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Residents Of Spyglass Way Should Lock Their Vehicles


8-20-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Liberty Street, reported unknown suspect(s) broke a window out on his vehicle. Case remains open. Case #45028-14
 
8-20-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Spyglass Way, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle and stole property. Case #45027-14
 
8-20-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Driftwood Court, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case #45034-14
 
8-20-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Spyglass Way reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case #45119-14
 
8-20-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Spyglass Way, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case #45112-14
 
8-20-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides  in Hollywood, reported unknown suspect(s) filed state income taxes in multiple states using her personal information. Case #45064-14
 
8-20-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Ledford Lane, reported unknown suspect(s) stole registration plates from 2 trailers he owns. Case #45111-14
 
8-21-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Millstone Landing Road, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into their home and stole property. Case #45170-14
 
8-21-14 BURGLARY - Unknown suspect(s) kicked in a door to a residence on Chancellor's Run Road. A washer and dryer were stolen. Case#45135-14
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Warns Of Scam In La Plata


SCAM ALERT: On August 8, officers responded to a residence in La Plata for the report of a scam. The victim stated she received a voicemail on her phone from a man claiming to be an IRS agent. He gave a fictitious name and told the victim she owed over $21,000 in back taxes. He also said if she did not pay she would be arrested. The woman called the phone number left on the message and spoke with a man who identified himself as an employee with the IRS. He told the woman they could settle the debt outside of court if she could pay $5,000. He advised her to purchase a prepaid money card and provide him with the card number. The man also told the woman she could not tell anyone of the transaction because “It would violate IRS regulations.” The woman complied and purchased prepaid cards totaling $5,000. She called the man back and gave the man the card information. The suspect then told the victim she needed to pay the remaining balance of $16,000 or she might risk arrest. The victim complied and purchased a total of 32 prepaid “Reloadit” cards containing the remaining balance of her alleged back taxes. She provided the information to the caller. The woman later checked the balance of the cards and learned there was zero balance and the money had been used. She realized she had been scammed and contacted police.
 
The IRS will never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. Rather, the IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS has provided safety tips regarding this particular scam on their website. Click on this link for more information. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam. When in doubt, call them directly.
 
Scams come and go in the Washington area and they happen in a variety of ways: Either someone says you owe them money, someone says they have been arrested and they need you to bail them out or someone says they found money and want to give you some for a price. In any situation, if it doesn’t seem right, hang up or walk away and contact police. 
 
The CCSO suggests contacting the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org/charlotte/get-consumer-help/scam-source/ to learn about other scams and prevention.
 
 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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SHA Reminds All To 'Study Up' One The Rules Of The Road In Time For Back To School


As we trade in sandy days spent at the beach and hot summer nights for school books and crisp autumn air, the Maryland State Highway (SHA) reminds parents to refresh themselves, and their children on the rules of the road. More than 500 children are involved in motor vehicle crashes each year on average. We can easily prevent tragedies and save lives by following the road rules and staying attentive.
 
Through the three “E’s” of safety – engineering, education and enforcement, partners are working together to ensure that children stay safe this school year. SHA engineers evaluated school zones along State routes throughout the summer, making adjustments and adding traffic devices such as crosswalks, signing and flashing lights where needed. Message signs have been posted reminding motorists to look out for school buses and pedestrians. The third E, enforcement, will be in full effect come fall, as well.
 
“Everyone has a role in back to school safety. As school starts, drivers should expect increased travel time for themselves and school buses and pedestrians, especially young children, on the road. Pedestrians need to be on the lookout for drivers and remember to look both ways before crossing,” says SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.
 
When walking/biking to school:
 
• Use marked crosswalks and intersections to cross the road
 
• Before crossing the street look left, right, and then left again
 
• With the help of your parents, choose the quickest and safest route with the fewest street crossings
 
• Wear bright, reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers
 
• Stay alert and follow signals
 
• If riding a bike, make sure to get off the bike at intersections and walk it across
 
 
Drivers should remember:
 
• Allow more time for your commute once school is in session
 
• Maryland law requires motorist to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, which exist at all intersections, even if they are not marked
 
• It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended
 
• On undivided roadways, with no physical barrier or median, vehicles must stop on both sides of the roadway for school buses that are stopped
 
• Yellow / red flashing lights on a school bus mean that it is dropping off or picking up students
 
• Be aware of lowered speed limits in school zones
 
• Know that traffic fines can be doubled in school zones; some counties use automated enforcement / speed cameras
 
• Be on the lookout for all pedestrians, especially children, who are often unpredictable
 
• Make sure you and all your passengers are buckled up.  In the event of an collision, your seat belt will be your biggest defense
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Thousands Of Maryland Drivers Brake Law Around School Buses In One Day


BALTIMORE – Drivers continue to ignore the stop arms on school buses at an alarming rate, a new Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey has revealed.
Stop arms swing out from a bus and lights flash whenever it is making an on-roadway student pick-up.  A total of 3,505 violations of school bus stop arms were recorded on a single day last spring.  The rate us up more than 100 from 3,392 violations recorded last year, but remains sharply lower than the rate found in the initial survey in 2011, when more than 7,000 violations were recorded.
“Maryland schools are beginning to open, and all drivers must focus on the safety of our students.  It is illegal to pass a bus with its stop arm extended and its lights flashing,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery.  “While progress has been made since our bus drivers first launched this survey four years ago, more work must be done. There is nothing more precious than our children.”
MSDE coordinated the survey in April along with school transportation directors in all 24 school systems.  It is considered a snapshot of illegal activity on the roads.  Seventy-two percent of Maryland school bus drivers took part in the survey.
Violations declined between 2011 and 2013 before increasing this year.  Bus drivers witnessed 7,011 violations in 2011, a number that fell to 3,392 in 2013.  School systems and bus drivers have been raising awareness about stop arm violations for the past four years.
Large systems with more buses and bus routes noted the most violators.  Montgomery County school bus drivers tallied the most – 893 drivers ignoring the stop arm – but that was down from 1,078 the previous year.  Violations in Baltimore City went from 59 to 428, Prince George’s County increased from 599 to 669, and Anne Arundel County jumped from 338 to 375.  Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties all saw declines.  Drivers in five small counties – Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Somerset, and Talbot – did not find a violation.
The survey was undertaken at the behest of a number of members of the Maryland General Assembly, which has been monitoring school bus safety.  The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services is coordinating surveys of this type in all 50 States.
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AAA Anticipates Millions On The Road Labor Day Weekend


TOWSON, MD (August 21, 2014) – AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1.
Highlights from 2014 Labor Day Travel Forecast include:
·        Historically, when Labor Day weekend begins in August, Americans have shown a higher tendency to travel.
·        Consumer spending has surpassed income growth, indicating that Americans are willing to take on debt to finance a vacation.
·        Automobile travel will increase by 1.4 percent this year, with 29.7 million travelers hitting the road.
·        Nearly eight percent of travelers (2.65 million) will travel by air, a one percent increase from last year.
·        Travelers will encounter airfares just two percent higher than last year and daily car rental costs that remain consistent at $51.
·        Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are nine percent higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are six percent more.
“Despite stagnant income growth and a modest economic recovery, consumers continue to remain enthusiastic about traveling and are willing to pull out their credit cards to pay for the last holiday weekend trip of the summer,” said Ragina Cooper-Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Consumer spending continues to rise.  In the third quarter of this year spending is expected to increase 3.8 percent year-over-year, while disposable personal income is only expected to increase 1.4 percent. Reliance on credit cards, rather than increasing income, is fueling holiday travel spending this year. While economic growth is slow, consumers are feeling more comfortable taking on debt. 
Travelers likely to pay lower gas prices for Labor Day
Most U.S. consumers are paying the lowest gas prices for early August since 2010.  AAA expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling for Labor Day, though lower prices could help make travel more affordable.  Barring a major development, such as a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices are likely to remain relatively low leading into the holiday weekend compared to recent years, which will allow travelers to allocate more of their budgets towards other travel expenses.  As of Wednesday, August 20, the national average price of gas was $3.44 compared to $3.59 on Labor Day last year.
Airfare and hotel costs rise, car rental fees flat
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase six percent from one year ago with travelers spending an average of $171 per night compared to $161 last year. The average hotel rate for AAA Two Diamond hotels has risen nine percent with an average cost of $125 per night.
Weekend daily car rental rates will average $51, the same as last year. Airfares have risen two percent with the average round-trip, discounted fare for the top 40 U.S. routes costing $219, up from $214 last year. 
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Updated: Detective Looking For Felon (Photo)


Update: Mr. Thomas has been located
 
Detective M. Green from the Criminal Investigations Division is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect WANTED for Felony Burglary and Theft stemming from a burglary committed on June 28, 2014.
 
 
Steve Lovell Thomas
Date of Birth 5-24-70
6'01" 180 lbs.
NO FIXED ADDRESS
 
Anyone with information on the location of Thomas is asked to call Detective Green at 301.475.4200 X 1996 or the NON-EMERGENCY line at 301.475.8008. DO NOT approach Thomas. Please call SMCSO.
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


8-18-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides in the 21000 block of Point Lookout Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Schultz. Case #44726-14
 
8-18-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Adkins Road, reported unknown suspect(s) gained entry into her residence by breaking a window and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy S. Cameron. Case #44778-14
 
8-18-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Corvette Way in Great Mills, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered her residence and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Pleisse. Case #44788-14
 
8-19-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Nats Creek Road, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his home and stole several items of property. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal O'Connor. Case #44924-14
 
8-19-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Liberty Street in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his home and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Pleisse. Case #44930-14
 
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Woman Sitting In Car In Traffic Gets Robbed In Waldorf


 
THEFT REPORTED: On August 17 at 1:55 p.m., officers responded to the area of Western Parkway and Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of a theft that just occurred. Investigation showed a 17-year-old female was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Western Parkway and Berry Road when a male exited the passenger side of a dark blue Chevy Impala which was also stopped in traffic. The suspect approached the woman’s car and grabbed her purse through an open passenger window and ran back to the Impala. The suspect immediately threw the purse back out of the window, possibly because the light had not changed to green. The suspects fled east on Berry Road prior to police arrival. The victim’s purse was recovered in the roadway. The victim described the suspect as being possibly Hispanic or African American, about 5’5” to 5’8”, slim build and short hair. He was wearing a gray shirt and khakis. The driver of the Impala was described as a white female with brown hair worn in a ponytail and wearing a green top. Investigators are working on leads. Anyone with information should contact (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
 
 
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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Two Suspicious Incidents Involving Young Children In St. Mary's


Mechanicsville, Maryland - On August 18, 2014, deputies responded to the Country Lakes Subdivision after the Emergency Communication Center (ECC) received a single report of a suspicious incident at 5:26 PM. A 9 year old male alleged an unidentified white male, (no further description), driving a white Chevrolet S-10 truck with an unknown colored light bar on top stopped and spoke to him. The investigation revealed the driver had a brief conversation with the juvenile before driving off. At no time during this conversation did the driver ask or tell the juvenile to get into the truck. The incident was alleged to have occurred sometime between 1:30 PM and 1:40 PM.
 
Numerous deputies conducted an extensive canvass of the Country Lakes Subdivision and surrounding area but were unable to locate the truck. During follow up interviews conducted 8-19-14, deputies received conflicting accounts from the juvenile complainant and juveniles who alleged to have witnessed the incident. 
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to report any suspicious activity. If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Duty Officer at 301.475.4040. Report suspicious activity to the NON-EMERGENCY LINE 301.475.8008 or in the event of an emergency call 9 1 1.     
 
California, Maryland - On August 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM, deputies responded to the area of Widewood Parkway and Dahlia Drive for a suspicious incident. The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a single report that a male juvenile was riding his bicycle when he heard a male voice say, "Hey, get in here." The juvenile turned to see 2 male subjects inside a silver truck with cap (no further description). The passenger door of the truck was open and the passenger, described as having black hair, light beard, wearing a gray or black tee shirt was looking at the juvenile. The juvenile rode away on his bicycle, returned home, and told his parents. The truck did not follow him. No description of the driver is available.
 
Numerous deputies conducted an extensive canvass of the Wildewood subdivision and surrounding area but were unable to locate the truck. Deputies returned to the subdivision today and conducted additional crime prevention and neighborhood canvassing.
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to report any suspicious activity. If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Duty Officer at 301.475.4040. In the event this incident is a potential misunderstanding, we request the 2 subjects involved contact the Sheriff's Office in order to clarify what took place.
 
Report suspicious activity to the NON-EMERGENCY LINE 301.475.8008 or in the event of an emergency call 9 1 1. 
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Update: Police Looking For Theft Suspects (Photo)


Leonardtown, Maryland - On Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM, the male suspect pictured below, accompanied by the Asian female entered the Food Lion store located on Merchants Lane. The male suspect subsequently stole over $250 dollars cash and a driver's license from a book which had been placed on the counter  by the victim during checkout.
 
 
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about this crime may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).  You may also contact the investigating deputy, Roszell at 301.475.4200 X 9108. Case #40657-14
 
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St. Charles/Science Center Offering Tours On Sept. 6


St. Charles High School is offering free tours of the school and the James E. Richmond Science Center on Sept. 6 to provide the public a chance to see Charles County Public Schools newest high school.
 
Principal Richard Conley says one-hour tours will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Due to capacity restrictions in the digital classroom, each tour will be limited to the first 180 people arriving for each time slot. Tours will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
 
St. Charles High School staff members will host the tours and are excited to share the design and the educational and instructional components at the 1,600-capacity high school that opens Aug. 25 with grades 9 through 11.
 
Following the school tour, visitors will enter the James E. Richmond Science Center where staff will provide presentations of the digital classroom and Science on a Sphere. Staff will also share previews of upcoming shows.
 
Later in the evening, the public is invited to observe the Moon up close at the center’s Science on a Sphere and tour the moon in the digital classroom. Events are part of the International Observe the Moon Night, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and group discounts are available. Activities include a Flight to the Moon movie in the digital dome; lunar missions and landing sites on Science On a Sphere; a rocket discovery lab; telescopes outside to view the moon and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/.
 
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack Incident Report


Possession of K2 Spice:  On 8/11/14 at 5:09 pm, Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of Cherry Hill Rd. in Huntingtown for traffic violations.  A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed a passenger, Mark A. Fenwick Jr., 21 of Park Hall, was in possession of synthetic marijuana.  Fenwick was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 8/13/14 at 08:40 am, while assisting with the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 900 block of Crystal Rock Rd. in Lusby, marijuana was located in the bedroom of the suspect.  Charges are pending for Anthony C. Wink, 31 of Lusby.  
 
Theft:  On 8/13/14 at 11:57 pm, Trooper Riddle received a report of theft of video games from a residence in the 200 block of Frontier Trail in Lusby.   The homeowners noticed numerous video games were missing from the home.  They confronted a family member and found the games had been sold to Play and Trade.  Dylan J. Allen, 18 of Lusby, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Theft:  On 8/15/14 at 7:55 pm, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the CVS in Solomons for a reported theft.  Surveillance video recorded a juvenile removing an iPhone 5 cell phone from the store.  Investigation revealed the juvenile’s identity and the juvenile was located and arrested.  He was released to his parent from the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick.
 
DUI and Concealed Weapon:  On 8/17/14 at 3:05 am, Trooper First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle on HG Trueman Rd. near Town Square Dr. in Lusby for traffic violations.  Charles W. Mister, 25 of Lusby, was speaking with slurred speech and the odor of alcohol was emitting from inside the vehicle and on his breath.  He was arrested for DUI.  A search incident to the arrest revealed a loaded handgun in the glove compartment.  He was additionally charged with possession of a handgun.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Disorderly Conduct:  On 8/17/14 at 9:44 pm, Trooper First Class Oles responded to the area of The Tavern in St. Leonard for a reported intoxicated subject lying on the sidewalk.  Robert A. Rice, 48 of St. Leonard, was located and encouraged to walk to a nearby apartment of a relative to sleep for the night.  A short time later, TFC Oles responded back to the area for a reported disorderly subject.  TFC Oles again made contact with Rice and arrested him for disorderly conduct.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
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IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scams


WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
 
Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams. 
 
"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”
 
Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS: 
 
 
·                     Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
·                     Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
·                     Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. 
Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
Other characteristics of these scams include:
 
·                     Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
·                     Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
·                     Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
·                     Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
·                     Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
·                     After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
 
·                     If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
·                     If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
·                     If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.
For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box. 
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Serious Accident As Car Hits House


On August 17, 2014 at 9:17 a.m., units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 1095 Hallowing Point Rd Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland, in reference to a serious motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle into a house.
 
Based on the seriousness of the crash, Cpl. Moschetto and Cpl. Wahlgren of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene.
 
The initial investigation revealed that a 1994 black Nissan 300ZX, operated by 22 year old Brandon Joseph Nicholson, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, was traveling west on MD Rt 231 (Hallowing Point Road) at a high rate of speed in a posted 40 MPH zone entering a 50 MPH zone.  The vehicle began to skid/spin in a clockwise direction, leaving the roadway to the right, and traveled approximately 115 feet off the roadway.  The vehicle continued traveling west through high grass, where it struck the edge of the asphalt of the driveway, 1095 Hallowing Point Rd, and became airborne.  The vehicle’s front bumper side swiped the front bumper of a gold 2002 Toyota Camry, that was parked unattended in the driveway.  The black Nissan further struck the support pole to the front porch of the house (1095 Hallowing Point Rd), approximately 3 feet off the ground, where the vehicle struck the  southeast corner of the house causing substantial damage to the house and car.
 
Nicholson sustained severe trauma to his lower extremities, was in and out consciousness, and was semi alert.  Nicholson was transport by Trooper 7 Medevac Helicopter to Prince Georges County Trauma center, where he was reported to be in serious but stable condition at this time.
 
The house was occupied by Melvin Sherbert, of Prince Frederick, Maryland, and an unidentified adult male, who were not injured.
 
Calvert County Planning and Zoning responded to the scene and condemned the residence as unsafe for occupation.    The owners of the residence, Brenda Wills and Melvin Sherbert were displaced and will be staying with relatives.  
 
At this time, it is unknown if Nicholson was impaired, however, speed is a contributing factor in the crash.  The investigation remains open.
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Death Investigation In Mechanicsville and St. Mary's Sheriff's Office Arrests


Mechanicsville, Maryland - On August 16, 2014, at 8:19 PM, deputies responded to a private residence for the report of a person deceased inside the home. On arrival, deputies located a 33 year old, male, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted, responded to the scene, and assumed the investigation.
 
Detectives determined the deceased’s family had been unable to contact him over a short period of time. Family members contacted another relative who lives in the area to check on him. The relative responded to the residence and after getting no response at the door, forced entry into the home. The relative found the deceased in the living room and called police. The deceased was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed.  Foul play is not suspected at this time in the investigation.
 
ARRESTS
 
DOMESTIC ASSAULT – On August 12, 2014, Deputy Teague responded to a residence on Great Mills Court for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Delontey Montario Butler, 21, of Hollywood, attacked the victim causing multiple injuries. Butler was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
 
DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ASSAULT – On August 13, 2014, Deputy Lafave responded to a residence on Winding Way in Lexington Park, for a reported fight in progress. The investigation revealed suspect Ashley Marie Moore, 30, of Lexington Park, pushed one victim and spat in the face of a second during an argument. While conducting the investigation, Moore refused to stop yelling profanity. She was placed under arrest after she ignored repeated orders to stop. Moore was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2 COUNTS of 2nd Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct.
 
1st DEGREE ASSAULT – On August 15, 2014, Deputy Pontorno responded to a residence on Eric Road in Lexington Park, for the report of a subject with a knife. The victim alleged suspect Robert Craig O’Reilly, 33, of Lexington Park, chased him in the parking lot with a knife. O’Reilly then threw the knife in the victim’s direction. The suspect was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 1st and 2ndDegree Assault and Reckless Endangerment.
 
VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On August 16, 2014, DFC Rogers responded to a residence in the 20000 block of point Lookout Road in Great Mills, to serve a protective order on Joseph Aloysius Curtis, 50, of Great Mills. After serving Curtis, Curtis walked off of the property and called the petitioner in the protective order, while DFC Rogers was still on the scene. The order specified Curtis was to have no contact with the petitioner.  Curtis was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation Protective Order.

 

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Calvert Officers Looking For Loader Thieves


Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for stealing a yellow 2011 CAT rubber tire loader worth $130,000 from a work site at the Dunkirk Park and Ride between August 14 and 15.  The loader was later found undamaged in the 8200 block of E Street in Chesapeake Beach. The windshield and both the driver’s side and passenger side windows on a water tanker truck were broken while it was parked at the same work site as the CAT tire loader during the same timeframe.  The tanker was discovered to have been moved to the back of the lot.  The damage is estimated at $750.  
 
Citizens with information on these crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website.
   
Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line.  Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.  You can also contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 to leave information.
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Charles School System Prepares To Open Schools On August 25th


The 2014-15 school year officially begins on Monday, Aug. 25 for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Charles County Public Schools expects to welcome more than 26,500 students this school year. Students enrolled in the prekindergarten and three-year-old programs start back on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Charles County Public Schools staff and teachers are preparing for the start of another school year and are finalizing services and programs for students and parents.
 
Bus hotline
 
The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. The hotline can be reached at 301-932-6655, and is only available on Aug. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Aug. 25-26 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can access bus route information through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website at http://schoollocator.ccboe.com/.
 
Opening of county’s seventh high school
           
Opening on Aug. 25 is St. Charles High School, the county’s seventh public high school, located off of Piney Church Road in Waldorf. St. Charles also houses the James E. Richmond Science Center, which includes Science on a Sphere and digital classroom technology. St. Charles is hosting a public open house event on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tours of the school, including the Science Center, will be held every hour for a maximum of 180 guests at a time. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/ for more details.
 
Changes in start and end times for three schools/Gwynn Center
 
The start and end times for three schools, as well as the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, have changed for the coming school year. The changes are necessary to provide additional instructional time for students and to accommodate the opening of St. Charles. Affected schools are Berry Elementary School, and Theodore G. Davis and Mattawoman middle schools. Berry’s new hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Davis’ times are 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; and Mattawoman’s new hours are 8:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. The F.B. Gwynn Center is open from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Charles County Public Schools 2014-15 Parent Handbook/Calendar reflects the changes.
 
Orientation events for schools
 
All schools are hosting orientations this week for new and returning students. A complete list is posted under the Charles County Public Schools press releases section at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/student-orientations-planned-for-schools-2/. Contact the specific school for additional information.
 
Testing changes
 
The 2014-15 school year is Charles County Public Schools first year that the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be administered in reading and mathematics for students in grades 3-11. PARCC is administered during two different windows during the school year. Additional information on PARCC testing is available on page 16 of the Charles County Public Schools 2014-15 Parent Handbook/Calendar.
 
Lunch prices increase by $.10
 
Lunch prices for all students increased by $.10 this school year. There is no change in the cost of breakfast for students this year. For elementary school students, lunch is $2.45 and breakfast is $1.25. For middle and high school students, lunch is $2.70 and breakfast is $1.40. Menus are available at all schools, and on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/meals/meals.php. The school system uses a cafeteria prepayment system called MyPaymentsPlus, which is a secure, Internet-based system that allows parents to deposit funds electronically on their child’s cafeteria account. Visit https://mypaymentsplus.com/default.aspx for more information.
 
New building entry system
 
The school system is launching a new entry system at all schools, centers and buildings this school year that changes how visitors, students and staff enter the facility. The system is intercom and video-based and is being programmed to match the bell schedules at each individual school. Most schools will begin use of the system when schools open on Monday, Aug. 25. Additional information about the new system is posted on the CCPS website at: http://www.ccboe.com/pr/system-launches-new-building-entry-system/.
 
2014-15 Parent Handbook/Calendar
 
Students and staff will receive a copy of the 2014-15 Parent Handbook/Calendar during the first week of school. The calendar is available on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/calendar/201415calendar.pdf. Requests for additional copies will be honored the first week of September.
 
We Care program kick-off
 
School resource officers at each of Charles County’s seven public high schools are helping to launch the “We Care” program on Friday, Aug. 29. The program is a safe driving initiative for teens by teens with guidance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and CCPS. Police officers will be on hand at each high school Aug. 29 to distribute safety flyers to all student drivers.
We Care was officially launched seven years ago following a series of car crashes that took the lives of nine teenagers in Charles County.  The campaign continues to engage students in conversation about safe driving while promoting safety through a series of checkpoints in school parking lots and other activities.
 
System partnership with Code.org
 
Charles County Public Schools launched a partnership with Code.org earlier this year that infuses computer science concepts into curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Over the summer, more than 75 teachers were trained through Code.org on how to tie computer coding into lessons about English, mathematics and science, as well as other content areas. Additional training will be offered by Code.org to CCPS teachers this school year. Charles County Public Schools is one of only two Maryland counties to partner with Code.org. Visit https://code.org/ for more information.
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Overdose Investigation Leads To Arrest


During the course of an overdose death investigation, Thomas Jay Willingham (Age 59 of Leonardtown) was found to have distributed “Morphine” to several individuals in the days leading up to the death of John Warren Cleveland Jr.. Evidence recovered indicated that suspect Willingham distributed “Morphine” to both John Cleveland and Lena King in the days leading up to victim Cleveland’s death. He was charged with two counts of “Distribution of Morphine” and originally held without bail. 

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Arsonist Sets Fire To A Barn In Newburg


Sunday night around 10:04 p.m., firefighters from Newburg, Cobb Island, Bel Alton, La Plata and NDW Dahlgren were called to a barn fire at 11000 block of Mount Victoria Road in Newburg. The fire was discovered by a neigbor and the firefighters had it under control in about 10 minutes. The fire was determined to be incendiary from suspect(s) igniting combustible materials inside the barn. The barn and contents were completely destroyed by the fire. The estimated total loss is $15,000. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office Southern Region at 443-550-6833. 

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Charles County Public Schools Utilize New Entry System In Schools


Charles County Public Schools is launching a new entry system at all schools, centers and buildings this school year that changes how visitors, students and staff enter the facility. The system is intercom and video-based and is being programmed to match the bell schedules at each individual school. Most schools will begin use of the system when schools open on Monday, Aug. 25.
 
Based on the school bell schedule, doors will be locked automatically when the first period bell rings. Outside visitors will then be required to use the intercom system to speak to the main office staff. An intercom button and camera are located at the main entrance of all schools, and office staff will use the touchscreen video equipment to respond to requests for entry during the school day. Visitors will need to use the intercom box to notify main office staff of their arrival to the school before staff will unlock the doors for entry. The system does not lock or unlock any interior doors in schools, including classroom doors, but controls specified access areas to the main building.
 
Staff members will receive access badges to use during the school day when the system is active. Additionally, schools will also have access badges to use as student hall passes for restroom purposes, for travel to and from the school building to trailer classroom areas and for use at any time during the bell schedule when the system is active.
 
The system is an enhanced security feature for all schools, centers and buildings and was piloted at three elementary schools – Berry, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon and Mary H. Matula – last school year. Electrical Automation Services, Inc. is finalizing the installation this week. Cost of the security upgrade is $1.178 million, of which more than half of the cost, $659,000, was funded by the state.
 
Contact your child’s school with any specific questions about the new entry system change.
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