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Law enforcement officials say an autopsy has been completed on a child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, but the cause of death remains under investigation.
Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday that there were no findings on the cause or manner of death of the 3-year-old, Ji'Aire Lee, found Friday in La Plata, Maryland.
Richardson says further investigation and toxicology tests are needed. The 24-year-old mother was taken to a hospital Friday. Richardson said she was still hospitalized Monday. Officials haven't identified her. They've said she may have been at the park for hours before the boy was discovered.
Richardson says detectives are working to establish a timeline of the days before his death. Previously, she said there were no obvious signs of foul play but that it hadn't been ruled out.

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A Prince George's County police officer has been charged in connection with a double shooting and murder at a McDonald's in Walforf last week.
Officer Richard T. Conway is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses. Charles County police officials say Conway was off-duty at the time of the incident.
"The charges against Officer Conway are deeply troubling, not just to me, but to all who wear our badge. It's tragic that a man lost his life and another victim is hospitalized. We will provide whatever assistance is needed to the Charles County Sheriff's Office in its investigation," said Chief Mark Magaw in a statement.
Conway, who has been with the department for three years, was taken into custody yesterday. He has been suspended without pay.
His mother, Caroline Conway, 51, has already been charged with murder for the same incident.
Police said the fatal May 20 double shooting in the parking lot of the McDonald's stemmed from a child custody battle between the mother of Richard Conway's children and her current husband, Robert Mange from Smithfield, Va.
Caroline Conway, according to police, shot and killed 25-year-old Mange.
Authorities have not released the name of the children's mother who was shot, but she is expected to survive.

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Theft / Shoplifting:  On 5/18/15 at 9:54 pm, Trooper Rucker responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a shoplifting complaint.  Surveillance footage showed a young man enter the store not carrying anything and shortly thereafter taking a Coleman Weather Master tent to the customer service line for item return.  Observation was made of the man returning the tent that was not purchased and receiving a gift card.  The subject was identified as Alexander Y. Mills, of Hollywood.  Application for charges of Theft:  less than $1000 value – shoplifting has been applied for with the Calvert County District Court Commissioner.  Case remains open.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 5/19/15 at 3:54 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes responded to the Super 8 Hotel in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint.  The victim reported the registration plates had been stolen from her vehicle.  TFC Esnes reviewed the video surveillance but was unable to confirm if the plates had been removed at the hotel because of poor lighting.  The plates were recovered the next day in Prince George’s County.  Investigation continues.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 5/19/15 at 8:21 pm, Trooper Kaitz responded to the 7200 block of Bayside Rd. in Chesapeake Beach for a reported theft from a vehicle.  While visiting friends in the area, the victim had placed her purse in the trunk of the car.  Upon returning to King William, VA, where the couple resided, they discovered her purse was missing.  Investigation continues.
 
Possession of Zolpidem:  On 5/19/15 at 8:22 pm, Trooper First Class Oles responded to Walmart in Prince Frederick for a CDS Violation complaint.  The Loss Prevention Staff advised TFC Oles a female had gone into the bathroom and after exiting, an employee went into the bathroom and discovered syringes and drug paraphernalia.  TFC Oles reviewed the video surveillance and observed the female that entered the bathroom and was able to obtain a detailed description.  TFC Oles was able to locate the female he observed, she was identified as Nicole M. Grannis, 34 of Lusby.  Grannis admitted to having injecting herself with Zolpidem while in the store’s bathroom.  She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
DUI & Possession of Liquid Synthetic Marijuana:  On 5/19/15 at 11:37 pm, Trooper First Class Oles stopped a vehicle on Main St. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Brandon S. Richardson, 22 of Prince Frederick, was unable to successfully complete the Standarized Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for DUI.  A search incident to the arrest was conducted and liquid synthetic marijuana was located in the glove compartment.  Richardson was additionally charged with Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 5/20/15 at 3:47 pm, Trooper Kaitz stopped a vehicle on Rt. 2 near Dalrymple Rd. in Sunderland for traffic violations.  An odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search was conducted and the marijuana was located in the center console.  John J. Renfree, 56 of Holtwood, PA, was issued a civil citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and was released.
 
Possession of Heroin:  On 5/20/15 at 9:07 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Walmart in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Due to several criminal indicators observed by TFC Esnes, a K9 scan was requested.  The K9 scan resulted in a positive alert.  A probable cause search was conducted, heroin and drug paraphernalia were recovered during the search.  Christopher D. Gentry, 28 of Lusby, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 5/22/15 at 1:24 pm, Trooper First Class Matthews received a lookout for a vehicle driving recklessly on Rt. 4.  The vehicle was located and stopped at Rt. 4 and Sherry Lane in Prince Frederick.  Vanessa M. Long, 29 of Hollywood, was driving on a suspended license.  A probable cause search revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Long was issued a Civil Citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.  Long also received traffic citations for driving on a suspended license and possessing a suspended license. 
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 5/22/15 at 8:04 pm, Trooper First Class Oles stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 and Pardoe Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations.  An odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed 3.1 grams of marijuana.  Daniel L. Edwards, 47 of Lusby, was issued a civil citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and was released.
 
Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana:  On 5/23/15 at 1:51 am, Trooper Rucker stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Industry Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A distinct odor of marijuana was detected while conversing with the occupants of the vehicle.  A probable cause was conducted and a large amount of marijuana was located.  One of the passengers, Sadie J. Williams, 24 of DC, admitted the majority of the marijuana was hers.  Two other passengers had small quantities of marijuana in their possession.  Ms. Williams was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  The driver, Juanita M. Jewett, 44 of Lusby, and Nora O. Williams, 21 of DC, were issued civil citations for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and were released.  Ronald M. Plummer, 23 of DC, originally gave a false name to try to avoid an open warrant through Prince George’s County.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Synthetic Marijuana:  On 5/23/15 at 4:08 pm, Trooper Kaitz responded to the Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick for a citizen complaint of drug use in the parking lot.   Calvin N. Washington, 22 of Charlotte Hall, was located and the odor of marijuana was emitting from his person and his car.  A probable cause search was conducted and synthetic marijuana was located.  Washington was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Monday at 12:47 a.m., fifty firefighters from Waldorf, Accokeek, Bryans Road, Brandywine, La Plata VFD and Prince Georges County - Fort Washington responded to a fire call at 11002 Greenwood Ct, Waldorf. The fire was located at a one story single family dwelling and the firefighters had the blaze under control in about 10 minutes. After an investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal it was determined that the accidental fire occurred on the exterior of the residence as a result of charcoal embers igniting nearby combustible material then extending onto the deck and into the residence. One adult male occupant did sustain non-life-threatening injury and was transported to Washington Hospital MedStar for treatment. The family was displaced as a result of the fire and is being assisted by friends, family and the American Red Cross. 

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 PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 26, 2015 – Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Week began Sunday, May 24, and the Calvert County Emergency Management Division is teaming with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to promote citizen awareness and preparedness.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November but most hurricane-like weather is seen between mid-August and late October. Calvert County is at risk for strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding and other severe weather. Residents can be “weather ready” by ensuring they know how to get a warning, have a plan and practice safety tips.

“Safety during any type of severe weather event is the key,” said Al Jeffery, Calvert County emergency management specialist. “Familiarize yourself with hurricane evacuation routes and know how to find higher ground. Flooding and debris from strong winds are often the deadly and destructive results of a hurricane. Stay tuned to radio and TV stations for official weather information and follow instructions given by emergency officials.”

“While the last two hurricane seasons have been relatively quiet, we all remember the devastation from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, especially in the New York City area and on Maryland’s lower eastern shore,” said MEMA Executive Director Clay Stamp. “It’s important for us to always be prepared because even in a quiet hurricane season, just one hurricane making landfall in our area can be devastating.”

The NWS highlights that in Maryland it is possible to see hurricanes or hurricane-like activity during the summer. “Damage to coastlines and destruction several hundred miles inland can be seen with these tropical storms,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Strong. “Hurricanes can produce 150 miles-per-hour winds, devastating high tides, flooding from torrential rain and even tornadoes."

Residents can also take actions to remain safe by practicing the following tips:

·         Stay tuned to radio and TV stations for official weather information.

·         Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials.

·         Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

·         Close all interior doors; secure and brace external doors.

·         Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.

·         Avoid using the phone except in the case of emergencies.

·         Avoid elevators.

·         If you live in a mobile home, plan to leave. Mobile homes are unsafe in high winds.

·         Do not attempt to evacuate during the height of a hurricane. You are safer in your home than out on the road.

·         Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as for cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill a bathtub or other large container with water. This is important for those whose water runs off of an electrical system.  

This time of year is a good time to sign up for Calvert ALERT, a notification system that can send messages by text, email, fax, land line and pager. Residents are urged to visit the county website and click the Emergency Alerts link to register for the notification service. Those without Internet access can call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638. For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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Theft from Vehicle Case #15-27393:
Overnight between May 18 and 19, someone entered two unlocked vehicles in front of a home in the 7600 block of Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach and stole a debit card and cash.  Dep. W. Beisel is investigating.
 
Theft Case #15-27646:
Someone stole an orange colored BMX bicycle valued at $300 from the front porch of a home in the 14300 block of Solomons Island Road in Solomons between May 17 and 20.  The victim’s car was also entered and documents were taken.  Dep. T. Holt is investigating.
 
Theft Case #15-27726:
Two packages that had been delivered to the doorstep of a home in the 9500 block of Sea Gull Court in North Beach were stolen on May 21 between 11:05 and 11:41 a.m.  DFC P. Mosely is investigating.
 
Theft Case #15-27729:
A dark gray 18 horsepower Craftsman lawnmower valued at about $1,000 was stolen from the yard of a home in the 1900 block of Kingswood Drive in Prince Frederick on May 20 between 2:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  Dep. T. Mohler is continuing the investigation.
 
CDS Violation Case #15-27834:
On May 21 at 11:08 a.m. a lookout was broadcast for a vehicle leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the area of Thunderbird Drive and Lake Lariat.  Dep. T. Holt was notified that the vehicle had parked at a home in Lusby.  He responded to the address and made contact with the driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as Michael Jerome Worsham, 44, of Lusby.  Worsham appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  Worsham was administered a field sobriety test which he failed.  He was also administered a drug influence evaluation and determined to be impaired and under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.  Worsham was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; a straw, negligent driving, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence of CDS.

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Chaptico, Maryland - On May 25, 2015, at 1:30 PM, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Porter was traveling on Budds Creek Road near Horseshoe Road, when he witnessed a head-on vehicle crash. Both drivers were subsequently flown to Prince George's Shock Trauma with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in either vehicle. 
 
Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated a 2004 Infiniti G35, operated by David M. Hyson, age 53, of Lusby, was traveling westbound on Budds Creek Road. A 1997 Ford Ranger truck, operated by Walter L. Payne, 3rd., age 27, of Mechanicsville, was traveling eastbound on Budds Creek Road. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Ford Ranger crossed the center line and struck the Infiniti head on. Both drivers were last listed in stable condition.     
 
Contributing factors are undetermined at this time. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Deputy First Class Brandon Foor ID #235 at 301.475.4200 X 2265.

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Lexington Park, Maryland - On May 22, 2015, at 7:04 AM,  deputies responded to Three Notch Road at the intersection of Chancellors Run Road, for a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.  Deputies found a pedestrian, identified as Portia Gantt, age 23, of California, Maryland, lying unresponsive in the center lane of Three Notch Road. Gantt was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 in stable condition. 
Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated Gantt was crossing the southbound lanes of Three Notch Road in the crosswalk with an active walk signal from the pedestrian light when she was struck by a 2005 Ford Mustang operated by Ahmed Makin, age 22, of California, Maryland. At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in this collision. 
 
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Corporal Brian Connelly, ID #151 at 301.863.4816 X 1456.

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school graduation ceremonies are May 29 and May 30 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School. All ceremonies will be aired live on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. Ceremonies for La Plata, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools are May 29; ceremonies for North Point, Maurice J. McDonough and Henry E. Lackey high schools are May 30. All Charles County public high schools, including St. Charles High School, are closed May 29. The Robert D. Stethem Educational Center is also closed May 29.
 
The graduation schedule is as follows:
 
May 29
·         La Plata, 8:30 a.m.
·         Stone, 2 p.m.
·         Westlake, 7:30 p.m.
 
May 30
·         North Point, 8:30 a.m.
·         McDonough, 2 p.m.
·         Lackey, 7:30 p.m.
 
To watch the ceremony live on the CCPS website, visit www.ccboe.com. A slideshow of personalized images for each graduation ceremony will rotate on the main page of the website close to the start time of each ceremony. Website visitors only need to click on the picture for the ceremony in which they want to view to access the live coverage. Each ceremony can also be directly accessed at the following web addresses. Coverage of each ceremony will also be posted at the direct addresses below following the end of each ceremony.
 
La Plata: https://new.livestream.com/ccpstv/15lhsgrad
 
Stone: http://livestream.com/ccpstv/15tshsgrad
 
Westlake: http://livestream.com/ccpstv/15whsgrad
 
North Point: http://livestream.com/ccpstv/15nphsgrad
 
McDonough: http://livestream.com/ccpstv/15mmhsgrad
 
Lackey: http://livestream.com/ccpstv/15helhsgrad
 
The Convocation Center is located at 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf, Md., 20603. Parking lots and doors open two hours prior to the start of each ceremony. Any guests arriving prior to the opening of parking lots will be directed to park in an overflow lot area. All guests attending graduations, including babies, must have a ticket to be admitted. Seating is first come, first served and there are reserved seats for guests needing an interpreter or with disabilities.
 
All ceremonies will start promptly and guests are asked to observe a silent roll call as graduates receive their diploma. The following items are prohibited in the Convocation Center: food or drinks (including water), strollers, balloons, air horns and beach balls or similar items. Guests with cell phones should turn them off or on silent before entering the Convocation Center to eliminate any disruptions.
 
Lifetouch, the official yearbook photographer, will take professional photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma covers. The photos will be posted at events.lifetouch.com one week following the ceremonies. dbF, a local media company, is videotaping each graduation and will have DVDs for sale. 
 
Guests should remain seated following the end of each ceremony until all faculty and graduates have recessed. Guests can meet graduates in the school’s football stadium, where students will pick up their diplomas. Photo opportunities in the stadium will end two hours after the start of each ceremony, and parking lots close two and a half hours after the start of each ceremony.
 
For more information about graduation 2015, visit the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/graduation/.
 

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On May 22 at 6:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to Wills Memorial Park, 500 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, in reference to a woman who had been pushing a toddler in a swing for an unusually long period of time - the woman and child had possibly been at the park since the day before.  When officers arrived, they found the woman pushing a three-year-old male in a swing at the playground. Officers immediately noticed the toddler was deceased. There were no obvious signs of trauma. The child was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The child’s mother, 24, of no fixed address, was transported to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. C. Shankster at (301) 609-6513. 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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Rumors are currently circulating in the community and on social media regarding possible violence at Calvert High School (CHS) today, May 22, 2015. Based on information that was reported to the CHS administration, school system staff conducted a joint investigation with the Calvert County Sherriff’s Office and determined that no legitimate threat of violence exists. The school is operating normally for students and staff. Law enforcement has been present on campus all morning and will continue to be there throughout the day to address concerns.

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A Waldorf grandmother is now facing murder charges after a double shooting on Wednesday in a McDonald's parking lot during what police say was a child custody dispute.

Authorities say Caroline Conway, 51, went to the McDonald's in the 11000 block of Mall Circle in Waldorf just before 6:00 p.m. and shot and killed 25-year-old Robert Mange from Smithfield, Va.

Investigators say Conway also shot the children's mother in the back as she was trying to run away.

Conway is the mother of a Prince George’s County Police officer, the department has confirmed.

In a statement, PGPD says, “We are aware the suspect is the mother of one of our officers. We have launched an internal investigation to determine what information, if any, our officer may have regarding this incident.”

Captain Stephen Salvas with the Charles County Sheriff's Office says the children were not in the vehicle when the shooting took place.

"This location is a custody exchange location for the family," Salvas said.

Salvas says Mange is not the children's biological father. Investigators believe the motive stemmed from an ongoing custody dispute but it's not clear who has custody of the children. Authorities have not identified the children's mother.

They say she is expected to survive.

Conway now faces a number of charges including first-degree murder. Conway was located near her Waldorf home. Authorities say they have not recovered the weapon.

This is the second homicide in the county this year.

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Beach bound this Memorial Day weekend? Before you can dip your toes into the mighty ocean or build the perfect sand castle along the beach, you need to get there – safely. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recommends that travelers use the free travel information service 511 in their journeys. In the Town of Ocean City, the Lifeguard Crab continues to spearhead the Walk Smart! campaign – reminding pedestrians to use crosswalks, drivers to stay alert and slow down and bicyclists to ride with traffic and follow signs and signals.
On your journey to the beach, 511 is easy to use – simply choose your region, then prompt “Reach the Beach.” You can get traffic incidents and travel times from east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City as well as to the towns in between. Off to the lakes in Western Maryland instead? The 511 travel advisory system provides road conditions and travel times for interstates and major highways throughout the State, including I-70 and I-68 heading west. Create a "my 511" account and receive traffic updates directly by text and e-mail, so you will have the latest information before stepping into your vehicle.
“Our mission at SHA is to help travelers arrive at their destinations safely not only this weekend but every day,” said SHA Acting Administrator Doug Simmons.
The Maryland Transportation Authority also can help guide you on your journey with updates on a recorded line specifically providing information about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at 1-877-BAYSPAN and on the web at www.Baybridge.com. Travelers can plan ahead and use E-ZPass to pay the toll to avoid delays.
SHA’s CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) program operators monitor conditions and share information with motorists around the clock to assist stranded motorists and minimize traffic delays.
Whatever your plans, however you travel on Maryland’s roads, visit md511.org for travel information and ocwalksmart.com for life-saving safety tips.

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The Charles County Commissioners presented a Life Safety Award to Tracey Kellner and Peter Marshall of the Department of Emergency Services (DES), as well as Officer Ray Brooks of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for successful delivery of a baby girl. During this challenging delivery, the newborn was delivered with a nuchal cord. The mother and newborn were transported to the hospital without further complication. 
 
The Commissioners proclaimed May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week to recognize the value and accomplishments of EMS providers as they serve the community every day.
 
For more information about the Charles County Department of Emergency Services, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/welcome.
 
Photo above (left to right): John Filer, Department of Emergency Services; Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M. Ed. (District 3); Commissioner Vice President Ken Robinson (District 1); Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Tracey Kellner, Department of Emergency Services; Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy; Peter Marshall, Department of Emergency Services; William Stephens, Department of Emergency Services; and William Smith, Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS. Not pictured: Officer Ray Brooks, Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

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(PIKESVILLE, MD) As the unofficial start to the summer travel season beings, Maryland State Police are stepping up traffic enforcement efforts to keep Maryland roads safe this holiday weekend. 
 
Troopers throughout the state will be conducting special traffic enforcement initiatives this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes. The SPIDRE Team, a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, will be out this weekend in areas where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. Troopers from each of the 22 state police installations will be working a variety of initiatives which include DUI saturation patrols, speed and seatbelt enforcement as well as aggressive and distracted driving. Their goal will be to remind motorists that driving while impaired or distracted is not a good way to start the summer travel season. 
 
Operation SHOWBOAT will concentrate on Route 50 from Anne Arundel County to Ocean City, Route 301 in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, and Route 13 in Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties. Troopers and local law enforcement will target aggressive drivers and educate the public through strict traffic enforcement. 
 
Operation Millipede, a highway safety initiative in Prince George’s County, is designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes while inhibiting criminal activity. Patrol troopers will be making complete traffic stops to diminish criminal activity through criminal interdiction while enforcing all traffic laws. The month of May has been designated as ‘Occupant Safety Month,’ so there will be zero tolerance for any unrestrained occupants. 
 
These high visibility enforcement efforts are to reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. For additional travel information on Maryland roads, visit md511.org. 

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Assault: On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Tpr. E. Varesko responded to the 22000 block of Lawrence Ave. for a reported domestic assault in progress.  Investigation revealed that Doris Elizabeth Thomas, 50, of Leonardtown, had assaulted a male victim with a piece of wood from a door frame.  Ms. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner (15-MSP-016963)
 
Warrant Services:
 
Nikkie Lea Campbell, 34, of Mechanicsville, served on 5/21/2015 at 7:00 am for Failure to Appear in Court
 

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As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to buckle up.   Law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. 
 
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,” said Sheriff Mike Evans. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.”
 
During the National Campaign wave in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Maryland State Police, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office to provide increased seat belt enforcement at county borders. The “Border to Border” Operation will send a zero tolerance message to the public: “Driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter which county or state”.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,580 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.  And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime:  59 percent of those killed in 2013 during the overnight hours of 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.  
 
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Sheriff Evans. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.  That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law.  Click it or Ticket, every time, day or night.”
 
From 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 18-31, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round. 
 
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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HOMICIDE-SHOOTING: On May 20 at approximately 5:48 p.m., officers responded to the McDonald’s located at 11025 Mall Circle in Waldorf for a shooting. Upon arrival officers found two adult victims, a 25 year-old male and a 24 year-old female, located in the parking lot. Both victims were transported to area hospitals. The male victim, Robert Michael Mange, 25, Smithfield, VA, was later pronounced dead. The female suffered one gunshot wound but is expected to survive. Accused Caroline Conway was identified as the person who shot them and was later located and arrested. Motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute. Investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (301) 609-6496. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous 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.
 
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.
 
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us. 

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The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released the 2014 Drug and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland Report on Tuesday, May 19. The report found that there was a 21 percent increase in the number of Maryland deaths in 2014 compared with 2013’s data.

A total of 21 drug and alcohol related intoxication deaths occurred in Charles County in 2014. This is an increase from the nine deaths confirmed in 2013 and the 13 deaths confirmed in 2010.  95 percent (20 out of 21) of the Charles County drug and alcohol intoxication deaths were opioid-related.

“These needless deaths are unacceptable,” states Dianna E. Abney, M.D., Charles County health officer. “We recognize this as a serious community problem. Last year we held a number of forums to help give us a better scope of the issue. The forums helped us identify the necessary steps to tackle the problem.” Abney says, “This is a complex problem with no simple fix. A solution involves every sector of our community: public health, government, treatment and prevention, medical, education, law enforcement, and the public at large.  Actions are underway and we have to accept that it may take a while for our efforts to take hold.”

The report states:

·         Heroin-related deaths doubled from five in 2013 to 10 in 2014. On a state level, heroin-related deaths increased by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014.

·         Prescription opioid-related deaths nearly doubled from five in 2013 to nine in 2014.  The overall number of prescription opioid-related deaths remained relatively stable on a state level.

·         For Charles County, fentanyl-related deaths reduced from three deaths in 2013 to one death in 2014. This is very different from the three fold increase seen at the state level (from 58 to 185).

·         Charles County did not see any cocaine-related deaths in 2013 or 2014. This is very different from the 29 percent increase seen on the state level.

·         From 2007-2014, Charles County generally sees between 1-3 benzodiazepine-related deaths. For 2014, there were two deaths due to this substance.

·         Alcohol-related deaths in Charles County have remained relatively stable in recent years. In 2014, there were five deaths related to alcohol in Charles County. On a state level, there was a 13 percent increase in alcohol-related deaths from 2013 to 2014.

The problem of increasing opiate-related fatalities is universal. Similar increases are reported nationally and state-wide. While Charles County falls in the middle of rankings by county in the state report there remains much room for improvement. Dr. Abney says, “We are determined to turn this problem around.”  The complete report may be viewed at goo.gl/RHtVEr.

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The 2015 Nominating Committee for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) met on Saturday, May 16, 2015, and chose candidates for the five seats up for election on SMECO’s Board of Directors.  
The list of nominations follows:

Calvert County (one seat available)
Bill Brier
Samuel “Jack” Hammett
Susan E. Shaw

Charles County (two seats available)
Fern G. Brown
Kenneth L. Dyson

St. Mary’s County (two seats available)
W. Rayner Blair III
William R. Cullins III
William R. Morris

    In addition to nominations made by the Nominating Committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition. SMECO customer-members running by petition should also complete and submit a Board of Directors Candidate Application. To obtain a candidate application and petition, contact Lisa Oliver at 301-274-4489 or Lisa.Oliver@smeco.coop. Completed candidate applications and petitions must be submitted or mailed to SMECO, Attention: Joseph Densford, Board Attorney, 15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, Maryland 20637 by Thursday, July 2, 2015. Nominations will be posted in each SMECO office and available online.
    SMECO customer-members will elect five directors to serve three-year terms by voting for one Board seat in Calvert County, two seats in Charles County, and two seats in St. Mary’s County.
    Members may vote in person at SMECO’s 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The venue provides ample parking, comfortable seating, and accessibility.
    Absentee mail-in ballots will also be available to members who wish to vote but cannot attend the meeting. Requests for absentee mail-in ballots must be received between July 27 and August 14, 2015. To request an absentee mail-in ballot, call 1-888-440-3311, extension 4722, or complete an online form on the Co-op’s website at www.smeco.coop. Customer-members may also mail a request for an absentee mail-in ballot to SMECO Annual Meeting, P.O. Box 670, Hughesville, MD 20637.
SMECO will mail member identification cards with information about the meeting to customer-members in late July or early August.

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