Ru­ral health care is work­group topic

Kent County News - - NEWS - Tr­ish McGee

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 cbrink­ley@townof­cen­tre­ville.org 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.

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