Two people have been charged in connection to a home invasion that happened earlier this month on Colfax Road near Chestertown. 17 year old Rashawn Donte Bennett Jr. of Chestertown and 18 year old Kaitrell Shamar Wright of Worton have been issued district court arrest warrants charging them with robbery, armed robbery, home invasion, first- and second-degree assault, firearms offenses and conspiracy — a total of 26 charges.
The Rock Hall Mayor and Council have proposed a 2-cent tax increase. If adopted, the new rate would be $0.34 per $100 of assessed value. A public hearing will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the municipal building on Main St. Immediately following the hearing, the council is expected to vote on the proposed tax increase.
A jury has acquitted a former University of Maryland basketball player who was accused of having sex with a drunk woman without her consent. 25-year-old Damonte Dodd was found not guilty of raping or assaulting the 18-year-old woman he met at a College Park bar on Halloween night in 2017.
A graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School will be attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Mason MacKenzie a 2019 graduate decided back when he was 10 years old this was the direction he was headed. Mason plans to be a naval aviator and wants to major in aerospace engineering.
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners unanimously passed Emergency Ordinance 19-11, giving eligible volunteer members property tax credit on their principal residence. The property tax credit will be phased in over five fiscal years beginning with credits of up to $1,500 in FY20 & 21. The first year of the tax credit is estimated to cost about $225,000. Before adopting the ordinance, Commissioner Stephen Wilson explained that he was all for this tax credit with the stipulation that a funding source be identified for this upcoming fiscal year and budgeted annually from here out. The rest of the board agreed and passed a motion in that regard. Volunteer Firefighter Mike Faust of Sudlersville, who is also vice president of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, said Queen Anne’s will be the third county in the state to enact such an ordinance. To be eligible for this tax credit, QAC fire company volunteers must have maintained active service status for three consecutive years and be a resident property owner of the county. Applications will be submitted annually to the Fire and EMS Commission.
A Chestertown woman has been charged with failure to obey a lawful order while police were conducting a traffic stop on Williams Street near Haven Road in Rock Hall. Kent County Sheriff’s say 27 year old Hannah Emerson McHenry was a passenger in the vehicle. She allegedly refused orders to stop interfering with field sobriety testing of the driver and to stop yelling in the street. The driver, who was not identified, was released from the scene with a warning for an alleged traffic violation.
Police say a 19 year old male from Sudlersville reported to police that he lost his driver’s license, black iPhone X, and phone case at the Under Armor store in the Queenstown Outlets. If you have any information in reference to this incident, please contact the QAC Sheriff’s office.