One Injuried in Apartment Fire in La Plata

One Injuried in Apartment Fire in La Plata

On Friday, November 21, 2014 at approximately 12:20 p.m., firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department were alerted to a reported apartment building on fire at 300 Harford Street in La Plata. Crews arrived on the scene to discover a three story apartment building on fire in the Woodcrest Apartments in La Plata. One person was injured – a 28 year old male sustained burns to his hands and face.  He was transported to the Washington Hospital Center...
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Maryland State Police Make Large Drug Bust in Lexington Park

Maryland State Police Make Large Drug Bust in Lexington Park

UPDATE: Wayne William Webb, III appeared before District Court Commissioner James Karaczynski on November 24 and bail was set at $50,000, Webb was released after posting the established bond pending further action by judicial authorities. 11/24/2014: On November 24, 2014, management from a local hotel in the Lexington Park area contacted the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack to report a CDS complaint on one of their rented hotel rooms. Maryland State Police-Central South Region Major Drug Trafficking Unit was contacted and responded to the...
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Waldorf Man Charged with First Degree Assault

Waldorf Man Charged with First Degree Assault

On November 23, 2014 at approximately 2:20 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for an assault. Investigation showed the suspect threatened a female acquaintance with a handgun. Officers located the suspect, Michael Charles Latimer, Jr., 30, of Waldorf and charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, firearm in possession of a felon. Officer A. Bringley investigated.
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Armed Robbery in Marbury Being Investigated

Armed Robbery in Marbury Being Investigated

On November 222014, at approximately 3:30 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5700 block of Serenity Lane in Marbury for the report of an assault. Investigation showed a man and a woman were getting out of their car when they were approached by two males dressed in dark clothes. The suspects ordered the victims to the ground and one of the suspects pulled a knife. The suspects demanded money and the victims complied. A...
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Christmas on the Square & Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown – November 28

Christmas on the Square & Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown – November 28

Ring in the holiday season on Friday, November 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Leonardtown’s annual “Christmas on the Square” and “Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony” held on Washington Street in the Leonardtown Square. Event activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and include holiday music, rides, an ice sculpture demonstration, a petting zoo, live nativity, face painting, and much more! Stage performances include Bella Music School, St. Mary’s Ryken Choir, Emma Raphael, The House of Dance, Leonardtown Wildcats Cheerleaders,...
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Maryland State Highway Administration Prepares for Pre-Holiday Storm on the Year’s Busiest Travel Day

Maryland State Highway Administration Prepares for Pre-Holiday Storm on the Year’s Busiest Travel Day

With the potential for heavy rain and wet snow on the busiest travel day of the year, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is strongly encouraging travelers to avoid driving Wednesday. As meteorologists continue to refine the forecast, SHA advises that any precipitation in the Baltimore/Washington/Frederick metropolitan areas will create additional delays that were already expected to be significant the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. “While pavement temperatures are warm, any prolonged snow fall will quickly change that and road conditions...
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Maryland State Police Arrests and DUI Report for Calvert County 11/24/14

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Maryland State Police from the Prince Frederick Barrack are investigating the following incidents: Possession of Marijuana: On 11/18/14 at 5:37 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick for a possible CDS activity complaint. The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting in the hallway on the first floor. It was strongest outside Room 120. The occupants, Bentley M. Hutchison, 22 of Front Royal, VA, and Robert F. March, 40 of Manassas, VA, were...
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BREAKING NEWS – Another Robbery in Lexington Park

BREAKING NEWS – Another Robbery in Lexington Park

SMNEWSNET has learned a robbery occurred at Lancaster Park at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning Monday, November 24. A reader contacted our NEWS HOTLINE @ 301-200-1812 and stated a woman had her wallet stolen by a black male who fled on foot. The suspect was armed with a knife and wearing a gray shirt Police are on the scene now, and K-9 Unit is conducting a track for the suspect. More details to follow once they become available.  
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Stabbing Reported in Lexington Park

Stabbing Reported in Lexington Park

On Sunday, November 23, 2014 at approximately 3:30 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Midway Drive in Lexington Park for a report of a stabbing. Police made contact with a male in his early thirties, who advised he was in the area of Midway Drive in Lexington Park, when he was attacked by four black males. At least one of the suspects stabbed the victim in his back and chest. The victim was transported to an area trauma center by Maryland State...
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First Course for Thanksgiving Highway Travel: 511

First Course for Thanksgiving Highway Travel:  511

NEW: From Grandparent to Grandchild, Maryland Law Requires Seat Belts for All Seats, All Ages Don’t let Thanksgiving traffic make you late for dinner! Whether traveling through the State to grandma’s house or around the beltway to your favorite shopping centers, 511 can help guide and keep you on course for predictable, informed Thanksgiving holiday travel. The days leading up to and after the holiday bring more cars on Maryland’s roadway network, and 511 can assist with safe travel...
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Sex Offender Charged With Attempted Rape in St. Mary’s County

Sex Offender Charged With Attempted Rape in St. Mary’s County

On November 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol units responded to a private residence in the Laurel Glen subdivision in California, for the report of a robbery and attempted sexual assault. Deputies determined the victim received a knock on her door and after opening the door was confronted by a black male whom she recognized as being from the neighborhood. The suspect asked to use the telephone and was allowed inside. Once inside the...
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“Santa” and his Helper Armed with an “Assault Rifle” Attempted to Rob Dunkirk BP Gas Station

“Santa” and his Helper Armed with an “Assault Rifle” Attempted to Rob Dunkirk BP Gas Station

On November 19 at approximately 11:21 p.m. units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the BP Gas Station and Shop, located on Md. Route 260 just prior to Md. Route 4 in Dunkirk, for the report of an attempted robbery. Upon arrival units learned that two suspects, who appeared to male, attempted to gain entry into the store, which was open for business. Suspect number one is described as a 5’7” to 5’9” male, dressed in...
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Former Margaret Brent Middle School Teacher Arrested for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Former Margaret Brent Middle School Teacher Arrested for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

On November 21, 2014, Detective Corporal W. Raddatz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, located and arrested Jason P. Hollinger, age 40, of St. Inigoes. It was determined Hollinger failed to register with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry following his release from incarceration on November 7, 2014. Hollinger was charged with failing to provide notice as required after being released from incarceration. He was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention...
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Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff Wayne Pettit Passes Away

Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff Wayne Pettit Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Sheriff Wayne L. Pettit. Sheriff Pettit served three terms from 1982 to 1994. Prior to his service with the Sheriff’s Office, he was a member of the Maryland State Police from 1957 to 1981, and retired at the rank of Lieutenant. Sheriff Pettit will be remembered as a dynamic leader and consummate professional who adhered to the highest standards of the law enforcement...
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Maryland seeks to deny permit for Conowingo Dam

Maryland seeks to deny permit for Conowingo Dam

Maryland Department of the Environment has moved to deny a water quality permit for Exelon Corp. to operate the Conowingo Dam — on concerns the dam’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay could undermine state efforts to comply with the Clean Water Act. “MDE intends to deny the application due to insufficient information provided by the applicant regarding the impacts…on state water quality standards,” said MDE Communications Director Jay Apperson in a press release on Tuesday. MDE points to a...
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Southern Maryland Residents Reminded of IRS Scam

Southern Maryland Residents Reminded of IRS Scam

A National scam tactic is growing involving suspects claiming to be Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or collection officials are contacting unsuspecting victims.  In many of these incidents, suspects will become irate and put a tremendous amount of pressure on citizens to pay a Past Due amounts immediately or face an...
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Judiciary Warns Public to Beware of “Court” Scams

Judiciary Warns Public to Beware of “Court” Scams

The Maryland Judiciary wants to warn the public about “court” scams that are going on in the state. The most recent reports have been about a telephone jury duty fraud operating in Allegany and Howard County, but other courts have reported issues in recent months, as well. In this most recent scam, the caller...
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Calvert County Employee of the Month Recognized

Calvert County Employee of the Month Recognized

Congratulations to Craig Dichter, November’s Calvert County Employee of the Month. Craig, the supervisor of the Calvert Animal Control Unit, was recognized for securing grant funding for a “Pet Disaster Relief” trailer that will used when an emergency animal shelter is needed. Craig worked tirelessly with members of the American Kennel Club, the Chesapeake...
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Give Mega Millions, Multi-Match Subscriptions As Holiday Gifts

Give Mega Millions, Multi-Match Subscriptions As Holiday Gifts

Need a new holiday gift idea? How about an exciting gift that keeps on giving week after week – a subscription to Mega Millions or Multi-Match through the Maryland Lottery! Subscriptions are great for the homebound, for avid players who hate to miss a drawing and for novices. Subscribers’ numbers play automatically in every...
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CCPS Celebrated American Freedom Week

CCPS Celebrated American Freedom Week

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlighted Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of American Freedom Week. The school system celebrates American Freedom Week during the week that Veterans Day falls and schools give special recognition to those who serve the country and those who gave their lives to preserve America’s liberty. CCPS...
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La Plata Police Department’s Commitment to Excellence

La Plata Police Department’s Commitment to Excellence

Today Corporal Jason Posey and 33 other law enforcement officials from around Maryland graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations training at the Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commission facility in Sykesville, MD. The intense 120 hour course, which was completed over the last three months, is an...
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CCPS’s, Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

CCPS’s, Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All Charles County public schools and administrative offices will be closed on Nov. 26, 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools and offices reopen on Monday, Dec. 1. Charles County Public Schools posts calendar information on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. From the home page, hover over the About section to access the...
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DNR Seeks Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Designs

DNR Seeks Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Designs

Wildlife and waterfowl artists are invited to submit their original artwork for the 19th annual Black Bear Conservation and 41st annual Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests now through April 17. The Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries on April 26, 2015 in conjunction with the annual Ward Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition...
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Charles County Government Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Charles County Government Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Thursday, Nov. 27: · All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed · VanGO services will not be operating...
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Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced that county offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition: • The three county senior centers will close Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. There will be no delivery of Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving, but...
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St. Mary’s County Government Office Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

St. Mary’s County Government Office Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. County offices will re-open Monday, December 1. The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate Thursday, November 27 but will be open for normal...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Reminds Citizens “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving”

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Reminds Citizens “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving”

Let’s say you go to a holiday party, you stay a few hours and have a few drinks. When it’s time to go, you think to yourself, “I’m fine to drive. I’ve only had a few drinks, and I barely feel buzzed.” You get in your car and drive toward home. This act places...
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NEW Program for Those Commuting to Fort Belvoir From Southern Maryland

NEW Program for Those Commuting to Fort Belvoir From Southern Maryland

NVRC Commuter Center for Real-time Ridesharing Fort Belvoir Commuter Center The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is rolling a new car/van pool program to support military personnel and contractors at Fort Belvoir who will be impacted by the I-95 Express Lanes that will open in early 2015 and fighting the construction taking place on...
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Environmentalists worried about Hogan

Environmentalists worried about Hogan

The annual awards ceremony by Maryland’s environmental community was tinged with trepidation Tuesday night as they worried about what was in store from the new Republican governor. “These are uncertain times,” said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, board chair of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which puts on the awards dinner. “We need to protect...
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Gingerbread House Workshops at Calvert Library

Gingerbread House Workshops at Calvert Library

Candy canes, gumdrops, and more…children in Kindergarten through 8th grade will get into the holiday spirit when they decorate their very own “gingerbread” house at Calvert Library’s annual Gingerbread House Workshops being held on the following Saturdays: December 6 at the Southern and Twin Beaches Branches (Twin’s event will be held at Northeast Community...
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UMD UAS Test Site Receives FAA Approval to Fly

UMD UAS Test Site Receives FAA Approval to Fly

The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located in California, MD, today received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, Inc. of Jessup, MD. This authorization resulted from the first use of UMD’s...
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Firearm Deer Season to Open November 29

Firearm Deer Season to Open November 29

The two-week firearm deer season opens November 29 and runs through December 13, 2014. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license or are exempt from license requirements may use firearms to harvest white-tailed and sika deer during this season. The bag limits for the season are: Statewide: one antlered white-tailed deer. In Region...
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