Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Kids Stranded, Only Road Closed After Tower Falls

AQUASCO, Md. - A high-voltage power line is dangling over the road and keeping people from going into and out of Eagle Harbor. A steel tower fell over Eagle Harbor Road, which is the only road into and out of the small town of Eagle Harbor and Cedarhaven.

A dump truck crashed into the tower in the town of Aquasco, causing it to start slowly coming down. An eyewitness described hearing a “huge explosion” when the truck hit the tower.

The truck’s driver did not suffer any injuries.
Power company workers told ABC 7 News they haven’t seen anything like the leaning power tower that hangs over the roadway.

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Sewer plant to turn methane gas into source of electricity
JASON BABCOCK ― Enterprise

A natural byproduct of human waste will be converted into electricity to power St. Mary’s County’s main sewage treatment plant. Using 94 percent federal stimulus funds, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission broke ground Thursday on a $3.9 million methane cogeneration project.

The single project will bring on about 100 jobs, which may be the most created by federal stimulus dollars in Southern Maryland, according to one county commissioner.

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Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said Sheriff’s Officers C. Caldwell, T. Yates and members of the COPS Unit arrested a 17-year-old male on January 19 in connection with a citizen robbery that occurred on January 14 at 4:37 p.m. in the 3900 block of St. Marks Drive in Waldorf. Sheriff Coffey said the quick arrest is the result of a number of factors including the recovery of evidence, police intuition, and good surveillance equipment.

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Incident and Arrest Reports

Charles County Sheriff’s Office - January 20, 2010

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Commissioners don’t respect public opinions
Maryland Independent

The “Public spurns raise recommendation” article [Maryland Independent, Jan. 15] was only the latest demonstration of how little regard our county commissioners have for the opinions of the citizens who elected them.

The sub-headline would have been more accurate if it had read “Commissioners ignore residents’ wrath” instead of “feel residents’ wrath.”

Related thread: Public spurns raise recommendation

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County staff outlines new transparency initiatives
MEREDITH SOMERS ― Maryland Independent

Thanks to a nod from the Charles County commissioners last week, efforts to have as transparent a government as possible could be fully implemented by the spring thaw.

During the commissioners’ meeting Jan. 12, Fiscal and Administrative Services Director Deborah Hudson and Richard Aldridge, the IT director for the same department, recommended for the board a checklist that will address the role of the county leaders, the government’s ledger, how news and information is given to the public and how analyzing the progress of all of those components can lead to a wholly open government.
Whether the five board members have abused that option has been a controversial topic frequently voiced among community blogs, public comments and in opinion letters to the Maryland Independent.

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Berry Elementary School to hold rabies information meeting

Berry Elementary School is holding an information session at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the school. The session is to provide information about the possible exposure of children to a rabid calf at Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek during recent fifth-grade field trips there.

Representatives from the Charles County Department of Health, Charles County Public Schools and Berry will be available to discuss important information about rabies and treatment as well as answer questions.

Related thread: Children Possibly Exposed To Rabies At Local Farm

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County Investigating 35 Cases of Malicious Property Destruction
The Bay Net

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating 35 cases of malicious destruction of property.  These crimes occurred January 9, 2010 through January 10, 2010, and again January 15, 2010 through January 17, 2010 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. 

Unknown person(s) used an object(s) to smash vehicle windshields and mailboxes in the California, Lexington Park and St. Inigoes areas of St. Mary’s County, Maryland with the greatest concentration of the destruction in Town Creek, Chancellor’s Run and St. Inigoes.  Based on the investigations it appears these crimes may be related. 

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Fingertip amputations prompt Graco stroller recall

About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children’s fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.

The recall by Graco Children’s Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The Exton, Pa., company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller’s canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.

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Va. Republican wants pot decriminalized

Republican state legislator is proposing legislation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and to make it available for limited medical purposes.

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Where do you bury bodies? Md. has no law

What would you do with a dead body?

Maryland residents would be required to send human remains to cemeteries, family burial plots, crematories or funeral establishments, under a bill proposed by Delegate Theodore Sophocleus, D-Anne Arundel. State lawmakers will hold a hearing on the measure Wednesday.

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FHA plans to require borrowers to produce more cash for down payments
Dina ElBoghdady ― Washington Post

The Federal Housing Administration plans to increase the amount of up-front cash paid by all new borrowers and to require higher down payments from those with the poorest credit, according to agency officials.

These policy changes, scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, are part of the agency’s effort to beef up its ailing finances, which have been eroded by rising defaults in its increasingly popular flagship mortgage insurance program. The FHA currently backs about 30 percent of all loans for home purchases and 20 percent of refinanced loans.

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Brown upsets Coakley in Massachusetts race
Paul Kane and Karl Vick ― Washington Post

Republican Scott Brown dealt a devastating blow to President Obama’s domestic agenda Tuesday night by capturing the Senate seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy, the legendary Democrat who had made health-care reform the cause of his political career.

Brown, a little-known Massachusetts state senator 10 days ago, won the special election by running directly against the health-care legislation that Kennedy trumpeted before his August death and that Obama considers his most important legislative priority. Coming on the eve of the first anniversary of Obama’s historic inauguration, the stunning upset eliminated the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and created an immediate roadblock to approving the health-care plan and other Obama priorities.

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Sad News: Helen DeGiorgi Passed Away Yesterday


Email from Virginia DeGiorgi (Johnnie’s wife):

Johnnie DeGiorgi’s foster mother, Helen DeGiorgi passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:15am.

Some history about Johnnie: He came to live with the John and Helen DeGiorgi of Temple Hills, Md. when he turned 6 yrs old. From age 6 Mons till he was 6 years old he was in a total of 10 homes. John and Helen did a wonderful job bringing Johnnie up along with 6 foster girls - Johnnie was the only boy.

Johnnie was placed in Washington D.C. foster care back in Nov/Dec., 1951 when he turned 6 Mons old (till age 21)by his real mother.

Comments by Sammy: Our deepest sympathy to Johnnie and his family.

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Open Thread - January 20, 2010

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” W. Clement Stone

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