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Incidents range from deck collapse to reported drowning

By KATIE FITZPATRICK

Staff writer

Law enforcement officials kept busy during Fourth of July celebrations, responding to several incidents, the first of which occurred July 3.

Deck collapses, drowning reported

Just after 7 p.m. July 3, the deck of a home in the 3000 block of Cox Road in Chesapeake Beach collapsed. About 10 people were standing on the deck, located on the second story of the house, and were participating in Fourth of July celebrations. The structure could not support the weight, said Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Jones.

Two people received non-life threatening injuries and were stabilized and released from the hospital, Jones said. He said deputies responded to the call as a matter of public safety and to assist fire and EMS personnel, and the incident is not a crime to be investigated.

On Saturday, deputies responded at about 2 p.m. to the area of the North Beach Welcome Center after they received a “call for drowning” involving two children in the Chesapeake Bay, Jones said.

A 5- and 7-year-old had been pulled from the water by the time deputies arrived to the beach, Jones said. He said because there were “so many people in the water,” the two children were having a “hard time fending for themselves.”

“It wasn’t intentional; there were just so many people in the water,” Jones said.

The two children were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, Jones said, and the 7-year-old was then taken to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a precautionary measure.

Burglary of deputy’s home reported

At about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a reported burglary at the home of a Calvert sheriff’s deputy in Prince Frederick, Jones said.

Someone cut one of the tires of a vehicle in the driveway and officials “believe entry was made into the rear of the residence,” Jones said. Officials believe once the suspect “figured out someone was home,” the suspect ran, he said. Jones said the sheriff’s deputy was not home but a family member was there at the time of the burglary.

Deputies performed a K-9 track to try to locate a suspect, but were unsuccessful in doing so, Jones said.

The Calvert Investigative Team is investigating the burglary, he said. Anyone with information should contact Capt. Bobby Jones with the Calvert Investigative Team at 410-535-2800.

Deputy’s car catches fire

Five members of the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department responded to a sheriff’s office marked patrol vehicle that caught fire Thursday.

According to a Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office press release issued Thursday night, the fire occurred at about 1:56 p.m. in Port Republic.

“It doesn’t look like it was sabotage,” Steve Jones said, adding that the fire appeared to be related to an electrical problem.

The vehicle and all of its contents were destroyed, with an estimated $10,000 in damages, and no injuries or other damage were reported as a result of the fire, according to the release. The fire marshal’s office is investigating.

Fourth of July arrests made

Law enforcement officials aimed many of their resources at enforcing drinking and driving laws, which yielded fewer arrests than anticipated, during the Fourth of July holiday.

“For the most part, it was pretty quiet,” Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Jones said.

From Thursday through Sunday, deputies arrested nine people for driving under the influence or driving while impaired, Jones said. He also said there were “a few sporadic calls for people shooting off fireworks,” but nothing that was “of any consequence,” which he said was “pretty typical” for Fourth of July weekends.

Det. Sgt. A. Paton, assistant commander of the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack, said extra troopers were on duty on DUI patrols and speed enforcement during the holiday. He said troopers stopped 585 vehicles and arrested 10 people for DUIs and seven people for drug offenses.

Troopers received about three or four complaints for fireworks on July 4, which Paton said was “pretty standard” for the holiday.

Calvert Memorial Hospital associate vice president of corporate communication Kasia Sweeney said Monday that no one reported to the hospital emergency room or urgent care center with any firework-related injuries during holiday celebrations.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com