On April 22, 2014, deputies conducted a traffic enforcement operation in the area of Point Lookout Road and Great Mills Road in Great Mills. Corporal Moritz observed the driver of a vehicle texting while driving and stopped the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle after deputies detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A baggie of suspected heroin was found under the center console. The driver, identified as Daniel Brian Evans, 27, of Piney Point, subsequently grabbed the baggie and attempted to eat it. Deputy S. Cameron gained control of Evans and recovered the drugs. Evans was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana.
ASSAULT – On April 21, 2014, Corporal E. Johnson responded to a residence on Clover Hill Road in Hollywood, for a domestic related assault. The victim alleged suspect Jennifer Lynn Falcone, 31, of Hollywood, assaulted the victim with a shoe and another unknown object during an argument. Corporal Johnson observed evidence of injury. Falcone was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
BURGLARY – On April 22, 2014, Deputy Flerlage responded to an apartment on Valley Court in Lexington Park for a reported burglary. A witness reported finding subjects inside a vacant apartment. Deputy Flerlage entered the apartment and located suspect Devaughn Tramaine Holland, 22, of Lexington Park, and suspect Michael Jahrome Powell, 19, of no fixed address, sleeping inside the apartment. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Once at the detention, a secondary search was conducted of both suspects. An amount of suspected marijuana and cocaine was recovered from Holland’s person. Powell was charged with 4th Degree Burglary. Holland was charged with 4th Degree Burglary, Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana, Possession CDS: Marijuana, and Contraband into Place of Confinement.
ASSUALT – On April 21, 2014, Deputy Cole responded to a residence in Callaway for a domestic related assault in progress. The victim alleged suspect Teshawn Louis Campbell, 28, of Callaway, jumped through the passenger side window of the vehicle in an attempt to prevent the victim from leaving during an argument. Campbell then strangled the victim with his hands and struck the victim with his fists. The victim stopped the vehicle and ran to a neighbor’s vehicle then quickly left the area to get away. Deputy Cole observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
Detectives conducted a several month investigation into drug activity and possible distribution at a Hollywood, Md. residence. The targets of the investigation were identified as William Russell Hobbs (Age 26) and Karen Lynn Dale (Age 28). A search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Sherif’s Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and Vice/Narcotics Support Team members. Heroin, syringes, marijuana, a digital scale with heroin residue and cocaine, related paraphernalia, a loaded rifle and a cellular phone were recovered. Due to the condition of the home and the poor conditions four children (Ages 10 to 9 months) were forced to live in, Child Protective Services were contacted and responded. As a result of their investigation, the children were removed from the home. Both suspects were arrested and additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
For many teachers, their passion and love for education comes from personal learning experiences. For Kimberly King, a mathematics teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School, her desire to teach started at a young age when she began to maintain a makeshift classroom full of dolls, stuffed animals and a chalkboard. Throughout her childhood, King came across several influential educators who fueled her desire to teach, including her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Tickell, and Mrs. Williams, one of her high school teachers.
King credits these two teachers, as well as her parents, with her desire to teach children to love math and to always do what is best for her students. “These influential people are embedded in me and are directly responsible for my contributions in education,” she said. According to Somers staff, King’s educational contributions range in modeling high standards and expectations for students to her nurturing and caring demeanor she displays in the classroom. She is known for her natural ability to instill her students with a love for math. For her outstanding abilities as a teacher, King was named the 2014 Charles County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
King learned of her selection as Charles County’s top teacher in a surprise announcement in her classroom. Somers Principal Stephanie Wesolowski came in her classroom one afternoon to bring her students snacks, and then a few school secretaries came in with cameras and an iPad. Unbeknownst to King, her daughter, who is a producer on the Rachel Ray Show, was video streaming live on the iPad for her mom’s surprise announcement. “I was so excited to see her and thought perhaps we were going to meet a celebrity or Rachel Ray,” King said.
King’s classroom was then joined by Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill, who asked the class if they knew why she was visiting them. Hill began to ask students about King and what made her a great teacher. Several students replied with positive comments and one student in particular shared an emotional story about a time King helped her through the loss of a family member. The student said, “Mrs. King just doesn’t teach us math – she truly cares about us.” Hill then told King and the class that she was picked to represent the school system as the Teacher of the Year.
King said she was excited to learn of her selection for the award. “I was elated and extremely proud. Being in the presence of my students, my supportive principal, my office friends, and my daughter during this announcement was like being on stage accepting an Oscar,” she added. In addition to her caring demeanor, King is known for her ability to positively shape students’ self-esteem and enforces learning through challenging, yet exciting lessons and activities. King is committed to establishing positive relationships with students and colleagues, and believes the relationships are crucial to success in the classroom.
Her teaching philosophy highlights the importance of collaboration in order to build trust and confidence, and showing children she cares about them and their success. “I recently read a quote – ‘Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them.’ I could not agree more. When my students give an answer or explanation, they must feel validated. It is my responsibility to make sure they feel that way and it is also my responsibility to instill the respect for other students,” she said.
One of the ways King facilitates respect among her students is the use of compassion bags in the classroom. Each student has a compassion bag hanging in her room in which their peers fill the bags with compliments or kind words about their classmates. King also uses a happy thoughts board in which students can share happy posts. Both the compassion bags and happy thoughts board help King establish solid relationships with her students that she says are responsible for the respect and effort she sees daily. “They do this because I have established relationships with them. Their smiles, hand-made cards, notes, hugs and kind words are rewards that are immeasurable. More than anything, their effort they give to me on a daily basis is my reward. When a student posts on the board ‘I love this class’ – my day is made,” King said.
King has been teaching sixth-grade mathematics at Somers since 2010 and strives to reach all levels of learners. She hosts morning math sessions to provide individual attention to students in need of additional assistance, and also coordinates Saturday sessions for students who need help with the current math concept of the week. As part of her daily lessons, King engages students in exciting warm-up routines that require them to use problem solving and reasoning skills. She consistently uses real-world applications in her lessons and provides students with skills necessary to achieve success in other subject matters. Additionally, King uses visual learning tools such as graphic organizers and Internet resources to make her lessons interactive for students.
Wesolowski said King exhibits admirable qualities and is an exemplary role model for her peers. “She is unquestionably one of the most respected and admired teachers on my staff. Her energy, leadership qualities and positive attitude are truly admired and emulated among my staff,” Wesolowski wrote in a nomination letter. King, who began her teaching career in 1998, is also well known for supporting her students outside of the classroom. She organizes book studies with staff, serves on the minority achievement committee, assists with family nights at the school, sponsors the Future Educator Association (FEA) and mentors students. She also works with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program and attends several after school and weekend events to support students.
Ashin Shah, a former Charles County Public Schools student and student member to the Board of Education, had King as a teacher in elementary school and wrote a letter on behalf of her nomination. In his letter, Shah describes King as an “enduring teacher of life lessons” and said she goes above and beyond what it means to be a teacher. “What makes Mrs. King truly amazing is that she is always the loudest cheerleader for any of her students. For me, I won’t forget that she came to my high school graduation, eight years after I first entered her fifth-grade class, to hear my valedictorian speech, a promise she made in my fifth-grade yearbook. She doesn’t have to tell you, but once you enter her classroom, you become her student forever,” Shah wrote in his letter.
As Charles County's Teacher of the Year, King is eligible for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award. The state winner is announced by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the fall at a special ceremony held to honor all local recipients. The state winner is also considered for the National Teacher of the Year honor. The Board of Education will recognize King at their June 10 meeting.
Prior to teaching at Somers, King was an instructional specialist at John Hanson Middle School. She also served as an instructional specialist and administrative assistant at Somers. From 2001 to 2005, she taught sixth-grade math at Hanson and worked at the elementary school level as a first- and fifth-grade teacher at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Malcolm elementary schools for three years. King has been recognized by the Board of Education as an exemplary employee twice and was recognized in 2005 by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a Maryland Math Teacher of the Year.
She has a bachelor’s degree in human growth and development, and elementary and middle school education, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has also taken graduate courses at McDaniel College. King is a member of the National Education Association (NEA), the Education Association of Charles County (EACC), the Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Middle Level Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Maryland Assessment Group.
For more information on the Teacher of the Year awards program, visit the MSDE website at http://www.msde.maryland.gov/MSDE/programs/recognition-partnerships/toy_1/.
On Saturday, April 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will join the DEA in the National Medications Take-Back initiative – a program held twice a year, nationwide, to encourage people with unwanted prescription medications to dispose of them in a safe manner. Although the CCSO offers residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications at any time, the Agency is taking part in this national event to highlight the importance of ridding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.
Medicines in the homes are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can pollute our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, particularly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet. “This is an important program because unwanted medicines can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way and even more importantly, the medicines will no longer be available to people who might abuse them,” said Sheriff Rex W. Coffey.
Sheriff Coffey said prescription drugs, like Oxycodone and Percocet, are popular among addicts who often turn to stealing or robbing to feed their habits. “Drug addiction has a significant impact on crime, not to mention the toll it takes on the addict, their families, and friends. It’s important to get rid of the medications if you no longer need them,” Sheriff Coffey said. “Over the past few years, we have collected more than 100 pounds of unwanted prescription pills that could have easily gotten into the hands of curious teens,” said Sheriff Coffey.
To drop off unwanted medications, simply bring the medicines to either the Waldorf station at 3670 Leonardtown Road or the La Plata station at 6855 Crain Highway. Remove personal information from the container and drop the medicines in a locked, secured drop box located in the station’s lobby. The medications will be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.
Prescription, non-prescription, pet medicines and vitamins are accepted but they must be in tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes are not accepted. For additional information, visit www.ccso.us.
Tomorrow, (April 24) SMECO will have a helicopter in the Lexington Park area along Route 235 stringing rope for the Southern Maryland Reliability Project. The 230-kV power line extends from the Hewitt Road switching station northeast to the Patuxent River, where it crosses under the river to Solomons, then above ground through Calvert County north to Holland Cliff.
Residents and motorists in Lexington Park may see the helicopter activity as the helicopter ascends, descends and hovers to string the lead lines between the poles. SMECO personnel and our contractors are working with St. Mary’s County law enforcement and State Highway officials to coordinate the flight. A helicopter was also used to install ropes or “lead lines” along the 24-mile stretch of poles in Calvert County.
The Southern Maryland Reliability Project completes a 230-kV loop that will improve the reliability of electric service for all customer-members in Southern Maryland. For more information, contact Tom Dennison at 301-274-4342.
Detectives identified Calverio Terrill Somerville aka “Forty” (Age 25 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of cocaine. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for two residences, one in Great Mills and one in Lexington Park along with two vehicles. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team, Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputies, Vice/Narcotics Support Team Members and the Calvert County Special Operations Team executed the warrants. As the residence was approached, suspect Somerville fled and in the process threw 14 individual baggies of cocaine from the vehicle. He was apprehended and a search of his home revealed more than 52 grams of crack cocaine (valued at $5,200), marijuana, two cell phones, a digital scale and nearly $7,300 in cash. Two vehicles were also seized, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2010 Toyota Camry. Suspect Somerville was arrested and additional charges against him and other suspect(s) are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections is in need of individuals interested in being an Election Judge for the upcoming primary and general elections.
Who can be an Election Judge?
You are eligible if you:
• Are registered to vote in Maryland
• Are not a candidate for any public or political party office
• Are detailed oriented and can speak, read and write the English language
• Are a motivated person who can endure long hours (6am-10pm)
• Can provide your own transportation to and from your assigned polling place
• Enjoy meeting people and serving the public
What does an Election Judge do?
In accordance with Federal and State law, you must perform all of the duties assigned to you by the Local Board of Elections and perform your duties faithfully, diligently and without partiality or prejudice.
• Prepare the polling place for voting
• Check in voters
• Instruct voters on how to use the voting equipment
• Maintain the security of voting materials
• Close the polling place
Is an Election Judge paid?
Yes. Judges are paid per election as well as for attending the required training class. However if you do not work the Election, you do not get paid for attending the training class. You will be paid by the county within 4-6 weeks.
If you are interested please go to our web site www.stmarysmd.com click on Government, then click Board of Elections, then click on the Election Judge star and fill out the perspective judge form and mail it to our office at P O Box 197, Leonardtown Md, 20650 or Call us at 301 475-7844 (1614) or Email Susan.Julian@stmarysmd.com.
On April 28, a contingent of 24 Japanese teachers will spend the day visiting the
CHESPAX program at King’s Landing Park to learn about Calvert County’s
environmental education program and to participate in some hands-on activities related to
environmental studies. The visit to CHESPAX will be part of a United States tour
designed to exchange ideas and strategies related to environmental sustainability in our
Through the Fulbright Japan-U.S. teacher exchange for Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD), this group of teachers will visit schools and other facilities across
the United States with strong environmental programs and projects. Their visit will
culminate with a conference in San Francisco, during which they will collaborate with a
group of United States teachers who will travel to Japan during the summer to examine
environmental teaching practices in that country. A joint meeting in Tokyo between both
groups of teachers will take place in early July.
The mission of the program is to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs,
enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries, and deepen a sense of global
interconnectedness and cooperation between teachers in Japan and the United States.
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.
OFFICER APPREHENDS ROBBERY SUSPECT: On April 21 at 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a convenience store in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a man with a gun who was standing outside the business. Dispatchers obtained a description of the suspect and officers located him quickly. Officers found a BB gun tucked in the man’s waistband. Investigation showed the suspect, Orrin Ira Levi, 52, of Bryans Road, approached two teens who were outside the store, displayed the gun and demanded money. One of the victims punched the suspect and the victims fled. Levi was arrested and charged with armed robbery. POI J. Pogar made the arrest.
CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD IN STRONG-ARM ROBBERY CASE: On April 20 at 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 3100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a citizen robbery. Investigation showed the victim was at the gas pumps when a man approached and began talking to him. During the conversation, another man opened the victim’s car door and stole a pair of tennis shoes. When the victim saw the second man, both men fled. The victim chased the suspects and the suspect dropped the shoes. The victim recovered the shoes, but the suspects approached him again and stole a cell phone from the victim’s jacket. The suspects then fled into a neighborhood. One suspect was described as a black male, light skin, late teens to early twenties, wearing a black hooded shirt, gray baseball cap, and white tennis shoes. The other suspect was a black male, dark skin, late teens to early twenties, wearing an orange and purple hooded Nike jacket, and orange and purple tennis shoes. Sgt. J. Ondrish is investigating.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY/THEFT: On April 17 between 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., someone broke out two windows of a pick-up truck parked at Friendship Landing Park in Nanjemoy and stole a purse that was left inside the vehicle. Cpl. S. Brown is investigating.
(Lexington Park, MD) On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, candidates for the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate will answer questions at the Lexington Park Library, Rooms A & B at 6:30 pm. Meet and greet the candidates at 6:00 pm.
Scheduled to appear are Daniel Slade, Thomas McKay, Matt Morgan, John Bohanan, Deb Ray, Tony O’Donnell and Len Zuza for the delegate seats. Cindy Jones and Steve Waugh have said they will attend for the Maryland senate seat.
Now that tornado season is here, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to be prepared. Tornadoes are violent by nature and capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects like deadly missiles. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour.
Prepare a Home Tornado Plan
· Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
· If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
Watch vs. Warning: What’s the Difference?
· Tornado Watch— Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
· Tornado Warning— A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom). In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes.
Signs of a Tornado:
· Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
· Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base ¾ tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
· Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
· Day or night ¾Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
· Night ¾Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
After a Tornado:
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.
For additional information, safety tips and public outreach resources, visit the following website: www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html and www.redcross.org/.
ASSAULT – On April 20, 2014, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence in California for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Patrick Wayne Donovan, 45, of California, struck the victim with a bar stool and with his hands. Deputy Wesner observed evidence of injury on the victim. Donovan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
DRUG ARREST – On April 19, 2014, Deputy First Class Vezzosi found suspect Justin Scott Roth, 30, of Mechanicsville, asleep in a vehicle which was parked at the Exxon Gas station located at 30100 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy Vezzosi observed suspected Suboxone strips in Roth’s hand as Roth retrieved his driver’s license. A bottle containing suspect marijuana was sitting on the center console. Roth was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana and Possession Marijuana.
THEFT – On April 19, 2014, Deputy T. Shomper responded to the traffic complaint of a subject operating a scooter in the roadway. He located the subject standing next to a scooter and made contact with him. The subject, identified as Lity Gean Thompson, 40, of Lexington Park, indicated the scooter did not belong to him, but that he was riding it. Further investigation revealed the scooter had been stolen from Walmart and was valued at $3,000. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Under $10,000.00.
TRESPASSING – On April 17, 2014, Deputy Wood assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT observed suspect Justin Antoine Parker, 24, of Great Mills, on the property of Lex’s Laundromat in violation of a no trespass order. Parker was placed under arrest and charged with Trespass Private Property by criminal citation.
VEHICLE STOP – DRUG ARREST – On April 18, 2014, Sergeant Safford assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed a Ford Expedition operating on Pacific Drive with no registration displayed. Sergeant Safford stopped the vehicle and subsequently requested a K9 unit respond for a scan of the vehicle. The K9 alerted on the front passenger side where suspect Shemia Danielle Davis, 23, of Cheltenham, was seated. A smoking device was recovered from Davis’ purse. Upon exiting the vehicle deputies observed a bulge in the back of her pants which turned out to be an amount of suspected marijuana. Davis was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous substance: Marijuana Less Than 10gms and Possession Paraphernalia by Corporal Ray.
THEFT – On April 17, 2014, an off duty deputy observed suspect Carla Renee Clarke, 35, of Hollywood, attempt to pass a fraudulent check at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall. The check had obvious signs of tampering and the sale was refused by the cashier. The deputy subsequently detained Clarke and took custody of her purse. In so doing, 3 Food Lion steaks fell out of the purse. The investigation conducted by Deputy C. Shomper revealed numerous checks had been altered and fraudulently cashed on the victim’s account. The total theft was over $1,400. Clarke was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Forgery Private Documents, Possession Forged Documents, Theft Under $10K, Theft Scheme Under $10K, and Theft Under $100.
Update: Mr. Taylor Has Been Located.
St. Mary's County authorities are reportin a missing person case. Mr. Charles Edward Taylor III has been missing since last friday 4-18-14 when he was last heard from. Mr. Taylor is a white male, 29 years old, 5’09” height / 130 lbs with black hair and hazel eyes. Mr. Taylor may be suicidal.
If you have seen TAYLOR or have any information which may be helpful in locating him, please call 301.475.8008 or CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333. Case #21176-14
The Charles County Board of Commissioners would like to inform citizens that the next public forum will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Sign-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the Commissioner Meeting Room. Public forums are open to the general public.
While offering a public forum is important to the Commissioners, it is also necessary to ensure that the Commissioners are allowed enough time to conduct other County business. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established for public forums:
• Any person wishing to speak during the public forum segment must sign the sign-in sheet upon entering the room.
• Individuals are free to speak about any topic affecting Charles County residents.
• Comments should be concise and to the point and limited to three minutes. The actual time limit will be at the discretion of the Commissioner President based on the agenda for the evening and the time available.
• Making a presentation using slide projectors or overhead projectors is not appropriate for public forum. Individuals with topics that require more time or who desire to make a more formal presentation than is allowed under these guidelines, contact the Clerk to the County Commissioners at 301-645-0550 for further information related to the Commissioner meeting agendas.
• Engaging in active debate with the Board of Commissioners or audience members will not be allowed. All comments and questions must be directed to the Board.
• Public forum is not to be used as a candidates' forum.
• Remarks must be respectful and courteous, free of name-calling and personal attacks. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated. Comments presented in a dignified manner have more credibility.
• Comments to the Board of Commissioners do not constitute formal complaints, are not considered requests for records under the Public Records Act, and do not require staff response unless directed to do so by the Board.
The Board of Commissioners appreciates the cooperation of citizens in honoring these guidelines, and looks forward to hearing from the public.
Dates and times for upcoming public forums will available on the Commissioners' published meeting agenda. Commissioner meeting agendas are available online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Possession of Marijuana: On 4/15/14 at 12:11 am, Trooper First Class Casarella stopped a vehicle on Rt. 260 in Chesapeake Beach for traffic violations. While making contact with the driver, the odor of marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle. Larry B. Williams, 19 of District Heights, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.
Theft: On 4/15/14 at 7:00 pm, Trooper First Class Oles responded to the 5800 block of Broomes Island Rd. in Port Republic for a reported theft. The homeowner reported that a locked file cabinet had been broken into and prescription medication and several other items had been stolen. The investigation developed a possible juvenile suspect who was later arrested.
Possession of Heroin: On 4/17/14 @ 04:43 am, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the Holiday Inn in Prince Frederick for a premise check. Upon arrival TFC Costello was approached by a guest indicating that a fellow room occupant had left the area in an intoxicated condition and he requested assistance in locating the person. When returning to report negative results to the room occupant, TFC Costello found that the missing person had returned to the room. While inside the room drug and drug paraphernalia were observed. Criminal Summonses have been requested for Randall C. Floyd, 23 of North Beach and Sarah W. Hassay, 23 of St. Leonard.
Fugitive Warrant: On 4/17/14 at 5:33 am, Trooper Rucker stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Hospital drive for traffic violations. The driver, Paul A. Dibble, 21 of Lusby, was found to have an outstanding warrant through Virginia. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Destruction of Property: On 4/17/14 at 1:39 pm, Trooper Matthews responded to the 1700 block of Solitude Court in Huntingtown for a reported destruction of property. Unknown suspect(s) had vandalized the residence by tossing eggs at the house. In addition, the tires had been deflated on a vehicle in the driveway and a windshield wiper broken at the base. Investigation continues.
Possession of Marijuana: On 4/17/14 at 11:01 pm, Trooper Riddle stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Sherry Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. When making contact with the driver, the odor of marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle. Ryan H. Baird, 26 of Hughesville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and was transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.
Theft: On 4/18/14 at 6:29 pm, Trooper First Class Oles received a complaint for a theft of an IPhone. The victim reported that she misplaced her IPhone earlier in the day while shopping. Utilizing the tracking system in the phone, TFC Oles tracked the phone to the 1400 block of Catalpa Rd. in St. Leonard. Contact was made with Michael H. Coyle, 26 of St. Leonard. He denied having the phone and through investigation TFC Oles found he had made several false statements to hinder the investigation. A Criminal Summons has been requested charging Coyle with Theft and making False Statements to a Police Officer.
Destruction of Property: On 4/19/14 at 11:06 am, Trooper First Class Barlow responded to a home on Main Street in Prince Frederick for a destruction of property complaint. The homeowner advised that someone drove through her white plastic fencing causing extensive damage. Investigation continues.
Fugitive Warrant: On 4/20/14 at 1:19 am, Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 near Skipjack Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. The driver, Woodrow A. Wallace II, was found to have an open warrant through Tennessee. Wallace was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Theft: On 4/20/14 at 3:25 pm, Trooper First Class Barlow responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint. A DVD and Princess Gift Bag were removed from the store without payment by Brett W. Christian, 34 of Scotland, AR. He was arrested for theft and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Ridge, Maryland – On March 13, 2014, Corporal D. Corcoran responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in response to an animal cruelty complaint.
The investigation revealed suspect Kenneth Allen Woodburn, 29, of Ridge, shot a neighbor’s dog on March 13, 2014 twice. The dog was allegedly not on Woodburn’s property when he fired the second shot, according to evidence gathered from witnesses. Furthermore, it was determined both shots were fired in the direction of a residential day care.
After a thorough investigation was conducted, the case was reviewed by State’s Attorney’s Office personnel. As a result, charges against Woodburn were applied for by Detective Corporal M. Boyer from the Criminal Investigations Division and a criminal summons was issued. On April 20, 2014, Woodburn was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animal, Animal Cruelty, and Reckless Endangerment.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 22-25 and 28-29.
Test events include training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). Testing and 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. The noise hotline can be reached at 1-866-819-9028.
Greenbelt, Maryland –William S. Gazafi, age 44, of Lusby, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to six counts of sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Brigadier General Kevin J. Jacobsen, Commander Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
According to the indictment, court documents and statements made at his plea hearing, on August 15, 2013, Gazafi engaged in a chat on a website dedicated to incest discussions with an undercover officer. During the chat, Gazafi discussed his sexual interest in children and advised that he had been drugging and molesting several children, including an infant. During the chat, Gazafi sent seven images to the undercover officer, three of which were child pornography he stated he produced after drugging the child. Gazafi was subsequently identified and arrested. At the time of his arrest, Gazafi was carrying multiple digital media items. A forensic examination of those items and others seized from his residence revealed videos and images that Gazafi produced of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including one child as young as five months old. The images also depict children bound and handcuffed while sleeping. Gazafi is a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force working at Andrews Air Force Base.
Gazafi faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison on each of the six counts, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for June 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Gazafi remains detained.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas of the U.S. Justice Department, Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan, who are prosecuting the case.
ST. MARY’S COUNTY, MD (April 21, 2014) – The Office of the State Fire
Marshal has determined the cause of the April 16, 2014 fatal fire. Investigators found an
operating burner on the electric stove was on a low setting and came into contact with
combustibles that resulted in a fast moving fire producing heavy smoke and flames.
The 1:16 p.m. accidental fire at 19555 Three Notch Road was located by the
victims’ caretaker, Delores Pennington. After attempting to extinguish the fire, she
determined she was unable to control the flames and escaped to the exterior of the
dwelling and called 911. An active duty U.S. Marine, Jon Spindler, from the nearby
Patuxent River Naval Air Base, attempted to enter the structure to assist the victim. The
heavy smoke conditions thwarted his attempts to reach her. Both Pennington and Spindler were treated and released at Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A preliminary report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealed the
victim, Marion W. Gatton (81) succumbed to smoke inhalation complicated by thermal
burn injuries received during the fire. Working smoke alarms were located inside the
(Pikesville, MD) –The Maryland State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are partnering to give Marylanders a way to turn in their unwanted or expired prescription drugs before they fall into the wrong hands.
In response to the rising concern about prescription abuse, Maryland State Police barracks throughout the state will become collection stations for the safe disposal of these medications, during the National Take Back Initiative, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This Take Back initiative is a great opportunity for all to safely dispose of their unused or expired medications, before they fall into the wrong hands.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs is second only to the use of marijuana as the most commonly used drug in America. Despite the recent decrease in teen drug use, particularly marijuana, studies show an increasing number of teens using prescription drugs to get high. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are getting them right out of their family’s medicine cabinet or that of a friend.
Prior to this initiative, there was no legal means for individuals to turn in these controlled substances for disposal. Since the Take-Back Initiative began, over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of unwanted or expired medications have been taken out of circulation and properly disposed of.
WHAT: NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE
WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: MARYLAND STATE POLICE, BARRACK “T”, LEONARDTOWN
23200 LEONARD HALL DRIVE
LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
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