St. Mary’s News

United States Government Officially Shuts Down After Republicans, Democrats Fail to Strike Deal

United States Government Officially Shuts Down After Republicans, Democrats Fail to Strike Deal

After weeks of political posturing and debate, Congress failed to come to an agreement on a spending bill by the January 20, 2018 midnight deadline, resulting in non-essential government services shutting down effective immediately. A stopgap bill that passed the House would have avoided a government shutdown, but it failed to gain traction in...
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Winters Heating & Cooling Employees Rescue Local Man From Toxic House

Winters Heating & Cooling Employees Rescue Local Man From Toxic House

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, David Winters, a 22-year-0ld service technician at Winters Heating & Cooling, received a call from service administrator Kelsy Martin, 32 of Leonardtown. Martin told Winters that a man in a California residence needed immediate assistance due to a purported lack of heat at the home. Although Winters had already worked...
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UPDATE: Exclusive Photos – Lexington Park Man Charged with Animal Cruelty for Neglecting Dogs

UPDATE: Exclusive Photos – Lexington Park Man Charged with Animal Cruelty for Neglecting Dogs

On Wednesday, January 16, 2018, Deputy Austin Schultz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the area of Midway Drive and Ranger Road in Lexington Park to assist animal control with a complaint. The day before, animal control officer John Miedzinski saw an emaciated dog and several puppies at the...
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Funding for Opioid Emergency Less Than Expected in Hogan Budget

Funding for Opioid Emergency Less Than Expected in Hogan Budget

From kindergarten to graduate school, education clearly is Gov. Larry Hogan’s priority in this election year. The proof is spelled out in his administration’s $44.4 billion operating budget for FY 2019 delivered to the Maryland General Assembly Wednesday. To the chagrin of health professionals and advocacy groups, new funding for Maryland’s opioid “state of...
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Mercury Astronauts Mural Removed for Conservation Prior to Pax River O-Club Demolition

Mercury Astronauts Mural Removed for Conservation Prior to Pax River O-Club Demolition

Preserving a piece of NAS Patuxent River’s history, conservators removed a 12-by-20 mural of astronauts Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter and John Glenn from the wall above the doorway of the abandoned Officers Club – or O-Club – located at Pax River on Cedar Point Road across the street from the Chesapeake Bay....
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Hughesville Man Passed Out Behind the Wheel Arrested for Possession of Morphine and Oxycontin

Hughesville Man Passed Out Behind the Wheel Arrested for Possession of Morphine and Oxycontin

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Deputy First Class. D. Smith of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the WaWa on Three Notch Road, in Charlotte Hall, regarding a welfare check of a driver who had fallen asleep at the fuel pumps. Upon arrival, DFC. Smith observed a driver and passenger sleeping in a...
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John A. Nelson Promoted to Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal

John A. Nelson Promoted to Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Senior Deputy Fire Marshal John A. Nelson was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal. Deputy Chief Nelson, started his career with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 2004. Nelson has been assigned to the Southern Regional Office since being hired. In 2008 he...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office – Critically Missing Person – Clements

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office – Critically Missing Person – Clements

Crystal Lynn Magtutu, age 30, of Clements, has been reported as a missing person. At this time the missing person is considered critically missing.  Magtutu has blonde hair and blue eyes; she is 5’6” in height, and weighs 170lbs. The missing person is possibly armed with a handgun and operating a green 2001 Chevrolet...
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Attorney General Frosh Joins 18 Attorneys General in Calling for Banking Legislation for Legalized Use of Marijuana

Attorney General Frosh Joins 18 Attorneys General in Calling for Banking Legislation for Legalized Use of Marijuana

On January 16, 2018, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of attorneys general urging Congress to advance legislation allowing states with legalized medical or recreational marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system. Banks and other depository institutions are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to marijuana businesses,...
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NAWCAD Commander’s Awards Honor Excellence in Work for the Warfighter

NAWCAD Commander’s Awards Honor Excellence in Work for the Warfighter

Technical advancements and achievements from across the Command were recognized at the 17th Annual Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Commander’s and Innovation Awards ceremony at the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building, Patuxent (Pax) River in December. “These awards today are but a small sample of your great work for the warfighter,” began...
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Clinton Woman Wanted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Theft and Burglary Charges

Clinton Woman Wanted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Theft and Burglary Charges

Diamond Djenne Owens, 18, of Clinton, Maryland, is currently wanted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for the following charges: Burglary Theft Diamond Djenne Ownes, is possibly staying in the Lexington Park area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Diamond Djenne Owens, is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200...
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WANTED – Calvert County Sheriff’s Office 1/18/2018

WANTED – Calvert County Sheriff’s Office 1/18/2018

The following persons are wanted by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Unit is responsible for the service of criminal and child support warrants as well as criminal summonses issued by the courts. They are also responsible for coordinating extraditions of suspects out of state. If you have information...
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Wednesday’s Pet is SADIE

Wednesday’s Pet is SADIE

Wednesday’s Pet for 1/17/2018 is SADIE Featured Pet: Sadie Rescue Group: Doodle Dawgs and Fabulous Felines Breed: Poodle/Terrier Mix Sex: Female Size: Small (14 lbs) Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $325.00 (See Procedures on Rescue’s site) http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/doodledawgs.html Sadie is an 8-year-old 14-pound Poodle/Terrier Mix. She is as sweet as they...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Identity of Vandalism Suspects

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Identity of Vandalism Suspects

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured. On January 9, 2018, the suspects drove onto the County Lakes Athletic Field causing damage to the field and a sign.  The athletic field is located at the intersection of Asher Road and Cox Drive in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Anyone with...
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Man Known as “Jay” Wanted by Police for Stealing Donations Intended for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Man Known as “Jay” Wanted by Police for Stealing Donations Intended for Hurricane Harvey Victims

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On September 6, 2017, five suspects entered the Chick-fil-A Restaurant, located in California, and removed a large water jug the establishment was using to collect monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey victims. The suspects were last seen leaving in a light...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: will operate on a two hour delay for students. This includes full day Head Start. A.M. Pre-Kindergarten and A.M. Head Start students will not have school. However, there will be classes for P.M. Pre-Kindergarten and P.M. Head Start students. Normal schedule for employees. St. Mary’s County Government: All...
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SMADC Presents $125,000 in Funding Awards  for Regional Agriculture Enhancement Projects

SMADC Presents $125,000 in Funding Awards  for Regional Agriculture Enhancement Projects

During the January 3, 2018 meeting of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), Chairman Yates Clagett, SMADC Director Shelby Watson-Hampton and Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Executive Director John Hartline, presented checks totaling $125,000.00, to four regional entities for agricultural enhancement projects. Representatives from Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles’...
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CSM Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2017 Semester

CSM Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2017 Semester

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has released its dean’s list for the fall semester. Students who have earned 12 or more credits at CSM are eligible to be considered for the dean’s list. At the end of the fall, spring and summer sessions, full- and part-time students who have completed at least six...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Social Media Threat at Middle School

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Social Media Threat at Middle School

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018,  the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to threats posted on social media regarding possible violence at Spring Ridge Middle School. The Sheriff’s Office located the student who posted the threats, and contact was made with the student and the student’s family. Contact was also made with St. Mary’s County Public...
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No Matter our Background, we can all Gift our Life Experiences

No Matter our Background, we can all Gift our Life Experiences

Mentorship does not require special training or certification, but best comes by sharing experiences and a willingness to act, according to Adrienne Somerville, President of the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation.  Somerville was recently recognized with the March of Dimes’ Public Sector Heroine Award at its 17th Annual Heroines of Washington gala. Inspired by her...
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Maryland Schools Not as Good as we Think

Maryland Schools Not as Good as we Think

A key Democratic narrative this election year is that Maryland used to have the best public schools in the country, but Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has short changed them so much that they have now slipped to 5th place. The problem with this partisan talking point is that the Education Week Quality County report...
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Hogan Administration Takes Action to Help Small Businesses Comply With Flawed Paid Sick Leave Bill

Hogan Administration Takes Action to Help Small Businesses Comply With Flawed Paid Sick Leave Bill

On January 15, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with House Bill 1 (HB1), the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, passed by the Maryland General Assembly over the governor’s veto. As stipulated in the Maryland Constitution under Article...
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California Man Involved in Mugging of 77-Year-Old Woman Arrested Again

California Man Involved in Mugging of 77-Year-Old Woman Arrested Again

On January 9, 2018, Dep. Holdsworth of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office  was in the 38000 block of Golden Beach Road, in Mechanicsville, when he observed a vehicle he knows to be operated by an individual with outstanding warrants. Dep. Holdsworth was able to positively identify the vehicle was being operated by Jessy...
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Maryland Winter Turkey Season Opens Jan. 18

Maryland Winter Turkey Season Opens Jan. 18

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering another opportunity for hunters this winter. Winter turkey hunting season runs Jan. 18-20 statewide, giving hunters that did not bag a turkey in the fall another chance. The department established the winter season in 2015 in an effort to increase turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other...
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Starbucks and Panda Express Coming to St. Mary’s Marketplace in California

Starbucks and Panda Express Coming to St. Mary’s Marketplace in California

Baltimore-based developer Klein Enterprises announced today that national chains Starbucks, Batteries Plus and Panda Express have signed leases at St. Mary’s Marketplace in California, MD. The anchor tenant, Harris Teeter, is set to open this month on January 24th. Klein previously announced that Bay Country Liquors, Café Rio, Great Clips, Mod Pizza and Nail...
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