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2012-03-29 Calvert Gazette newspaper. Cover Story: Calvert County Resident Tony O'Donnell Looks to Give Steny Hoyer a Tough Fight in this year's election for the House seat in Maryland's 5th Congressional District.

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  • GazetteEverything Calvert County

    Calvert March 29, 2012Priceless

    ODonnell Looks to Give Hoyer Toughest Fight

    Page 8

    Primary Election Day is Tuesday

  • Thursday, March 29, 2012 2The Calvert Gazette

    Also Inside3 County News

    6 Business

    7 Community

    8 Feature Story

    9 Letters

    10 Obits

    12 Education

    13 Newsmakers

    13 Sports

    14 Entertainment

    educationRounding out a spectacular season, the Huntingtown High School Dance Team is heading to a Wizards game this week to perform at the halftime show.

    On The Cover

    Del. Tony ODonnell greets supporters during a campaign event at a Leonardtown restaurant.

    Lighthouse lovers are invited to the popular Lighthouse Adventure Cruises on Saturday,June 2, June 30, July 21, and Sunday, Aug. 5 aboard a private charter vessel.

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  • Thursday, March 29, 20123 The Calvert Gazette COUNTYNEWSRepublicans Having Fun

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    By Corrin M. HoweStaff Writer

    Ventriloquist Tom Crowl had a room full of Republicans bent over laughing and wiping tears from their faces during an evening of en-tertainment Saturday at the Prince Frederick Elks Lodge.

    For his final act Crowl used human pup-pets and called to the stage Sheriff Mike Ev-ans and Judy MacWilliams, member of the Central Committee. Crowl had both put on half masks for the lower part of their faces which he controlled.

    On stage, and off, Evans is an imposing figure standing over six feet tall with broad shoulders grey flat top haircut and standing military straight.

    However, Crowl gave Evanss character a high pitched voice, the name Paddi OFurniture and a talent for belly dancing. MacWilliams re-ceived a low voice, the name George and a talent for singing.

    The half masks covered all but Evans and MacWilliams eyes. For the most part Evanss eyes appeared to be closed as if he was laughing behind his mask. Or, maybe he was wishing he skipped the event altogether. However, his eyes popped wide open when he discovered his talent was belly

    dancing.Earlier in the evening, Crowl and

    his puppet Dangerous Duck told the story of how they got pulled over by one of Evanss state trooper sons. Supposedly when the officer said to Crowl, Your eyes are red, have you been drinking? Duck responded, Your eyes are glazed, have you been eating donuts?

    Commissioner Pat Nutter also garnered some laughs during his magicians act. He solic-ited former Commissioner Linda Kelley and cur-rent Commissioner Susan Shaw to come up and assist him. Once they were both on stage Nutter

    looked out into the audience and said, Look, Jerry (Clark), you said it couldnt be done. I got both Linda and Susan on stage and neither one is talking.

    Commissioner Steve Weems sang to Elvis Presley songs, one number with the wig and one without. A number of people in the audience mur-mured how good he was after he finished his act.

    The evening opened with comedy hypno-tist Brian Saunders who had people talking into their shoes and searching for their missing belly buttons.

    Committee Chairman Frank McCabe said, I hope this is the first of many fun filled activities.

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    By Sarah MillerStaff Writer

    Fewer voters are turning up for early voting during this election year than in the 2010 election season, which was the inaugural year for early voting.

    So far, in the fourth day of early elec-tions, 484 voters have come out, with the highest turnout being 242 on the first day.

    Compared to the 924 turnout during the 2010 Primary Elections and 1,176 in the General Election, the number is light, according to Elections Office Specialist Mary DePelteau.

    Keep in mind, though, that only Democratic and Republican voters are eligible to vote in this years primary, which makes it hard to compare turnout between the two elections, DePelteau

    said.The last day of early voting is March

    29. Voting results will be released on the April 3 primary election night.

    For elections in Calvert County, DePelteau said this is the first year since there was an elected school board that there will not be a primary election for any of the districts. To have a primary, there needs to be three individuals run-ning for one position, DePelteau said.

    This year, Joe Chenelly and Cliff Savoy will be running for district one votes, Rose Crunkleton and Kelly McCo-nkey will be running for district three and Tracey McGuire is running unopposed for the district two seat.

    sarahmiller@countytimes.net

    Calvert Early Voting Turnout Low Sheriff Mike Evans turned into the human puppet.

    Photos by Corrin M. HoweCommissioner Steve Weems belts out some Elvis tunes.

    Commissioner Pat Nutters best magic trick was having

    Commissioner Susan Shaw, left, and former

    commissioner Linda Kelley on stage at the same time,

    with neither talking.

  • Thursday, March 29, 2012 4The Calvert Gazette

    By Guy LeonardStaff Writer

    Law officers in both Calvert and St. Marys counties say they have put a stop to an alleged illegal prescription drug ring operated by a Chesapeake Beach husband and wife team working in conjunction with other suspects.

    Both Robert Anthony Mister, 42, and his wife Jennifer Lynn Mister, 38, were arrested and indicted in the past week on charges they worked to gather prescription medications and then sell them on the streets of both counties.

    Detectives say when they arrested Robert Mister in Calvert County he was in possession of large amounts of oxycodone, while Jennifer Mister was arrested on a conspiracy count in connection with the alleged drug network.

    Robert Mister operates an amusement ride business out of Chesapeake Beach.

    Lt. Steve Jones said that both Misters were arrested last week on the in-dictments that were based on alleged drug transactions in St. Marys County.

    The six-month investigation in the operation meant that the Misters were high-profile dealers, Jones said, adding that they were the reputed leaders of the ring.

    It was a joint effort, Jones said. He was under surveil-lance in both counties.

    Mister was arrested by St. Marys County vice-narcotics officers back in December.

    In that arrest police alleged that they found Mister had more than 100 oxycodone pills in bottles that had either torn or removed labels; the drugs alone had a street value of $2,800, they said.

    Detectives also seized $30,000 in cash from Mister on the spot, police stated, while Calvert police raided his Chesapeake Beach home and found two handguns and other evidence, police reported.

    Detectives were able to seize an additional $2,300 in cash from the De-cember raid, police reported, and also recovered other prescription medica-tion suboxone and alprazolam.

    Another suspect in the ring was arrested on a Grand Jury indictment: Loveville resident William Edward Burch, 35, was charged with felony drug distribution.

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    By Sarah MillerStaff Writer

    Women from all over Calvert County gath-ered at the 10th Annual Women of the World Luncheon at Annmarie Garden, prominently featuring local Girl Scouts celebrating the 100th anniversary of their organization.

    Olivia Owen, one of the many Girl Scouts attending the luncheon, said she was excited to be there.

    I got to meet some people I that Id never meet, Owen said, naming Congressman Steny Hoyer and Girl Scout Chief Operating Offi-cer Jan Verhage, the featured speaker for the aft