Dominion Power Takes Responsibility for Potomac River Oil Spill

Dominion Power Takes Responsibility for Potomac River Oil Spill

Dominion Power has accepted responsibility for the oil spill into the Potomac River after agreeing with tests performed by the Coast Guard that linked Dominion to the spill. The majority of the spill has already been cleaned up, but Dominion says they will work with the necessary agencies to help facilitate the rest of the clean up. The Coast Guard cannot confirm that oil has stopped leaking, but it says there have been no signs of more oil on...
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Third Subject Charged in Lexington Park Robbery

Third Subject Charged in Lexington Park Robbery

On June 23, 2015, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to a 911 simulcast at a Hotel in Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County for a reported robbery. When troopers arrived on the scene, they learned the victim; John William Hancock 69 of Hagerstown, Maryland had been robbed of an undisclosed amount of currency. During the initial investigation, Criminal Enforcement Division Investigators charged Loletia Chanelle Morgan with possession of CDS paraphernalia and theft under $1,000. In...
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Two Waldorf Men Arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of a Handgun

Two Waldorf Men Arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of a Handgun

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:50 p.m., an officer from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot in the 3300 block of Western Parkway after observing the vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. After making contact with the driver, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed containers of marijuana, a digital scale, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Dementrous Von Smith, 19 of Waldorf, and...
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Mechanicsville Woman Arrested for Assault

Mechanicsville Woman Arrested for Assault

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Corporal D. Corcoran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23000 block of Holly Hill Lane in California, for the report of an assault. The victim alleged, Alyssa Myranda Lewis, age 20, of Mechanicsville, scratched and pushed the victim. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Lewis was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault.
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Deputy C. Ball of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46000 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for the report of a domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Brittany Nicole Medley, age 26, of Lexington Park, pushed and strangled the victim during an argument. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Medley was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where she was charged with Second...
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Deputies in Waldorf Investigating First-Degree Assault

Deputies in Waldorf Investigating First-Degree Assault

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 2:10 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3400 block of Promenade Place in Waldorf for the report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim who stated that an unknown subject approached his vehicle on foot as he was entering a parking garage. When the victim rolled his window down, the suspect pointed a black handgun at him. The victim thought he was being robbed, at which...
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Charlotte Hall Woman Arrested for DUI After Parking Lot Accident at Outback Steakhouse

Charlotte Hall Woman Arrested for DUI After Parking Lot Accident at Outback Steakhouse

On Friday, January 29, 2016, Deputy J. Kerns of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23000 block of Three Notch Road in California, for the report of an accident that occurred in the parking lot of Outback Steakhouse. A strong odor of suspected marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed, Lauren Ashley Mahon, age 22, of Charlotte Hall, appeared to under the influence of alcohol. A search of Mahon’s car revealed paraphernalia consistent with...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Trespassing

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Trespassing

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Deputy T. Siciliano of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 45000 block of Bolden Court in Lexington Park, for the report of a civil dispute. While the deputies were assisting with the dispute, Sharaine Marie Francis Wood, age 23, of Lexington Park, became very disorderly. She created a public disturbance, screamed, and used foul language several times. Deputies asked Wood several times to calm down. Wood refused and was arrested and...
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UPDATE: Explosion on Naval Air Station Patuxent River Under Investigation

UPDATE: Explosion on Naval Air Station Patuxent River Under Investigation

UPDATE 2/11/16 @ 1:45 p.m.: Connie Hempel, from the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office, released the following statement. Building 2188 here has been cleared by NAS Pax River Fire for reentry. The building was evacuated following an incident caused by an over pressurized container around 10:50 a.m. The incident was contained to one room in the building and was caused by a chemical reaction within a small container in a locker where the doors were blown open. The area was...
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House Fire in Lusby Ruled Accidental

House Fire in Lusby Ruled Accidental

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. firefighters from Solomons, St. Leonard, Prince Frederick, Bay District and Hollywood were alerted to report of a working house fire in the 12000 block of Dalton Trail in Lusby. Crews arrived on scene to discover a two story house with fire in the garage and extended into the second floor of the house. There were also two vehicles on fire in the driveway. 40 firefighters worked approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. No one was...
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Sprinkler Saves Apartment in Lexington Park

Sprinkler Saves Apartment in Lexington Park

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at approximately 11:30 a.m. firefighters from Bay District, Hollywood and NDW Patuxent River were alerted to report of a Commercial Building Fire in the 21000 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. Crews arrived on scene to discover a three story commercial building with no fire or smoke evident. Once getting entry in to the building security notified firefighters that there was smoke in a apartment on the first floor. The mattress had caught fire in the apartment but the sprinkler activated and extinguished...
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Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN

Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN

Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN   Featured Pet: HOGAN Rescue Group: St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Breed: Pointer & American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Sex: Male Size: Small Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots, microchipped Adoption Fee: $200.00 Hogan is a beautiful, playful puppy. He is about 6 months old and doing great in his foster home. Hogan loves to play and gets along great with the other foster dogs. He loves people and children but would do...
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VIDEO – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Respond to Disorderly Crowds Around St. Mary’s County on Friday Night

VIDEO – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Respond to Disorderly Crowds Around St. Mary’s County on Friday Night

In response to concerns about disorderly crowds, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Lexington Park COPs Unit coordinated an enforcement effort the night of February 5. Assisting in the effort were members of patrol, the K-9 division, alcohol enforcement coordinator, Leonardtown COPs officer, and Maryland State Police. Deputies responded to calls in several locations throughout the evening regarding large disorderly crowds loitering, fighting, CDS, and alcohol citations. These areas included a private party at the Hollywood Volunteer...
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Maryland State Police Arrest Upper Marlboro Man for Possession of Heroin

Maryland State Police Arrest Upper Marlboro Man for Possession of Heroin

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 9:08 am, Trooper Warrick from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Several criminal indicators were observed and a K-9 scan was requested. A positive K-9 scan provided probable cause search of the vehicle. Heroin and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle. James E. Stratchko, 29 of Upper Marlboro, was arrested for possession of these items and was incarcerated at...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspect and are Trying to Identify Suspects in Similar Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspect and are Trying to Identify Suspects in Similar Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating three armed robberies that occurred at drug stores over the past few days. It appears one suspect committed two of the robberies, and two different suspects committed a similar robbery. Officers apprehended one suspect after the most recent robbery, and detectives are trying to establish whether or not all of the cases and suspects are connected. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward. On Monday, February 8, 2016, at 9:09 p.m., officers...
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Wind Chill Advisory Issued February 13 at 11:55AM EST until February 14 at 9:00AM EST

Wind Chill Advisory Issued February 13 at 11:55AM EST until February 14 at 9:00AM EST

Event: Wind Chill Advisory Alert: …WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST SUNDAY… * WIND CHILLS…0 TO 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. * WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH TONIGHT. * TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE SINGLE...
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CSM Dean Recognized for Service to St. Mary’s County

CSM Dean Recognized for Service to St. Mary’s County

The College of Southern Maryland’s Vice President/Dean of the Leonardtown Campus Dr. Tracy Harris, center, was recognized by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County for his service on the Sheriff’s Office Retirement Pension Plan Board and the Economic Development Commission. The ceremony, held during the Commissioners’ Jan. 26 meeting, was to recognize the volunteers...
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Local Naturalist Selected as State Outdoor Educator of the Year

Local Naturalist Selected as State Outdoor Educator of the Year

Tania Gale, a naturalist with Calvert County Natural Resources Division was recently presented the Bob Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award at the 2016 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) annual conference, held in Ocean City, MD. “Tania Gale was nominated in recognition of the impact she has made over the past fifteen...
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Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

Now through the end of 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a half-price incentive to 16-year-old anglers purchasing a fishing license for the first time. In Maryland, anglers under the age of 16 are not required to possess licenses. “Young anglers are the environmental stewards of tomorrow,” Fisheries Service Director Dave...
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One Trapped in Waldorf Accident

One Trapped in Waldorf Accident

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, police and rescue crews from Waldorf responded to a report of  a serious accident along Berry Road near Streamview Drive in Waldorf. Crews arrived on scene and found a vehicle up against another vehicle with one driver trapped inside. On patient was transported via helicopter to Prince George’s County Shock Trauma. The cause of the crash...
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Wind Advisory Issued February 12 at 1:13PM EST until February 13 at 6:00PM EST

Wind Advisory Issued February 12 at 1:13PM EST until February 13 at 6:00PM EST

Event: Wind Advisory Alert: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY. * TIMING…LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. GREATEST WIND THREAT IS SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MIDDAY. * WINDS…NORTHWEST...
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State Highway Administration Warns of Potential Snowfall During Afternoon Rush Hour

State Highway Administration Warns of Potential Snowfall During Afternoon Rush Hour

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is warning motorists of the potential for snow squalls to arrive just in time for the Friday evening commute. Any precipitation that coincides with rush hour (3/4 p.m. to 7/8 p.m.) periods is extremely hazardous since plow/salt trucks are unable to treat pavements in the...
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Maryland State Police Remind Motorists to Use Caution As Arctic Temperatures Move In

Maryland State Police Remind Motorists to Use Caution As Arctic Temperatures Move In

Troopers are urging drivers to use caution and to think twice before heading out during this expected blast of cold weather across the state. Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, has ordered all troopers to be on high alert for disabled vehicles with the anticipated extremely low temperatures. Troopers, along...
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Three High School Bocce Teams Advance to State Tournament

Three High School Bocce Teams Advance to State Tournament

Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teams advance to the Special Olympics Maryland 2016 State High School Indoor Bocce Tournament next week after earning first place in their division at the district event held Feb. 2. Teams from La Plata and Maurice J. McDonough high schools, as well as a team of students from...
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Morgan State Receives State Resources in Effort to Grow Maryland Oyster Industry

Morgan State Receives State Resources in Effort to Grow Maryland Oyster Industry

In an effort to grow Maryland aquaculture, Morgan State University (MSU) has received a $150,000 grant from the State’s Department of Commerce to produce oyster larvae and spat for Maryland oyster farmers at a hatchery operated by Morgan’s Patuxent Aquatic and Environmental Research Laboratory (PEARL). The grant will be used to restart production at...
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Brushing up on Healthy Habits Health Department Dental Clinic Offers Students Free Sealants to Prevent Tooth Decay

Brushing up on Healthy Habits Health Department Dental Clinic Offers Students Free Sealants to Prevent Tooth Decay

For very little investment — the cost of a toothbrush, toothpaste, some floss and dental sealants — a parent could reduce the chances of a child developing tooth decay by 70 percent. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease with 51 million school hours lost nationwide to poor oral health. “A child can’t...
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Commissioners Commemorate African American History Month

Commissioners Commemorate African American History Month

February is African American History Month which serves as an opportunity to share the historic and present contributions of African Americans in the community. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recognized the occasion with a proclamation ceremony during their weekly business meeting. African American History Month began as “Negro History Week” in February 1926 as a supplement to...
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Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies

Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies

Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement in response to the violence that resulted in the deaths of two Harford County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Abingdon: “Anytime law enforcement or first responders lose their lives in the line of duty, it is a tragedy and today’s violence in Abingdon and the deaths...
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Big Scratch-off Win Moves Delayed Honeymoon to 2016

Big Scratch-off Win Moves Delayed Honeymoon to 2016

A Prince George’s County stay-at-home mom bumped into some Lottery luck over the weekend, winning $10,000 instantly playing the Hit It Big scratch-off. That lucky ticket will soon allow the mother of four, who put many parts of her life on hold as bills and obligations piled up, to scratch an important “task” off...
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Next Code Home Public Hearing to be Held in Valley Lee

Next Code Home Public Hearing to be Held in Valley Lee

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host the fifth Code Home public hearing, regarding a proposed move to Code Home Rule form of government, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department. The department is located at 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m....
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Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman Nomination Deadline Extended

Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2016 Woman of the Year and 2016 Tomorrow’s Woman awards nominations has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, February 12. Nominees will be recognized and winners announced at the Commission for Women’s annual Women’s History Month Banquet on Wednesday, March 16, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California,...
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Competition to Qualify for Worlds Not Over For CSM Talons

Competition to Qualify for Worlds Not Over For CSM Talons

The College of Southern Maryland hosted a qualifier Feb. 5 for the VEX U World Championships but the home collegiate robotics team, the Talons, will need to continue to compete in Skills Challenges in order to earn a spot in the Louisville, Kentucky, competition in April. Two teams who participated in the Feb. 5...
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