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Pax Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Gate Hours 2022

Pax Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Gate Hours

 

Thursday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 27, holiday/weekend routine

Gate 1: Open 24/7

Gate 2: Closed

Gate 3: Closed

Visitor Control Center (VCC)/Pass and ID office: Closed

 

Normal gate Operations resume Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

 


Noise Advisory - FCLPs Nov. 27-Dec. 8, 2022

PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Nov. 27-Dec. 8, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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. They consist of a series of touch-and-go maneuvers where airspeed, altitude, and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach a ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our service members and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult tasks 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.


Testing of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens on Dec. 5

LEONARDTOWN, MD – There will be a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert and Dorchester counties on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at noon.

This includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family, and neighbors.

The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune in to one of the local radio stations for information and instructions.

Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

To learn about Disasters & Hazards, Being Prepared and Being Informed visit: https://www.prepare.stmarysmd.com.


Calvert County Bus Service Unavailable on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

 Calvert County bus service will be unavailable on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, while the Department of Community Resources, Public Transportation Division holds in-house bus service training for all drivers. Regular routes and schedules will resume Friday, Dec. 9. Residents may direct their questions to Public Transportation at 410-535-1600, ext. 2360, or transportation@calvertcountymd.gov.

The Public Transportation Division serves the transportation needs of the general public, older adults and individuals with disabilities. The county provides eight fixed routes and four demand-response/para-transit routes to link residents with major shopping, medical and employment areas, as well as with public services available in Prince Frederick. Learn more at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Transportation.

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.


Pax River wins NDW Region Installation Excellence Award, Moves to Navy-Wide Competition

PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – Commandant, Naval District Washington, Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore has named NAS Patuxent River the NDW Regional winner of the Installation Excellence Award — Large Shore category — which recognizes quality in installation management, program excellence and community outreach. “I truly appreciate all that you, and your teams, have done over the past year,” wrote Lacore in an email message announcing the win. “Congrats to the selectees and thank you again to all for what you do each day.” All of the NDW installations were judged on air and port operations; fire and emergency management; security; safety and health; conservation efforts; planned or completed energy projects; facility improvement; property stewardship; fleet and family readiness; communications and public relations. The following are just some of the activities and initiatives that earned Pax River its award: - Pax Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel opened in May 2022, and houses four canines supporting two President of the United States missions, VQ-4 MWD requirements, 147 Random Antiterrorism Measures, and 741 hours of Explosive and Narcotics detection across six fence-lines. - Pax Operations earned an 82% overall grade for the Command Assessment for Readiness and Training (CART) including maximum points for the Incident Management Team and a successful "pilot" program assessment of Fire and Emergency Services. - Pax served as a pilot program for CNIC’s Healthy Food Initiative in March, informing the future of food services across CNIC. - Pax supported Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations in May and June 2022. The LCACs landed and launched from our beach to deliver high-value equipment for crucial Special Operations Group testing. - Pax Air Ops team earned a 94% on the triennial CNIC Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Airfield Evaluation, exceeding the Fleet average of 85%. Airfield Services (AFS) earned a grade of OUTSTANDING during their concurrent Carrier Airfield Service Unit (CAFSU) inspection, and our Search and Rescue (SAR) Dogs executed eight realworld SAR operations and rescued six personnel. Pax supported Calvert Exercise (CALVEX) 2022, a FEMA evaluated exercise at the St. Mary’s County EOC, strengthening bonds with state and local partners. - Fire and Emergency Services from NAS Pax River responded to 1,021 real-world events, most notably, a quickly growing structural fire at building 440. Pax Fire's rapid response saved CNIC approximately $1M. - Pax Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department programs provided responsible liberty solutions for over 3,000 Sailors with more than 11,000 program sign-ups. Through innovative thirdparty commercial sponsorship, the Liberty program provided free golf, bowling, and movies to E-4 and below Sailors. Our CYP served over 575 children, youth, and teens in the Navy’s largest Child Development Center. - Pax received a $2.7M Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge award to restore eroding shoreline that contains a nesting area for diamondback terrapins. The REPI program acquired two conservation easements, totaling 300 acres, in the Harriet Tubman Rural Legacy Area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These easements are located beneath Navy airspace and now support wildlife, agricultural productivity, climate resilience, and military readiness. - Pax Environmental completed 427 FY22 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. “This award is no small feat, and representative of the hard work from each of our Sailors and civilian teammates,” said Capt. Derrick Kingsley, NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer. “All of our ‘Pax Pros’ should be proud of this achievement. Everyone did their job to make this happen.” As a result of the win, Pax River will now advance to the CNIC-level of competition as the NDW nominee, facing other regions around the world for the Navywide award. Winners of the CNIClevel Installation Excellence Award will go on to compete with installations from other branches of the military services for the DoD-wide Commander in Chief Awards.


Patrol Officers Recover 387 Grams of Marijuana and Three Firearms During Traffic Stop

Patrol Officers Recover 387 Grams of Marijuana and Three Firearms During Traffic Stop: On November 16 at 9:48 p.m., a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Bannister Circle and Hamilton Place after observing it fail to stop at a stop sign. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed two bags of suspected marijuana inside the car totaling 387 grams. In addition, officers recovered three firearms – two semiautomatic guns and one rifle. Jalonni La Monte Agee, 20, of Indian Head; Dontre Marquise Bryant, 23, of Suitland; and Shaniya Monet Hutchins, 21, of Lanham, were arrested and charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, illegal transportation of firearms and other related charges. On November 18, a judge released all three suspects from the Charles County Detention Center on personal recognizance on the condition they not possess firearms. Officer Vanover is investigating.


Maryland Reaches Settlements with Experian over Data Breaches

The state of Maryland has entered into multiple settlements with Experian over data breaches. The Maryland Attorney General's office along with those in 39 other states announced two separate settlements with Experian and a subsidiary recently over the companies' handling of personal information. Experian failed to notify customers regarding data breaches in 2010 and 2015. As part of the settlement, Experian has paid penalties and agreed to improve its data handling and security. To ensure those new methods are effective, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says Experian will hire outside firms to audit its data practices.

"There will be monitors in place whom they will hire to look over their shoulders who will be looking at how they're doing and what they're doing."

Experian did not respond to our request for comment.

A few states have enacted comprehensive data privacy laws. Maryland's Personal Information Protection Act isn't comprehensive but has been strengthened since it was implemented in 2008. Now the law mandates data aggregators such as Experian notify customers about data breaches within 10 days of discovery. When asked if Congress and state legislatures should enact more strict data protection and privacy laws, Frosh said yes and pointed to biometric data.

"You can now get your DNA tested. It goes into a database somewhere. It may be sold to other entities. We think that should be included among the things that are protected within the scope of the personal information that people need to take special care of."

 The settlement requires Experian to offer affected consumers 5 years of free credit monitoring services. For more info on data privacy and security, in addition to other services for consumers, visit the Attorney General's Identity Theft Unit website at marylandattorneygeneral.gov.


State's Attorney's Office Brings Back "Drive Sober" Initiative for One of the Deadliest Times on the Roadways

LA PLATA, MD— The State’s Attorney’s Office for Charles County (SAO) is bringing more awareness to the grave dangers of driving impaired, as well as helping the public take preventative measures for its “Drive Sober” initiative. For the second year, the “Drive Sober” initiative will run during the holiday season – November 21, 2022, through January 1, 2023 – which is one of the deadliest times on the roadways due to drunk driving.

 

Last year, the SAO released a “Drive Sober” billboard featuring victim Ethan Ruefly, a 3-month-old infant killed by a drunk driver in Charles County. This year, the SAO is returning with a billboard featuring Taylor Halbeib (21 years old), Autumn Jenkins (20 years old), and Destanee Lyles (18 years old) – all victims of impaired drivers. As the SAO encourages motorists to think about the life-altering decisions they make on the roadways, the billboard packs a powerful message about the fate of these young women – “They won’t be home for the holidays” due to the careless decision of another person to drive impaired. Their stories can be viewed on the SAO website, www.ccsao.us/DriveSober.

 

 

In addition, the SAO has partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) again to spread awareness of their “Tie One on for Safety” campaign.

 

To encourage safe roadway practices, the SAO has committed to the distribution of:

 

  • Keychain breathalyzers
  • Rideshare gift cards
  • Non-alcoholic drink vouchers to designated drivers

 

Citizens of Charles County will be able to pick up any of these preventative measures on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the “Shop La Plata” event in the Town of La Plata for Small Business Saturday.

 

 

Further information on the effects of impaired driving and the “Drive Sober” initiative can be found on the SAO’s website, www.ccsao.us/DriveSober.


Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedules

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will close beginning at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition:

·         The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, which includes the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24. Normal operating hours resume Friday, Nov. 25.

·         The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24. Normal operating hours resume Friday, Nov. 25.

·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.

·         County senior centers will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 23; lunch will be served at 11 a.m. The centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25.

·         Meals on Wheels will not be delivered Thursday, Nov. 24, or Friday, Nov. 25. Participants will be provided shelf-stable meals in advance.

·         Public Transportation will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24; for specific route information, please contact the Transportation Office at 410-535-4268.There will be no county bus service Thursday, Nov. 24, or Friday, Nov. 25. Regular service will resume Saturday, Nov. 26.

·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies at 410-535-3491.

·         Calvert Library locations will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 and reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Digital services and materials are available 24/7 on calvertlibrary.info.  

·         The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24. The museum will reopen Friday, Nov. 25, with normal operating hours.

·         Northeast Community Center will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25.

·         Harriet E. Brown and Mt. Hope community centers will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25.

·         Southern Community Center will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25.

·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open with normal hours Wednesday, Nov. 23. The golf course will be open Thursday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., weather permitting. Carts must be returned by 2:30 p.m. The course will be open with normal hours Friday, Nov. 25.

·         All recreation parks, including Cove Point, Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Ward Farm will be open with normal winter operating hours. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Parks for park hours and information.

·         Kings Landing Park and Flag Ponds Nature Park will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and will reopen Friday, Nov. 25, with normal fall hours. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NaturalResources for park hours of operation.

·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp nature center and trails remain closed until further notice due to a fire on Nov. 5, 2022.

·         Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24. Normal hours will resume Friday, Nov. 25.

·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground is closed for the season.

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.


Newly Elected Officials To Be Sworn in Dec. 5

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Citizens of St. Mary’s County are invited to attend the quadrennial Oath of Office Ceremony for St. Mary’s County elected officials on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at 6 p.m. The event will take place inside the Leonardtown High School auditorium, 23995 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown.

 

The following elected officials will be sworn at the ceremony:  Debbie Mills Burch, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Albert R. Babcock, Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Bill Mattingly, Judge of the Orphans’ Court, Michael R. White, Judge of the Orphans’ Court; Phyllis R. Superior, Register of Wills; Dorothy Andrews, Board of Education; Karin Bailey, Board of Education; Steve A. Hall,  Sheriff; Mike Alderson, Jr., County Commissioner; Eric Colvin, County Commissioner; Michael L. Hewitt, County Commissioner; Scott R. Ostrow, County Commissioner; and James Randy Guy, President, Commissioners of St. Mary’s County.

 

Christine L. Kelly, Treasurer, and Jaymi Sterling, State’s Attorney, will be recognized during the ceremony. They will take their Oaths of Office in January 2023.

 

Members of the Leonardtown High School Orchestra will perform and the Chopticon Air Force Jr. R.O.T.C. will present the Colors. Great Mills High School student, Zhyreniah Plater will perform the National Anthem and NAS Patuxent River Executive Officer CAPT. Derrick Kingsley will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The Oath of Office Ceremony will air live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95, however the event will not be streamed on YouTube. The program will be posted to the county’s YouTube channel following the completion of editing.

 

Citizens wishing to RSVP for the ceremony can email events@stmarysmd.com no later than Monday, Nov. 29.


Calvert County Implements Cost Recovery Program for Emergency Transport

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces it has accepted a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with many of the county’s volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) departments to implement a centralized EMS transport billing system. EMS transport billing enables fire, rescue and EMS companies to recover some of the costs of providing ambulance transportation.

The agreement between county government and local rescue squads will allow an approved third-party vendor to bill insurance companies for emergency transport, beginning Jan. 1, 2023. Although patients may be asked to authorize payment by their insurance company and may receive a bill, patients will not be expected to cover any associated costs or underpayment by insurance companies, nor will they be penalized for nonpayment.

“For decades, volunteer emergency services have worked hard to provide quality care for Calvert County residents and, in that time, have continuously adapted to the evolving needs of our community,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “Implementing cost recovery does not change the services provided but will further support the ability for EMS services to care for residents in their time of greatest need. You should not hesitate to call 911 in an emergency. The same emergency medical services will be provided to all who need it, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.”

For answers to frequently asked questions and more information, citizens are encouraged to visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/CostRecovery.

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.

 


County Government Building Closed on Friday, Nov. 18

The Charles County Government Building will be closed on Friday, Nov. 18 due to law enforcement activities that may impede normal government operations. The closure will only be at the County Government Building located at 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata. All other County Government buildings will be open on a normal operating schedule.

This will impact operations within Treasury’s Office, Purchasing Office, Commissioners’ Office, and Permitting Offices. Water and sewer bills can be paid online or through the Government Satellite Office (3670 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf). County Government Building operations will commence on Monday, Nov. 21.

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Detectives Obtain Arrest Warrant in Homicide Case / Crime Solvers Offering Reward up to $2,000

Detectives Obtain Warrant in Homicide Case / Crime Solvers Offering Reward of up to $2,000: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect wanted in connection with a shooting / homicide that occurred last month. On October 23, the victim, Aden Christopher Garcia, 19, of Waldorf, was a passenger inside a car in the 2700 block of Albemarle Place in Waldorf when he was shot. He was driven to an area in Prince George’s County where someone called 9-1-1. Garcia was then transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased the following day. Detectives pursued leads and were able to identify the shooter as Jontez Davon Dorsey, 22, of Waldorf. Further investigation revealed Garcia was intentionally targeted. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Dorsey with first-degree murder and other related charges. Dorsey is 6’0” tall, weighs approximately 160 lbs., and has a tattoo on his neck that says “ZIAH”. Dorsey is known to frequent areas in Charles County, Prince George’s County, and Washington, D.C. Anyone with information about Jontez Dorsey’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call 9-1-1. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. A reward totaling up to $2,000 is being offered by Charles County Crime Solvers and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Det. A. Worley is investigating.


Lexington Park Men Arrested on CDS, Firearm Charges

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested two Lexington Park men this week upon execution of a search warrant resulting in CDS and firearm charges.

 

In October 2022, detectives began an investigation involving the distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances at the 21200 block of Winding Way in Lexington Park. Over the course of the investigation, Juwan Deontre Ford, age 19 of Lexington Park, and James Sylvester Ford Jr., age 21 of Lexington Park, were observed conducting multiple hand-to-hand drug transactions at the residence.

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, the Criminal Investigations Division, along with the Sheriff’s Office’s Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at the residence. When Juwan Ford was detained, he had suspected marijuana residue on both hands. Inside of the residence, a large quantity of suspected marijuana was floating in the toilet that Juwan Ford attempted to flush.

 

When James Ford Jr. was detained, he was carrying a shoulder bag, which contained three individual bags of suspected marijuana, totaling more than 10 grams.

 

During the search of the residence, more than 10 grams of marijuana, large heat-sealed plastic bags, digital scales and other evidence was recovered.

 

James Ford was charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute and CDS Possession: Cannabis 10 Grams , and was released on bail from the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday.

 

Juwan Ford was charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute; CDS Possession: Cannabis 10 Grams ; CDS Distribution with Firearm; Firearm Possession with Felony

Conviction; Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession and Possession of a Firearm as Minor. He is being held on a no-bond status at the detention center.


Nov. 15 and 16 Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, County Climate Resilience and Sustainability Officer Beth Groth and University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability representative Dan Nees provided the Board of County Commissioners with a presentation on the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation Military Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) grant project for Naval Support Facility Indian Head and the Town of Indian Head.

County staff and the University of Maryland conducted a significant stakeholder engagement process that involved multiple meetings with key stakeholders on a variety of topics, including transportation, energy, buildings, emergency management, social concerns, and community amenities; and held forums with other MIRR grantees. Because Indian Head is on a peninsula, it will experience impacts from rising temperatures, increasing rainfall, sea level rise, nuisance and urban flooding, and storm surge. The assessment included the area’s built environment, natural resources, and community services. Recommendations included the establishment of a NSF Indian Head Resilience Action collaborative, creation of a project portfolio, and development of a financing strategy. Nees also addressed environmental justice and equity within the area. The report will be finalized in the near future.

Update

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) President and CEO Sonja Cox provided an update on new electric service requests in SMECO’s Service Territory.

Open Session Briefings

  • Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services provided a presentation on the Fiscal 2023 First Quarter General Fund Review. With three months of data, year-end revenues are currently expected to slightly exceed budget and expenditures are predicted to be on target.
  • Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services provided an update on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney spoke briefly about using ARPA funds for behavioral health needs.
  • Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services provided a presentation on fiscal impact of tax credits for Seniors CitizensFirst Responders, and Disabled Veterans if implemented. 

Approval Items

County Commissioners approved:

  • revision to the Personal and Floating Holiday Days’ Policy.
  • To amend 2023 Legislative Proposals Package to add a proposal to allow special license plates options for disabled veterans.

Updates

  • Department of Public Works and Department of Planning and Growth Management provided an update on Western Parkway Roadway Improvements. Phase 3A-3 and 3B are in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by February 2023 and the start of construction in June 2023.
  • University of Maryland C.D. Mote Jr. Incentive Award Program Director Jacqueline Wheeler Lee provided an update on Charles County University of Maryland Scholarship Awards and students shared their experiences with the program.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Public Hearing

County Commissioners held a public hearing on:

Viewing option of meetings: Click Here

Next Commissioners Session: Nov. 29 and 30, 2022

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 


New Task Force of County Leaders Launched to Address Housing Affordability and Stability

Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Housing Task Force, comprised of over 30 county leaders across the United States. The group will identify county-led solutions and innovations for addressing America's housing affordability and stability crisis.

“Counties are on the front lines of responding to the housing crisis,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “Stable, quality housing is the foundation for better health, safety, education, a strong workforce, improved financial wellness, and lower demands on the social safety net. NACo’s Housing Task Force is committed to meeting the moment and addressing our residents’ housing needs.”

The Housing Task Force will explore intergovernmental partnerships supporting housing solutions among federal, state, and local officials, along with private, nonprofit, homeownership, and rental partners.

The group will examine comprehensive solutions to address the complex conditions that undermine housing affordability. Housing costs are outpacing job and wage growth in many areas, with many colliding factors, including:

  • Supply chain disruptions
  • Labor shortages
  • Increased demand for short-term rentals
  • Land costs
  • Demographic pattern shifts due to generational population changes and economic competitiveness
  • Institutional investors
  • Governmental policies, regulations and capacities, and
  • Competing public, private and community interests and incentives. 

“I look forward to collaborating with other key leaders throughout the country to share information and learn about best practices for addressing our county's housing challenges,” said Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “Every family should have the opportunity to feel safe and secure in a place they can call home, and I am pleased to be a part of a group that is dedicated to working on making affordable housing for all a reality.”

County roles and responsibilities related to housing vary significantly across and even within different states. Depending on specific structures and authority, county governments can play a leading role in the following:

  • Tax policies
  • Financing and lending
  • Down payment and closing cost assistance
  • Building permits and code enforcement
  • Land use and zoning
  • Infrastructure development
  • Workforce housing
  • Public safety and emergency management, and
  • Community planning.

Regardless of specific county functions and responsibilities, all counties have the potential to establish and enhance partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit sector stakeholders.

The Housing Task Force will host in-person and virtual meetings and produce original research to examine the role of county governments in providing residents with more housing, greater variety of housing, and better housing affordability and value.

Click here to see the task force members and more information. 


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 22-64866

On November 7, 2022, Deputy Huy responded to the 1800 block of Bright Lane in Owings, for the report of property destruction. The complainant advised a window on the side of the victim’s house had been broken out. Two panes of the window and shards of glass were observed scattered across the room. The estimated value of the damaged property is $500.00.

Damaged Property: 22-65438

 

On November 10, 2022, Deputy DeSantis responded to the 7700 block of Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of property destruction. Investigation revealed an upstairs bedroom window and a shed had been shot with a BB gun. The estimated value of the damaged property is $500.00.

 

Damaged Property: 22-66143

On November 13, 2022, Deputy Claggett responded to the 3800 block of 8th Street in North Beach, for the report of property destruction. Investigation revealed the basement sliding glass door to the residence was damaged. Deputy Claggett observed the sliding glass door shattered into multiple pieces. The estimated value of the damaged property is $2500.00.

 

 

 

 

ARRESTS

On November 7, 2022, Deputy R. Jones responded to the 7-Eleven located at 15 N. Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, for the report of a suspicious person. The complainant advised a male was sitting outside the business acting strange. Contact was made with David Peter Lambert, 51 of Huntingtown, who had been trespassed from the establishment. Lambert was placed under arrest for Trespassing: Public Property.

 

On November 9, 2022, Deputy Murphy initiated a traffic stop in the area of S Solomons Island Road in the area of Sweetwater Road in Lusby, for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, Devin Lamonte Hudson, 31 of Atlanta, GA, the odor of raw marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. A vehicle search revealed a jar of raw marijuana (1 gram). Further investigation revealed, Hudson was in possession of a loaded handgun and ammunition. Hudson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Loaded Handgun in a Vehicle and Handgun in a Vehicle.

 

On November 10, 2022, Deputy McCourt responded to the 300 block of Dew Drop Lane in Prince Frederick, for the reported stolen vehicle. While responding to the scene, Deputy McCourt observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on Seagull Beach Road. Deputy McCourt initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle failed to comply and continued to flee through the neighborhood refusing to stop. During the pursuit, Deputy Daily approached the suspect, Brandon William Cobb, 31 of Prince Frederick, and ordered him out of the vehicle. Cobb refused to comply with multiple verbal commands. Cobb was eventually placed into police custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Obstructing and Hindering, Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order, Theft: $25,000 to Under $100,000 and other traffic related charges.

 

On November 12, 2022, Cpl. Jacobs responded to the Market Square Shopping Center in Prince Frederick, for the reported trespassing. Contact was made with Robert Allen Rice, 56 of no fixed address, who had been indefinitely trespassed from the property. Rice was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing.

 

On November 12, 2022, Deputy Strong responded to the 11700 block of HG Trueman Road in Lusby, for the report of trespassing. Investigation revealed a male subject who initially provided a false name to deputies, later identified as William Alexander Sledge, 65 of no fixed address, was trespassing on the property with two active warrants. A search of Sledge’s person incident to arrest revealed four Suboxone strips. Sledge was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property, False Statement to Peace Officer, and CDS: Possession-Not Cannabis.


Patrol Officers Arrest Suspect in Attempted Burglary

Patrol Officers Apprehend Suspect in Attempted Burglary: On November 12 at 7:47 p.m., patrol officers responded to a business in the 2500 block of Old Washington Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a burglary in progress. The business owner had received an alert from the security system and was able to use it to provide responding officers with a description of the suspect seen attempting to burglarize the establishment. Upon arrival, the suspect had fled. Officers recognized the person seen in the video from the surveillance footage and knew where he lived. When officers located the suspect, he was wearing the same clothing he had on during the break-in. Daniel Paul Seman, 43, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. On November 13, a district court commissioner released Seman on personal recognizance. Officer Karopchinsky is investigating.


Woman Charged with Attempted Murder

Woman Charged in Connection with Stabbing Case: On November 13 at 7:46 p.m., officers responded to the 12100 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf for the report of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they located a male victim in the hallway of an apartment building with a stab wound to his back. Officers rendered first aid until medics arrived and transported the victim to a hospital with injuries that were later determined not to be life threatening. The suspect, Ebony Janea Hemsley, 35, of Waldorf, was located in a nearby apartment and arrested. It appears the stabbing occurred during an argument between the victim and suspect who are known to each other. Hemsley was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. On November 15, a judge ordered Hemsley to be held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center. Officer Snyder is investigating.


Patrol Officers Arrest Suspect in Attempted Burglary

Patrol Officers Apprehend Suspect in Attempted Burglary: On November 12 at 7:47 p.m., patrol officers responded to a business in the 2500 block of Old Washington Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a burglary in progress. The business owner had received an alert from the security system and was able to use it to provide responding officers with a description of the suspect seen attempting to burglarize the establishment. Upon arrival, the suspect had fled. Officers recognized the person seen in the video from the surveillance footage and knew where he lived. When officers located the suspect, he was wearing the same clothing he had on during the break-in. Daniel Paul Seman, 43, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. On November 13, a district court commissioner released Seman on personal recognizance. Officer Karopchinsky is investigating.


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