News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, July 24 to 30

Monday | 25

3 Charles Men Die in Car Crash

Three young men from Charles County were killed early Sunday when their car ran off Bensville Road and into a wooded area near Pomfret. State police said the driver, Jason T. Pasternak, 22, of Clinton Court in Waldorf, was killed. The passengers who were killed were Mark E. Ryon Jr., 20, of Ann Harbor Drive in Port Tobacco and Nicholas R. Falco III, 22, of Clarks Run Road in La Plata. Two other passengers were injured.

Tuesday | 26

Speed, Error Caused Crash

The crash that killed three young men in Charles County appears to have been caused by high speed and driver error, the Maryland State Police said. "He was going too fast around a turn. He overcorrected and went off the road," Lt. Randy Stephens, commander of the La Plata state police barrack, said of the accident involving a car driven by Jason T. Pasternak of Waldorf, who died in the wreck.

Wednesday | 27

Prince George's Eases Building

The Prince George's County Council eased restrictions it imposed seven months ago that effectively halted approval of plans for new home construction. The original measure, passed in November, made construction contingent on county police and fire departments meeting specific standards for staffing and response time. The unusual approach was an attempt to ensure that the pace of development did not compromise public safety. Six months after the law took effect, however, none of the 23 plans for new residential subdivisions that had come before the county fell within the new response times. The building industry warned that the legislation could curtail development in southern Prince George's, where most of the county's undeveloped land is located.

Wednesday | 27

Calvert Vies for Nuclear Reactor

The Calvert Board of County Commissioners urged a consortium of electric companies to choose the county as the site of what could become the first nuclear power reactor built in the United States in 30 years. The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is one of six sites that the consortium, NuStart Energy Development LCC, is considering for a new type of reactor.

Thursday | 28

Water Usage Not Sustainable

The preliminary report on a multi-year $1.4 million study of Southern Maryland's water supply, prepared by the Maryland Geological Survey and circulated among county government planning offices this month, indicates that current rates of water withdrawal, particularly from the Waldorf area, are not sustainable for the next 25 years. By 2030, the population in Southern Maryland is projected to increase by more than 35 percent -- up to about 440,000 people -- the fastest growth of any region in the state.

Friday | 29

Security Firm Sued in Arsons

Insurers for the developers of the Hunters Brooke subdivision in Charles County, which was devastated by arson fires in December, have filed a federal civil lawsuit accusing a private security company of negligence and breach of contract for failing to properly screen and train its officers, one of whom has pleaded guilty to helping set the fires. A second guard formerly employed by the North Carolina-based Security Services of America LLC has been charged with making a false statement in connection with the arson investigation.

The security company for Hunters Brooke has been sued. One of the firm's officers has pleaded guilty to helping set fires at the subdivision.