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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | March 9, 2012
State health officials say today that lab tests confirm all four members of a Calvert County family striken with a severe respiratory illness in recent weeks had the H3N2 strain of influenza A, a strain of the flu that has been going around this season. Three have since died. At least two of the cases were complicated by bacterial infections with methicillin-resistent Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene . Additional lab testing and investigation continue, but the health officials said there still have been no other clusters of severe respiratory illness in the state discovered.
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BUSINESS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The energy company Dominion said Tuesday that it is exploring developing an alternate evacuation route for some residential neighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the company and federal regulators that the facility poses no significant safety or environmental risks. Karl R. Neddenien, spokesman for the Richmond, Va.-based company, declined to offer details but said Dominion is "looking into" establishing an alternate route for residents living on Cove Point to get away should there be an emergency at the facility.
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NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Federal regulators gave final approval Monday for energy company Dominion to build the East Coast's first natural gas liquefaction plant at its Cove Point site in Calvert County, a project that has raised concerns from neighbors and environmentalists. The $3.8 billion project would allow Dominion to export liquefied natural gas through the facility on the Chesapeake Bay. It plans to complete the project and begin exporting by June 2017, adding about 75 jobs to the approximately 100 already at the site.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Federal regulators gave final approval Monday for energy company Dominion to build the East Coast's first natural gas liquefaction plant at its Cove Point site in Calvert County, a project that has raised concerns from neighbors and environmentalists. The $3.8 billion project would allow Dominion to export liquefied natural gas through the facility on the Chesapeake Bay. It plans to complete the project and begin exporting by June 2017, adding about 75 jobs to the approximately 100 already at the site.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
— It's quiet these days at Dominion's liquefied natural gas terminal in the Chesapeake Bay. Only five tankers docked last year at the pier a mile off the Calvert County shoreline, and not much traffic is expected this year, either. But thanks in large part to booming production of natural gas from shale deposits in neighboring states, the East Coast's largest LNG terminal could be bustling again in several years — exporting the heating and industrial fuel to other countries, instead of importing it. Dominion, based in Richmond, Va., has won approval from the Department of Energy to use Cove Point for exporting liquefied natural gas to about 20 nations with which the United States has free-trade agreements.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
A tornado was spotted over the Patuxent River in Calvert County on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The "waterspout," as tornadoes over water are known, was seen moving west over the river about 5:55 p.m. by law enforcement, said Heather Sheffield, a NWS spokeswoman. After the spotting, which came amid thunderstorms in southern Maryland, a short-lived tornado warning was issued for parts of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties, Sheffield said.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
A Baltimore man was killed in a car crash Sunday after fleeing from a Maryland State Police trooper in Calvert County, officials said. The man was not immediately identified as authorities worked to notify his relatives. State Police said a trooper, identified as Trooper First Class Shareef Lewis, was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Rt. 4 near Industry Lane in Prince Frederick around 3 p.m. when he noticed a Mitsubishi without a front plate. The trooper attempted to stop the Mitsubishi, which initially pulled onto a shoulder before accelerating and fleeing north along Rt. 4. The trooper followed the car, which drove onto a side road, Main Street, and back onto Rt. 4, swerving back and forth across traffic and going southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, state police said.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
Lou Ruth Blake was the family's matriarch who sang in the church choir and organized gospel shows. Lowell Frederick Blake liked to make people laugh. Venessa Marie Blake was the ardent churchgoer with a contagious smile. All three family members died within days of each other earlier this month from complications of the flu — a cluster that state officials acknowledged was unusual. Their deaths caused a stir in the community of Lusby in Calvert County, where Blake family roots run deep in the town of nearly 1,600.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Clayton Lambert had not given much thought over the years about his near-state-record fish - until his 12-year-old son, Colton, caught a fish that qualified for one. More than three decades after the elder Lambert's crappie came up 4 ounces short of a Maryland record, his son's 11-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass broke Rodney Cockrell's nearly 30-year-old record of 11 pounds, 2 ounces. Colton Lambert, a seventh-grader from Huntingtown in Calvert County, was among four anglers honored for their state records at last Saturday's Maryland Fishing Challenge in Annapolis.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
A Calvert County elementary school student was suspended last week for bringing a toy gun onto a school bus to show a friend, according to a lawyer representing his family. At a two-hour meeting Friday between officials, the boy, his parents and the attorney, the school system agreed to end the suspension early, and the student will be able to return to classes for the rest of the year. "You can tell by looking at him and listening to him that this kid doesn't have an ounce of malice in his heart," said Robin Ficker, the lawyer.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | September 26, 2014
A Canton condominium owned by Baltimore author Tom Clancy is slated for settlement next month, according to court documents. The Clancy estate is the subject of a legal battle between his widow and the former executor. The 2,379-square-foot unit in the Canton Cove building on Boston Street came under contract for $660,000 in September.  The court approved a petition to sell the property Sept. 17, a day after attorneys for J.W. Thompson Webb sought permission for the deal.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Two young boys were charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied home on the Calvert County estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy. The Office of the State Fire Marshal said Friday that the boys, who are 12 and 14 and from the Dares Beach community in Calvert County, confessed to igniting combustibles in the living room of the two-story, unoccupied wood frame house on the evening of Aug. 22. The fire was reported by a person passing by and was brought under control within 15 minutes of the arrival of firefighters, but the house was destroyed.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A Calvert County circuit judge has overturned the Southern Maryland county's decision to exempt the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility from local zoning regulations. It's not clear, however, whether the decision affects plans for the $3.4 billion project. Judge James P. Salmon declared that Calvert County acted illegally in freeing Cove Point, now the site of a liquefied natural gas import terminal, from having to comply with the county's zoning ordinance. In doing so, the judge said, county officials violated Maryland's constitution by treating Dominion, the Virginia-based energy company that owns the site, differently from other property owners.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Dr. Richard G. Thomas Jr., a longtime Baltimore County educator who helped in the integration of county public schools in the 1950s, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Harwood resident was 82. The son of Richard G. Thomas Sr., a businessman, and Hattie V. Thomas, a homemaker, Richard Garnett Thomas Jr. was born in Anne Arundel County and raised in Harwood and Lothian. "He was raised in a home that nurtured and inspired educational pursuits, excellence, high morals and service to others," said his sister, Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley of Baltimore, who had been counseling coordinator for Baltimore County public schools.
NEWS
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Anne Arundel County officially opened a new water access point Wednesday in Shady Side, an offshoot of a citizen-led effort to increase public access to bodies of water. More than 70 residents and county officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shady Side Park, and officials said attendees brought more than 30 kayaks to give the new facility a test drive. The access point - on Parish Creek, which feeds into the West and Rhode rivers - offers enthusiasts a place to put in their kayaks, canoes, inner tubes and paddleboards.
NEWS
June 17, 2014
In its permit ruling last month, the Maryland Public Service Commission stated that the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas refinery is not in the public interest and would be a net economic negative for the state. That should have been the end of the discussion and the project should have been denied ( "Cove Point natural gas export facility gets state OK," May 30). Instead, the PSC thinks that if Dominion shells out $48 million for absolution for the harm they will cause to the environment and economy, it will be acceptable.
NEWS
August 25, 1992
DUNKIRK -- A Calvert County man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of another man, which was witnessed by a woman with whom each had been involved, Maryland State Police reported.George Evans, 56, was stabbed five times in the chest late Saturday at his home in Dunkirk, state police said.Paramedics were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead early Sunday at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Maryland State Police reported.A woman who had been dating Mr. Evans witnessed the stabbing, and her former boyfriend was arrested at his home about a mile away, said state police Trooper Greg P. Cameron, who investigated the stabbing.
FEATURES
By WAYNE HARDIN | September 5, 1993
The sun blazed and the deerflies attacked at the top of the hill, but here at the bottom, the air is 10 degrees cooler, bugs don't bite and the creek ripples placidly around cypress roots.Down here, you're in the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, a 100-acre "primordial world," as a Calvert County tourism pamphlet calls it."Cypress has been at Battle Creek thousands of years," says Andy Brown, 29, senior naturalist at the swamp's nature center. "The mystery is why it's here. Most cypress stands are found in river valleys.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
A Baltimore man was killed in a car crash Sunday after fleeing from a Maryland State Police trooper in Calvert County, officials said. The man was not immediately identified as authorities worked to notify his relatives. State Police said a trooper, identified as Trooper First Class Shareef Lewis, was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Rt. 4 near Industry Lane in Prince Frederick around 3 p.m. when he noticed a Mitsubishi without a front plate. The trooper attempted to stop the Mitsubishi, which initially pulled onto a shoulder before accelerating and fleeing north along Rt. 4. The trooper followed the car, which drove onto a side road, Main Street, and back onto Rt. 4, swerving back and forth across traffic and going southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, state police said.
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