St. Mary’s News

Maryland State Police SPIDRE Team To Be Out In Force This July 4th Holiday

Maryland State Police SPIDRE Team To Be Out In Force This July 4th Holiday

With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, the Maryland State Police and other police agencies across Maryland will be out in force removing impaired drivers from the highways.  For the fourth straight year, the State Police Impaired DRiving Effort (SPIDRE) team will continue its goal to make Maryland’s roads safer during the July 4th...
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Lexington Park Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Lexington Park Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

UPDATE 6/29/2017: Patrick Henry Bush, 52 of Lexington Park, was  found guilty of first and second degree murder, carjacking and armed robbery, on Wednesday June 28, 2017, in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. Judge David Densford found him not guilty of premeditated murder. Bush will be sentenced later this year. UPDATE 6/12/2017: According to court documents, the...
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Traffic Advisory: 9th Annual Independence Celebration at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

Traffic Advisory: 9th Annual Independence Celebration at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department will host its 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration on July 1, 2017. Residents can expect traffic delays, heavy pedestrian, and motor vehicle traffic, as well as multiple lane closures in the area. The delays are expected from approximately 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. The following road and lane closures...
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Governor Larry Hogan Delivers Keynote Address at Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference

Governor Larry Hogan Delivers Keynote Address at Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference

Governor Larry Hogan today delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Maryland Municipal League (MML) summer conference in Ocean City, Md. In his remarks, the governor highlighted the administration’s efforts to spur economic development and job creation, improve infrastructure, and tackle the state’s evolving heroin and opioid crisis. In addition, the governor announced two new Executive...
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Modest Changes Coming to Maryland’s Commercial Crab Harvest

Modest Changes Coming to Maryland’s Commercial Crab Harvest

Following weeks of scientific review and discussion among key stakeholders, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is making modest but important changes to the commercial harvesting of Chesapeake Bay female hard crabs later this season. Harvesting will close Nov. 20, and bushel levels for the month of November will be reduced compared to the...
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Wednesday’s Pet is Hazel

Wednesday’s Pet is Hazel

Wednesday’s Pet for 6/28/17 is Hazel Featured Pet: Hazel Rescue Group: Humane Society of Calvert County Breed: Lab/Hound Mix Sex: Female Size: Medium Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: Contact group for donation fee Hazel is a 2-year-old Lab Mix.  She is currently in a foster home with her litter of...
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11-Year-Old Layla Kaelin from Leonardtown has a Big Heart and a Love for Animals

11-Year-Old Layla Kaelin from Leonardtown has a Big Heart and a Love for Animals

While watching the news and eating breakfast with her mother, Sheri Kaelin, Layla heard a story about K-9 dogs that were injured because they weren’t wearing vests. Without hesitation, the young animal lover told her mother she wanted to raise money to purchase vests for her local police department’s K-9 unit. That’s where the...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision

On June 26, 2017, at approximately 8:23 PM, patrol officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious single motor vehicle collision on Vista Road in the area of Whiskey Creek Road in Hollywood. Officers located a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe off the roadway and into a tree with both the operator...
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Exclusive Video: Can You Identify This Thief in Lexington Park?

Exclusive Video: Can You Identify This Thief in Lexington Park?

On Friday, June 23, 2017, at approximately 12:20 a.m., a white male used a crowbar to gain access to the dollar bill acceptor of a Coke machine at the Lexwood Apartments, in Lexington Park. Anyone with information as to the identity of the person or additional information is asked to leave a comment below...
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Blue Crab Stock Considered Sustainable, Despite Population Decline

Blue Crab Stock Considered Sustainable, Despite Population Decline

Fisheries experts have encouraged Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to take a cautious approach to blue crab management as they set harvest regulations for the coming year. In the annual Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report, these experts note that while the 2016 female blue crab harvest was lower than regulations...
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Calvert County Division of Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens July 3

Calvert County Division of Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens July 3

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, July 3, 2017, 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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Governor Hogan Highlights Significant Progress on MD 5 Interchange Improvements in Brandywine

Governor Hogan Highlights Significant Progress on MD 5 Interchange Improvements in Brandywine

One of the record number of road projects happening across the state this summer has reached a construction milestone.  The $55.7 million project at the MD 5 (Branch Avenue) interchange with MD 373 (Accokeek Road) and MD 381 (Brandywine Road) in Brandywine began last summer and is now one-third complete with construction of the...
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First Carfentanil Death in St. Mary’s County Confirmed

First Carfentanil Death in St. Mary’s County Confirmed

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office investigated what turned out to be the first death reported in St.Mary’s County due to a powerful opioid that is 5,000 times more powerful than heroin. On June 5th, 2017, police were called to investigate the death of a male subject. SMNEWSNET contacted the Chief Medical Examiner Office and...
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John Glenn scholarship winners Awarded $30,000

John Glenn scholarship winners Awarded $30,000

During a June 13 ceremony, seven local high school graduates received a total of $30,000 from the John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Program to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “For 11 years, the John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Program has given out close to $400,000 to 91 men and women from [St. Mary’s,...
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Great Mills Man Charged After Caught Faking Court Ordered Urinalysis Test

Great Mills Man Charged After Caught Faking Court Ordered Urinalysis Test

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Deputy E. Edwards from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported CDS Violation. Steven Rene Tharpe, 26, of Great Mills, was ordered by the District Court Judge to take a urinalysis test prior to sentencing. During the test, something...
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Tri-County Animal Shelter Announces July Promotions

Tri-County Animal Shelter Announces July Promotions

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is pleased to announce the following July monthly promotions and reminders: Maryland 2000 (Saturday, July 1 to Monday, July 31) During this special month, the shelter is waiving all adoption fees for cats and kittens. The shelter has joined with other Maryland shelters with the goal to find homes for...
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Lexington Park Man Uses Small Child to Steal from Walmart

Lexington Park Man Uses Small Child to Steal from Walmart

On Friday, June 2, 2017, Deputy D. Sidorowicz from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported theft at the Walmart in California. The investigation revealed, Daniel Holly Dement, 50, of Lexington Park, filled a shopping cart with items and utilized a small child to push the cart past all points of...
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Sober Apps: New Tools to Help Those in Recovery

Sober Apps: New Tools to Help Those in Recovery

Addiction counseling, in-person meetings, new hobbies – all of these activities are used by those in recovery. You can now add smartphone applications (apps) to this list. This technology is now being used by many as a tool to help an individual maintain their recovery. Check out a few of the apps* – all free and...
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Maryland Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Average To 4.2%

Maryland Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Average To 4.2%

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data earlier today. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland’s job totals decreased by 1,600 jobs in May, a decrease of 0.1%. Public sector jobs decreased by 300 and the private sector decreased by 1,300 jobs. Since January 2015,...
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of 7-Year-Old Urinating on Neighbors Steak While Cooking Out

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of 7-Year-Old Urinating on Neighbors Steak While Cooking Out

6/22/2017: SMNEWSNET.COM was contacted by a neighbor of the juvenile offender who provided us with an edited video of the reported incident, we then blurred the entire video to conceal the juveniles face. They also provided us with a surveillance video of the same juvenile stealing from a neighborhood house. They told SMNEWSNET.COM that the police...
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Wednesday’s Pet is DEAN

Wednesday’s Pet is DEAN

Wednesday’s Pet for 6/14/17 DEAN Featured Pet: DEAN Rescue Group: Pets with Disabilities Disability: Blind Breed: Labrador Mix Sex: Male Size: Large (70 lbs) Vetted: Neutered and Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Dean was surrendered to our local shelter blind, dirty and frightened.  He went immediately for a much needed...
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Vehicle Fire in Great Mills Ruled Accidental

Vehicle Fire in Great Mills Ruled Accidental

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at approximately 12:50 a.m., firefighters from Bay District responded to Kinnegad Drive, in Great Mills, for a vehicle fire. The accidental fire was caused by a carelessly dropped or discarded smoking material in the plastic driver’s door pocket. The fire was contained to the cab area of the work van. The...
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2017 SMILE Expo Features Livestock, Learning and Fun

2017 SMILE Expo Features Livestock, Learning and Fun

The annual Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) for youth takes place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 2017, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The SMILE show features youth competitors (ages 6 through 21 years) from around Southern Maryland and more than 300 show animals (beef and dairy cows,...
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Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Home Depot Foundation Landscape Makeover

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Home Depot Foundation Landscape Makeover

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home was recently selected to receive a “landscape makeover”, valued at over $24,000 by The Home Depot Foundation! On Thursday, June 8, 2017, over 80 volunteers trimmed, planted, and mulched around all 3 entrances, the pavilions, and the courtyard. Volunteers worked through the day and truly enjoyed their time with...
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SMECO Refunds Capital Credits

SMECO Refunds Capital Credits

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is issuing capital credit refunds totaling nearly $3.8 million. Of that total, a general refund of approximately $2.2 million will be issued in early July. Active eligible customer-members will receive credits on their bills and checks will be issued to eligible former members. Special refunds of about $1.6 million...
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