St. Charles is set to be part of the United States Running Association Half Marathon Running Series.
The announcement was made Thursday by Dean Reinke of Reinke Sports Group in Winter Park, Fla.
The event, which was created in partnership with the Charles County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, will take place April 17 and 18 starting with a fun run for kids on the Indian Head Rail Trail at 9 a.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, the packet pickup and runners’ expo will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
On Sunday, the half-marathon, a 13.1 mile run, will start at 8 a.m. and a 5K run will begin at 8:15 a.m.
Craig Barrett, president of the Hughesville Running Club and race director, thinks “this event will provide a great opportunity for local runners to come out and challenge themselves with a nice long distance race through the local neighborhoods and countryside,” he wrote in an e-mail.
At the finish line, “there will be a post-race party … with live music and refreshments,” Reinke said. “It’s sort of a festive atmosphere.”
Twenty-three municipal police departments in Prince George’s County received federal money to purchase nearly 400 handheld radios that will enable officers to communicate with all public service agencies in the county, announced Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown on Thursday.
In the past, radioing a county police officer may have been as complicated as requiring a municipal police officer to radio their dispatch system, who would contact the county’s dispatch system, who would contact the county officer, explained Berwyn Heights Police Chief Patrick Murphy. The updated system will streamline the process and allow officers to more quickly communicate reports.
In his own commute to work through Charles County, Murphy said he sees reportable incidents all the time, from suspended license plates to potential domestic violence situations, and often calls them in via cell phone. With a new radio, he will be able to easily call in reports to local police and he believes others will be encouraged to do the same when they commute through Prince George’s County.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an alert to citizens to be extra observant of activity near heating oil tanks after officers responded to calls in which heating oil was stolen from businesses and homes.
Detectives believe the suspects are driving their vehicles – probably large trucks or flatbeds- directly to the tanks and siphoning several gallons of oil - just enough to minimize immediate detection - before moving on to another tank. It appears the suspects put the oil in large barrels or drums and later sell the oil at a discount rate or use it for personal use.
On January 8, officers were advised of multiple thefts of oil from businesses in the Pinefield North Shopping Center located at 12562 Mattawoman Drive in Waldorf. It was later determined, based on fuel analysis, the thefts occurred between December 3 - December 17, 2009. Oil was also stolen from two area churches. Typically, the thefts are not noticed right away because the suspects are stealing just a few gallons from each tank.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Daniel Dwight Manoff, 46, of Poolesville, and his estranged wife Theresa Elizabeth Thorne, 30, were indicted by grand juries in the Circuit Court for Charles County and the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County on several counts of felony theft and conspiracy.
The charges allege that from 2005 through 2008, Manoff and Thorne stole money from Carl Steinhauser and Paula Kennedy of Charles County and Marcia Wilkinson of St. Mary’s County. The investigation revealed that Manoff offered to invest funds for the victims, failed to invest those funds and used them for his personal use, including to help Thorne pay off some of her personal bills.
GOP leader talks to delegate
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell had a meeting this week with an influential Republican who plies his trade on Capitol Hill, fueling speculation that he is being recruited to challenge House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
The discussion with House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) occurred after O’Donnell held a fundraiser on Monday at Harry Browne’s in Annapolis. O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) confirmed that the two men met at the restaurant across the street that encircles the State House.
My wife and I attended a public hearing regarding the proposed salary increases for the Charles County commissioners. Two words come to mind to summarize the hearing: unbelievable and imperious.
To our amazement, not one of the other three commissioners was willing to second the motion by Ms. Patterson. The body language of the three was similar to that they had all exhibited at the hearing in connection with the 9 percent real property tax increase that the commissioners recently imposed upon the citizens against unanimous public objection. It was clear that they were not listening to the citizens and did not give a whit about the public comment.
After the motion, they sat there looking dumbfounded. They were unable to look the citizens in the eye as they refused to offer up a second to the motion which presumably would have represented the necessary one additional vote to stop this ill-advised, overly generous pay increase in its tracks. My wife and I were dumbfounded as we watched this spectacle which seemed to take an eternity as Mr. Cooper gave them plenty of time to offer a second to the motion.
Bob Kavetsky, CEO of Energetics Technology Center in La Plata, announced Monday the receipt of $100,000 grant from Dr. Davida K. Anand, director of the Center for Energetic Concepts Development, to launch the Wounded Warrior Program in Southern Maryland.
According to Dr. Robert Gates, technical director of Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, the program is meant to provide jobs and education to the area’s “wounded warriors” — former U.S. armed forces members who have been separated from the military with a permanent disability.
Substitute teacher shows R-rated film at North Point
Two groups of high school students showed up to class this week to find they would be watching an R-rated movie not yet released to home video in the United States.
A substitute teacher showed two classes at North Point High School the movie “Precious,” now playing in theaters, while substituting in a math class Tuesday and in a local, state and national government class Wednesday.
Alissa Johnson, parent of a freshman at North Point, said she objects to the entire content of the movie and said it was unauthorized and had no academic value for classroom viewing.
Venomous attacks stung the air of the Charles County commissioners’ meeting room Wednesday night as nearly a dozen residents took their turns at the microphone in a unanimous effort to convince the commissioners to vote down a pay hike.
“How much more can we give you at a time when people are hurting?” asked Gains Hopkins, a Charlotte Hall resident. “Unless the compensation committee knows something we don’t, there’s no evidence for this kind of [economic] improvement and that’s a very good reason for all of you to say, ‘We are going to lay this aside.’ There’s absolutely no justifiable reason at this time to be taking salary increases.”
In contrast, Frederick County, which is projected to have 88,650 more residents than Charles County’s 144,950 next year at 233,600, according to U.S. Census data from the state of Maryland Web site, pays its commissioners’ president and four other commissioners $45,000, according to a document from the Maryland Association of Counties, “Salary Survey of Maryland Counties,” for fiscal 2010. It has an operating budget of $431 million.
Washington County will be about 5,000 people larger than Charles County in 2010, with an estimated 149,250 but pays its president and four other commissioners $33,000 and $30,000, respectively, according to the MaCo document. Its fiscal 2010 operating budget was $344 million.
About one in four female teens is involved in some sort of violent behavior at school or at work, according to a government report.
A survey of more than 33,000 girls and women aged 12 to 17 found that 26.7 percent had been involved in a serious fight at school or work, a group-against-group fight or had attacked someone with the intent to harm the person in the previous year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported Thursday.
The new analysis found that 18.6 percent of females aged 12 to 17 were involved in a serious fight at school or work, 14.1 took part in a group-against-group fight and 5.7 percent attacked others with the intent to do serious harm. Some engaged in more than one type of violent behavior.
The Obama administration moved a step closer on Wednesday to ending the nearly decade-long conflict over a major wind power installation off Cape Cod, Mass.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, after meeting with virtually all of the parties to the dispute, said that he intended to decide whether to approve the wind turbine project no later than April.
“What I want everyone to understand is that we will bring this process to a conclusion,” Mr. Salazar said at a news briefing. He said the drawn-out controversy and repeated challenges were “bad for everyone involved.”
In an effort to help combat childhood obesity, Tri-County Youth Services is launching the Jump Rope Project: Jump 2 B Fit in each county. This Service-Learning Project is being launched on Jan. 15 in Calvert County at the Yardley Hills Community Center in Prince Frederick and on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day, at the Waldorf Mall (St. Charles Towne Center) and the Jarboe Educational Center in Lexington Park in conjunction with Youth Service America.
The flurry of activity on Pier 11 in Baltimore began Thursday, as the USNS Comfort prepared for its latest mission—to aid in the relief effort following Tuesday’s massive earthquake in Haiti.
The 894-foot-long ship, described as a “floating hospital,” holds a trauma facility equipped to treat up to 1,000 patients at a time. Haitian patients are expected to be transported aboard by helicopter.
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By TIFFANY MARCH
Gov. Martin O’Malley has tapped a new state advisory board to help Maryland residents find jobs with the nation’s largest employer—the federal government.
The 16-member Federal Facilities Advisory Board, which O’Malley announced Monday, will work with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to examine how federal facilities in the state can boost Maryland employment numbers.