Monthly Archives: December 2015

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry Graduates National FBI Academy

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry Graduates National FBI Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that on December 11, Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry joined four other Sheriffs from across the country in graduating from the prestigious FBI National Academy. Sheriff Berry was one of 230 fellow law enforcement executives who represented 47 states, the District of Columbia, 27...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Sexual Assault that Occurred in Nanjemoy

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Sexual Assault that Occurred in Nanjemoy

On December 29 at 10:02 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3400 block of Port Tobacco Road in Nanjemoy for the report of a burglary. An investigation revealed that a suspect forced entry into the residence and sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing. The suspect, who is unknown to...
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Southern Maryland Film Festival Returning to Leonardtown

Southern Maryland Film Festival Returning to Leonardtown

Because of the overwhelming support of the local community, The Planning Committee for the Southern Maryland Film Festival has announced that their second event will be held in Leonardtown, MD, July 15 – 16, 2016. According to Committee Chairperson Theresa Wood, the tentative 2-day plan is to have an opening screening, meet and greet session, and filmmakers’...
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Retiree Reels in Lottery’s Ultimate Cash Bonanza

Retiree Reels in Lottery’s Ultimate Cash Bonanza

A Prince George’s County retiree who picked up a part-time job to ease her money worries just reeled in a whopper of a windfall, thanks to the Maryland Lottery. The year 2015 ended with a shower of green for the happy Upper Marlboro resident. The 69-year-old stopped at E N C Enterprises #708 in...
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New Program Offers Free Meals, Cuts Hunger in Maryland Schools

New Program Offers Free Meals, Cuts Hunger in Maryland Schools

Some Baltimore City students don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from, and that started this school year. The best part is, students don’t need to fill out the forms that officials suspect keep many from seeing the benefits. According to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), all schools...
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Juvenile Charged with Arson in Lexington Park Fire

Juvenile Charged with Arson in Lexington Park Fire

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a thirteen year-old female with arson charges stemming from a fire that occurred Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at at approximately 11:15 p.m., located at 21536 Lynn Drive in Lexington Park Investigators were requested by firefighters after extinguishing a bedroom fire inside the two-story, single family dwelling. Deputy State Fire...
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Survivors From Capsized Vessel Incident Reunite with Rescuers

Survivors From Capsized Vessel Incident Reunite with Rescuers

Two survivors of a Dec. 20 capsized vessel incident were reunited with their rescuers Wednesday at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Brad Stemcosky and Charlie Frend met with responders from the Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Saint Mary’s County. Stemcosky and Frend, both of whom are experienced boaters, got caught in inclement...
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Maynard Kiplinger (Kip) Hine, Jr,. 80

Maynard Kiplinger (Kip) Hine, Jr,. 80

Maynard Kiplinger (Kip) Hine, Jr. died unexpectedly at his home in Lusby, Maryland, on December 27, 2015. He was born in Rochester, New York, in 1935 to Dr. Maynard K. Hine and Mrs. Harriett Foulke Hine. He completed his undergraduate education at Oberlin University and Indiana University. Prior to retiring to Lusby, Maryland in...
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Author Roy Freeman (Rocky) Chandler, 90

Author Roy Freeman (Rocky) Chandler, 90

Author Roy Freeman (Rocky) Chandler, 90, passed away on December 24, 2015 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, Maryland. Rocky was born on December 17, 1925 in Brockton, Massachusetts to Ruth Covert Chandler and Erville Freeman Chandler. He attended Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania for his high school...
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UPDATE: Police Standoff in Lusby Ends in Arrest

UPDATE: Police Standoff in Lusby Ends in Arrest

UPDATE 12/30/15 @ 2:45 P.M.: On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Calvert Deputies were called to a residence on Rudolph Lane in Lusby for the report of a burglary in progress. A male had entered the victim’s home and fled upon setting off an audible alarm. The occupants were able to...
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Friendship Man Arrested for Robbery at Dunkirk Gas Station

Friendship Man Arrested for Robbery at Dunkirk Gas Station

On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at approximately 2:00am, Deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the BP Gas Station located on West Chesapeake Beach Road in Dunkirk for the report of a robbery. A lone suspect jumped over the counter, removed money from the cash register and was able to flee...
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UPDATE: Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Armed Robbery

UPDATE: Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Armed Robbery

UPDATE 12/30/15 @ 11:00 a.m.: On Sunday, December 6, 2015, at approximately 11:23 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the areas of Sugar Maple Court and the nearby Wawa gas station in California, for a report of an assault with an injured subject. The injured subject, along with a second...
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Balcom Selected to Represent TEAM USA at London Marathon

Balcom Selected to Represent TEAM USA at London Marathon

St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to announce that Paralympic Sport- Southern Maryland’s own Board member and athlete; Don Balcom has been selected by the International Paralympic Committee to represent TEAM USA at the London Marathon in April. He recently competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon placing 1670th overall with a personal best time...
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Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees Named

Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees Named

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have announced appointments to the following boards, committees and commissions. The appointments were approved on December 8 and are effective January 1, 2016: Airport Advisory Committee Term Erik Anderson (reappointment) 12/31/18 Board of Appeals William Greene (reappointment) 12/31/18 Board of Trustees, Museum Division Bryan Barthelme (reappointment) 12/31/19 Patricia Friend (reappointment)...
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State Releases Baseline Data for PARCC

State Releases Baseline Data for PARCC

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s new middle and elementary school assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. More than 30 percent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary students in grades 3-5 of the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy assessment last spring...
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Big News Update to SMHEC New BS in EE Fall 2016 Release!

Big News Update to SMHEC New BS in EE Fall 2016 Release!

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMCP) will offer, starting in Fall 2016, the junior and senior years of its undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Students interested in joining the program, must have completed their first two years of major...
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Lexington Park Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Two Women

Lexington Park Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Two Women

On December 10, 2015, an adult female was approached by an unknown male on the 21000 block of Sheriff Miedzinski Way in Lexington Park. The victim attempted to flee, but the suspect used physical force to pull the victim into the woods. The suspect forced the victim to perform sexual acts on him against...
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Steffani Larae Smith, 42

Steffani Larae Smith, 42

Steffani Larae Smith, 42, of Hollywood, Maryland, took her flight from this earthly life on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Steffani was born on March 25, 1973 in Leonardtown, MD to Mary and Frank Smith Sr., the youngest of six children. Steffani was educated through the St. Mary’s...
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Robert L. Stone, 77

Robert L. Stone, 77

Robert L. Stone, 77, of Park Hall, MD passed away on December 28, 2015, in Leonardtown, MD. Born on September 7, 1938 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Dorothy Hammett Stone, and Ernest L. Stone, Sr. Robert was the loving husband of the late Catherine Ford Stone, whom he married...
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Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) Director Bruce Posey

Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) Director Bruce Posey

With more than 30 years of experience as a master plumber, Bruce M. Posey has been named director for the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET). A lifelong resident of Southern Maryland, Posey earned his journeyman license in 1981 and achieved master plumber/gasfitter in 1983. “For the last 39...
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Maryland State Police Charge Drayden Man with Felony Sex Abuse of a Minor

Maryland State Police Charge Drayden Man with Felony Sex Abuse of a Minor

On Monday, December 28, 2015 at approximately 6:50 p.m., an 18 year old female came to the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack to report an ongoing sexual abuse. During the course of the initial investigation, patrol troopers learned that the female had been sexually abused by a known family member for approximately seven years....
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Lloyd relieves Selk as VX-20 CO

Lloyd relieves Selk as VX-20 CO

Cmdr. Dennis Lloyd relieved Cmdr. Bill Selk as commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 Dec. 3 after serving as the squadron’s chief test pilot since May 2014. During Selk’s tenure as commanding officer, the squadron’s 974 military members, civil servants and contractors accomplished 387 developmental test projects for 15 program...
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Recycle Your Live Christmas Trees at Calvert County Convenience Centers

Recycle Your Live Christmas Trees at Calvert County Convenience Centers

Calvert County residents can take their live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland to county convenience centers for recycling at no charge through Jan. 31, 2016. After Jan. 31, all trees must be brought to the Appeal Landfill and standard yard waste fees will apply. Trees, wreaths and garland must have all decorations, support frames,...
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Dolores Jane Suter-Witcher, “Dola”, 85

Dolores Jane Suter-Witcher, “Dola”, 85

Dolores Jane Suter-Witcher (Dola to all her family and friends), 85 of Lexington Park, MD,  daughter of the late William Gough-Mills and Dolores Costello, raised by her beloved grandmother, Moddy Ellen Mills, was born on August 30, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She entered into eternal life on December 20, 2015. Dolores was educated in...
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Thomas Carroll Parks, “Butsie”, 91

Thomas Carroll Parks, “Butsie”, 91

Thomas Carroll Parks, “Butsie”, 91, of Broomes Island, Maryland passed away December 24, 2015 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was born on July 5, 1924 in Broomes Island, to the late Thomas George and Anna Rebbeca Denton Parks. Butsie is also predeceased by his wife, Edna Elenora Parks and a sister, Alice E. Thrasher....
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