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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack Brief


Drug Arrest – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm, Tpr. A. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a black passenger car on Willows Road at Anita Court for a minor traffic infraction.  A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS.  Melinda Jean Persiani, 19, of Piney Point, was arrested and charged with CDS Possession – Marijuana.  She was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released.  (14-MSP-022955)
 
Assault – On Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm, Cpl. S. Murphy responded to the 46000 block of Sue Drive for a domestic disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Inesha Dashawn Gilliam, 18, of Lexington Park, had engaged in an altercation with a female victim at the residence and had assaulted the victim.  Ms. Gilliam was arrested for Assault – Second Degree and was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  (14-MSP-023210)
 
Warrant Services
 
Michael L. Epps, 28, of Great Mills, served on 7/20/2014 at 11:15 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00252784)
 
Ryan Christopher Conyers, 33, of Callaway, served on 7/17/2014 at 6:55 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00251066)
 
Joan Yolanda Perez, 45, of Waldorf, served on 7/23/2014 at 7:40 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00259056)
 
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Detectives Identify 10 Year Old Who Molested 4 Year Old


DETECTIVES IDENTIFY JUVENILE SUSPECT WHO ASSAULTED CHILD: Detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division have identified the suspect who reportedly molested a 4-year-old boy at the Capital Clubhouse on July 20. Investigators pursed several leads and identified the suspect last night. He is a 10-year-old male from Charles County. The case will be reviewed with the State’s Attorney’s Office.  The investigation is ongoing.
 
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.
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Open Houses For Charles County Schools Announced


Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2014-­15 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.
 
Elementary Schools
 
·      C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Berry, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;  
 
·      Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Gale-Bailey, open house for all grade levels, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Indian Head, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Malcolm, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 2, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 7 – 8 p.m.; 
 
·      Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house event, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 4, 7 – 8:15 p.m.;
 
·      J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Eva Turner, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.; 
 
·      William B. Wade, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Sept.3, grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
Middle Schools
 
·      Theodore G. Davis, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      John Hanson, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Matthew Henson, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Piccowaxen, annual open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Milton M. Somers, open house for all students, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Sept. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.;
 
 
 
High Schools
 
·      Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
 
·      La Plata, annual open house, Sept. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
 
·      Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
 
·      North Point, back-to-school night, Sept. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
 
·      St. Charles, open house, Sept. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;  
 
·      Thomas Stone, meet and greet, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; 
 
·      Westlake, open house and activities fair, Sept. 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
 
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Suspect To Turn Himself In Monday For Fatal Hit And Run


Bryant Lewis, the 23-year-old suspected of killing a Waldorf football star in a hit-and-run crash last week, is expected to turn himself in, according to his older brother.
 
Bryant Lewis' family says he will turn himself in to the authorities on Monday. 
 
Prince George’s County Police say Lewis, who faces multiple charges, was driving a stolen vehicle on the night of Thursday, July 17. He may have been speeding when he lost control of the car, skidded off the road and struck a utility pole on McKendree Road in Brandywine. Then, Lewis took off running, leaving a critically-injured passenger in the back seat. Brendan Munnerlyn, a 24-year-old who had been riding in the front passenger’s seat, was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries. 
Police are searching for Lewis and have a warrant for his arrest. 
 
“Currently, we are looking for [Lewis] and asking for the public’s help in bringing this individual to justice,” said PGCPD Corporal Maria McKinney.
 
In November 2013, Lewis was charged after court records say he tried to flee after getting caught speeding, later admitting he had marijuana hidden in his shoe.
About a third of the cases against Lewis weren’t prosecuted, or were dismissed by the court, but he still faces charges in the July 17 case. Lewis’ family says he plans to turn himself in on Monday.
 
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Ben Cardin Announces Over $17 Million in Health Insurance Refunds for Maryland Consumers


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that 206,102 consumers in Maryland will benefit from $17,265,604 in refunds from insurance companies this summer, averaging $140 per family, because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
Created by the ACA, the 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, requires health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities. If insurers spend more than 20 percent on profits, marketing, and salaries, they owe a refund to consumers. 
 
“Before the Affordable Care Act, many insurers did not provide true value for the premium dollars they collected from consumers. We decided to include Medical Loss Ratio provision to hold insurers accountable by ensuring that Americans get a rebate when companies don’t meet “a fair standard of value. As a result of the MLR,  9 million Americans are finally able to purchase quality, affordable health care, rather than paying for exorbitant salaries, executive bonuses, or other non-health-related costs,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
 
“The 80/20 rule is bringing much needed transparency and competition to the health insurance market, ensuring that consumers will receive value for their premium dollars,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Standards like these created under the health care law are providing Marylanders with immediate savings and are helping to keep costs down over the long-term.”
 
Nationwide, consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since the 80/20 rule took effect.  Last year alone, consumers nationwide saved an estimated $3.8 billion because of reduced premiums as insurance companies operated more efficiently.  Additionally, consumers nationwide will receive $330 million in refunds, with 6.8 million consumers due to receive an average national refund benefit of $80 per family.
 
Since the MLR standard took effect, more insurers year after year are meeting the 80/20 rule by spending more of the premium dollars they collect on patient care and quality improvement..
 
According to HHS, Marylanders will see their value reflected in one of the following ways:
 
·       a refund check in the mail;
 
·       a lump-sum reimbursement to the same account that was used to pay the premium;
 
·       a reduction in their future premiums; or
 
·       if the consumer bought insurance through their employer, their employer must provide one of the above options, or apply the refund in another manner that benefits its employees, such as more generous benefits.
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Career Criminal Found Packaging Drugs In Home


During the past several months, 28 year old Travis Richardson of Leonardtown, MD was identified as a distributor of cocaine and detectives obtained a search and seizure warrant for his home and person. Detectives, assisted by members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Support Team, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team and K-9 deputies executed the search warrant which revealed numerous items of evidence. The evidence indicated Suspect Richardson was using the residence to manufacture and package crack cocaine and the recovered items included digital scales, plastic bags, a quantity of cocaine, a .38 caliber handgun and "cutting agents."  
 
 A second Suspect, identified as 23 year old Michelle Shavon Mobley of Leonardtown was also located inside the residence and was found to be in possession of marijuana which was prepared and packaged for distribution. Detectives seized Mobley's 2008 Saturn Vue pending forfeiture proceedings. 
Richardson is a convicted felon with a long criminal history and prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm. Additional charges are expected pending a review by State's Attorney Richard Fritz.
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Charles County Detectives Search For Fugitive


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Omar Jamal Brooks, 28, of Waldorf. Brooks currently has an outstanding warrant charging him with violating  probation for a conspiracy to commit burglary charge. Brooks is 6’0”, 155lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.  
  
 
Anyone with information about Omar Jamal Brooks’ 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 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.
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Colonial Beach, Va. Residents Told E.coli Found In Water Weeks Ago


COLONIAL BEACH, Va. - Residents of Colonial Beach in King George's County were notified on Tuesday that local water samples tested positive for E.coli as far back as July 8.
 
"Our water system testing recently detected a fecal indicator - E.coli - in our water," a statement from the Town of Colonial Beach released on Tuesday read.
The statement indicates water samples collected on July 8 tested positive for the contaminant.
A positive test for E.coli in water could indicate traces of human or animal feces in the water, Town officials said.
"Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms," the statement warned. "They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems."
The Town said it is performing "system pipe flushing, increased chlorination, increased field disinfection testing, and additional follow-up/special and routine samples" to correct the situation.
In the meantime, residents have been advised to boil water before using it for certain purposes.
"Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice," the statement advised. "Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water."
The Town said it anticipates resolving the matter quickly, but said residents should continue boiling water until further notice
"We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water," officials said.
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SMECO Receives Approval to Reduce Customer Rates


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 23 to reduce its residential Standard Offer Service (SOS) energy charges. SMECO also received approval for its proposal to change how May and October are designated as summer rate and winter rate months.    
SMECO will reduce the residential SOS energy charge for summer months from 8.83 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 8.61 cents per kWh, a reduction of 2.5 percent. The new rate will go into effect on August 1, 2014. SMECO received approval to change the summer rate months to May through September and winter rate months to October through April. Residential SOS energy charges for winter months will decrease from 9.62 cents per kWh to 9.25 cents per kWh, a reduction of 3.9 percent. The winter rate will go into effect on October 1, 2014.
The total SOS rate in August will be the combination of the new reduced energy charge and the PCA, which changes monthly. For a residential bill of 1,300 kWh, the average monthly base SOS rate will be $4.00 less. SMECO’s SOS rate covers the cost of electric supply only. Costs incurred for maintaining the electric system are covered by distribution service charges and do not affect the SOS rate.
“The average customer-member who uses 1,300 kWh per month will realize a savings of nearly $50 a year on the SOS energy charge,” said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO.  He added, “We encourage customers who want to save money on their energy costs to control the amount of energy they use. Rather than setting the thermostat on 72, turn it up to 78 degrees in summer and down to 68 in winter. The co-op does not make a profit on energy charges, but customers can profit by saving energy.” 
SMECO also received approval to revise commercial rates for general service non-demand, general service demand, and large power customers. General service non-demand customers will be charged base rates of 8.51 cents per kWh for all energy used for summer months and 9.22 cents per kWh for winter months. General service demand customers will be charged base rates of 6.99 cents per kWh for summer, 7.49 cents per kWh for winter, and $4.28 per kilowatt (kW) for demand. Base rates for large power customers will be 7.14 cents per kWh for summer, 7.64 cents per kWh for winter, and $5.40 per kW for demand.
 
SMECO provides electricity to more than 156,000 services in southern Prince George’s County, and in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers, and these members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. 
Co-ops also issue capital credits to their members. What are capital credits? They are the member’s share of the co-op’s margins, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are used as working capital for new construction and system improvements. When SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that a percentage of the capital credits can be distributed to members through a general refund, capital credits will be issued by check or credited to members’ electric bills.
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


DOMESTIC ASSAULT – on July 23, 2014, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence on Morningside Lane in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect John William Kegley, 31, of Lexington Park, strangled the victim with his hands during an argument over property. The victim blacked out during the assault. Deputy Johnson observed evidence of injury on the victim. Kegley was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
 
TRESPASSING – On July 23, 2014, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect Joseph Kenneth Morgan, 50, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex’s Apartment’s. Morgan had been served with a no trespass notice for the property on 9-13-14 by DFC T. Snyder. Morgan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass: Private Property.
 
PUBLIC INTOXICATION – On July 22, 2014, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, was flagged down by citizens on South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park. Citizens reported seeing a white male subject with long gray hair walking in the roadway. He was nearly struck by vehicles. 3 additional callers to 9 1 1 reported seeing the same subject intoxicated in the roadway. DFC Beishline subsequently located suspect Steven Wayne Carter, 55, of no fixed address, sleeping in the back parking lot of the Bay District Fire Department. Carter appeared to be extremely intoxicated. DFC Beishline placed Carter under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Alcoholic Beverage Intoxication: Endangerment.  
 
THEFT SCHEME – On July 23, 2014, Deputy Potter responded to the BJ’s Wholesale Club in California, for a reported employee theft. The store manager alleged suspect Patrick Louis Campbell, 20, of Lexington Park, stole nearly $16,000 in cash, gift cards, and merchandise while employed from 3-5-14 to 7-22-14. Campbell would purchase a low price item and then use the receipt to create a fraudulent return for cash or gift cards. Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Scheme $10,000 to $100.000
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Person Falls Victim To Phone Scam


7-23-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, reported he received a phone call from a Hispanic male suspect claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The suspect told the victim he needed to pay $2,500 immediately to avoid being arrested. The victim purchased (5) $500 Green Dot cards and provided the suspect with the information. Case #40112-14

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Maryland Has Successful Sale of $1.15 Billion in General Obligation Bonds


ANNAPOLIS – Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp 
announced that the Board of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor 
Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Kopp, completed the 
sale of $1,149,715,000 of General Obligation bonds today in three series, 
including the direct retail sale of $50,385,000 of Series A bonds which sold on 
July 18th and July 21st exclusively to retail investors with a first priority to 
Maryland residents. 
The direct retail bond sale (Series A), conducted through a group of 
underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., carried a true interest rate of 
1.1883%. The net premium was $6,381,311.
Competitive sales for Series B and Series C occurred at today’s BPW meeting. 
The State received bids for the $449,615,000 of Tax-Exempt General Obligation 
Bonds (Series B) and the $649,715,000 of Tax-Exempt Refunding Bonds (Series 
C). The Series C Refunding Bonds will reduce the State’s debt service by 
approximately $58.3 million.
In today’s competitive sales:
 $449,615,000 in tax-exempt bonds in Series B sold at a true interest cost
of 2.6535%; the winning bidder was J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC, and the 
net premium was $64,221,141; and
 $649,715,000 in tax-exempt refunding bonds in Series C sold at a true 
interest cost of 1.8821%; the winning bidder was Morgan Stanley & Co., 
LLC, and the net premium was $148,876,381.
There were five bidders on Series B and five bidders on Series C.
Treasurer Kopp commented “Today’s results were very satisfying for the 
taxpayers of Maryland. The State was well-timed to be in the market and 
benefited from investors’ ‘flight to quality’. The demand for Maryland bonds 
and the resulting favorable interest rates are a reflection of the top quality of 
Maryland’s credit and the security of the investment it provides. The State’s
taxpayers benefit from saving millions of dollars because of our strong AAA 
bond ratings and resultant lower interest rates. In addition, today’s successful 
sale of tax-exempt refunding bonds will save Maryland taxpayers more than $58
million in debt service costs. It is also good news that all Marylanders who 
wanted to do so were able to buy the State’s high-quality bonds during the retail 
sale period. Their investment in Maryland in turn will allow Maryland to invest in 
projects that support communities throughout the State. Overall, Maryland’s 
citizens benefit from the investment in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, 
prisons and cultural projects that are supported with bond proceeds.”
Maryland is one of only ten states to currently hold the AAA rating, the highest 
possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA was 
affirmed by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s as recently as July 7, 2014, 
in anticipation of this bond sale.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in 
February or March 2015.
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Man Killed In Hughesville Accident


On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at approximately 3:32 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police, La Plata Barrack, and Deputy’s from the Charles County Sheriffs Office, responded to the area of Leonardtown Rd at Herbert Rd, Hughesville, MD, for the report of a motor vehicle collision.
 
The first responding unit arrived on scene at 3:35 p.m.and immediately requested further assistance.  The Maryland State Police Crash Team Members and other collision reconstructionists, responded to the scene of the collision at 3:50 p.m.  A detailed crash investigation was conducted utilizing investigative techniques to determine cause and manor of the collision.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2005 Pontiac G8 driven by 24 year old James Hunter Rowley Jr. of Mechanicsville, was traveling southbound MD Rt 5 (Leonardtown Rd) in lane 1.  The G8 attempted to make a left turn onto Herbert Road at a high rate of speed.  Rowley lost control and crossed through the grassy median into the northbound lanes of Leonardtown Rd.  
 
A 2003 Dodge Ram, driven by 73 year old John Raymond Sellner of Brandywine, was traveling northbound Rt 5 in lane 2.  The Ram collided into the passenger side of the G8.  As a result of the collision, Rowley Jr. was pronounced deceased on the scene by paramedics.  Sellner was flown to Prince George's Hospital via MSP Trooper 7.  
 
During the investigation it was determined that Sellner was under the influence of alcohol.  A Blood Kit was submitted at Prince Georges Hospital.  Charges are pending for DUI.  Alcohol is not listed as a contributing factor for the collision in this case.
 
This collision is still actively being investigated and any witnesses to the incident are encouraged to contact Trooper First Class Mark Galgan or Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team.  Either can be reached at 301-392-1200.  
 
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Dominion Receives Tidal Wetlands License For Cove Point Export Project


The Maryland Board of Public Works Wednesday approved unanimously a tidal wetlands license for the Dominion Cove Point export project. A crowd of about 250 Calvert County leaders and other citizens, labor representatives and supporters rallied outside the State House before the hearing. The BPW voted 3-0 to approve the license after two hour, 40 minute public hearing.
 
The license authorizes construction of a temporary pier in the Patuxent River adjacent to the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge in Calvert County. The temporary pier will be used over an 18-month period for unloading barges delivering equipment for the expansion project. It will be removed and the area will be restored to its present condition when project-related barge traffic ends.
 
Recent favorable project developments include the approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity by the Maryland Public Service Commission, a favorable draft environmental assessment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Maryland Supreme Court decision to not hear the appeal of the Sierra Club in its effort to stop LNG exports from the Dominion Cove Point terminal. The FERC is expected to reach a final decision on the project within a few months.
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Power Outage Scheduled For Spring Ridge Middle School Today


LEONARDTOWN, MD - Due to construction activities, Spring Ridge Middle School will be closed on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  It will be reopen on Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Elderly Woman From Virginia Found In Lexington Park


Lexington Park, Maryland - On July 22, 2014, DFC Tim Snyder and DFC Al Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed a green passenger vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Great Mills Road. The vehicle then parked in Millison Plaza where the operator was contacted by DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline. The operator was a 76 year old female from Dale City, Virginia. She left her home to go shopping at approximately 10:00 AM, when she became confused and got lost. She had been driving for over 12 hours, ending up in St. Mary's County. Deputies contacted her daughter who was about to file a missing person's report in Virginia. DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline then assisted in returning her safely to the Virginia State line where she was reunited her family.   
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests
 
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Al Beishline observed Anthony Charles Wright, 45, of Lexington Park, on the property of St. Mary's Square after having been served a no trespass notice for the property. Wright was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass Private Property.
 
On July 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM, DFC Tim Snyder observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage on the property of the Checkers restaurant in Lexington Park. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
 
On July 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM, DFC Al Beishline observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex's Apartments located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
 
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Al Beishline arrested William Cornelius Curtis, 55, of Lexington Park, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespassing Private Property.
 
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Krum arrested Eric Dwayne Dickerson, 41, of no fixed address, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespass Private Property.
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Sheriff's Office Has Advice On How To Keep Your Property Safe


Recently, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has seen a spike in burglary/theft crimes from motor vehicles. In the overwhelming majority of these cases the vehicles had been left UNLOCKED by the owner. Just within the last week, property was stolen from unlocked vehicles located at residences in the area of Route 234 at Route 5 in Leonardtown.  
 
Typically, there are two scenarios which burglars who commit these crimes look for.
 
ONE - Burglars pull on door handles looking for a vehicle that has been left UNLOCKED. When they find one, go in and steal anything they can get their hands on.
 
TWO - Burglars who WINDOW SHOP by looking in the windows of vehicles for property that has been left IN PLAIN VIEW. When they find something they want, they BREAK IN and TAKE IT.
 
These GRAB & GO crimes are avoidable. Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office remind citizens to LOCK YOUR CAR, TAKE YOUR KEYS, AND HIDE YOUR BELONGINGS.
 
DON'T BE A VICTIM. PROTECT WHAT'S YOURS.
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Maryland Board Of Education Accepts New Guidelines For Student Discipline


BALTIMORE (July 23, 2014) – The Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously yesterday to accept guidelines for the state’s student code of discipline that can serve as a model for local school systems to use when developing their own discipline codes.
 
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) presented the new framework for school systems to use as they review and revise their local district codes of discipline, and develop and establish new discipline-related policies. These guidelines include behavioral expectations for all members of the community who have a direct impact on creating healthy learning environments and promoting student success. They also were designed to reduce disparities in discipline based on race and disability.
 
“The State Board is committed to establishing policies that lead to safe learning environments for all students, and keep more students in school and on track for graduation, while eliminating the disproportionate impact of school discipline on students of color and students with disabilities,” said State Board Vice President Dr. Mary Kay Finan, who presided over yesterday’s meeting.
“It is imperative that we continue learning and make decisions that are in the best interests of students regardless of where they live, what they look like or what challenges they exhibit.”
 
The Maryland Guidelines for a State Code of Discipline align closely with the Maryland State Board of Education’s discipline reform efforts as laid out in their 2012 report, School Discipline and Academic Success: Related Parts of Maryland’s Education Reform. The guidelines were written in accordance with state law and the Code of Maryland Regulations. They complement and support the new state regulations, which the State Board adopted in January to keep students in school, maintain their progress toward graduation, and strengthen school safety overall. 
 
In response to the Board’s request for an inclusive, thorough, and participatory process, MSDE convened a workgroup in 2012 and appointed two co-chairs, MSDE’s Robert Murphy, M.Ed., and Kate Rabb, JD, of Open Society Institute-Baltimore. MSDE staff issued initial invitations to representatives from all 24 local school systems in Maryland, and numerous organizations and stakeholders including: ACLU-MD; Advocates for Children and Youth; Baltimore Teachers Union; Department of Juvenile Services; Johns Hopkins; MD Association of Boards of Education; MD Association of Pupil Personnel; MD Association of Secondary School Principals Association; MD Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health; MD Disability Law Center; MD State Education Association; MD Parent Teacher Association; MSDE; NAACP; and Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland. Members of the State Board also were invited. Through the course of six open meetings between November 2012 and July 2013, additional groups were invited and additional people participated.
 
As a model, the guidelines provide suggested roles and expectations of the broadly-defined school community, and a framework for choosing appropriate and fair consequences for students. In response to the State Board’s directives, the guidelines create a structure that emphasizes discretion for decision-makers and is designed to eliminate disparities in discipline, and make consequences meaningful and appropriate.
 
The draft guidelines, workgroup report and the report to the State Board of Education have been linked to yesterday’s State Board meeting agenda.
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days Coming This Fall


Leonardtown, MD – The time has once again arrived for citizens to clean out their barns, basements, sheds, garages, storage areas under kitchen sinks, etc. to take advantage of the opportunity to properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials. Residents wishing to safely dispose of household hazardous waste materials will have two opportunities this fall. 
 
The St. Andrew’s Landfill will host Hazardous Waste Collection days on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and Saturday, November 1, 2014. Both events will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
 
Hazardous waste items which will be accepted for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach, Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides, Mercury Thermometers, Photography Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Paint Thinners, and Alkyd (oil-based) Paint. Since Latex Paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust, or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. However, if you are unable to do so, Latex Paint will also be accepted.      
 
Items which will not be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials, and Picric Acid.
 
Almost 50 tons of materials were collected during last year’s event. Help us collect even more this year and dispose of it through safe, environmentally responsible practices.
 
For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-863-8400. You can also log on to their website at www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/RecycleAnnouncements.asp. 
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


DOMESTIC ASSAULT – On July 21, 2014, DFC Knott responded to a residence on Eric Road in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Matthew Taylor Burnside, 22, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the throat and threw the victim on to a bed. Burnside also broke the victim’s phone during the incident. Burnside was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
 
 
ASSAULT – On July 21, 2014, Deputy Roszell responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed inmates Jamarr Sherman Mackall, 21, of Lexington Park, and Joe Derrick Young, 26, of no fixed address, entered the victim’s cell and assaulted him. The victim sustained facial injuries during the assault. Mackall and Young were both charged with 2nd Degree Assault.  
 
 
PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOLATION – On July 22, 2014, Deputy Pleisse responded to a residence on Shenandoah Drive in Mechanicsville, for a violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect Joseph William Vestraci Jr., 70, of Mechanicsville, drove by the victim’s residence repeatedly in violation of an active protective order. Vestraci was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Violation of Protective Order.
 
 
DISORDERLY CONDUCT – On July 22, 2014, Deputy Schultz responded to Indian Way in Lexington Park, for an assault. After conducting the investigation into the assault, Deputy Schultz advised all parties to leave the area. Suspect Shantell Shanese Swales, 21, of Lexington Park, began yelling profanity at one of the victim’s involved in the assault. Deputy Schultz ordered Swales several times to stop yelling and leave the area. Her actions caused the individuals involved in the original incident to return to the scene. Swales refused all orders and was placed under arrest. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
 
 
Mechanicsville, Maryland - On July 6, 2014, Gary Lee Weaver, 26, of Mechanicsville, reported his 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle stolen to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Weaver reported the motorcycle had been stolen from his residence in the early morning hours on 7-6-14. Detective M. Green from the Criminal Investigations Division assumed the investigation. During the course of the investigation, Detective Green received information regarding the location of the motorcycle and subsequently located it at a residence in Lexington Park on 7-16-14. Detective Green further determined Weaver had filed a false police report regarding the theft of his motorcycle in order to receive insurance money
 
On 7-23-14, Weaver was charged with False Statement to Police Officer Causing Investigation and False Statement to Police Officer by criminal summons.
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