Charles News

Residents Urged to Protect Eyes During Solar Eclipse

Residents Urged to Protect Eyes During Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be a partial solar eclipse in Charles County, beginning around 1:18 p.m. The maximum effect will occur around 2:43 p.m. and the eclipse will end around 4:02 p.m. The Department of Emergency Services urges residents to avoid looking directly at the sun at any point during the eclipse....
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White Plains Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment After Shooting

White Plains Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment After Shooting

On August 13, 2017, at approximately 10:35 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tottenham Drive in Waldorf for the report of suspicious activity involving a vehicle. While en-route to the scene communications advised a witness was hearing shots being fired in the same area as the suspicious vehicle Officers located a light colored SUV...
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12th Annual Breast Cancer Walk Set for Oct. 7

12th Annual Breast Cancer Walk Set for Oct. 7

Walk to support the men and women in your life at the 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fitness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event begins at Indian Head Village Green (100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head) and continues for three miles on the Indian Head Rail Trail....
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Stay Safe Observing Solar Eclipse

Stay Safe Observing Solar Eclipse

Next week any person within Southern Maryland should be able to witness a partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. NASA’s website stated; “A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles.” There are parts of the country that will be able to witness a total eclipse of the sun; however, within the National Capital Region...
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Maryland Provides First-Time Hunters Opportunity to Experience Sport

Maryland Provides First-Time Hunters Opportunity to Experience Sport

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a new hunting license for first-time hunters. The Apprentice Hunting License is available to residents and nonresidents of any age who never held a Maryland hunting license. The apprentice license is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents, and provides the same privileges as other Maryland hunting licenses. It allows anyone interested...
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Rachel Yasser To Lead The District Of Maryland’s Opioid-Related Healthcare Fraud Unit

Rachel Yasser To Lead The District Of Maryland’s Opioid-Related Healthcare Fraud Unit

Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning announces the appointment of Rachel Yasser to lead the District’s project targeting opioid-related health care fraud. Yasser, 38, graduated from Columbia University in 2001 and Northwestern School of Law in 2004. She has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland since 2008....
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UPDATE: Two Individuals Charged in Nicolet Park Fight Video

UPDATE: Two Individuals Charged in Nicolet Park Fight Video

UPDATE: Two criminal summons were issued on August 6, 2017. Natosha Rena Curlin, 27, of Hampton, Virginia and Alisia Maria Brown, 23 of Waldorf, are being charged with disorderly conduct and Affray, after being identified it the video from Nicolet Park in Lexington Park. More arrests are expected as police are following up on leads....
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Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

New this school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents and staff are text message notifications. CCPS has a new notification system called School Messenger, which is used to send systemwide and school emails, phone calls and text message updates. Text message recipients must opt-in to receive text alerts. The text alert feature...
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Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has procedures that guide how the school system handles unpaid meal accounts. Superintendent’s Rule 3842 outlines how the school system handles negative meal account balances. The Rule applies only to students who pay full or reduced prices for meals. The guidelines do not apply to children who receive free...
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Health department hosting vaccination clinics

Health department hosting vaccination clinics

The Charles County Department of Health is holding several immunization clinics for children who need vaccines required to attend school. Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B,...
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Building service workers prepare for school year

Building service workers prepare for school year

The hallways of John Hanson Middle School and Thomas Stone High School shine like a skating rink. The scent of shampoo hangs in the air at Arthur Middleton Elementary School before building service manager James Turner revs up a machine that resembles a small, push Zamboni on a mission to deep clean the carpet....
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Leading the Way to a Healthier, Stronger Community

Leading the Way to a Healthier, Stronger Community

Now in its 10th class year, Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) aims to educate and inspire a diverse group of leaders from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties through its annual nine-month program. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is proud of its 11 participating associates and the contributions they are making not only to healthcare, but...
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Hidden Cameras Found Under Women’s Desks at NAVAIR

Hidden Cameras Found Under Women’s Desks at NAVAIR

According to documents filed in Maryland District Court, Daniel A, Fasci, 56, of Great Mills admitted to placing video cameras under the desks of multiple females at buildings on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. One document states “Daniel Fasci has been using video surveillance under my desk pointed towards my private areas at...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

During the week of August 14, to August 18, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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La Plata Man Discover More Than $157,000 in Unclaimed Property

La Plata Man Discover More Than $157,000 in Unclaimed Property

Four Maryland residents – two from Baltimore and one each from Hyattsville and La Plata – have joined the list of this year’s Unclaimed Property recipients who have been identified with accounts as part of Comptroller Peter Franchot’s annual publication. The four separate claims total more than $564,000 from a list published this spring...
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Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. Because it is the height of mosquito season and the area just endured a significant 24-hour rain event, the Calvert County Department of General Services Mosquito Control Program urges residents to assist with mosquito control by...
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Charles County Leaders Discuss Economic Development Challenges and Opportunities at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference

Charles County Leaders Discuss Economic Development Challenges and Opportunities at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference

This year’s Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference will allow county elected officials, county staff, state and federal officials, and business representatives to discuss Maryland’s workforce growth and wealth of opportunities in a variety of industries. The 2017 MACo Summer Conference will be held Aug. 16-19 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in...
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Waldorf Parole and Probation office remembers legendary employee

Waldorf Parole and Probation office remembers legendary employee

Parole and Probation employees from the Waldorf Field Office held a special ceremony to dedicate an interview room to the late Carlton Bell, Sr. Mr. Bell, a longtime Drinking Driver Program monitor, had just retired when he was murdered earlier this year. Mr. Bell’s wife Lynn, Deputy Secretary J. Michael Zeigler, Special Assistant Martha...
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St. Charles Residential Land Sold to Lennar Corporation

St. Charles Residential Land Sold to Lennar Corporation

In one of the largest acquisitions in the State of Maryland in recent history, Lennar Corporation, d/b/a Lennar purchased the membership interest in St. Charles Community, LLC, an entity that owns the St. Charles Planned Unit Development (PUD) in Waldorf, Maryland. The acquisition of the 2,400-acre development, which includes residential, commercial, and industrial properties,...
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Wednesday’s Pet is ETHEL

Wednesday’s Pet is ETHEL

Wednesday’s Pet for 8/9/2017 ETHEL Featured Pet: Ethel Rescue Group: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland Breed: Beagle Sex: Female Size: Small Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Donation Ethel is between 6 and 9 years old. She is a gentle dog that has thrived since her rescue from the shelter...
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Maryland Lottery and Casinos Break Multiple All-Time Records in Fiscal Year 2017

Maryland Lottery and Casinos Break Multiple All-Time Records in Fiscal Year 2017

Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced numerous record-breaking figures for Fiscal Year 2017. The Maryland Lottery set new all-time marks for total sales, prizes to players, retailer commissions and instant ticket (scratch-off) sales. Meanwhile, the opening of the state’s sixth casino predictably spurred record casino gaming revenues. For the second consecutive year, combined Lottery and casino gaming contributions...
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Re-Creating Yourself, One Beat at a Time

Re-Creating Yourself, One Beat at a Time

First, there is a steady beat coming from a single drum. Boom — boom, boom, boom. Other drummers gradually join in, each on differently sized and toned drums, as they match the beat created by the leader. Participants in the drum circle focus their eyes on the floor or the ceiling to concentrate on...
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Fire Marshal Investigating Attempted Vehicle Arson in Waldorf

Fire Marshal Investigating Attempted Vehicle Arson in Waldorf

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, police responded to Dorset Drive, in Waldorf, after the owner of a black, Chevrolet Camaro SS reported a fire was set to the driver’s side floorboard. Between the evening hours of 8/3/17 and the afternoon hours of 8/6/17, unknown suspect(s) made entry into the vehicle and attempted to set...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Addition to K9 Unit

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Addition to K9 Unit

Sheriff Troy D. Berry and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the arrival of Copper, the newest addition to the K9 Unit. Copper is a 10-week-old bloodhound from Lietchfield, KY, and will soon begin training to work alongside his partner, Pfc. Darin Behm. Pfc. Behm, a K9 Officer with the CCSO,...
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VIDEO – Police Still Investigating Armed Robbery of Green Turtle in La Plata

VIDEO – Police Still Investigating Armed Robbery of Green Turtle in La Plata

On March 2, 2017, at approximately 2:12 a.m., three males wearing masks and dark clothing entered an unlocked door of the Green Turtle on St. Mary’s Avenue in La Plata and approached an employee. One of the suspects was armed with a gun and ordered the employee to give them cash. After obtaining money,...
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