Fireworks Schedule for the Southern Maryland Area

Fireworks Schedule for the Southern Maryland Area

CALVERT COUNTY • Chesapeake Beach Fireworks Friday, July 3 Sunday, July 5 at Dusk, Rain Date July 5, 2015 Chesapeake Beach Waterfront Join us along the waterfront to watch the annual patriotic fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay. This event is free to the public. Arrive early for easy parking. Enjoy our own Chesapeake Beach Water Park (fee), our beaches (fee) and our local restaurants and cafes. Town of Chesapeake Beach www.chesapeake-beach.md.us. • Solomons Fireworks Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m., Rain...
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Who Am I? Thief Uses Stolen Cell for Selfies

Who Am I? Thief Uses Stolen Cell for Selfies

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in the photo. On June 29th around 2:30 PM, a customer dropped her LG smartphone in the parking lot of the Early Bird located on Mervall Dean Road. She returned shortly after realizing she had dropped it and the phone was gone. The unidentified suspect in the photo has had possession of the phone, using it to take selfies. CASE #38506-15 Anyone with...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

Charles County Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 3 between 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the western part of the county. Special patrols and sobriety checkpoints focused on impaired driving are conducted year round. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers who might become impaired to always designate a sober driver. Have a safe weekend.
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Providing Marijuana to Three Teens and a 6 Year-old at a Birthday Party

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Providing Marijuana to Three Teens and a 6 Year-old at a Birthday Party

On July 3, 2015 at 1:30 a.m.m deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Tree Top Rd. in Lexington Park, Maryland to check the welfare of several juveniles at a private residence. Information was received that Tabitha A. Cassidy, 45 of Lexington Park, had provided marijuana to several juveniles at a birthday party being held at Cassidy’s residence. Contact was made with Cassidy who advised she had provided marijuana to three juveniles ranging in ages from 13 to 14....
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Serious Motorcycle Accident Involving a Farm Vehicle in Callaway

Serious Motorcycle Accident Involving a Farm Vehicle in Callaway

On July, 3 2015, at approximately 9:35 a.m., police, fire, and rescue personnel responded to 21549 Point Lookout Road, in Callaway for the report of a serious accident involving a motorcycle and a farm tractor. Witnesses report a Spra-Coupe 7660 Sprayer was turning into a private driveway on Point Lookout Road when it was struck by the the motorcycle. After striking the tractor, the motorcycle caught fire and the operator was trapped under the cycle. Citizens on the scene...
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Fort Washington Man Finds Mind-Blowing Scratch-off Win

Fort Washington Man Finds Mind-Blowing Scratch-off Win

The idea of buying a Powerball ticket got him in the door but Charles Degree of Fort Washington walked out of a Maryland Lottery retailer holding a top-prize winning product from a completely different game! The Prince George’s County man won $50,000 with a Diamonds & Dollars scratch-off. Mind blowing? Absolutely! Moments before his purchase, Charles passed up an opportunity to buy a scratch-off. He walked right past a grocery store’s Lottery vending machine. While he’s a frequent player,...
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UPDATE: Booking Photos Added – Six Men Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

UPDATE: Booking Photos Added – Six Men Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

On Thursday June 25, 2015 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) with assistance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC) conducted an operation targeting Prostitution and Human Trafficking. During the course of the operation police made contact with six adult males who were soliciting sex in exchange for money. The following men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution Danvontraz Jershaey Ball, 20 of California...
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School Systems Must Choose More Standardized Tests in the Fall

School Systems Must Choose More Standardized Tests in the Fall

Maryland public school systems will weigh this summer whether to add more standardized testing for 11th grade students in an effort to conform to a new state law that kicks in during the 2015-2016 academic year. They face a choice of whether to add two Common Core-aligned tests to assess college and career readiness, or use scores from one of several already established college entrance exams like the SAT. It’s also possible students who take a college placement exam...
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Wife of Department Of Defense Employee and Subcontractor Conspire to Fraudulently Obtain over $750,000 from Contracts with Aberdeen Proving Ground

Wife of Department Of Defense Employee and Subcontractor Conspire to Fraudulently Obtain over $750,000 from Contracts with Aberdeen Proving Ground

Sandra Nixon, a/k/a “Lisa Hart,” age 52, of Silver Spring, and Kenneth Dawson, age 52, of Niceville, Florida, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, to conspiring to defraud the United States. The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Frank Robey, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit; Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service – Mid-Atlantic Field Office; and...
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Maryland Natural Resources Police Begins Second Season of “Don’t Get Pinched” Crab Enforcement Campaign

Maryland Natural Resources Police Begins Second Season of “Don’t Get Pinched” Crab Enforcement Campaign

For the second summer, the Maryland Natural Resources Police is rolling out its blue crab enforcement campaign on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River under the banner, “Don’t Get Pinched.” “‘Don’t Get Pinched’ is our way to remind everyone ─ recreational and commercial crabbers alike ─ that our officers will be on the water, on the docks, at wholesalers and at roadside stands to ensure that everyone plays by the rules,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent....
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Decision to Buy ‘Mistake’ Scratch-off Leads to $30,000 Lottery Win for Mechanicsville Man

Decision to Buy ‘Mistake’ Scratch-off Leads to $30,000 Lottery Win for Mechanicsville Man

A Mechanicsville man was downright ecstatic to discover that a Bonus Crossword scratch-off he bought even though it was No. 68, not No. 67, was in reality the perfect ticket for him. That $3 scratch-off delivered the game’s $30,000 top prize! The lucky “mistake” occurred when loyal Lottery player James Bradford went to Waldorf Liquors in Waldorf to buy his scratch-offs for the week. A traveling sales rep for a fencing company, James is superstitious about Lottery luck. He...
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Wednesday’s Pet is Aliyah

Wednesday’s Pet is Aliyah

Wednesday’s Pet for 7/01/2015 is Aliyah Featured Pet: Aliyah Rescue Group: St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Breed: Miniature Pincher/Dachshund Sex: Female Size: Small (12 lbs) Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $200.00 Aliyah is a sweet 2 year old, mixed pup.  She gets along well with other dogs, but would do fine as an only dog.  Aliyah bonds quickly with her owner and loves to snuggle and get attention.  She is spayed, housetrained, chipped and up...
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Weather Couldn’t Dampen Spirits at Price of Freedom Music Fest

Weather Couldn’t Dampen Spirits at Price of Freedom Music Fest

Mother Nature tried to wash out the Price of Freedom Music Fest last weekend, but her efforts proved something else instead: Community is thicker than water. The fourth annual festival, hosted by the 7th District Optimist Club and sponsored by several local businesses including major sponsor Winegardner Auto Group, took place Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, at the 7th District Optimist Field in Avenue. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Special Olympics of St. Mary’s, an organization...
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Credit Rating Firm Helps State Validate Welfare Recipients

Credit Rating Firm Helps State Validate Welfare Recipients

State auditors hope to find less potential for fraud in their next audit of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, which recently partnered with an online credit bureau to validate that people receiving government assistance actually qualify. In 2011, Human Resources entered into a contract with Equifax, one of the three major credit rating agencies, in order to use an online database called the “Work Number.” Equifax is boasting a 200% improvement to DHR’s error rate in the first...
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UPDATE: Toddler’s Death Ruled Homicide by Chief Medical Examiner

UPDATE: Toddler’s Death Ruled Homicide by Chief Medical Examiner

UPDATE 6/30/15 @ 3:15 p.m.: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the death of Ji’Aire Donnell Lee, 3, who was found deceased last month at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata. On June 24, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled the manner of death a homicide and the cause of death dehydration and hypothermia. The investigation started on May 22, at 6:55 a.m., when officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and...
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Washington D.C Man Charged with DUI, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Making Threats Against a Police Officer

Washington D.C Man Charged with DUI, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Making Threats Against a Police Officer

On Saturday, June 27 at 1 a.m., Cpl. M. Sokoloff of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive. Upon approaching the driver, Cpl. Sokoloff detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver was arrested after failing several sobriety tests. Upon searching the car, Cpl. Sokoloff found a semi-automatic handgun which had been reported stolen out of North Carolina. Further investigation showed the driver, Erik William Schmidt, 29, of Washington, D.C....
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Charles County Department of Health Investigating Possible Rabid Raccoon

Charles County Department of Health Investigating Possible Rabid Raccoon

On July 2, a Charles County sheriff’s Deputy killed a raccoon in the vicinity of 1014 St Paul’s Drive, Waldorf. This animal had been trapped under a box for an extended period of time. Neighbors in the area reported that the animal approached domestic pets and behaved in an erratic manner.  It is presumed...
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Arrests for Calvert County – June, 20 to June, 28 2015

Arrests for Calvert County – June, 20 to June, 28 2015

According to court documents, the following persons were charged with crimes in Calvert County between Saturday, June, 20 to Sunday, June, 28 2015. Name Charge Date David Layne Anderson False Alarm/Fire:Cause and Mal Dest Prop/Valu $1,000 6/20/2015 Jeremy Michael Jameson Cds:Possess Not Marijuana, Cds:Poss Paraphernalia, and Cds Admin Equip Poss/Dist 6/20/2015 Khristie Ann Johnston...
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Arrests for Charles County – June, 20 to June, 28 2015

Arrests for Charles County – June, 20 to June, 28 2015

According to court documents, the following persons were charged with crimes in Charles County between Saturday, June, 20 to Sunday, June, 28 2015. Name Charge Date Anthen Lamont Kendrix Violate Exparte/Prot Order 6/20/2015 Bianca Arjenae Brown Theft:$10,000 To Und $100,000 and Unauth Removal Of Prop 6/20/2015 Harry Lee Young Theft: Less $1,000 Value 6/20/2015...
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Arrests for St. Mary’s County – June, 20 to June, 28 2015

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According to court documents, the following persons were charged with crimes in St. Mary’s County between Saturday, June, 20 to Sunday, June, 28 2015. Name Charge Date Jeremiah L Logan Assault First Degree and Assault Sec Degree 6/20/2015 Joleen Leeann Jameson Trespass: Private Property 6/20/2015 Kairon Hawkins Assault Sec Degree 6/20/2015 Michael A Aikens...
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Operation Backpack Registration Opens July 3 for Calvert County Families

Operation Backpack Registration Opens July 3 for Calvert County Families

Registration for Children’s Aid, Inc.’s Operation Backpack Program opens July 3, 2015. Calvert County families in need of new backpacks and school supplies for their children can register online at www.TheChildrensAid.org. Participation in this year’s Operation Backpack Program is limited to the first 150 registrants. Approved families will receive an appointment time to pick-up...
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SMECO Receives Commuter Connections Telework Award

SMECO Receives Commuter Connections Telework Award

Washington, D.C. – Today, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), headquartered in Hughesville, MD, received the Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award for its Telework program. To better serve the 160,000 electric customers during storms and power outages, in 2006, SMECO launched a telework program for its Contact Center employees who work around-the-clock shifts interfacing with...
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Turtles Pose Dangers for Humans and Pets

Turtles Pose Dangers for Humans and Pets

Turtle races or derbies are part of many Fourth of July celebrations, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources cautions that these events pose a health risk to captive turtles, wild turtles and human participants. Some turtles raced in derbies are collected from the wild and, if diseased, can infect pet or other wild...
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Solomons Visitor Center Opens Four Days a Week through Thanksgiving

Solomons Visitor Center Opens Four Days a Week through Thanksgiving

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development announces that the Solomons Visitor Information Center will remain open on a limited schedule through Nov. 30, 2015. The Solomons center is located at 14175 Solomons Island Road South. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Knowledgeable staff will be on...
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July is Lakes Appreciation Month

July is Lakes Appreciation Month

July is national Lakes Appreciation Month, so whether you prefer to swim, paddle, float or boat, Maryland’s abundance of lakes, ponds and reservoirs offer something for everyone! Maryland boasts more than 60 significant (greater than 5 acres in size) lakes, all of which are manmade and open to the public. These lakes provide a...
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Don’t Get Steamed With Summer Travel Delays-Call 511

Don’t Get Steamed With Summer Travel Delays-Call 511

In today’s busy world, there’s no time to waste. Whether making the annual vacation sojourn or the daily trip to the office – no one wants to sit in traffic. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) reminds drivers to take the opportunity to “Know Before You Go” by calling 511 or...
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SHA Suspends All Non-Emergency Construction For July 4th Weekend

SHA Suspends All Non-Emergency Construction For July 4th Weekend

This weekend, thousands of Marylanders and visitors will travel State highways to celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend. As everyone prepares to enjoy the festivities, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) reminds travelers to drive safely and stay alert for pedestrians walking to and from local events and celebrations.  SHA will...
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Natural Resources Police Urges Safe Boating During Busy July 4th Holiday

Natural Resources Police Urges Safe Boating During Busy July 4th Holiday

After a weekend in which three people died on Maryland waterways, the mission for the Maryland Natural Resources Police this July 4th holiday is simple: fewer boating accidents. The game plan is direct: officers will be going all-out on the state’s waterways, from the Atlantic Ocean to Deep Creek Lake. “Maryland has seen eight...
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In Memoriam: Former Calvert County Commissioner William T. Bowen

In Memoriam: Former Calvert County Commissioner William T. Bowen

Former Calvert County Commissioner William T. Bowen passed away June 28. He was 85. Bowen was elected to the Board of County Commissioners for two terms, serving from 1982 to 1990, with five years as board president. Bowen also served as president of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland from 1985 to 1987 and...
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St. Mary’s County Government Offices will Close to Observe Independence Day Holiday

St. Mary’s County Government Offices will Close to Observe Independence Day Holiday

All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 for the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6. The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers, and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The Convenience Centers and STS will...
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Calvert County Announces Independence Day Schedule

Calvert County Announces Independence Day Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that county offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. In addition: • The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered Friday, July 3. • There will be no county bus service...
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Traffic Plans for Twin Beaches and Solomons Island for Fourth of July Celebrations

Traffic Plans for Twin Beaches and Solomons Island for Fourth of July Celebrations

Traffic Plan for Twin Beaches on Friday, July 3 The traffic plan is set up to eliminate all left hand turns on a portion of Route 261 going through the Twin Beaches, eliminating the need to stop traffic randomly and enabling traffic to flow with minimal stopping. The centerline of Route 261 will be...
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Blue Crabs to Send Six to the All-Star Game

Blue Crabs to Send Six to the All-Star Game

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will have six players represent the organization at the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 8 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. Right-handed pitchers Jake Hale, Cody Eppley and Erik Hamren will be joined by infielders Zach Wilson, Jake Opitz and outfielder Jamar Walton...
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