Traffic Stop Leads to Seven Arrests, Two Stolen Guns and Drugs

Traffic Stop Leads to Seven Arrests, Two Stolen Guns and Drugs

On September 16 at 12:41 a.m., PFC A. Fenlon of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Old Washington Road and Acton Lane in Waldorf. PFC Fenlon observed the occupants throw a plastic bag out of the vehicle which he recovered and found that it contained marijuana. A strong odor of marijuana was also coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of two guns in the car: a revolver –...
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Fatal Shooting in Waldorf Under Investigation

Fatal Shooting in Waldorf Under Investigation

Early reports coming into SMNEWSNET indicate that a subject has died from a gunshot wound at Lyles Place in Waldorf. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and appears it may have been a suicide. No further information is available at this time.
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Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Shooting Suspect

Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Shooting Suspect

On Sept. 16 at 5:11 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers and officers with the La Plata Town police department responded to the 800 block of Cedar Court in La Plata for the report of a shooting. Investigation showed the victim, 39, was exiting his house when he was approached from behind by the suspect, James Jvon Butler, 28, of La Plata. Butler pulled a gun and shot the victim in his leg. Butler fled and the victim was transported...
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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Indian Head Armed Robbery

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Indian Head Armed Robbery

UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division arrested Richard Cecil Anno, 24, of Indian Head in connection with the robbery of the PNC bank that occurred on August 25 on North Prospect Avenue in Indian Head. Through investigation, detectives developed information that linked Anno to the case. Detectives secured an arrest warrant for Anno and on September 16 at 4 a.m., members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team located Anno and arrested...
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Armed Home Invasion in Mechanicsville Being Investigated

Armed Home Invasion in Mechanicsville Being Investigated

On September 15, 2014 at 1:28 AM, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a private residence on King Drive, in Mechanicsville for a reported burglary which had just occurred. Deputies determined two black male suspects, dressed in all dark clothing and wearing face masks, forced entry to the residence. Both suspects were armed with handguns and ordered the occupants of the residence to the floor. They demanded to know where specific items were located within the...
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Lexington Park Man Arrested After Beating Unconscious Victim

Lexington Park Man Arrested After Beating Unconscious Victim

On September 11, 2014, Deputy Wesner of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The investigation revealed suspect Michael Anthony Deep, 21, of Lexington Park, approached the victim who had been rendered unconscious during an earlier assault, and began beating him in the head with his foot. The assault only ended after he was pulled away by bystanders. Deep was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to...
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Police Officer First Class Glen Plater and Officer Robert Nielsen Receive Lifesaving Awards

Police Officer First Class Glen Plater and Officer Robert Nielsen Receive Lifesaving Awards

On September 10, 2014, at 0836 hours, Police Officer First Class (PFC) Glen Plater and Officer Robert Nielsen along with other La Plata police officers and Charles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9400 block of Crain Highway for the report of suspicious activity. Arriving officers located a vehicle in the parking lot occupied by two males and two females. Upon investigating, PFC Plater and Officer Nielsen quickly realized that one of the female occupants was unconscious and not...
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Second Suspect Arrested in Mechanicsville Burglary

Second Suspect Arrested in Mechanicsville Burglary

On September 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM, a second suspect was arrested related to the burglary of a local business in Mechanicsville. On September 3, 2014, the burglary case was presented to a St. Mary’s County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Donald E. Moore, age 50, of Mechanicsville, with 1st Degree Burglary, Conspire to Commit 1st Degree Burglary, 2 counts of Theft $10,000 to $100,000, Possession of Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Firearm after...
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Arrests made in Lexington Park Burglary

Arrests made in Lexington Park Burglary

During the month of July 2014, patrol troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to a commercial establishment, located in Lexington Park, for a reported burglary. During the Troopers preliminary investigation, they learned that several electronic devices were stolen during the course of the burglary. Investigators from the Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region were contacted and assumed the investigation. During the course of the investigation two suspects were identified. The first suspect, Mark Andrew Alvey, Jr. 21...
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UPDATE: Woman Shot in Lexington Park

UPDATE: Woman Shot in Lexington Park

Official Press Release: On September 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM, Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Manon Way in the Westbury neighborhood. Deputies located an adult female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was subsequently transported to MedStar St. Mary’s hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The initial investigation revealed the victim was walking in the area of Premery Way with friends when they were approached by an unidentified black male...
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UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal Mini Bike Accident on Town Creek Drive

UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal Mini Bike Accident on Town Creek Drive

UPDATE 9/15/2014 @ 2:35 p.m. – The deceased is identified as Kevin Kiandre Lawrence Powell, age 21, of Lexington Park. The Volkswagen was operated by a male, age 36, of Clements. The Chevrolet Suburban was operated by a female, age 53, of Lexington Park. The deceased is identified as Kevin Kiandre Lawrence Powell, age 22, of Lexington Park. The Volkswagen was operated by a male, age 36, of Clements. The Chevrolet Suburban was operated by a female, age 53, of Lexington Park. UPDATE Official...
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Community Information Forum to Help Citizens Discover Programs and Services Available in St. Mary’s County

Community Information Forum to Help Citizens Discover Programs and Services Available in St. Mary’s County

Residents who are: experiencing problems with paying utility bills, veterans in need of services, unable to access health care, in danger of becoming homeless, in need of assistance to apply for disability or other services should plan to attend the Community Information Forum! The St. Mary’s County Aging & Disability Resource Center/Maryland Access Point* will host the FREE forum on Thursday, September 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bay District Fire Department Hall, 46900 South Shangri...
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Dominion Cove Point LNG, Dominion Foundation Award $103,500 in Education Grants in Calvert County

Dominion Cove Point LNG, Dominion Foundation Award $103,500 in Education Grants in Calvert County

Seven grants totaling $103,500 have been awarded to schools and institutions of higher education in Calvert County by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, and the Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal. Dominion Resources is the parent company of Dominion Cove Point. “We are pleased to strengthen the future of Calvert County and Southern Maryland with this investment in education, the environment and the future of energy,” said Mike Frederick, vice president, LNG Operations, Dominion Cove Point....
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Lexington Park Man Arrested far Assault at Detention Center

Lexington Park Man Arrested far Assault at Detention Center

On September 8, 2014, Deputy Steinbach responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Joseph William Medley III, 31, of Lexington Park, assaulted another inmate during a dispute. Medley was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Assault on DOC employee (inmate).
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Clements Man Arrested for Assault

Clements Man Arrested for Assault

On September 7, 2014, Corporal Corcoran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Horseshoe Road in Clements, for a reported assault. The victim alleged James Francis Tennyson, 55, Clements, struck the victim in the face with his fist during an argument. Corporal Corcoran observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim’s face. Tennyson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, and charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
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Inadvertent Short While Installing New Cable Causes Power Outage

Inadvertent Short While Installing New Cable Causes Power Outage

While installing new cable in the control house at our Hewitt Road Switching Station in Lexington Park this morning, an inadvertent short occurred causing a breaker to open at our Ryceville Switching Station that de-energized the line feeding the Hewitt Road station. The outage duration was from 9:20 to 9:30 a.m. and affected more...
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Emergency Services Acquires UAV for Incident Response

Emergency Services Acquires UAV for Incident Response

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services purchased an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the DJI Phantom Vision II, using funds from the Homeland Security Federal Grant Program. The UAV enables emergency responders to remotely and safely acquire a real-time visual operating picture of an incident, and to gather critical information to mitigate an incident,...
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General Aviation and Community Airports Honored in September

General Aviation and Community Airports Honored in September

Governor Martin O’Malley has declared the month of September General Aviation and Community Airport Month in Maryland. The goal is to acknowledge the importance general aviation plays in Maryland. The Governor issued the proclamation to highlight the vital role aviation plays in the lives of the state’s citizens, businesses and farms. Locally, the St....
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CSM Rallies for Beloved Nursing Professor, ALS Awareness

CSM Rallies for Beloved Nursing Professor, ALS Awareness

College of Southern Maryland Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor Tiffany Gill, second from left, is doused with ice water from a large graduated cylinder by CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, as Health Sciences Chair Dr. Laura Polk, left, reacts with laughter. Next up for the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ was Leonardtown Campus...
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RiverFest is September 27 featuring the St. Maries Citty Militia

RiverFest is September 27 featuring the St. Maries Citty Militia

Celebrate the St. Mary’s River at the 10th Annual RiverFest, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC). Discover 101 ways to protect and enjoy our waterways. Enjoy live music, featuring singer/songwriter Janie Meneely with the Chesapeake Charter...
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Meleah Backhaus to Open Showcase Recital Series

Meleah Backhaus to Open Showcase Recital Series

The College of Southern Maryland welcomes pianist Meleah Backhaus to perform at the inaugural Showcase Recital Series at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium. The performance is the first of three in the concert series, which is held at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. For Backhaus,...
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Board Wants Staff, Public to Weigh in on Facilities Study

Board Wants Staff, Public to Weigh in on Facilities Study

The Board of Education is hosting three public forums to provide information about a facilities report evaluating all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) schools and centers as well as renovation and school construction recommendations for the next decade. CCPS has scheduled the following sessions to present information to the public about the survey report,...
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SMECO Holds 76th Annual Meeting

SMECO Holds 76th Annual Meeting

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) held its 76th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The event is held to give customer-members the opportunity to vote for SMECO members to serve on the Co-op’s Board of Directors. SMECO held the Annual Meeting at the Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, where it has...
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Two Robberies in the Same Night

Two Robberies in the Same Night

On September 15th deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to an residence off King Drive in Mechanicsville, in reference to a robbery. Witnesses on the scene stated two black males, armed with handguns broke into the house demanded money then fled the scene. A K-9 Deputy responded to the scene and...
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New Traffic Pattern on Armory Road in Prince Frederick Begins Sept. 17

New Traffic Pattern on Armory Road in Prince Frederick Begins Sept. 17

A new traffic pattern along the Armory Road corridor in Prince Frederick will take effect Wednesday, Sept. 17, as the road improvement project for Armory Road and Dares Beach Road nears the end of its third phase. This phase requires a traffic pattern change at the intersection of Fairground and Armory Roads. Under this...
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Rite Aid Foundation Donates $10,000 to Charles County Children’s Aid Society in Waldorf Through KIDCENTS Program

Rite Aid Foundation Donates $10,000 to Charles County Children’s Aid Society in Waldorf Through KIDCENTS Program

Rite Aid Foundation Makes Giving Personal; Customers Now Able to ‘Round Up’ and Designate Their Change to Kid-Focused Charity of Their Choice The Rite Aid Foundation will present a $10,000 KidCents grant to Charles County Children’s Aid Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated improving the quality of life for struggling Charles County families with children...
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New Musical Acts to Perform During Artsfest ’14

New Musical Acts to Perform During Artsfest ’14

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons is offering three headliner musical acts performing on the Main and Council Ring stages during Artsfest ’14. The three musical groups, in addition to the other performers, provides 25 musical acts to enjoy throughout the event, being held September 20 and 21, from 10am to 5pm...
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Valley Lee Man Arrested for Assault

Valley Lee Man Arrested for Assault

On August 22, 2014, Deputy Steinbach of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Abell’s Tavern in Callaway, for a reported assault. The investigation revealed Charles Patrick Balsbaugh, 28, of Valley Lee, assaulted two female victims and a male victim during an argument inside the bar. Balsbaugh was located and placed under arrest....
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Sport Clips Haircuts Brings Another New Location to Southern Maryland

Sport Clips Haircuts Brings Another New Location to Southern Maryland

Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care, will open Friday in The Dunkirk Market Place shopping center at 10306 Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk, MD. This new locally-owned business is the latest of the franchise’s more than 1,200+ locations across the country and the 5th for the...
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State Approves Recreation Enhancements at Parks Throughout Maryland

State Approves Recreation Enhancements at Parks Throughout Maryland

Recreational areas in Calvert, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Talbot and Washington counties will soon receive funding through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis. “Our aim is to continuously enhance recreational areas for all Maryland...
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Halloween Fun at Annmarie Sculpture Garden!

Halloween Fun at Annmarie Sculpture Garden!

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center presents a SPOOKtackular event that really brings the community together. Annmarie Garden will host the 15th Annual Halloween in the Garden, October 25th, from 11am to 4pm, with more than 70 community organizations and businesses who will decorate booths, wear costumes, and hand out candy or treats to...
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Letter to the Editior – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Parking Lot Party

Letter to the Editior – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Parking Lot Party

Circle of Care and Friends would like to thank all of those that came out and supported our 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Parking Lot Party fundraising event on Saturday, September 6th. It was a fun day for all involved and a pleasure spending time with people from the local communities. Over $3,000 was...
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