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Leonardtown,  MD - The St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s office is pleased to announce several new online systems are now available for real estate taxpayers including online payments and inquiry. Taxpayers can go to www.stmarysmd.com/treasurer. The office is also accepting online payments whre taxpayers can chose from a number of payment options, such as Debit or Credit Cards (MasterCard, visa and discover), eCheck/ACH transfers. These services are available for a convenience fee of $1.80 for eCheck/ACH transfers and 2.5% for credit or debit cards. This service is available through Bill2Pay, which works closely with the office’s escrow payment soluntion, to have the most accurate data for the pament of St. Mary's County tax bills. Real Estate Tax Online Inquiry is also available. Taxpayers can look at or print St. Mary’s County tax account information for a tax bill online. Autoagent Data  Solutions,  LLC is  being  utilized for  processing escrow  payments. This  system allows the  escrow  servicer  to  have  a  uniformed  system  to  make  payments  from  across  the country. Mortgage  companies sell mortgages on  a regular basis. Autoagent will provide the new company a uniformed system to make payments on behalf of the citizens of St. Mary’s County. Treasurer’s  Office  staff  has  worked closely with the  Department  of  Emergency  Services  and Technology  to provide  the best  online  systems  available  for St.  Mary’s  County citizens. It’s anticipated that these new changes will enhance the office’s service to county citizens.

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 PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 1, 2015 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management announces the launch of a new app that will help residents and visitors prepare for emergencies. The official launch of the “Prepare Me Calvert” app occurred today, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed September “Calvert County Preparedness Month” at its weekly public meeting.

            The “Prepare Me Calvert” mobile app is a must-have app for emergency preparedness and information. It puts critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the unlikely event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Citizens are encouraged to download “Prepare Me Calvert” now for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market.

            Some of the many features of the app include:

·         Alerts for actual emergencies that scroll across the screen

·         A weather section providing information based on users’ geographical locations along with guidance on how to respond to the weather conditions

·         Information on traffic, shelters, school closings and power outages

·         An “I’m OK” feature allowing users to send messages to loved ones—when phone systems are clogged in an emergency—letting them know their status during an emergency

·         A “Where Am I” feature that can send the user’s exact location to any recipient via text, email, Facebook or Twitter

·         A sign-up area for people to register themselves if they, or a loved one, have special needs, want to sign up to receive Calvert Alerts or who wish to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

            “Our primary mission is to minimize the effects of future disasters through mitigation, planning, training and response efforts. This is the first app of its kind in our county and we feel it is a great tool for our citizens to better prepare themselves and to stay informed,” said Jacqueline K. Vaughan, Calvert County Public Safety Director.

            For more information about the Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management, call 410-535-1600, ext.2638; send an email to oem@co.cal.md.us, or visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/emergencymanagement.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 1, 2015) – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds delinquent taxpayers that they have from September 1 through October 30, 2015 to take advantage of Maryland's “Act Now, Pay Now” amnesty period. The Tax Amnesty program, enacted by the General Assembly, gives delinquent taxpayers one final opportunity to pay their Maryland tax liability with only half of the interest owed. Tax Amnesty applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2015.

“Tax Amnesty is a limited and rare opportunity for tax delinquents to settle any outstanding liabilities,” said Comptroller Franchot. “It’s vital for all Marylanders to do the right thing and pay their taxes which support important public services benefitting everyone in our great state.”

Taxpayers who failed to file a required return or pay a tax imposed on or before December 31, 2014, may file an application with the Comptroller requesting a waiver of all civil penalties (except for previously assessed fraud penalties) and one-half interest due. The waivers will be granted for all taxpayers who file their applications on time and meet the terms of the program. Payments made prior to September 1 are not eligible for the tax amnesty program.

The following taxes are eligible for amnesty:

•Personal income tax
•Fiduciary income tax
•Pass-through entity nonresident income tax
•Corporate income tax
•Employer withholding tax
•Sales and use tax
•Admissions and amusement tax
Taxpayers who submit an application may either pay their outstanding debts in full with their application or include 10 percent of the amnesty amount due with their application, and set up a payment plan before October 30, 2015. Taxpayers, who choose the payment plan, must complete the terms of the agreement on or before December 31, 2016.

During the amnesty period, a taxpayer may not be charged with a criminal tax offense arising out of any return filed and tax paid, so long as the taxpayer does not have any pending criminal charges in the state courts and is not currently under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the State Prosecutor and the Office of the State’s Attorney or any office with Constitutional authority.
Those who took advantage of two previous amnesty programs in 2001 and 2009 are not eligible for the new program. Those who participated in or were eligible to participate in the Delaware Holding Company settlement established by Chapter 577 of 2004 for tax periods prior to tax year 2003 also are not eligible.

The amnesty application form is accessible at www.marylandtaxes.com, or taxpayers will be able to request a form by calling 1-800-MDTAXES or 410-260-7980 from Central Maryland. Email requests may be sent to: amnesty@comp.state.md.us or by regular mail to: Maryland Tax Amnesty, Comptroller of Maryland, P.O. Box 2031, Annapolis, MD 21404-2031. Completed applications can also be sent to this address or dropped off at any of the 12 local Comptroller offices.

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Throughout the month of September, the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack has partnered with the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Hughesville to collect food and non-food items for donation for Southern Maryland residents who suffer from the uncertainty of sufficient amounts of nutritious foods. Many Southern Maryland residents, including middle class families, the elderly, and the working poor go hungry every day as they struggle to make ends meet.  The Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack urges the citizens of our communities to come together during this time to help fellow local families in Southern Maryland receive nutritious food to feed their families.

Non-perishable food items that are most needed include canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc), peanut butter, pasta, fruits (canned or dried), canned soup, canned vegetables, evaporated and powdered milk, infant formula, breakfast cereal and oatmeal, rice, nuts and seeds, and beans (canned or dried)

All food donations can be made at the Maryland State Police – Leonardtown Barrack at 23200 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD  20650.  Any questions can be directed to the Leonardtown Barrack duty officer at (301)475-8955 or by email at msp.leonardtown@maryland.gov.  Please note all donations must be received prior to September 25, 2015 so they can be transported to the Southern Maryland Food Bank.

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Monday evening at 11:48 p.m., 42 firefighters from Leonardtown, Bay District, Valley Lee and Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments, responded to a grage fire at 20680 Bloonbury Lane, Leonardtown. They had the blazed under control in about 15 minutes. The home owner discovered the fire inside of their garage and called 911.  After the fire was extinguished, an investigation revealed that an unattended candle was the cause of the fire. There were no reported injuries and the garage and all of its contents were destroyed. The estimated loss in the fire was $30,000.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has completed an evaluation of Maryland’s animal agriculture regulations and programs. The assessment, which is one of six that the agency is conducting of state animal agriculture programs within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, found that Maryland has a robust and well-implemented state program.

EPA conducts periodic reviews of state programs as part of its oversight responsibilities under the Clean Water Act.  This assessment looked at Maryland’s implementation of federal and state regulatory programs, as well as voluntary incentive-based programs to meet the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution reduction commitments in its Watershed Implementation Plan under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL.

EPA will use the assessment along with its ongoing Chesapeake Bay TMDL evaluations to help ensure that Maryland has the programs, policies, and resources necessary to succeed with its plan to meet the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.

The assessment found that Maryland’s Nutrient Management Program has broad coverage, regulating over 5,400 farms throughout the state, including both crop and livestock farms.  In addition to requiring farmers to develop and implement nutrient management plans, the program requires agricultural conservation practices such as setbacks for nutrient applications next to streams, and livestock stream exclusion practices.  Maryland also finalized the Phosphorus Management Tool regulations in June 2015 which will help farmers properly manage phosphorus, based on the latest science.

According to the assessment, Maryland’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program is well-implemented and requires permit coverage for approximately 570 farms out of about 5,400 farms regulated by the state Nutrient Management Program.  The Maryland Department of the Environment issues CAFO permits, conducts regular farm visits, and takes enforcement actions and issues fines for noncompliance.

Maryland has developed an Agricultural Certainty Program to further encourage farmers to implement agricultural conservation and maintains the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost Share Program which provides funding to farmers to implement required conservation practices.

In addition to the Maryland assessment, EPA also released its evaluations today of animal agriculture programs in Delaware and West Virginia.  The agency issued similar reports on animal agriculture programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia earlier this year.

The reports are available at:

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ChesapeakeBay/EnsuringResults.html. (Click on the Agriculture tab)

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Theft Case #15-46617:
A blue and white paddle boat worth $600 was stolen from a pier behind a home on Kings Road in St. Leonard between August 17 and 25.  Dep. G. Gott is investigating.

Burglary Case #15-46739:
A homeowner in the 6500 block of 11th Street in Chesapeake Beach advised Dep. T. Mohler that she found one of her doors open when she returned home on August 24.  It is unclear if entry into the home was made and no items were missing.  The investigation continues.

Burglary Case #15-46719:
Dep. A. Curtin is investigating the burglary of several places of business in the Howlin Building in Dunkirk.  Unknown suspect(s) gained entry by causing $2,310 in damage to the doors of the businesses between August 25 and 26.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.  The investigation is continuing.

Theft Case #15-46795:
Someone stole a blue and white, eighteen foot Nitro Marine Tracker and the silver trailer it was on from the driveway of a home in the 4000 block of Summer City Boulevard in Chesapeake Beach.  The theft occurred between 8:00 p.m. on August 25 and 3:00 p.m. on August 26.  The two items are valued at $20,000.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. B. Pounsberry at 410-535-2800.

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-46981:
A woman advised Dep. T. Mohler that she left her purse in her unlocked vehicle parked outside the 7-11 Convenience Store on Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick on August 27 at around 2:00 p.m.  When she returned to her vehicle, her purse was gone.  The purse is described as a purple Gucci bag.  

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-47100:
Unknown suspect(s) rummaged through an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home on Deep Ford Drive in Lusby and stole compact discs and medication.  The theft occurred sometime between August 27 and August 28.  Dep. T. Holt is investigating.

Burglary Case #15-47139:
A home in the 3300 block of St. Leonard Road in Port Republic was burglarized between August 27 and 28 and a McCullock black and yellow chainsaw and a blue electric guitar were stolen.  Approximately $1,000 in damage was done to the home.  Dep. J. Buck is investigating.

Burglary Case #15-47320:
Someone burglarized a shed behind a home in the 2000 block of Brickhouse Road in Dunkirk between August 28 and 29 and stole a gas powered air compressor with a Honda motor and two Homelite weed eaters.  DFC R. Wilson is investigating.

Theft Case #15-47390:
Two black 6x10 Impala Mobile Homes and Travel equipment trailers were stolen from the parking lot of the Grand Rental Station on Creston Lane in Solomons overnight between August 28 and 29.  Dep. R. Weems is handling the investigation.

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Theft / Possession With Intent to Distribute:  On 8/26/15 at 12:28 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis responded to the 3900 block of Gordon Stinnett Avenue for an assault in progress.  Upon arrival, TFC Lewis was informed that the suspect had left the residence and had taken the victim’s cell phone.  Andre D. Adams, Jr., 25 of Chesapeake Beach, was located in a playground nearby.  The cell phone was recovered and given back to the victim.  A search incident to arrest recovered cocaine packaged for distribution and drug paraphernalia.  Adams was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Theft from Boat Trailer:  On 8/27/15 at 3:26 pm, Trooper Megelick responded to the 3900 block of 3rd St. in North Beach in reference to a theft from a boat trailer.  The victim reported that the Md. Registration tag 097611X was missing from the back left rear side of the boat trailer.   The stolen tag was entered into NCIC.  Investigation remains open.

Warrant Service / Dangerous Concealed Weapon:  On 8/30/15 at 5:18 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Prince Frederick Blvd. for traffic violations.  A passenger in the vehicle, initially gave a false name, she was arrested on an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court warrant.  Mary E. Carr, 23 of Lusby, was additionally charged with carrying a dangerous concealed weapon and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  The driver, Schyler R. Johnson, 18 of Lusby, received the appropriate traffic citations and was released.

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NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating test events are scheduled to take place between 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.
 
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 service members 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.

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BRUCE EDWARD BURROUGHS is wanted by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office for escape. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bruce Edward Burroughs is asked to call Crime Solvers at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637).
or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.4040
St. Mary's County Crime Solvers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
Calls to Crime Solvers are not recorded. Callers can remain anonymous.

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On Thursday August 27th, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to Northbound Rt. 5 (Mattawoman-Beantown Rd) at Rt. 301 (Crain Highway), Waldorf, Charles County, MD for a report of an accident involving a pedestrian. Troopers arrived on scene and spoke with CCSO units already on scene and parties involved.  Investigation revealed driver of vehicle # 1 (Fakiha A. Yahya of Clinton, MD was operating her 1998 Dodge Avenger, Northbound on Rt. 5 at Rt. 301 in the lane #1, when pedestrian Johnny J. Phelps of Newburg,  walked in her lane of travel and was struck.  Phelps was thrown into lane # 3 on NB Rt. 301, where he was struck by vehicle # 2 a 1998 Honda Accord, being operated by Mark L. Nebo of La Plata, MD. Phelps was pronounced deceased on scene.

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Assault/ Vehicle Theft/ MDOP /Child Neglect – On Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:16 am, TFC E. Mersman responded to A&M Glass in Great Mills for the report of a Malicious Destruction of Property.  Investigation revealed that Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park had entered the tow lot and entered a vehicle.  An employee attempted to quickly close the gates to prevent him from taking the car.  Mr. Runnels accelerated and struck the gate, causing damage to the gate and forcing the victim to fall to the ground.  Mr. Runnels then drove through the grass and continued onto Point Lookout Road.  

TFC Mersman then responded to Mr. Runnels’ residence, where it was determined that Runnels had fled out the back door, leaving a young child awake and alone.  The mother of the child responded to the residence and contacted Mr. Runnels to advise him to return to the residence.  Mr. Runnels returned to the residence, and was advised he was being placed under arrest.  Mr. Runnels immediately began to flee on foot.  After a short pursuit, Mr. Runnels was taken into custody and charged with Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Theft Less than $1,000, Child Neglect, Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1,000.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (15-MSP-030194)


Theft/ Trespassing – On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm, TFC E. Krenik responded to the intersection of Town Creek Drive and Spruce Drive for a theft suspect fleeing from Walmart.  TFC Krenik arrived on scene and located Ariel Lynn Watson, 22, of Great Mills standing with the Walmart Loss Prevention Officer.  Investigation revealed that Ms. Watson had stolen several items and had attempted flee through the parking lot.  She threw two of the stolen items into a yard on Town Creek Drive while fleeing.  Ms. Watson was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  She was charged with Tresspass: Private Property and Theft: Less than $100 and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (15-MSP-030894)

Warrant Services –

John William Ryan, 42, of Lexington Park, served on 8/20/2015 at 12:35 am for Assault Second Degree

David Richard Speakman, 21, of Leonardtown, served on 8/20/2015 at 11:55 pm for Failure to Appear in Court

Stephen Donald Neil Somers, 68, of Leonardtown, served on 8/21/2015 at 1:32 pm for Sex Offense – 2nd Degree

Maurice Xavier Queen, 20, of Lexington Park, served on 8/22/2015 at 4:45 pm for Failure to Appear in Court

Kelly Elizabeth Braxton, 32, of Mechanicsville, served on 8/22/2015 at 11:59 pm for Assault Second Degree

Erica Lynn McShea, 23, of Hughesville, served on 8/23/2015 at 6:25 am for Failure to Appear in Court

Tyrone Lamont Jackson, 31, of Lexington Park, served on 8/23/2015 at 10:10 pm for Failure to Appear in Court

Angel Manuel DeJesus, 40, of Lexington Park, served on 8/24/2015 at 3:00 pm for Failure to Appear in Court

Corey Anthony Kelton, 23, of Lexington Park, served on 8/24/2015 at 4:45 pm for Theft Less than $1000

Daniel Lancaster, 25, of Issue, served on 8/25/2015 at 3:48 pm for Failure to Appear in Court

Mark Andrew Alvey, 23, of Leonardtown, served on 8/26/2015 at 7:44 pm for Failure to Appear in Court and Violation of Probation

Chris William Savage, 38, of Lusby, served on 8/27/2015 at 11:11 am for Failure to Appear in Court

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Board of Education, county and community officials recently reviewed capital improvement projects during a bus tour highlighting repair work at county schools.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill hosted the morning tour on Aug. 20 to provide information about Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and to share how projects are funded through multiple sources.
First stop was at T.C. Martin Elementary School, a 570-student school that opened in 1967 and expanded in 2009 to include four new full-day kindergarten classrooms. Parking lot renovations completed this summer streamlined student and bus drop-off areas and provided bus and permanent parking spots. CCPS also completed installation of new playground equipment this month.
Tour guide and CCPS Supervisor of Planning and Construction David Clements talked about the student population growth and special program needs. He said CCPS has the third fastest growing special education population in the state, creating a need for more specialized classrooms to accommodate programs.
Clements highlighted two large projects in the predesign stage – the renovation and expansion of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School in Waldorf and the planned construction of Elementary School 22 off of Billingsley Road. Construction of the new school, Clements said, will relieve overcrowding of nearby elementary schools on the west side of U.S. 301 and the renovation of Dr. Mudd will update the school, which opened in 1967, while adding capacity to help relieve overcrowding in some Waldorf schools east of U.S. 301.
Dr. Mudd has been passed over for renovation during the past decade due to new school construction. The school system began to shift its focus from new construction in 2013 when it contracted a facilities study to compile data about school capacity, student enrollment, physical building conditions, mechanical system conditions and site characteristics. The purpose of the survey was to assess the physical condition of each school building to determine its ability to provide students with an equitable and modern educational program.
The school system is working with the county to develop a long-range building program to address growth while renovating and expanding aging schools. Projects like those underway at Gale-Bailey Elementary School and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School are part of a strategy to move school facility improvements forward through alternate funding sources while reducing future financial burdens on the county. CCPS hopes to improve a school every three to four years in addition to major state and local CIP projects.
Stoddert was the second stop on the tour. The school opened in 1976 and is recommended for renovation and expansion within a decade. Clements said CCPS is using various funding sources to make upgrades that can be incorporated in a larger renovation, reducing future renovation costs. At Stoddert, the hallways are brighter due to a 2014 Energy Efficiency Initiative (EEI) lighting retrofit. EEI is funded through the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and SMECO rebates. Retrofitting reduces the annual maintenance on the lights and generates savings of approximately $20,000 per school per year. Additionally, at Stoddert, a gymnasium renovation included the new EEI lighting, bleacher replacements, painting, and replacement of the flooring surface. Future renovations include installation of new energy efficient heating and air conditioning equipment to replace original equipment.
At Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf, improvements include the addition of five full-day kindergarten classrooms, including two with special education facilities, EEI lighting retrofits, replacement of an aging underground fuel tank, rooftop HVAC units and boilers.
The Maryland State Department of Education and Board of Public Works have approved acquisition of land off Billingsley Road for a new elementary school along with approval of the planning process. The school now moves to the design stage with expectation of opening in 2018.
The final bus stop was at Gale-Bailey in Marbury. Opened in 1969, Gale-Bailey is an example of the CCPS Planning and Construction and Maintenance departments working to gradually improve a school using multiple funding sources.
Included in Gale-Bailey’s improvements are a 2009 kindergarten addition and partial renovation funded by state and local CIPs. CCPS funded new kitchen service lines and flooring coupled with cafeteria improvements that include a modernized food service area and equipment with State Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) and the CCPS capital maintenance budget. QZAB provides federal funds for capital improvements and repairs at existing schools where at least 35 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Additionally, QZAB funds provided for a new sanitary system meeting updated environmental standards and CCPS will use operating and maintenance funds to replace the roof and rooftop air conditioning units later this school year. EEI funds will be used to retrofit lights this school year.

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The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding recent vandalism in Leonardtown Square. The incident occurred sometime around 2:30 a.m., August 28. Both Oga’s Asian Cusine and the Leonardtown Post Office have been spray painted with obscenities, including a swastika and anarchy signs.
Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is asked to call Crime Solvers at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637) or call  Corporal Smolarsky at 301.475.8008. St. Mary's County Crime Solvers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Calls to Crime Solvers are not recorded. Callers can remain anonymous.

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WHEELS AND RIMS STOLEN: During the overnight hours of Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, unknown suspect(s) stole four wheels and rims from a Nissan Maxima parked in the area of Helen Drive in Indian Head. PFC F. Davis Jr. is investigating.

VANDALISM: During the overnight hours of Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, unknown suspect(s) used a red magic marker and wrote profanity on the front door of the Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland. No other damage was reported. PFC W. Halt is investigating.

BURGLARY: Sometime during the month of July, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 11500 block of Hornbeam Court in Waldorf and stole a game system. The homeowner had been away during the burglary. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Aug. 24 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., unknown suspect(s)  broke into a house in the 430 block of Eagle Court in Waldorf and stole a game system. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.

ARSON: On Aug. 24 at 12:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) set two trashcans on fire: one in the 100 block of Mattingly Avenue and the other in the 100 block of Woodland Road in Indian Head. PFC M. O’Shields is investigating.

ATTEMPTED THEFT: On Aug. 24 at 3:30 a.m., witnesses observed three males attempting to steal a tire from a parked car in the 500 block of University Drive in Waldorf. The witnesses confronted the suspects who fled upon being detected. Cpl. J. Cooney and Officer J. Bottorf responded and located three suspects in the parking lot of a nearby business on Billingsley Road.  The males were located in their car which had a flat tire. They were positively identified as the three subjects attempting to steal the tires. In addition, the driver of the car, Demetrius Maurice Gibbs, 23, of Waldorf, was found to be impaired. He was arrested and charged with attempted theft and driving under the influence. The other males, both juveniles, were charged with attempted theft.

SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE: On August 22 at 6:33 p.m., Cpl. T. Yates was on bike patrol in the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf when he observed several suspects smoking what appeared to be marijuana. The suspects fled upon being detected but were detained by officers who were nearby. Officers found 15 baggies of marijuana on one person and 16 baggies of marijuana on another suspect. Noah Asiah Bell, 18, of Waldorf, and a 17-year-old male were charged with possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. Officer S. Hooper made the arrest.

WITNESS OBSERVES BURGLARY IN PROGRESS AND OFFICERS APPREHEND SUSPECTS: On August 22 at 12:09 p.m., a witness called 911 and reported a burglary in progress in the 4400 block of Bayhill Court in Waldorf. Three males climbed over a fence, stole two bicycles and fled. The witness followed the suspects to a nearby shopping center where officers located them. The bikes were confirmed stolen and the suspects were charged as juveniles with theft. The bikes were returned to their owner. PFC P. DeBoe investigated.

BURGLARY AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 21,  unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 9700 block of Hickory Lane in La Plata and smashed several walls and stole piping. An HVAC was also stolen. Officer B. Cox investigated.

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Between August 14th and August 17th, two firearms were stolen from a residence in Coltons Point, Maryland.  The firearms are described as an Armalite AR-50 and a semi-automatic Browning M1919.  Both firearms are listed as stolen in the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) database.

 

AR-50                                                               Browning M1919


Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). You may also contact Detective Corporal Michael Boyer at 301.475.4200, ext. 9120.

St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED.

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LA PLATA, MD— After a lengthy sentencing hearing, Charles County Circuit Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Stephen Dale Nolan, Jr., 41, of La Plata, to Life plus 30 years in prison for the Sexual Assault and Attempted Second Degree Murder of his fiancé”.  
The sentencing hearing lasted more than 3 hours.  During the sentencing hearing a number of people addressed the Court including the victim.  Directing her comments to her fiancé’ she spoke of his intent to victimize her, saying, “Yes, you attempted to victimize me. You tried to kill me. You tortured me for hours with our son in the house; psychologically, sexually and you beat me repeatedly.   I was paralyzed and helpless. Bound and gagged. But I was not going to allow you to break me. I was not your victim.”
On April 13, 2015 Nolan plead guilty to First Degree Sexual Offense, Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault and False Imprisonment for events that occurred on May 8, 2014.  On that day around 3:30 in the afternoon, Nolan began a vicious and sadistic attack on the mother of his child at their home in La Plata. Over the course of 4 hours, the defendant bound, gagged, beat, and tortured the victim. He tied her to the bed with electrical cords, hand cuffs, and rope. He struck her repeatedly with an aluminum baseball bat. He stabbed her multiple times. He violated her sexually with the bat stating that he was going to ruin her and that she'll "never be a w**** for anybody again." He also used a rag to push three of her teeth out. When the victim started bleeding profusely from the stab wounds, the Defendant bandaged the wounds, stating "You ain't f****** dying on me b****. I ain't done with you. I got too much f****** anger to take out on you. This s**** going on all f****** night. You ain't dying on me." After bandaging the victim, he forced her to clean up her own blood from the floor of the bathroom. She managed to escape through the bathroom window. The Defendant chased her into traffic as she attempted to flag cars down to get help. Concerned citizens stopped and intervened to get the defendant off of her. The defendant fled when police arrived.
Before imposing sentence the Judge told Nolan “You show no guilt, no shame and no remorse for your actions….Your drug use in this situation did not create the evil, it revealed the evil.”  The Judge also questioned Nolan, “…how could one human being treat another human being that way?”
In arguing for a life sentence Assistant State’s Attorney Francis J. Granados told the Court, “Courts like this exist first and foremost to protect the public.  And justice demands that this Court impose the harshest penalties for the worst kinds of crimes and offenders: offenders like this defendant.  By his actions, he forfeited his right to be a member of this community.  Charles County citizens expect this Court to impose a sentence that keeps perpetrators of such evil isolated from the community. A life sentence is the only way to do so.  Anything less wouldn’t be justice.
Charles County State’s Attorney Tony Covington said of the sentence that, “The Court’s sentence was absolutely appropriate as the defendant earned every single day of his sentence.  Some people – thankfully not that many – commit acts that are so vile and vicious that society simply can’t allow them to walk around free.  This defendant is certainly one of those people.”

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This morning at 10:10 AM, Corporal Kristi Nelson, School Resource Officer for Great Mills High School, responded to a fight involving 3 students inside the school. Corporal Nelson immediately attempted to break up the fight and was assaulted. Corporal Nelson called for additional officers to respond. Several additional officers arrived at the school within minutes and the 3 students involved in the fight were taken into custody. No serious injuries were reported. All police officers have left and the school has resumed normal activities.

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In early morning of August 27, 2015 a citizen observed a fire off of Livingston Road in Indian Head, the fire was reported to the Charles County 911 Center and the Bryans Road VFD along with the Charles County Sheriff's Office responded. The 2003 Audi was reported stolen hours earlier to the Prince George's County Police Department. The investigation is continuing.

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Update: The coyote tested negative for rabies...

 

On August 26, 2015, at approximately 8:09 a.m. the Calvert Control Center received a call from a citizen advising that there was a coyote running loose with a leash in the area of Neptune’s restaurant in North Beach. Sheriff’s Deputies and Animal Control Officer (ACO) Tom Guy responded to the call. They were able to capture the coyote, utilizing catch poles, in the area of Frederick Ave and 3rd St, North Beach.  The coyote was wearing a blue collar indicating it was someone’s pet.
The coyote was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where ACO Guy met with members of the Natural Resources Police and Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division where they confirmed that the animal was a coyote.  A resident of North Beach responded to the Sheriff’s Office claiming that he was the owner of the coyote.
During the investigation conducted by the NRP Officers, they were advised that the coyote was obtained as a puppy in the Virginia area. Due to the possible exposure of rabies from the coyote, it was humanely euthanized and sent to the state lab in Baltimore for testing.
According to NRP Officers, charges are pending for the owner. It is illegal to own/possess a coyote in the State of Maryland.

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