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On 04-29-16, at approximately 12:38p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded to the Thomas Johnson Bridge for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash.  On arrival, units determined a 2009 Dodge Ram Truck was traveling North on the Thomas Johnson Bridge when a 2010 Mercury Mariner traveling South crossed the double yellow center line striking the Dodge truck in a head on collision.  Both vehicles came to final rest in the Northbound lane.  
 
The operator of the Mercury Mariner was identified as Robert E. Bolan a 47 year old from Summit, New Jersey.  Bolan sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash and was flown to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md where he is listed in critical condition.  The operator of the Dodge Truck was identified as Steven Smethurst, a 41 year old of Solomons, Maryland.  Smethurst was transported via ambulance to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital.  Due to the severity of the injuries, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the Bridge and conducted their investigation. 
 
At this time, driver error, speed and impairment are being investigated as contributing circumstances which led to the cause of the crash.  Anyone with information may contact Sgt. Selkirk of the Crash reconstruction team at 410-535-2800 or  selkirrc@co.cal.md.us.  

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It can be a struggle for any inmate to re-enter society after being released from jail. To ease the transition, the St. Mary's Detention Center has instituted a number of Re-Entry Programs. As the Re-Entry Coordinator for St. Mary's County, Correctional Officer First Class (CFC) Roberto Ramos-Blancos links inmates to various resources within the community, such as social services programs and housing. Still, for newly-released homeless inmates, the most basic items may seem out of reach.
 
When CFC Ramos-Blancos saw a basic need that hadn't been filled, he introduced the concept of ‘Welcome Packs’ to St. Mary's County. Upon release from the St. Mary's Detention Center, each homeless inmate is given a backpack full of personal hygiene products and basic protective weather gear. Inspired by the success of a similar program in Prince George’s County, Ramos-Blancos wanted to provide the same resources to local inmates.
 
“We empower inmates by connecting them with the resources they need to make a smooth transition back into the community. It’s a very rewarding experience to see them get their life straight with help from correctional officers,” says CFC Ramos-Blancos.
 
Captain Michael R. Merican, Corrections Division Commander, adds, “Re-entry Programs such as ‘Welcome Packs’ helps inmates to prepare for life outside of jail, by providing them with a head start. These kinds of support services decrease the likelihood that an inmate will become just another recidivism statistic, and ultimately end up back at the detention center.”
 
In addition to personal hygiene products, the ‘Welcome Packs’ contain a pair of socks, a hat and gloves, and a pair of underwear. Extras like an alarm clock, a non-perishable snack, and a pocket calendar have also been supplied to those in need. One unique element of the program: An individual note of encouragement written by Catholic Charity volunteers is carefully placed in each backpack. CFC Ramos-Blanco states that the St. Mary's County Detention Center has given out four backpacks since the program started in January of this year.

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 Charles County Sheriff’s officers are seeking the identities of two women who stole merchandise from Victoria’s Secret at the St. Charles Town Center. On April 27 at 8 p.m., the suspects entered the store and removed several items off of the front entrance rack and placed them in large bags. The suspects then fled on foot through the lower level of the mall. Investigators are looking into the possibility the suspects may be connected to similar thefts throughout the region. A passerby recorded the theft as it was occurring. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PFC D. Butler at 301-932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest in this case.
 
The video that was recorded of the theft can be accessed via the below link:
 
 
http://www.dropbox.com/s/1k6hz9j0okm3oho/VS_Theft_Footage.mp4?dl=0
 

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As Calvert County faces a mounting shortfall in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget now under consideration, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is proposing modest increases in the county income tax rate and property tax rate. If approved, the real property tax increase would take effect July 1, 2016; the income tax increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The proposal calls for increasing the local income tax rate from 2.8 percent to 3 percent. This would mark the first income tax rate increase in 13 years or since Jan. 2004. The new 3 percent rate would place Calvert County near the state average, and in line regionally with Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Local income tax is collected on the state income tax return.
The BOCC’s property tax proposal would increase the rate from .892 to .952 per one hundred dollars of assessed value. Real property taxes have not been raised in Calvert County since 1987 or 29 years. Under the new rate, Calvert County’s real property taxes would be the 9th lowest among Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Property tax bills are prepared by the County and are based on property assessments determined by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
“Ultimately, the role of the Board of County Commissioners is to ensure the best services are provided to the citizens while taking from them as little money as possible,” said Commissioners’ President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr. “This is a delicate balancing act. We believe these modest tax increases will support much-needed services while placing a minimal burden on county taxpayers.”
The tax proposals come on the heels of a prolonged national economic downturn. The county prepared for the downturn and continued to budget conservatively. Calvert County Government cut operating budgets for several years, postponed needed purchases and held the line on hiring new employees through a soft hiring freeze. Statewide, counties also absorbed a 90 percent cut in state highway user revenues which, for Calvert County, was and continues to be a loss of approximately $5.2 million annually.  Additionally, there has been a phased-in shift of school system employee retirement benefit costs from the state to the counties which will reach approximately $5.3 million dollars for Calvert County in Fiscal Year 2017.
In response to these challenges, Calvert County Government instituted a new budgeting analysis to ensure operational efficiency. This analysis revealed that 99 percent of the county’s expenditures were mandated or mission-critical.
“While the prospect of raising taxes is not pleasing, it will help avoid further use of county reserve funds to support county services.” Commissioner Slaughenhoupt said. “This proposal, supported by the plurality of the board, will go far in protecting the county’s strong bond ratings which are essential to lower borrowing costs. Increased funding will also allow us to add some long-overdue staffing changes to address needs such as in senior services, technology services and the agriculture community.”
“During the economic downturn the county also put on hold many needed infrastructure upgrades or replacements, and in such cases the situation has become intolerable,” said Commissioners’ Vice President Tom Hejl. “This is in addition to the roadway maintenance that had to be deferred due to the state's reduction of funds.”
The county looks forward to additional tax revenue from the Dominion Cove Point LNG liquefaction project. However, revenue from the expansion will not be available until Fiscal Year 2018. A majority of the revenue anticipated will be used to fund public schools retiree, as well as, Calvert County Government retiree health benefits, known as other post-employment benefits or OPEB, and to fund operational expenditures that have been deferred.
The BOCC will present its Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal at a public hearing Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick. For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today lauded the inclusion in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of provisions he authored to aid the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its oyster populations, which are near historic lows. Specifically, Senator Cardin introduced a measure to increase funding for the restoration of wild oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay from $60 million to $100 million, which would allow the ongoing efforts to restore historic oyster reefs to accelerate and expand dramatically. Senator Cardin also introduced a measure that would initiate an in-depth study of the disparate laws, guidance and practices used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nationwide to regulate the permitting of oyster aquaculture sites and the hatchery operations that make them possible.
 
“We know that when we’re talking about the ecological recovery of the Chesapeake Bay, more oysters in the water makes for a better Bay. It is imperative that we significantly increase the funding that is so important to forging the public-private partnerships that fuel the ongoing effort to restore the Chesapeake’s wild oyster populations,” said Senator Cardin. “We also know that oyster aquaculture can play a major role in helping the Chesapeake Bay recover, and it helps build successful small businesses that provide new jobs in rural areas that badly need them. Unfortunately, we have heard repeatedly from Maryland oyster farmers that the federal permits that regulate their operations often take years to be granted by the Army Corps Baltimore District, while the process usually only takes months in neighboring waters of Virginia and other parts of the country. That is why it is critical that we have the General Accounting Office (GAO) initiate an in-depth, nationwide study of the laws, regulations and practices that guide the Army Corps of Engineers’ approach to the oyster aquaculture and hatchery permitting, to bring more efficiency and certainty to this growing but vitally important small business sector in Maryland.”  

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On April 26, 2016, at approximately 10:18 pm, patrol officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Coronet Place in Lexington Park, for the report of shots fired at a residence.  Patrol deputies responded to the residence, which was struck during the shooting, and located a victim with stab wounds. The victim was transported to a medical facility for treatment. 
 
Detectives and Crime Lab Technicians from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.   Detectives obtained evidence, which led to a Search and Seizure Warrant for a residence in Lexington Park, Maryland, and arrest warrants for the suspects.  While executing the search warrant with the assistance of the Emergency Services Team, K9, and CID Support Team, Detectives located and arrested:
 
Keyonte Tarez Robinson, 23, of Lexington Park, Maryland
Delonte Deangelo Harvey, 23, of California, Maryland
Javone Lawrence Warrick, 25, of California, Maryland
 
The three suspects were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, and arrest warrants were served for the following charges:
 
-Five counts of Assault First Degree
-Five counts of Assault Second Degree
-Armed Robbery
-Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
-Reckless Endangerment

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LEONARDTOWN, MD (April 27, 2016) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid infection from Zika virus disease. Transmission of Zika virus has mainly occurred through the bite of an infected mosquito, though it can also occur through sexual contact with an infected male person. While most people infected with Zika virus disease may not have symptoms, Zika has been linked to birth defects. Pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, should avoid travel to areas with known Zika transmission.  Pregnant women, or those who could become pregnant, should properly use condoms or abstain from sex with men returning from travel to an area with known Zika transmission.
 
Currently, Maryland has had several confirmed cases of Zika virus infection - all have been related to travel in areas of ongoing transmission such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. While the type of mosquito known to transmit Zika virus disease is native to Maryland, at this time it does not yet appear that local mosquitoes are carrying the Zika virus. This could change; however, as mosquito season starts and more local persons are carrying the infection due to recent travel or sexual exposure.
 
The best way to prevent Zika virus disease is to protect yourself from mosquito bites and to eliminate mosquito breeding areas near your homes. Mosquitoes can breed in something as small as a bottle cap. Just a few infected mosquitoes can be a large public health risk to the community.
 
By following these safety measures, you can eliminate mosquito breeding areas and protect your family and your community from mosquitoes and potential disease:
Eliminate standing water in and around your home. Once a week, empty, scrub, cover or throw out items that hold water.
Keep mosquitoes out of your home. Use screens on doors and windows, and use air conditioning when available.
If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps and cover open vents or plumbing pipes.
Prevent mosquito bites. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. For a list of EPA-registered insect repellents, visit www.epa.gov 
For more information about Zika virus disease, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/zika or the St. Mary’s County Health Department website at www.smchd.org/zika. To learn more about mosquito-proofing your surroundings, visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture website.

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In Lexington Park, Maryland, a number of pedestrians cross Route 246, also known as Great Mills Road, on a daily basis. However, all too many of them do so in an unsafe manner. Recently, the Lexington Park Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPs), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, conducted a Pedestrian Safety Initiative, in an effort to increase awareness of traffic safety regulations. The initiative, which included both educational and enforcement aspects, served as a reminder that safety is the responsibility of pedestrians as well as drivers.
 
All pedestrians are subject to traffic safety regulations. They are required to use crosswalks, if present. If there is no convenient crosswalk, pedestrians may still cross, so long as that crossing does not impede the flow of vehicular traffic. For example, it is illegal to stand in a middle turn lane to wait for traffic to pass.
 
According to TA 21-503, the minimum fine for failing to cross at an intersection with a signal is $50. In addition to the fine, pedestrians outside of a crosswalk who fail to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle are issued a written warning, counseled on the violation, and receive a Maryland Highway Safety Office educational pamphlet. Repeat offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $500.
 
During the six-month initiative, members of the COP Unit stopped 213 pedestrians for infractions of traffic safety regulations, including crossing in an unsafe manner, and failure to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle. To encourage compliance with regulations, officers waived fines for first-time offenders. Instead, they issued pedestrian safety pamphlets, along with written warnings. Citations were only issued to repeat offenders. Over the course of the initiative, eight pedestrians were repeat offenders, yielding an effectiveness rate of 96% for this particular initiative.
 
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will be analyzing the data gathered during this initiative, to determine whether additional crosswalks in that area might prove beneficial. Officers also request that motorists be mindful of pedestrians in the area, and obey posted speed limits. The speed limit on Great Mills Road from Gate 2 of NAS Patuxent River to Forest Run Road is 35 mph. From Forest Run Road to Route 5, the speed limit is 40 mph.

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MD President Democratic
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Hillary Clinton 533,656 63%
  Bernie Sanders 281,700 33%
 
MD President Republican
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Donald Trump 237,132 54%
  John Kasich 100,333 23%
  Ted Cruz 82,286 19%
  Ben Carson 5,638 1%
 
MD U.S. Senate Democratic
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Chris Van Hollen 437,361 53%
  Donna Edwards 318,370 39%
  Freddie Dickson 13,461 2%
  Theresa Scaldaferri 12,154 1%
  Violet Staley 9,236 1%
  Lih Young 7,658 1%
  Charles Smith 7,245 1%
  Ralph Jaffe 6,542 1%
  Blaine Taylor 5,480 1%
  Ed Tinus 2,351 0%
 
MD U.S. Senate Republican
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Kathy Szeliga 130,928 36%
  Chris Chaffee 49,554 14%
  Chrys Kefalas 35,008 10%
  Richard Douglas 27,148 7%
  Dave Wallace 22,130 6%
  Sean Connor 20,741 6%
  Lynn Richardson 19,709 5%
  John Graziani 15,959 4%
  Greg Holmes 15,216 4%
  Mark McNicholas 9,520 3%
  Joe Hooe 7,865 2%
  Anthony Seda 3,650 1%
  Richard Shawver 2,993 1%
  Garry Yarrington 2,850 1%
 
MD U.S. House 4th Dist. Democratic
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Anthony Brown 44,712 42%
  Glenn Ivey 36,717 34%
  Joseline Pena-Melnyk 20,392 19%
  Warren Christopher 3,717 3%
  Matthew Fogg 1,332 1%
  Terence Strait 725 1%
 
MD U.S. House 4th Dist. Republican
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> George McDermott 10,514 46%
  David Therrien 5,928 26%
  Robert Broadus 3,743 16%
  Rob Buck 2,592 11%
 
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>Mark Arness  21,449 53.1%
Charles Sam Faddis  18,969 46.9%
 
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Kristin Beck 12,356 11.8%
Debbie F. Wilson 12,556 12.0%
 
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100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Jamie Raskin 38,946 34%
  David Trone 31,698 27%
  Kathleen Matthews 27,492 24%
  Ana Sol Gutierrez 6,374 6%
  William Jawando 5,437 5%
  Kumar Barve 2,708 2%
  David Anderson 1,275 1%
  Joel Rubin 1,172 1%
  Dan Bolling 598 1%
 
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100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Dan Cox 19,721 45%
  Jeffrey Jones 8,871 20%
  Liz Matory 6,756 15%
  Shelly Skolnick 5,468 12%
  Aryeh Shudofsky 3,114 7%
 

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A Charles County man was fined $1,000 and sentenced to two year’s probation Wednesday after he was found guilty of illegal dumping.
 
Reid Nathaniel Franklin, 22, of Benedict, was charged in February after officers were called to private property where a pile of dead geese and fish were dumped.
 
Officers thought the fish looked similar to those seen in Franklin’s truck on Feb. 3, when he was charged with poaching. They questioned people in the neighborhood and other sources and came to the conclusion he was responsible. When questioned, Franklin acknowledged that he dumped the fish.
 
Franklin was also found guilty in March in Charles County District Court for failing to have a tidal fish license in relation to the dumping incident.
 
In a separate incident, Franklin was found guilty in the same court of exceeding the daily bag limit for geese, and hunting without a license and migratory bird stamp, after officers found him and two other hunters with 24 birds. The geese were donated to charity.

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More than 20 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were named Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Award winners during a recognition ceremony April 19 at the Board of Education’s monthly meeting. The Education Association of Charles County (EACC) established the award program to honor the late Hall, a former president of the association. 
 
The following students received the award:
 
Jayren Dawkins, seventh grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; 
Lelany Wells, eighth grade, Davis;
Jared Kutsushi, eighth grade, Davis; 
Keylin Marquez Dubon, eighth grade, Davis; 
Josh Dixon, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School;  
Jessica Wilson, sixth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School; 
Louis “Lou” Bassett, sixth grade, Henson; 
Jaylah Fields, sixth grade; Henson 
Raell J. Moreland, eighth grade; Henson
Ayanna Ross, eighth grade, Mattawoman Middle School; 
Aiden Lehn, eighth grade, Mattawoman, 
Gary Boykin, eighth grade, Mattawoman; 
Kayla Windsor, seventh grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; 
Kailee Marshall, seventh grade, Piccowaxen; 
Julie Hutson, seventh grade, Piccowaxen; 
Kalei Marable, eighth grade, General Smallwood Middle School;
Morganne Douglas, eighth grade, Smallwood; 
John Bogart, eighth grade, Smallwood; 
Antonio “Tony” Baker, sixth grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School; 
Katie Maljak, seventh grade, Somers; 
Christopher Walker, eighth grade, Somers; 
Gerald Wade, eighth grade, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; 
Christopher Combs, sixth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and 
Ahmari White, sixth grade, Stoddert. 
 
The EACC created the Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Awards as a memorial to Hall, who had a 20-year career as a teacher with CCPS. In 1986, Hall was the recipient of the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year award when she was a teacher at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School. She also taught at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School and Mattawoman Middle School. The EACC established the award program for middle school students because Hall last taught at Mattawoman. 

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Maryland’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) finds that nearly half of Maryland’s incoming students in the fall of 2015 were fully ready for learning. The data, released today in a report presented to the Maryland State Board of Education, confirm last year’s results, when the entering kindergarteners were assessed using the new assessment for the first time.
 
The report, Readiness Matters! found that 45 percent of incoming students were fully prepared to begin kindergarten.  Another 37 percent were “approaching” readiness, while 18 percent were “emerging.”  The results also uncovered gaps in readiness between certain student groups. The report also includes insights into readiness and children’s experience with various forms of pre-K experience.  The results nearly mirror the outcomes from last year when 47 percent were fully ready.
 
The results also spotlight gaps in readiness.  More than half of White and Asian-American children are entering kindergarten ready to learn -- 56 and 52 percent, respectively.  But only 41 percent of African-American students are fully prepared for kindergarten and just 27 percent of Hispanic students are kindergarten-ready.  The data revealed that students from low-income households, those for whom English is a second language, and students with disabilities have special challenges.
 
The KRA measures the skills and behaviors that children should have learned prior to entering kindergarten. It combines age-appropriate, standardized performance tasks that measure students’ specific skills, along with focused observations of children’s work and social interactions, to best understand what each entering kindergartner knows and is able to do in four key areas: social foundations; physical well-being and motor development; language and literacy; and mathematics.  
 
This assessment replaced the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) assessment, in use from 2001 to 2013. The new assessment is needed to put young students on a path toward meeting Maryland’s more rigorous Pre-K through 12th grade College and Career Ready Standards. The KRA sets a new baseline for tracking student progress in future years, aligned to the higher standards; the results are not directly comparable to the MMSR, which found in 2013 that 83 percent of kindergartners entering school in 2013 were “fully ready” for the curriculum.
 
The KRA reveals gaps in kindergarten readiness, including gaps among low-, middle- and upper-income households.  Just 33 percent of children who are eligible for free or reduced meals--the federal 
proxy for low-income--enter kindergarten fully prepared, while 55 percent of children from middle- and upper income families are ready for kindergarten.
 
The data also provide information on kindergarten readiness based on pre-K experience, including:
 
Nonpublic nursery schools and childcare centers both top 50 percent in readiness.
Nearly 44 percent of public pre-K programs demonstrated readiness.  
37 percent of children from family child care demonstrated readiness.
33 percent of children from Head Start demonstrated readiness.
29 percent of children who stay at home or are in informal care were found to be fully ready. 
 
Teachers can use student KRA data to adjust instruction and improve learning.  Early childhood programs and school leaders can use the information to address achievement gaps and respond to the learning needs of certain groups of students.  The data also can be used to inform professional development, curricular changes, and future investments in learning.  At the same time, families can use the data to help support student learning at home.
 
MSDE had worked with local educators to develop the KRA, and has since engaged educators, including kindergarten teachers, to strengthen the assessment instrument and the administration process.  For example, this year’s version of the KRA was 20 percent shorter compared to last year, with some of the more time-intensive items removed. An enhanced reporting feature was put in place for teachers to access on-time reports of their students’ skill levels.
 
MSDE also has worked systems to improve access to technology and Wi-Fi for teachers working with the KRA. Additional professional development was provided for teachers.  Based on a teacher survey, conducted after the conclusion of the assessment, 63 percent rated the overall experience using the KRA as either good or excellent, 80 percent thought that the skills and behaviors were appropriate for kindergarten, and 90 percent thought the test materials were easy to use. They also reported on the time it took to complete the assessment, which – on average – took less time (40 minutes per student) than last year (50 minutes per student.)
 
The KRA data can be found here: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/newsroom/publications/school_readiness.htm

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The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: Between April 25 and April 26, unknown suspect(s) broke into a car in the 11600 block of Marston Moor Lane in Waldorf and stole an Apple iPod Mini, an iPad, auxiliary cords, and an in-dash CD player / navigation system. Officer R. Pickeral is investigating.
 
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: During the overnight hours of April 23 into April 24, unknown suspect(s) stole items from cars in the areas of Bel Alton, Newburg, and Cobb Island. None of the vehicles sustained any damage, and all were unlocked at the time of the incident. Items stolen range from note books, driver’s licenses, credit cards, flashlights, and money. Detectives are working on leads. Officer J. Ryan is investigating.
 
SECOND-DEGREE DOMESTIC-RELATED ASSAULT/ DRUGS RECOVERED: On April 24 at 12:16 a.m., officers responded to the area of Circle Avenue in Indian Head for a domestic-related assault. Investigation showed a male occupant of the house continuously struck a female resident causing numerous facial injuries. The suspect fled the house prior to police arrival, but officers found him hiding in a shed in the backyard. Officers also located 115 grams of marijuana in the house. The suspect, a 35-year-old-male, was arrested and charged with assault and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute. Cpl. J. Rager investigated.

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CDS Violation Case #16-22480:
On April 19, 2016, Deputy M. Trigg observed a vehicle at a high rate of speed on Calvert Beach Rd., in St. Leonard, and a traffic stop was conducted.  Nathan A. Anspach, 21, of St. Leonard was cited for Driving vehicle on highway at speed exceeding limit and charged with CDS possession-not Marijuana (Heroin) and CDS possession paraphernalia (straw).
 
Weapon Violation Case #16-22764:
On April 20, 2016, Deputy C. Ward received information of drug activity at the Dash-In, in Owings.  Deputy M. Trigg observed a white male, later identified as James R. Moore, Jr., 46, of Owings, sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot looking suspicious.  It was also observed that the driver’s seat belt was not properly restraining him.  A traffic stop was conducted.  Mr. Moore was asked to provide his license and registration.  Moore became extremely aggressive and agitated.  Moore was asked to step out of the vehicle but would not cooperate.  Deputy C. Ward leaned in to open the door and noticed the grip of a handgun underneath the driver’s seat.  Moore was extracted from the vehicle and placed into handcuffs for the Deputies safety.  Mr. Moore was arrested for Handgun in Vehicle and Obstructing and Hindering and was transported to the CCDC.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-23288:
On April 23, 2016, Deputy D. Clark was on patrol in the area of Solomons Island Road and Ponds Wood Road, in Huntingtown, when he observed a vehicle swerving on the roadway.  A traffic stop was conducted.  There was an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Christopher B. Redding, 24, of Huntingtown, was arrested for CDS possession-not marijuana (Amphetamine) and Driver failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instruments.  Mr. Redding was transported to the CCDC.
 
Theft Case #16-22374:
On April 19, 2016, Deputy R. Evans responded to Stock Dr., in Lusby, for a theft complaint.   Sometime between April 18th 5:30 p.m. and April 19th 6:00 a.m., an unknown suspect(s) entered a vehicle and stole a brown Coach bag, diapers, credit and debit cards, and a black wallet.
 
Theft Case #16-22651:
On April 20, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office on Church St., in Prince Frederick, for a report of a theft from a vehicle.  The victim stated that his employee was at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Prince Frederick when an unknown suspect(s) stole a Red and Black Redmax Backpack Leaf Blower off the back of the work truck.  The incident happened on April 18th between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m.
 
Theft Case #16-22627:
On April 20, 2016, Y. Bortchevsky responded to Woodland Place, in Chesapeake Beach, for a report of a theft.  The victim stated that between April 19th 7:30 p.m. and April 20th 8:00 a.m., they noticed their encased work iPad was missing from the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
 
Theft Case #16-23213:
On April 22, 2016, Deputy C. Fox responded to a report of a theft that happened at the Sunderland Park and Ride between the hours of 5:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The victim stated that he left his vehicle at the Park and Ride and when he returned, his tailgate was missing.  The tailgate is described as white in color with the Ford emblem and SUPERDUTY debossed across the bottom. 
 
Theft Case #16-23314:
On April 23, 2016, Deputy R. Evans responded to Skipjack Rd., in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint.  An employee of Leitch Heat and Air Conditioning stated that 18 advertisement signs were stolen between April 22nd 9:00 p.m. and April 23rd 8:00 a.m. from the area of the Fairgrounds on Rt. 231 and Adelina Rd.
 
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.
 

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On April 25, 2016 at 1:54 A.M. patrol units responded to the reported motor vehicle accident involving a Sheriff’s Deputy on Chancellor’s Run Rd. at Pegg Rd. Great Mills, Md.  Preliminary investigation revealed Sgt. Harold Young was travelling northbound on Chancellors Run Rd. operating an agency marked police vehicle, in a non-emergency status, approaching Pegg Road.   A 2013 Ford Focus, operated by Jarrett L. Davis age 28, of Lexington Park was traveling southbound on Chancellors Run Road and was attempting to turn left onto Pegg Road failing to yield the right of way. Both vehicle operators were transported to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies on the scene determined Mr. Davis had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and appeared to be intoxicated. A blood test for alcohol was administered on Mr. Davis at the hospital.  Sgt. Young and Mr. Davis were treated and have been released from the hospital.  Charges are pending against Mr. Davis upon results of the blood test being received.  Sgt. Sarah Russell is handling the accident.

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On April 25, 2016 at approximately 8:55 a.m. Dfc. Livingston of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Mercedes Benz along southbound Maryland Route 4 in the area of the Radio Shack shopping center.  The operator had an open warrant and had eluded police earlier in the morning.  The vehicle stopped and upon Dfc. Livingston approaching a female in the car put her hands up and told Dfc. Livingston she wanted to get out.   At that moment, the operator of the car fled the traffic stop.  The vehicle turned right onto West Dares Beach Road.  The vehicle continued west on West Dares Beach Road to the intersection of Prince Frederick Boulevard.  The operator disregarded the red signal at the intersection and drove south on Prince Frederick Boulevard.  The operator of the vehicle then failed to stop at the stop sign and turned right to travel west on Maryland Route 231.  The vehicle continued westbound on Rt. 231 disregarding the red light at J.W. Williams Road.  The vehicle continued west on Rt. 231 to German Chapel Road where it made a left.  The vehicle was travelling at an extremely high rate of speed on German Chapel Road. Deputies were unable to keep up with the vehicle and lost sight of it. The personnel in the area knew that the vehicle had not made it to Rt. 4 from German Chapel  and a general perimeter was set up.  
Once deputies began to back track, the vehicle and the obviously shaken female were located near the end of Dan Bowen Road in the driveway of a private residence.  The male subject had exited the vehicle and had run into a large wooded area.  Multiple units from the Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police established a more specific perimeter and a search was conducted by Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Dfc. Morder and his K9 partner “WOLF”.  MSP Trooper 7 also assisted with searching the area from above.  A NIXEL was also sent out to alert citizens of the police activity in the area.  After approximately one hour passed the perimeter was broken down, the vehicle was stored and the bulk of the units cleared the scene.  
At approximately 11:10 a.m. a citizen from Thunder Hill Road contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised there was a male subject matching the suspect’s description walking in the neighborhood.  CCSO deputies and MSP personnel responded to the area and located the suspect walking at the intersection of Rt. 231 and Thunder hill Road. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The subject was identified as Matthew Taylor Brann, a white male born December 23, 1990.  In addition to being served with the outstanding warrants for first degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and violation of probation.  Suspect Brann will also charged with fleeing and eluding and numerous traffic charges.  
Matthew Taylor Brann

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On April 24, 2016, at approximately 2302 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Maryland Route 228 in the area of Bonnie Lane, Waldorf, Maryland.  
 
    A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the La Plata Barrack with the assistance from members of the MSP Southern Region Crash Unit, indicates a Toyota Matrix operated by Linda Mitry, 70 yoa, of Indian Head, MD and occupied by Corey Johnson, 21 yoa, of Indian Head, MD were traveling on westbound Maryland Route 228 in the area of Bonnie Lane in lane number 2.  A pedestrian later identified as Brian Page Jr., 36 yoa, of Waldorf, MD, entered the roadway and walked in the travel path of the Toyota Matrix.  The Toyota Matrix subsequently struck Mr. Page.  Mr. Page was flown by MSP Trooper 2 to MEDSTAR in Washington DC where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 0200 hours.  The investigation is continuing..
 
      Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper S. Williams of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.  The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Trooper S. Williams. 

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Possession of Marijuana and Xanax:  On 4/21/16 at 03:24 pm, Master Trooper Gill stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at Rt. 4 and Ball Rd. in St. Leonard.  The odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search was conducted and both marijuana and xanax were located.  James W. Kiesner, 22 of Leonardtown was arrested and charged with possession of CDS-Not Marijuana.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  Jordan R. Bell, 21 of Prince Frederick was issued a civil citation for possession of marijuana under 10 grams and was released.
 
Possession of Concealed Weapon:  On 4/21/16 at 11:53 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 and Doris Dr. in Owings for traffic violations.  Ian P. Roche, 19 of Arlington, VA was found to be carrying a concealed weapon. Although he did have a concealed carry permit in Virginia, Maryland does not recognize out of state permits.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
¬Possession of Marijuana:  On 4/23/16 at 7:00 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 2 and Mount Harmony Rd. in Sunderland.  The odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  Lance M. Clift, 50 of Chesapeake Beach was arrested for possession of marijuana over 10 grams.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
DUI & Fleeing and Eluding:  On 4/24/16 at 3:27 am, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle on Plum Point Rd. in Huntingtown after observing the vehicle cross the roadway, striking a guardrail and crossing back into the other lane striking the guardrail on that side.  After coming to a stop the driver exited the vehicle and fled into the woods.  Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in locating Andrew O. D. Truitt, 21 of Chesapeake Beach.  He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and cited for Fleeing and Eluding Police.  Truitt was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 

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On April 23 at 8:17 p.m., officers responded to a single family home in the 12800 block of Yates Place in La Plata for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside his house with multiple stab wounds; he was pronounced dead on the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect has been separated from his wife for the past six months. She was living with her father, the victim, at Yates Place. The suspect arrived at the house, unannounced, looking for his 12-year-old daughter. During that time, the suspect confronted the victim, John Edward Yates, 71, and stabbed him several times. The suspect then forced his daughter – at knife point – into his car. The suspect’s daughter was able to get out of the vehicle and escape on foot. Officers observed the suspect attempting to flee, but they were able to apprehend him. The suspect, Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf, was arrested and transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and kidnapping. Detective John Elliott is investigating.

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Leonardtown, MD – Seniors needing assistance in preparing an Advanced Care Directive with the assistance of a bar-certified lawyer, will have an opportunity to do so during Law Day on Monday, May 2. The event will be held at the Garvey, Loffler and Northern Senior Activity Centers.
 
An Advance Care Directive gives an individual the opportunity to appoint a person or persons to make their health care decisions for them, indicates when a health care agent’s authority becomes effective, states desires concerning the administration or withholding of life sustaining procedures (if an individual is unable to give instructions regarding care due to an end of life condition), includes the choice of artificial nutrition and hydration and/or all available interventions, states wishes concerning organ donation and preferences regarding funeral and burial, and more.
 
Law Day is free of charge. Citizens may call or email St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Community Programs & Outreach Manager, Sarah Miller, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073 or via email at sarah.miller@stmarysmd.com.  
 
Seniors may also visit one of the three senior activity centers:
 Garvey Senior Activity Center
41780 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD
301-475-4200, ext. *1050
 
Northern Senior Activity Center
29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD
301-475-4200, ext. *3104
 
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD
301-737-5670, ext. 1658

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