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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening.
 
“I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the fiscal year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland is home to more than 40,000 active and reserve service members. These men and women have volunteered to defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This bill will improve the quality of life of more than 2 million men and women of the all-volunteer force – as well as their families – through more fair compensation, policies and benefits, including first-rate health care. It also better addresses the needs of wounded, ill and injured service members.
 
“I am especially pleased to have included an amendment that will establish a process intended to prevent the imminent closure next month of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBAAC) located at Ft. Detrick. Preventing this closure will allow for the Department of Homeland Security to work with other agencies that rely on this lab, and ensure that our country does not lose this essential capability. This will ensure our continued ability to understand and counter against biological threats to our national security.
 
“I also am pleased that we were able to include my amendment that would direct the U.S. Air Force to modernize the existing National Guard F-16 fleet with upgraded radar systems. This amendment would ensure that the National Guard F-16 fleet, including the District of Columbia Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, is able to detect modern and evolving threats.
 
“The NDAA is not a Democratic bill or a Republican bill, but bipartisan legislation to provide defense for our nation. The NDAA is the key mechanism to provide necessary authorities and funding for America’s military.”

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Charles County Government, in partnership with Charles County Public Schools, is hosting a free community opioid workshop and resource fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at North Point High School (2500 Davis Rd, Waldorf) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This fair is to help educate our local community and help provide resources to those in need.  Registration is not required.
 
The Opioid Education and Prevention Event will feature the following workshops:
...• How to Administer Narcan (naloxone) (Charles County Department of Health) • How to Administer CPR (Charles County Department of Emergency Services) • How Opioids Affect the Brain (Porto Treatment Center) • How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs (Charles County Public Schools and Charles County Sher…
Vendors will be on-site to offer treatment and prevention resources. Refreshments will be available for a fee by the North Point softball boosters club. 
 
If you are seeking immediate help or support, please visit beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov.  For additional information or questions about this event, contact Erica Rizor at RizorE@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-645-0553.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 
 

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On September 17, 2017, at 7:59 PM, patrol deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Piney Point Road and Blake Creek Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the nature of the collision, The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was requested.
 
The preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by Shelia Marie Hardesty, 54, of Leonardtown, MD, was traveling southbound on Piney Point Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and into northbound traffic. The vehicle then struck a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 operated by James Matthew Bowes Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, MD. 
 
Hardesty was pronounced deceased at the scene. Bowes was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Preliminarily, neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.
 
Anyone with further information regarding this collision, please contact Deputy John Davis at (240)496-6695 or by email, John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.
 

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Maurice J. McDonough High School senior Elizabeth Saoud is working her way towards her high school graduation in June 2018, one Advanced Placement (AP) class at a time. As the current top ranking senior in the McDonough Class of 2018, Saoud has a full schedule of AP classes to keep her busy. Her passion for soccer keeps her busy outside of school, but Saoud finds the time to support her commitment to her future.
 
“I am a hard worker and have studied very hard to get to where I am now. I set goals, reach them and enjoy pushing myself to do my best,” she said of her study habits. She has earned straight A grades since she began her high school career and took the Preliminary SAT, PSAT, exam as a freshman. Her performance on the PSAT, as well as the SAT, recently earned her recognition in a prestigious national scholarship program.
 
Saoud was named a semifinalist last week in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a scholarship program that recognizes some of the highest achieving high school seniors nationwide. Students are selected for recognition on their academic achievement, performance on the PSAT and SAT exams, community involvement and leadership experience.
 
Saoud is captain of the McDonough varsity soccer team and president of the National Honor Society. She is also the president of the Student Government Association and plays for a travel soccer league, Capital Futbol Club. Additionally, Saoud also received the grand award as a freshman at the CCPS Science Fair.
 
She said she was honored to learn she was chosen for recognition as a semifinalist in the merit scholar program. “This is a huge honor. I studied really hard for the PSAT and the SAT. If I am picked as a finalist, I will be honored and excited to receive any kind of scholarship assistance. It really is an honor just to be picked for this recognition,” Saoud said.
 
Saoud’s favorite subjects are science and math. She said her passion for these subjects helped to fuel her future plans. She plans to major in pre-medical studies with the goal of becoming either a surgeon or an anesthesiologist. “I want to do something challenging and really enjoy learning about math and science. When I was little, my parents told me I could do anything I wanted to do. I want to use those subjects and do something to help the community,” Saoud said.
 
Saoud is enrolled in six AP classes this school year, and completed five courses during her sophomore and junior years. She has taken the accompanying exams for five classes and received a score of 5, the highest possible on an AP exam, on each exam.
 
One of her favorite classes is calculus, but not only because she loves the subject. Saoud said her calculus I teacher, Michael Swann, has a natural ability to push students to do their best. “I look up to Mr. Swann. I took his calculus I class and did well. He always helped me be confident in my abilities and to push myself when I thought I was not capable of something,” she said.
 
Swann said he could not think of a more deserving student to be recognized through the scholarship program. “Elizabeth is a role model in and out of the classroom. She is kind to all those that she meets and works tirelessly to pursue her goals. She is proof that hard work and determination will be rewarded,” Swann said.
 
The program is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Finalists in the program receive a $2,500 scholarship, some of which are renewable. Saoud said the scholarship would help her fund her educational pursuits, which include attending either Yale University or Johns Hopkins University.
 
Saoud and nearly 16,000 other students nationwide advance to the finalist level. Semifinalists include the highest performing students from each state and scholarships are awarded on a state representational basis.
 

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9-15-2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Grampton Road in Clements. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48849-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a victim’s residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the residence. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48923-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 40000 block of Lake and Breton View Drive in Leonardtown. Deputy Shelko is investigating the case. CASE#48928-17
 
9-16-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy First Class McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 48970-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 19000 block of Piney Point Road in Piney Point. Deputy Budd is investigating the case. CASE# 48969-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter a residence in the 21000 block of Willows Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Ball is investigating the case. CASE# 49102-17

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland will advance communications for first responders by opting in to the FirstNet and AT&T plan. This state-of-the-art plan will deliver a wireless broadband network to Maryland’s public safety community, allowing for faster, more informed, and better coordinated responses. Through FirstNet’s advanced technologies, Maryland’s first responder subscribers will now have additional resources to help save lives and protect communities.
 
“Keeping Marylanders safe is our top priority, and our first responders need to be equipped with every tool possible to protect our citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “By adopting this plan, our first responders will now have the ability to efficiently and effectively work together not just within the state, but across the region and at the national level.”
 
“This innovative initiative will also spur investment into Maryland’s economy, helping to create jobs and enhance mobile broadband coverage in rural parts of the state,” the governor continued.
 
AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate, and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Maryland’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps, and tools for first responders.
 
FirstNet will transform the way Maryland’s fire, police, EMS, and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:
 
Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies, and supporting large events like the Preakness.
Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters like 2016’s Winter Storm Jonas that brought record-breaking snowfall and blizzard conditions to the state.
Increase public safety coverage across the state and region and connect public safety subscribers nationally, providing modern communications and data sharing, helping to increase the safety of first responders.
Enhance and expand network coverage across Maryland’s diverse landscape, to cover areas that are today underserved, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural areas.
Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.
Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.
FirstNet and AT&T designed Maryland’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public safety community. FirstNet has been meeting with Maryland’s officials and public safety personnel for several years to address their unique communication needs. These include:  
 
Expanding coverage across the state, particularly in the western and lower Eastern Shore.
Focusing on the state’s critical infrastructure in preparation for severe weather events.
Making solutions available to support the state’s large base of volunteer emergency responders.
“FirstNet is honored to serve the State of Maryland – where we launched our nationwide consultation program in 2014,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “Governor Hogan's decision will help deliver game-changing technology to first responders throughout Maryland, making communities safer and more secure. FirstNet will continue our partnership with the state to make sure the network delivers the coverage, services and innovation that public safety expects and needs.”
 
The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Maryland’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.
 
The administration’s decision to opt-in will enable AT&T to buildout FirstNet in Maryland and begin planning and construction ahead of schedule. This will create a highly secure public safety network for Maryland's first responder subscribers and provide priority use and preemption on this network.
 
Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS, and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.
 
"Governor Hogan's decision to opt-in to FirstNet demonstrates his continued commitment to support public safety at all levels,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “With his decision, we're now able to launch our efforts to deliver a public safety broadband network in Maryland. We look forward to working with first responders statewide to give them access to the life-saving technologies they've asked for."

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The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism would like to notify residents that the Indian Head Rail Trail will have partial closures starting Monday, Sept. 18 to Friday, Sept. 22 at the Route 225 crossing to Mattingly Avenue. Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative needs to make emergency repairs to the power lines along the trail right-of-way. These rolling closures will be in effect daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Indian Head Trail users are reminded to observe safety cones and signs and be prepared to turn around. Other portions of the trail will not be affected and will remain open for public use. Repairs will involve the use of heavy equipment and material transport. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety and to expedite completion of repairs.
 
For more information, please call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at 301- 932-3470. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Sandy Walker, Supervisor of Equity and School Improvement, presented an update on the Calvert County Public Schools Equity Policy at the Board of Education meeting on September 14, 2017.
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Mr. Walker has done a great job with the equity mission in just one year.”
The Board of Education passed Policy #1015 Regarding Equity in March of 2016. This policy called for the development and implementation of a District Equity Plan.
The school system is currently in the latter phase of Stage 1 of the three-stage Equity Plan. Each stage does not, however, correspond to a year. “It’s a continuum,” said Mr. Walker, “with schools and the district engaging in activities that address their unique circumstances and priorities. We must teach equity; we cannot preach equity. We must facilitate the journey of learning for those who are ready, those who are not ready, and for those who are reluctant.”
Ensuring equity is also a priority in the district’s Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board on September 14. The Strategic Plan calls for the district to:
Provide equitable learning opportunities to all students; 
Promote a culturally responsive workforce; and 
Promote equitable allocation of resources.
 
Work thus far has focused on initiatives of the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) and school-based equity teams, collaboration with the Department of Human Resources to recruit and hire a diverse workforce, and partnerships with interfaith and community action groups. Some of the most exciting activities have involved students, including the “Go to School, Go to College” program, held in conjunction with the Sigma Alpha Lamda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha; the annual teen summit; and collaboration with Minority Scholars Clubs in schools.
A major professional development initiative this year is “The Big Read,” which is an opportunity for every staff member to participate in a single book study focused on unleashing the will to succeed in all students.
The Strategic Plan is available on the school system website at www.calvertnet.k12.md.us. 
 

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(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 8:03 pm, troopers from
the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision
involving a pedestrian on southbound United States Route 301 (Crain Highway) north of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, Maryland. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested the Maryland State Police Crash Team to assume the investigation.
 A preliminary investigation conducted by troopers from the La Plata Barrack and the MSP Crash
Team indicates a 2005 GMC Envoy operated by Chad Edward Stubbs of Waldorf, MD was traveling in the 2nd left turn lane/lane #2 of southbound United States Route 301 north of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, Leo Wheatley Bury Jr of La Plata, MD was attempting to walk across southbound United States Route 301 from the median. For unknown reasons, Mr. Bury entered the travel path of the GMC and was subsequently struck. Mr. Bury was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel.
The operator of the GMC, Mr. Stubbs refused treatment on the scene.
 Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the MSP La Plata Barrack Duty
Officer at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J.
Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team. (17-MSP-039310)

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A judge sentenced Patrick Henry Bush on Thursday to life in prison without parole on a conviction for first-degree murder in the stabbing death last year of Cecelia Darlene Stubbs outside her Southampton home.
During Bush’s trial last June, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Buffy Giddens said that Stubbs, a 50-year-old caretaker for elderly people, made two “dying declarations” to two different people that Bush was her assailant, as they tried to help her after he had stabbed her 33 times. Bush then drove overt Stubbs with her car before leaving the scene. 
In addition to the life prison term, Bush was sentenced to an additional 35 years for robbing Stubbs of her keys and the theft of her car. 

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From the Chesapeake Bay to the Patuxent River, from Solomons to Dunkirk, Calvert County features some of the region’s most stunning scenery and engaging people. Help us “Picture Calvert County” by sharing your photos of the people and places of the Pleasant Peninsula.
The Calvert County Department of Communications and Media Relations is seeking photos to showcase the county for visitors from near and far. Show us your favorite Calvert County places or memorable events and people enjoying them. Submitted photos may be used on county government’s websites, social media sites and in marketing materials.
While we can’t pay you, the bragging rights are priceless. Visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/PictureCalvert to learn more and submit your photos.
For more information, please contact the Department of Communications and Media Relations at 410-535-2003 or email at communications@calvertcountymd.gov. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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On Monday, September 11, Master Corporal Shawn Gregory was named the Correctional Officer of the Year by the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association and Maryland Chiefs of Police Association at their annual conference held in Ocean City, MD. The award was presented by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Riverdale Park Police Chief David Morris, President of the MD Chiefs of Police Association, and St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, President of the MD Sheriffs’ Association. In total, 18 officers from all over Maryland were honored at the ceremony in various categories.
 
M/Cpl. Gregory, who was named Correctional Officer of the Year earlier this year by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, began his career in Corrections in December of 2001 and has been a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) since 2002. He has been recognized for his outstanding leadership abilities on the ERT and willingness to coordinate training scenarios, as well as pursue training opportunities available to him. M/Cpl. Gregory is also a member of the Charles County Correctional Officers Association and serves in dual roles as the Vice President and Sergeant at Arms. He continually demonstrates his commitment to community service by participating in the Christmas in April program, visiting local high schools to put on demonstrations, and coordinating the first ever Family Tour Day at the CCDC for CCSO employees and family members.
 
Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff were in Ocean City to congratulate M/Cpl. Gregory on this prestigious award.
 
“We were so proud to see M/Cpl. Gregory recognized at the statewide level for the outstanding work that he has done in Charles County,” said Sheriff Berry. “We’d like to thank the Maryland Sheriffs’ and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Associations for honoring these individuals who go the extra mile to make Maryland a better, safer place.”
 
Photo, from left to right: Mr. Phil Hinkle, Mr. Brian Eley, Sheriff Troy Berry, Master Corporal Shawn Gregory, Major Dave Saunders, Captain Bob Kiesel, Lieutenant Dave Kelly
 

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Burglary (17-MSP-032828): On August 4, 2017 at approximately 5:00 pm, TFC C. Ruth responded to Keith Court, Hollywood, MD for a reported burglary. Investigation revealed that sometime between August 3rd at 9:00 p.m. and August 4th @ 4:00 p.m. the unknown suspect(s) broke into several sheds in the neighborhood stealing various items.  Total value of stolen items/damaged property $9,389. Investigation is continuing.
 
Theft/CDS (17-MSP-033112): On August 6, 2017 at approximately 11:00 a.m., TFC S. DiToto responded to Ace Hardware, Leonardtown, MD for a reported theft.  Investigation revealed that the suspect stole several cans of aerosol dust cleaning spray and fled the building towards Charles Memorial Gardens. While searching the area, the suspect was observed sitting on the ground with three cans of duster spray in front of him. When officers called out to him, he attempted to flee the area.  He quickly stopped, fell to the ground and began”huffing” the dust spray.  The suspect was apprehended and arrested. He was identified as Sean M Brown, 47 of Chaptico. 
 
Theft (17-MSP-033432): On August 8, 2017 at approximately 2:00 pm, TFC S. DiToto responded to Lowes, California, MD for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that on July 4, 2017 an unidentified person fraudulently purchased a Raptor Lawn Tractor online by using another person’s identity and credit card information. On July 7, 2017, three unidentified suspects picked up the lawn tractor using a rented U-haul truck.  Total value of loss $4,300.  Investigation is continuing. 
 
Theft (17-MSP-034095): On August 12, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Tpr. T. Holson responded to Walmart, California, MD for a reported Theft.  Investigation revealed a female, carrying a Roomba Robot Vacuum, and a male exited the store with the stolen merchandise.  The male suspect and the suspect vehicle were both identified.  Total value stolen $269.00. Investigation is continuing. 
 
Theft (17-MSP-036022): On August 25, 2017 at approximately 6:00 a.m., TFC B. DiToto responded to Big Lots store, Lexington Park, MD for a reported Theft.  Investigation revealed an employee had made approximately 12 fraudulent refund transactions, totaling approximately $1,885.  The employee was terminated and the investigation continues. 
 
Theft (17-MSP-036994): On September 1, 2017 at approximately 11:30 a.m., TFC S. DiToto responded to Lowes, California, MD for a reported Theft.  Investigation revealed that on July 21st an order was placed online for Four (4) Frigidaire window air condition units by using another person’s identity and credit card information.  On July 23, 2017 at approximately 10:35 p.m. the suspect picked up the four air conditions utilizing a rented U-haul truck. Total value of loss $1,480.  Lowes Loss Prevention employee also identified at least three other cases at three different Lowes stores in Pennsylvania where the same identified suspect using the same fraudulent identity occurred. Investigation is continuing.
 
Burglary (17-MSP-036682): On August 30, 2017 at approximately 0345 hours, TFC Mulhearn responded to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park, MD for a reported burglary. Investigation revealed that entry was made through a window of the church that had been shattered.  Several items were stolen, the approximate value of the stolen items is $1,200.  Investigation continues. 
 

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The Calvert County Department of Communications and Media Relations announces its new main phone number is 410-535-2003 effective immediately. The phone number change is a result of the recent Calvert County Government reorganization that separated communications, public information, public affairs and media relations functions from the Calvert County Department of Economic Development.
The Calvert County Department of Economic Development will keep the main number 410-535-4583.
For more information, please contact the Department of Communications and Media Relations at 410-535-2003 or email at communications@calvertcountymd.gov. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD IN HOME INVASION CASE / COMPOSITE SKETCHES OF SUSPECTS RELEASED: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the identities of three men responsible for a home invasion and robbery. On Sept. 3 at 10:30 p.m., three suspects broke into a house in the 3500 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf. They bound two adult residents and stole money and guns. The suspects fled in the victims’ 2015 Dodge Charger, pearl blue in color. The vehicle has not been recovered. Investigators say the victims were targeted and the crime was not random. Lt. D. Stahl – a Commander in the Persons Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigations Division – who is also a forensic sketch artist, met with the victims and was able to create sketches of the suspects based on the victims’ descriptions. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. McKenzie at (301) 609-6453. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.   
 
 
 
THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS: On Sept. 8 between 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole catalytic converters from at least five cars parked at the Mattawoman Beantown Park and Ride in Waldorf. All of the vehicles were SUVs and all of the vehicles were parked on the northeast corner, facing the wood line. Officer A. Singh is investigating.

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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 afternoons on September 14 - 15, 2017. Test events will take about an hour and could occur anytime from 08:00 a.m - 11:00 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.
 
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place September 15- 22, 2017 between the hours of 08:00 AM - 10:00AM. 
 
Pilots at NAS PAX 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, "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 perhaps the most difficult task in military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy. 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 Sunday September 10, 2017 deputies responded to 11523 Ropeknot Road in Lusby for the report of a stabbing.  Patrol units determined numerous people had been engaged in an altercation.  It was quickly learned that two people were stabbed and critically injured.  Deputies immediately began life saving measures.  However, Devaughn Savoy (29) was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Javonte Willett (26) was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he underwent emergency surgery as a result of his stab wounds.  He is currently in stable condition.  Detectives worked diligently investigating every lead.  Several search warrants were executed and two suspects were developed.  
The suspects were identified as twin brothers Lamarr Jefferson and Jamarr Jefferson (27).  Warrants were obtained for the two suspects and an extensive search for them was initiated.  At approximately 1:45 a.m. Lamarr Jefferson was located with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team in California, Maryland.    He was arrested without incident.  Calvert Detectives located Jamarr Jefferson at a residence on Rousby Hall Road, Lusby.  A short time later Jamarr was apprehended during a traffic stop conducted by the Calvert County Special Operations Team.  He was also arrested without incident.   
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to please contact Det. Wells at 410-535-2800 X2595 or email Det. Wells at wayne.wells@calvertcountymd.gov.  You can also contact the Calvert County Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880. 

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Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the agency will be utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to assist in high-risk situations and police-related investigations. The program, which has been in the formative stage for nearly a year, is ready to launch with five officers who are trained and certified UAS pilots under the direction of the program supervisor, Lt. David Kelly, Commander of the CCSO Community Services Section. 
 
“Public safety led us to the use of UAS. With them, we will have the capability of viewing critical incidents from advantage points never before possible. The UAS will provide real-time situational awareness to our staff,” said Sheriff Berry. “We plan to use the UAS primarily for search and rescue missions, missing persons, accident and crime scene documentation, natural disasters, and high-risk incidents.”
 
The aircraft, which is clearly marked with CCSO logos, is also capable of being fitted with a FLIR thermal imaging camera to assist during search and rescue efforts, as well as for augmenting the services of the K-9 Unit when searching for dangerous or armed suspects.
 
 “All deployments of UAS must be specifically authorized by a command level officer,” said Lt. Kelly. “The aircraft will not be used for routine patrol, ordinance violations, or unwarranted surveillance.”
 
The CCSO currently has two officers that are both private pilots as well as FAA-certified UAS operators. Three additional officers were trained, passing their required FAA exams and earning a FAA Remote Pilot Certification.
 
The CCSO has been vetted by the Federal Aviation Administration and has been granted a Certificate of Authorization to operate the UAS under most conditions, including night operations.
 
  The training required by the FAA was funded in large part by a grant offered by Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT).  “We are grateful we received the grant from LGIT to fund the training and certifications for the program. This technology can greatly enhance our police services while significantly improving safety for citizens and officers alike,” said Sheriff Berry.   
 
Note: Members of the CCSO will provide demonstrations of the UAS’ abilities at this year’s County Fair from Sept. 14 – Sept. 17. Stop by the Agency’s fair trailer for more information. Members of the media who would like a demonstration of the UAS may contact the Media Relations Office for details.

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Damaged Property: 17-47504
On September 3, 2017 Deputy Barger responded to Smithville Dr., Dunkirk for a report of damaged property. The victim stated a window screen on their front porch had been cut. Estimated damage: $45.
 
Damaged Property: 17-47466
On September 6, 2017 Deputy D. Naughton responded to Lake Dr., Lusby for a report of damaged property call. The complainant advised a red older style truck was seen doing burnouts in the grass causing ruts. Estimated damage $500.
 
Damaged Property: 17-47621
On September 7, 2017 Deputy Holt responded to Rimrock Ct., Lusby for a report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between September 6th at 11:30pm and September 7th at 9:30am the windshield of their vehicle had been shattered. Estimated value $300.
 
Damaged Property: 17-47614
On September 7, 2017 Deputy Holt responded to Forest Glen Road, Lusby for a report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between September 6th at 11:59pm and September 7th at 8:10am the windshield of their vehicle had been shattered. Estimated value $300.
 
Damaged Property: 17-47713
On September 7, 2017 Deputy Durner responded to Forest Glen Road, Lusby for a report of damaged property. The victim stated they woke up to find their windshield shattered on their vehicle. Estimated value $333.
 
 
Damaged Property: 17-47823
On September 8, 2017 Deputy Clark responded to Delores Court, Chesapeake Beach for a report of damaged property. The victim stated that someone had broken off a decorative handicap sign from its base. Estimated value $500.
 
 
Burglary: 17-47676
On September 7, 2017 Deputy Callison responded to Blackberry Lane, Prince Frederick for a reported burglary. Upon arrival the victim stated their back door was open, after a check of the residence nothing appeared to be stolen or damaged.  
 
Burglary: 17-47786
On September 8, 2017 Deputy Locke responded to 5th Street, Owings for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival the victim stated that his detached shed doors had been damaged by an unknown suspect. After speaking with the victim there was nothing missing from the detached shed. 
Burglary: 17-48051
On September 9, 2017 Deputy Gott responded to Santa Fe Trail, Lusby for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival the complainant stated someone pried on the shed door to break it open bypassing the lock. After speaking with the complainant there were no items removed from the shed.
 
Theft: 17-47008
On September 4, 2017 Deputy Gott responded to Lisa Lane, Lusby for a theft report. The victim stated sometime between September 2nd and September 3rd several items had been stolen from his yard to include a red tractor supply floor jack and a red WEN 3500 generator. The value of the stolen property is $435.
 
Theft: 17-47264
On September 5, 2017 Deputy Gott responded to San Angelo Drive, Lusby for a theft report. The complainant advised between August 30th and September 4th someone stole the Air Conditioning Unit along with the copper wires to the unit from outside the residence. The estimated value is $800.
 
Theft: 17-47470
On September 6, 2017 Deputy Holt responded to Dasher Drive, Lusby for a theft report. Victim stated someone entered their unlocked vehicle and stole currency from within the vehicle. The value is $300.
 
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On September 5, 2017 while the Calvert County Detention Center was processing inmate Amber Stewart (26) of Callaway, MD it was discovered that she was in possession of paraphernalia.  Deputy Hardesty was notified and Stewart was charged with possession of paraphernalia.  
 
On September 8, 2017 Deputy Migliaccio responded to a residence on 4th Street, North Beach for a report of a check welfare. Upon further investigation Deputy Migliaccio made contact with an individual identified as Matthew Hutchinson (27) of North Beach. Deputy Migliaccio located paraphernalia and narcotics within the residence. Mr. Hutchinson was arrested and charged with CDS possession not marijuana (heroin) and possession of paraphernalia. 
 
On September 8, 2017 Deputy Mohler conducted a traffic stop at Prince Frederick Blvd and West Dares Beach Rd, Prince Frederick. Deputy Mohler requested the driver to perform standardized field sobriety tests after speaking with him. Once the driver exited the vehicle Deputy Mohler observed paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle was identified as James Johnson Jr. (28) of Mechanicsville. After a search of Mr. Johnson and the vehicle, Mr. Johnson was arrested and charged with CDS Administer Equipment Possession/ Distribute, CDS Possession not marijuana (crack cocaine) and Possession of paraphernalia. 
 
On September 9, 2017 Deputy Migliaccio responded to the Rod N Reel Marina West located on Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach for a trespassing complaint. The complainant stated he located a boat that had been tampered with several nights in a row. Sergeant Shrawder responded with the complainant to conduct an initial investigation. It was discovered that Khaleel Thompson (19) of Lusby was sleeping on the boat. Mr. Thompson was arrested and charged with trespassing. 
 
On September 9, 2017 Deputy Williamson conducted a traffic stop at Cross Point Dr. and Wild Fire Lane, Owings. Deputy Williamson requested the driver perform standardized field sobriety tests. A K9 arrived on the scene and scanned the vehicle, showing a positive alert. Deputy Williamson searched the vehicle and located paraphernalia. Deputy Williamson transported the driver identified as Joshua Webb (37) of Owings to the Detention Center. While at the Detention Center a more thorough search was conducted and narcotics were located.  Mr. Webb was charged with CDS Possession not marijuana (crack cocaine), possession of paraphernalia, Possession of Contraband in a place of Confinement and Possession or Receive CDS while confined.

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DEATH INVESTIGATION: On September 11 at approximately 9:52 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Office responded to the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive in Waldorf for the report of a drowning. Upon arrival, officers located the two-year-old male on the rear deck of the residence not breathing. The victim had been removed from the pool by the daycare provider who started CPR. Officers continued CPR until EMS arrived. The victim was subsequently transported to Southern Maryland Hospital and was pronounced deceased a short time later. Initial investigation revealed the provider, who is licensed, was watching three children when she opened the back door to let a dog out. She closed the door and walked away from the room for a few minutes. When she returned, the door was open and she did not see one of the children. She immediately went outside where she found the toddler in the pool. She initiated CPR until help arrived. Detective J. Long is investigating.

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