Thursday, October 20, 2011
Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting In Lexington Park

Cindy Allen with St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s PIO office says an officer was involved in a fatal shooting on Thursday in Lexington Park. She says the officer is not injured.

She says an adult male was killed in the shooting.

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EPA: To regulate disposal of fracking wastewater
Daily Record

Federal environmental regulators say they will develop national standards for the disposal of polluted wastewaters generated by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Also known as fracking, the technique uses millions of gallons of water, along with sand and chemical additives, to unlock gas in deep shale formations in Pennsylvania, Texas and other states. Its use has increased dramatically in recent years, raising concerns about the potential impact on water quality.

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Waldorf VFD Open House
Ryan DeGruy ― The Bay Net

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department opened their doors to the public for their annual open house. This year they had demonstrations by the fire department, Charles County K-9 team, and the Bay K-9 Search and Rescue team as well as numerous displays from the department themselves, Maryland State Police Aviation, Charles County Dive Team, and others.

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Cardin’s Statement on the Death of Moammar Gadhafi
The Bay Net

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, issued the following statement on the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi:

“Moammar Gadhafii’s death is positive news for the people of Libya, for America, and for the international community.  For decades, Gadhafi persecuted all opponents to his regime and controlled the Libyan people with brutality and violence.  His open defiance of the will of his own people and their desire for freedom, and his rebuff of the international community, made it predictable that he would not survive this latest chapter.

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Residents Express Frustration Over MD-234 Bridge Closure
Andy Marquis ― The Bay Net

Some residents expressed gratitude while others expressed frustration over the continued closure of the Allen’s Fresh Bridge on MD-234 during a public meeting Wednesday night.  The bridge was closed after large sinkholes formed during Tropical Storm Lee.

State Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D: Charles County), members of the Board of St. Mary’s County Commissioners and the Charles County Commissioners all attended the meeting.

“This was a very enlightening meeting I saw today,” St. Mary’s County Commissioner President Jack Russell said.  “I had no idea that the whole structure was tore up.  It was enlightening to me.  I know people are frustrated but it takes a fair amount of time to get stuff done.  It was good to come here to see what underway with all the works.  Senator Middleton was here and the rest of the commissioners from Charles County.  It’s going to take some time but they’ll get it done.”

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State readies $9.5M offer to keep Bechtel workers in Frederick
Nicholas Sohr ― Daily Record

Maryland is poised to offer Bechtel Corp. $9.5 million to keep the majority of its Frederick County workforce in place until 2018.

The engineering and construction management firm, one of the largest employers in the county, has been considering a move to Northern Virginia.

“It’s sad that the state has to consider something like this,” said Sen. David R. Brinkley, R-Carroll and Frederick. “You have someone who has been there, and it’s been their worldwide headquarters.”

Maryland’s offer would come in two pieces from the Sunny Day Fund, a pool of money the state uses for “extraordinary economic development opportunities.” There would be a $2 million conditional grant in the first year, and then a $7.5 million conditional grant spread over the next six years.

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CSM Announces Ruth Mathes Scholarship
The Bay Net

College of Southern Maryland biology and physical science students will have additional funds to grow and flourish academically thanks to the generosity of The Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust (CPNHT) Ruth Mathes Scholarship Program.

The scholarship is named for CPNHT founder and president Ruth Mathes, who established the trust to promote, preserve and protect ecologically sensitive sites at Cove Point and in the surrounding vicinity of Southern Maryland through land conservation, scientific research and environmental education. Mathes was a career state and federal environmental protection official for agencies including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She died in 2004 at age 75.

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Proposed Plumbing Test Draws Criticism
Dick Myers ― The Bay Net

Should someone in St. Mary’s County doing plumbing work in their own home be required to take a test to show they know what they are doing? That very idea is included in proposed changes in the county’s Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code now under consideration.

A public hearing was held Tuesday by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners to consider updating the code from a national 2006 standard to the latest 2009 edition. The proposal, however, also contains the suggestion by the St. Mary’s County Plumbing and Fuel Gas Board to require the person doing the work, such as installing a dishwasher in their home, to appear at one of their monthly meeting and take a test.

Currently and in the new regulations, after the work is done it would have to be inspected by the contract agency (MDIA) hired by the county to do such inspections.

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Pedestrian struck and killed on Route 301 in Waldorf

A pedestrian was struck and killed early Thursday morning on northbound Route 301 in Waldorf.

All lanes were shut down shortly after the incident, but are now reopen.

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Charles County Sheriff’s Reports
Southern Maryland Online

LA PLATA, Md. (October 20, 2011)—The Charles County Sheriff’s Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

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House Passes O’Malley Redistricting Plan
Len Lazarick ― Southern Maryland Online

All Southern Maryland Democrat Delegates Vote for Redistricting Plan, which Many Claim is Gerrymandered

The House of Delegates on Wednesday approved Gov. Martin O’Malley’s congressional redistricting map exactly as he had proposed, despite fierce opposition by Republicans and some minority groups.

The vote was 91-46, with five minority Democratic delegates from the Washington suburbs joining all 41 Republicans voting against it. The bill needed 85 votes to pass as an emergency measure that will go into law as soon as the governor signs it, which may happen as soon as Thursday.

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Young Women Encouraged to Pursue STEM Education, Careers
GINA CAIRNEY ― Southern Maryland Online

In 2004, Sandy Poinsett, a professor at the College of Southern Maryland, noticed there were only two or three girls among 20 boys in her calculus class—not enough of an improvement over her own college calculus class, where two or three girls joined 200 boys.

The thought that more girls should be represented in today’s math courses led her to start an event to encourage young women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Charles County Update: Commissioner Collins and Mr. Craig Renner…

...on the Economic Summit



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Charles County Update: Commissioner Robinson and Gene Lauer…

...on the Economic Summit



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Charles County Commissioners Meeting Video




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