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On July 23, 2017, at approximately 8:02 pm, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a reported crash on the drag strip.
 
The investigation revealed, the driver, Thomas Albert Dunford, age 60, of Tazewell, Virginia was participating in a race at the Maryland International Raceway. For unknown reasons, it appears he failed to activate his breaks or parachute causing the dragster to travel through the sandpit, water barrels, and into the trees at the end of the track.
 
Medical emergency personnel pronounced Dunford deceased at the scene.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.  
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has additional information is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at 301-863-4816, ext. *1456 or by email, Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com.

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Annapolis, MD -– There's hope for rural communities in Maryland and beyond to grow and thrive, according to a researcher who says they need to take a counter-intuitive approach that focuses on how welcoming they are to older residents. Comments from Doug Griffiths, a consultant who calls himself a "community therapist." He is the co-author of "13 Ways to Kill Your Community."
It's often said that children are our future, but a researcher who has studied hundreds of rural communities argues that seniors are key to revitalization. Doug Griffiths, author of "13 Ways to Kill Your Community," stresses that older people have knowledge, time, experience and in some cases, wealth for their retirement – all critical elements to building a successful community. But towns might need to make some changes to help seniors thrive – from construction of low-maintenance condos or townhomes, to offerings as simple as starting a square-dancing club.
 
"Giving them a quality of life, making sure they have the things that they're looking for, will help your community. They'll spend that money locally, instead of going someplace else," says Griffiths.
Griffiths says seniors tend to believe strongly in volunteerism and need those opportunities as well. He adds Millennials are another important demographic for rural communities, since many aren't interested in the 80-hour workweeks and urban living that were hallmarks of "Generation X," and might appreciate the slower pace of small-town life.
 
While people often joke about Millennials posting pictures of their food on social media sites, Griffiths says that actually tells you something about their nature.
"They've realized that it's about living a little bit more in the moment – not for retirement, because some people don't reach retirement. And so, they're very community-focused – and with technology, they don't have to live in the city."
Griffiths says too many rural communities have been sabotaged by complacency. But he's convinced they can be revived with "little things," such as social activities; "big things," like investments in technology and housing; and strategies to attract businesses and encourage volunteerism.

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On Tuesday, August 1, from 6 pm-8 pm, neighborhoods throughout St. Mary’s County will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 34th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and will involve over 11,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.
 
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
 
Below is a listing of participating communities in St. Mary’s County. If you do not see your community listed and would like to sign up your community or obtain more information for next year, contact Corporal Angela Delozier at Angela.Delozier@stmarysmd.com.
 
Participating Communities:
Birch Way Community – California
Breton Bay Community – Leonardtown
South Hampton Community – Lexington Park sponsored by the Mediation Center of St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s Landing Apartments – Lexington Park
Town Creek – Lexington Park
Elizabeth Hills Community – California
St. Andrew’s Estates – California
Heard’s Estates – Great Mills
St. Joseph’s Community Center – Mechanicsville
Spring Valley Apartments – Lexington Park
Woodland Acres – California
Country Lakes – Mechanicsville
Leonard’s Freehold – Leonardtown
Lexington Village – Lexington Park
Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls – Mechanicsville
Persimmons Hill – Mechanicsville
Bay Ridge Estates – Lexington Park
Colony Square – Lexington Park
7th District Fire Department – Bushwood
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office welcomes the following “newbies” to National Night Out: Elizabeth Hills, St. Andrew’s Estates, and Heard’s Estates.
 
Connect with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office through social media @firstsheriff and by using the hashtag #NNO2017. We love to see and share your pictures! 

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A fatal overnight crash on Indian Head Highway stopped traffic in both directions for hours this morning. Two men were killed, police said. According to Prince George’s County police, two cars collided head-on in the southbound lanes of the highway at around 2:30 a.m. Friday, just north of Palmer Road. Both drivers, two adult males, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are not clear what may have led up to the crash or if the northbound car had crossed the median.
Both lanes of traffic were movie around 8 a.m.

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Severe storms may cause disruption in electrical service to our homes.  State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is cautioning citizens when using alternative light and electrical sources during power outages. “These easy to follow tips will help all Marylanders avoid injury or death during power outages,” said the State Fire Marshal. 
 
Use flashlights during power outages instead of burning candles.  Keep plenty of fresh       batteries on hand at all times.   If you prefer the look of candles, consider flameless battery         operated candles that offer the flickering light without the potential fire hazard.
If using candles, make sure they are placed on a stable piece of furniture in sturdy holders         that will not tip over. Candles should fit in the holders securely and the holders should be           made of material that will not burn. 
Keep candles away from anything combustible, such as; clothing, books, papers, curtains,         decorations or anything else that can burn. 
Do not place candles where they can be knocked over by children or pets.
Always extinguish all candles when leaving the room or before going to sleep. 
Never use candles, matches or lighters if medical oxygen therapy is used in the home. 
Charged solar landscape lighting can be brought indoors for temporary lighting as a safe and     effective alternative to candles.
Ensure burners on electric stoves are in the off position during a power outage and remove       any items from the stovetop to prevent unattended heating when the power is turned back on.                                                                                          
Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon   monoxide.  Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of       carbon monoxide exposure.
If you are depending on portable generators for electricity during power outages, use extreme   caution when refueling.  Fuel splashed on a hot muffler could ignite, causing severe burns and   serious injuries. 
Never attempt to refuel a generator while it is running.  Always allow the unit to cool before         attempting to refuel. 
Operate generators outside of the home and outside of garages.  Carbon monoxide gas           produced by operating generators is poisonous and can quickly cause severe injury or death.
Ensure placement of the generator does not allow carbon monoxide to enter the home               through windows, doors or other openings. 
      The State Fire Marshal offers one final tip that is just as important. “Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  These early notification devices are some of the most effective fire and life safety tools for preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning”.

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In response to complaints received by the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted an alcohol enforcement operation in the 45000 block of Alton Lane in California, Maryland (Jughead Liquors).
 
During the operation, an underage buyer entered the business and returned a short time later with alcohol. A description of the clerk who sold the alcohol to the underage informant was given to the investigating deputy. 
 
The clerk was identified as Donna Carol McMurray, age 58, of Great Mills. Upon contacting McMurray, the deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. As a result of the investigation, the store was closed for business.
 
McMurray was subsequently issued a criminal citation for the sale of an alcoholic beverage to an individual under the age of 21 years old and additional charges are pending a review with the alcohol beverage board.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place July 24 - 26, 2017 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs
are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, called “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is a complex skill, and requires intense periods of training. 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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ADULT ARRESTS
6/29/17 - Assault - Deputy A. Budd responded to the 21000 block of Canoe Neck Way in Abell for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Lorina Patricia George-Douglas, age 59, of Abell, assaulted the victim.  There were visible signs of injury.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where she was charged with both First and Second Degree Assault.   CASE# 33860-17
 
6/28/17 - Theft - Dep. C. Ball responded to a residence in the 21000 block of Scarborough Drive in Lexington Park in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed the suspect, Daniel Holley Dement, age 50, refused to return a victim's generator after he borrowed it.   On June 30, 2017, the suspect was arrested on an arrest warrant for the charges of Theft Less than $1000.00.  CASE# 33764-17
 
6/27/17 - Assault - Corporal W. Ray responded to the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive in Great Mills for a reported assault. Upon arrival, the investigation revealed the suspect, Sandra Lee Johnson, age 47, of Lexington Park, assaulted and damaged the victim’s vehicle.  The victim displayed visible injuries.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Property Destruction and Assault.  CASE #33639-17
 
6/30/17 - Burglary - On June 8, 2017,  Deputy M. Beyer responded to a reported burglary at Queen Anne’s Apartments in Lexington Park. The investigation revealed that items belonging to the Apartment complex had been stolen out of a storage shed.  Further investigation revealed the suspect, Maurice Delonte Stoney, age 50, Lexington Park, had pawned several of the stolen items at Pawn It.  Cpl. T. Teague arrested the suspect and charged him with Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft L/T $1000. CASE#30047-17
 
7/01/17 - Possession of CDS/Possession of Counterfeit Bills- Deputy J. Smith responded to the 30000 block of Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall for the reports of a suspicious person sleeping in a motor vehicle.  The investigation revealed the suspect,  Steven James Cave, age 20, Mechanicsville, was in possession of suspected CDS Marijuana, suspected CDS Not Marijuana as well as suspected Counterfeit US Currency.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession CDS Not Marijuana and Possession Forged Currency.  The suspect was also charged with the Possession of Suspected Marijuana on a Civil Citation.  CASE# 34342-17
 
7/01/17 - Assault - Deputy. J. Bare responded to the 45000 block of Baringer Drive in California for a reported assault.  The victim alleged, the suspect, Lawrence Wayne Cross, age 42, of California, assaulted the victim. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault.  CASE# 34482
 
7/01/17 - Disorderly Conduct - Deputy J. Bare responded to the area of Suburban Drive and Pleasant Drive in Lexington Park for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, the suspect, Ashley Lee Roberts, age 20, of Lexington Park, was found to be acting in a disorderly manner; screaming and yelling, punching trash cans, and disrupting others in the neighborhood. She was asked numerous times by officers on scene to cease her behavior.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order of a Law Enforcement Officer. CASE# 34457-17
 
7/01/17 - Assault - Deputy J. Bare responded to the 45000 block of Ketch Court for a disturbance at a party.  Upon arrival, he observed the suspect, Rasheehad Octavia Butler, age 18, of Charlotte Hall, assaulting the victim by striking her in the face with a closed fist.  The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault.  CASE#34329-17
 
7/02/17 - Possession - Deputy First Class D. Potter was on patrol on Midway Drive in Lexington Park when he observed a motorist perform a  traffic violation.  During the traffic stop, the suspect displayed signs of impairment, and a K9 scan was conducted with a positive alert to the presence of CDS.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Kevin Adam Howell, age 33, of California, was in possession of suspected CDS Crack Cocaine.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of CDS Not Marijuana and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.  CASE #34648-17
 
7/03/17 - Handgun Violation/Possession of CDS Not Marijuana - Deputy M. Beyer was on foot patrol in the area of Foxchase Apartments.  When Beyer approached a group in the area, one of them, suspect Travis Devon Floyd, age 29, of Great Mills, quickly took off running. Beyer gave chase and observed a silver gun fall from the suspect’s possession.  The suspect was taken into custody, and further investigation revealed the suspect was also in possession of suspected CDS: Not Marijuana.  The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of CDS Not Marijuana and Handgun on person.  CASE# 34706-17
 
JUVENILE ARRESTS
6/27/2017 - A 16-year-old female juvenile of Great Mills was arrested for Assault Second Degree by Deputy M. Beyer. CASE #33637-17
 
7/4/2017 - A 14-year-old male juvenile of Port Tobacco was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy S. Bowie.   CASE# 34985-17
 
7/05/17 - A 12-year-old male of California was arrested for Assault and Vandalism.  The juvenile was arrested by Deputy M. Byer.  CASE# 35255-17
 
CRIMINAL SUMMONS
 
6/24/17 - Troy Allen Jacobs,  age 24, of Lexington Park, was charged via Criminal Summons for CDS Possession of Paraphernalia, CDS Possession Not Marijuana.  Served by DFC V. Pontorno.
 
6/26/17 - Joseph Patrick Ellis, age 38, of unknown address, was charged via Criminal Summons for Theft Under $1000.00. Served by C. Edwards
 
ARRESTS
 
7/5/2017 – Theft – Deputy C. Edwards responded to the Walmart in California for a reported theft. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Michael David Bowen, age 44, of Lexington Park, only scanned a few items in his cart at the self-checkout station and exited the store without paying for the other items. He was issued a citation for Theft Under $100. CASE#35227-17
 
7/6/2017 – Theft – Deputy First Class D. Potter responded to the Walmart in California for a reported theft. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Bernadette Theresa Issacs, age 52, of Annapolis, exited the store without paying for merchandise. She was issued a citation for Theft Less Than $1000.  CASE#35414-17
 
7/9/2017 – Possession – Deputy S. Kerby responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of possession of contraband. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Corey Michael Bridgett, age 21, of Mechanicsville, conspired with an individual over the phone to bring him cigarettes during visitation hours. The cigarettes were found by Correctional Officer C. Luffey hid in the soap dispenser in the bathroom. Bridgett was charged with Possession of Contraband in place of Confinement and released back to the custody of the detention center. CASE#36004-17
 
7/8/2017 – Assault – Deputy A. Schultz responded to the 21000 block of Eric Road in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Thomas Carroll Gordon, Jr., age 35, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the throat and then proceeded to strangle the victim. The victim displayed visible injuries. Gordon was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#35670-17
 
ADULT ARRESTS
7/9/2017 - Assault -  Corporal J. Davis responded to a reported assault in the 22000 block of Archer Street in Leonardtown for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Scott Franklin Greenwell, age 48, of Leonardtown, had assaulted the victim leaving visible signs of injury.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault.  CASE #35995-17
 
07/10/17-Assault - Deputy B. Fennessey responded to the 25000 block of Briscoe Thompson Way in Hollywood for a reported assault.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Michael Miles Aud II, age 26, of Hollywood, had assaulted the victim leaving visible signs of injury.  The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault.  CASE #36257-17
 
07/10/17- CDS Violation - Deputy First Class D. Potter observed a traffic violation in the area of Midway and North Essex Drive in Lexington Park. Potter initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the operator of the vehicle, suspect Gregory Troy Taylor, age 31, of Lexington Park.  Suspected Marijuana was recovered from the vehicle.  Further suspected CDS was recovered and when officers attempted to place the suspect into custody, the suspect fled on foot.  He was apprehended and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of CDS, Possession of CDS Not Marijuana and issued a civil citation for the Possession of suspected Marijuana.   CASE #36281-17.
 
07/10/17 - Assault Second Degree/DOC Employee- Deputy M. Beyer responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported Assault on a correctional officer.  Upon arrival, the investigation revealed that Corrections Officers Fretwell and Edelen had been assaulted by suspect Cedric Richardo Williams, age 25, of Lexington Park.  Williams was charged with two counts of Assault 2nd/DOC Employee.  CASE # 36275-17
 
07/11/17-Assault Second Degree on an Inmate - Deputy K. Molitor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported Assault. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Jonathan Albert Anderson, age 27, Lexington Park, had assaulted the victim, Devin Eric Webb, age 30, of Mechanicsville.  Webb then assaulted the suspect by grabbing him in an inappropriate area.  Webb had visible signs of injury requiring medical treatment.   Webb was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree/DOC Emp., Sex Offense 4th Sex Contact.  Anderson was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree/DOC Emp. CASE #36325-14.
 
CRIMINAL SUMMONS
06/18/17-Rodney James Small, age 50, of Lexington Park, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault Second Degree.  Served by Cpl. J. Kirkner. CASE#28500-17
 
07/05/17-Diane Florine Pratt, age 21, of Lexington Park,  was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault Second Degree.  Served by Dep. C. Edwards. CASE#28500-17
 
07/09/17-Tavanee Dorothy Thomas, age 50, of Great Mills, was charged via Criminal Summons for Malicious Destruction of Property/Value Under $1000.  Served by Dep. S. Bowie. CASE#32283-17
 
07/07/17-Jared Vaughan Hardy, age 25, of Great Mills, was charged via Criminal Summons for Failure to Register Sex Offender/False Info.  Served by Cpl. G. Knott CASE#34170-17
 
07/10/17-Amber Nicole Queen, age 22, of Bushwood, was charged via Criminal Summons for:  CDS Possess Not Marijuana, 3 counts of CDS Possess Paraphernalia, and Prescription Obtain by Fraud.  Served by Cpl. J. Kirkner. CASE#29301-17
 
07/10/17-Alexa Taylor Smith, age 21, of Leonardtown, was charged via Criminal Summons for:  3 counts Theft Less Than $1000, Theft Less than $100, 2 counts Credit Card Receive Unlawfully.  Served by Dep. C. Edwards. CASE#21599-17

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will host a community blood drive on August 2, 2017. The drive will be held at The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office located at 23150 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown, MD. When you go the extra mile and give blood, you will receive a $5 eGiftCard after your attempted donation.
 
About 1 in 5 people entering a hospital needs blood, so donors are always in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations. By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.
 
The summer months often present a challenging time for the American Red Cross. 
 
You will make a lifesaving contribution that benefits accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, children with blood disorders and many others. If you have never donated blood, please consider doing so. Your donations are always in high demand.
 
To schedule an appointment to donate blood call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org or contact Melissa Emerson at 301-475-4200, ext. *1914 or by email, Melissa.Emerson@stmarysmd.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will perform routine maintenance to the MD 4 Bridge over the Patuxent River (Governor Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge) at the Calvert/St. Mary’s County line this weekend.  The repairs will necessitate crews to close one of two lanes and alternate traffic using a flagging operation Sunday between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The work is weather permitting.
 
The e-Road Ready 2017 electronic construction brochure is now available by clicking here.  The e-brochure highlights major road construction and maintenance projects in each Maryland’s 23 counties.  Maryland drivers can Know Before You Go! by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.
 
While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for later this week as temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management reminds citizens there are several places in Calvert County to visit if they need to cool off. These sites will be open during regular hours and safe drinking water is available in each of them. Residents who need to take refuge in a safe, cool place may go to one of the following locations:                                                                                                                                                     
Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
Open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
 
Northeast Community Center                               
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach 
Open Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
 
Mt. Hope Community Center                       
104 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m.
 
Southern Community Center
20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick Branch
850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; closed Sunday.                                              
 
The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center is also available as a cooling center. Its hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Emergency cooling centers are opened when the need arises. The Calvert County Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warnings and will make a determination to keep certain cooling centers open past normal business hours if the need arises.
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
·      Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
·      Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
·      Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
·      Stay out of the sun.
·      Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
·      Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
·      Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
            Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, senior citizens and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
            Pet owners should provide ample shade and water for their pets or bring pets indoors. Any time a pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
            To learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638. For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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Summer heat can be dangerous, if you don't take proper precautions.  The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind residents to prepare their families for hot weather this week. 
 
Child Safety:   Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
 
A - Avoid heatstroke related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. 
C - Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. 
T - Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
 
Pet Safety:  Animals get stressed from the heat and it’s important to keep pets cool, comfortable, and healthy.  
 
•Never leave an animal in a parked car. Even when it’s only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down won’t do the trick. Even if you plan to be in the store for “just a minute,” your pet is at risk of a heat stroke.
•If you will be walking with your pet, remember that while paw pads are "tough," they are also sensitive, and can be burned while walking on hot pavement and tar. If possible, walk on grass or dirt, and check your pet's paw pads to make sure there isn't any redness or pain.
•Keep fresh water in the shade. Secure the water dish to avoid an accidental spill. 
•If your pet must be outside, make sure that shade is available at all times.
 
Anyone staying outdoors for extended amounts of time should be kept out of the sun and strenuous activities should be eliminated. Drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, lightweight clothing. Cooling centers are available during the summer months at several county locations. Visit http://bit.ly/2tHph4Z for a list of cooling centers. 
 
Residents should call 9-1-1 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.  For additional preparedness information, visit:  www.ready.gov/heat or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml.  Information on heat illnesses can be found at dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx.

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Leonardtown, MD – Moody’s Investors Service issued its annual comment regarding the financial health of St. Mary’s County Government.
 
The report, which ends with the FY2016 year, notes the county’s credit position as “very strong” with its Aa2 rating matching the media rating for counties across the US similarly rated Aa2. It notes credit factors favorable to the county as a healthy financial position, strong socioeconomic profile with an extensive tax base and negligible debt. The county’s finances are deemed “very solid” and in line within its Aa2 rating.
 
Other county financial highlights include:
 
Very healthy economy and tax base
Low debt liability and modest credit strength
Low pension liability
Strong  management of finances
 
“This is yet another piece of good financial news for St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Strong revenues and low debt has been the county’s recipe for success. We intend to stay the course and anticipate that our financial picture will continue to get brighter in future years.
 
To view the full report, go to:  http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Moodys Annual Comment on SMC.pdf

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Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron announces open enrollment for the 2017 Fall Citizens Academy. The academy is designed to give an inside look into our day-to-day operations. Sessions will be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for an eight week period. The 2017 Fall Session of Citizens Academy will begin on August 24, 2017, and end on October 12, 2017. 
 
Persons interested must be over the age of 18 and submit an application. To register for the academy, contact Ms. Kelly Castle at (301) 475 – 4200 ext. *1910, Kelly.Castle@stmarysmd.com or apply online at www.firstsheriff.com
 
Citizens Academy classes fill up quickly, so reserve your seat today!

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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Robertson-Slagle as the county’s director of economic development. The appointment is an important part of the reorganization plan the board approved April 25 to improve overall county government operations and services to the public. Slagle’s appointment is effective July 24, 2017.
Slagle, who was most recently the business retention specialist in the Calvert County Department of Economic Development (DED), has worked for Calvert County Government for approximately 10 years of combined service. Slagle replaces long-time director Linda Vassallo who was appointed director of communications and media relations as part of the county’s recent reorganization.
Hired as the county’s first business retention specialist in 2005, Slagle quickly established the county’s first full-time, intensive business retention and expansion program. Prior to joining the DED, Slagle served as director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center where she provided leadership in planning, coordinating and overseeing the development, delivery and reporting of all professional programs, activities and services for the Southern Maryland region. She also served as business development manager for the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, director of government/member relations with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and business development specialist with the former Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, now Maryland Department of Commerce, where she worked directly with local jurisdictions on business retention and expansion projects.
“Kelly’s strong relationship with the existing business community, depth of knowledge as an economic development practitioner and proven dedication to service make her an excellent choice,” said BOCC President Tom Hejl. “Her experience, and the fact that she possesses working knowledge of county government operations, will help her easily and quickly transition to her new role.”
“I look forward to working with the Board of County Commissioners, the business community, and all other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement sound strategies and projects designed to improve local, county and regional economic development activity for the well-being of all Calvert County residents,” said Kelly Robertson-Slagle. “I am excited and look forward to this new opportunity.”
“Even before Kelly originally joined our team in 2005, she worked with our business community in many capacities. I credit her for many wins our businesses have had locally,” said acting Economic Development Director Linda Vassallo. “Kelly has been, and will continue to be, an excellent resource and I look forward to working closely with her to assist in her transition. We all look forward to her continued success and congratulate her on her new appointment.”
Slagle holds a B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Maryland. She has completed numerous continuing education courses through the International Economic Development Council. Slagle has over 25 years of experience in government relations, business development, financial analysis, marketing, grant writing, program management, event planning and direct technical business assistance. In addition, she has extensive experience in working with new and expanding businesses and cultivating relationships between counties and the business community, economic development agencies, and state and regional agencies. She has also spearheaded several new entrepreneurship programs on behalf of Calvert County Government.
Slagle is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland and member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, the International Economic Development Council and Northeastern Economic Developers Association. She has served on boards of directors for the Patuxent Partnership, Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board and Leadership Southern Maryland.
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2017 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, set to begin in September. This 12-week program will begin on September 20, 2017, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 13, 2017, with the exception of Wednesday, November 22. The classes will be held in the first-floor classroom of the CCSO District 3 Station located at 3670 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf.
 
“Last year we hosted the Inaugural Class of the Citizens Police Academy, and it was an awesome success,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “A group of citizens had the opportunity to learn about what our job is like, and we got to hear their perspectives on our role in public safety. Through this program, we have developed strong community partners in our CPA alumni and we plan to continue to build those strong relationships.”
 
Participants will learn about a wide range of topics including:
 
·         Patrol Procedures
 
·         Narcotics Investigations
 
·         Forensic Evidence
 
·         Criminal Law
 
·         Juvenile Issues
 
·         Use of Force
 
·         Criminal Investigations
 
·         Search and Seizure
 
Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the CCSO Headquarters, Charles County Detention Center, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, and Crime Lab. Hands-on experiences will include a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing.  Participants will have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer’s perspective. Participation in the Ride-along Program is not required but is strongly encouraged.
 
The Citizens Police Academy is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing. Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. This program is free of charge. There are a limited number of seats available, so anyone interested in participating in the CPA should submit their application as soon as possible. 
 
 Additional information and applications for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy can be found on our website at www.ccso.us/citizens-police-academy. Applications are due no later than August 31, 2017, and should be mailed to:  
 
 
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
 
6915 Crain Highway
 
PO Box 189
 
La Plata, MD 20646
 
Attn: Human Resources
 
 
Additional questions about the program or application process should be directed to Lt. David Kelly or Lt. Charly Baker at 301-609-6487.

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OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECTS: On July 18 at 4:05 a.m., officers responded to an alarm activation at Target on Western Parkway in Waldorf. When officers arrived, they observed a male suspect running back inside the store. Officers established a perimeter and a police K9 searched the building. Two suspects were located in the back of the store and apprehended without incident. Investigation showed the suspects hid inside until the store was closed for the evening. Once all of the employees were gone, the suspects smashed several electronic glass cases and stole iPads, Play Stations, X-Box Ones, Nintendo 3DS, various electronic devices, clothing, food items, and two bikes. The stolen property was recovered outside where the first suspect was spotted. Delonte Xavier Gary, 19, of Waldorf, and Austin Gray Davis, 19, of Waldorf, were charged with burglary, theft, and destruction of property. Pfc. B. Virts is investigating.
 
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: On July 17 at 4:21 p.m., a teenaged male broke down the rear door of a house in the 2400 block of Hanover Court in Waldorf. The suspect fled upon seeing a female resident. The suspect is described as a black male in his teens wearing a white shirt and dark pants. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.
 
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On July 17 at approximately 12:10 a.m., at least two suspects entered the parking lot of a business in the 4300 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf and stole items from multiple vehicles. Both suspects are described as white males. One suspect had a thin build, and the other suspect was heavyset and bald. Pfc. A. Fenlon is investigating.
 
BURGLARY OF SHED: On July 15, officers responded to the 3300 block of Jesmond Court in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed and stole lawn equipment. Pfc. S. Cook is investigating.
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: Between July 13 – July 14, unknown suspect(s) stole a purse from an unlocked car in the 5000 block of Skylark Drive in White Plains. Pfc. J. Harley is investigating.

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Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have selected John Deatrick Public Works and Transportation Director.
 
Mr. Deatrick comes to St. Mary’s County from the City of Cincinnati where he served as Project Executive for the Cincinnati Streetcar implementation between 2013 and 2016. From 2008 until 2013, he was Cincinnati’s Project Executive for the Central Riverfront Redevelopment Project.
 
Closer to home Mr. Deatrick has worked for Jacobs Engineering in Arlington, Virginia as Capital Region Program Manager for Highways and served as the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer for the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation.
 
While in the Nation’s Capital, he worked on a number of high profile, award winning projects, including the implementation of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Transportation Plan, the South Capitol Corridor and public improvements for Nationals Park.
 
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states, a Certified Planner and Certified Sustainability Professional. Mr. Deatrick is also a Navy veteran.
 
“We welcome Mr. Deatrick to St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “His vast experience and wealth of knowledge will be a great fit as he leads our Public Works and Transportation department.”  
 
Mr. Deatrick’s appointment is effective August 7.

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Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2017-­18 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.
 
Elementary Schools
 
·         C. Paul Barnhart, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Berry, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house/back-to-school night, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Dr. James Craik, open house, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         William A. Diggs, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 5 to 6 p.m., and open house for grades 3-5, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Gale-Bailey, back-to-school night, Sept. 19, 6 to 7 p.m.;
·         Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Indian Head, back to school open house, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
·         Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m. for grades 3-5;
·         Malcolm, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 8:15 p.m.;
·         Mary H. Matula, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m. for grades 3-5;
·         Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Walter J. Mitchell, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 6 to 7 p.m., and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. for grades 3-5;
·         Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
·         Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Mary B. Neal, open house all grades, Sept. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
·         J.C. Parks, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 6 to 7 p.m.; and Sept. 19, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for grades 3-5;
·         J.P. Ryon, open house for Three’s program through grade 2, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 19, open house for grades 3-5, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Eva Turner, open house, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and
·         William B. Wade, open house for prekindergarten through grade 2, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:15 p.m.; and open house for grades 3-5, Sept. 18, 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Middle Schools
 
·         Theodore G. Davis, back-to-school night, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         John Hanson, open house, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Matthew Henson, open house, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Piccowaxen, open house, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         Milton M. Somers, back-to-school night, Sept. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.; and
·         Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Sept. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
High Schools
 
·         Henry E. Lackey, open house, Oct. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         La Plata, open house, Oct. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;
·         Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Oct. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.;
·         North Point, back-to-school night, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.;
·         St. Charles, open house, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.;
·         Thomas Stone, open house, Oct. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and
·         Westlake, open house, Oct. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Centers
·         Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, meet and greet for career and technology education and Virtual Academy programs, Oct. 5, 6 to 7 p.m.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that public hearings will be held for the purpose of receiving public testimony concerning a proposed amendment to the St. Mary’s County Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan (CWSP). The public hearing will be held as follows:
 
The St. Mary’s County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing in the Commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland on Monday, July 24, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
 
As the designee for the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Director of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management will conduct a public hearing at the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, located in the Patuxent Building at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, beginning at noon.
 
The proposed amendment would change the water service category for a 5.1 acre parcel described in a deed recorded among the Land Records of St. Mary’s County in Book No. 4549, Page 495 and further described as parcel 479 of tax map 43. The Property is located approximately 500 feet from the southwesterly side of Three Notch Road and approximately 600 feet west of Chancellor’s Run Road. The water service category would change from W-6D (service in 6 -10 years, developer financed) to W-3D (service in 3 to 5 years, developer financed). This amendment is requested in anticipation of providing public water service for proposed commercial development. The applicant will bear all installation costs involved in connecting the subject development to existing water service. Properties between the existing line and the proposed development will not be affected by the installation of a new service line and will not be required to connect under current regulations.
 
A copy of the proposed amendments is available for viewing at the St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland and at www.stmarysmd.com.
 
Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearings, changes may be made to the proposed amendment.
 
Kathleen Easley, Senior Planner
St, Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management
(301) 475-4200, ext. *1541

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