Local County Government News Briefs

Calvert County Emergency Management Division to Conduct Maintenance Test of Alert and Notification Siren in White Sands July 9

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.—The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will conduct a test of a single alert and warning siren Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at noon.

The siren, located near Stable Lane, will be activated for three minutes as a test following maintenance. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.

If sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the local radio stations listed below for information and instructions. Contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, for additional emergency or disaster preparedness information.

Calvert County Crime Solvers' Case Of The Week

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.—Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the persons responsible for the burglary at a home on Sachem Drive in Lusby on July 6 at around 4:30 p.m. The victim states that four black men kicked open the front door of his residence while he was upstairs. The victim ran down and found the men in his living room but they exited the residence and fled on foot. The victim advised that they appeared to be juveniles, aged fourteen to about seventeen. The victim stated that he heard knocking on his door and then his doorbell rang immediately prior to the door breaking open. Nothing appears to have been taken. An immediate lookout turned up 5 juveniles but the victim stated they were not the ones who were in his living room. A neighbor reports seeing a group of young men running down the street yelling in the same timeframe.

Citizens with information on this crime or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link at http://www.CalvertCountySheriff.us or by calling 410-535-2880. If the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Charles County Charter Board Scheduled to Meet July 17

LA PLATA, Md.—The Charter Board will meet on Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Government Building in the Government Building Conference Room, 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata.

The final Draft will be on the ballot in November. A copy of the Draft Charter is available on the Charles County Website at http://www.charlescountymd.gov/commissioners/boards/charter-board.

For more information, contact Ms. Melody Weschler at 301-645-0555 or CharterBoard [at] CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County I.T. Division Receives NACo Achievement Awards

LA PLATA, Md.—The Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division is a recipient of two National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes innovative county government programs throughout the nation.

The division received an award for the Charles County’s Mobile Asset Management Program. This program improved operations through real-time, accurate data exchange and streamlined work order management by use of County issued mobile devices. The program enriched staff development through IT technology training and enhanced employee productivity.

Charles County received a second NACo award for its MDT Emergency Response Integration program. This program produced a creative, scalable solution that integrates the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems patient-tracking application with existing Emergency Medical Services applications. Program benefits include minimizing emergency vehicle on-board equipment and reduced training requirements.

CCSO Invites County Residents to National Night Out

Neighborhoods and Communities Should Register Now to Participate in Charles County’s Largest Block Party

LA PLATA, Md.—Attention all neighborhoods: On August 5 , from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., neighborhoods throughout Charles County are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out. Sheriff Rex Coffey, the women and men of the CCSO, McGruff the Crime Dog and McGruff’s nephew Scruff, will join residents to celebrate the community’s alliance against crime, drugs and violence.

Many neighborhoods will host block parties with food, games, a CCSO-sponsored coloring contest and other activities while others will light their porch lights to demonstrate their support for NNO. “National Night Out is an opportunity for people to come out of their homes to meet their neighbors and interact with officers. The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting against crime,” said Sheriff Rex Coffey.

For 19 years in a row, the National Association of Town Watch has recognized Charles County’s participation by awarding the agency its category II award for community participation. In 2013 Charles County had 156 neighborhoods participate in National Night Out. Many local and national businesses contribute to help make the night more special. This year, the CCSO has received donations from Meredith Management LLC., Wal-Mart, American Legion Post 82, and Toyota Scion of Waldorf. SMECO contributes yearly to the fund the children’s coloring contest.

To find out if your neighborhood is participating, to register your neighborhood to participate, or to make a donation to NNO, contact Community Organizer Connie Gray at 303-932-3080 or email her at grayc [at] ccso.us.

St. Mary's County Commission for Women Cancels Meeting

LEONARDTOWN, Md.—The Commission for Women Meeting scheduled for July 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 14 has been canceled.

The Commission's next scheduled meeting is Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653. The August meeting will include the regular business meeting and planning retreat for the upcoming fiscal year.

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