NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 1, 2015, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 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. 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.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are seeking the identity of a man wanted for robbery and assault. On March 28 at 3:12 p.m., the suspect entered an electronics store in the 3300 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf and stole several headsets. He fled from the store after an employee confronted him. The suspect threw some of the stolen headsets at the employee and then ran inside a nearby store. The employee and a friend followed the suspect and tried to get the remaining headsets. There was a brief altercation during which the suspect showed a knife. The suspect fled, but he ran back to the electronics store where he stole more headsets. This time, he was able to escape in a vehicle– possibly a blue minivan. Photos of the suspect were caught on a surveillance camera (See attached). Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call Det. A. Celia at (301) 609-6518. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous, may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of suspects in a crime.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Unit is looking for Tony Anthony Yates, 27, of Waldorf who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery, assault and theft. Yates is 5’11”, 160 pounds, and has tattoos on his right arm, left hand and chest. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tony Yates is asked not to approach him, but rather call (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous, may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of suspect(s) in a crime.
Tony Anthony Yates, 27, of Waldorf
Annapolis, Md. (March 31, 2015) – With the tax-filing deadline just over two weeks away, Comptroller Peter Franchot today urged taxpayers who have yet to submit a return to considering using the agency’s free online tax filing system, iFile or another electronic method.
“Electronic filing is the safest, easiest and fastest way to prepare and file a tax return,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Best of all, if you choose direct deposit, you’ll get your refund in only a few days.”
Comptroller Franchot reminds taxpayers to use all available preparation and filing resources at the agency’s website www.marylandtaxes.com or receive in-person assistance from staff in Annapolis and 12 local branch offices to meet the April 15th deadline.
“With the deadline nearing, the Comptroller’s Office can help make tax filing quick, easy and painless,” the Comptroller said. “If anyone is uncertain about how to file their taxes, they should visit one of my 12 branch offices to have their tax return prepared and filed free of charge.”
In addition to Annapolis, the agency has local offices in Baltimore, Cumberland, Elkton, Frederick, Hagerstown, Landover, Salisbury, Towson, Upper Marlboro, Waldorf and Wheaton. Complete addresses of branch offices can be found at www.marylandtaxes.com. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To best serve each taxpayer, those seeking assistance in Annapolis or at one of the branch offices must bring the following items with them:
· W2 forms
· Form 1099 and a
· Completed federal return.
To date, more than 1.5 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns electronically with more than 96,500 filing via paper. Based on 3.04 million returns filed last year, about half of taxpayers have filed so far this tax season.
The agency’s call center offers extended hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 15, returning to normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. thereafter. To check the status of a refund by phone, please call, 1-800-218-8160 or 410-260-7701. Refund status can also be obtained by visiting the agency’s website at marylandtaxes.com.
For more information on electronic filing or any other tax-related matter, please go to the Comptroller’s website or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) outside of Central Maryland.
Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced his strong opposition to drilling in the Atlantic Region's Outer Continental Shelf, and called on the federal government to halt the plan that would open coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.
In written comments submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Frosh said that Maryland's natural resources would be degraded at every step in what he called an unnecessary and unwise process of exploring for oil and gas.
"The idea of allowing oil exploration along the Atlantic Coast is beyond foolish," Frosh said. "Half of the water in the Chesapeake Bay comes from the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches like the Assateague Island National Seashore are some of the most unspoiled in the nation. We would be jeopardizing the very assets we are working so hard to preserve."
Each phase of oil and gas exploration carries needless risks, Frosh said, from the testing and drilling needed to locate deposits, to the damage done during extraction and transport of the fuels, to the inevitable spills that occur.
Frosh's comments to the Interior Department noted that many segments of Maryland's economy would be placed at risk from the proposal - from the $4 billion mid-Atlantic fisheries to the $1 billion in tourism spending in Ocean City and Worcester County.
"There is just no way to eliminate the risks of spills and blowouts. The cumulative effect of small leaks can be as damaging as huge disasters such as the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout. Maryland's tourism economy, fishing economy and natural resources would all be at risk if this unnecessary plan moves forward."
The leasing plan was announced in January, as part of Washington's effort to set boundaries for federal oil development through 2022. The draft plan envisions an oil lease that would include rigs starting as close as 50 miles offshore along the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
"The BP Deepwater Horizon spill showed that disasters know no state boundaries," Frosh said. "Our nation has never allowed drilling in the Atlantic's Outer Continental Shelf for a good reason: it's a horrible idea. Let's not start now."
As the state's top law enforcement officer, Frosh noted that the Office of the Attorney General is responsible for enforcing the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Act, the Coastal Facilities Review Act, the state Critical Area law and other environmental laws which could be impacted by drilling operations offshore.
A Lusby man was arrested Sunday and charged by the Maryland Natural Resources Police in connection with smash-and-grab thefts and destruction of property at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County.
21 year old Tracy Lee Creek Jr., was apprehended as he attempted to flee on a bicycle after NRP officers and a Calvert County Sheriff’s Department detective saw him break into a car and steal a purse. Creek gained entry to the vehicle by shooting out a window with a BB gun.
Officers had staked out the park following several theft complaints. A search of Creek’s home led to the recovery of several stolen items.
Creek has been charged with two counts of theft, two counts of malicious destruction of property and two counts of being rogue and vagabond. Additional charges are pending. If found guilty of all charges, Creek could be sentenced to more than 14 years in prison and fined more than $15,000.
Court records show that Creek was found guilty last June in Calvert County Circuit Court of conspiracy to commit theft and was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail, with all but one month and five days suspended. He also was required to make $10,000 in restitution and was placed on probation for 18 months.
Trespass - On March 27, 2015, Deputy Potter responded to the St. John's School located on St. John's Road in Hollywood, for the report of a suspicious male on the swing in the playground. Deputy Potter located the male subject identified as Steven Thomas Miller, age 37, of Great Mills, on the swing. Miller refused to answer Deputy Potter and would only sit on the swing while staring into space. The school principal had told Miller to leave several times prior to calling police and he refused. As a result, the school was placed on locked down. Deputy Potter advised Miller to leave or he would be arrested. Miller ignored Deputy Potter and refused to get off of the swing. Deputy Potter grabbed Miller's arm in an attempt to take him into custody at which time he resisted. After a brief struggle with multiple deputies, Miller was taken into custody. Miller was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Trespass - Private Property, Resisting Arrest, Disruption of School Activities. CASE #17182-15
Assault - On March 27, 2015, Deputy Muschette responded to a residence in the 21000 block of Liberty Street in Lexington Park, for an assault. The victim alleged, suspect Justin Tripplett Tolliver, age 32, of Lexington Park, bit the victim's hand during an argument. Deputy Muschette observed fresh injury on the victim's hand. Tolliver was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #17230-15
Theft of Motor Vehicle - On March 28, 2015, at 4:14 PM, Deputy Foor responded to Three Notch Road in the area of Shady Mile Drive in California, for the report of a disabled vehicle. Deputy Foor contacted the driver, identified as Robert John Loving, age 36, of Great Mills, who advised the vehicle ran out of gas. While running the vehicle registration, Deputy Foor learned the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Loving was operating was stolen from a rental company at BWI airport. Loving was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Motor Vehicle - Unlawful Taking and Failure to Return Rented Vehicle. CASE #17451-15
Child Abuse - On March 30, 2015, at 1:15 AM, Deputy Muschette responded to a residence in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Donna Marie Vincent, age 44, of Lexington Park, struck the victim several times all over the body with an audio visual cord. Deputy Muschette observed fresh injuries all over the victim's body. Vincent was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #17738-15
Theft from Vehicle Case #15-16028 and 16036:
Two victims reported to Dep. A. Ostazeski that between 11:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. on March 23, someone broke the windows on their vehicles which had been parked at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby while they went for a walk. Upon returning they found the passenger front window on each vehicle broken and a purse and a wallet missing. The investigation continues.
CDS Violation Case #15-16213:
While on routine patrol in the area of Md. Rt. 4 near the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons on March 24 at 10:18 a.m. Dep. G. Gott conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. He found the driver, later identified as Sandra Louise Birch, 43, of Ridge, to be in possession of suspected drugs. Birch was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of suspected controlled dangerous substance; oxycodone, morphine sulfate and methylphenidate, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a metal container.
Burglary Case #15-16284:
Unknown suspect(s) burglarized a home in the 12300 block of Algonquin Trail in Lusby sometime between March 22 and 24 and stole three guitars valued at $4,000. Dep. A. Ostazeski is investigating the theft of a red Fernandes electric guitar, a dark green or dark blue with black stripes Vantage electric guitar and a blonde colored Ovation Celebrity acoustic guitar.
Destruction of Property Case #15-16395:
Between 5:00 p.m. on March 24 and 7:00 a.m. on the 25th, someone broke two front door windows on one of the vans belonging to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. A broken beer bottle was found inside the van. Nothing was taken from inside the vehicle. The damage is estimated at $300. Dep. L. Kelly is investigating.
Destruction of Property Case #15-16406:
Someone slashed two tires and put scratch marks in the paint of a vehicle parked at a home in the 5400 block of Chesapeake Avenue in St. Leonard overnight between March 24 and 25. The damage is estimated at $1,200. Dep. T. Holt is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-16445:
On March 25 at 11:51 a.m. on Md. Rt. 4 near Ward Road in Dunkirk DFC P. Aurich spotted a vehicle whose driver had been reported as possibly driving under the influence by a concerned citizen. Aurich observed the vehicle traveling south at Chaneyville Road and saw the vehicle cross over the shoulder line. Aurich conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as James Ashley Gates, 33, of Mechanicsville. Gates was charged with driving on a suspended license. He was found to have suspected drugs inside the vehicle and was also charged with possession of Heroin, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; the bottom of an aluminum can with a cotton ball filter, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a needle and syringe.
Theft from Vehicle Case #15-16489:
The front passenger side window of a vehicle was shattered while it was parked at Bayfront Park in Chesapeake Beach on March 25 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A purse was stolen from inside. DFC T. Buckler is investigating.
Burglary Case #15-16504:
Someone cut the copper pipe out of a home in the 800 block of Lazy Lane in Lusby causing the laundry room to flood sometime between March 22 and 25. Dep. S. Moran is investigating.
Theft Case #15-16600:
A Vermeer wood chipper, valued at $30,000, was stolen from a construction site at Md. Rt. 2 and Mt. Harmony Road in Owings between March 25 and 26. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC P. Aurich at 410-535-2800.
Burglary Case #15-16638 and 16648:
On March 26 at 1:20 p.m. a caller advised the Calvert Control Center that they were observing three males exit a truck parked at a home in the 12000 block of Dusty Hoof Road in Lusby and go around to the rear of the house. Dep. A. Holt responded to the home and observed a male, later identified as Maurell Anthony Cook, II, 25, of St. Leonard, standing next to the truck. Cook advised there were two other males with him. Holt observed the crawl space door open and as he entered, he saw two males, later identified as Robert Samuel Gordon, 26, and Michael Vincent Gallo, 25, both of Lusby, cutting copper pipe. All three suspects were taken into custody and charged with first degree burglary, third degree burglary and fourth degree burglary. Cook was also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of Alprazolam. The three men are also suspects in another burglary reported at a home in the 700 block of Bald Eagle Lane in Lusby during the same timeframe. Nothing was taken from that house.
Theft from Vehicle Case #15-16695:
Approximately $150 in property was stolen from inside an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 7700 block of Dentzel Court in Chesapeake Beach overnight between March 25 and 26. DFC T. Buckler is investigating.
On Sunday morning at 6:48 a.m., 24 firefighters from Bay District VFD, Second District VFD and Patuxent River Naval Air Station responded to a fire call at 21327 Windsor Drive in Lexington Park. They had the fire under control in about 5 minutes. The fire caused moderate damage to the home. One occupant was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for smoke inhalation. The seven occupants, including four children, were displaced from the residence and are being assisted by family members.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is that this was an accidental fire that started in a bedroom. The estimated total loss is $80,000.
Vietnam veterans are getting some long-delayed appreciation in Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a bill today making March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
The bill was introduced by Democratic senator and Vietnam veteran John Astle of Anne Arundel County. It passed both houses of the General Assembly as an emergency bill this session.
Supporters call it long-overdue recognition for those who served in the war in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and '70s. The war was unpopular at home, and many returning veterans felt shunned by their countrymen.
DUI & Possession of Methadone & Suboxone: On 3/24/15 at 6:16 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the Walmart parking lot following a call from a concerned citizen reporting an unconscious person sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon arrival, TFC Wiesemann was unable to locate the vehicle/driver. Shortly thereafter, TFC Esnes, off duty at the time, located the vehicle traveling on Rt. 4 near Sixes Rd. He stopped the vehicle for traffic violations. TFC Wiesemann responded and Philip R. Laughhunn, 30 of Port Republic, was arrested for DUI. The search incident to the arrest located both Methadone and Suboxone in the vehicle for which Laughhunn did not have a prescription. Laughhunn was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Possession of Marijuana: On 3/25/15 @ 2:08 am, Sr. Trooper Dawson stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Fox Run Blvd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Upon exiting the vehicle as requested, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was noted. A probable cause search revealed both marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Brittany T. Revis, 22 of Lexington Park, was issued civil citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and was released.
Open Warrant & Possession of Marijuana: On 3/25/15 at 1:52 am, Trooper Megelick responded to the 11000 block of George St. in Lusby reference to a follow-up on an earlier traffic stop. While at the residence, Isaac E. Weems, 23 of Lusby, was located and arrested on an open bench warrant and was taken to the Calvert County Detention Center for processing. During a secondary search, less than 10 grams of marijuana was located. He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
Driving on Suspended License / Possession of Marijuana: On 3/25/15 at 11:40 am, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Church St. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.
Zachary R. Pino, 25 of Prince Frederick, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. A secondary search revealed less than 10 grams of marijuana. Pino was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center and also received a civil citation for the marijuana possession.
Possession of Marijuana: On 3/26/15 @ 5:50 pm, Trooper First Class Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Cox Rd. near Joy Lee Dr. in Huntingtown for traffic violations. A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver, Kevin D. Sauer, 20 of Crofton, was arrested for possession over 10 grams of marijuana. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Passenger, Trevor D. Frissell, 21 of Edgewater, was found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. He received the appropriate civil citation and was released.
Violation of Protective Order: On 3/29/15 @ 5:19 am, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the 600 block of White Sands Dr. in Lusby for a reported violation of a protective order. Valerie M. Nielson, 28 of Lusby, was found inside the residence violating the terms of a protective order. She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Possession of Marijuana: On 3/30/15 at 12:29 am, Trooper First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle on Olivet Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations. The odor of burnt marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver, Rebecca R. Wedding, 28 of Huntingtown, and passenger, Joshua M. Parker, 25 of Lusby, were both found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. They were issued the appropriate civil citations and were released.
The Patuxent River Watershed Cleanup for Charles County is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Help improve the Patuxent River, by volunteering to remove litter from the river’s watershed. This is an excellent opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours. Charles County is currently seeking to establish new cleanup sites within the Patuxent River Watershed.
The Patuxent River is the longest river running entirely through Maryland. Its watershed extends into seven counties (Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s). The Patuxent River Watershed Cleanup is made possible with the support of the Charles County Board of Commissioners, Patuxent River Commission, and the Patuxent Riverkeeper.
For details, please call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3599.
Malcolm Elementary School will open tomorrow, Monday, March 30, for a full day of instruction.
Maintenance staff worked over the weekend to have a 6,000-gallon tanker connected to Malcolm in order to pump water to the school. Additionally, staff has supplied Malcolm with bottled water and cups for drinking water.
The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County, at their meeting of March 25, 2015, approved changes to the 2014-2015 School System Operational Calendars due to the inclement weather experienced this past winter. St. Mary’s County Public Schools closed seven days this year for inclement weather. Five make-up days for inclement weather were already included in the calendar, requiring schools to be open two additional days to meet the state requirement of 180 school days each year.
• Schools will now be open on Friday, May 1, 2015. It will be a full day of school to make up one of the inclement weather days. Head Start and PreKindergarten students will have school on May 1, 2015.
• Friday, June 12, 2015 will be a regular day of school with all Head Start, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten through Grade 11 students attending. June 12 will be the last day for Head Start and PreKindergarten.
• Monday, June 15, 2015 and Tuesday, June 16, 2015 will be early dismissal days with all Kindergarten through Grade 11 students attending. Head Start and PreKindergarten students will not have school on June 15, 2015 and June 16, 2015.
• Wednesday, June 17, 2015 will be an early dismissal day with all Kindergarten through Grade 11 students attending. Head Start and PreKindergarten students will not have school on June 17, 2015. June 17, 2015 will be the last day of school for all students.
The Chesapeake Public Charter School will now be open on Friday, May 1, 2015 and Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The Chesapeake Public Charter School will continue to have early dismissals on
Friday, June 12, 2015, Monday, June 15, 2015, and Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The last day for students at the Chesapeake Public Charter School will be June 16, 2015.
UPDATE: MISSING PERSON - Devin Purdy
UPDATE: Missing person Devin Purdy has been located and is safe. Thank you to our social media followers, our media partners, and allied law enforcement agencies for your assistance.
Devin Purdy was last seen on March 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.. At that time, he was riding a Keller commuter bus at the park and ride located in Golden Beach, in St. Mary's County. Devin was heading to Union Station before continuing on to Baltimore by train.
Devin has not been seen or heard from since.
Anyone with information regarding the where abouts of Devin Purdy is asked to call the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Duty Officer at 301-475-4040. Or if you see Devin, please call local law enforcement immediately. Devin is entered into NCIC.
Devin Purdy is 18 years of age. 5'06'', 123 lbs.
Assault – On March 17, 2015, Deputy H. Smith responded to the Circuit Courthouse in Leonardtown, for an assault. On arrival, Deputies assigned to court security had two suspects in custody identified as Josephine Bernetta Tippett, age 19, of California, and Angela Rose Tippett-Wedding, age 36, of California. Deputies heard a disturbance in the hallway and found the suspects kicking the victim. Deputies separated the parties and placed Josephine Tippett in handcuffs after she refused to cooperate and continued to act in a disorderly manner.
The investigation revealed the suspects assaulted the victim as she exited the courtroom with suspect Angela Tippett-Wedding’s ex-husband. Tippett-Wedding struck the victim in the face with her forearm and pushed her backwards to the floor. The victim was able to stand up after others intervened. At that time, Josephine Tippett struck the victim in the forehead while Tippett-Wedding bit the victim’s leg. Deputies arrived and broke up the fight.
Tippett-Wedding and Tippett were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both were charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #15074-15
On March 9, 2015, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation after receiving information, John Allen Combs SR., age 42, of Lexington Park, a tier 1 registered sex offender, had posted child pornography on his social media sites.
During the investigation, Combs began communicating with a 15 year old girl via a social media website. Over the course of several days, the communication continued and lead to Combs sending nude photos of himself to the 15 year old girl. Combs then requested the girl have sexual intercourse with him.
On March 18, 2015, Combs responded to a predetermined location to meet with the 15 year old girl and was placed under arrest by detectives.
Combs was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Felony Sexual Solicitation of a Minor and 2 COUNTS of Sex Offender Violation. CASE #14637-15
On November 13, 2014, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2800 block of Tipperary Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. Jewelry, an IPad, cash and a handgun were stolen and property damage totaled $375. The case was assumed by Det. N. DeFelice of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, who conducted a thorough investigation that led him to two suspects, Tawny Nicole Atkins, 18, and Lionell Victor Garrison, 19, both of Chesapeake Beach. Warrants were issued for the suspects and they were apprehended and served with those warrants on March 16 and 18 respectively.
Atkins has been charged with first degree burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit both. Garrison was charged with first degree burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit both, as well as two counts of malicious destruction of property.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 26, 2015) – St. Mary’s County ranks as the fifth healthiest county in Maryland, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This ranking reflects an improvement from eighth in 2014.
The County Health Rankings are an annual report that grade the overall health of nearly every county in the United States. The Rankings provide a snapshot of a community’s health, and helps to identify issues and implement solutions to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The St. Mary’s County ranking was positively impacted by local improvements in social and economic factors, quality of life, and premature death. Since the 2011 Rankings, premature death in the county has decreased by 13 percent.
“Community partners, county leadership, health care providers, and our residents should take pride in knowing that work done to improve their own health, as well as the health of our community, has yielded such positive results,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The rankings also reaffirms priority areas that our local health improvement coalition, the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, has identified and continues to address—access to care, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, and tobacco-free living.”
The Rankings allow for relative comparisons between counties within a state on overall health and well-being. These comparisons are based on an assessment of four areas that influence health: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. These factors are rated using local-level data from 30 measures that include smoking, education, physical inactivity, preventable hospitalizations, and the availability of primary care physicians.
Rates of adult smoking and obesity, preventable hospitalizations, and the ratios of residents to health professionals, including primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers were areas where St. Mary’s County ranked low when compared to the other 23 Maryland counties.
"While the trend of an improving county health ranking for St. Mary's is very encouraging," said Dr. Brewster, "I am concerned about the challenges we face with access to care and risk factors leading to chronic illness. With the help of community stakeholders and the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, we continue to seek solutions for these issues."
The Rankings are available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org. For additional information visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org or the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership website at www.healthystmarys.com.
BURGLARY: On March 25 at 1:31 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 10000 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for an intrusion alarm. Investigation revealed two suspects broke into the store, stole an ATM and loaded it into a gray or silver-colored SUV. This vehicle was also involved with an earlier attempted burglary that occurred in the 3200 of Old Washington Road in Waldorf. Officer J. Plunkett is investigating.
BURGLARY: Sometime between 4 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on March 25, unknown suspect(s) broke into a residence in the 300 block of Barksdale Avenue in Waldorf and stole several items, including two guns, and fled the scene. Officer C. Garner is investigating.
POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On March 25 at 12:50 p.m., Officer D. Harrison was patrolling the Bryans Road area when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the 6800 block of Lantana Drive. Upon approaching the car, Officer Harrison detected a strong odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed 231.4 grams of suspected marijuana, cash and drug distribution paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Antwan Darrelle McCall, 20, of White Plains; Frederick Naeem Holbrook, 30, of Delaware; and Kalifah Saffiya Ishmael, 20, of Bryans Road were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
THEFT: On March 23 at 2:10 p.m., officers responded to the 9600 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed sometime between Oct. 7, 2014 to March 23, 2015, unknown suspect(s) stole a copper ground bar and fled the scene. Officer E. Scuderi is investigating.
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