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Calloway Man Arrested For Theft Scheme


Theft – On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:47 am, Tpr. K. Morris responded to the Aireco Supply Inc. in Lexington Park for a reported theft scheme.  Investigation revealed that Stephen W. Mason, 21, of Calloway, had purchased equipment on two separate occasions using his former employer’s credit account.  Mr. Mason was arrested on October 31, 2014 and charged with Theft Scheme $1000 – Under $10,000.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  All items were recovered and returned to Aireco Supply Inc.  (14-MSP-035776) 

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Calvert County Offers Drop-Off Locations to Recycle Used Oyster Shells


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 31, 2014 – Calvert County has joined a regional recycling effort aimed at supporting oyster hatcheries and the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. Working with the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), Calvert County now provides oyster shell recycling carts at the Appeal Landfill and seven convenience centers.
Residents and businesses can drop off used oyster shells as well as clam and mussel shells that will be recycled for use in oyster hatchery operations. The only requirement is that the shells not be bagged.
“We hope these new shell drop-off sites help more people and businesses actively participate in improving the bay’s health by rebuilding the oyster population,” said Rai Sharma, director of the Calvert County Department of Public Works. “We are glad to do our part to help improve the Chesapeake Bay.”
“One of our goals is to make it convenient for citizens throughout Maryland to recycle shells and have a direct, personal impact on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay oysters,” said Stephan Abel, executive director of the Oyster Recovery Partnership. “With new drop-off sites in Calvert County, tens of thousands more citizens can participate in ORP’s shell recycling program.”
ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance has recycled 1,200 tons of shells since 2009. The shells provide the best material for baby oysters to attach to as they grow. Maryland hatcheries have developed techniques to raise more oysters, but they need additional shells to keep up with the growing number of hatchery-produced oysters. Each recycled shell can provide homes for 10 new oysters. Known as a keystone species, oysters serve as the kidneys of bay and one oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.
The location and hours of operation for the Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers are as follows:
 
Appeal (Lusby)
401 Sweetwater Road            410-326-0210
Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m. (Sunday operations are for bagged household trash and recyclables only)
 
Ball Road (St. Leonard)
1045 Ball Road                       410-586-1262
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Barstow (Prince Frederick)
350 Stafford Road                  410-535-5206
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m.
 
Huntingtown
3666 Hunting Creek Road      410-535-4760
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Lusby
11725 H. G. Trueman Road   410-326-2611
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Mt. Hope (Sunderland)
96 Pushaw Station Road        410-257-3296
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
 
Plum Point
2801 Plum Point Road            410-535-2405
Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Maryland offers a $1 per bushel tax credit for shell recycling. While Calvert County cannot issue receipts for shells, the ORP will pick up bulk shells from businesses, certify amounts and issue receipts to be used for tax purposes. To date, ORP picks up from more than 220 restaurants across the state. ORP does not pick up from individual homes.
For more information, call the Calvert County Division of Solid Waste at 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us/recycle.
Business owners interested in ORP pickup may contact Stephan Abel at 410-990-4970 or by email at sabel@oysterrecovery.org. For more information visit:  http://www.oysterrecovery.org.
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Department Of Defense Lodges Objection To Wind Turbine Foe Of Pax River NAS


Thursday, as the Pentagon lodged a formal objection to it, saying the towering turbines would interfere with operations at Naval Air Station Patuxent River across the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democratic House leader whose Southern Maryland district includes the naval air base, released a letter from the Department of Defense declaring the Great Bay Energy Center proposed in Somerset County "would constitute an unacceptable risk to the security of the United States."
 
The letter, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, does not elaborate. But Hoyer said Pentagon officials had concluded the turbines pose "a significant threat" to the "world-class stealth radar system" used at the base.
 
Hoyer, the House minority whip, and his aide, John Bohanan, a Democratic state delegate who also represents the base community, have waged a dogged campaign in Washington and Annapolis to block the wind project. They and other base supporters fear the wind project could lead to cutbacks or even the closing of "Pax River," which they say supports 22,500 jobs in the region, and where the Navy tests new aircraft.
 
The issue has pitted Southern Maryland politicians against their Shore counterparts, and military interests against environmentalists, many of whom back the development of such renewable energy projects. The $200 million, 25-turbine project would generate much-needed tax revenue and some employment for one of Maryland's poorest counties, proponents point out.
 
With Hoyer and other members of Maryland's congressional delegation lined up against the project, state lawmakers enacted a 15-month moratorium this year on industrial-sized turbines to protect the base. The delay was needed, base advocates said, to allow for completion of a Pentagon-sponsored study of whether anything could prevent turbines from interfering with radar.
 
But the wind project developers warned the moratorium could kill their project, as tax credits crucial to financing it are due to expire. Late last year, the developers pointed out, the Navy tentatively accepted the company's offer to avoid any interference by turning off the turbines whenever the base wanted to operate its radar for stealth aircraft testing.
 
Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed the moratorium, coming down on the side of promoting more renewable energy while saying the federal government already has a process to work the issue out. Hoyer and others appealed to the Pentagon, though, and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, moved to amend defense spending legislation to bar the Navy from agreeing to the project until the study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was completed next year.
 
In releasing the Defense Department letter Thursday, Hoyer issued a statement saying he also supports renewable energy but "until that taxpayer-funded study is complete, we must be vigilant in protecting Pax River's mission."
 
But Adam Cohen, vice president of Pioneer Green Energy, the Texas-based firm proposing the project, countered that the Pentagon has signed agrements to allow wind projects near other military bases. The deputy secretary's brief letter characterizes the company's offer to turn off its turbines as inadequate but doesn't explain.
 
"As the Navy has never presented any data to contradict the agreement they originally approved," Cohen said in a statement, "this action appears to be driven more by politics than an honest attempt to honor the landowners' Constitutional rights and promote our nation's goal of achieving energy independence through the development of more clean, renewable energy."
 
The Navy isn't the project's only hurdle. The turbines also have sparked opposition from bird lovers over the likelihood that the spinning blades would kill some bald eagles. Project developers have been negotiating with federal wildlife officials over how to mitigate those effects.
 
Some local residents also have expressed fear of vibrations and possible drops in property values. Somerset's planning commission considered restricting the height of turbines in the county, but this week recommended limits that would accommodate the project, accoring to Paul Harris, Pioneer Green's manager for the Shore project.
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Work on Armory Road Roundabout in Prince Frederick Results in Temporary Alternating One-Way Traffic Pattern


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Oct. 31, 2014 – Construction of a concrete apron on the Armory Road roundabout at the intersection of Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick yesterday evening has required temporary alternating one-way traffic patterns that will continue through the afternoon today, Oct. 31, weather permitting.
A continuous flagging operation will alert motorists to the work. Motorists should consider using alternate routes if possible to avoid delays. A similar traffic pattern will occur again for one day during the week of Nov. 3 for the pouring of the second half of the apron.
As part of the road improvement project, enhancements will include new sidewalks, wider shoulders and pedestrian lights along with the traffic circle. The project is part of the larger Prince Frederick loop road.
Maps plotting the project by phase and additional information are available at www.co.cal.md.us/roadproject. To learn more, contact Karl Deugwillo at deugwikr@co.cal.md.us or 410-535-1600, ext. 2546. A Facebook page has been established and will offer updates on the project as it progresses.
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Remember to Change Your Battery When You Change Your Clock


Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services and Technology reminds residents that standard time returns on Sunday (November 2) at 2 a.m. Citizens are reminded to turn their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
 
Residents are also reminded that as they are turning their clocks back, to take the opportunity to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
 
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Detectives Investigating Theft From Church


 The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the community’s help in identifying two men who stole money from a church. Detectives have released surveillance camera photographs of the two men and their car, and Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects.
 
Sometime in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, the men broke into Potomac Heights Baptist Church located at 37 Glymont Road in Indian Head and stole money from the church’s offering. One of the men was wearing a shirt with a white emblem on the front and with a stain on the bottom of the left sleeve. The second man was wearing dark pants with vertical gray stripes on the outside of the pant legs.
 
Photographs of the men and the car they were driving can be viewed at the CCSO website, www.ccso.us. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact CCSO Det. E. Weaver at 301-609-6571 or Charles County 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<https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx>. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website<http://www.ccso.us/crime/#crime_solvers>.
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


THEFT: Sometime between 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29, suspect(s) stole a .50 caliber muzzleloader from an open garage at a residence in the 12100 block of Riverview Drive in Newburg. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Officer R. Kimble is investigating.
 
ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT: Sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Oct. 28, two suspects drove a tow truck to the 9500 block of Trinity Church Road in Charlotte Hall and attempted to hook up a car. However, the victim confronted the suspects and the suspects fled the scene without the vehicle. The suspects were described as white males. One of them was 30-40 years old and was wearing a brown Carhartt-brand jacket. The tow truck was white with black and red on it. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Cpl. K. Syvertsen is investigating.
 
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<https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx>. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website<http://www.ccso.us/crime/#crime_solvers>.
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VA Woman Attacks Officer - Man Arrested For Strangling 5 Year Old


Assault on Police– On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:35 am, Tpr. C. Ruth initiated a traffic stop on a silver van for a minor traffic violation.  The driver, Lisa Marie Murphy, 51, of Chesapeake, VA, was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and transported to the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack.  At the barrack, Ms. Murphy became extremely combative and attempted to strike Tpr. Ruth with a closed fist.  Murphy then elbowed and kicked Tpr Ruth.  She was restrained and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where suspected CDS was recovered from her belongings.  Ms. Murphy was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Second Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, CDS Possession – Not Marijuana, and CDS Possession – Paraphernalia.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  (14-MSP-035501)
 
Child Abuse/Assault – On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm, Tpr. A. Oyler responded to the 15000 block of Point Lookout Road for the report of a domestic disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Daniel B. Evans, 27, of St. Inigoes, had struck a 5 year old male victim in the face and then grabbed him by the neck to strangle him. Evans then struck a 27 year old female victim who attempted to intervene.  He subsequently began throwing furniture and broke a plastic chair.  Mr. Evans was arrested for Second Degree Child Abuse, two counts of Second Degree Assault, and Malicious Destruction of Property.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-035566)
 
Warrant Services
 
 
Nathan Andrew Warren, 31, of California, served on 10/22/2014 at 8:36 am for Violation of Probation (2014-00394196)
 
Charles Maurice Hicklin, 25, of Great Mills, served on 10/21/2014 at 12:45 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00110803)
 
Phillip Lynn McCann, Jr.,49, of Lusby, served on 10/21/2014 at 2:00 pm for Violation of Probation (2014-00393305)
 
Aishah Keyanna Steward, 23, of Bushwood, served on 10/20/2014 at 12:15 pm for Theft less than $1,000 (2014-00391743)
 
Tina Marie Perkins, 51, of Waldorf, served on 10/19/2014 at 8:00 pm for Fail to Obey Court Order (2014-00390875)
 
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Calvert County Detectives Looking For Information On Graffiti Vandals


Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for numerous incidents of graffiti in the Whispering Woods subdivision in Prince Frederick in late September of this year.  House windows, a mailbox, a lamp post and several vehicles had vulgarities written on them in both permanent and washable marker.  Damage is estimated at $200. 
 
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 at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us or by calling 410-535-2880.   
 
If the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.
 
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Trick Or Treat Don't Drink And Drive


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – With Halloween quickly approaching, troopers remind folks as they carve their pumpkins and pick out their costumes, the best choices they can make are to drive sober or designate a sober driver before the celebrating begins. 
 
The Maryland State Police is reminding all drivers that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’ because every Halloween there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking. There will be additional patrols out specifically looking for and removing dangerous and impaired drivers from the roadways to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween celebration. 
 
“We want to encourage people to trick or treat this Halloween but never to drink and drive,” said Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. “Before you take your first sip of alcohol on October 31, figure out who your designated sober driver will be. If you wait until you’re ‘buzzed’ to make that decision, you may make the wrong choice.” 
 
Remember, designate a sober driver and give them the keys. If you find yourself impaired, call a friend or family member, use public transportation, or call a taxi. If you see a driver you think is impaired, keep a safe distance and contact law enforcement. The extra troopers will be saturating roads with high documented DUI crashes. They will also be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers. 
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Victims Identified In Huntingtown Fatal Accident


On Wednesday morning at 6:13am, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack responded to Route 4 at Ponds Wood Rd in Huntingtown for a reported single vehicle motor vehicle collision.  Investigation revealed that a 2004 Ford Ranger truck, operated by William Sullivan, 28 of Hollywood, was traveling south on Rt.4 in Huntingtown.  As the vehicle approached Ponds Wood Road, the driver lost control and struck the cement median dividing the Ponds Wood Road turn lane from Rt. 4.  The vehicle subsequently struck the traffic signal pole and came to rest in the northbound lanes of Rt. 4.  No other vehicles were involved.      
A passenger, Amanda Kirk, 26 of Edgewater, died as a result of her injuries.  The other passenger, age 2, was flown to Children’s Hospital by Maryland State Police, Trooper 7, with injuries.  The driver was checked by medical personnel at the scene and was transported with the child.  Troopers from the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene to reconstruct the accident.  Personnel from Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.  
 
The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact TFC S. Lewis at (410)535-1400
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Registered Sex Offender Residences Will Be Checked On Halloween


On October 31, 2014 detectives with the St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit, Criminal Investigations Division Support Team, in conjunction with Agents from the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation will be conducting Sex Offender compliance checks at the residences of registered sex offenders throughout St. Mary’s County. Detectives and agents will be deployed from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ensuring compliance with sex offender laws and regulations as well as special rules such as “No Candy” signs or “Halloween Decorations” are permitted at the residences of sex offenders.  Sex offenders who are on parole or probation are required to place signs in a conspicuous manner outside their homes and may not have any Halloween decorations on their residence beginning at 6:00 PM.

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Occupants Escape From Owings House Fire


CALVERT COUNTY, MARYLAND (October 29, 2014) – Investigators 
from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Calvert Investigative Team 
of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a fire that 
occurred around 4:15 pm on October 28, 2014. The fire occurred in a two story, 
single family dwelling located at 9100 Sam Owings Place in Owings of Calvert 
County. The investigation revealed the fire was incendiary in nature, and 
intentionally set by Brenda Cook (60). Further investigation revealed the dwelling 
was occupied by multiple people at the time of the fire. All occupants were able to 
escape the dwelling safely.
Firefighters from North Beach, Dunkirk, Huntingtown, Lothian and Harwood 
responded to the fire and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The fire caused 
an estimated $50,000 in damages to the dwelling.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending for Cook.
 
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Amber Alert canceled: Mom With Kids Found Safe


An Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening for a mother who threatened to drive off the Delaware Memorial Bridge with her two young children was canceled about two hours later after they were found unharmed, authorities said.
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Anne Arundel County Police said Tiamarie Valenzuela, 27, Gabriano D. Lloyd, 2, and Gia M. Lloyd, 1, were safe after being located in Newcastle, Del. around 8 p.m.
When police issued the alert, they said Valenzuela took the children and drove away in a Honda after a fight with her fiancee at a home in the 800 block of Vacation Drive.
A couple hours later, police said in a statement that "Valenzuela called in herself after receiving calls about the Amber Alerts. Officials from the Newcastle Police Department were able to verify the safety and well-being of Ms. Valenzuela and her children."
Police said there were no criminal charges currently pending, but added they were still investigating the incident.
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NASA's Antares Rocket Explodes During Lauch At Wallops Island


The unmanned commercial supply Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site along the eastern Virginia coast.
No deaths or injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities at Wallops Island.
"There was failure on launch. There was no indicated loss of life.There was significant property and vehicle damage. Mission control is trying to assess what went wrong," Jay Bolden, a NASA spokesman, told CNN.
The accident at Orbital Sciences Corp.'s launch complex at Wallops Island was sure to draw criticism over the space agency's growing reliance on private U.S. companies in this post-shuttle effort.
NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to make station deliveries, and it's counting on SpaceX and Boeing to start flying U.S. astronauts to the orbiting lab as early as 2017. NASA said there nothing on the lost flight that was urgently needed by the six people living on the space station.
Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket blew up over the launch complex, just six seconds after liftoff at approximately 6:22 p.m. EST. Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set. There was no hint of any trouble until the rocket exploded.
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PARRC Transition Prompts State Board Of Education To Update Graduation Requirements


The Maryland State Board of Education today approved a framework for updating high school graduation requirements as the State transitions to new assessments.
 
Under the plan approved by the State Board, passing the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams in English 10 and Algebra I will not become a graduation requirement until the 2016-17 school year.  The Board in December will likely act on proposed regulations based on the framework.
 
“Today’s discussion on the move to assessments aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards was focused on our students in the same way we’ve focused on our educators throughout this period,” said Dr. Mary Kay Finan, Vice President of the Maryland State Board of Education.  “Our two-year plan will allow our students and teachers to become more knowledgeable in the more rigorous standards during the transition.”
 
Although the PARCC exams are being given this year for the first time in mathematics and English, the process with which the passing scores are set will not be completed until December 2015.  This transition caused challenges for some students who had taken HSA-aligned courses, as well as students enrolled in the first years of the PARCC-aligned courses.
 
For students enrolled in the tested high school courses during 2014-15 and 2015-16, the following requirements will be included in a new regulatory proposal:
 
Students who have taken the Algebra I HSA-aligned course will have the opportunity to retake the exam in 2014-15.  Because the HSA-aligned test ends after the 2014-15 school year, students who have not passed will not need to take a make-up test in 2015-16 in order to graduate.  These students must still pass the course as part of their graduation requirements.
 
Students who have taken the English 10 HSA-aligned course will have the opportunity to re-take the exam in 2014-15.  Because the HSA-aligned test ends after the 2014-15 school year, students who have not passed will not need to take a make-up test in 2015-16 in order to graduate.  These students must still pass the course as part of their graduation requirements. 
 
Students taking the Algebra I course aligned to PARCC in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and not passing the test, will not be required to pass the exam in order to graduate.  These students must still pass the course as part of their graduation requirements.
 
Students taking the English 10 course aligned to PARCC in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and not passing the test, will not be required to pass the exam in order to graduate.  These students must still pass the course as part of their graduation requirements.
 
As in the past, all students still must pass the government and biology High School Assessments – or successfully complete the Bridge Plan project-based assessment in those subjects – in order to graduate.
 
The presentation made to the Maryland State Board of Education today recommended that students enrolled in the PARCC-aligned courses during 2016-17 and beyond will have to pass all four assessments, or successfully complete Bridge Plan projects in those subjects, to receive a Maryland high school diploma.
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Fire Destroys Home In La Plata


Early Tuesday morning, firefighters were called to  118 Mallard Lane in LaPlata for the report of a two story single family home fire. 55 firefighters from  La Plata, Waldorf, Bel Alton, Marbury, Bryans Road, Newburg, Indian Head and Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments responded and discovered the back of the home engulfed in flames. They had the blaze under control in about 25 minutes. The cause of the fire has been determined to be the result of an unattended candle igniting nearby combustible materials. There was no one home at the time of the fire.  Two La Plata volunteer firefighters (ages 27 and 22) sustained non-burn related injuries. Both were treated and released at Charles Regional Medical Center. The estimated total loss in the fire is $250,000.
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Safety Improvements Completed at Cove Point Road Intersection


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 28, 2014 – The Maryland State Highway Administration has completed safety improvements at the intersection of Cove Point Road and Little Cove Point Road in Lusby.
A new dedicated right-turn-only lane on Cove Point Road allows eastbound motorists to turn safely on to Little Cove Point Road. Associated right-turn arrow painting is also complete.
The improvements were the result of a traffic study commissioned by Dominion as part of its application for the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export project. All costs for the work were borne by Dominion.
For more information on the Cove Point export project, visit the county’s online resource center at http://www.co.cal.md.us/CovePointProject.
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Young Woman Killed In Early Morning Accident


On October 28, 2014 at 0136 hours Troopers from the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack, responded to MD Rt. 234 in the area of Delozier Lane, Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County, Maryland for the report of a motor vehicle collision.  
  
     Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Chevrolet Duramax truck was traveling eastbound on MD Rt. 234 west of Delozier Lane. A 2004 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on MD Rt. 234 west of Delozier Lane. The operator of the Chevrolet truck, 24 year old Jeremy Ryan Hunley fell asleep and entered the westbound lane of MD Rt. 234. The operator of the Chrysler, 22 year old Matthew Mason Truitt of Calvert County attempted to take evasive maneuvers and entered the eastbound lane of MD Rt. 234 in an attempt to avoid the Chevrolet truck.  The Hunley woke up and swerved back into the eastbound lane.  The Chevrolet truck collided into the passenger side of the Chrysler.  After the collision, the Chevrolet truck entered a ditch/culvert and overturned. The Chrysler also left the roadway and came to rest in a ditch on the eastbound side of MD Rt. 234.  
 
     The front passenger of the Chrysler, 20 year old Tiffany Danielle Henderson of Calvert County was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to her injuries on the scene.  Matthew Truitt was transported to Prince George's Hospital via MSP helicopter Trooper 7.  Hunley refused treatment.  The collision is being investigated by TFC Mersman, Maryland State Police- Leonardtown Barrack.  The State's Attorney was notified of the collision and responded to the scene.  The Maryland State Highway Administration responded to the scene and assisted with the road closure and traffic detour.  At this time, it appears that alcohol is not a factor in this collision.  
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Maryland MTA to Implement Changes to its Commuter Express Bus Routes


Leonardtown, MD - The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, provides commuter express bus services to Washington D.C. on four (4) separate routes from three (3) park and ride lots in St. Mary’s County. These lots are located in California near the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, Charlotte Hall and Golden Beach. 
 
The routes are operated under a service contract with a private transportation provider. Two routes stop at the Charlotte Hall park and ride, two routes stop at Golden Beach park and ride and one route stops at California park and ride. 
 
Routes 903, 905 and 909 will be renamed with new route patterns, effective November 1, 2014.
 
Route 705 - This route is a weekday express route which serves the Charlotte Hall park and ride lot in St. Mary’s County and the Mattawoman-Beantown park and ride lot in Charles County to Washington D.C. from 4:15 am to 7:39 pm via MD 5. For routes and schedules go to: http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/commuter-bus-november-schedule-changes-western-and-southern-maryland 
 
Route 715 - This route is a weekday express route which serves the Golden Beach park and ride lot in St. Mary’s County and the Mattawoman-Beantown park and ride lot in Charles County to Washington D.C. from 4:20 am to 8:12 pm via MD 5. For routes and schedules go to: http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/commuter-bus-november-schedule-changes-western-and-southern-maryland
 
Route 725 - This route is a weekday peak service route which serves the California park and ride (St. Mary’s County Regional Airport) and the Charlotte Hall park and ride and the Golden Beach park and ride lots in St. Mary’s County and the Mattawoman-Beantown park and ride lot in Charles County to Washington D.C. from 4:00 am to 7:26 pm via MD 5. For routes and schedules go to: http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/commuter-bus-november-schedule-changes-western-and-southern-maryland
 
Route 735 - This route is a weekday peak service route which serves the Golden Beach park and ride lot in St. Mary’s County, Regency Furniture (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) Stadium in Charles County, Suitland Federal Center, and the Suitland Metro station to Washington D.C. from 4:20 am to 7:14 pm via MD 5. For routes and schedules go to: http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/commuter-bus-november-schedule-changes-western-and-southern-maryland.
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