New Laws Taking Effect in Maryland on July 1, 2016

New Laws Taking Effect in Maryland on July 1, 2016

Many new laws are scheduled to take effect on Friday, July 1 in Maryland. Minimum wage Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to go up to $9.25 next year and reach $10.10 in July 2018. Gas tax The Maryland gas tax will rise nine-tenths of a cent to 33.5 cents. Lawmakers approved several increases...
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Southern Maryland 4th of July Fireworks Calendar for 2016

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 Calvert County Chesapeake Beach Fireworks Location: Chesapeake Beach Waterfront Date: Friday, July 1 Time: 7-10 p.m.The Town’s Fireworks Over the Bay will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 with a rain date of Sunday, July 3, 2016. NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATES FOR THE FIREWORKS. This event date has been changed to accommodate the weekend dates of the Independence Day Holiday in 2016.The Chesapeake Beach Waterfront plays host this free community event. Two barges will launch fireworks from...
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Lusby Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in a Southern Maryland Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Lusby Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in a Southern Maryland Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

On Monday,  June 27, 2016, U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Antoine Dewayne Savoy, age 35, of Lusby,  today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...
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Charlotte Hall Armed Robber Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison

Charlotte Hall Armed Robber Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison

On Monday, June 27, 2016, U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Darrell Lee, age 48, of Charlotte Hall, to 184 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbery, and for carrying and brandishing a gun during a robbery. Judge Grimm also ordered Lee to pay restitution of $24,791.50 and forfeit $19,987. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – 6/27/2016

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – 6/27/2016

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address. CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD IN ROBBERY CASE: Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in a citizen robbery. On June 27 at 3 a.m., the victim was walking in the area of Jameson Court in...
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Police in St. Mary’s County Seeking Identity of Assault Suspect

Police in St. Mary’s County Seeking Identity of Assault Suspect

On March 2, 2016, the victim walked into the Sheetz Gas Station, located at 22711 Three Notch Road, in California, with a friend for snacks and drinks. While checking out, the victim witnessed the suspect “degrading” a cashier. The victim and the victim’s friend intervened, and then the suspect assaulted them both. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and/or about this incident is asked to contact Deputy M. McCuen at 301-475-4200, ext. *9102 or by email...
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Serious Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Motorcycle in Waldorf

Serious Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Motorcycle in Waldorf

On Sunday, June 26, 2016 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to the intersection of Route 228 at Greenwood Drive, in Waldorf for a hit and run motor vehicle collision. Based on witness accounts, a 2002 Yamaha R1 motorcycle being operated by Ronald Anthony Crews of Waldorf, was traveling westbound on Route 228 at Greenwood Drive in lane #1 at a high rate of speed. A dark blue or black Chrysler...
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UPDATE: House Fire in Saint Leonard Started by Discarded Smoking Material

UPDATE: House Fire in Saint Leonard Started by Discarded Smoking Material

UPDATE 6/27/2016: According to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, the preliminary cause of the fire was accidental, and was started by discarded smoking materials in an outside shrubbery. The occupants of the house were alerted to the fire in it’s early stages and were able to escape without injury and then called 911. The fire quickly spread from the outside and destroyed the house before it was brought under control by responding units. The occupants were displaced as...
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Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries in Chesapeake Beach Crash

Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries in Chesapeake Beach Crash

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at approximately 7:22 a.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the intersection of Chesapeake Beach Road (Route 260) and Paris Estates Court, in Chesapeake Beach for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival units located a 2006 Harley Davidson ElectraGlide Ultra Classic on its side in the westbound lanes of MD Route 260. The operator, later identified as Thomas Franklin...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Detectives Identify and Charge Suspect in Christmas Day Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s Detectives Identify and Charge Suspect in Christmas Day Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division recently arrested a suspect in connection with a Christmas day robbery, after DNA and other evidence linked the suspect to the crime. On Dec. 25, 2015, at 9:52 p.m., a male suspect entered the 7-11 in the 300 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. He poured a cup of coffee and then walked behind the counter where he displayed a knife and held the employees at knife point. The...
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Man Apprehended During Barricade in Nanjemoy

Man Apprehended During Barricade in Nanjemoy

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single family home on Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy for the report of a first-degree assault in which a male suspect in his forties threatened an acquaintance with a shotgun. Officers learned the man was inside his house, alone, and that he was armed with a gun and might be in possession of other firearms. A perimeter was set up and the roadway in the...
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Anne Arundel County Man Sentenced To Over 8 Years In Federal Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

Anne Arundel County Man Sentenced To Over 8 Years In Federal Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Sergei William Noack, age 23, of West River, to 97 months in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography. Judge Russell also ordered that upon his release from prison Noack must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act...
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St. Inigoes Man Charged with Crabbing Violations, Failing to Protect Turtles

St. Inigoes Man Charged with Crabbing Violations, Failing to Protect Turtles

A St. Mary’s County man has been charged with possessing undersized crabs and failing to equip his crab pots with devices to prevent the drowning of diamondback terrapins. Officers saw Joseph William Sullivan, 47, of St. Inigoes, crabbing off the dock of his home on June 15 and returned to check his catch. They discovered he was fishing 16 pots, 14 more than allowed a recreational crabber. Additionally, his floating live well contained undersized crabs. Further, none of his...
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Police Make Two Arrests at Methamphetamine Lab in La Plata

Police Make Two Arrests at Methamphetamine Lab in La Plata

On Friday, June 17, 2016, members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Section, assisted by Emergency Services Teams from both the Charles County and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Offices, along with COPS officers and Animal Control officers, executed a search and seizure warrant at a house in the La Plata area after an extensive investigation regarding drug activity. An active methamphetamine lab was located in a trailer near the back of the house. Quantities of cocaine with...
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Police in Prince George’s County Arrest Elementary School Teacher in Prostitution Sting

Police in Prince George’s County Arrest Elementary School Teacher in Prostitution Sting

Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department arrested 29-year-old Martin Rye Brown of the 8000 block of Walden Road in Silver Spring during a prostitution sting. Brown is a teacher at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Hyattsville. Brown was arrested during a sting operation in Lanham on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Brown was charged with two counts of prostitution and human trafficking. Investigation revealed Brown solicited a prostitute and also rented a room that was used for prostitution. He’s...
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Free Fishing Class Available to Youth at Gilbert Run Park in July

Free Fishing Class Available to Youth at Gilbert Run Park in July

Are you between the ages of six and 15, and interested in learning how to fish? The Charles County Parks Division is hosting free fishing classes at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall) on Thursday, July 7 and Thursday, July 21 from 9:45 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity for...
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Trooper Commended For Lifesaving Action At Crash Scene in Prince George’s County Last Week

Trooper Commended For Lifesaving Action At Crash Scene in Prince George’s County Last Week

A Maryland state trooper is being commended for his quick actions that contributed to saving the life of a man whose leg was amputated when he was struck while standing behind his disabled vehicle along I-95 in Prince George’s County last week. At about 2:30 a.m. on June 21, 2016, Trooper Quincy Pinkney of...
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Cruisin’ Southern Maryland Car Show Raises $20,000 for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Cruisin’ Southern Maryland Car Show Raises $20,000 for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

On June 14, 2016, members of Cruisin’ Southern Maryland for Veterans met at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home to present the proceeds raised during their annual cruise and car show, held Memorial Day weekend. Through the year-long effort of local car clubs, organizations, and sponsoring businesses, Cruisin’ Southern Maryland was able to donate an unprecedented...
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Silver Spring Man Admits Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Residence in Upper Marlboro

Silver Spring Man Admits Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Residence in Upper Marlboro

Damien Travis Boddy, age 35, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession of an unregistered firearm and to transportation of explosive material with the intent to injure, kill or intimidate. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel...
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Calvert County Emergency Management Division to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens July 5

Calvert County Emergency Management Division to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens July 5

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at noon. The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power...
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for July 2

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for July 2

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, July 2. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station...
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UPDATE: Prince George’s County Police Department Release Video of Triple Homicide Suspect

UPDATE: Prince George’s County Police Department Release Video of Triple Homicide Suspect

UPDATE 6/27/2016: Homicide Unit detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department today released video of the suspect wanted in Friday’s triple homicide in Forestville. On the video, the gunman is seen running from the crime scene moments after he shot five people, killing three. It’s believed the suspect acted alone. Preliminarily, detectives do not...
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Letter to the Editor – Hit & Run Information Needed

Letter to the Editor – Hit & Run Information Needed

I was involved in a hit & run accident (on purpose?) on Saturday night on Rt 488 at Rt 5 around 1020 pm. The other driver did not stop, no tag information was available. State Troopers TFC Harrod and TPR Leach investigated the accident. The striking vehicle was newer with the strip LED lights...
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Keno Delivers Bittersweet $30,000 Win to Glen Burnie Player

Keno Delivers Bittersweet $30,000 Win to Glen Burnie Player

A 42-year-old Glen Burnie woman received a bittersweet $30,000 Keno win a day after her father passed away and only days before Father’s Day. The cosmetologist told Maryland Lottery officials that she was feeling very down after her 72-year-old dad’s death the previous day. To feel better, she decided to play a few games...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 6/27/2016 to 7/1/2016

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 6/27/2016 to 7/1/2016

During the week of June 27 to July 1, 2016, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School The cameras operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Violators must...
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The Cow & The Fish Restaurant Review

The Cow & The Fish Restaurant Review

In April, we tried out a brand new restaurant…The Cow & The Fish. Located in Hollywood. MD (on the northbound side, north of the fire department), the restaurant opened at the end of October, 2015. Chef Michael and his wife, Silvia, own and operate this new venture. They specialize in steaks and seafood with...
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Lauren Cross Named Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau for 2016

Lauren Cross Named Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau for 2016

Lauren Cross, 19, of North Keys, was named Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau for 2016 at the Prince George’s County Farm Bureau Annual Picnic. She is the daughter of Mike and Jennifer Cross and a fourth generation Cross on the Family Farm. “I am very excited and honored,” Cross said after the contest....
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SMECO 75 Bike Ride Raises $25,000 for Operation: Tohidu

SMECO 75 Bike Ride Raises $25,000 for Operation: Tohidu

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) employees hosted their fifth annual bike ride on June 4, 2016. Three bike routes of 29, 47, and 75 miles started at the Cooperative’s headquarters in Hughesville and went as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County. Profits from the bike ride will be donated to Melwood’s Operation:...
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Maryland’s Newest Heritage Trail is Just a Hoofbeat Away

Maryland’s Newest Heritage Trail is Just a Hoofbeat Away

Since the first settlers set foot here in the early 1600s, horses have been a part of Southern Maryland. Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail, the region’s exciting new heritage trail, is a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses played in this area’s culture and heritage. The project encompasses sites where the...
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Retired Postal Carrier Delivers Soup and $50,000 Lottery Prize

Retired Postal Carrier Delivers Soup and $50,000 Lottery Prize

Shady Side resident David Williams has delivered everything from ice cream to mail over the years. This week, while picking up carryout food at a local restaurant, the retired postal carrier added a $5 Hot Hand scratch-off to his purchase and delivered his own $50,000 top-prize win! The 80-year-old began his career as an...
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Participate in a Special Summer Public Art Project Annmarie Sculpture Garden

Participate in a Special Summer Public Art Project Annmarie Sculpture Garden

  Summer is here and Annmarie Garden announces an exciting community art project entitled, Inflatable – Images & Inspirations. The project will continue throughout the summer and will be led by artist-in-residence, Hannah Jeremiah. Visitors are invited to participate in something bigger than themselves with the creation of this work of art that will...
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St. Mary’s County Correctional Officers Graduate from the Emergency Response Team Academy

St. Mary’s County Correctional Officers Graduate from the Emergency Response Team Academy

On May 27, 2016, the St. Mary’s County Detention Center graduated three officers from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Academy that was held at The Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy in Nanjemoy, Maryland. The training lasted for seven days and consisted of class instruction, team building, and strenuous physical exercise.The ERT Team responds to...
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