Honoring Jimmy Ginas a Local Hero

Honoring Jimmy Ginas a Local Hero

James (Jimmy) M. Ginas Class of 2003 passed away on Saturday, April 18th, 2015. It is a sad day as we lost one of our own serving this country. Jimmy, who was voted “Most Spirited” his senior year, left Westlake and immediately joined the United States Army where he became part of the very distinguished Special Forces as a Green Beret. He proudly served tours in Korea, Iraq, and 3 tours in Afghanistan. Jimmy was highly decorated with awards and...
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Multiple Impaired Driving Crashes in Charles County This Weekend

Multiple Impaired Driving Crashes in Charles County This Weekend

Troopers investigated several crashes involving impaired drivers this past weekend in Charles County This past weekend, April 24 through April 26, 2015, troopers across Maryland investigated 12 collisions statewide involving suspected impaired drivers. They also arrested 58 motorists suspected of operating a vehicle while impaired. Troopers remind everyone that impaired driving crashes are completely preventable by never driving after you have been drinking. Collisions in Charles County: Route 228 at Streamview Drive, Waldorf, MD – 5:39 p. m. April...
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Hollywood Mother Charged with Child Abuse and Assault

Hollywood Mother Charged with Child Abuse and Assault

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Corporal Kirkner of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 44000 block of Clarkes Landing Road in Hollywood. The occupants of the home called 9 1 1 after two children, (ages 8 and 12), who live nearby, ran to their home after allegedly being assaulted by their mother. The older child alleged suspect Loren Bliss Cyr, 32 of Hollywood, threw the victim off of a bed and strangled the...
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Peeping Tom Arrested in Waldorf

Peeping Tom Arrested in Waldorf

On Thursday, April 23 at 12:00 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 1100 block of Heritage Place in Waldorf for the report of a male standing outside of a building, peeping through several windows of an apartment. The witness provided 911 with a description of the suspect and stayed on the phone with call takers until police arrived. Officers located the suspect nearby. Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of cocaine...
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La Plata Police Department Weekly Activity Report – 4/27/15

La Plata Police Department Weekly Activity Report – 4/27/15

This activity report is provided as a public service to the community. It is intended to give an overview of the criminal activity within La Plata and is not a complete listing of all events and crime reported to the La Plata Police Department. DUI ARREST: On April 23, 2015 at 2100 hours, officers responded to the 6800 block of Crain Highway for the report of an impaired driver. Upon entering the area, an officer observed the vehicle striking...
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Unmanned X-47B Jet Completes First Aerial Refueling

Unmanned X-47B Jet Completes First Aerial Refueling

The Navy’s unmanned fighter completed its first aerial refueling Wednesday, the first of the aircraft’s final tests before it’s retired to make way for the next generation of carrier-launched drones. The X-47B received over 4,000 lbs. of fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft, unmanned carrier aviation program manager Capt. Beau Duarte said, while flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. It was a huge achievement for unmanned aviation, Duarte said...
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UPDATE: Second Fatal Accident in St. Mary’s County in Four Days

UPDATE: Second Fatal Accident in St. Mary’s County in Four Days

UPDATE:  On Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 1:10 a.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Pegg Road and Westbury Boulevard. Deputies found a vehicle off the roadway overturned. The front seat passenger, identified as Michael Dobbins, age 27, of Lexington Park, was able to get out of the vehicle, however the driver was trapped inside. Dobbins was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries....
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Longtime St. Mary’s County Teacher is 104 Years Young

Longtime St. Mary’s County Teacher is 104 Years Young

Nellie Lee Holcomb, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, celebrated her 104th birthday on April 20, 2015. She was born in 1911 in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. After graduating in 1930, from Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Nellie taught fourth through seventh grade at a traditional one-room schoolhouse in her home state for a decade. She then returned to college and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Tennessee, later retiring after 24 years of teaching in...
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Annual March for Babies Brings Hope to Families of Premature Babies

Annual March for Babies Brings Hope to Families of Premature Babies

When the Southern Maryland March for Babies steps off next month, participants won’t be walking in grief or despair. They’ll be walking in hope. In fact, many walkers will carry balloons or push decorated strollers, and most will be decked out in March of Dimes purple. The annual walk benefits the March of Dimes, an organization that works to support families with premature babies and fund research to prevent premature births. The Southern Maryland March for Babies is Sunday,...
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White Plains Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

White Plains Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

On April 20, 2015 at approximately 3:48 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata barrack responded to a collision on U.S. Route 301 at Mitchell Road, in La Plata. The collision occurred directly in front of the La Plata Barrack. As a result of the collision a female driver was killed after the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle and overturned. The victim has been identified as Agnes Dyson, 46, of White Plains. She was pronounced...
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Callaway Man Charged with Sexual Offense and Sexual Abuse of a 15 Year Old

Callaway Man Charged with Sexual Offense and Sexual Abuse of a 15 Year Old

Detective Corporal Raddatz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received information alleging suspect James Deshawn Bowman, 35 of Callaway, had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15 year old victim. The sexual encounters occurred several times over the last year and while the victim and other family members were living with Bowman in St. Mary’s County. On April 22, 2015, Bowman was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He...
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Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault

Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault

On April 22, 2015, at 10:20 p.m., Deputy Muschette of the St. Marys County Sheriff’s Office responded to Fox Chase Drive,in Lexington Park for the report of a man with a gun. A caller to 9 1 1 provided a description of the suspect with the gun. Deputy Muschette observed two subjects in the area matching the description and they were detained. The investigation revealed, the victim, a tow truck driver for Precision Towing, alleged the two subjects became...
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Two Charged with Assault and Robbery After Brutal Beating Over Parking Space

Two Charged with Assault and Robbery After Brutal Beating Over Parking Space

On April 19, 2015, deputies responded to the Queen Anne Park Apartment complex on Great Mills Road, for a reported assault. Deputies located two male victims with significant injuries. One of the victims had a large cut on his face and a possible head injury. He was flown to an area hospital for treatment. The second victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the...
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UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident In Great Mills

UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident In Great Mills

4/23/15 @ 9:20 a.m.: On April 22, 2015, at 5:19 p.m., deputies, fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to Boothe Farm Lane located off of Flat Iron Road, for a serious motor vehicle crash. Deputies located a single vehicle that had crashed into a tree. The driver and sole occupant of the 2000 Chrysler Cirrus, identified as Ashley Lauren Taylor, age 25, of California, Maryland, was pronounced dead on the scene. Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit members responded...
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Lexington Park Man Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel on Three Notch Road was Suspended/Revoked and Drunk

Lexington Park Man Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel on Three Notch Road was Suspended/Revoked and Drunk

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Deputy S. LaFave of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a lookout broadcast by the Emergency Communications Center for a burgundy vehicle operating in a reckless manner. Deputy LaFave observed the vehicle stopped in the travel portion of the roadway on Three Notch Road at the Route 4 intersection. The vehicle remained stopped after the traffic signal turned green. The operator, later identified as James Edwards Stewart III, 38 of Lexington Park,...
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NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Night Tests April 27, 28 and 30, 2015

NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Night Tests April 27, 28 and 30, 2015

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating night test events are scheduled to take place until 11 p.m. April 27, 28 and 30, 2015. Pilots at Pax will be testing and training for realistic night flight scenarios that are essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women...
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Greenwell Fishing Coach Hooks Second Trophy Fish for the Season

Greenwell Fishing Coach Hooks Second Trophy Fish for the Season

Phil Zalesak of Tall Timbers shows off and weighs in his catch from this past Saturday, April 25th, at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. This is his second trophy fish for the season. The 43 ½ inch, 37 pound rockfish was caught on a white daisy chain in the Lower Potomac in about...
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NSWC Indian Head Noise Advisory for April 27th

NSWC Indian Head Noise Advisory for April 27th

LOUD NOISE NOTICE issued by the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head for April 27, 2015: NSWC IHEODTD will be conducting periodic testing today which may be heard throughout the community. These are planned events.
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Lyme Disease: Your Best Ways to Avoid It

Lyme Disease: Your Best Ways to Avoid It

Deer ticks that are able to transmit Lyme disease carry a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. These little monsters sit perched on the edge of a plant with their front legs extended so they can latch on any that has blood that walks by. Then they look for a nice place to set up camp....
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/27/15 to 5/1/15

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/27/15 to 5/1/15

During the week of April 27 to May 1, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Be safe, happy travels and please drive gently.
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CSM Athletics Director Earns Under Armour Athletic Director of Year for Junior, Community Colleges

CSM Athletics Director Earns Under Armour Athletic Director of Year for Junior, Community Colleges

College of Southern Maryland Student Life and Athletics Lead Director Michelle Ruble was named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for Junior and Community Colleges. She will receive the award during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) luncheon June 17 in Orlando, Florida. Ruble was hired as CSM’s head volleyball...
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Maryland Horse Industry Board Honors Jousting Hall of Famer Buddy Wooters, Three Others with Touch of Class Award

Maryland Horse Industry Board Honors Jousting Hall of Famer Buddy Wooters, Three Others with Touch of Class Award

Buddy Wooters, a six-time U.S. jousting champion from Denton (Caroline County) and a member of the National Jousting Association (NJA) Hall of Fame, is among the four national reigning jousting champions, all from Maryland, who were named the April Touch of Class Award winners on Saturday (April 18) by the Maryland Horse Industry Board...
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More Zebra Mussels Found in Upper Chesapeake Bay

More Zebra Mussels Found in Upper Chesapeake Bay

As the weather warms and boating season begins, DNR reminds boaters to be on the lookout for zebra mussels and to take precautions to prevent their spread. Department biologists recently found a significant increase in this harmful invasive during their most recent zebra mussel monitoring effort in the upper Chesapeake Bay. Every fall for...
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St. Mary’s County Library Now Offering Charging Stations

St. Mary’s County Library Now Offering Charging Stations

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services has installed a charging station at each of the three St. Mary’s County Library branch locations for public use. The charging stations, originally purchased to support shelter operations, will be located at the three public libraries for use when not needed for sheltering. Each charging station has a...
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Impaired Driving Enforcement Remains a Priority for Troopers

Impaired Driving Enforcement Remains a Priority for Troopers

This past weekend was a clear reminder for Maryland state troopers that impaired drivers continue to be a threat on our roads, as troopers arrested more than six dozen drivers and dealt with more than one dozen crashes involving impaired drivers, including three in which State Police and State Highway Administration vehicles were struck...
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Don’t Go Out on a Limb, Hire a Pro!

Don’t Go Out on a Limb, Hire a Pro!

Spring clean-up, especially after a harsh winter, often includes pruning and removing dead trees. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures that bring out the best in Maryland’s landscape also trigger the proliferation of unscrupulous and unskilled tree service workers masquerading as the real deal. Hoping to nip scams in the bud, the Maryland Department of Natural...
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On Earth Day, Hoyer Congratulates J.C. Parks Elementary School on Receiving Green Ribbon Honor

On Earth Day, Hoyer Congratulates J.C. Parks Elementary School on Receiving Green Ribbon Honor

As we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5)announced that J. C. Parks Elementary School in Indian Head, Maryland has been recognized as one of the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award honorees.J.C. Parks Elementary is one of 81 honorees chosen for their efforts to save...
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Expanded Hours Announced For Gate 3 at NAS Patuxent River

Expanded Hours Announced For Gate 3 at NAS Patuxent River

Commuters who regularly get stuck in traffic during rush hour at NAS Patuxent River will soon have a reason to rejoice. After two years of limited service, Gate 3 is finally scheduled to expand its hours of operations beginning April 20, 2015, to Pax personnel. The gate is situated at the intersection of Hermanville...
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Hoyer Announces Federal Funding For Homeless Veterans In Southern Maryland

Hoyer Announces Federal Funding For Homeless Veterans In Southern Maryland

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer announced $84,280 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing for homeless veterans in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The funding is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and...
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Wauchilue Adams Named Distinguished Educational Leader

Wauchilue Adams Named Distinguished Educational Leader

Mrs. Wauchilue Adams, Principal of Green Holly Elementary School, has been selected as St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ recipient of The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. The Distinguished Educational Leadership Award was established in 1987 by The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation to honor principals who go beyond the daily responsibilities of their...
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Board Approves Changes to 2015-16 Charles County School Calendar

Board Approves Changes to 2015-16 Charles County School Calendar

The Board of Education at their Tuesday meeting unanimously voted in favor of changes to the coming school year calendar. Adjustments to the 2015-16 calendar include changes to spring break, the addition of two inclement weather days at the end of the school year and the opening of schools for students and teachers on...
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Denny Named Agnes Meyer Award Winner

Denny Named Agnes Meyer Award Winner

Mr. Michael Denny, a Social Studies teacher at Leonardtown High School was recently named St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ recipient of The Washington Post 2015 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award was established in 1983 by The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in...
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