Leonardtown, MD – Citizens seeking a unique way of reviewing the work of county departments during the past fiscal year can view the 2016 St. Mary’s State of the County Video Report.
The video details activities, events and projects ongoing and completed from July 2015 to present. Highlights of the video include an overview of the FY17 county budget and updates on construction projects.
“The one thing viewers will notice about this year’s video is that it has a much quicker pace,” said Tony Jones, St. Mary’s County public information officer and video host. “This will provide a visual glance of all of the important work completed or in progress around the county.”
The 2016 video took just over three months to produce and marks the fourth year a video report the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office has featured.
The 2016 State of the County Video Report is available for online viewing in a number of places. Citizens can go to the Public Information Office’s web page at http://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/. Simply scroll down the page to the View current and past State of the County Reports section. The 2016 video can be selected from the drop down menu in the left column labeled 2016 – State of the County Video. The video is also available on the county’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov/videos or on the homepage of the county’s website at www.stmarysmd.com.
Citizens can also access a State of the County Executive Summary. To view or download the document click the State of the County Executive Summaries drop down column next to the video column on the PIO web page and select 2016 State of the County Executive Summary.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Residents of Calvert County who live in designated floodplains can receive a reduction in their flood insurance premiums thanks to mitigation efforts made by the Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building. This premium reduction became available after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Calvert County for exceeding floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
FEMA oversees the NFIP, which administers a program called the Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes community floodplain management activities that exceed minimum NFIP requirements. As a member of the CRS, Calvert County is within an elite group of 13 Maryland communities that received this recognition. Calvert County entered the CRS program at a level that allows for a 10 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums. This translates to an average $138 in savings on annual premiums for eligible NFIP policy holders and accounts for a total savings of $37,000 annually for Calvert County citizens.
“Participating in FEMA’s CRS program heightens the county’s commitment to educate residents, elected officials and professionals in the real estate industry on the hazards of, and safety measures for, owning a home in the floodplain,” explained Community Planning and Building Director Mark Willis.
Under the CRS, local officials are asked to meet three goals: (1) reduce flood losses; (2) facilitate accurate insurance rating; and (3) promote the awareness of flood insurance. Communities can earn a CRS rating by submitting an application explaining the projects they have in place or in development. As part of the recertification process, the annual report on the progress of the Calvert County Flood Mitigation Plan is presented to the county commissioners and made available to residents. The document is available for the public at www.co.cal.md.us/FloodMitigationPlan2016
For information about flood insurance, property owners should contact their insurance agent, visit floodsmart.gov, or call the NFIP's toll-free information line at 800-427-4661. To learn if you live in a designated floodplain in Calvert County, visit www.co.cal.md.us/floodmap. To learn more about the CRS, visit floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/crs/community_rating_system.jsp.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 – Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are
simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The
practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, “bounces”. Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to and on the deck safely. FCLP training is critical for Navy pilots to learn to safely conduct landing patterns in as realistic conditions as possible, which includes night time operations. Night FCLPs simulate landing on an aircraft carrier at night when sufficient darkness is necessary. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD -- Sept. 29, 2016 – Calvert County Government is continuing to provide sand bags and sand to help county residents protect their property as heavy rains continue into the weekend.
Up to 10 sand bags per vehicle may be picked up today, Thursday, Sept. 29, until 3:30 p.m. at the salt dome located at 335 Stafford Road in Barstow. Residents are responsible for filling the sand bags. Shovels will be provided and county staff will be available to assist.
The county Department of Public Safety urges residents to prepare for the potential of coastal and inland flooding. To keep abreast of local conditions and emergency information, residents can download the free “Prepare Me Calvert” emergency preparedness mobile application for iOS (Apple) and Android devices. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and nonemergency situations. To sign up for Calvert County ALERT, visit 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.
Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary's County have taken an important first step toward establishing a business incubator in the county.
An incubator leases office space to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The firms are offered affordable office space, management training, mentoring, marketing support and access to capital resources.
St. Mary’s County will receive $1.9 million through the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) from the Technology Transfer Office of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD). The seed money will be used to establish and operate the incubator. The Technology Transfer Office allocated the funding to TEDCO because of its expertise in establishing incubators and helping small firms and entrepreneurs. The incubator will focus on commercialization of Navy technology and Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) work.
The St. Mary’s County Regional Airport will be home to the incubator. Some of the advantages of the site are its close proximity to the University of Maryland’s UAS Test Site, its runway access and the neighboring Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, which plans to construct a new building. A primary focus of the new building will be research and development of UAS.
“This is an exciting development for the county as we continue to diversify our economy,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “St. Mary’s County is pleased to stand up the incubator and assist small businesses get their footing and grow into profitable ventures.”
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have also accepted a donation of land and agreed to a three-year lease of a soon-to-be constructed building at the airport for $90,000 which will house the incubator.
“Having a business incubator is a vital part of our economic development strategy to diversify the economy by creating an ecosystem of innovation and technology,” said Chris Kaselemis, Economic Development director. “Helping aspiring entrepreneurs create new businesses will help diversify our economy and over time, reduce our reliance on military spending.”
Once established, the incubator is expected to create between 6 and 12 businesses and will become a program of the Department of Economic Development. No St. Mary’s County funds will be used to stand up the incubator.
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the appointments of Deputy Director Brandon Foster to Director of the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) and Captain Deborah Dofflemyer to Deputy Director of the CCDC.
Director Foster and Deputy Director Dofflemyer will oversee and manage all operations of the CCDC, which is a secure facility for incarcerated adults (and juveniles charges as adults), as well as an annex that houses work release and weekend inmates. They are responsible for ensuring CCDC staff maintain custody and security of inmates and create a variety of programs to reduce recidivism and help inmates re-enter society.
Director Foster has been with the CCDC for 19 years, serving in a multitude of assignments. Starting in 1997, Foster began as a line staff correctional officer. Shortly after, he became a staff instructor at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and supervised recruits in training, and he later served as a sector supervisor in the Custody and Security Section. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant, overseeing a team of officers assigned to the Custody and Security Section. In 2014, Foster was named Deputy Director of the CCDC and later was named Acting Director until his appointment as Director earlier this month. “I believe leadership is principled in fairness, justice, and common respect,” said Foster. “I look forward to being actively involved in all aspects of managing the detention center and maintaining a good work environment in an extremely tough job.”
Director Foster has extensive training in Emergency Management, Jail Evacuation Planning and Implementation, and Leadership. Prior to joining the CCDC, Foster served in the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant; he was active duty from 1990 to 1995 and in the Reserves from 2003 until 2007.
Foster is also active in numerous professional organizations including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corrections Chief’s Committee (where he serves as Vice Chairman), the Maryland Correctional Administrator’s Association, and the American Correctional Association. In his spare time, Director Foster teaches Sunday school for teens at Hanover Baptist Church in King George, Virginia. He also participates in many community events affiliated with the CCSO.
Deputy Director Dofflemyer joined the CCDC in 1986. Her career history started as a floor officer, and she later served in the areas of transport, Pre-Trial/VICS, and intake. As a Lieutenant, she served as a shift commander in Custody and Security, the central processing commander, and the standards coordinator. She was then promoted to Commander of the Support Services Section until her recent appointment to the Deputy Director position.
“Being a correctional officer is really an awesome job. It’s not typically a job that people grow up saying they want to be, and I think most of us just kind of fall into it. I know that’s what happened to me. However, thirty years later I’m still here and love it. It’s a rewarding and difficult job at the same time. Sometimes you can touch people’s lives and make a difference and other times, we’re not so lucky. I think what I love about the job most is the amazing group of people I work with. They truly become part of your family,” said Dofflemyer. In 2000, she was named Correctional Officer of the Year for outstanding performance.
In her spare time, Dofflemyer volunteers with the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland, which assists in finding homes for homeless/unwanted Golden Retrievers. She also partnered with her sister and makes and sells crafts including floral door wreaths, painted pallets, and small holiday decorations.
Combined, Director Foster and Deputy Director Dofflemyer have more than 50 years experience in corrections. “They walk a tough beat and have a huge responsibility. I have the utmost confidence in their abilities to manage all aspects of corrections, and I’m proud of their success,” said Sheriff Berry.
Due to the National Weather Service forecast, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services is providing sandbags to county residents who need them to protect property. Sandbags and sand will be available today, Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents can pick up empty sandbags at the Department of Emergency Services building (10425 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata). Sand will be available in the first parking lot at Laurel Springs Park (5940 Radio Station Rd, La Plata).
There is a limit of 10 bags per person. Residents should bring a shovel to fill the bags. No shovels or other tools will be provided.
Severe weather notices are posted online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov, on CCGTV which broadcasts on Verizon channel 10 and Comcast channel 95, www.facebook.com/CharlesCounty and www.twitter.com/CharlesCoMD. Sign up for the Citizen Notification System at www.CharlesCountyCNS.com to receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by e-mail or phone. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
Charles County Government is partnering with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct the National Citizen Survey™ (NCS™). The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and residents’ use of services.
Earlier this month, a random and scientific sample of 1,500 households received invitations by mail. Residents who have not yet participated are invited to take the survey online at www.n-r-c.com/survey/charlescountysurvey.htm from Wednesday, Sept. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The NCS™ is designed to provide a baseline of how Charles County Government is serving residents, to better gauge perceptions of the county, and to make comparisons with peer local government agencies.
About The National Citizen Survey:
The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues, and has been used in more than 350 jurisdictions across 46 states. The NCS™ is a high-quality cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. Communities using The NCS™ have reported that the tool helped improve performance, strengthen communications with community stakeholders, and identify clear priorities for use in goal and budget setting.
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD -- Sept. 28, 2016 – With up to 6 inches of rain predicted for the region over the next two days, the Calvert County Department of Public Safety is urging county residents to be prepared for the potential of coastal and inland flooding. The county is making sand and sand bags available for residents who need them to protect property.
Up to 10 sand bags per vehicle may be picked up today, Wednesday, Sept. 28, until 3:30 p.m. at the salt dome located at 335 Stafford Road in Barstow. Residents are responsible for filling the sand bags. Shovels will be provided and county staff will be available to assist.
To keep abreast of local conditions and emergency information, residents are encouraged to download the free “Prepare Me Calvert” emergency preparedness mobile application now available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and nonemergency situations. 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.
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received complaints of a male suspect who exposed himself to citizens along the Three Notch Trail near Laurel Grove Road in Mechanicsville, during the evening of Sept. 22, 2016.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, shoulder length hair, wearing dark colored clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at (301) 475-4200, ext. *2297, or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com.
One of the busiest times of any given school day is the morning arrival. During the week from about 7 to 10 a.m., staff at Charles County’s 36 elementary, middle and high schools are busy welcoming students to school. It is part of a daily routine for more than 26,300 students in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS).
Missing for some as part of that daily routine is a jump start to their school day: a healthy and nutritional breakfast. To encourage healthy habits and a positive start to the school day for children, CCPS is offering free breakfast for all students next month, from Oct. 3 through Oct. 28. Offerings will include items featured in breakfast kits such as cereal, milk, juice and fruit.
Since the start of the school year, CCPS food nutrition staff has served more than 100,000 healthy breakfasts to students. The goal of the free breakfast initiative is to ensure all students have a healthy start to the school day.
“We understand the important role a nutritious breakfast plays in the start of the school day for all kids, from our youngest learners to our older students. Children can’t focus on learning if they are hungry and eating a healthy breakfast helps our students listen better, learn and participate. It is important that we demonstrate healthy habits our students can model outside of the classroom and learn to incorporate into their daily routines,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill said.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, when children eat breakfast they exhibit better memorization skills, a higher attention span, healthier body weights and demonstrate an overall improvement in nutrition choices. This in turn can help to support the personal and academic success of children at school.
Last school year, CCPS food and nutrition services served 2.4 million lunches and 1.7 million breakfasts to students. According to William Kreuter, supervisor of food and nutrition services for CCPS, the school system has grown from serving 3,000 breakfasts per day in 2010 to about 10,500 a day in 2016.
The free breakfast does not apply to a la carte items at the middle and high school levels. Additionally, breakfast offerings for students that attend schools enrolled in the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program will not change next month. Fourteen schools are MMFA schools, at which free breakfast is served all school year to all students.
Menu options and offerings for both breakfast and lunch choices is posted on the CCPS website at http://ccboe.nutrislice.com/.
The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 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 our local radio stations listed below for information and instructions.
Residents are also encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading the “Prepare Me Calvert” app for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market.
Residents can also 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 including 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.
Leonardtown, MD - The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will conduct a Public Logic and Accuracy Demonstration on the DS200 Ballot Scanner and the Express Vote voting units on Friday October 7 at 10 a.m.
The Testing will take place at the Election Warehouse at 47382 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (Old Carver Elementary School).
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Adkins at 301-475-7844 ext. 1613.
Leonardtown, MD - The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation will construct new alignment improvements at the intersection at Cedar Lane and Blacksmith Shop Road. Construction is estimated to begin October 3.
While there will be no road closures anticipated during construction, drivers will experience new traffic patterns. Please follow all signs and message boards in the area. Nearby residents may also experience some construction noise in the area during daylight hours. Work is expected to last two days depending on weather conditions.
For additional information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-863-8400 or the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. *1340.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have identified the victim of the homicide/shooting that occurred on Sept. 25 in the 9100 block of Mona Farm Place in La Plata as Mason Cameron Atkins, 18, of Deale, MD. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and his friends learned of a party on Mona Farm Place and showed up uninvited. When they pulled up to the entrance of the driveway, they were asked to leave, which they did. They drove about a half mile away, heading to the main highway, when they passed other vehicles that were stopped on the narrow road. At some point, there was an argument with the occupants of another car. The suspects in the other vehicle produced a gun and fired shots, striking Atkins and his friend. The suspects fled and the victims drove to Popes Creek Road where they called 911. Detectives are working on leads. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Shankster at (301) 609- 6513. Callers 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.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. – NAS Patuxent River has announced that
the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo 2016 will go on as planned Oct. 29 and 30.
Following the Blue Angels announcement that they would not be performing at NAS Patuxent
River this year, the decision was made by Air Expo planners to still hold the air show.
The Pax River Air Expo 2016 will feature such military and civilian acts as the U.S. Air Force F-22
Raptor demonstration team performing precision aerial maneuvers in the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft; the U.S. Army Black Daggers Special Operations Command parachute demonstration team showcasing their aerial acrobatics skill and precision; the Geico Skytypers' low-level precision flying act; Nalls Aviation's first flyable privately owned FA-2 Sea Harrier; "Panchito," a WWII B-25J; Clemens Kuhlig and his iconic Pitts S1S airplane; former astronaut and Navy test pilot Joe Edwards in his T-28; Manfred Radius' quiet and elegant sailplane performance; and Scott Francis' MXS stunt plane; static displays and more.
For more information about Pax River Air Expo 2016 and its performers, visit
LA PLATA, MD-- Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on September 26, 2016, Joshua Terrell Mebane, 21 was arraigned in the Circuit Court for Charles County. Mebane plead not guilty to First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder for events that occurred on October 26, 2012. He will be held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond pending his January 30, 2017 trial.
In 2012, Mebane was charged with the First-Degree Murder of Teresa Bass and the Attempted Murder of her husband Jerry Bass Jr. as the couple walked their dog in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf. Officers working security at the Westlake High School football game that night heard several gunshots and were on the crime scene within a minute. Teresa Bass was taken by ambulance to Civista Medical Center in La Plata, where she died. Jerry Bass Jr. was flown to an area hospital, where he was at one point listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his back.
Mebane was developed as a suspect in the Bass shootings during the investigation of the murder of Quadar Muhammad, 44, which occurred on November 7, 2012 in Washington DC. During that investigation Mebane’s then girlfriend reported that he was responsible for shooting Teresa and Jerry Bass. Charles County investigators followed up on this report and uncovered additional evidence that resulted in Mebane’s arrest for the murder and attempted murder of the Bass couple.
The delay in bringing Mebane to trial in Charles County occurred because Mebane was held in the District of Columbia from November of 2012, the time of his arrest for the killing of Mr. Muhammad, until November of 2015, when he was sentenced for that crime. In November of 2015, Mebane was sentenced to 45 years for Mr. Muhammad’s death and was subsequently transported to a federal penitentiary. Finally, on September 23, 2016 he was transported from that federal facility to Charles County to face charges for the murder of Teresa Bass and the attempted murder of Jerry Bass.
Burglary Attempt Case #16-53700:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy A. Woodford was dispatched to Christiana Parran Road, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of an attempted burglary. The complainant advised a front window of their residence, which is kept locked, was now unlocked. He suspected the incident took place sometime on September 15th. The home was not entered and no outdoor items appear to be missing.
Burglary Attempt Case #16-53527:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 10:50pm, Deputy S. Rediker responded to Olivet Road, in Lusby, for the report of an attempted burglary. The homeowners reported that at 10:40pm they heard someone tampering with their front door doorknob. Shortly thereafter, someone attempted to open a window on the front of the house. No entry was made and no known suspects at this time.
Burglary Case #16-53521:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 10: 20pm, Deputy N. Buckler witnessed someone standing in front of a glass door of the Aquatic Center, in Prince Frederick, within the secured fenced-in area. The Center was closed for the evening so he made contact with the subject, Olivia Hefter, 23, of Hughesville, MD. She admitted she had planned to spend the night at the Center; Deputy Buckler witnessed the door was unsecured and partially opened. She was transported to the Detention Center and charged with 4th Degree Burglary of a Storehouse.
Burglary Case #16-53517:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 8:00pm, Deputy A. Woodford responded to Merry Lane, in Huntingtown, for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised he arrived home to find his shed door busted in and the door wide open. He stated he remembered locking the shed door at 10:00am the day before and discovered the damage at 8:00pm that evening. At this time nothing appears to be missing.
CDS Violation Case #16-54393:
On September 23, 2016, at approximately 9:45pm, Deputy A. Locke was approached by a concerned citizen, in the parking lot of the Rod & Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach, who told him a female appeared to be passed out in a vehicle. Deputy Locke located the vehicle, with the unresponsive female, Shaye Beal, 23, of Lothian, MD. As he made contact and questioned Ms. Beal, he determined she was in Possession of Paraphernalia (plastic baggie) and two (2) hypodermic syringes. She was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.
CDS Violation Case #16-53461:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 4:00pm, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to a 911 dispatch that an intoxicated driver was seen weaving all over the road. He was able to come into contact with the driver, William Whitney, 48, of North Beach, at the base of the Thomas Johnson Bridge, in Solomons. He observed Suboxone in the front seat cup holder. He placed Mr. Whitney under arrest for CDS: Possession of a Synthetic narcotic (Suboxone), Driving/attempting to drive while impaired by controlled dangerous substance and for Driving/attempting to driver while impaired by drug(s) and or alcohol.
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-53734:
On September 20, 2016, at approximately 10:00pm, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded to the area of St. Leonard Road/Toms Lane, in St. Leonard, for the report of a subject lying in the road next to a bicycle. Upon arrival he identified the subject as Edward Kiger, Jr. 27, of Chesapeake Beach, who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person. An ambulance was requested; upon evaluating him, he began to sit up but refused to cooperate and would not follow instructions. He continued to yell, attempted to walk away and fell in the grass. A search of the grassy area revealed a hypodermic syringe lying next to him. He was arrested for CDS: Administer Equipment Possession/Distribute (syringe), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia (syringe), Resist/Interfere with Arrest, Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct, Alcohol Beverage/Intoxicated Endanger, Alcohol Beverage/Retail Area Drink.
Theft Case #16-54338:
On September 23, 2016, at approximately7:00pm, Deputy G. Gott was dispatched to Pine Trail, in Lusby, for the report of a theft. The victim explained someone had stolen a package off his front porch that was delivered that day, according to the tracking website. Deputy Gott spoke with the neighbors who had witnessed someone carrying a box through the backyard and was stuck in a briar patch along the wood line. When the suspect later returned to the area, Deputy Weems approached Raymond Montgomery, 40, of Bear, Delaware, and determined he was the thief. He was charged on a Criminal Citation for theft under $100.00 and released on the scene.
Theft Case #16-54185:
On September 23, 2016, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Inner Place, in Lusby, for the report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between 8:00am on September 14 - 8:30am on September 23rd, multiple items were stolen from inside their boat:
4 Penn Rod and Reels, 3 open face surf rods, 4 light tackle rods, 6 12-volt batteries, 1 tackle box, 30 lures, 2 50-foot anchor lines, 1 6-foot folding ladder, 2 folding crab pots, 2 umbrella rigs and 1 fishing rig. No known suspects at this time.
Theft Case #16-54079:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy R. Spalding was called to Decoy Drive, in Owings, for the report of a theft. Upon arrival he made contact with the complaint who advised the registration sticker to his vehicle had been stolen. Due to the vehicle having been serviced in another location for over three (3) months, it is unclear where the crime took place.
Theft Case #16-54077:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy J. Denton was dispatched to Jesus the Good Shepherd Church located on West Mount Harmony Road, in Owings, for the report of a theft. A concrete statue that was in the outdoor prayer garden area was stolen between September 12 - 16th. ** It should be noted on September 3rd, Father King had previously reported another statue theft taking place at the entrance of the church.
Theft Case #16-53991:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy V. O’Donnell arrived at the Tiki Bar located on Charles Street, in Solomons, to respond to a theft report. The Manager explained that a black iPod, capable of scanning a license, was stolen from the establishment. This crime took place sometime between September 19 - 22.
Theft Case #16-53718:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy S. Rediker responded to the Lusby Giant grocery store, on Rousby Hall Road, for the report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. The manager stated several suspects (2 adult B/M males and 1 adult B/F carrying a baby) attempted to push two (2) full carts of groceries out of the store without purchasing the items. They fled the store in a vehicle, leaving behind one of the carts.
Theft Case #16-53665:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy R. Burggraff responded to Lloyd Bowen Road, in St. Leonard, for the report of a theft. The Property Manager stated there were three (3) HVAC units stolen from two (2) homes on the property. He last noticed the HVAC units on September 16 around 9:00am.
Theft Case #16-53434:
On September 19, 2016, Deputy D. Clark responded to Caney Court, in Prince Frederick, to recover a possible stolen motorcycle. Deputy Clark determined the white Kawasaki, located in the complainant’s shed, was, in fact, reported stolen from Montgomery County. Upon questioning Bryan King, 28, of Prince Frederick, he admitted purchasing the Kawasaki from an unknown person and knew it was stolen when he bought it. During the investigation it was also discovered King was in Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Heroin) and Possession of CDS paraphernalia (plastic wrapper). He was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Detention Center where he will be charged with theft $1,000 to $10,000, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance-Not Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us or by calling 410-535-2800.
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity.
Children are usually brought into the foster care system once a report of abuse or neglect filed with the Department of Social Services has led to a determination that they must be removed from an unsafe home environment. These children face a multitude of difficulties, not the least of which is that they only have a few possessions to take with them, items which are generally placed in trash bags.
The non-profit organization, the Blue Ribbon Project, has teamed up with the Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center to ease these children's transition into their foster homes. “Backpacks of Love” distributes backpacks filled with essential gender- and age-specific items to social services, for later distribution to each child who is placed into the foster care system.
Hearing of the Blue Ribbon Project, deputies in St. Mary's County worked to implement the program locally. On September 22, 2016, in Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office deputies and employees of Child Protective Services received 75 backpacks to be distributed to newly-determined foster care children. These backpacks have been filled with emergency essentials for children ranging in age from newborn to teenagers.
“It's an honor for me to see how much The Blue Ribbon Project continues to grow. It’s great to see our expansion continue to St. Mary’s County and it's a wonderful feeling to be a part of these communities,” said Tom "Taylor" Pyles, Founder, The Blue Ribbon Project.
A spokesperson for CPS commented, “We are grateful this program has been started in St. Mary’s County. Having these backpacks and the necessities they contain will help make the transition easier. Not only do these backpacks provide supplies for the children, they will also be great resources for the foster parents.”
Sheriff Tim Cameron added, “Criminal Investigations detectives are often called to investigate child abuse cases simultaneously with Child Protective Services, and are familiar with the devastation a child goes through when the hard decision is made to remove them from their homes. There is no doubt that these children are most deserving of our care and compassion, and we are grateful that we could add this benefit to the services we render.”
Front Row (L-R): Sheriff Cameron, Sierra Thomas, Lisa Sheehan. Taylor Pyles
Back Row (L-R): Lt. E. Sweeney, Major Horne, and Kristi Larson
On Sept. 25 at 1:53 a.m., officers responded to the 10400 block of Popes Creek Road in Newburg for the report of a shooting. The caller indicated he was in a car and he and his friend had been shot at a different location. Officers arrived and rendered first aid and CPR to the critically wounded passenger – an 18-year-old male from Deale – but he was pronounced deceased. The driver, 18, was flown to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest; his injury does not appear to be life-threatening. A preliminary investigation revealed the victims learned of a party on Mona Farm Place and showed up uninvited. When they pulled up to the entrance of the driveway, they were asked to leave, which they did. They drove about a half mile away, heading to the main highway, when they passed other vehicles that were stopped on the narrow road. At some point, there was an argument with occupants of another car. The suspects in the other vehicle produced a gun and fired shots, striking the victims. The suspects fled and the victims drove away to Popes Creek Road. Detectives are working on leads. The identity of the victim will be released when all next of kin have been notified. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Shankster at (301) 609- 6513.
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