(Lexington Park, MD) The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County will sponsor a free public forum on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 6:30 pm on community development in St. Mary’s County at the Lexington Park Library.
The following individuals will present geographic development and economic development information and audience members will be able to ask questions after the presentation. The Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; the Director of Land Use and Growth Management and the President of the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau will speak on future development in St. Mary’s County.
What do people want to see developed, changed or maybe moved in the future? Where should the growth occur? How will this development be financed? The audience members are encouraged to ask questions by filling out index cards for panel members with concerns of their own related to regional growth. League Members will review questions for appropriateness and legibility. This is an opportunity for the citizens of St. Mary’s County not only to learn what our government is planning as we expand in the next few decades, but to express their own concerns as they relate to that expansion and development.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, community-based political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Leonardtown, MD – As the fall season approaches, the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is preparing transform the Great Mills Swimming Pool into an indoor facility. To accomplish this task the pool will close for seasonal maintenance on Tuesday, September 2 and remain closed through Sunday, September 14. The pool will reopen for normal hours of operation on Monday, September 15.
During this time, workers will install the pool’s air supported “bubble” structure, making the pool an indoor facility. Other maintenance and staff training will also occur while the pool is closed.
The Department of Recreation and Parks regrets any inconvenience the temporary closing of the pool may cause. For more information, please visit the Great Mills Swimming Pool at 21100 Great Mills Road, in Great Mills or call (301) 866-6560. For information on activities and programs at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, visit our website at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/aquatics.
Early Friday morning, 30 firefighters from Waldorf, La Plata, Bryans Road, Marbury, and Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 3989 Hanson Road in White Plains. The call was for a 38’ Bay Ridge Recreational Vehicle (trailer camper) on fire. After the firefighters arrived on scene, they had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. The fire was determined to have started inside the camper. The fire destroyed the camper and its contents. This was the second fire at the address. An investigation is ongoing to determine if the fires are related.
Adult male was transported by helicopter to Medstar Washington Hospital for smoke inhalation. The injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The estimated total loss in the fire is $30,000.
CALVERT COUNTY, MD (August 29, 2014) – The Office of the State Fire
Marshal has charged two male juveniles, ages 12 and 14, with Arson 2nd Degree for their
involvement with igniting the blaze that destroyed a two story unoccupied wood frame
dwelling on the estate of Tom Clancy.
The fire originally occurred on Friday, August 22, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m.
A passerby observed the fire and notified 911. Firefighters arrived from Huntingtown,
Prince Frederick and Benedict Volunteer Fire Departments and brought the blaze under
control within 15 minutes. The fire consumed most of the structure during the blaze. An
estimated loss was valued at $149,000. No injuries were reported during the incident.
The investigation revealed the two juveniles from the Dares Beach community were
determined to have started the blaze. They confessed to igniting combustibles in the
living room portion of the structure before leaving the property. The boys were released
to the custody of their parents pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.
On 08-27-14 at approximately 1213 hours Dep. Schultz responded to the Wal-Mart in California, Maryland for the report of a shoplifting in progress. The subject later identified as Ronald Gilbert Sweeney 32 YOA of Upper Marlboro was seen by employees of the Wal-Mart pushing a shopping cart of items toward the exit. When Sweeney past all points of purchase he was approached by employees. Sweeney abandoned the cart and walked toward Rt. 235. A lookout was broadcast and Sweeney was located by Dep. Shultz walking along Rt. 235 and taken into custody without incident. While the investigation continued it was determined that Sweeney was responsible for a similar theft from Wal-Mart on July 30th. In that theft Sweeney had also abandoned the cart and fled after being confronted by employees. Sweeney was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft less than $1,000.00 value and Theft $1,000.00 to Under &10,000.00 and served with a No Trespass Notice for Wal-Mart.
Ronald Gilbert Sweeney
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Keyan William Mitchell, 25, of Waldorf. Mitchell currently has four outstanding warrants charging him with failing to appear in court for robbery, attempted robbery, burglary and assault. Mitchell is 5’10”, 205lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Keyan Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesovlers.com.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in an unsolved crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime 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. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
Assault – On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm, TFC R. Jackson responded to the 24000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood for a reported disturbance. Investigation revealed Jason Patrick Guy, 40, of Hollywood, had assaulted a female victim and a male juvenile victim. He was arrested and charged with Assault-Second Degree and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Mr. Guy was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-027675)
Jennifer Susan Eyler, 39, of Drayden, served on 8/24/2014 at 11:12 am for Fraud, False Statement, and Driving While Revoked (2014-00310961)
Marisa G. Ramos, 21, of Lusby, served on 8/25/2014 at 12:30 pm for Fail to Obey a Court Order (2014-00309423)
Jeffrey Robert Smith, 48, of Lexington Park, served on 8/25/2014 at 9:05 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00310076)
Daniel Allen Spooner, Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, served on 8/26/2014 at 11:12 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00219935)
Victoria Marie Cutchember, 35, of Great Mills, served on 8/26/2014 at 2:45 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00311222)
Gary Gabriel Heureaux, 34, of Bowie, served on 8/27/2014 at 4:13 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00312939)
Leonardtown, MD – Calling all marching units, individuals and organizations! Registration is now open for those wishing to participate in the 39th annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. Entries can include floats, bands, schools, scouts, clubs, cheerleaders, bikes, vintage cars, horses or any other entries.
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11 at Ryken High School, and proceeds along Fenwick Street to the Leonardtown Town Square. This is a great opportunity to honor our Veterans, participate in a proud tradition and promote your group.
For information and/or to request a 2014 Veterans Day Parade Entry Form, log on to the Town of Leonardtown’s website at http://www.leonardtown.somd.com/events/index.htm and click on the “2014 Veterans Day Parade Entry Form” link on the left. The link for Parade guidelines can also be found under the Parade form link. Entry forms should be returned to Connie Pennington, Parade Organizer, by Friday, October 24. Entries received after October 24 will not be accepted.
BALTIMORE, MD – From Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the Smooth Operator Program in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
“To achieve the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and deaths resulting from aggressive driving, public awareness must be raised concerning enforcement efforts,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. “That is why our officers enforce these laws and look for these opportunities to educate the public. As we come to the close of this year’s Smooth Operator campaign, we will take every opportunity to educate motorists in hope that they will continue to maintain good driving habits.”
Aggressive driving occurs when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other people or property. Aggressive driving behaviors can be a simple as speeding, tailgating, improper passing, or weaving. When these behaviors are done in sequence they can create an unsafe environment on the highways.
Each year, dozens of law enforcement agencies from the District, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania cooperate in intensive, one- to two-week aggressive driving enforcement "waves" -- one each month from June through September. These special enforcement waves are in addition to their everyday traffic safety efforts. For more information please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.
The MDTA Police also support the “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authority’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division identified Terry Lee Kent, Jr. (Age 24 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of controlled dangerous substances. During the course of their investigation, detectives made several purchases of cocaine and heroin from Kent. The facts of the investigation were later presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and Terry Kent was indicted. On 08/20/2014, Terry Kent, who was already incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center, was served a copy of his charging documents and was originally held without bond.
On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park residence.
Located inside the residence was David Andrew Spears (Age 26 of Hollywood, MD) who was wanted on an outstanding Violation of Probation (VOP) warrant. Spears was arrested and a search of the residence revealed he was in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marihuana. Spears was transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center where he was charged accordingly and provided a copy of his VOP arrest warrant.
On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park, MD residence.
During a search of the residence, Jeremy Mark Owens (Age 26 of Lexington Park) and Jeramie Davon Neal (Age21 of Lexington Park) were found to be in possession of marihuana. Lisa Marie West (Age 45 of Lexington Park) was found to be illegally in possession of oxycodone. Additional evidence, which includes ledgers, pharmacy records, personal documents, and U.S. currency, was recovered from the residence which indicates the residence was used as a storage and distribution location for controlled dangerous substances.
All three subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center and charged accordingly. The investigation is ongoing pending a review with State’s Attorney R. Fritz.
The Calvert County closures for Labor Day:
· All Calvert County government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1.
· The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Sept. 1. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered to clients Sept. 1.
· All Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 1.
· There will be no public transportation services Sept. 1. Regular schedules will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.
· All solid waste sites will be closed Sept. 1 and will open for normal business hours Sept. 2.
· Northeast Community Center will be open Sept. 1, while all other county community centers will be closed.
· Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park will be open for summer hours on Sept. 1, and will begin regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
· The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center is closed for maintenance and will re-open on Sept. 2.
· All county community centers will be closed.
· Calvert Marine Museum, Breezy Point Beach and Campground, Chesapeake Hills Golf Course and all county outdoor pools will be open normal hours.
For more information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.
Charles County Government Facility Closures for Labor Day Holiday
The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1.
The following offices will be closed for normal business hours:
· All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville
· The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah
· VanGO services will not be operating
· All Senior Centers
· The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers
· The “A” week collection schedule will be affected. Curbside recycling will be delayed one day for the whole week, Sept. 2 to Sept. 6
· Charles County Public Library (All branches - Saturday, Aug. 30 thru Monday, Sept. 1)
The following offices will be open for normal business hours:
· The Crain Memorial Welcome Center located at 12480 Crain Highway in Newburg operating normal hours
· Lackey and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
· Charles County Parks operating normal hours
St. Mary’s County Government Offices Will Close for Labor Day
Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, September 2.
The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate on September 1. The Landfill, Convenience Centers and STS will be open for normal business hours prior to and after the observed holiday.
All Senior Activity Centers and the three St. Mary’s County Libraries will also be closed on September 1 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries.
(Calvert County, MD) - On Wednesday August 27th, 2014, investigators assigned to the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region arrested Kimberly Sue Jones, 38 year old female of Huntingtown, MD. Jones was arrested after having been indicted by a Calvert County Grand Jury charging her with Theft Scheme from $10,000 to under $100,000 and Embezzlement – misappropriation of funds by fiduciary. Jones is currently being held at the Calvert County Detention Center without bond. She will be scheduled to appear before the Calvert County Circuit Court for initial appearance.
The criminal indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division-Central South Region. During the investigation, investigators learned that Jones embezzled an undisclosed amount of currency from June 2011 through December 2013 from a non-profit organization in Calvert County.
The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Calvert County States Attorney’s Office.
Baltimore, MD - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced that multiple governmental entities and pension programs (Maryland and local governments) will share an estimated $75 million settlement secured by his Securities Division from Bank of America (BOA) and its subsequent acquisitions, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial Corporation. Maryland, joined by five other states and multiple federal agencies, reached a $16.65 billion settlement that resolves allegations against the banking and securities giant for unlawfully packaging, marketing, issuing and selling residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) that contained toxic mortgages.
"With this settlement, Maryland takes another step towards resolving the widespread economic damage caused by these lenders and the mortgage crisis they created out of sheer greed," said Attorney General Gansler. "Marylanders will benefit as defrauded state and local government pension plans receive compensation and distressed consumers receive additional mortgage-related relief and assistance."
While $75 million for Maryland will compensate certain defrauded investors, including government entities and their pension plans, the settlement obligates BOA to provide billions more nationwide in consumer relief. The bank will be required to provide $7 billion in consumer relief to eligible consumers in the forms of mortgage forgiveness and forbearance, low to moderate income lending, community reinvestment and neighborhood stabilization, and affordable rental housing. A minimum of $150 million will be expended on these efforts in Maryland, Delaware and Kentucky. While it may not produce the same result as the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement, Maryland was among the states hit hardest by the housing crisis and received the sixth largest share of that agreement among the 49 participating states.
The settlement also provides a special credit incentive to Bank of America to allocate additional funds from the $7 billion in nationwide consumer relief for consumer assistance in Maryland and the other settling states, above and beyond the $150 million minimum.
Today's settlement is part of a global agreement that Bank of America, based on its own activities as well as those of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide, reached with the U.S. Department of Justice, Maryland and five other states, and other federal agencies relating to the entities' sales of securities backed by toxic mortgages that were bundled into defective pooled investments and sold using misleading disclosures to investors.
This settlement resolves only civil claims arising out of the RMBS activities of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide, and does not release any individuals from civil claims or the entities or any individuals from criminal charges. An independent monitor will be appointed to determine whether Bank of America is satisfying its obligations under this settlement.
Bank of America has established a hotline for consumers to call if they have questions about the settlement. The BOA consumer hotline is 877-488-7814.
Today's settlement is the latest legal action from Attorney General Gansler in pursuit of justice for Maryland taxpayers, homeowners and borrowers as a result of the illegal lending practices and unlawful financial misconduct that led to the nationwide housing crisis and the economic damage that was the result. Among those actions are:
In July, AG Gansler filed lawsuits against two law firms for allegedly operating illegal loan modification schemes that charge consumers large upfront fees, but often do not help them avoid foreclosure or modify their loans.
In June, AG Gansler secured $33 million for distressed Maryland homeowners from SunTrust Bank Inc. that addressed mortgage loan origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.
In December 2013, AG Gansler recovered $88 million from Ocwen Financial Corp. for distressed Maryland homeowners victimized by mortgage serving abuses.
Also in December 2013, AG Gansler recovered $231,000 for defrauded consumers from a Maryland company that illegally charged advance fees for mortgage assistance relief services and exaggerated their ability to provide foreclosure prevention and loan modification services.
In August 2013, The Federal Monitor for the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) reported that over 27,000 Maryland consumers received over $1.5 billion from the NMS signed in 2012 with the five largest mortgage lenders (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi Bank, JPMorgan Chase/WaMu and Wells Fargo/Wachovia).
The Maryland Natural Resources Police urge everyone this Labor Day holiday to put safety first.
“Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as tens of thousands of residents and visitors head out on the water, relax in our State’s parks and campgrounds, and begin early hunting seasons,” said Colonel George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “Plan ahead and be vigilant. We need everyone to do their part.”
Officers will be conducting saturation patrols on Maryland waterways and will have an enhanced presence in all 66 State parks, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. September 1 also marks the beginning of resident Canada goose season and mourning dove and rail seasons.
Last Labor Day weekend, NRP officers handled 10 boating accidents that resulted in injury. They arrested seven people for operating a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs and 11 people for other criminal acts. They also wrote 365 tickets, issued 995 warnings and inspected 1,300 vessels.
Johnson has directed officers to continue targeting reckless or negligent boaters and those under the influence of alcohol. The maximum penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for the first offense.
So far this year, NRP has investigated 19 water-related fatalities. This number is very close to the total from all of 2013 with four months still remaining in the year.
NRP reminds boaters and swimmers to:
Wear a lifejacket and have a flotation rescue device handy when out on the water. Seconds count in an emergency. Lifejackets save lives. All children under the age of 13 are required to wear a certified lifejacket aboard a boat less than 21 feet long;
Swim near a lifeguard. National statistics show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times greater than drowning at a beach with lifeguards;
Never boat or swim alone, or while impaired. The sun, wind and water can take their toll on boaters and swimmers. Alcohol use magnifies this fatigue and impairs judgment;
Check weather and tides before heading out. Storms come up suddenly. Don’t think you can outrun a fast-moving squall. Wait at least 30 minutes before resuming activities after the last clap of thunder or flash of lightning;
Don’t fight a rip tide. Most rip currents are narrow and short, so swim parallel to the shoreline to break free, and then head to shore;
Supervise small children and other individuals who cannot swim;
Obey all warning signs and obey lifeguards; and
Carry a cell phone or have other ways of contacting emergency personnel.
For more information on boating safety, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating/safety.
Candidates for governor in Maryland's June primary spent a record of almost $25 million — paying roughly $35 for every voter who showed up at the polls.
Campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections this week show that the primary's cost exceeded the total spent during the primary and general election four years ago by more than $2 million.
As Democrat Anthony G. Brown continues to raise money apace and Republican Larry Hogan has $2.4 million in public financing, they appear on track to shatter the record $33 million spent on the gubernatorial contest in 2006. One political pundit predicted general election spending this year could reach $40 million.
Donald F. Norris, chair of the public policy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, noted that primaries were remarkably competitive this year, with several viable candidates in both parties. He also said that despite public outrage about money in politics, spending continues to mount.
"The competitive primary helps explain part of it," Norris said. "The rest of it is it costs more every time there's an election."
Given how much money was spent, the primary voter turnout of 22 percent was "depressing," said Todd Eberly, professor of political science at St. Mary's College. "It takes more than money to get people to the polls," he said.
Almost half of spending on the primary came from a single candidate: Lieutenant Governor Brown shelled out about $11.2 million as he cruised to victory over Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur.
The three Democrats together accounted for 87 percent of primary spending — $21.5 million. The Republicans, including lesser-known candidates, spent $3.3 million.
Brown's campaign manager, Justin Schall, disputed the relevance of the cost-per-voter statistic, noting that campaigns must pay to reach every Marylander, and then only some of them head to the polls.
"The cost of running a campaign is the cost of talking to the entire state," he said.
John T. Willis, executive in residence at the University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs, called the primary spending "extraordinary" but said the low turnout was not surprising.
"That's happening all over the country. That's not peculiar to Maryland," Willis said.
Primary spending was heavier than in other recent election years because there were hotly contested races in both parties for the first time since 1994. In the past three elections, Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had sewn up their parties' nominations well before Election Day.
Willis also noted that campaign staffs, consultants, postage and other campaign necessities all cost more than they did 20 years ago. "Where there was a reliance on volunteers, everybody gets paid now," he said.
Brown's spending exceeded the previous record for a Maryland primary, but so did Gansler's campaign with $7.5 million. Mizeur, who accepted public financing, spent nearly $2.8 million — almost as much as the four Republican candidates combined.
Hogan led the GOP field with $1.9 million. Harford County Executive David R. Craig spent a little over $1 million, while two other GOP candidates lagged far behind.
The calculations are conservative because they exclude spending by running mates' campaign committees as well as Brown's post-primary spending on bills run up before that election. Nor do they include spending by outside groups seeking to influence the election.
Norris figures that Brown is likely to spend another $10 million or more on his general election battle with Hogan.
Hogan now enjoys a 3-1 advantage in cash on hand. He collected a $2.6 million lump sum from the state's public financing fund last month, and has spent some of that money. Under that system, he has agreed to forgo fundraising for his own campaign.
But Brown can continue to raise money up to the Nov. 4 election.
That means Hogan's cash advantage as of last week is almost certainly temporary, but that didn't deter his campaign from sending out a blast email Wednesday touting it. Hogan spokesman Adam Dubitsky dismissed Brown's campaign tactic of spending so much during the competitive primary.
"Anthony Brown squandered millions expecting a 'mole hill' of an election in November. With his once formidable lead all but vanished, clearly over-taxed Marylanders have other ideas," he said.
The campaign email also sought donations for the Maryland Republican Party, through the so-called Hogan Victory Fund. In addition to party support, outside political groups can pay for advertising and otherwise back Hogan's campaign.
Paul Herrnson, who heads the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut, said independent conservative groups will be watching Hogan's poll numbers and finances to decide whether to invest in the governor's race in heavily Democratic Maryland.
"An outside group wants to influence the election, and it wants to do so in a way that gets them some recognition," said Herrnson, a former University of Maryland political science professor.
Eberly said he expects the trend toward ever-more-expensive elections to continue.
"I suspect you're going to see competitive primaries become the norm in the state, and if it does, you're going to see this kind of spending become the norm," he said. "Money is going to become ever more important in Maryland politics."
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions.
New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.
Sika deer archery season is also open from September 5 through January 31 in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. New this year, the sika deer archery season bag limit has increased to three deer with no more than one being antlered. An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to check in deer taken with a long, compound or recurve bow as harvested with a vertical bow. Crossbow hunters will register their deer as taken with a crossbow. This information helps DNR biologists to continue to learn more about archery hunter preference and its associated impact on recreational opportunities, as well as the deer harvest.
DNR has added several Sunday hunting dates for archery hunters on designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. These, and other changes, are in the 2014-2015 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or online in the What’s New section. Complete bag limits, season dates, registration procedures and hunting regulations are on the DNR website and in this year’s guide.
Hunters should carefully inspect all tree-stands and always wear a full-body safety harness while climbing in or out and while in the stand. DNR strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. For more information on tree-stand safety and to view a detailed video click here.
Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. The program enables hunters to take deer to cooperating butchers and processors where they can donate them free of charge. The deer are processed and the venison is made available to local food banks. Last year, the program provided more than 600,000 venison meals to food banks and other feeding efforts. Learn more at www.fhfh.org.
The Board of Education of Charles County has appointed William Olmsted, a La Plata lawyer, to serve as chairman of the newly appointed Board of Education Ethics Panel. The panel is serving a four-year term that ends in June 2018.
Joining Olmsted on the panel are James Cornette of La Plata, Theresa Everette of Waldorf, Jessie Morris of Waldorf and Derrick Nunn of Waldorf.
The Board appoints the all-volunteer, five-member panel every four years prior to a Board of Education election. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking proposals from organizations credentialed as a provider/site by Healthy Families America to implement the Healthy Families program model for St. Mary’s County families. The national Healthy Families model provides regular home visits from the beginning of pregnancy through the first five years of life for families that may be at higher risk for adverse childhood experiences. The evidence-based Healthy Families initiative has been demonstrated to:
Reduce Averse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)
Increase utilization of prenatal care and decrease incidence of preterm, low weight babies
Improve parent-child interaction and school readiness
Decrease dependency on welfare and other social services
Increase access to primary care medical services
Increase immunization rates
The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking a vendor to implement and provide Healthy Families services to residents of St. Mary’s County. The vendor will serve families in St. Mary’s County who have been identified as having risk factors according to the national Healthy Families model. For more information about the Healthy Families program model and request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org/rfp.
The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
BANK ROBBERY/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD: On August 25 at 4:50 p.m., officers responded to the PNC bank on North Prospect Avenue in Indian Head for a hold-up alarm. When officers arrived, bank employees said a masked man entered the bank and approached a teller. He showed a note announcing a robbery and demanded money, threatening to blow the bank up if the teller did not comply. The suspect obtained money and fled towards Strauss Avenue. Patrol officers, K9 teams, and the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit assisted with the search, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a white male, 6’0”, thin build, possibly in his late thirties, wearing a maroon plaid long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, blue bandana, baseball cap, sunglasses, and white gloves. Photographs of the suspect were captured on a surveillance camera. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. A. Celia at (301) 609-6518. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or provide a tip via a secure website at www.tipsubmit.com. A cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect.
BURGLARY REPORTED: Sometime between August 25 and August 26, unknown suspect(s) broke into a bakery in the 3600 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf and stole currency. There were no signs of forced entry. POI C. Gustafson is investigating.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive 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. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
McDaniel Road at the Piney Branch Stream Crossing, approximately 1,500 feet south of Hallmark Lane, will be closed to all through traffic on or about Sept. 12. McDaniel Road will reopen on or about March 31, 2015.
For more information about this road closure, contact Donna Daugherty, P.E., Highway Engineer III, Codes Permits & Inspection Services Division of the Department of Planning and Growth Management, at 301-645-0596.
Signs will be posted identifying the closure and detour routes.
Construction will involve replacing the stream crossing, widening the road, and extending the hiker-biker trail. The road closure may be postponed due to extended inclement weather or other conditions that may cause construction delays.
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