name of Hakeem NMN Benson, DOB: 9/24/1996. It was later discovered that his real identity was Demetrius Ronell Benson, DOB: 8/24/1996 As a result, Benson was arrested for providing a false name and then transported to CCDC without incident. The driver, Laquisha Young, DOB: 7/10/1999 was issued a civil citation for the marijuana and released from the scene.
 
CDS Possession - Oxycodone – On October 21, 2020, TFC Kelly responded to 313 Serenity
Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland, for a reported domestic dispute. During the investigation, it was learned that Steven Terrell Wheeler, DOB: 10/15/1994, had been previously issued a “No Trespass” Order for the location by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, Wheeler was placed under arrest for the crime of Trespassing and transported to CCDC without incident.
 
Driving While Impaired / CDS Possession - Heroin – On October 22, 2020, Tpr. White
stopped a vehicle at Cedarwood Ln and Route 4 in Dunkirk, Maryland, for traffic violations. The driver, Justin Dale Wood, DOB: 12/02/1989, failed to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests satisfactorily and was arrested for DWI. A search incident to a lawful arrest revealed multiple capsules of suspected heroin. Wood was transported to the MSP Prince Frederick Barrack for processing prior to being transported to CCDC without incident.
 
Fleeing Police / Fugitive Other Area / Warrant – On October 23, 2020, TFC Lewis and
Tpr. Sheets were attempting to locate Khaleel Delano Thompson, DOB: 5/28/1988. After not finding  him at his listed residence, the Troopers discovered Thompson in the parking lot of Weis in Lusby, Maryland. Upon contact with police, Thompson successfully fled the scene only to be apprehended a short time later by TFC Lewis. Thompson was arrested on the Failure to Appear Warrant, fleeing from uniformed police and multiple out of state warrants from the State of Pennsylvania. Thompson was transported to CCDC without incident.
 
2nd Degree Assault (Domestic) - On October 27, 2020, TFC Marsch was dispatched to 819
Calvert Towne Road, Prince Frederick, Maryland for a reported domestic assault. It was determined, through an investigation, that Kirby Michael Whitebull, DOB: 9/4/2001, had assaulted his girlfriend. As a result, Whitebull was arrested for 2nd degree assault and then transported to CCDC without incident.

St. Mary's County Public Schools Will Participate In Interscholastic Athletic Competition

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Maryland State Board of Education approved a request from local school systems to move the start date for winter sports to December 7, 2020, from February 1, 2021. In accordance with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Interscholastic Athletic Competition Season Update, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will begin the winter sports season on December 7, 2020.  SMCPS is currently engaged in fall sports as part of our first semester engagement plan.  We will continue to fully implement our local first semester athletic and extracurricular engagement plan through December 4, 2020.
 
For more information about the MPSSAA update please visit: 
https://www.mpssaa.org/mpssaa-interscholastic-athletic-competition-season-update-/
 
The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, and sponsors is our top priority.  Please contact your school’s athletic director or Michael A. Watson, Director of Facility Coordination, Health and Physical Education, and Athletics at mawatson@smcps.org if you have any questions or would like to acquire additional information.

St. Mary's County Public Schools Department Of Food And Nutrition Services Meal Distribution - Change Of Schedule

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services announces changes in the schedule of curbside meal distribution beginning the month of November. Meals are available for students ages 18 years and younger.  Meals can be picked up from any school site even if your student attends a different school.  
 
Week of November 9 – Due to the Veterans’ Day holiday, meals will be distributed on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12 only.  Monday’s meal bag will include food for three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).  Thursday’s meal bag will include food for two days (Thursday and Friday).  The time for curbside meal distribution during this week is 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Beginning November 16 – Curbside meal distribution will continue at each school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; however, the pickup times will change. The new time for curbside meal distribution will be as follows:
 
? Elementary school curbside meal pick-up will be: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
 
? Middle school curbside meal pick-up will be:  11 a.m. - 12 Noon
 
? High school curbside meal pick-up will be:  12 Noon - 1 p.m.
 
      These new curbside meal distribution times will continue until further notice.
 
Week of November 23 – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, curbside meals will be distributed on Monday only.  This meal bag will include five days of meals for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack. All meal bags include milk and/or water.  Meal distribution times for this day will be as noted above.
 
Flyers containing these schedule changes will be distributed in each meal bag prior to the week the schedule change is to begin.
 
More information can also be found on the SMCPS home page under Twitter.  If you have any questions regarding the schedule change, please send them to www.foodservice@smcps.org.

Man Charged In Connection With Waldorf Car Fire

CHARLES COUNTY, MD - Deputy State Fire Marshals have arrested a Prince Georges County man in connection with setting a woman's vehicle on fire in Waldorf this past June. Tavon Eric Jackson, age 27, was extradited to Maryland from Washington D.C, today after investigators filed charges earlier this month.
 
On June 9, 2020, at 11:30 p.m. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a vehicle fire in the 3000 block of Otter Square in Waldorf. Upon their arrival, they discovered a 2008 Chevrolet Impala ablaze. Firefighters controlled the fire within five minutes, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested to investigate the origin and cause. Investigators concluded the fire was intentionally set and the vehicle determined to be a total loss, with an estimated value of $1,500.00
 
After a lengthy investigation, Deputy State Fire Marshals identified Jackson as the suspect. Jackson is the cousin of the owners' estranged boyfriend. Investigators also learned Jackson had displayed a handgun and threatened the owner after the vehicle fire.
 
Jackson was arrested with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC). He is currently being held and awaiting bond review at Charles County Detention Center, where he has been charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, and Handgun on a Person. If convicted, Jackson faces 28-years imprisonment and over $35,000.00 in fines. 

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of October 19 – October 25 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,156 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-54752
On October 20, 2020, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Back Creek Road in Solomons for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between 7:30pm and 9:25pm on October 19th, an unknown suspect(s) pushed their Harley Davidson motorcycle over while parked at the Pier Restaurant in Solomons. The value of damaged property is $2,000.
 
Theft: 20-54639
On October 19, 2020, Deputy Dymond responded to Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between March and October 16th, an unknown suspect(s) cut off the catalytic converters from two buses. The value of stolen property is $1,000.
 
Theft: 20-54740
On October 19, 2020, Deputy Cress responded to Sea Side Court in North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 16th and October 19th, an unknown suspect(s) stole the catalytic converter from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $250.
 
Theft: 20-55307
On October 23, 2020, Deputy Barger took a report of a theft that occurred at Mount Hope Convenience Center Compactor Site. The complainant advised sometime between 9:15am and 10:30am while at the Compactor Site, an unknown suspect(s) stole a black and yellow Dewalt mutil-tool saw from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $180.
 
Theft: 20-55397
On October 23, 2020, Deputy Sampson responded to Walton Road in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 4:00pm on October 22nd and 6:00pm on October 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear tag from their vehicle while parked in the driveway. The value of stolen property is $5.
 
Theft: 20-55562
On October 24, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski responded to Brick Wood Fired Bistro in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised two unknown female suspects were observed fleeing the restaurant before paying their $40.28 bill. 
 
Theft: 20-55621
On October 25, 2020, Deputy Grierson responded to White Sands Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 7:00pm on October 24th and 9:00am on October 25th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a Louis Viton wallet and large amount of US currency from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $450.
 
Theft: 20-55686
On October 25, 2020, Deputy Sampson responded to Plum Point Road in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 8:00pm on October 24th and 8:55pm on October 25th, an unknown suspect(s) stole both the front and rear tags from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $10.
 
Theft of Political Campaign Signs
October 22nd through October 25th, Deputies responded to multiple calls for service regarding thefts of campaign signs in the Owings and Huntingtown area. 
 
Arrests:
 
On October 19, 2020, Deputy Hardy conducted a traffic stop at the Shell gas station on North Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick. Upon making contact with the vehicle occupants, Deputy Hardy detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from a vehicle. The occupants exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a clear cut straw, two paper folds containing a white powdery substance suspected to be heroin, seven spoons with burn marks and white residue, nineteen used hypodermic needles, several unused needles, a Blistex container containing a capsule filled with suspected heroin, seven unknown white pills, two small off white rocks, four pipes with burn marks and dark residue, a ball of copper wire, an empty clear capsules containing suspected heroin residue and Q tips wrapped in toilet paper. All items were located in several bags throughout the vehicle, all belonging to passenger, Katherine Paige Adkins (46). Adkins was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On October 20, 2020, Deputy Anderson conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rio Grande Trail and Rustlers Ridge in Lusby. Upon making contact with the driver, who initially identified under a false name and date of birth, Deputy Anderson detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver, who was later identified as Shaquanda Nekole Cooke (28), exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a small black purse containing a cut plastic straw with white powdery residue suspected to be cocaine. Calvert County Emergency Communications confirmed Cooke was wanted on several warrants through Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Prince George’s County. Cooke was placed under arrest and transported to Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, False Statement to Peace Officer, and was served with her warrants. 
 
On October 23, 2020, Deputy Wilder observed a suspicious vehicle while conducting a routine patrol check at the Patuxent Plaza Shopping Center in Solomons. Upon making contact with the driver, Mark Lawrence Bradley (30), Deputy Wilder detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A small marijuana cigarette belonging to Bradley was surrendered. Bradley exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a small brown bag containing a glass jar of raw marijuana, a short cut plastic straw containing white residue, a small plastic tied off bag containing a white powder/ rock substance suspected to be cocaine, and an additional plastic bag containing white residue and a clear plastic tube with a small white rock inside, suspected to be cocaine. A search of Bradley’s person was conducted resulting in a small clear plastic tube containing a white powdery substance suspected to be Ecstasy. Bradley was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia
 
On October 25, 2020, Deputy E. Payne was traveling east on Mt. Harmony Road in Owings and observed a male subject laying in the roadway. The male, Ray Anthony Harris, Jr. (24), appeared to be vomiting while lying on the roadway. Deputy Payne attempted to provide assistance and observed Harris to have slurred speech, mumbling incoherent sentences, and sway back and forth. Harris began yelling multiple obscenities at Deputy Payne and EMS responders, refusing assistance and refusing to stay out of the roadway. Harris began yelling at and approaching passing cars, continuing to shout profanities and obscenities. Harris was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance, Disturbing Peace and Hindering Passage, Disorderly Conduct, and Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order. 

Sandbags Available to Help Residents Protect Property

Due to predicted heavy rainfall and possible flooding conditions resulting from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Zeta, sand and sandbags are available for Calvert County residents who need them to protect property.
 
Sandbags will be available Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stafford Road Salt Dome located at 335 Stafford Road in Barstow.
 
County staff will not be available to assist. Citizens should bring a shovel to fill bags. Sandbags are limited to 20 per person.
 
Residents must follow health precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19, to include maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from others and wearing a face covering if unable to maintain adequate distancing.
 
It is important to stay informed through official channels, as information may change rapidly. Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for official weather information, alerts and warnings; follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials.
 
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.
 
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.

COVID-19 Testing Site Closing for Election Day

The COVID-19 testing site at the Regency Stadium, home of the Southern Blue Crabs, will be closed Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for Election Day.  Testing will take place Thursday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Appointments are required and can be scheduled at covidtest.maryland.gov.  The regular testing operations will resume Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the stadium which is located at 11765 Linus Drive, Waldorf MD 20602. 

 

During the fall and winter seasons, scheduled drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic hours may be canceled due to inclement weather.  Check the Health Department website and social media platforms for updates.

 

For more information, contact the COVID-19 call center Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 301-609-6717.


Charlotte Hall Library Closed Tuesday, Oct. 27

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Charlotte Hall Library will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 27. An employee of an organization located next door tested positive for COVID-19.  That person has not been in the library section of the building. The St. Mary’s County Health Department has assessed the situation, and the Libray will follow all safety and precautionary steps while contact tracing is begin done.

 

The Leonardtown and Lexington Park locations will be open for regular operations. However, the Lexington Park Library phone service is inoperable, and customers should call the Leonardtown Library at 301-475-2846. 



Deputy Involved Collision in Port Republic

On October 26, 2020 at approximately 7:57 a.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Broomes Island Road and Chippingwood Drive, Port Republic, Maryland for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, units located two vehicles off the paved portion of Broomes Island Road, both with front-end damage.  One of the involved vehicles was a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office marked patrol cruiser.   
A preliminary investigation revealed that shortly prior to the accident Calvert County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were dispatched to a 911 call for a burglary in progress in Port Republic, MD.  Two police units were traveling eastbound on Broomes Island Road responding to the call with emergency equipment (lights and siren) activated.  Traffic was yielding to the emergency vehicles approaching a curve on Broomes Island Road near Clover Drive.  As the Sheriff’s Office vehicle negotiated the curve it lost control and ultimately entered the westbound lane of Broomes Island Road.  The cruiser struck a Toyota Sienna van head-on, forcing them both from the roadway.    
The Toyota van was being operated by April Lee Lyons, a 38-year-old female of Port Republic, MD.  The Sheriff’s Office marked patrol cruiser was being operated by Deputy S. L. Stevens, a 22-year-old female deputy.  Mrs. Lyons was transported by ambulance to PG Hospital Center Trauma Unit and is listed in critical, but stable condition.   Deputy Stevens was transported to an area trauma center where she is listed in critical, but stable condition.   
Preliminary contributing factors considered at this time are wet roadway conditions and driver error on the part of the involved deputy; however, the investigation is in the early stages and the full causation is unknown at this time.   
The collision is under investigation by Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of Crash Reconstruction Team anyone with information regarding this event are asked to contact Cpl. V. Bortchevsky via e-mail at vlad.bortchevsky@calvertcountymd.gov or by calling (410) 535-2800.  

Self-Service Sandbags Available at Convenience Centers

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Self-service sandbags will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, at all St. Mary’s County convenience center locations for citizens wishing to prepare for possible flooding conditions later this week due to Tropical Storm Zeta.

 

Self-service sandbags will be available at the following convenience center locations:

 

            Charlotte Hall – 37766 New Market Turner Road

            Oakville – 26630 North Sandgates Road

            Clements – 24547 Horseshoe Road

            St. Andrews – 44595 St. Andrews Church Road

            Valley Lee – 45350 Happyland Road

            Ridge – 13939 Point Lookout Road

 

 

Sandbags are not pre-filled and are limited to between 10 and 25 sandbags per person while supplies last.

 

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3527.


Detectives Investigating Homicide at Glenview Place in Waldorf

On October 25 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 inside an apartment. Upon arrival, officers located Latoya Hicks, 33, of Waldorf, inside her apartment doorway. She had trauma to her body and was the victim of an apparent homicide. Detectives are pursuing leads, and the case does not appear to be random. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501. 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.
 


Roadway and Memorial Sign Dedication to Honor Fallen Officer Sgt. Timothy C. Minor #109

On Saturday, October 24, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Charles County Board of County Commissioners and Charles County Public Works / Roads Division, held a small ceremony and unveiled a roadway sign dedicating Smallwood Drive East in honor of Sgt. Timothy Clyde Minor, #109, a motor officer who died in the line of duty on February 12, 1996 after a vehicle pulled out in front of him as he was responding to a call. The sign is located in a grassy area of the median of Smallwood Drive East near Stone Avenue in Waldorf. Although the crash occurred in Newburg, family members selected Smallwood Drive East for the sign placement because that was a roadway Sgt. Minor traveled daily.

 

Sgt. Minor was assigned to the Traffic Operations Unit and had been a police officer for 17 years. “Sgt. Minor served Charles County well. People loved him. His tall physical presence, 6’4” in height, stood out. He commanded respect. However, it was his warm smile and his gentle demeanor that led to his nickname, the Gentle Giant,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry. “Tim was known for his kindness and compassion. He always had a nice word to share or a smile to give.” 

 

Sgt. Minor’s wife, Gloria, his two children Tim, Jr., and Jessica, relatives, friends and agency members (current and retired) gathered at a church parking lot on Smallwood Drive East where Captain David Kelly, Commander of Executive Services, welcomed guests and gave opening remarks. Previously, Captain Kelly worked behind the scenes for months to secure the sign location and coordinate the ceremony. “I feel incredibly happy that we were able to get this signage for Sgt. Minor. I know how much it means to their family and our agency,” said Captain Kelly.

 

 

“Undoubtedly, during his career, the assignment Tim loved the most was being a member of the Motor Unit. He was an avid motorcyclist and when the opportunity arose, he applied and was accepted into the prestigious unit. Withstanding the heat and cold, Tim proudly represented the Agency by leading parades, processions, competing in regional competitions and patrolling the streets of Charles County, said Sheriff Berry. “I can think of no better way to honor and remember Tim than by having a roadway dedicated to his legacy and a sign bringing attention to his commitment and loyalty to the citizens of Charles County as he patrolled and protected our communities.”  

 

The CCSO Motor Unit, along with members of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Motor Unit provided an escort for the Minor family from their home in Waldorf to the sign site. Further, members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, who had known or worked with Tim, also responded to show their support. “I am very grateful and blessed. My heart is full to finally get this road sign dedicated in my husband’s memory. It is such an honor to know that he will always be remembered. I want to thank all those who made it possible and everyone who attended,” said Gloria Minor.    


Daylight Saving Time Ends – Reminder to Check Alarms

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at 2 a.m. Residents should turn clocks backward by one hour to 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and when changing clocks, remember to change the batteries in household alarms too.

 

The Department of Emergency Services reminds everyone that the annual time change is the perfect opportunity to change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends citizens replace smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries annually and test the alarms every month.

 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com


Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision In Waldorf

(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Saturday, October 17, 2020, at approximately 1542 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of personal injury motor vehicle collision on Maryland Route 5 (Leonardtown Rd) in the area of Renner Road in Waldorf, Maryland.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder operated by Charity Magruder (46 yoa) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and occupied by an 11 yoa child was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Maryland Route 5 onto Renner Road. At the same time, a 2001 Lincoln Towncar operated by Lorrie Anne Eveson (56 yoa) of Mechanicsville, Maryland
and occupied by Gloria Jean Schmidt (78 yoa) and Lewis Arno Schmidt (81 yoa) both of
Mechanicsville, Maryland were traveling southbound on Maryland Route 5 in the area of Renner Road. The operator of the Nissan failed to yield to oncoming traffic on a left turn and pulled into the travel path of the Lincoln.
Mrs. Schmidt was transported to MEDSTAR/Washington Hospital Center by Maryland State
Police helicopter Trooper 2 for treatment of her injuries. The 11 year old child and Mr. Schmidt were transported by ambulance to Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Both operators refused treatment on the scene.
On Friday, October 23, 2020, at approximately 1611 hours, Mrs. Gloria Schmidt was
pronounced deceased at MEDSTAR/Washington Hospital Center.
 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 Senior Trooper W. Scarlett of the
Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack (20-MSP-038535).

St. Clement's Island Museum and the Old Jail Museum to Change Over to Winter Hours of Operation

LEONARDTOWN, MD - Starting Nov. 1, 2020, museums operated by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division - St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point and the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown - will switch hours of operation over to Winter Hours. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park in Piney Point will begin winter hours Nov. 13, 2020.

 

From Nov. 1, 2020 through Mar. 24, 2021, St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Old Jail Museum locations will be open daily, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum will be open for pre-registered tours starting Nov. 13, 2020. The museums are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

 

The Water Taxi at St. Clement’s Island Museum will also cease operations for the season and resume cruises on Maryland Day, March 25, 2021.

 

About the St. Mary’s County Museum Division

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets. For more information regarding hours of operation, programs, events, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s social media pages on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCIMuseum, Facebook.com/1836Light, Facebook.com/DraydenSchool or Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseum, or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum, or at Museums.StMarysMD.com.


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