On Saturday, July 4th at 5:00 PM, one lane on RT 235 in each direction will be CLOSED near the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) until the end of the event.
At the conclusion of the fireworks show, approximately 10:30 PM, all lanes of RT 235 in both directions will temporarily CLOSE to allow vehicle traffic and pedestrians to safely exit the HVFD parking lot.
Follow #SMCSO NIXLE alerts, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firstsheriff or on Twitter @firstsheriff for updated information.
Citizens are reminded and encouraged to report suspicious activity. Call the #SMCSO non-emergency line at 301.475.8008 or 9 1 1 in the event of an emergency.
On July 2, a Charles County sheriff killed a raccoon in the vicinity of 1014 St Paul’s Drive, Waldorf. This animal had been trapped under a box for an extended period of time. Neighbors in the area reported that the animal approached domestic pets and behaved in an erratic manner. It is presumed that the raccoon was rabid. If you believe you may have had contact with this raccoon please call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office 301-932-2222 or Mark Williams Charles County Department of Health, Environmental Services at 240-299-8597.
On July 3, 2015 at 1:30AM, deputies responded to a residence on TreeTop Rd. in Lexington Park, Maryland, to check the welfare of several juveniles at a private residence. Information was received that the suspect, Tabitha A. Cassidy, age 45, of Lexington Park, had provided marijuana to several juveniles at a birthday party held at Cassidy’s residence. Contact was made with Cassidy who advised she had provided marijuana to three juveniles ranging in ages from 13 to 14. It was further determined Cassidy had provided marijuana to a 6 year old child by attempting to teach the child how to inhale marijuana through a smoking device. A search of her residence revealed suspected marijuana and various smoking devices used to ingest Controlled Dangerous Substances. Cassidy was arrested, charged with 4 Counts of 2nd Degree Child Abuse, 4 Counts of Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor, and Possession of Marijuana. Cassidy is currently being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center under NO BOND.
Hollywood, Maryland - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in the photo below. On June 29th around 2:30 PM, a customer dropped her LG smartphone in the parking lot of the Early Bird located on Mervall Dean Road. She returned shortly after realizing she had dropped it and the phone was gone.
The unidentified suspect in the photo has had possession of the phone, using it to take selfies. CASE #38506-15
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or about this crime in general is asked to call the St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333. Callers to CRIME SOLVERS can remain ANONYMOUS and all calls are NOT RECORDED. You may also call Corporal Elizabeth O'Connor at 301.475.4040.
The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties on Monday, July 6, 2015, at noon.
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of your local radio stations for information and instructions.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Calvert County ALERT messages can be sent by a variety of methods – cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more. Sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts button. Those without Internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up or for additional emergency preparedness information.
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The Town of Chesapeake Beach “Fireworks Over the Bay” have been postponed until Sunday, July 5 at dusk. We have researched the weather forecasts from various websites and weather forecasters and the determination has been made that Chesapeake Beach and surrounding areas will remain in the current pattern of rainy, stormy conditions for the next couple of days. We feel it is better to be safe than sorry and we hope that by making the call to postpone early, everyone will be able to rearrange their Holiday schedules and enjoy the fireworks on Sunday.
On behalf of Mayor Wahl, I apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing to each and every citizen, but especially to our businesses who work so hard in preparation of the event. We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day weekend.
Connie S. O’Dell
Utilities Billing Clerk
Community Development/Special Events
Town of Chesapeake Beach, MD
• Kindergartners and 1st Graders are required to have two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.
• 7th and 8th Graders are required to have one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine.
*These vaccines are in addition to the existing school immunization requirements.
FREE VARICELLA, TDAP AND MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINES Will be given at the Calvert Health Department on:
• THURSDAY, August 13th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. (WALK-IN)
• THURSDAY, Sept. 10th from 9:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.(APPT.ONLY)
This vaccine will be offered to the 7th & 8th graders and Kindergartners and 1st graders for free regardless if they have health insurance. This vaccine will also be available for those children who are unable to obtain vaccine from their Primary Health Care Provider.
VACCINE WILL BE GIVEN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS
Please call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353 ext. 334 to make an appointment for the Sept. 10th clinic or for questions.
AVOID THE BACK TO SCHOOL RUSH AND GET THESE REQUIRED
VACCINES BEFORE THE SCHOOL DEADLINE!!!
A parent or guardian MUST confirm that an appointment has been made for ANY required vaccine by the first day of school in August 2015. If the child has NOT received required vaccines by the 20th day after school starts, the child will be excluded from school.
CSX Transportation will repair the railroad crossing on MD 5/ Mattawoman-Beantown Road between US 301 and Mattawoman Drive during the weekend of July 10-13. The work requires crews to close the roadway beginning Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. They plan to reopen MD 5 by Monday morning, July 13 at 5 a.m.
Traffic will be detoured:
•Northbound motorists traveling MD 5 will be directed to turn left onto Mattawoman Drive and to turn right onto northbound US 301.
•Southbound motorists traveling US 301 (Crain Highway) / MD 5 will be detoured to turn left onto Mattawoman Drive and then turn right onto southbound MD 5.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is assisting CSX by providing signage and detours to help drivers navigate around the work area. Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties. SHA will place portable electronic message signs along US 301 and MD 5 alerting drivers to the upcoming work.
CSX Transportation is removing the deteriorated steel reinforced rubber panels and replacing them with a new asphalt surface with shaped rubber edge sealing pieces. Crews will stage equipment along the railroad’s right-of-way and work along travel lanes of MD 5 and will work until the repairs are complete. Those who have questions about the repairs may call 1-877-TELL-CSX, or 877-835-5279. Final plans are underway for crossing repairs at Mattawoman Drive for the weekend of July 17.
Drivers are encouraged to plan for additional travel time the weekend of the closure. Travelers may use Maryland’s 511 program at www.md511.org or by calling 511 to learn about construction-related lane closures and other traffic information.
While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and do not follow too closely. Drivers, passengers, as well as workers are at risk. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 2, 2015 – The Calvert County Department of Economic Development announces that the Solomons Visitor Information Center will remain open on a limited schedule through Nov. 30, 2015.
The Solomons center is located at 14175 Solomons Island Road South. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to provide information about local attractions, hotels, restaurants and other travel information. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the center will permanently close due to the declining number in visitors and for budgetary considerations.
For more information about the Department of Economic Development, our visitor sites and attractions and the services available to assist county businesses, call 410-535-4583, or 301-855-1880; send an email to email@example.com, or visit online at www.ecalvert.com. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.
Traffic Plan for Twin Beaches on Friday, July 3
The traffic plan is set up to eliminate all left hand turns on a portion of Route 261 going through the Twin Beaches, eliminating the need to stop traffic randomly and enabling traffic to flow with minimal stopping. The centerline of Route 261 will be blocked with delineation devices that will prohibit vehicles from making U-turns.
Traffic north of Route 260 along Route 261 on the east side of Route 261 must make right turns and exit left on 5th Street to Boyd’s Turn Road to Route 260. Traffic on the west side of Route 261 must make a right turn and exit on 27th Street to G Street to Route 260.
Traffic south of Route 260 along Route 261 on the east side of Route 261 must make a right turn and must turn left onto Route 260. Traffic on the west side of Route 261 must turn right and continue along Route 261 to Summer City Blvd or continue south to Ponds Wood Road and proceed to Maryland Route 4.
In case of rain, the Twin Beaches will hold the celebration on July 5.
Traffic Plan for Solomons Fireworks on Saturday, July 4
All southbound traffic will be prohibited from gaining access to Solomons Island for approximately one hour after the fireworks display ends.
There will be a sign on the north end of Glascock Field indicating the exit on that end of the field will be for St. Mary's County traffic only. The road in front of the Solomons Island Visitor Center will be shut down completely from the St. Mary's exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2.
The exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2 will allow traffic to flow northbound in the southbound lane. This traffic will exit onto Rt. 4 North at the exit across from Roy Rogers. There will be lane delineation devices separating the northbound and southbound lanes of Rt. 2 from Glascock Field to the exit onto Rt. 4.
All traffic leaving Solomons Island beyond Glascock Field will continue north along Rt. 2 to the access to Rt. 4 just north of Boomerang’s Restaurant. Motorists needing to travel south can proceed to the light at Patuxent Point Parkway to make the left onto southbound Rt. 4.
The access for southbound traffic to exit to go under the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be blocked with delineating devices.
The exit for northbound traffic to gain access onto Rt. 2 at the base of the bridge will be blocked with delineating devices.
The median crossovers in front of Patuxent Plaza and the Navy Rec Center will be blocked off with delineating devices.
All traffic exiting Dowell Road will be denied access to Rt. 4 at Dowell Road. Dowell Road traffic will be made to turn right onto Rt. 765 to Coster Road. Motorists needing to travel south will continue to the light at Rt. 760 to gain access to the southbound lanes of Rt. 4.
The Maryland State Highway Administration and the Calvert County Highway Maintenance Department will assist with traffic direction.
There will be deputies posted at all intersections with heavy traffic flow to ensure compliance with the traffic flow plan.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the death of Ji’Aire Donnell Lee, 3, who was found deceased last month at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata. On June 24, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled the manner of death a homicide and the cause of death dehydration and hypothermia.
The investigation started on May 22, at 6:55 a.m., when officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and La Plata Town Police responded to the park upon being notified of a woman who had been pushing a toddler in a swing for an unusually long period of time. When officers arrived, they found Ji’Aire’s mother pushing him in the swing but Ji’Aire was deceased. There were no obvious signs of trauma. Ji’Aire’s mother, 24, was transported to a hospital for an evaluation.
The investigation showed Ji’Aire and his mother arrived at the park on Wednesday, May 20 at about 11:15 a.m. Ji’Aire, who was alive, was placed in the swing where he stayed until he and his mother were discovered. Additional details are not available at this point and the case will be reviewed by the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.
BURGLARY: On June 29 at 8:50 a.m., officers responded to Keepsake Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. The homeowner reported suspect(s) broke into his house and stole several new tires he had just purchased. PFC D. Walker is investigating.
BURGLARY: On June 29 between 9:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., unknown suspects broke into a house in the 4600 block of Grebe Place in Waldorf and stole jewelry, shoes and electronics. Witnesses say the suspects may have been in a light-colored pick-up truck. PFC D. Butler is investigating.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On June 29 at 2:08 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Lake Drive in Waldorf for the sound of possible gunshots. When officers arrived, they saw two juveniles fleeing on foot. The teens were apprehended and investigation showed the juveniles – a 14-year-old female and a 15-year-old male – had broken several windows in the area of Lake Drive, Holly Station and Calico Woods. The juveniles were charged with destruction of property. Officer C. Gustafson is investigating.
THEFT OF MOTOR SCOOTERS: Sometime between June 28 and June 29, unknown suspect(s) stole two Razor E100 motor scooters from an open garage in the 4100 block of Arthur Ross Place in Indian Head. One scooter is lime green and the other is blue. PFC D. E. Raby is investigating.
BURGLARY: On June 28 at 5 a.m., officers responded to the 5300 block of Emma Lane in Indian Head for the report of a burglary. A witness said she was outside with her dog when she heard a noise coming from the garage area, but she thought it was her relatives and she did not investigate. An hour later, the woman went to the garage where she noticed a TV, a game system and some fishing poles had been stolen. PFC. D. E. Raby is investigating.
THEFT FROM AUTO: On June 28 at 5:55 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Kenneth Court in Indian Head for the report of a theft from an auto. The victim said he left his work truck unlocked and someone broke into it during the overnight hours and stole tools, copper, and a GPS unit. PFC D. E. Raby is investigating.
STOLEN FIREARM RECOVERED: On June 27 at 1 a.m., Cpl. M. Sokoloff initiated a traffic stop in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive. Upon approaching the driver, Cpl. Sokoloff detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver was arrested after failing several sobriety tests. Upon searching the car, Cpl. Sokoloff found a semi-automatic handgun which had been reported stolen in North Carolina. Further investigation showed the driver, Erik William Schmidt, 29, of Washington, D.C. is prohibited to have firearms due to prior convictions. While at the detention center, Schmidt made threats to harm Cpl. Sokoloff and his family. Schmidt was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and making threats against a police officer.
BURGLARY: On June 24 between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 3600 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf and stole money and the car keys to the victim’s truck. When the homeowner arrived home, he noticed his 1998 Dodge Dakota had been stolen. PFC P. Morgan is investigating.
The Board of Education of Calvert County and the Calvert Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA) reached tentative agreement for a multi-year collective bargaining agreement beginning FY16.
Under the tentative agreement reached on June 25, 2015, the parties agreed to a three-year contract with FY17 and FY18 open articles to include salary/compensation and up to one other article selected by each party.
The new agreement includes language regarding the 10- and 11-month employee work year, leave, evaluation, hiring selection process, and placement on salary schedule.
No salary or step increases were included in the tentative agreement; however, the parties agreed that further negotiations may occur if additional unrestricted operating funds, in excess of that necessary to support programs and services deemed by the Superintendent as essential to the operation of the system, become available to the school system from the state or county funding sources during FY’16.
CASA and the Board must now ratify the tentative agreement.
Destruction of Property Case #15-34071:
Overnight between June 22 and 23, someone slashed two tires on a vehicle belonging to Chesapeake Security Services. The damage occurred while the vehicle was parked outside a home in the 2800 block of Lochness Lane in Chesapeake Beach. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-34241:
On June 24 at 1:13 a.m. Dep. D. Naughton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 in Solomons. He found the driver, Christopher Alexander Staley, 22, of Lexington Park, to be in possession of suspected drugs. Staley was arrested and charged with possession of Oxycodone, possession of Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a one dollar bill.
Theft Case #15-34274:
DFC J. Lord is investigating the theft of $1,000 worth of copper wiring from a home in the 3900 block of 3rd Street in North Beach that occurred between June 23 and 24.
Burglary Case #15-34382:
A home in the 12000 block of Catalina Drive in Lusby was discovered on June 24 to have been burglarized. Copper piping valued at $300 was stolen and damage in the amount of $1,200 was done. Dep. G. Gott is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-34396:
On June 24 at 9:48 p.m. Dep. C. Idol observed a vehicle being driven erratically that had been called in by a citizen who reported the vehicle had almost hit another vehicle. The vehicle driver turned into the Kmart parking lot and came to a stop. Idol made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence. The driver, identified as Chase Kenneth Tasker, 30, of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and was charged with that offense as well as possession of Oxycodone in sufficient amount to indicate an intent to distribute.
Theft from Vehicle Case #15-34429:
Someone smashed out the passenger side front window of a vehicle at a home on Cross Point Road in Owings overnight between June 24 and 25 and stole a purse containing a wallet with a credit card inside that was discovered to have been in used at various locations in Prince George’s County. DFC J. Hardesty is continuing to investigate.
Destruction of Property Case #15-34833:
Unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver side window of a vehicle outside a home in the 4700 block of Maryland Avenue in St. Leonard between June 26 and 27. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle. Cpl. E. Basham is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-35100:
On June 28 at 6:50 p.m. Dep. T. Holt responded to a call for a fight that was occurring on Oyster House Road in Broomes Island. One of the subjects involved in the fight was reported to be leaving the scene in a vehicle and witnesses advised the driver was noticeably intoxicated. DFC J. Denton and Cpl. E. Basham observed the suspect vehicle and were attempting a traffic stop but the vehicle would not stop. They cornered the vehicle at Church Road and School Road. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Karen Sue Nims refused to exit the vehicle. She was assisted out of the vehicle by Basham and Dep. Holt. Holt detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Nims and her speech was slurred. Nims advised she would submit to a field sobriety test then became upset and started to walk away, falling into the rear of her vehicle. While being placed under arrest she kicked at the officers, striking Holt in the leg. She was arrested and placed into the patrol vehicle, at which time she began to yell and scream profanities. Nims was found to have suspected drugs on her. She was charged with possession of Oxycontin and resisting arrest as well as driving under the influence.
The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation announces the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick will be temporarily closed for eight weeks starting July 13, 2015, to complete warranty repairs to the competition pool’s surface.
Patrons holding active passes to the Hall Aquatic Center will have their passes honored at Kings Landing and Cove Point pools from July 13 through Labor Day. There will be extended lap swimming available at Cove Point from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, lap swimming will be available at Kings Landing from 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Current pass holders whose passes expire after Aug. 16, 2015, will receive a five-week extension on their passes. Individuals who purchase a pass before July 13, 2015, may purchase their pass at a pro-rated cost or extend their pass five weeks.
To learn more about Calvert County Parks and Recreation aquatic operations, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/parks or call 410-535-1600, ext. 2649.
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New lower toll rates effective July 1, 2015. Visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The new cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $4 and the new E-ZPass Maryland rate is $2.50.
With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5. Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:
- Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :
Thursday – Before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday– before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Saturday, 4th of July – before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!
Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
Know Before You Go - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
I-95 in Baltimore City
A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths, lane shifts and split traffic lanes along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).
- The left lane on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and Exit 52 (Russell Street) is continuously closed (24/7).
- Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter.
- Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.
The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Friday, July 3, at 5 a.m. through Monday, July 6, at 8 p.m.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
- Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch fireworks.
- Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span. Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
- Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
- Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
- Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
- State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
- Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
- Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
- Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
- Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
- State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.
The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!
For Statewide traffic conditions, visit md511.org.
Monday morning at 12:16 a.m., firefighters from the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at Coltons Point Road and Bill's Way, Clements for the report of a fire. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was determined that two separate Mailboxes were destroyed as a result of an incendiary fire. The second mailbox located at 36740 Hayes Lane, Maddox, MD was discovered a short time after the first was extinguished. There were no injuries as a result of either fire. Anyone with information about either fire is urged to call 443-550-6833.
On Thursday June 25, 2015 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) with assistance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC) conducted an operation targeting Prostitution and Human Trafficking. During the operation numerous contacts with individuals soliciting prostitution were made. During the course of the day's operation six adult males, who were soliciting sex in exchange for US Currency, were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.
Typically, the encounters between individuals engaged in prostitution are facilitated through the use of cellular phones, web-based classified ads and/or social media sites. The ads are posted by both those who seek prostitutes and those who are seeking clients. Meeting locations vary from parking lots to rooms in local hotels.
An operation of similar type was conducted by CIB in April of 2015 resulting in two arrests of adult males who were charged with Solicitation of Prostitution. CIB continues to monitor the prostitution culture through various investigative methods and assistance from the community. Prostitution offenses often go hand in hand with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as robberies of prostitutes and/or clients soliciting sexual encounters. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office continues to work diligently to eliminate these quality of life crimes, while aggressively combating a Human Trafficking aspect associated with prostitution.
To ensure the success of this operation, approximately 20 law enforcement officers and a multiagency coordinated effort was put together by CIB detectives.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 29, 2015) – Vibriosis (vibrio) is a rare but potentially dangerous infection associated with swimming in natural waters, particularly warm bodies of salt or brackish water such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Maryland averages approximately 25 cases of vibrio infection each year, according to state officials.
The vibrio vulnificus bacterium can cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater. These infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. While healthy people can also get sick, people with weakened immune systems, particularly those with chronic liver disease, are at increased risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications.
There are steps that can be taken to avoid this bacterial infection:
Wait at least 48 hours after a significant rain event before swimming, and then swim in open waters. Rain events often create high bacteria counts in natural waters due to storm water runoff.
Use caution and avoid swimming when the natural water temperatures rise past 80 degrees.
Don’t swim in natural waters if your immune system is compromised, if you have an infection, or if you have existing cuts or sores.
If you are injured while swimming (e.g., cut a finger while crabbing, get scraped by a shell or sharp object), thoroughly wash the wound when you get out of the water.
Shower thoroughly after swimming and before eating anything.
Wear gloves when handling raw shellfish or crabs and their drippings.
Keep open cuts and sores away from raw shellfish or crabs, their drippings, and coastal waters.
Do not eat raw or undercooked shellfish or crabs. Cook these items completely and throw away shellfish that do not open during cooking. Vibrio vulnificus bacteria are not a result of pollution so, although oysters should always be obtained from a reputable source, eating oysters from “clean” waters or in restaurants with high turnover does not provide protection. Only heat can destroy the bacteria.
Symptoms of vibrio can start from 12 to 72 hours after exposure. If you notice any symptoms of fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain after eating shellfish or crabs, or if there is increased swelling, redness, pain, or blistering at the site of a cut or sore, call your health care provider immediately.
For more information about vibrio vulnificus, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
The Charles County Commissioners are providing support to residents affected by the June 27 storm event in Wayside/Morgantown area of the county. Vegetative debris removal is available starting today, June 29 through Friday, July 10.
Homeowners are encouraged to bring their limbs and branches to the side of the road to be removed by Department of Public Works staff. To participate in this program and arrange for pickup service, call 301-932-3440.
For more information on the county’s debris removal efforts, contact the Department of Public Works at 301-932-3440. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
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