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POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA/POSSESSION OF HANDGUN: On February 10 at 7:50 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot in the 3300 block of Western Parkway after observing the vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. After making contact with the driver, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed containers of marijuana, a digital scale, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Dementrous Von Smith, 19 of Waldorf, and Brian Anthony Williams, Jr., 18 of Waldorf, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a handgun. Officer J. Wilson investigated.
 
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On February 10 at 2:10 p.m., officers responded to the 3400 block of Promenade Place in Waldorf for the report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim who stated that an unknown subject approached his vehicle on foot as he was entering a parking garage. When the victim rolled his window down, the suspect pointed a black handgun at him. The victim thought he was being robbed, at which time he told the suspect he did not have anything; the suspect then walked away. The suspect was described as a white male in his 20’s with short blond hair wearing tan pants, tan boots, and a black fleece jacket. There have been no similar incidents reported. Pfc. E. Baker is investigating.
 

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Update: NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - NAS Pax River Fire personnel took atmospheric samples inside of Building 2188 following this morning's incident from an over pressurized container.  The area has been cleared for atmospheric samples and is being surface decontaminated.
 
The incident occurred in one room in the building and was caused by a chemical reaction within a small container in a locker where the doors were blown open.  The two personnel who were in the room when the incident occurred were uninjured.
 
The incident is under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available.
 
 
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - An explosion happened around 10:50 a.m. today at Building 2188, an engineering facility on base. The incident was caused by an over pressurized container and contained to one room within the building. The building has been evacuated. All personnel have been accounted for. 
 
The two personnel who were in the room are being treated on scene for injuries.
 
The incident is under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available.

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Leonardtown, MD - St. Mary’s County is involved in a little known partnership with Calvert County, called the Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO). A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally mandated, federally funded transportation policy-making organization. The Calvert-St. Mary’sMPO is one of approximately 420 MPOs across the United States.
 
Why an MPO? With over 50,000 people, as per the 2010 Census, the Lexington Park—California—Chesapeake Ranch Estates region met the criteria for designation as an Urbanized Area (UZA). Therefore, an MPO is required to be established for handling transportation planning coordination for the area. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation requirements, an MPO was designated by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on December 31, 2013. Currently the population within the UZA is approximately 58,000 and growing.
 
For citizens an MPO means quite a bit. It provides a channel of communication with the State. An important aspect of Metropolitan Planning is public involvement and citizen feedback on how transportation can be improved within the MPO boundaries is encouraged. Specific parts of the UZA which citizens feel should be a focus area, or would want to see more sidewalks/pedestrian paths, should be communicated to Ashley Renshaw, Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1505 or via email to ashley.renshaw@stmarysmd.com.
 
To view the MPO website go to www.calvert-stmarysmpo.com/  To take a short survey go to http://www.calvert-stmarysmpo.com/FormCenter/Survey-Forms-5/Let-Us-Know-44

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Beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. and continuing through approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, the Charles County Department of Public Works/Utilities Division will be closing University Drive from 424 University to Harvard Road to repair a sewer main.  The project will remain one-lane access for emergency vehicles and local residents only.  Questions may be directed to DPW/Utilities 301-609-7400. 
 

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Leonardtown, MD - Fiscal Year 2017 applications to sell an agricultural easement to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) are now being accepted by       St. Mary's County Government.
 
MALPF is the State funded easement program in which more than 11,500 acres of farmland have been preserved in St. Mary's County alone. In Fiscal Year 2015, eighteen applications were submitted to St. Mary's County. Each were reviewed, scored, and ranked. MALPF limited each County to eight submittals for consideration. Of the eight applications St. Mary's County received easement offers, six were accepted. Those properties are expected to be enrolled into easement sometime this spring or summer.  MALPF has yet to announce the total number of applications a County may submit for the upcoming cycle. 
 
The application to apply is quite extensive, and the answers on the application could have an effect on the future use of your property should an easement be purchased. As in the past, the Department of Economic Development's Agriculture Division will assist landowners with completing the application. Applicants are asked to contact Donna Sasscer no later than April 29, 2016 so there is adequate time to prepare the application. The St. Mary's County deadline to return the completed and signed application is May 27, 2016. As a reminder, if you have completed an application in the past it does not automatically carry over to the next cycle.
A NEW APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED EVERY CYCLE FOR YOUR PROPERTY TO BE CONSIDERED FOR EASEMENT.  
 
The ranking of St. Mary's County applications is expected to be completed by the end of June, after which applicants will be notified if their application has proceeded to the state for review. Please note, per the Maryland Code Ann. §2-510(m) - Agriculture Article, your ranking, asking price, and Foundation offer must remain confidential until the end of the cycle, as determined by MALPF.   
 
MAPLF requires that participating properties: 
• Have a minimum of 50 acres, unless the adjoining property is already protected
• Have a soil quality of at least 50% class I, II, III soils or Woodland Groups I and II 
• Cannot be within the County’s 10 year Water and Sewer Plan
• Have remaining Development Rights
 
If you own property that meets the above criteria and would like to submit an application for easement or need more information, please call Donna Sasscer at 240-309-4021 or by email to donna.sasscer@stmarysmd.com. You may also seek additional information about the MALPF program on their website at mda.maryland.gov/MALPF

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Wednesday morning at 9:50 a.m., 40 firefighters from Solomons, St. Leonard, Prince Frederick, Hollywood, Bay District Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a 2 story single family dwelling fire at 12442 Dalton trail in Lusby. After an investigation my the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was determined the accidental fire was a result of improperly discarded embers from the fireplace placed in the garage. Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. 
The estimated loss in the fire was $250,000 and no one was injured. 

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Leonardtown, MD - The coldest air of the season is expected to arrive this weekend with bitterly cold wind chills of 10 to 20 below zero late Saturday into Sunday. The Department of Emergency Services & Technology would like to remind citizens to prepare for the unseasonably cold weather.  During Extreme Cold:
 
·       Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors
·       Bring your pets and plants indoors
·       Dress in multiple layers if you go outdoors
·       Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately
·       Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible
·       If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
·       Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
·       Check your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors.

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Charles County Public Schools is looking for feedback on the school calendar. The Board of Education approves school calendars two years in advance to provide for adequate planning and notification time. The Board is considering a proposal for the 2017-2018 school year. 
The Board was presented with a proposal from CCPS staff at their Feb. 9 meeting for review, and will discuss the calendar at their March 8 meeting, followed by approval at the April 19 meeting. The proposal is posted on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/calendar/Draft1718.pdf.
A survey with short questions about the 2017-18 calendar is available on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/general.php.
 
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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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ST. MARY’S COUNTY  – Deputy State Fire Marshals investigated a room and contents fire at the Lexington Park Senior Apartments located at 21895 Pegg Road in Lexington Park.  
 
The 72-year-old female occupant in Apartment 119 awoke to a small fire on her bed at approximately 11:30 a.m. this morning. As she evacuated the bedroom the fire grew large enough to activate the smoke detection system and the fire sprinkler located inside her room.  As a result of the quick acting fire sprinkler, fire damage was contained to the bedroom and the estimated loss was limited to $1,500.  The victim received mild smoke inhalation injuries and was treated and released at the scene.  
 
Nearly 15 firefighters responded from Bay District, Hollywood and Pax River Fire Departments and placed the situation under control within one minute after arrival.  Investigators determined the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials.  No other injuries were reported during the incident.  The victim is being relocated temporarily while the apartment is properly cleaned.
 
State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci stated, “Residential fire sprinklers are proven to save lives, prevent injuries and protect property and valuables.  This is yet another example of how the presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system protected occupants and prevented substantial fire damage to residential property.”

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Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating three armed robberies that occurred at drug stores over the past few days. It appears one suspect committed two of the robberies, and two different suspects committed a similar robbery. Officers apprehended one suspect after the most recent robbery, and detectives are trying to establish whether or not all of the cases and suspects are connected. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward.
 
On Feb. 8 at 9:09 p.m., officers responded to the CVS located in the 4200 block of Altamont Place in White Plains after receiving a 911 call about a robbery in progress. According to employees, a white male entered the store, approached the pharmacist, displayed a handgun and demanded Xanax – pills used to treat depression. Fearing for his safety, the pharmacist complied and the suspect fled. Patrol officers, detectives and a police K9 responded to the scene and began a canvass. During their search, Det. J. Riffle observed the suspect emerge from a wooded area near the CVS and get into a van that was parked nearby. Det. Riffle stopped the van and observed the suspect in the back. The suspect was positively identified as the person involved in the robbery and was arrested. Investigators determined the suspect, Robert Allan Krell, 32, of La Plata, fled after the robbery and went to a nearby store where he called a taxi. He then took a taxi back to the CVS where his intent was to pick up a backpack he left after the robbery. Detectives believe Krell may have been involved in a similar robbery that occurred on Feb. 7 at the CVS in La Plata. In that case, a lone white male brandished a handgun at a pharmacist and stole prescription Oxycodone pills. That investigation is continuing. Krell was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a handgun during a violent crime in the Altamont case. Anyone with additional information about these cases is asked to call Det. Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507.  
 
In another robbery that occurred on Feb. 8, two black males armed with a metal pole entered a CVS in the 3000 block of Technology Place in Waldorf and approached the pharmacy area. They jumped over the counter and stole several bottles of Promethazine – a drug often used as histamine or for pain control. A security camera captured images of the suspects as they committed the robbery. Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call Det. Hemsley at (301) 609-6470. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by  calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Charles County Crime Solvers.
 
Businesses that sell prescription drugs should take precautions by looking for unusual activity and reporting suspicious actions immediately.  

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In response to concerns about disorderly crowds, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Lexington Park COPs Unit coordinated an enforcement effort the night of February 5. Assisting in the effort were members of patrol, the K-9 division, alcohol enforcement coordinator, Leonardtown COPs officer, and Maryland State Police.
 
Deputies responded to calls in several locations throughout the evening regarding large disorderly crowds loitering, fighting, CDS, and alcohol citations. These areas included a private party at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD), The Lexington Lounge, Pegg Road Shell Station, and IHOP.
 
As a result of the joint effort, several violations and arrests were issued:
 
-        Two marijuana civil citations were issued by Deputy First Class A. Beishline on February 5. One was at the HVFD and the other at the Lexington Lounge.
 
-        Four alcohol citations were issued by Corporal W. Ray, Deputy First Class V. Pontorno, and Deputy First Class A. Beishline. Three were at the HVFD, and one was outside the Lexington Lounge.
 
-        Dontevious Trevon Dorsey, age 22, of Lexington Park, who was charged with assault on officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest at the IHOP, by Deputy First Class A. Beishline
 
-        Kentwuan Lionel Wills, age 18, of Great Mills, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, at the IHOP by Sergeant C. Safford.
 
-        Michael Andrew Dorsey, Jr., age 25, of Lexington Park, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at the IHOP, by Deputy First Class V. Pontorno.
 
-        Michelle Angela Dorsey, age 26, of Lexington Park, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at the IHOP, by Corporal J. Stone.
 
-        Steven Michael Ryan, age 26, of Lexington Park, who was charged with disorderly conduct and littering, on Great Mills Road, by Corporal J. Stone
 
-        James Nathaniel Watkins, age 32, of, Lexington Park, who was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants, at the HVFD by Deputy J. Bittner.

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(White Plains, Maryland) -  On February 6, 2016, at approximately 8:39 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack responded to a four vehicle collision on US Route 301 at Billingsley Road, White Plains, Maryland.  As a result of the collision, a female passenger succumbed to her injuries at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.     
 
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the La Plata Barrack, indicates a Toyota Avalon operated by Charles Brockett of Chesapeake, Virginia was traveling northbound on US Route 301 at Billingsley Road, White Plains, Charles County, MD, in lane two approaching the red signal.  At that time, a Ford Focus operated by Harold Rice of La Plata, MD, along with his front seat passenger, Theresa Wise of Waldorf, MD, was traveling eastbound on Billingsley Road crossing US Route 301 on the green signal.  Mr. Brockett failed to stop at the steady circular red signal and struck the Ford on the passenger side of the vehicle in the intersection.  The collision forced the Ford Focus to strike a Honda Accord operated by Jeanine Church of Charlotte Hall, MD, and a Pontiac Vibe operated by Danielle Boatman of Indian Head, MD, who were stationary on westbound Billingsley Road at the traffic light for US Route 301.  As a result of the collision the passenger, Theresa Wise was flown by Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to Medstar Washington Hospital Center where she was pronounced deceased.  Brockett and Rice were transported to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.  Church and Boatman were not injured as a result of the collision.  Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Charles County States Attorney’s Office for determination of charges.  The investigation is continuing… 
 
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call Cpl. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231 or the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.

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A team from Milton M. Somers Middle School advances to the state MathCounts event after finishing in second place overall among 21 competing teams at the Southern Maryland competition held Feb. 4 at Calvert Middle School. The top five competing teams advance to the state MathCounts competition, which will be held later this spring. Middle school teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties competed in the regional competition.
 
Members of the Somers team are seventh graders Jack Glassman, Erin Possehl and Emily Smith, and eighth grader Brandon Luton. The team coach is Jennifer Rowland, math teacher at Somers. This is the fourth consecutive year that a team from Somers advanced to the state level.
 
Smith earned first place among competing students in the individual rankings. Piccowaxen Middle School eighth grader Jake Burgess also advances to the state-level tournament based on his individual performance. The competition consists of four rounds in which students compete and earn points both as team members and individuals.
 
In the sprint round, students individually complete a 30-question test. In the target round, students have four sets of math problems and are given six minutes to complete each set of two questions. During the team round, students receive 20 minutes to complete 10 questions as a team. The final round is a Jeopardy-style countdown round in which the top 12 students compete against each other.
 
MathCounts is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. The regional competition is sponsored by the three Southern Maryland public school systems, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc., and the National Society of Professional Engineers. For more information about MathCounts, visit https://www.mathcounts.org/. 

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Burglary Case #16-6443:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy R. Wilson was called to Pinewood Court in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a home burglary.  Sometime between January 27 - February 4, someone entered the unoccupied home and stole a heat pump motor. 
 
Burglary Case #16-5821:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy T. Holt was dispatched to Catalina Drive in Lusby for the report of a burglary.  Sometime earlier in the day someone forcibly entered the home and stole a 40” Sony TV and the victim’s checkbook.
 
Burglary Case #16-5676:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy M. Trigg responded to Skipjack Road in Prince Frederick for a burglary that took place in the overnight hours of January 31 - February 1.  The suspect (s) entered unlocked sea containers and removed several Zhejiang Qiye 4-wheelers and a Generac 3250 watt generator.   If anyone recalls seeing suspicious activity in the area during this time period, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. 
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-6598:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler was dispatched to Lottie Fowler Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a damaged vehicle.  Sometime overnight the suspect(s) gained entry to a vehicle by breaking out the window.  At this time nothing appears to be missing.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-6057:
On January 31, 2016 Deputy G. Shrawder was called to Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick for the report of damage to property.  A vehicle was driven through the front yard of the victim’s property, causing tire tracks and ruts.  There are no suspect(s) at this time. 
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-6876:
On February 6, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler received a radio dispatch regarding a suspicious vehicle seen in the Prince Frederick Crossing subdivision and the sole occupant was armed with a knife.  After a vehicle pursuit involving a PIT maneuver, the vehicle was brought to a stop.  After a brief struggle, James Stewart Brown, III, 34, of  Chesapeake Beach was removed from the vehicle and ultimately transported to the Detention Center where he was charged with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct and served with an open Warrant.
 
Theft Case# 16-6624:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler received a call of a theft from vehicle, which was parked at the shopping center on Market Square Drive, in Prince Frederick.  The vehicle owner mistakenly left the vehicle unlocked and their wallet on the seat.  
 
Theft Case #16-6567:
On February 5, 2016 Deputy M. Trigg was called to Lottie Fowler Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  Sometime during the night a suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole two (2) 12” Buck hunting knives.
 
Theft Case #16-6041:
On February 2, 2016 Deputy E. Basham responded to the Prince Frederick Giant grocery store for the report of a stolen wallet.  When the victim entered the store he had his wallet in his pocket.  At some point, while shopping, someone bumped into him and he suspects that is when he was the victim of a pickpocket.
 
Theft Case #16-6007:
On February 2, 2016 Deputy P. Mosely was dispatched to Lake Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft.  Sometime between January 21 - January 22, 2016 someone removed the rear registration plate from the victim’s vehicle.
 
Theft Case #16-5700:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy E. Basham was called to Jibsail Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a possible theft.  Sometime overnight suspect(s) cut the locks off storage trailers and moved items around.  Nothing appears to be stolen and there are no suspects at this time.

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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 8, 2016 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced today that Dominion Cove Point will construct a 50,000-square-foot warehouse and office facility at Patuxent Business Park (PBP) in Lusby. Construction of the new facility, the first to be located in the business park, will commence in late spring 2016.
 
Dominion Cove Point will build the warehouse and office facility on an 8.3-parcel in the business park, with completion expected by the end of 2016.
 
"Patuxent Business Park is an excellent location for our new warehouse and office space,” said Mike Frederick , vice president LNG operations, Dominion Cove Point. “It meets our needs for a nearby location with easy access to Route 2/4. The project will help strengthen our ties with the southern Maryland community and we appreciate Calvert County’s support in helping to bring it to fruition."
 
“We congratulate and thank Dominion for their continued investment in our community and are thrilled to announce this new project,” said Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr., president of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. “Dominion is currently constructing the largest economic development project ever seen in the state of Maryland at its Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal in Lusby. Dominion remains actively engaged with county government throughout the course of the terminal expansion and maintains open lines of communication. We know this collaboration will continue as they embark on construction of a new building at Patuxent Business Park.”
 
“Dominion Cove Point is a vital part of our community,” said Calvert County Director of Economic Development Linda Vassallo. “We are proud of Dominion’s contributions to our local economy and quality of life. This new project continues that commitment and fits perfectly with our development goals for Patuxent Business Park.”
 
PBP is a 92-acre business campus designed to accommodate a variety of uses including Class A office and flex space. The park was created in 2002 through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.
 
“Dominion’s decision to build a new facility in Patuxent Business Park is great news for Calvert County and the state and we thank Dominion for their commitment to growing and investing in Maryland,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “Patuxent Business Park offers a unique advantage to businesses looking to locate or expand in Southern Maryland, with its proximity to our nation’s capital as well as the growing community in and around the Patuxent Naval Air Station. We look forward to working with our county partners and MEDCO to welcome more companies to the park.”
 
“MEDCO has been a partner in developing Patuxent Business Park since its inception,” said Robert Brennan, MEDCO executive director. “As part of our mission we assist jurisdictions and other partners to increase business activity and commerce in Maryland. “PBP remains a development priority for MEDCO and we are excited to have Dominion Cove Point as our first construction project at PBP.”
 
For information on the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the many services the county offers the business community, contact the department at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880; or by email at info@ecalvert.com. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Leonardtown, MD -   The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host the fifth Code Home public hearing, regarding a proposed move to Code Home Rule form of government, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department. The department is located at 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
A move to Code Home Rule would authorize County Commissioners to enact local laws on a number of subjects without having to await action by the Maryland General Assembly. Under Code Home Rule commissioners could not enact any new taxes or regulatory fees.
 
Code Home Rule would give the Commissioners legislative authority throughout the year. Public hearings on legislation would be held in Leonardtown, rather than in Annapolis during the winter. The public could demand a referendum on any new public local law, something which does not currently exist. St. Mary’s County is one of six counties in Maryland which has yet to adopt some form of home rule.
 
St. Mary’s County voters would have to approve a referendum to adopt Code Home Rule on the ballot in the November, 2016 general election.
 
Remaining Code Home public hearings will be held as follows:
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016                                      Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Dept.                          Golden Beach Volunteer Fire Department
22733 Lawrence Avenue                                       29848 Therese Circle
Leonardtown, MD  20650                                      Mechanicsville, MD  20659
 
All hearings begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
 
More information about Code Home Rule can be found at www.stmarysmd.com/pio/codehome.asp     Questions and comments can be sent to:  CodeHomeRule@stmarysmd.com.

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Theft:  On 2/1/16 at 7:09 am, Trooper Warrick responded to the 100 block of Buckler Rd. in Huntingtown for a theft complaint.  The victim reported a cell phone had been removed from the residence without permission and car keys had been removed from the location where they are normally kept.  Later the same day, the victim located the car keys in the home and the cell phone was later returned.  An application for charges of theft has been sent to the District Court Commissioner’s Office.  Case remains open.
 
Possession of Heroin:  On 2/4/16 at 9:08 am, Trooper Warrick stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Several criminal indicators were observed and a K-9 scan was requested.  A positive K-9 scan provided probable cause search of the vehicle.  Heroin and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle.  James E. Stratchko, 29 of Upper Marlboro, was arrested for possession of these items and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 

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On February 4 at 9:16 p.m., officers responded to the 6300 block of Barnett Smith Place in Indian Head for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 42-year-old male with a single gunshot wound to his back. The victim was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. An investigation revealed that Thomas Michael Smith, 69, of Indian Head was responsible for the shooting which took place during an argument between Smith and the victim, who was an acquaintance. Smith was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Detective J. Elliott is investigating.

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On 02-06-16 CCSO units responded to Whirlaway Dr and Gate Dancer Ct, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, MD for the report of a white Dodge Charger that was abandoned.  Once on scene it was determined the vehicle was occupied.  The sole occupant of the vehicle jumped out of the vehicle and stood behind the vehicle’s door with a knife in his hand.  The subject told Dfc. Wood that he had a knife and that he was just going to have to shoot him.  Dfc. Wood was at a safe distance and was able to call for additional units to respond to the scene.  
As additional units arrived the subject jumped in his vehicle and locked the door while still armed with a knife.   CCSO deputies boxed the vehicle in and approached the vehicle to attempt to break out a window in order to gain access to the subject.   The subject placed the vehicle in Drive, drove over a curb and a pursuit ensued.  It was a nice Saturday afternoon and deputies had observed citizens in the neighborhood out walking while responding to the call.  The deputies knew they had to get the vehicle stopped before it got near where the citizens had been walking.  Cpl. Phelps initiated a PIT on the vehicle to stop the pursuit and Dep. Mohler assisted by boxing the vehicle in. 
Deputies again approached the vehicle and broke out the windows to extract the armed subject from the car.  The subject was yelling for deputies to shoot him while he held the knife to his neck.  Deputies on scene told the subject numerous times to drop the knife. The subject refused and began cutting his neck with the knife.  Two Deputies had to deploy their assigned CCSO Tasers to get the subject to stop cutting himself with the knife and to comply to commands so he could be taken into custody.  The subject was eventually securely detained without injury to any deputies.   
The subject was identified as James Stewart Brown III, a 34 year old white male of Chesapeake Beach.  It was determined Brown had an open felony warrant for multiple sex offense charges.  According to witnesses the vehicle Brown was operating had been in the area for a couple of days.  Brown had to be transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital to be treated for self-inflicted superficial injuries prior to being transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.  
Brown was charged criminally with failure to obey a lawful order and disturbing the public peace.  In addition he was charged with multiple traffic violations that occurred during the brief pursuit.   
Two CCSO units were damaged during the PIT and Box-In maneuvers which were used to safely terminate the pursuit.  The damage sustained to both CCSO vehicles was cosmetic allowing both vehicles to be driven from the scene. 

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