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On June 16 at 6:11 p.m., officers responded to the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf after the victim of a hit and run crash that occurred in Prince George’s County followed the striking vehicle to a shopping center in Charles County. When officers arrived, they made contact with the involved parties of the accident. Officers observed that the driver of the striking vehicle appeared to be impaired and a computer check revealed his driver’s license was suspended. The driver was arrested. While he was being placed in the police car, the driver assaulted an officer and spit on him. Arthur John King, III, 37, of Chesapeake Beach, MD, was charged with driving while impaired, resisting arrest and second-degree assault. He is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond.  

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The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021 in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. COVID-19 vaccine and testing operations will continue to run as previously scheduled.
 
Community members are encouraged to join SMCHD at the 2021 Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at John G. Lancaster Park. Free COVID-19 vaccinations and health information will be available. 
 
Additionally, SMCHD will be closed to the public on Tuesday, June 22, 2020 until 2:00 p.m. This includes operations at the main office in Leonardtown, the Harm Reduction Program office in Lexington Park, the Margaret Brent Middle School-Based Health Center, and the Spring Ridge Middle School-Based Health Center. Services, including COVID-19 operations, will reopen for community members at 2:00 p.m. for the remaining business hours on this date.
 
For information on SMCHD hours and locations, please visit: smchd.org/locations. 
For information COVID-19 vaccine, please visit: smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine. 
For information on COVID-19 testing, please visit: smchd.org/covid-19-testing.

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Dr. Maria Navarro, an education consultant and longtime Maryland educator, is the next superintendent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). The Board of Education today announced the appointment of Navarro, who begins her term July 1.  

 

Navarro’s term follows that of Dr. Kimberly Hill, who retires at the end of this month after two terms as superintendent and a 35-year career with CCPS. As the next superintendent of Charles County Public Schools, Navarro brings nearly 25 years of educational and leadership experience to the school system.  

 

Navarro said she is excited to lead Charles County Public Schools as the next superintendent. 

 

“I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the students and families of Charles County Public Schools. I look forward to working alongside the talented and committed staff of CCPS to ensure the success of every student in our schools,” Navarro said.  

 

About Maria Navarro, Ed.D. 

 

Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., is a veteran educator who has served in various teaching and leadership roles in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Navarro is currently an education consultant working to support school systems and government agencies to improve learning opportunities for young people. Prior to her consultancy work, Navarro was the chief academic officer for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland for six years, where she oversaw the expansion of prekindergarten and dual language programs. Under her leadership, MCPS adopted new district curriculum and interventions to support student learning, which expanded Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways, and early college opportunities for high school students. Notably, during Navarro's tenure, MCPS experienced steady increases in student course enrollment and test participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate courses. 

 

Navarro also worked in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) for five years as the acting Chief Academic Officer. During her tenure in Baltimore City, Navarro led several high-profile strategic initiatives, including implementing the Common Core Standards, the development of a new framework for the evaluation of teachers and school administrators, and principal leadership development. Prior to joining Baltimore City schools, Navarro worked as a senior-level administrator for the Christina School District in Delaware and as a teacher and administrator for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C. 

 

Navarro holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in science education from Temple University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from The George Washington University. Navarro is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English, and has intermediate proficiency in French and Portuguese.  

 

The Superintendent Search 

 

Board of Education Chairperson Latina Wilson said the Board looked for a candidate with a strong vision to lead CCPS in the right direction toward educational equity, addressing academic achievement and learning gaps, and preparing children for success after graduation.   

 “It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Navarro as our next Superintendent. She brings a strong educational background that right from the start will be impactful and will build upon the successes set in place by our outgoing superintendent, Dr. Kimberly Hill. Both are champion educators, and we appreciate that our students will continue to grow through the excellence of Dr. Navarro's leadership,” Wilson said. 

 

The Board started its superintendent search earlier this year and partnered with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to lead its process. During its national search, the Board focused on selecting an innovative candidate to lead CCPS after a global pandemic. After reviewing applications and virtual interviews, the Board selected Navarro as one of three superintendent finalists. The Board announced the finalists last month.  

 

Community input 

 

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the Board solicited community input virtually. Once the finalists were announced, the Board conducted a community survey for interview questions. The survey resulted in more than 2,500 submissions and the Board chose the top five questions. Each finalist participated in a virtual interview with Chairperson Wilson that was posted on the CCPS website for community view. Surveys were created for each finalist and posted with each candidate’s virtual interview.  

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LEONARDTOWN, MD – In recognition of the new national holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day, St. Mary's County Government administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 18, 2021.

Additionally, all three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed and there will be no Home-Delivered Meals Friday, June 18, 2021.

 

The following facilities and services will have no change in regular operations:

 

The St. Andrews Landfill and six Convenience Centers will be open and follow normal operations schedules on Friday, June 18, 2021. A complete list of hours of operation is available online at  https://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/Hoursofoperation.asp.

All St. Mary's County Library locations will be open Friday, June 18. Book drops, and online services will also continue to be available.

St. Clement's Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, and the Old Jail Museum will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The St. Mary's Transit System (STS), SSTAP and ADA services will operate under normal schedules Friday, June 18, 2021.

St. Mary's County Government is committed to providing high quality, cost effective and efficient services to St. Mary's County. For information, visit www.stmarysmd.com.

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The Charles County Board of Commissioners announced today, that Charles County Government will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

 

“We, as a Board of Commissioners, are pleased to join the State of Maryland, federal government, and other states and jurisdictions, in this step to recognize Juneteenth as the emancipation of America’s African-American enslaved population,” said Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “This observance is a giant step forward in acknowledging a significant milestone in our history that continues to impact us today.”

 

Congress has passed S. 475, bipartisan legislation recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. By law, whenever a national holiday falls on a Saturday, county employees will observe the holiday on the preceding Friday.

 

Due to this announcement, below are changes to the normal county operating schedule for June 18:

All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
·         Charles County Circuit and District Courts will be closed.

Senior activities (indoor and outdoor) and service appointments will be re-scheduled.
Meals on Wheels is canceled.
 

Operating status for other county affiliated agencies:

Charles County Public Library: www.ccplonline.org
Charles County Health Department: www.CharlesCountyHealth.org
 

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners today announced that Calvert County Government offices will be closed Friday, June 18, 2021 in observance of the new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.
 
In addition, the following operations for county government services and facilities will be in effect:
 
·         County senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered. Participants are provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
 
·         There will be no regular county bus service for Friday, June 18. Regular service will resume Saturday, June 19.
 
·         The nature center at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and county community centers will not be open for drop in use Friday, June 18.
 
·         All county parks, pools, Breezy Point Beach and Campground and Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will remain open with normal hours.
 
·         The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, which includes the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will be closed on Friday, June 18 and will reopen with normal hours Saturday, June 19.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office and the Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be closed Friday, June 18.
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed Friday, June 18. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – In observance of the Juneteenth holiday, NAS Patuxent River will be operating under holiday hours June 19, 2021.

 

Gate Hours June 19, 2021

·       Gate 1 – Open 24/7

·       Gates 2 and 3 – Closed

·       Webster Field Main Gate – Open 24/7

·       NRC Solomons – Open 24/7

·       Visitor Control Center – Closed

 

MWR Programs June 19

·       Eddies Locations - Closed

·       Theater Coffee Shop - Closed

·       Auto Hobby Shop - Closed

·       Bowling – Open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

·       Customized Creations – Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·       Drill Hall – Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·       Outdoor Pool – Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·       Community Rec Tickets and Travel – Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·       West Basin Marina – Open for normal hours of operation

·       Liberty Center – Open for normal hours of operation

·       Cedar Point Golf Course – Open for normal hours of operation

 

Child Development Center/Youth Programs

All Child Development Centers and Youth Programs will be closed June 19, 2021

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place Thursday, June 17, 2021 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be testing and training for realistic night flight scenarios.  Night testing and training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. 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 the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.
 

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Date: June 17, 2021
 
On June 15, 2021, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force, Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigations Division, along with assistance from the Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant in the 46300 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park. Joseph Daren Brooks Jr., age 18 of Lexington Park, attempted to flee the residence on foot. Deputies pursued Brooks and took him into custody. Located in the waistband of Brooks’ jeans was a loaded handgun. Brooks was also found to be in possession of a digital scale, and suspected marijuana. Brooks was uncooperative with officers on scene and resisted arrest by attempting to exit the police vehicle. Brooks was charged with the following:
 
Possession of a Firearm/Minor
Handgun on Person
Loaded Handgun on Person
Resist/Interfere with Arrest
 
The following wanted individuals were located at the residence where the search warrant was executed and arrested:
 
Keyon Micah Jasey, age 19 of New Jersey- Failure to Appear/Driving Without Required License 
 
Deatre Marquise Perkins, age 25 of Lexington Park- Failure to Appear/Driving Without Required License
 
Oliver Thomas Smith, age 35 of Great Mills- Failure to Appear/Driving Without Required License 
 
Austin Dylan Winbush, age 21 of Capitol Heights- Failure to Appear/Driving While Suspended
 
Anyone with information on gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force is a collaborative effort with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the State’s Attorney’s Office for St. Mary’s County to ensure the safety and security of all residents, through the arrest and prosecution of those seeking to do harm unto others through gun violence. 
 
#StopGunViolence
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment. 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 
 
Download and Share the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office mobile app: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a48820650

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LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Public Works & Transportation will be conducting the 12th annual community document shredding event to be held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the St. Andrews Landfill located at 44837 St. Andrews Church Road in California, from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
This community event will provide residents with the opportunity to have their confidential, private, and important documents destroyed by a professional shredding service at no cost, turning sensitive documents into confetti-sized pieces. This type of shredding ensures that confidential material cannot be copied. All paper material shredded during the event will be recycled.
 
Please refrain from bringing materials that are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines (acceptable at any of the six Convenience Centers) as they will cause the truck to fill up more quickly. The shredder can handle simple staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and thin metal prongs, however, it cannot accept 3 ring binders. Please limit the number of boxes you bring to 3 standard bankers’ boxes (10"H x 12" W x 15” D) per person so we are able to serve as many residents as possible. A total of 12,650 pounds (6.32 tons) of paper was collected from over 239 vehicles at the last event held Nov. 7, 2020.
 
For more information or details on this event, please contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3550. For information on other recycling programs, log on to our website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/

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(FORESTVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred early this morning in Prince George’s County.
 
At approximately 4:30 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 301 in the area of Clymer Drive. According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta was making a left turn from northbound Route 301 onto Clymer Drive. At the same time, a tractor-trailer was traveling south of Route 301. The driver of the Volkswagen failed to yield to the tractor-trailer, which led to the crash. The driver of the Volkswagen, Christopher Robin Barnes Jr., 26, of Waldorf, Maryland was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer remained at the scene. 
 
The driver of the Volkswagen, a male, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer remained at the scene. The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
 
The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division responded to the scene to inspect the tractor-trailer and assist in the investigation. Route 301 was partially closed until about 9 a.m. because of the crash.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

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On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 8:14 pm, sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical services were dispatched to the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in California for the report of a vehicle crash involving three vehicles. Due to the severity of the injuries, the St. Mary’s County Collision Reconstruction Unit was contacted and assumed the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined that a 2001 Toyota 4Runner SUV, driven by Tyler Wade Hoffman, age 30 of Hollywood, was traveling north on Three Notch Road approaching the intersection with Shady Mile Drive. The Toyota 4Runner struck a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, which was stopped in the northbound through lane for the red traffic signal. The impact of the collision pushed the Dodge Grand Caravan into a 2019 Mercedes-Benz, operated by Kristopher Burnette, age 41.
 
The operators of all three vehicles were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Sharon Theresa Savoy, age 61 of District Heights, the operator of the Dodge Grand Caravan, is listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital.
 
At this time, speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors in the crash.
 
Anyone with additional information about the crash is asked to contact Cpl. Vincent Pontorno at 301-475-4200, ext. 72337 or email vincent.pontorno@stmarysmd.com.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is planning for the return of in-person learning for all students this fall. The first day of school for students for the 2021-2022 school year is Monday, Aug. 30. CCPS will move forward with a traditional school year for all students. This includes a return to five days of in-person instruction for all students, prekindergarten through Grade 12.  

 

Last month, CCPS instructional leaders presented to the Board of Education a return to learning plan for the school system. The plans include a continued focus on providing every student with an electronic learning device, enhanced sanitation and cleaning protocols, additional social and emotional supports for students and staff, and instructional programs to address learning gaps. The presentation is posted online here.  

 

As part of the return to school plans, eligible high school students were offered the opportunity to apply for the Virtual Academy. Students who met specific criteria were eligible to apply, such as performance during the 2020-21 school year and attendance levels. As of June 15, more than 125 high school students have been accepted to the program. The high school Virtual Academy is the only virtual learning option for CCPS students next school year.  

 

Gov. Hogan recently announced a July 1 end date to his executive order requiring mask use in schools and school buildings. CCPS is not making any changes to its mask use policy or standard operating procedures at this time. Staff will continue to work with the state and local health departments, as well as the Maryland State Department of Education, to ensure the health and safety of staff and students.  

 

Standard operating procedures in place may change as CCPS receives updated COVID-19 guidance from state and local health officials. Since March 2020, CCPS has consistently worked with partner agencies and Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney to ensure CCPS was in compliance with best health and safety practices.  

 

To prepare for the fall, CCPS has implemented summer learning programs that target students most in need of additional support. At the elementary level, CCPS is hosting summer boost programs for identified students. Additional summer programs are in place for special education students, as well as students in the English Learners (EL) program.  

 

CCPS waived the fees for secondary summer school make-up courses this year and is providing two free summer enrichment camps for elementary and secondary students. Information about available summer enrichment camps is posted on the CCPS website.  

 

Summer curriculum planning is set to address shifts in learning targets for students. Instructional staff are working on professional development sessions for teachers, reviewing data and updating curriculum to best support learning gaps.  

 

As the new school year begins, CCPS will continue its focus on social-emotional learning programs. This includes mental health screenings at the secondary levels, mental health workshops for students identified in need, partnering with Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, and monthly classroom guidance lessons.  

 

The goal is for staff to reconnect with students and focus on relationship-building to support a return to in-person learning. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, only 10,000 students had returned to school for limited in-person instruction. More than 27,000 students are anticipated to return to schools Aug. 30.  

 

CCPS will share plans for the new school year with parents, staff and students as they are finalized. Any CCPS updates are posted on the school system website at ccboe.com.  

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LEONARDTOWN, MD – Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to enjoy a whole week of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and technology) oriented programming at Piney Point Lighthouse Museum focused on outdoor science and exploration from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., July 19 to July 22, 2021.

 

Kids can explore different topics at Piney Point while having fun. Each day will feature a different nature theme filled with tons of fun crafts and activities. Throughout this 4-day week, participants will also create their very own Field Journal based on their findings and discoveries. During their adventures, kids will create lots of exploration materials that they can take home and continue exploring with their families. Day one will focus on tree identification, day two on fishing and crabbing, day three on exploring local insects and day four on being a sailor.

 

“Because Piney Point has so many interesting things for kids to explore, we thought it would be great to develop a fun, yet educational, multiday STEAM program for children to take part in while off school for the summer,” says Karen Stone, Manager of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “With such a broad range of topics, they’re sure to find lots of fun things to do while enjoying the outdoors at the lighthouse.”

 

Parents are encouraged to book their child’s slot soon, as this program is limited to 20 participants to give each child the best hands-on experience possible. Call 301-994-1471 to book; the cost is $40 per child for the entire 4-day program.

 

For more information about the program, other educational activities or Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, please call 301-994-1471 or visit http://www.Facebook.com/1836Light.

 

About the St. Mary’s County Museum Division

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets.

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The Charles County Planning and Growth Management Department is revising the Septic Pump-out Reimbursement Program to a flat $100 reimbursement per approved pump-out application starting Thursday, July 1. The new rate will allow the County to meet the increasing demand of applications and allow more septic system owners to participate.
 
The County Septic Pump-out Reimbursement Program is to encourage residents to pump out their septic systems every three to five years.  Septic system pumping is recommended to maintain the effectiveness and longevity of the system and reduce water pollution.
 
To apply for reimbursement online or for a paper application to submit by mail, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/government/planning-and-growth-management.  Applications received after June 30 will be subject to the new $100 reimbursement rate. 
 
 For questions or more information, please contact Paula Proctor, Charles County Planner, at 301-396-5237 or ProctorP@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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On June 11, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force, and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division along with assistance from the Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant in the 36600 block of Wilson Drive in Bushwood. Traven Desales Gant, age 18 of Bushwood, was located at the residence and found to be in possession of a digital scale containing suspected cocaine residue. Also located during the execution of the warrant was a loaded handgun. Gant was arrested and charged with the following:
 
Possession of a Firearm/Minor
CDS: Possession-not Marijuana 
CDS: Possession-Paraphernalia
 
Anyone with information pertaining to gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact the Youth Gun Violence Task Force at (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force is a collaborative effort with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the State’s Attorney’s Office for St. Mary’s County to ensure the safety and security of all residents, through the arrest and prosecution of those seeking to do harm unto others through gun violence. 
 
#StopGunViolence
 
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment. 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 

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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is refunding members’ capital credits totaling nearly $6.6 million. Of that total, a general refund of approximately $4.2 million will be issued in July. Eligible active members will receive credits on their bills, and checks will be issued to eligible former members. Special refunds of about $2.4 million will be paid throughout the year to include estates of deceased members.
“We are happy to issue capital credit refunds to SMECO members when our financial obligations have been met. Passing savings on to members is a basic co-op principle,” said Sonja M. Cox, SMECO president and CEO. She added, “SMECO members invest in their cooperative every time they pay their bill, and receiving their share of a portion of SMECO’s margins is one of their rewards.” 
SMECO’s margins for 2020 totaled more than $27 million. SMECO uses margins—revenue minus expenses—as working capital for new construction, system improvements, and facility upgrades. Cox explained, “Our members help to finance SMECO’s operations, and they realize one of the benefits of being a co-op member when they receive a refund.” 
At the end of each year, SMECO’s margins are allocated to a special account for each member, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s Board of Directors regularly evaluates the financial condition of the cooperative and determines when SMECO members’ capital credits will be refunded. Refunds will be credited to members’ bills beginning July 12 and checks will be mailed to eligible former members beginning July 19.
All eligible active members will receive a credit on the bill for their primary account. If members wish to contact SMECO to designate their primary account, they may call 1-888-440-3311. Eligible former members will receive a full refund of the balance in their capital credit account if the balance is $100 or less. Any remaining balances attributable to allocations made in the years 1986 and 1987 will also be issued to eligible members and former members. Whenever SMECO members move out of the co-op’s service area, they should contact SMECO to update their mailing address in order to receive refund checks in the future. 

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Damaged Property: 21-30676
On June 7, 2021, DFC Cress responded to Calvert Pools located at 3903 17th St. in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a destruction of property. The complainant advised between the dates of June 4 and June 6, 2021, an unknown individual(s) had damaged the pickets located on the front deck of the office building. The estimated value of damaged property is $1000. 
 
Theft: 21-31910
On June 12, 2021, DFC Gilmore responded to the Chesapeake Beach Water Park located at 4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the reported theft.  Two patrons of the water park had reported items stolen from the areas where they had been sitting. The first victim advised her backpack was removed and an iPhone 12 Pro Max valued at $1200.00 had gone missing. The second victim advised her Michael Kohrs purse and its contents had been stolen. Inside the purse was a $100 Michael Kors wallet, $400 in US Currency, $80 Coach sunglasses, a set of keys valued at $100, a Maryland Driver’s License and a Master Card totaling $30 to replace. The total value of stolen property is $2260.00.
 
Theft: 21-32225
On June 13, 2021, Cpl. Fox responded to the 8700 block of D Street in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 10 p.m. on June 11th and 4 a.m. on June 12th, unknown suspect(s) siphoned gasoline from his vehicle parked on the street outside of his residence. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
Theft: 21-31283
On June 9, 2021, DFC Aurich responded to the 2200 block of N. Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown, MD for report of a theft. The complainant advised her front Maryland Registration plate was missing. The value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
ARRESTS
 
On June 7, 2021, Deputy Evans responded to the area of Fairground Road and Silverwood Lane in Prince Frederick, MD for a report of a suspicious subject. Contact was made with the complainant who advised an unknown male identified as Kenneth Jeremiah Sipan, 34 of no fixed address, walked into the residence without permission and grabbed a broom before realizing the homeowners were home and left the residence. A second victim advised, Sipan attempted to follow her into her residence and later discovered her vehicle had been scavenged through. Sipan admitted to stealing a car charger ($5) and a phone mount ($5) from the mentioned vehicle. Sipan was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Fourth-Degree Burglary and Theft: Less than $100.
 
On June 13, 2021, DFC Shrawder and DFC Callison were alerted to a fight in progress at the Tiki Bar located at 85 Charles Street in Solomons, MD. Deputies on scene observed numerous patrons fighting in the rear parking lot. Matthew Ryan Henderson, 23 of Orlando, FL, was identified as an aggressor who was activity fighting. As DFC Shrawder was attempting to detain Henderson, a second aggressor approached DFC Shrawder from behind and wrapped his arms around the deputy’s neck attempting to separate Henderson and the deputy. The suspect was identified as Timothy John Virgen, 25 of Lexington Park, MD. Virgin began to kick the deputy as he was placed into handcuffs. Both Henderson and Virgen were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest. Virgen was also charged with Second-Degree Assault. 
 
On June 11, 2021, Deputy Shoemaker responded to Calvert Health Medical Center located at 100 Hospital Road in Prince Frederick, MD for report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, the complainant advised Leah Beth Sales, 32 of Silver Spring, MD, was being disorderly, yelling at staff using profanity and cursing at them. As the deputy approached the room Sales was being seen in, a food tray came flying out of the room. Sales was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%.
 
“Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we have finally reached the light at the end of that long tunnel,” said Governor Hogan. “Each and every one of you—your actions—have made this day possible. I am so proud of our state, and I’m grateful to have had this honor to serve as your governor. Thank you all for being Maryland Strong.”
 
The COVID-19 state of emergency will end in two phases:
 
EMERGENCY MANDATES AND RESTRICTIONS END ON JULY 1
 
All emergency mandates and restrictions will be terminated as of July 1. There will no longer be any statewide mask order in effect for any settings, including schools, camps, and child care facilities.
 
45-DAY ADMINISTRATIVE GRACE PERIOD THROUGH AUGUST 15
 
Thursday, July 1 will mark the beginning of a 45-day grace period, where certain regulations will continue to be relaxed to complete the administrative transition out of the pandemic. This includes such provisions as renewing driver’s licenses, winding down emergency health operations, and the moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19.

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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2, firehouse.
 
At 29,929 square feet, the new $11-million facility boasts several new state-of-the-art features designed to enhance firefighter health and safety. The building incorporates improved technology to aid call response, energy efficient lighting and HVAC, and more bunkrooms for firefighters.
 
“We rely on our volunteer firefighters, day and night, to safeguard our homes, our families and our lives,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “I cannot overstate the vital importance of providing our volunteers with the latest technologies and a comfortable place to call home away from home. We are honored and proud to mark this historic milestone for Company 2 and thank our volunteers for the life-saving work you do every day.”
 
“The dream started in 2004 out of a need for more space and an upgraded facility that would bring us more in line with industry best practices for health, safety, training and gender differences,” said Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department President Patrick Hassler. “Over the years we faced many hurdles, but we overcame each and every one of them with the help of many supporters along the way. This is a fire department home for everyone in our community and we are proud of this final structure.”
 
“The new building and our commitment to our community is steadfast,” said Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joseph Della-Camera. “This structure is a symbol of inspiration to many and June 15, 2021 will forever be the start of this new and incredibly exciting chapter.”
 
“The members of Company 2 are truly dedicated to serving our community and we are proud to provide them with this new facility,” said Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan. “The investments made in this new building will help our volunteer firefighters train effectively, work safely and to support their well-being for the next 60 years and beyond.”
 
The previous 1960s facility was demolished in 2019 to make way for the new building. The age of the facility, changes in the size and number of apparatus and future requirements made the building a top priority for complete reconstruction. Company 2 operated from the Prince Frederick Armory during demolition and construction.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.
 

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