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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the Outlying
Field Webster are advised that low-level tower fly-by testing events are scheduled to take place in
the afternoon on March 29. Test events will take about an hour and could occur anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. These low-level jet aircraft flight operations are required in order to conduct
calibration testing with ground based equipment. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
 

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On March 25, 2017, at approximately 2:18 am, patrol units from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Loveville Road in the area of Lenny Penny Lane in Loveville, Maryland. Deputies located a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck in the roadway.  The operator, Franklin Irvin Bowles, age 27 of Loveville, was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel.
The St. Mary’s County Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation. The initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling northbound on Loveville Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the centerline and left the roadway.  Upon leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a tree and fence. 
At this time, speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. 
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Corporal Brandon Foor at 301-475-4200, ext. *2265. 

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On March 24, 2017, at approximately 5:10 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Garrett Trailer Park on Great Mills Road for what was believed to be an unexploded ordinance.
 
The investigation revealed a subject was oystering near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station when they dredged the ordinance out of the river and then transported it to a friend’s residence located in the Garrett Trailer Park. The ordinance displayed visible markings which read “Contact Military or Police” and “Contains Hazardous Materials.” 
 
For precautionary measures, residents were evacuated out of the neighborhood and at a nearby business while deputies made contact with the proper authorities at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The authorities identified the item as an underwater marker/buoy and advised the item posed no threat. Deputies maintained the scene until personnel responded and reclaimed the buoy.
 
Residents returned to their homes and emergency services personnel cleared the scene. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks the residents of the Garrett Trailer Park for their patience and cooperation.

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On March 24 at approximately 4:15 a.m., officers with the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit responded to the 11400 block of Edge Hill Road in Newburg for the report of a single-vehicle accident. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle, which had gone down an embankment and overturned. The vehicle had five occupants, two females and three males. Four of the occupants were flown out to area hospitals, and one occupant was transported by ground to a nearby hospital. All five occupants are expected to survive. Initial investigation reveals that the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer. It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor. Pfc. C. Collins is investigating.
 

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In November of 2015, Thomas Austin Goldring III, aka “Junk,” age 37, of Lexington Park, was indicted by a grand jury for distribution of crack cocaine. Goldring failed to appear in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County reference these charges in February 2017, resulting in two active warrants for his arrest.
 
On March 22, 2017, detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Division observed Goldring as a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in Lexington Park. Detectives approached the vehicle and identified themselves as police with badges clearly visible. Goldring immediately instructed the vehicle’s operator, later identified as Stanley Albert Gange, age 67, of Upper Marlboro, to flee the area in an attempt to elude detectives. The vehicle began accelerating towards a detective, who had to take immediate action to avoid being struck. To stop the vehicle, deputies had to break into the front side of the driver’s side window.
 
Gange and Goldring were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Through their investigation, detectives also discovered Goldring attempted to hide approximately 20.9 grams (street value of $2,091) of suspected crack cocaine on the rear passenger side floorboard and beneath the rear passenger seat of the marked police cruiser. The in-car camera in the police cruiser captured Goldring moving around in an attempt to hide the drugs. 
 
Detectives also recovered over $2,000.00 in U.S. currency on Goldring during a search and a plastic bag containing approximately 6.2 grams (street value of $30) of suspected marijuana from inside the suspect’s vehicle.
 
Goldring was served the two warrants and charged with one count each of attempted First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, and CDS possession; not marijuana (crack cocaine). 
 
Gagne was charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault. 
 
Additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

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Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have released additional information relating to the domestic-related quadruple shooting that occurred on March 23. At 8:07 p.m., officers responded to 3305 Westdale Court in Waldorf for multiple calls for the sound of gunshots and a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a woman, 36, outside with multiple gunshot wounds. They received information that the shooter – the woman’s husband – was inside along with their two children.  Officers made a quick, tactical entry and immediately found the suspect, Carlton Goodwin, 37, of that address, deceased on the living room floor; a gun was beside him and he had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers continued searching the house and located the couple’s daughter, Laila Goodwin, 4, in an upstairs bedroom; she was deceased. Another daughter, Lashelle Goodwin, 17, was located in the upstairs bathroom suffering from several gunshot wounds. She was flown to a hospital where she later died. Their mother was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. The initial investigation revealed Goodwin shot his wife and daughters and then turned the gun on himself. Investigators are working to establish a motive, but at this time it is unclear what prompted the shootings. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.

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UPDATE ON QUADRUPLE SHOOTING / TEENAGER PRONOUNCED DECEASED:  The juvenile female who was shot during a domestic-related quadruple shooting on Westdale Court on March 23 was pronounced deceased late last night; she was 17-years-old. Her name, as well as the other victim and suspect’s name will be released when all next of kin have been notified.

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On March 23 at 9:04 a.m., officers responded to the area of Radio Station Road and Audie Lane in La Plata for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and an unloaded school bus. A preliminary investigation revealed the bus was traveling north on Radio Station Road and a Mazda was traveling south when the Mazda crossed the center line and struck the bus. Pfc. S. Miller arrived and observed the driver of the Mazda was unconscious and not breathing. He, along with Aaron Tyler – a Prince George’s County fire investigator who was in the area – began CPR until medics arrived. The driver, Cheryl Ophelia Mitchell, 56, of Clinton, was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. The two occupants in her car, a 25-year-old female and a 56-year-old male, were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was transported to CRMC as a precaution. The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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On March 23rd, 2017 at approximately 1:03 p.m. Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Prancer Court in Lusby for a report of a dog attack.  Deputies arrived within one minute of the initial call.  Deputies learned that a family friend was watching an 8 month old baby boy when the family dog attacked the baby.  Deputies observed the dog actively attacking the baby and had to shoot the animal in order to stop the attack.  Deputies immediately determined the baby was diseased from the attack.  
 

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CCSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING/HOMICIDE ON WESTDALE COURT: On March 23 at 8:17 p.m., officers responded to the 3300 block of Westdale Court, Waldorf, for the report of multiple shots fired. Upon entering the residence, officers located an adult male who was deceased. As officers further searched the townhome, they located a young female child who was also deceased, and two additional females, one who appeared to be a teenager and one adult, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both the teenage and adult females were flown out to an area hospital in critical condition. Officers also located a gun near the deceased man. This appears to be a domestic-related incident. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 932-2222<tel:(301) 932-2222> or (301) 609-6515<tel:(301) 609-6515>. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS<tel:1-866-411-TIPS>, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com<https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx>. A $1,000 cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. The victims' identities will be released once next of kin have been notified.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he will introduce a supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) on Friday, March 24, to provide additional funding to combat the state’s heroin epidemic, support education and economic development initiatives, and address public safety needs.
 
“I am very proud of the work our team has done on our FY 2018 budget and would like to thank our partners in the General Assembly who have helped move the budget along in the legislative process,” said Governor Hogan. “This supplemental budget will provide even more support for some of our administration’s most important priorities, including addressing the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic, improving education, encouraging economic development, and providing the necessary public safety services that Marylanders expect and deserve. We look forward to working with the legislature to ensure a smooth and timely passage as we enter the last few weeks of session.”
 
Among the items in the supplemental budget is $10 million to the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council to develop a broad range of evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing and treating the opioid crisis, provide grants to other state agencies and local governments, pursue enforcement strategies against drug traffickers, and prepare education and outreach efforts. Since recognizing and identifying Maryland’s growing opioid and heroin crisis three years ago during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, the Hogan administration has proactively addressed this epidemic, including in 2015, when the governor signed an executive order creating the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. This funding is the first installment of the $50 million over five years that the governor announced when he declared a State of Emergency for the crisis on March 1, 2017.
 
The governor’s supplemental budget will also provide an additional $2.6 million for higher education initiatives, including over $1.4 million for funding for community colleges and scholarships. The budget includes additional funding for job creation and economic development initiatives across the state, such as the Second Stage Business Incubator ($2.5 million), the Main Street Program for neighborhood revitalization through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development ($750,000), and the construction of the Delmarva Shorebirds Stadium ($980,000), as well as $3.7 million for the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program.
 
Additionally, the supplemental budget includes funding for critical public safety priorities, including $2 million for the Baltimore City Police Department. This funding will provide equipment necessary for the department to comply with the Department of Justice consent decree.

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03/08/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Deputy S. Shelko responded to the 41000 block of Jesse Drive in Mechanicsville, MD for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, Deputy S. Shelko met with the victim who advised he and the suspect, Nicole Elizabeth Pires, 44 of Mechanicsville, were involved in an argument that turned physical.  During the argument, the suspect who was found to be intoxicated allegedly scratched the victim’s neck with her fingernails.  Pires was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  Case #13133-17 
 
03/09/17 – Trespassing – Deputy T. Snyder responded to the Lexington Park Methodist Church in reference to the suspect William Joseph Goodwin, 50 of Lexington Park, on the property after being issued a “No Trespass Notice” by Deputy Snyder on March 8, 2017.  Goodwin was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property. Case #13330-17
 
03/09/17 – Affray/Disorderly Conduct/Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana – Deputy First Class V. Pontorno and Corporal J. Graves were in the area of 21000 Great Mills Road in  Lexington Park when they heard yelling coming from the parking lot in front of the Quick Stop.  Deputies observed the two suspects, James Brian Thompson, age 21, of Lexington Park and suspect John Eugene Otto, age 21, of Lexington Park, on the ground fighting.  The fight and yelling caused patrons from inside of the Quick Stop to exit the business to watch the altercation.  Corporal Graves pulled suspect John Otto off of suspect James Thompson, who in turn attempted to flee the scene.  After a brief foot pursuit, Deputy First Class Pontorno apprehended Thompson.  A search incident to arrest of Thompson revealed suspected marijuana residue, a grinder and suspected Alprazolam pills in suspect Thompson’s possession. The suspects, Otto and Thompson, were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  Thompson was charged with Affray/Disorderly Conduct/Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana.  Otto was charged with Affray and Disorderly Conduct. CCN #13378-17
 
03/10/17 – Violation of Protective Order – Corporal J. Stone responded to the 20000 block of Shadrick Street in Leonardtown, MD, for a reported disturbance.  Cpl. Stone's investigation revealed the suspect, Nicole Corine Underwood,  age 26 of Leonardtown, entered the victim’s home in violation of a final protective order issued by District Court Judge, Karen Chesser on January 24, 2017.  Underwood was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CCN #13141-17
 
03/10/17 – Violation of Protective Order – Deputy G. Muschette observed the suspect Francis Xavier Hill, age 21, of no fixed address, in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Muschette confirmed Hill had three open arrest warrants for Violation of Protective order and Burglary 4th Degree.  Deputy Muschette made contact with the suspect at an apartment on Great Mills Road and placed him under arrest for the warrants.  It was subsequently learned that the suspect was actively in violation of a protective order, which protected an occupant within the residence from contact with the suspect.  Hill was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Violation of Protective Order and served three outstanding warrants. CCN# 13468-17/5794-17/7559-17
 
03/10/17 – Burglary 4th Degree – Deputy J. Bare responded to a vacant residence in the 19000 block of Tippett Road in Lexington Park in an attempt to locate wanted suspect, Justin David Raley, 29 of Lexington Park.  Suspect Raley was wanted on six open warrants for Burglary 1st and 2nd Degree, Rogue and Vagabond, and Theft: Less $1000.  Upon arrival, deputies searched the vacant residence locating suspect Raley inside the home.  Deputies contacted the homeowners of the residence, who advised they had not given the suspect permission to be in the residence.  Raley was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary 4th Degree and served all outstanding warrants.  CCN # 13568-17/4323-17/62240-16/63695-16/9713-17/7894-17/7871-17
 
03/11/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Deputy First Class D. Potter responded to a residence in the 46000 block of Sell Drive in Lexington Park for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, one of the witnesses claimed to have been locked out of the residence by the victim and needed police assistance.  Suspect Kenneth Wayne Sullivan, 55 of Lexington Park, MD, intervened by taking ahold of the victim by the arms and moved the victim away from the door so the witness could enter.  Deputy First Class Potter determined there was no crime and left the residence.  The Sheriff’s Office received another call for a reported active disturbance within the residence.  Upon arrival, it was reported that the verbal altercation continued and escalated when suspect Sullivan threw a piece of hot pizza at the victim, striking the victim in the face. Due to the visible signs of injury to the victim, and obvious continuing course of conduct in the household, Sullivan was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CCN #13758-17 
 
03/13/17 – CDS Possession: Not Marijuana – Corporal. J. Stone responded to the area of Chancellors Run Apartments in Great Mills for a reported Domestic Assault.  Upon arriving, Cpl. Stone observed a vehicle leaving the scene at which time he attempted to stop the vehicle to ensure the occupants were not related to the domestic assault report. However, the vehicle refused to stop attempting to elude Cpl. Stone.  The vehicle subsequently stopped and Corporal Stone detained all occupants, making contact with the driver, suspect Alehandro Jerry Brown, 44 of Great Mills, MD.  Corporal Stone observed the suspect to have suspected white powder cocaine residue on the front of his black jacket and on the crotch of his jeans.  Sitting in the suspect's lap in plain view was a torn plastic baggie with suspected powder cocaine residue, as well.  Additionally, the investigation revealed the suspect did not possess a valid Maryland license and his license and privilege through the state of Georgia were suspended.  Brown was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance of Schedule II, to wit cocaine. CCN #14154-17
 
 
03/13/17 – Theft Less Than $1,000 – Deputy First Class A. Schultz responded to Walmart in California, MD for the report of a shoplifter in custody.  The investigation revealed that suspect Angela Lois Dias, 51 of California, MD was observed by Walmart loss prevention at a self-checkout register scanning only some of the items she had for purchase.  The suspect then walked past all points of sale and began to exit the store when she was confronted by loss prevention.  The suspect further emptied her purse of additional stolen items.   Dias was served a “Notice Not to Trespass” for Walmart and charged via Criminal Citation for Theft less than $1,000.  CCN # 14115-17

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On March 23, 2017 at approximately 12:51 a.m. Deputy Vincent O’Donnell observed a 2009 Dodge Charger in the area of Maryland Route 4 and Dares Beach Road.  Deputy O’Donnell identified the driver as Carlton Llewellyn Chase 3rd.  A check of his license revealed he was suspended and revoked.  Deputy O’Donnell attempted to stop the vehicle on Dares Beach Road in the area of Wilson Road.  The vehicle slowed down, but immediately made a U-turn and accelerated in a westbound direction.  The vehicle continued to Terrace Drive before doing another U-turn and accelerating in an eastbound direction.  The vehicle eventually turned onto Chesapeake Avenue at the end of Dares Beach Road.  The vehicle then left the roadway, did another U-turn, and rammed the police vehicle.  The vehicle was able to continue back to Dares Beach Road and continue towards Maryland Route 4.  Deputies were able to successfully deploy Stop Stix in the area of Goldstein Road.  However, the suspected continued to flee with two flat tires, intentionally swerving several times at other pursuing deputies.  Prior to reaching Maryland Route 4 an intentional pursuit intervention technique was utilized to end the pursuit.  Mr. Chase fled the vehicle and ran into the nearby woods.  He was apprehended a short distance later without incident.  
 
Mr. Chase has been charged with 1st and 3rd degree assault, obstruction and hindering, destruction of property, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, and other traffic offenses.  He as transported to the Calvert County Detention Center without incident.   Sheriff Mike Evans credits the training and professionalism of his deputies in the successful resolution of this very dangerous situation.    

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On March 21st, 2017 at approximately 12:20 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a residence on Old Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland for a report of a burglary in progress.  The homeowner advised he came home to find an intruder was inside his bedroom.  The homeowner chased the suspect from the residence.  The suspect was described as a mid-twenties white male, wearing blue jeans, and a grey hooded shirt.  He was seen running North on Old Bayside Road carrying a green backpack, and a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver, which was stolen from the residence.  He was last observed entering a silver small four door car.
 
A short time later a subject matching the description was observed a short distance away in the area of the Fastop in Chesapeake Beach.  When deputies arrived the suspect quickly entered the laundromat next to the Fastop and attempted to hide behind a dryer.  Deputies were able to apprehend him without further incident.  He was identified as Brandon Wayne Johnson of Culpepper Virginia.  Mr. Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Burglary 1st Degree, 3rd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary (dwelling), 4th Degree Burglary (theft), Malicious Destruction of Property, and Theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.  
 
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.  If you have any additional information please contact Detective Meggan Quinn at 410-535-2800 or quinnmj@co.cal.md.us.   
 

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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On March 23 at 12:07 a.m., an unknown suspect discharged a blank round on the second floor hallway of a building at 3495 Promenade Place in Waldorf.  Officers searched the area, but did not locate anyone. The motive is not known. Pfc.  R. Herbert is investigating. 
 
CAB DRIVER ROBBED: On March 23 at 4:15 a.m., officers responded to the 3500 block of Promenade Place in Waldorf after a cab driver called to report he had been robbed. Investigation showed the driver went to the address to pick up a fare. When he arrived, a lone male suspect entered the car, displayed a handgun and demanded money and the victim’s cell phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a black male, possibly in his early twenties, with a medium build, wearing blue jeans and a dark colored skull cap. Pfc. C. Curtis is investigating.
 
OFFICERS APPREHEND SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY CASE: On March 22 at 1:21 p.m., officers responded to the Smallwood Village shopping center in Waldorf for the report of an attempted robbery. Investigation showed the suspect approached the victim as she was walking in the parking lot and attempted to grab her purse from her. The victim was able to pull away and run. Officers located the suspect, Dorvay Dante Bell, 36, of Waldorf, and arrested him. He was charged with attempted robbery and is being held at the Charles County Detention Center. Officer R. Ondrish is investigating.
 
MAN CHARGED WITH DUI AND POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On March 22 at 10:54 p.m., officers responded to the 5300 block of Smith Drive in Indian Head for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located a running vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. Upon contact, officers immediately realized the driver was under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. Officers also found 7 grams of suspected powder cocaine, a scale, and small plastic baggies in the car. The driver, Paul Harley, 35, of Port Tobacco, resisted arrest but was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence and possession of narcotics. Officer V. Pancotti is investigating.

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(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland state troopers are beginning advanced domestic violence awareness training today in an effort to increase their understanding of all aspects of a domestic violence investigation and their knowledge of all services available to victims they encounter.
 
Provided by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, the advanced training will be required for all Maryland State Police employees holding the rank of trooper through sergeant who are assigned to the Field Operations Bureau.  Most of these troopers are assigned to State Police barracks and would be the first ones to respond to calls for service involving domestic violence.  Sergeants are usually the duty officers overseeing State Police response to such calls and would be responsible for making certain the trooper adhered to policy regarding domestic violence investigations.
 
“A situation involving domestic violence is dangerous for both the victim and the responding police officer,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said.  “It is vital that our troopers are aware of all the possible dangers for themselves and the victims.  Our goal is to bring the abuser to justice, while giving the victim every opportunity possible to end the cycle of violence and protect themselves and their children from further abuse.”
 
The 3.5 hour advanced training, being conducted today at Maryland State Police Headquarters, will include developing practical skills for on-scene interaction with domestic violence victims, as well as instruction for troopers on how to implement available options when responding to domestic violence calls.  The training also involves how to recognize signs of trauma in a domestic violence victim and how to interact with a victim in that situation.  Troopers will also be provided information about the research behind the lethality assessment screening and why those questions can provide an accurate prediction of risk for that domestic violence victim.
 
Maryland State Police supervisors from each of 23 barracks will be the first to receive the training today.  They will then be providing training and information to their subordinates at their respective barracks.  The advanced training is expected to be completed by all assigned personnel before the end of the year.
 
A domestic violence coordinator is currently assigned at each Maryland State Police barrack.  This individual, usually a criminal investigator, is responsible for reviewing all reports of domestic violence and conducting follow up on every investigation.  This includes additional photographing of victims 72 hours after the reported assault to ensure any evidence such as bruising that developed after the assault is noted and recorded.  The domestic violence coordinator is also to ensure the victim is reminded of available services and is provided any possible assistance.  This includes taking the victim to obtain a protective order or providing transportation to court, if needed.
 
All state troopers receive domestic violence investigation training beginning in the Police Academy.  Continuing training is provided during in-service school throughout a trooper’s career.  Mandated training, like that beginning today, is provided to Field Operations Bureau troopers on a regular basis.  All training is focused on ensuring Maryland state troopers are fully equipped to respond, assess, and react properly when dispatched to a domestic violence scene.
 
For more information about the lethality assessment program, visit mnadv.org.  Domestic violence coordinators are listed on the home pages of each Maryland State Police barrack.  Visit mdsp.maryland.gov and click on ‘barrack locations.’  Then, click on the closest barrack and find the domestic violence coordinator’s name, as well as resource information, in the lower right hand column.

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March 22, 2017 – Leonardtown, Md. - The St. Mary’s County Library had announced a program of sex education which evoked considerable comments and criticism on both sides of the topic. The
Library Board and Director immediately suspended implementation of that program until further
board discussion could be initiated and resident opinions could be fully heard. After careful
review and unanimous decision, the Library Board and the Library is not moving forward with a
program on sex education.
This decision is based on our concern for the polarization of the topic in our community. We
believe that any value to the proposed educational program would be smothered by diverse and
divisive positions. While many have come forward and objectively stated their views, regrettably,
the issue of sex education has been overwhelmed due to politicization: of disagreement on
content, of rancor over opposing opinions, of perceived homophobia, and of the questioning of
religious tenets. These issues go far beyond the capacity of the Library or any single institution to
address successfully; we plead for community unity and hope appropriate agencies and social and
educational organizations can help ameliorate underlying misperceptions and promote effective
community dialogue on sensitive matters in non-confrontational ways.
Finally, it is important to restate that the Library historically and currently offers programs that
are well received and attended. Our staff is knowledgeable of and supportive to all our customers.
We are confident in the future of St Mary’s County and our Library and look forward to changes in
our facilities, services, and resources to continue our support to residents.

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The Maryland State Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday, March 23, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in conference room 1 on the 8th floor beginning at 3:30 p.m.  
 
Board members will discuss Senate Bill 871/House Bill 978 Education - Accountability - Consolidated State Plan and Support and Improvement Plans (Protect Our Schools Act of 2017).  The discussion will take place via conference call.
 
The Public may attend in person to listen to discussion or call the WebEx conference call line as follows:
 
1-415-655-0045 
Meeting number (access code): 644 373 389
Meeting Password: 1234 (if prompted)
 

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Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin joined Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and John Delaney (all D-MD) in introducing a resolution honoring Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to medical research as part of Women's History Month.
 
Lacks, an African-American woman, died of cervical cancer in 1951. For more than six decades, her cells have been used by medical researchers in some of medicine’s most important breakthroughs, including the development of the polio vaccine, along with treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, leukemia and Parkinson’s disease.
 
“Some people’s contributions are measured by the number of lives they touched, and others by lives they saved. You can measure the contributions of Henrietta Lacks in both ways, and the totals will continue to increase far into the future, as more and more families are spared the loss of their loved ones owing to the medical advances that Ms. Lacks' cells enabled,” said Senator Cardin.  “Women’s history is American history, which is why I am proud to join with my colleagues during this Women’s History Month to celebrate the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.”   
 
“This resolution recognizes Henrietta Lacks for the lifesaving contributions her unique cells have made for medical research and millions of people across the world,” Senator Van Hollen said. “Mrs. Lacks' cells have been one of the most vital tools in developing treatments and cures for many diseases, from polio to Parkinson's disease. For too long her story went untold, and I'm honored to highlight her important contribution.”
 
“I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor Henrietta Lacks’ contributions to medicine and to the world,” Congressman Cummings said.  “I look forward to more Americans learning about the key role Mrs. Lacks’ cells have played in groundbreaking medical discoveries, including development of the polio vaccine, treatments for HIV/AIDS, leukemia, and Parkinson’s disease—improving the quality of life of millions of people around the world.”
 
“I can think of few Marylanders – or even Americans – more deserving of this recognition than Henrietta Lacks,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I am so proud of the life-saving contributions this Turner’s Station resident has made to medicine and society and that she will continue to make for generations to come. I encourage my colleagues to pass this resolution as quickly as possible as we honor women’s history month.”
 
“Henrietta Lacks made one of the most consequential contributions to the study of science and medicine,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “It’s an honor to introduce this resolution along with my Maryland delegation colleagues and recognize the groundbreaking and lifesaving medical advances that Ms. Lacks’ cells have paved the way for, including numerous vaccines and treatments for some of the world’s most debilitating diseases.”
 
“It is extremely important that we recognize Henrietta Lacks and make sure that her contributions are not forgotten,” Congressman Delaney said. “Outside of the spotlight, she made a lasting impact on American medicine, advancing medical research into devastating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, leukemia and Parkinson’s. I applaud Congressman Cummings for his work to raise awareness of Henrietta’s story and hope that this resolution can help more people learn about the difference she made.”
 
The Lacks family said, “The Lacks family is honored and grateful to pay tribute to our beloved Henrietta Lacks for Women's History Month. Our grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, is considered a trailblazer who has set the tone for the advancement of modern medicine.  It gives her family great pleasure knowing people here and afar celebrating, honoring and bringing awareness to her tremendous contribution to world.  Henrietta is among the many women have shaped our history and future for the better.  Know her-story!”
 
The House cosponsors of the resolution are Reps. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR),  Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Alma Adams (D-NC), John Lewis (D-GA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Robin Kelly (D-IL), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), David Scott (D-GA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Bobby Rush (D-IL).
 
Click here for a PDF of the resolution. The full text follows:
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman born on August 1, 1920, in Roanoke, Virginia, was raised by her grandfather on a tobacco farm in Clover, Virginia;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks married David ‘‘Day’’ Lacks in 1941 in Halifax County, Virginia, and they later moved to the Baltimore County, Maryland, community of Turner Station, to build a life for themselves and their five children: Lawrence, Elsie, David, Deborah and Joseph (Zakariyya);
 
Whereas in 1951 Henrietta Lacks at the age of 31 was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and despite receiving painful radium treatments, passed away on October 4, 1951;
 
Whereas medical researchers took samples of Henrietta Lacks’ tumor during her treatment and the HeLa cell line from her tumor proved remarkably resilient;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks died eight months after her cancer diagnosis, leaving behind her children, husband and ‘‘immortal cells’’ that would change the world;
 
Whereas HeLa cells were the first immortal line of human cells, doubling every 24 hours, dividing and replenishing indefinitely in a laboratory, and successfully growing outside of the human body for longer than 36 hours;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks’ cells were unique, growing by the millions, commercialized and distributed worldwide to researchers, resulting in advances in medicine;
 
Whereas the advances made possible by Henrietta Lacks’ cells and the revenues they generated were not known to her family for more than twenty years;
 
Whereas an estimated 50,000,000 metric tons of HeLa cells have been distributed around the world to become the subject of more than 74,000 studies;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks’ prolific cells continue to grow and contribute to remarkable advances in medicine, including the development of the polio vaccine, as well as drugs for treating the effects of cancer, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia, leukemia, and Parkinson’s disease;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks’ cells have been used in research that has contributed to our understanding of the effects of radiation and zero gravity on human cells;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cells have informed research on chromosomal conditions, cancer, gene mapping, and precision medicine;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks’ legacy has been recognized around the world through memorials, conferences, museum exhibitions, libraries, print and visual media;
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks and her family’s experience is fundamental to modern bioethics policies and informed consent laws that benefit patients nationwide by building patient trust and protecting research participants;
 
Whereas the Lacks family entered a groundbreaking, HeLa Genome Data Use Agreement in 2013 with the medical, scientific, and bioethics communities, giving them a role in regulating the HeLa genome sequences and discoveries;
 
Whereas Women’s History Month is celebrated in March to pay tribute to the many contributions women have made to the United States experience; and
 
Whereas Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells have made a significant contribution to global health, scientific research, quality of life, and patient rights: Now, therefore, be it
 
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress during Women’s History month—
 
(1) celebrates the life of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman who unknowingly changed the face of medical science, contributing to lasting, worldwide improvements in health;
 
(2) honors Henrietta Lacks as a hero of modern medicine for her contributions to the medical discoveries resulting from her HeLa cells, which helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the last century; and
 
(3) recognizes Henrietta Lacks’ legacy, which has contributed to developments in bioethics and patient rights that benefit all people in the United States.

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Washington, DC – Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following analysis of some of the impacts that the Trump budget would have on the Chesapeake Bay and the environment in Maryland:
 
“The budget cuts proposed by President Trump would seriously damage our efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and protect our environment. Its shortsighted cuts would damage Maryland’s economy – from the tourism and boating industry, to watermen working on the Bay, to the contractors who are helping make homes and businesses more energy efficient. We must stand together and fight for the Bay and our environment so that all those who value clean water, clean air, and our children’s future are protected from the Trump Administration’s assault on our environment.”
 
MARYLAND IMPACTS:
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be cut in Trump’s budget by more than a third, and it faces the deepest cuts of any agency. More than 50 EPA programs would be eliminated entirely, including:
·         Chesapeake Bay Program, which is central to the environment and economy of Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation found that we would see almost $130 billion in economic benefits if we fully implement our plan to clean-up the Bay
 
·         Climate change research being done in Maryland and across the country, despite the threat our state faces from sea level rise and warming of the Bay
 
·         Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, partnership programs, and related efforts
 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is based in Maryland, faces over $250 million in cuts to coastal and marine grants and programs, including:
·         Sea Grant Program would be eliminated, which supports the Maryland Sea Grant College. The College conducts important work like assisting oyster aquaculture businesses, developing science, technology, engineering, and math education initiatives, and conducting Bay research
 
 
The Department of Energy is facing a 5.6 percent cut, impacting programs focused on renewable energy innovation and energy efficiency. Specific program cuts include:
·         State Energy Program, which increases energy efficiency, reduces costs, improves reliability, and promotes economic growth. Since 2015, Maryland has received over $58 million in funding from this program
 
 
The Department of Agriculture’s water and wastewater loan and grant program would be eliminated.
·         This program invested $14.5 million in Maryland’s rural communities in FY16.

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