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Correction to Charles County Crime Solvers Fugitive Case


Clarification of Nature of Warrant 
 
On Sept 12, Samantha Lee Hamilton, 26, of Waldorf, was featured in the Crime Solvers Fugitive Friday program as having an open warrant for failing to appear in court for a felony theft charge.  The actual warrant, which is still open, is for violating the conditions of her probation in connection with a felony theft conviction. Since August, officers have attempted to contact Hamilton at her listed addresses and telephone numbers, but she has not been located and she has not returned calls or turned herself in.        
Anyone with information about Samantha Lee Hamilton’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com.   
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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack Incident Brief


Possession of Cocaine:  On 9/10/14 at 7:58 pm, Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at Rt. 4 and Western Shores Blvd. in St. Leonard.  While speaking with the driver, Trooper Newcomer observed white powder flakes on the seat and clothing.  Leah M. Richardson, 36 of St. Leonard, was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  
 
DUI & Possession of Marijuana:  On 9/12/14 at 12:42 am, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to a personal injury crash on Rt. 4 at German Chapel Rd. in Prince Frederick.  A juvenile driving while intoxicated crashed into the side door of another vehicle and subsequently lost control of the vehicle.  The juvenile left the scene, was located and arrested.  A probable cause search prior to storage of the vehicle revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The juvenile was transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing and was released to a parent.
 
Driving While Suspended and Theft:  On 9/12/14 at 7:10 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Steeple Chase Drive in Prince Frederick for a registration violation.  Albert L. Farrell, 46 of Prince Frederick, was found to be driving on a suspended license.  The registration tag revealed a stolen year sticker.  Farrell was arrested for theft and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 9/13/14 at 12:33 am, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Adam’s Rib Restaurant in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A K-9 scan resulted in a positive alert.  A probable cause search revealed marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.  Deandre E. Vick, 23 of Washington, D. C., was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Heroin:  On 9/13/14 at 7:28 pm, Trooper First Class Oles stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Wentworth Nursery in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  The driver, William H. Burns 3rd, 27, was observed dropping a syringe out of the window onto the roadway.  The syringe was located. Burns, and his passengers, Thomas C. Fisher, 45, and Nichole D. Hobar, 33, all of Lusby, were all arrested and charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.  They were incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 9/13/14 at 11:40 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Church St. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  The odor of raw marijuana was emitting from the passenger side of the vehicle.  The passenger, Steele C. Chatel, 19 of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  He was transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.
 
DUI & Possession of Marijuana:  On 9/14/14 at 7:36 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 prior to Cove Point Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations.  The odor of alcohol was emitting from the breath of the driver.  Kevin D. Garrett Jr., 27 of Lexington Park, was unable to complete a field sobriety test satisfactorily and was arrested for DUI.  A search incident to arrest revealed marijuana.  Garrett was driving on a revoked/suspended license.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
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Update On Man Killed In Town Creek Accident


The deceased is identified as Kevin Kiandre Lawrence Powell, age 22, of Lexington Park. The Volkswagen was operated by a male, age 36, of Clements. The Chevrolet Suburban was operated by a female, age 53, of Lexington Park.
 
Original Press Release:
Lexington Park, Maryland - On September 11, 2014 at approximately 7:40 PM, deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Town Creek Drive in the area of Dent Drive. The preliminary investigation conducted by Deputy Bowen indicated a male, age 22, wearing all dark clothing was operating a motorized minibike on Town Creek Drive without lights. A Volkswagen passenger vehicle traveling on Town Creek Drive struck the minibike, ejecting the driver. A Chevrolet Suburban, traveling in the opposite direction on Town Creek Drive, then struck the driver pinning him under the vehicle. Fire and EMS extricated the driver and he was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries by MSP Trooper 7.  Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  
 
At approximately 2:00 AM, the Sheriff's Office was notified the driver had died from his injuries. The name of the driver will be released pending notification of the next of kin. 
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office requests anyone who may have witnessed the accident, who has not already been interviewed, contact Corporal W. Watters at 301.475.4040. Case #48912-14
 
Additional details will be released as they are developed. 
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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief


During the week of September 8 through September 14 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,364 calls for service throughout the community.  
Citizens with information on the following 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.
 
Burglary Case #14-51272:
On September 9 at 11:20 a.m. DFC M. Velasquez arrested Michael Peter Trybus, 18, of Lusby, and charged him with one count each of first, third and fourth degree burglary. Trybus was observed by a neighbor of a home on Buckskin Court in Lusby hanging around the outside of the home and then could be seen inside the house.  DFC Velasquez responded to the call and saw a suspect matching the description given running down the street.  He stopped and made contact with the suspect, who was then identified as Trybus. The homeowner arrived and stated that nothing appeared to be missing.
 
CDS Violation Case #14-51771:
On September 11 at 11:00 p.m. Dep. M. Trigg observed a vehicle drifting in and out of its lane while traveling northbound on Md. Rt. 4 near Traskers Blvd. and conducted a traffic stop at Auto Drive.  He found the driver, Eugene Holmes, Jr., 37 of Upper Marlboro, to be in possession of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.  He was charged with possession of K2/Spice (Scooby Snax) and rolling papers.
 
CDS Violation Case #14-51984:
On September 12 at 10:26 p.m. Dep. C. Idol was patrolling the Prince Frederick Food Lion parking lot when a minivan, driving at a high rate of speed, drove toward him in the officer’s lane, then swerved back into the correct travel lane and passed the officer.  Idol conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle behind the Prince Frederick Library on Costley Way.  The driver, Christopher Dylan Hinds, 19 of Huntingtown, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; a smoking device.
 
Theft Case #14-52100:
Someone stole a ten foot aluminum boat from the boat rack at Lake Lariat in Lusby between July 15 and August 15.  The boat has a black saw tooth pattern and the initials KM painted on the underside.  It is valued at $500.  Dep. J. Buck is investigating.
 
Theft Case #14-52108:
A black Trail Star trailer, measuring 4 feet by 8 feet with a green and black Honda Foreman 500 All-Terrain Vehicle on it, was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 11600 block of Big Sandy Run Road in Lusby.  The trailer and ATV are valued at $4,900. The trailer has a Virginia license plate.  Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC G. Gott at 410-535-2800.
 
Attempted Burglary Case #14-52233:
Cpl. M. Naecker is investigating an attempted burglary at a home in the 3300 block of Woodridge Avenue in Port Republic that occurred between August 29 and September 13. Someone cut the screens on the home’s windows and broke a door latch on the front porch.  It does not appear that entry was made into the home or that anything was stolen.
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Public Demonstration of Proposed Voting Systems for Maryland's 2016 Elections


Annapolis, Maryland (September 15, 2014) – Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Maryland State Board of Elections, in cooperation with the University of Baltimore, will conduct a public demonstration of voting systems being considered for use in 2016 and beyond. The public demonstration will be take place from 2:00 to 7:00pm in the first floor main lobby of the University of Baltimore’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Learning Commons located at 1415 Maryland Avenue in Baltimore. 
The public demonstration will feature voting systems developed by Election Systems & 
Software, LLC (ES&S), Everyone Counts, Inc., and Hart InterCivic Inc. Each system produces a paper record that can be read by precinct-based optical scanners, as required by legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2007.
In 2007, Maryland amended Section 9-102 of the Election Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The amended statute requires that any voting system certified by the State Board of Elections provide a voter-verifiable record capable of being used in later audits or recounts, however, this amendment was contingent on funding. The State Board of Elections expects to have the funds to procure the new voting system and implement it in time for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. The current touchscreen system, a proven system that will be used again in the 2014 Gubernatorial General Election 
and for any 2015 special elections, could not be modified to produce a voter-verifiable record.
Marylanders interested in trying out and learning about the voting systems under consideration should plan to attend this free public demonstration. No reservations are required. Participants may submit comments about the proposed voting systems.
The building is accessible for people with disabilities. Visit UB’s website (www.ubalt.edu) for directions and parking information.
For more information, contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-8683 or email 
info.sbe@maryland.gov.
The 2014 Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Early voting starts Thursday, October 23rd and runs through Thursday, October 30th. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov for more information on voting in Maryland.
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief


9-12-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides in the 26000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his shed by breaking a window and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy McCuen. Case #48902-14
 
9-12-14 BURGLARY to MOTOR VEHICLE -  A victim, who resides on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) broke a window out of her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open. Case #49040-14
 
9-12-14 ASSAULT - A female victim reported she was standing outside on Manon Way in Lexington Park, when an unidentified male suspect fired several shots from a handgun. The victim was struck in the arm. She was transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Case remains open and is assigned to Detective Merritt. Case #49132-14
 
9-13-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Alton Lane in California, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open.  Case # 49059-14
 
9-13-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Kingfisher Court in Great Mills, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open. Case #49179-14
 
9-13-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Ark Court in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open. Case #49196-14
 
9-14-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Mechanicsville Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his she and stole property. Case remains open. Case #49381-14
 
9-14-14 THEFT - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) stole the rear Maryland registration plate from her vehicle. Case is suspended. Case #49390-14
 
9-15-14 ROBBERY - A male victim, age 39, was walking near Queen Anne Park Apartments on Great Mills Road, when several male suspects approached him. The victim was assaulted and suspects stole US currency from him. The victim was flown to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Case remains open. Case #49441-14
 
9-15-14 ROBBERY - 3 victims were inside a residence located on King Drive in Mechanicsville when 2 suspects entered armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money then fled the scene. Case remains open. Detective Merritt responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Case #49489-14
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Bedbugs Found In The Offices Of Maryland Department Of The Environment


The Maryland Department of the Environment is giving some employees the day off after bedbugs were discovered in a portion of the agency's headquarters building in Baltimore.
 
Agency spokesman Jay Apperson says employees who work on one floor of the building were granted administrative leave for Monday. The agency is conducting a comprehensive inspection to ensure all areas infested with bedbugs have been identified.
 
Apperson says the agency will remain open for business Monday.
 
Bedbugs were discovered in a portion of the headquarters building in late August. Apperson says the agency retained an exterminator to treat the office building.
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St. Mary's County Health Department Reminds Residents About Vibrio Precautions


LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 12, 2014) – Vibriosis (“vibrio”) is a rare but potentially dangerous infection associated with swimming in natural waters, particularly warm bodies of salt or brackish water such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Maryland averages approximately 25 cases of vibrio infection each year.
 
Vibrio may cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater. These infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. In some people vibrio may then infect the blood stream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness. This illness may be characterized by fever, chills, decreased blood pressure, and blistering skin lesions. While healthy people also can get sick, people with compromised immune systems may be at higher risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications.
 
There are steps that can be taken to avoid this bacterial infection:
 
Wait at least 48 hours after a significant rain event before swimming, and then swim in open waters. Rain events often create high bacteria counts in natural waters due to storm water runoff.
Use caution and avoid swimming when the natural water temperatures rise past 80 degrees.
Avoid swimming in natural waters if your immune system is compromised, if you have an infection, or if you have existing cuts or sores.
If you are injured while swimming (e.g., cut your skin while crabbing, get scraped by a shell or sharp object), thoroughly wash the wound when you get out of the water.
Shower thoroughly after swimming and make sure your hands are washed before eating anything.
Wear gloves when handling raw shellfish or crabs and their drippings.
Keep open cuts and sores away from raw shellfish or crabs, their drippings, and coastal waters.
Do not eat raw or undercooked shellfish or crabs. Cook these items completely and throw away shellfish that do not open during cooking. Vibrio vulnificus bacteria are not a result of pollution so, although oysters should always be obtained from a reputable source, eating oysters from “clean” waters or in restaurants with high turnover does not provide protection. Only heat can destroy the bacteria.
Symptoms of vibrio can start from 12 to 72 hours after exposure. If you notice any symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain after eating shellfish or crabs, or if there is increased swelling, redness, pain, or blistering at the site of a cut or sore after swimming in natural waters, see a health care provider immediately.
 
For more information about vibrio, visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/vibrio
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Rating Agencies Affirm Charles County's High Bond Ratings


The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Services affirmed high ratings for the county's general obligation bonds. Moody's Investors Service assigned an "Aa1" rating, and Fitch Ratings assigned Charles County's general obligation bonds an "AAA" rating, the highest rating issued by the agency.
 
On Aug. 12, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service announced Charles County’s rating on its generation obligation bonds raised from “AA ” to “AAA” with a stable outlook.  “AAA” is the highest of Standard & Poor’s bond ratings. 
 
Moody's Investors Service's Sept. 11 report stated, “The Aa1 rating reflects the county's satisfactory financial position, characterized by comprehensive fiscal policies and planning; satisfactory fund balance levels; and an affordable debt position. The rating also factors in the ongoing expansion of the county's economic and employment base, prospects for continued growth in the science and technology sector, and above-average socioeconomic factors.”
 
In a report dated Aug. 28, Fitch Ratings identified the county's healthy debt profile and its narrow yet stable and wealthy economy as key rating drivers. According to the report, Charles County’s economy “benefits from the presence of a naval research facility as well as a location proximate to the employment centers of Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia.”
 
Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly said, “We have worked so hard to maintain sound fiscal policies. It is gratifying the county’s bonds to continue to be so highly rated. Fitch and Moody’s affirmation of our bond ratings is yet again a demonstration of Charles County’s fiscal strength.”
 
“In the last eight years, Charles County has improved from not having a “AAA” rating, to earning “AAA” designations from two of the three agencies. This is testimony to the fact that we are mindful of every dollar entrusted to us by our citizens,” said Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3). “Bond ratings of this caliber confirm the decisions made during the budget process were the right ones, and these ratings will translate into lower interest on county loans.”
 
Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1) said, “This is additional validation that our policies are being recognized for their fiscal responsibly. Positive conclusions by the bond rating agencies are good news for our citizens.”
 
“These ratings affirm our continued high standards and above-average fiscal policy.  They are tangible recognition of tough budgetary decisions. For our citizens, this equates to savings,” said Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2). “I’m glad I had the opportunity to represent our county before these agencies at the budget presentation in New York.”
 
“This is great news for Charles County. The reaffirmed approvals keep Charles County in a select group of counties that have achieved such high bond ratings,” said Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4). “Thank you to our excellent staff in the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services for their hard work and solid recommendations.”
 
“The confirmation of our excellent bond ratings is a professional evaluation of many factors within Charles County, such as our economy, debt structure, financial condition, demographics, and management practices.  The ratings continue to show the financial markets that our bonds are a good investment. The ratings should also help us receive lower interest rates on the long-term debt that we incur in order to fund our infrastructure needs throughout the county,” said David Eicholtz, director of the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services.
 
During the week of July 16, county officials met with bond rating experts who reviewed the health and stability of the county based on budget management, external audits, financial management, and economic development. Bond proceeds will be used to fund various capital projects for the Board of Education, water and sewer system, stormwater system, and road maintenance.
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Supervisor Of Special Education Announced For St. Mary's Public Schools


LEONARDTOWN, MD - Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, announces the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its meeting of September 10, 2014.
The Board appointed Ms. Carrie Smith as Supervisor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education.  Ms. Smith is currently the Instructional Resource Teacher for Special Education Compliance with St. Mary's County Public Schools.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and a Master’s degree from Walden University.  Ms. Smith joined St. Mary's County Public Schools in August 2001.
The Board also appointed Ms. Kimberley McEligot as Pupil Personnel Worker in the Department of Student Services.  Ms. McEligot is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Town Creek Elementary School.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s degree from Towson University.  Ms. McEligot joined St. Mary's County Public Schools in August 2000.
These appointments become effective Monday, September 15, 2014.
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Gas Prices "Fall" into September


The Week
Ahead of the switch over to cheaper winter-blended fuel on Monday, September 15, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.41 per gallon for Friday, down three cents from the previous week.  Friday’s average price is also six cents lower than one month ago and 14 cents lower than year ago prices.  The national average has remained under $3.50 per gallon for 40 consecutive days (through 9/12).
 
The national average price for retail gasoline historically declines in the weeks after Labor Day, due to the end of the summer driving season and ample supply.  September also marks the start of refineries beginning their yearly transition to producing a winter-blend of gasoline.  This blend is cheaper to make because it does not need to meet emissions requirements that are in place in many areas to prevent pollution when temperatures are warmer.  Motorists usually enjoy cost savings during this period; however, geopolitical instability, hurricanes or events that disrupt production could still cause temporary spikes in regional prices in the coming months. 
 
Global markets have kept a wary eye on geopolitical unrest, particularly in Ukraine and Iraq. However, these developments have had little impact on supply and subsequently the retail price of gasoline. News last week of a possible ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine put further downward pressure on oil prices. Also driving the commodity’s downward momentum is cooling global demand, combined with continuing growth in U.S. production that partly offsets worries about supply disruptions amid turmoil surrounding the Middle East and Russia.  On Thursday, crude oil settled below $100 per barrel again for the sixth consecutive week at $92.83.  As of Friday late morning, the commodity continued to trade in the $92 per barrel range.
 
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in its weekly report that crude oil inventories fell by 970,000 barrels to 358.6 million barrels.  Gasoline stocks rose 2.4 million barrels to 212.4 million barrels.  Gasoline demand fell almost 900,000 bpd to 8.611 million bpd last week.  The last time gasoline demand was that low was during the week ending April 11, 2014.  However, the latest level is approximately even with a year ago, as is the current four-week average for gasoline demand (8.992 million bpd currently versus 8.983 million bpd a year ago).
 
The Weekend
“The good news for motorists is that gasoline prices typically fall after Labor Day, as the end of the summer driving season reduces demand and the nation stockpiles oil,” said Ragina Cooper-Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “September also marks the start of refineries beginning their yearly transition to producing cheaper winter blends of gasoline.  We expect retail prices to inch downward in the coming weeks.  However, AAA warns that geopolitical instability, hurricanes or events that disrupt production could still cause temporary spikes in prices this fall.”
 
The Week Ahead
Gasoline demand and prices generally fall in September through the end of the year as people drive less and because refineries can produce less expensive winter-blend gasoline.  In its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the EIA projects U.S. regular gasoline retail prices will continue to decline to an average of $3.18 per gallon in December, 12 cents lower than projected in last month's STEO.  EIA expects U.S. regular gasoline retail prices, which averaged $3.51/gal in 2013, to average $3.46/gal in 2014 and $3.41/gal in 2015, 4 cents lower and 6 cents lower than last month's STEO, respectively.
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Vision 2020 Program Applications Available Oct. 1


Charles County Vision 2020 Program applications will be available starting Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the 2015 selection process.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS/CCVision2020 or call 301-934-0100 for program and application information.
 
The Charles County Vision 2020 Program is designed to help Charles County residents improve their quality of life as it relates to health, education, transportation, housing, and employment. By working with an assigned caseworker, who will provide support and referrals, program participants will work toward achieving their goals and moving away from recurring economic crises into sustainable and independent living conditions.
 
Applications are also available at the Department of Community Services building, 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco. 
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More Drug Arrests In St. Mary's County


Detectives identified Joshua Alan Moore (Age 25 of Mechanicsville) as a distributor of various prescription medications. An investigation was initiated and as a result a search and seizure warrant was obtained. Detectives observed Suspect Moore during a drug transaction in the Bushwood area and executed the search warrant. 
A prescription for “Xanax” was recovered from the suspect. It had been filled the previous day for 120 pills, but had only 5 pills remaining. In addition to those pills, multiple “Hydromorphone” pills were seized along with cash and two cellular phones. Additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz against Suspect Moore and others.  
 
James Richard Nelson (Age 32 of Upper Marlboro, Md.) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute” and “Possession of Marijuana”. 
 
Mark Anthony Buckler (Age 32 of Leonardtown, Md.) was identified by detectives as a distributor of “Oxycodone” and as a result of an investigation into his criminal activity, a search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed on his Leonardtown home. “Suboxone”, marijuana, numerous handguns and a cell phone were recovered. Suspect Buckler was arrested and additional charges are pending a review by State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. 
 
Brain Patrick Sweeney (Age 22 of Hollywood, Md.) was indicted and arrested after detectives made several undercover purchases of “liquid morphine” from him.  Suspect Sweeney was originally held without bail.  
 
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Man Killed In Town Creek Accident


Lexington Park, Maryland - On September 11, 2014 at approximately 7:40 PM, deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Town Creek Drive in the area of Dent Drive. The preliminary investigation conducted by Deputy Bowen indicated a male, age 22, wearing all dark clothing was operating a motorized minibike on Town Creek Drive without lights. A Volkswagen passenger vehicle traveling on Town Creek Drive struck the minibike, ejecting the driver. A Chevrolet Suburban, traveling in the opposite direction on Town Creek Drive, then struck the driver pinning him under the vehicle. Fire and EMS extricated the driver and he was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries by MSP Trooper 7.  Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  
 
At approximately 2:00 AM, the Sheriff's Office was notified the driver had died from his injuries. The name of the driver will be released pending notification of the next of kin. 
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office requests anyone who may have witnessed the accident, who has not already been interviewed, contact Corporal W. Watters at 301.475.4040. Case #48912-14
 
Additional details will be released as they are developed. 
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Emergency Services Equips Ambulances with Mobile Devices


The Charles County Department of Emergency Services received a grant for $121,000 to acquire mobile tablets for every county ambulance.  The addition of this state-of-the-art mobile technology will enhance patient care and accountability.
 
In September 2013, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems (MIEMSS) selected the Charles County Department of Emergency Services’ EMS Division as the lead agency for testing the Health Care (HC) Standard® Patient Tracking System on a single technology platform.  Following months of field testing, the EMS Division recommended a mobile tablet solution as the most appropriate platform for HC Standard®. 
 
Communications is the most vital component in effectively managing and accounting for patients and resources during routine daily incidents as well as mass casualty or disaster events. The statewide implementation of the HC Standard® Mobile Patient Tracking System is Maryland’s solution. The new system integrates patient care reporting, computer-aided dispatch interface, and patient tracking, while ensuring full Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance into a single device. 
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief


TIP TO STUDENT CRIME SOLVERS LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF WEAPON AND DRUGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS: On Sept. 10 at 8:40 a.m., a school resource officer at Thomas Stone High School received a tip through the Student Crime Solvers program that a student was possibly in possession of a gun which was reportedly in his book bag. After investigating further, administrators and officers found a gun in the bag, which turned out to be an Airsoft gun – something that resembles a handgun but shoots small pellets. In addition, two small bags of suspected marijuana were also found inside the book bag. The student, a senior, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Cpl. J. Cooney investigated.
 
DETECTIVE LINKS SUSPECTS TO THEFTS FROM AUTOS AND STOLEN ATM CARDS: Detective D. Savoy of the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division has charged two men in connection with at least four thefts and fraudulent use of ATM cards. In April, two cars parked in the parking lot of the Hiker/Biker Trail at Livingston Road were broken into and unknown suspects stole items including an ATM card. Later that day, two cars parked at the St. Ignatius Church on Chapel Point Road were broken into while the victims were attending church services. In those cases, witnesses recalled seeing a small white pick-up truck. Several weeks later, PFC J. Hatfield initiated an unrelated traffic stop of a white pick-up truck and noted similarities between the vehicle’s occupants and the description of the suspects in the thefts. Det. Savoy followed up on Officer Hatfield’s leads and subsequently linked the suspects to the thefts. The suspects used the stolen ATM cards to withdraw cash and to purchase gas and other items totaling $1300.  James Thomas Abell, Jr., 28, of Nanjemoy and Christopher Glenn James, 25, of La Plata, were charged with theft and destruction of property.
 
ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED: On Sept.  10 between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., officers responded to the area of St. Linus Drive for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told officers he was walking down the road when two males approached in a black car, pointed a gun at him and then stole his money. The victim said the suspects were black males in their late teens or early twenties. One suspect was wearing dark clothing and had tattoos. The other suspect had a light complexion and had a beard. Officer A. Coulby is investigating.
 
STOLEN ATV AND TRAILER: On Sept. 9 at 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the 6900 block of Heather Bryans Road in Marbury for the report of a theft. The victim said unknown suspect(s) were driving a dark colored truck and stole his white 2001 Wells Cargo trailer which contained a black 2006 Yamaha Banshee four- wheeler. The trailer was stolen from the front of the victim's residence and was witnessed by a neighbor who was unaware it was being stolen at the time. There is also a shed to the rear of the residence that the suspect(s) broke into. At this time it is unknown if any property was stolen from the shed. Officer R. Smith 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. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
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Charles County Detectives Looking For Fugitive Thief (Photo)


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Samantha Lee Hamilton, 26, of Waldorf. Hamilton currently has an outstanding warrant charging her with failing to appear in court on a felony theft charge. Hamilton is 4’11”, 110lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes.  
    
Anyone with information about Samantha Lee Hamilton’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesovlers.com.  
 
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Board Increases GPA, Attendance Rules For Sports, Clubs


The Charles County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously voted to increase grade and attendance requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities and athletics.
 
The new requirements take effect next school year, but students’ grades the second semester of this school year will impact their eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities in the fall of 2015. The new rules require students to maintain a 2.25 grade-point average with no failing “F” grades to participate in any extracurricular activity, including sports. Additionally, students may not be absent more than 9.5 days in the previous semester.
 
The change raises the standards from a 2.0 grade-point average and takes effect with the 2015-16 school year. Incoming ninth graders are no longer automatically eligible to participate in fall sports or clubs the first semester; the student’s second semester grades in eighth grade will determine eligibility. Students promoted from fifth to sixth grade are automatically eligible to participate the first semester.
 
Currently, students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 and receive no more than one failing grade per quarter in order to participate in extracurricular activities.
 
The Board also approved the following eligibility guidelines:
 
·         Eligibility for fall extracurricular activities will be based on a student’s second semester grade-point average at the end of the previous year.
 
·         Eligibility for winter extracurricular activities will be based on a student’s second semester grade-point average at the end of the previous year.
 
·         Eligibility for spring extracurricular activities will be based on a student’s first semester grade-point average.
 
·         If a student receives a failing grade in any quarter, they are ineligible for the remainder of the season and semester. Students cannot gain eligibility at interim.
 
·         Any student who receives a failing grade for the semester is ineligible for participation for the following semester.
 
·         Students academically ineligible at the end of the second semester cannot regain eligibility by enrolling in summer school.
 
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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New Traffic Pattern on Armory Road in Prince Frederick Begins Sept. 17


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – A new traffic pattern along the Armory Road corridor in Prince Frederick will take effect Wednesday, Sept. 17, as the road improvement project for Armory Road and Dares Beach Road nears the end of its third phase.
This phase requires a traffic pattern change at the intersection of Fairground and Armory Roads. Under this phase traffic movements will be as follows:
·         The intersection of Dares Beach and Armory Roads will continue in the roundabout pattern.
·         Access to and from the old portion of Armory Road (Monnett Court) will be from Dares Beach Road ONLY.
·         Through traffic between Main Street and Dares Beach Road will NOT be in effect as Armory Road will be closed north of Fairground Road and south of Monnett Court.
·         Fairground Road will be open between Dares Beach Road and Armory Road.  Traffic traveling south on Fairground Road will only be able to turn left onto Armory Road.
Portable message boards will be located prior to this date to provide advance notice to motorists who utilize this area. It is estimated that this traffic pattern will remain in effect for approximately three weeks.
As part of the road improvement project, enhancements will include new sidewalks, wider shoulders, pedestrian lights and a traffic circle at the intersection of Armory Road and Dares Beach Road. 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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Malicious Burning Charge in Hollywood


ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD – On September 10, 2014 around 2:30 p.m., the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office served Carl Knott, age 57, with a Criminal Summons for Malicious Burning, Second Degree. The charges stem from a fire on Saturday, September 6th around 7:55 p.m. Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the area of Jetson Lane and Brown Road in Hollywood for a reported vehicle fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the RV camper fire within five minutes. 
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and determined the fire to have been intentionally set. A subsequent investigation determined the owner, Carl Knott, intentionally set his RV camper on fire. Damages to the property were estimated to be $1,000.
If convicted, Knott could face up to 18 months of imprisonment and/or $500 in fines. 
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