St. Mary's County Times December 07, 2017 - Page 9

Thursday, December 7, 2017 Maryland State Police have taken over the investigation of a savage beating of a student at Leonardtown High School Nov. 27 apparently at the hands of three other students. A video of the assault has surfaced of two males attacking another at the school, knocking the victim to the ground and kicking, stomping and punching him repeatedly. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said the school resource officer normally stationed at the school was not there during the assault and that state troopers were the first responders to the 911 call. Cameron said he had seen the vid- eo of the assault. “It’s pretty disgusting,” he said of the attack. Det. Sgt. Jeff Linger of the Leonar- dtown State Police barrack, said the situation is still somewhat unclear as to what caused the attack but he said the student pictured in the video be- ing attacked might have instigated the incident. All four students involved in the at- tack have been charged with assault and disrupting school activities; one of the students, an 18-year-old, has been charged as an adult. “All of them are technically vic- tims and suspects,” Linger said. “Video doesn’t reveal everything.” Superintendent Scott Smith spoke to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County about the incident at their Tuesday meeting and said that the harshest penalties afforded under the school system’s student code of conduct were likely to be doled out to those involved. “That’s a shocking video,” Smith said. “You really can’t believe that those are our students.” State Police Receive Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) have announced $288,445 in federal fund- ing to help state and local authorities fight the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic. The funds – issued by U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office – will go to the Maryland State Police to support their efforts investigating unlawful activities re- lated to the distribution of prescrip- tion opioids and heroin. “The prescription opioid and her- oin e pidemic is a public health crisis that hurts every state in our country, and every part of Maryland. Some rural parts of our state have the high- est per capita rates of heroin and opi- oid drug use in the United States,” said Senator Cardin. “Facing this challenge head-on means support- ing our state’s law enforcement with every tool and every resource they need. This federal investment in the Maryland State Police represents a commitment to that, and I’ll keep fighting to ensure the federal gov- ernment remains an active partner in Maryland’s fight to combat opioid abuse.” “Too many families in Maryland have experienced the pain and loss of the opioid epidemic. This fund- ing will strengthen critical efforts in Maryland to prevent drug trafficking and will give the Maryland State Po- lice more resources to stop the influx of these drugs at the source,” said Senator Van Hollen. “We must con- tinue working together at all levels to end drug trafficking and improve mental health and substance abuse treatment services – attacking this issue on all fronts.” The funds come from the Anti-Her- oin Task Force Program (AHTFP), a competitive grant program that as- sists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. AHTFP grants are managed and dispersed through COPS, the component of the U.S. Department of Justice respon- sible for advancing the practice of community policing through infor- mation sharing and financial assis- tance. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing. Press Release 9 25th Anniversary B luegrass g ospel e xpress Leonardtown High School Assault Under Investigation By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Cops & Courts The County Times Concert Sunday, December 10 FREE 6:30 PM REE F Hollywood Church of the Nazarene 24710 Sotterley Road in Hollywood, MD Call the church ar 301-373-2130 for more info Call Jerry at 240-925-5613 Craft Guild Shop OPEN HOUSE Saturday, December 9 th Gift Basket Raffle *Free Raffl e Ticket with in store purchase “Deerly” Scavenger Hunt Dec 9 - Dec 24 Each day Deerly will fi nd a new hiding place inside the shop. Come in and help us fi nd Deerly and you will receive a free prize. Check out our Facebook page for more details and hints to where Deerly is hiding. 26005 Point Lookout Road | Leonardtown, MD 20650 | (301) 997-1644 Located Next to Maryland Antiques Center