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Leonardtown, MD - There will be a full-cycle test of alert and notification sirens #41 and #45 in St. Mary’s County on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
 
The test for Siren #41, at 25101 Sotterley Road, Hollywood, MD, is scheduled for 12 p.m.
The test for Siren #45, at 44691 White Oak Court, California MD, is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
 
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of sirens #41 and #45 ONLY.
 
Citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors. 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
WYRX 97.7 FM Lexington Park
WKIK 1560 AM La Plata
WKIK 102.9 FM California
WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville
 
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Visit prepare.stmarysmd.com to learn about Disasters & Hazards, Being Prepared and Being Informed
 

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Burglary Case #16-40595:
On July 20, 2016, at approximately 22:10pm, Deputy C. Fox responded to Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive, in North Beach for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated her front door was inadvertently left unlocked and Joseph Higgins, 45, of Prince Frederick, entered without authorization.   Higgins was charged and arrested for Burglary 4th Degree.
 
Burglary Case #16-40266:
On July 19, 2016, at approximately 12:00pm, Deputy V. O’Donnell was dispatched to St. Leonard Road, in Saint Leonard, for an alert that a motion alarm inside a home was activated.  Once he arrived on the scene, he observed foot prints on the basement door as if an attempt was made to force entry.  He discovered a basement window broken, where entry appeared to have been made.  Miscellaneous items were strewn about the house and several interior doors were also damaged.  The victim conducted a walkthrough but stated nothing appeared to have been stolen.
 
Burglary Case #16-40124:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter responded to Comstock Drive, in Lusby, for the report of a burglary.  The victim reported that sometime between 12:00pm on July 4th and 7:00pm on July 18, an unknown person(s) entered the home and stole a Craftsman Air Compressor and Bostitch Nail Gun.  There were no signs of forced entry and no known suspects at this time.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-39987:
On July 18, 2016, at approximately 1:30am, Deputy J. Denton assisted with a traffic stop at the intersection of Alexander Lane/S. Solomons Island Road, in Solomons.  The driver, Tyler Homan, 25, of Solomons, was seen using his cell phone while driving and admitted to playing “Pokemon Go” while driving.  A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle, as well.  Mr. Homan was charged with Possession of Marijuana more than 10 grams and issued a warning for the traffic violation.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40346:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to Dayton Avenue, in North Beach, for the report of a destruction of property.  Once on the scene, he made contact with the victim who stated someone threw several eggs at the front window of his house, damaging the screen.  
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40344:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to the Beach belonging to the Bayside Forest Community, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a destruction of property.  He made contact with the victims who stated they had received permission from the Homeowner’s Association to construct a tent in a wooded area, which was to be used temporarily as a ‘warm up’ area as they prepared for a long distance hike.  Later that day when they arrived back at the tent, they discovered someone had cut all four (4) sides of the tent, including two (2) tarps which were on top of the tent.  At this time there are no suspects.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40018:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy S. Moran was dispatched to Piute Court, in Lusby, for the report of a damaged vehicle.  The victim stated that sometime between 11:00pm on July 16th and 8:00am on July 17th, someone scratched and keyed the passenger side of his vehicle.  Later that night, around 11:30pm, he checked his vehicle again and discovered all four (4) tires had been slashed and were flattened.  This case is still under investigation.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-40290:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy B. McCourt was dispatched to Calvert Towne Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a fight in progress involving several people.  Once on the scene, the participants appeared to have de-escalated the situation but Roosevelt Brooks, 43, of Prince Frederick, would not cooperate and continued to yell profanities and act in a disorderly manner.  Based on his actions, Brooks was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct.
 
Theft Case #16-40547:
On July 14, 2016, Deputy A. Woodford  responded to Birch Drive, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft.  The victim advised someone had broken into the lockbox that held a key for the residence and that the key was missing.  This theft took place sometime between July 18 - 19th.
 
Theft Case #16-40428:
On July 20, 2016, around 6:30am, Deputy J. Ward was dispatched to Loring Drive, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim reported an unknown suspect(s) had made entry into his locked vehicle and removed a Macintosh Diagnosis Laptop, Macintosh Macsimizer Laptop, Power Probe Tester, AC Dye Tester, a cellular flip phone and money.
 
Theft Case #16-40059:
On July 17, 2016, Deputy A. Curtin was dispatched to Trail Pass, in Owings, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim reported that sometime between 9:00pm on July 17 and 6:00am on July 18, someone stole items from their vehicle.  The items include:  Oakley Sunglasses, a Galaxy phone charger and money.
 
Theft Cases #16-40061 and #16-40053:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy A. Curtin was dispatched to Covenant Court, in Owings, for the report of thefts from vehicles.  Sometime between 2:30am on July 18 and noon the same day, someone entered an unlocked vehicle and broke into another, stealing two (2) credit cards, money and an iPhone charger.
 
Theft Case #16-40042:
On July 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00am, Deputy A. Curtin responded to Harmony Court, in Owings, for the report of a theft.  Someone broke the passenger side window of a vehicle and stole money.
 
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us  or by calling 410-535-2800. 
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity.
 

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Leonardtown, MD - The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory from noon today to 8 p.m. for St. Mary’s County.
 
High temperatures of between 95 and 100 degrees, with heat index values of around 110 degrees are expected. Citizens are urged to take extra precautions if planning to work or spend time outdoors.
 
When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
The following cooling centers will be open during their regular hours. Residents who need to take refuge in a cool place can go to one of the following locations:
 
Garvey Senior Activity Center 
41780 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Charlotte Hall Library 
37600 New Market Rd.
Charlotte Hall
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellor's Run Road
Great Mills
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Leonardtown Library
23250 Hollywood Rd.
Leonardtown
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Northern Senior Activity Center 
29655 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Lexington Park Library 
21677 FDR Blvd.
Lexington Park
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
For more information and to “Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave” visit www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety#/Respond or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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The County Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have selected Charles County as one of the nation’s most digitally advanced county in the 150,000 – 249,999 population category, placing second.  This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division’s 14th consecutive year as a recipient of this award.
The 2016 annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. The survey, conducted by CDG and its Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. To be eligible for the award, a county must be a member of NACo. There are 3,069 NACo county members.
County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM said, "The award recognizes the innovative and creative work of the county's IT staff. IT’s accomplishments allow County Government to provide streamlined services and information to benefit county operations and residents."
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
For more information about the Center for Digital Government, and to view the full list of winners, visit http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2016-Winners-Announced.html.

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The Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building is hosting informational meetings to introduce the two-year process of updating the county's Comprehensive Plan and rewriting the Zoning Ordinance.
This is the first of many upcoming chances for residents to offer their vision for the county’s future, from transportation, economic development and public safety to recreation, natural resources, housing and more. Four informational meetings are scheduled:
 
Wednesday, July 27, 1-2:30 p.m.
Harriett Elizabeth Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
Thursday, July 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons
 
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department
3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk
 
Monday, Aug. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Harriett Elizabeth Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
The presentations will explain what a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance are and why they need to be updated; describe demographic, housing and transportation trends; and give a timeline of the update and rewrite project. They are meant to convey the importance of this project in advance of the first round of participatory public meetings to be held this fall.
There will be an open house 30 minutes before each meeting and staff will be on hand to answer questions. To learn about future events and check the status of this project, visit www.co.cal.md.us/FutureCalvert. From this page, sign up to receive email messages about the project by clicking “Notify Me” and selecting “Future Calvert” under the News Flash heading.

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On July 22 at 1:52 a.m., officers responded to the Toys-R-Us in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. When the first officer arrived, he observed the front door was open. While inside checking, the officer observed the suspect, who was not wearing a shirt but had on gloves and pants, hiding behind a shelf in the rear of the store. The suspect fled out of the back doors and the officer pursued him on foot. The suspect continued to a wooded area where he fell and was subsequently apprehended. A total of 24 PS3 and PS4 video games were recovered. Kareem Wali Bright, 20, of Waldorf, was charged with burglary and theft. Officer A. Bringley made the arrest.

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On July 21 at 11:50 p.m., officers responded to the area of Matthews Road at Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road for the report of a motorcycle crash. A preliminary investigation showed Adam Harley Rogers, 32, of Indian Head, was operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle on Matthews Road when he struck a curb and crashed. He was initially unconscious but regained consciousness shortly after the crash. While preparations for transport via MSP Trooper 2 were underway, Rogers stopped breathing and CPR was initiated. He was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later. Sgt. Jon Burroughs of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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On Friday July 22nd at approximately 4:01p.m. the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call stating that a red Dodge truck was being operated in an erratic manner.  It was alleged the truck had struck a mailbox on Birch Drive.  The caller advised at 4:03p.m., the truck was travelling westbound on Dares Beach Road and passed a vehicle on the double yellow line approaching Terrace Drive.  At 4:04p.m., the caller advised the truck had crossed the double yellow lines on Dares Beach Road, entered the eastbound lane and struck another red Dodge 2500 truck head on.
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units that were responding to attempt to locate the lookout vehicle arrived on scene at approximately 4:06p.m., and immediately requested the Crash Reconstruction Team (CRT) to respond.  Members from the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department and the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and extricated the patients from the vehicles.  The driver of the at fault Dodge truck was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the eastbound red Dodge 2500 truck was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital.  
The deceased was identified as Leah Marie Bucia, a 47 year old female from Huntingtown.   The male operating the eastbound red Dodge 2500 which was struck was identified as David Allen Brown a 37 year old male of Charles County.  
Anyone who may have witnessed or has any information about this collision is requested to contact Deputy First Class Jeff Hardesty of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office CRT. He can be reached by emailing hardesjm@co.cal.md.us or be calling 410-535-2800. 
 

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7-15-2016 – Assault – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 48000 block of Leachburg Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Angela Marie Forrest, age 23, of Ridge, struck the victim with a motor vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, and Forrest was placed under arrest for First and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36733-16
 
7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy L. Johnson responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park bit the victim on the back multiple times and once on the arm. The victim displayed fresh bite marks. Vasques-Florez was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 37101-16
 
7-17-2016 – Possession – Deputy D. Potter was on another call at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital when he was approached by a nurse in the Emergency Room concerned for a patient in another room who became unresponsive. She advised the suspect, Matthew Christopher Holiva, age 24, of West Bend Wisconsin, was in the room with the victim prior to becoming unresponsive. Holiva was located in a nearby restroom, with an uncapped hypodermic syringe containing a slightly red substance in his possession. A search revealed in his possession was also a metal spoon, a piece of cotton, and hypodermic syringes being used to prepare suspected heroin. Hovila was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance: Heroin, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia. CASE# 36948-16
 
7-16-2016 – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 24000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood for the report of a domestic dispute. The suspect, Becky Lynn Gould struck the victim with a frying pan and a piece of wood she broke off from a door. She then unsuccessfully attempted to assault the victim with a stun gun. The victim had visible signs of injury and Gould was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36790-16
 
7-16-2016 – Possession – Deputy Bush responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road for the report of a possible wanted subject observed by another officer. The suspect, Patrick Neal Boothe, age 27, of Drayden, was located in his vehicle and appeared to be under the influence. In his possession, was a bent aluminum can with holes containing suspected crack cocaine. Boothe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana – Cocaine, CDS Possession Paraphernalia, and served an arrest warrant. CASE# 36864-16
 
7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park, scratched the victim and made threatening remarks during an argument. Flores was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. CASE# 37127-16
 
7-14-2016 – Escape – Deputy S. Bowie arrested the suspect, Leo Walton Wagner, Jr., age 36, of Mechanicsville, for failure to report as ordered for incarceration as directed by the sentencing judge. He was charged with Second Degree Escape and Retake Warrant. CASE# 37324-16
 
7-19-2016 – Possession –  Captain Daniel Alioto was off duty when he observed Hope Gover Beggs, age 60, of Lexington Park, operating a motor vehicle in the Great Mills area. Suspect Beggs was stopped and detained. Members of the COPS Unit arrived to assist. Suspect Beggs was observed attempting to discard an item, which when retrieved was found to be a straw with cocaine residue. She was charged accordingly.  

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Due to the expected extreme heat this weekend, the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is extending the outdoor pool hours on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 to 8 p.m.  Cool off this weekend and make a splash in a Charles County pool.
Outdoor pools:
Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf)
La Plata High School (6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata)
Maurice J. McDonough (7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret)
Visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com or call the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-934-9305 for more information about Charles County Parks and Recreation events, activities, and happenings. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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On July 20, detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division arrested Angel Miguel Santana, 26, of Waldorf, in connection with the murder of Thomas Tibbs,19, who was shot and killed during an altercation on March 23 in the 2500 block of Gittings Court in Waldorf. Detectives arrested another suspect, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, 21, back in March. Santana and Brawner are charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and first-degree assault. Both suspects were also charged with the attempted murder of Tibbs’ friend who was shot during the altercation.  Santana is being held at the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) on a $1 million dollar bond. Brawner is being held at the CCDC on a $500,000 bond. Det. J. Austin is continuing the investigation. 

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Thursday, July 21, Marvin Anani (human) and Dr. Angelica Spotson (a Russell Terrier mix known as “Angel” who is an expert bed bug sniffer) gave Calvert Library the all-clear after a thorough search.  According to Superior Bed Bug Solutions company website, Angel was “trained using scent vials that developed her abilities to pinpoint live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs.  She trained alongside police, arson and bomb squad dogs to distinguish between odors and track the scent of bedbugs to their source.  Anani and Dr. Spotson are annually certified by the Integrated Bed Bug Management Association as a bed bug detection team.”  Angel has been doing detection for about two years.  According to SBBS, dogs are about 95% accurate in assessing a building for bed bugs. 
 
Wednesday, July 20, four bed bugs were found on a book in the book drop at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  The book drop was closed and all items in the book drop were immediately quarantined.  This quick action on the part of library staff prevented any spread of the pest.  According to Calvert Library Board of Trustees President Martha Grahame, “We have a vigilant, well-trained staff of very smart people who know how to react quickly to almost any situation. We are proud of the work they do and pleased to have ended this event on a happy note.”  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Leonardtown, MD – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned a AA long-term rating to $25 million in St. Mary’s County general obligation (GO) improvement bonds, series 2016. The ratings firm also affirmed its AA rating on previously issued GO bonds and deemed the county’s economic outlook is stable.
 
S&P’s rationale for the rating include:
 
·       A strong county economy with per capita market value of $108,384. The agency noted the  county’s market value grew by 1.3% over the past year to $12 billion in 2016.
 
·       Very strong management, including strong financial policies and practices under the agency’s Financial Management Assessment methodology. This is indicative of strong financial policies which are well embedded and likely sustainable.
 
·       The county’s very strong budgetary flexibility with an FY15 available fund balance of 26% of operating expenditures, or $54.1 million. This also includes $44.6 million (21.4% of expenditures) in the general fund and $9.5 million (4.5% of expenditures) which is outside the general fund.
 
·       Very strong liquidity with total available cash at 28.1% of total governmental fund expenditure and 6.7 times governmental debt service in 2015.
 
·       Very strong debt and contingent liability profile with total governmental fund debt service at 4.2% of total fund expenditures. Net direct debt of 44.2% of total fund revenue.  
 
S&P’s overall economic outlook for the county is stable. The agency says this is due to the large and diverse property tax base. S&P predicts this will likely continue due to NAS Pax River’s presence in St. Mary’s County.
 
“This is very good news for St. Mary’s County as we continue to work through our economic challenges,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We look forward to continuing our economic policies which hopefully will lead to a AAA rating in the very near future.”
 
The S&P Rating follows a AA rating from Fitch Ratings and a Aa2 rating from Moody’s in June. The full report is available at http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/S&P Rating Jul-20-2016.pdf.

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Leonardtown, MD - In response to citizen comments about the January 2016 draft proposal of the expansion of the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area, the boundary has been revised to focus on areas with more conservation opportunities. The proposal also removes the majority of small developed residential lots.
 
Rural Legacy Areas are an important part of the County’s land preservation efforts to maintain lands needed for farming and forestry activities, to preserve the rural landscape, and retain the rural character valued by St. Mary’s County residents. More than 11,000 acres have been preserved through voluntary easements, which compensate property owners for electing to maintain their properties as rural. Land preservation also helps to maintain military operational capabilities necessary to retain the County’s largest economic driver, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, by reducing development which may be incompatible with activities at Pax River and Webster Field.
 
A meeting has been scheduled to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and discuss the proposed expansion, and to offer written comments regarding this revised boundary proposal. The meeting will take place:
 
August 4, 2016 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library (Meeting rooms A and B)
21677 F.D.R Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653
 
Questions and comments regarding the Rural Legacy Program or the updated expansion area, should be directed to:  Sue Veith at 301-475-4200 extension *1547 or via email at sue.veith@stmarysmd.com or Donna Sasscer at 240-309-4021 or via email at Donna.Sasscer@stmarysmd.com.
 
The county and local Rural Legacy Partners will consider all questions and comments and received at the August meeting, or via mail by September 2, 2016, before a formal proposal is submitted for consideration to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County in late Fall 2016.

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A Sunderland man has been indicted for attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing a weapon at the back of a residence. The incident took place on June 16th on Tranquil Court in Prince Frederick. Officers responded to a 911 call at 1 a.m. at the scene. The resident said shots when through the window into the ceiling of their home. During the investigation, it was determined the incident stemmed from a domestic issue with Samuel Sherrod Greene Jr, 22 years of age from Sunderland and Greene's girlfriend and an associate. 
At 6 p.m. on June 16th, Greene was located at a residence on Paris Oaks Road. Mr. Green has charges with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, use of a firearm for a felony or violent crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

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Any citizen, group, or organization interested in submitting a legislative proposal or suggestion for revision or amendment to an existing state law must submit a written request to the Office of the County Attorney to: 
 
2017 Legislative Request
Office of the County Attorney
P.O. Box 2150
La Plata, MD 20646
 
Each proposal must be received by the Office of the County Attorney no later than on Friday, August 26 at 4 p.m., in order for the proposal to be included in the Charles County Commissioners 2017 Preliminary Legislative Package. 
 
The Charles County Commissioners have established the time guidelines for the preparation of their 2017 General Assembly Legislative Package. Each proposal requiring Maryland General Assembly enactment will be included in a preliminary package available for distribution on Friday, Sept. 2, and presented to the County Commissioners at a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Anyone submitting a proposal will be asked to attend the hearing to provide a brief synopsis of the initiative and answer questions. 
 
A preliminary work session will be scheduled to review the proposals and determine which ones will be included in the County Commissioners’ 2017 General Assembly Legislative Package and forwarded to the Charles County Delegation for consideration.
 
For more information, call the Office of the County Attorney at 301-645-0555. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch manager, Marcia Hammett, was collecting the returned items from the book drop at approximately 3pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and noticed a few small bugs scurrying for cover. Because she was concerned that it might be a bed bug, she immediately implemented the library’s response plan. Hammett quarantined the book drop and contacted the county’s pest control staff who immediately came to the library.  He confirmed that the bug was likely a bed bug.  Following best practice, all forty-five items in the room were sealed in zip-top bags and then those bags were double bagged in garbage bags. The exterminator will treat the room in the morning.  A canine bed bug detection service will inspect the entire Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 12:30pm on Thursday, July 21.  Canines have a 90-97% accuracy rate in detecting bed bugs.
 
Library procedure would have been to contact the customer but the library books that hosted the bug had not been checked out, so the library was not able to alert them to the potential problem in their home.  On rare occasion, books leave the building without having been checked out.
 
Bed bugs are uncommon in libraries. They feed at night on blood and since there is nothing to feed on at night in libraries, it’s not their favorite environment. They are more likely to be found in hotels, public transit, hospitals, nursing homes and theaters. Bed bugs do not carry disease and their presence is not an indication of a dirty home.  They do bite and are definitely a pest that the library does not welcome.  If you ever suspect your home or a library book might have bed bug eggs, nymphs or adults, please bring the book back in a sealed bag and alert library staff.
 
For more information about how to deal with a bed bug infestation or better yet, avoid one, take a look at this information page Kalamazoo Library put together http://www.kpl.gov/guides/bed-bugs/.

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Defendant Warned Customer to “be careful, people have been falling out over this. It’s fire...;”
More than 50 Marylanders Die Every Month from Heroin, Often Poisoned with Deadly Additives
 
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Edward Dewy Viens, age 30, of North Beach, Maryland, today to 108 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Judge Grimm also ordered Viens to forfeit $1,302, seized during the investigation. 
 
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans; Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.
 
“More than 50 Marylanders die every month from heroin, which may be poisoned with deadly additives, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “If you know someone who uses heroin, get them help today before they become the next statistic.”
 
According to his plea agreement, from October to December 30, 2014, Viens obtained heroin and fentanyl from a supplier in Annapolis, and redistributed those drugs to users in Prince George’s, Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties.
 
On November 30, 2014, a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) patrol officer attempted to pull over a vehicle in Owings, Maryland for a traffic violation.  When the officer activated his lights, the vehicle turned abruptly into a driveway and stopped.  Viens got out of the vehicle and threw approximately 13 grams of heroin to the ground as he ran away, eluding arrest.
 
On December 21, 2014, Viens met one of his regular customers at a gas station in Calvert County and sold a gram of mixture containing heroin and/or fentanyl for $120.  Afterwards, the customer and an acquaintance drove to a secluded area where the customer ingested the drugs.  Almost immediately, the customer lost consciousness.  The acquaintance called emergency personnel who performed CPR on the victim and administered Naloxone Hydrochloride (Narcan).  The victim was subsequently admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with a heroin overdose.
 
A few days later on December 27, Viens met another customer in Calvert County and sold 1.5 grams of a mixture containing heroin and/or fentanyl for $210.  Veins warned the customer to “be careful, people have been falling out over this.  It’s fire, so just please be careful.”  The customer drove to a nearby parking lot and ingested a small amount of the drugs.  The customer then dropped off an acquaintance and drove to a second parking lot, ingesting more of the drugs.  The customer drove a short distance from the parking lot, lost consciousness and struck a telephone pole.  CCSO officers found the victim unconscious and unresponsive.  They administered Narcan, and the victim was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a heroin overdose.
 
On December 30, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Viens’ hotel room in Annapolis.  They detained Viens, who was attempting to flush drugs and drug paraphernalia down the toilet.  They seized a digital scale with heroin residue, material used to package drugs, a bag containing alprazolam and oxycodone pills, syringes and a residue from a table that contained fentanyl, caffeine and quinine.  Law enforcement also recovered $302 from Viens’ wallet, and $1,000 from Viens’ front pants pocket, or that had spilled out of his pocket.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and the Calvert County and Anne Arundel County State Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation and prosecution.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas M. Sullivan and Daniel C. Gardner, who prosecuted the case.

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(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – Three men were arrested yesterday and charged in connection with a heroin distribution operation in Anne Arundel County.  
 
The suspects are identified as William T. Saunders, 27, William B. Gross, 53, and Rodney B. Gross, 23, all of Annapolis, Md.  Saunders is charged with four counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, four counts of possession with intent to distribute, four counts of possession of CDS not marijuana, and one count of resisting arrest.  Saunders is currently being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.  
 
William Gross is charged with possession of a firearm while drug trafficking, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, CDS possession of firearm, firearm use during a violent felony crime, possession of illegal firearm, convicted felon in possession of firearm and possession of regulated stolen firearm.  He is incarcerated in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $60,000 bond. 
 
Rodney Gross is charged with possession of firearm during drug trafficking, controlled dangerous substance distribution while in possession of firearm, felon in possession of firearm and possession of stolen regulated firearm.  He is currently in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.  
 
About three months ago, investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Homeland Security Investigations obtained information related to William Saunders and his involvement in the distribution of heroin.  During the next three months, 
investigators were able to gather information and evidence implicating Saunders and his organization in the possession and distribution of heroin.  Search warrants conducted during the investigation led to the recovery of 12 bags of suspected heroin, two handguns, including one that was stolen, several cellular phones, a digital scale, and over $8,000 in drug-related cash.  
 
Investigators reviewed evidence obtained during the investigation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.  After the review, prosecutors from that office determined charges to be filed against each suspect.  
 
Other assistance during the investigation was provided by units within the Maryland State Police.  Those units included the Special Tactical Assault Team Element, Gang Enforcement Unit, Glen Burnie Barrack, and the K-9 Unit.   
 
Investigators from Maryland State Police and Homeland Security Investigations are committed to Governor Hogan’s fight against heroin.  With help from our law enforcement partners and citizens, Maryland State Police investigators are dedicated to identifying, infiltrating and dismantling drug trafficking organizations throughout our state.     
 
Anyone having information pertaining to criminal investigations and/or major drug trafficking is urged to contact investigators with the Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region at 410-535-1400 or “TIP” Line: 1-888-210-1450 or email at: msp.centralsouth@maryland.gov.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2016 between the hours of 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Pilots at PAX will be training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice
(FCLP). FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and
the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is perhaps the most difficult task in
military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training
before pilots deploy. FCLP training is critical for Navy pilots to learn to safely conduct landing
patterns in as realistic conditions as possible. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to
these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
 

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