Rural health care is workgroup topic
CENTREVILLE — The Maryland Health Care Commission’s Rural Health Care Delivery Plan Workgroup is sponsoring community discussion sessions in each of the five Mid-Shore counties. The first is Thursday, March 2 at the Queen Anne’s County Public Library in Centreville.
The discussion sessions, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m., are being facilitated by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Community members are being asked to share their views about an improved health care system for the Eastern Shore.
Anyone who participates will receive a light dinner and a $25 stipend, according to a flyer sent out by the Maryland Health Care Commission.
For more information, or to sign up, email Mid Shore Discussion Group Study @gmail.com or call 443-863-8992. In Other Headlines:
• Centreville is looking for volunteers to serve on its planning commission, personnel review board, board of zoning appeals and ethics commission.
Completed applications should be submitted to Town Clerk Carolyn Brinkley at email@example.com or dropped off at the town hall, 101 Law
yers Row. For more information on each board or commission or a copy of the application, visit www.townofcentreville.org/ government.
• For the first time in more than a year, the Maryland Department of the Environment has temporarily opened the waters of the Kent Narrows to al
low shellfish harvesting, the agency announced Feb. 17.
Effective Monday, Feb. 20 and through the end of March, which is the close of oyster season, watermen may harvest clams and oysters. The MDE said an alternate end date may be established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Waters north and south of the bridge leading into the Chester River and Prospect Bay are part of the reclassification. Wells Cove on the south side is still closed to harvesting.
The DNR and MDE determined that the water quality met the strict requirements for harvesting shellfish before opening up the area.
Conducting pollution source surveys in various areas, MDE closes areas that do not meet its standards and reopens areas with improved waters.
Due to the Kent Narrows heavily used waterways by boats, as well as the development and human activity in the area, the MDE said, water quality is usually diminished, making the waters unable to be harvested. The last time the area was reclassified for harvest was in 2015, according to the agency.
Because water traffic in the winter months is decreased, a request for reclassification was made and accepted.
• Lt. Dale Patrick is the 2017 recipient of the DFC Jason Schwenz Memorial Award, the most prestigious award that the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Of
fice presents each year. Patrick has 39 years of law enforcement experience, the last 20 with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently the public information officer. Members of the Schwenz family at
tended the annual awards dinner Feb. 18 and made the presentation to Patrick.
Schwenz and Centreville Patrolman Michael Nickerson were killed in the line of duty Feb. 13, 2001 while answering a loud noise complaint. Patrick was one of the officers who responded to the scene the night that Nickerson, a Kent County native, and Schwenz were shot.
Numerous other awards were given, including Purple Hearts to Deputy Steve Creason and DFC Scott Hogan. Creason was struck by a motor vehicle
while on duty and Hogan was shot while assisting with a domestic situation in Chester Harbor on Dec. 30. Both deputies are recovering from their injuries.
• A preliminary hearing for a Sudlersville man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab is today in the District Court for Queen Anne’s County. Harley Dean Duarte, 37, is charged with 12 counts of manufacturing meth, as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
At today’s hearing, a judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe that Duarte committed the offenses.
Duarte was apprehended last month in Philadelphia, waived extradition and was returned to Queen Anne’s County on Jan. 25. He was served a warrant for violation of probation — he had served 18 months of a 10-year sentence for conducting a theft scheme: $1,000 to $10,000 — and a warrant charging his with the firearms and drug-related offenses.
The charges against Duarte stem from a Sept. 22 incident on Duhamel Corner Road. Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s detectives investigating a series of thefts from cars in the northern part of the county found what appeared to be a drug lab when they served a warrant.
The resident, whom police subsequently identified as Duarte, was not at home when the warrant was served.
“While searching the residence they located what appeared to be an explosive device and evidence of a lab to produce methamphetamine,” according to a sheriff’s office news release issued at the time.
Detectives cleared the residence and called in bomb technicians from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company, county EMS, county emergency services and Choptank Electric Cooperative also responded.
Emergency responders searched the house, shed and grounds, seizing evidence as they went.