Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Protesters Climb Crane at Dominion Construction Site

On February 3 at approximately 5:59 am, Deputy First Class Robert Brady responded to Off Site Area "B" of the Dominion LNG project, located on the west side of Cove point Road and Route 4 for the report of trespassers. Upon arrival, Deputy Brady found that two unknown females were in the process of climbing a crane that was unoccupied. Deputy Brady and Sergeant Vladimir Bortchevsky of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office located a female attempting to climb the crane. Deputies identified her as Heather Doyle, 31, of Washington D.C. Doyle had climbing gear and was asked to desist. Doyle refused to comply and was arrested for trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order from law enforcement. While Doyle was standing next to a Calvert County Sheriff's Office marked patrol vehicle awaiting transport to the Calvert County Detention Center, she intentionally damaged the paint on the vehicle by scraping the handcuffs she was wearing in a manner that was gouging into the vehicle's paint. Doyle was charged with destruction of property in addition for damaging the vehicle's paint.

A second person identified as Carling Sothoron, 28, of Baltimore, was also equipped with climbing equipment and banners objecting to fracking. Sothoron was asked to climb down off of the crane and was told that she was putting herself and officers in a dangerous situation. Deputy First Class Stephen Esposito climbed the crane using climbing gear. Dfc. Esposito ensured that Sothoron was secured to the crane. Dave Marco from Kiewit construction responded to the scene. Mr. Marco is the Labor Relations and Security Safety Manager of this construction site. After consultation with Mr. Marco and ensuring the safety of both Sothoron and Dfc. Esposito, the crane boom was lowered and Sothoron was apprehended and charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order from Law Enforcement. Both Sothoron and Doyle are currently being held at the Calvert County Detention Center awaiting a hearing before the District Court Commissioner.

Dine Out During Calvert County’s Third Annual Restaurant Week

More than 30 of Calvert County's eclectic restaurants will showcase their creative cuisine and offer delicious deals during Calvert County’s third annual Restaurant Week Feb. 20 - March 1.

Coordinated by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Calvert County Restaurant Week will feature restaurants that draw on the region’s bounty to offer unique dining experiences. Whether your favorite fare is fresh seafood, Italian cuisine or anything in between, Restaurant Week has something to satisfy any taste.

Restaurant Week patrons can enter a drawing for prizes by completing an online feedback form or filling out response cards at participating restaurants. A special section on the Calvert County tourism website at features full event details including a list of participating restaurants, menus, a mapping feature showing restaurant locations and frequently asked questions. Diners are encouraged to make Restaurant Week reservations early. Special menus may be offered for both lunch and dinner. Some restaurants may offer the promotional pricing at one meal, rather than both.

Honor Veterans with Commemorative Bricks in Support of Solomons “On Watch” Memorial Statue

The Calvert County Department of General Services is coordinating the annual memorial brick campaign taking place now through April 3, 2015. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the World War II “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Solomons.

The bricks are available to memorialize those who served our country during World War II. The cost of each brick is $100 and all contributions are tax deductible. Purchasers will be notified when the bricks are in place and available for viewing.

An On Watch application is available at the following link, or by going online to To learn more, call Melinda Donnelly at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565.

The “On Watch” memorial statue is an 8-foot-tall bronze statue by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez commemorating the people and work done at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base during World War II. This, the nation’s first amphibious training facility, was active from 1942 to 1945 and its effect on the area continues to be felt today. The statue was unveiled in August 2007.

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