Calvert County:

Hall pleads guilty in Calvert Animal Cruelty case: Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey announced that Charles Henry Hall, III, 44, of Chaptico, pleaded guilty on January 21, 2022, to 1 count of felony animal cruelty, and 1 count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, relating to the use and possession of a dog for dogfighting.  Hall faces a maximum penalty of 3 years incarceration and a $5,000 fine. 

Calvert Co. announced as #1 in Child Support collection/arrears paid in Maryland: Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey is pleased to announce that, as of December 31, 2021, his Child Support Division ranked #1 in the State of Maryland in the percent of child support collected and arrears paid.  In the first quarter of FY 2022, the Division helped to collect more than $133,000 in purge payments. 

PyroJam Presents First Annual Fireworks Competition at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum: PyroJam – a day-into-night festival featuring live music plus two hours of fireworks by some of the world’s top pyrotechnic choreographers – will hold its first annual fireworks competition on Sat., May 28. PyroJam will be held at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum located at 10515 Mackall Rd. in St. Leonard, Md. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the two-hour fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Charles County:

Suitland man to be charged in crash that killed one on St. Charles Parkway: On January 20, shortly after 8 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff’s officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry in the area of St. Charles Parkway near St. Ignatius Drive. The driver pulled into a nearby parking lot but failed to stop. 

School Resource Officers Investigating False Report of Shooting: On January 19, at 11:47 a.m., a call was placed to 9-1-1 stating there was “a shooting at a school,” but the name of the school was not provided by the caller. School Resource Officers and patrol officers were immediately contacted and were able to quickly determine that a shooting had not occurred at any of the schools.

One-on-one virtual tutoring available to Charles Co. students Grades 4-12: Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is partnering with FEV Tutor to provide elementary and secondary students in Grades 4-12 high-quality one-on-one virtual tutoring.

St. Mary’s County:

MDE chief put on defense in hearing on enforcement lapses: Maryland’s environmental chief vowed to make immediate reforms at his agency as he faced sharp questions on Jan. 18 from state lawmakers frustrated with its performance over the past year.

St. Mary’s County Recreation & Parks’ Gymnastics Academy USAG Team Competes in Third Competition of Season: The Department of Recreation and Park’sSt. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy is proud to announce another successful meet performance by the USAG team. The team competed Jan. 14-17, 2022, at the Hill’s Maryland Classic, hosted by Hill’s Gymnastics at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. Forty-one athletes represented Levels 2-7 and Xcel Silver, Gold, and Platinum teams with the gymnastics team program.

Heffron, St. Mary’s College Women’s Lacrosse Getting Love from USA Lacrosse:  With their first game just 36 days away, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s lacrosse team and senior defender Stephanie Heffron (Bowie, Md./St. John’s College [D.C.]) are collecting preseason recognition from USA Lacrosse Magazine.

State of Maryland:

Gov. Hogan’s budget includes increased spending on low-income food programs, health departments: Gov. Larry Hogan said he plans to make record investments in public health in the fiscal 2023 budget that will benefit low-income children, seniors, and local health departments.

Governor Hogan Announces $50 Million For Additional Child Care Stabilization Grants: Governor Larry Hogan announced that the State of Maryland will provide an additional $50 million in grant funding to support child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Consumer Debt in Maryland Changed During the Pandemic: At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s unemployment rate soared to 15%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The fallout on American workers was immediate as many lost their paychecks or saw their wages plummet overnight. However, broadly speaking, in much of the country, the economic damage from the pandemic did not prove to be as devastating as many first predicted.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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