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Raiders top
Hornets for
county title
St. Mary’s County, Maryland
With parade,
Leonardtown
tips its cap
to veterans
Burglar gets
20 years
and warning
nn Judge
tells Charlotte Hall man
to kick drugs, help recover jewelry
By JOHN WHARTON
Staff writer
A Charlotte Hall man has
been sentenced to 20 years
in prison from his guilty plea
to six burglary offenses from
a series of home break-ins
that a judge said resulted in
a restitution tab of more than
$32,000.
Christopher Blair French,
now 24, sat in a courtroom
last week as one of the victims of his crimes lamented
the continuing course of misconduct.
“This wasn’t his first
offense. Every time he gets
out, he gets right back into
this mess,” Deborah Demarr
of Mechanicsville said to the
presiding judge. “It’s drugs.
It’s in the area, and it’s real
bad.”
Some of the woman’s
missing collector coins have
been recovered, she said, but
she expressed her wish that
French “would let me know
where my jewelry is, if there’s
any of it left.”
“We’ll tie that into any
break he gets on the 20 years,”
St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David
W. Densford responded.
See BURGLARY, Page A-6
Townhouses
OK’d; erosion
concerns persist
nn Woods
at
Myrtle Point may
add 79 homes
By JASON BABCOCK
Staff writer
The St. Mary’s County
Planning Commission voted
to approve new townhouses
Monday night in the Woods
at Myrtle Point development
in California, after much discussion and debate among
the board and testimony
from area neighbors.
Homes have already
been built there by a previous developer, and neighbors along Patuxent Boulevard said they are still worried about runoff into area
streams and into Mill Creek.
More detailed stormwater
management plans and sediments and control plans will
be drawn up now that the
new developer, Curtis Development Co., has concept site
plan approval for 79 townhouses, in addition to the
single-family homes already
See HOMES, Page A-6
Staff photo by GRETCHEN PHILLIPS
At top, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) shakes hands Tuesday with Lisa Baba of Lexington Park at the Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown. St.
Mary’s was Hogan’s first stop on his thank-you tour of Maryland after his victory in last week’s election. Above, Gavin Phelan, 3, of Hollywood waves an American flag as he watches the parade pass by.
nn Community
celebrates
those who served
By NICOLE CLARK
Staff writer
Patriots placed small American flags
Tuesday into the outstretched hands of
onlookers along the square in Leonardtown during the town’s Veterans Day
parade. Spectators waved hundreds of
the miniature Old Glories back at them
and toward a clear sky of blue.
TJ Youhn of Hollywood sat back and
smiled. “Everybody owes the country
something,” he said Tuesday.
He’s a former Patuxent River Naval
Air Station test pilot, who during his
23-year career flew EC-130 and E-6 aircraft used for communications, including in air and with submarines. “The
squadron is still here, and so am I,”
Youhn said of VX-1.
“They’ve done a lot for our country,”
said Tara King, a Mechanicsville mom
who brought her three children to the
parade honoring those who served in
the military. Her son, Andrew Downs,
6, marched with the Royal Rangers, a
At Spring
Ridge, the
beat goes on
nn Rhythm
Club helps
students keep pace in class
By GRETCHEN PHILLIPS
Staff writer
Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN
River Lumpkins, front center, begins the beat recently as Shaekwon Jackson, front left, Matthew Cox and
Quinton Perry await their turn to jump in during Rhythm Club practice at Spring Ridge Middle School.
There are more than just “pa rum pum
pum pums” coming from the Rhythm Club
at Spring Ridge Middle School.
Started eight years ago by former teacher
Ryan Gravelle, the club consists of a group of
students who create percussion music out of
plastic buckets and tubs.
“They do complex routines with splitSee RHYTHM, Page A-9
church group similar to the Boy Scouts.
She wants her kids to know what
military service means. “Some have
given the ultimate sacrifice. I’d like to
remember them and thank them.”
“Get your flag off the ground,”
Michelle Whitaker, of Lusby, urged her
son, Mason. Although he’s only 3, she
said, it’s not too soon for him to know
“it’s disrespectful.” Whitaker said she
wants him “just to be proud to be an
American.”
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R), fresh
See PARADE, Page A-9
Singing their praises
Elementary school
students put on
programs to honor
St. Mary’s veterans
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Celebrating
her legacy
Artist Candy
Cummings recalled
for her spirit, talent
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