Monthly Archives: July 2016

David Wayne Wester, 44

David Wayne Wester, 44

David Wayne Wester, 44, of Prince Frederick passed away July 27, 2016. He was born May 21, 1972 in Prince Frederick to Artis Earl, Jr. and Deborah Jean (Hardesty) Wester. David was raised in Owings and graduated from Northern High School in 1990. He was employed as a master plumber with his family business,...
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Adelia “Dee” Anne Campbell Watson, 69

Adelia “Dee” Anne Campbell Watson, 69

Adelia (Dee) Anne Campbell Watson, 69, of Brandywine, MD passed away on July 27, 2016 at her residence in Brandywine, MD. Dee was born January 4, 1947 in Greeneville, TN to the late Joe A. Campbell, Sr. and the late Vera Ketner Campbell. Dee received her Associate Degree from Steed College in Johnson City,...
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Lathan Walter Gragan, 83

Lathan Walter Gragan, 83

Lathan Walter Gragan, 83, of Chaptico, MD passed away on July 27, 2016. Born on November 27, 1932 in Chaptico, MD he was the son the late James Walter and Anna Marie Hill Gragan. He was the husband of Mary Virginia Vallandingham Gragan whom he married on July 4, 1955 in Sacred Heart Catholic...
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“St. Mary’s County Blue Out” in Leonardtown was a Success

“St. Mary’s County Blue Out” in Leonardtown was a Success

SMNEWSNNET will be at the first “St. Mary’s County Blue Out”. The event was started as a way to show support for our local deputies and state troopers by wearing blue, creating banners, singing, and carrying balloons! The event will be going on today  at the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, at 23200 Leonard Hall Drive, in...
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Five Below Opens in California

Five Below Opens in California

According to their website, Five Below is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country with more than 430 stores in 27 states. Five Below expects to cut the ribbon on approximately 85 new stores and enter four new states in 2016, on top of opening 70 stores in 2015. Catering to teens,...
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Pax Holds Active Shooter Exercise at Air Operations Building

Pax Holds Active Shooter Exercise at Air Operations Building

The workday started out as any other, but at 9 a.m., personnel in Building 103, Air Operations, heard shots ring out as two role player gunmen entered the facility during an active shooter training exercise July 19. As one shooter burst through the main door of the building, charged up the stairs and took...
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Bradley Mason Harrison, 80

Bradley Mason Harrison, 80, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. Bradley was born September 21, 1935, in Alexandria, VA to the late William Franklin Harrison and Ollie Burns Harrison. On August 26, 1958 he proudly enlisted in the United States Army and served his country until...
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“Pill Mill” Medical Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone

“Pill Mill” Medical Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced physician William Crittenden III, age 52, of Kensington, Maryland to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam, and eight separate counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone. Crittenden was convicted by a federal...
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State Highway Administration to Hold Public Meeting on Aug. 9 for Bridge Replacement on MD 234

State Highway Administration to Hold Public Meeting on Aug. 9 for Bridge Replacement on MD 234

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) invites interested persons to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, for the bridge replacement on MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) over Gilbert Swamp Run. The bridge is located three miles east of US 301. Piccowaxen Middle School Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 p.m....
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Prince George’s County Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

Prince George’s County Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 29, 2016, from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. Officers will be focusing on the southern portion of the county.
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Joseph Allen “Sambo” Swann, 71

Joseph Allen “Sambo” Swann, 71

Joseph Allen “Sambo” Swann, 71, of Owings passed away July 26, 2016 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born March 15, 1945 in Prince Frederick to Joseph Samuel and Ethel Adelaide (Ward) Swann. Sambo was a fifth generation Calvert County farmer with his uncle Bid, nephew Jody and son Joe-Sam. He was a lifelong...
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James Thomas Galloway II, 64

James Thomas Galloway II, 64

James Thomas Galloway II, 64, of Dowell, MD passed away July 25, 2016. He was born February 20, 1952 in Washington, D.C. to James Thomas and Eleanor (Tersi) Galloway. James was raised in Silver Spring and graduated from St. Johns College High School and attended Brown University. He married Laura Raeder on July 6,...
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Robert Andrew “Bob” Deffinbaugh, 77

Robert Andrew “Bob” Deffinbaugh, 77

Robert Andrew “Bob” Deffinbaugh, 77, of Lusby, MD, passed away on July 18, 2016 at his residence. Born August 31, 1938 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Mountz Deffinbaugh and Anne (Ott) Deffinbaugh. Bob graduated from John Carroll High School in 1956 and from the University of Maryland in 1962....
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Anna Louise Baker “Mama’, 82

Anna Louise Baker “Mama’, 82

Anna Louise Baker, “Mama,” 82, of Leonardtown, MD quietly departed this life July 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Anna was born on October 9, 1933 in Budds Creek, MD to the late Andrew Sylvester Bush and Bernadine E. Fenwick. Anna received her education in St. Mary’s County Public School...
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Ryan Allen Langley, 23

Ryan Allen Langley, 23

Ryan Allen Langley, 23, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on July 23, 2016 at his residence. Ryan was born on March 18, 1993 in Leonardtown, MD to Daniel Wayne Langley and Crystal Dawn Lacey Bookwalter. Ryan was a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan and loved everything about football.   He also enjoyed basketball, fishing, playing poker and pool,...
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Donald Wayne “Donny” Holt, 56

Donald Wayne “Donny” Holt, 56

Donald Wayne “Donny” Holt, 56, of California, MD left us Friday, July 22, 2016 to be with grand mom in heaven and is no longer hurting. Donny was born on May 26, 1960 in Cheverly, MD to George Melvin Holt and the late Shirley Mae Simmons Holt. Donny loved being outdoors whether it was...
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William Thomas (Tom) Withers, 83

William Thomas (Tom) Withers, 83

William Thomas Withers (Tom), 83, entered into peaceful eternal rest with the Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home. Tom is survived by one Step Daughter:  Nicole Fowler; three Step Sons:  Victor, Mark, and Tyrone Fowler; one Step Grandson:  Antoine Fowler; three Nieces:  Deborah A. Jackson, Dennise A.  Thompkins and...
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Isaac Rivera

On July 24, 2016, Isaac Rivera entered into eternal rest. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church 5560 Pleasant Grove Road, Marbury, MD 20658. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Marbury, MD.
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Laurena Esther Mostella-Bey

Laurena Esther Mostella-Bey

On July 21, 2016, Laurena Esther Mostella-Bey, suddenly passed away at Southern Maryland Hospital. Family and friends will gather for a visitation on Friday, July 29, from 12 noon until time of service at 1 p.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home at 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Interment will be private
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Mechanicsville Man Charged in Hughesville Burglary

Mechanicsville Man Charged in Hughesville Burglary

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division identified Phillip Randolph Adams, 36, of Mechanicsville, as a suspect in a burglary that occurred at a business in the 5800 block of Gallant Green Road in Hughesville on July 25. The suspect was also linked to a theft...
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Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Robbery Case

Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Robbery Case

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 10:15 p.m., officers from the CharlescCounty Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of St. Marks Drive and Huntington Woods Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Two male victims were walking in the area when they were approached by two suspects who displayed a handgun and...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

Distracted and aggressive driving endangers everyone. Particularly in the summer months, statistics have traditionally shown an increase in distracted and aggressive driving-related crashes. In an effort to keep drivers’ minds on the road, and to reduce frustration, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an educational initiative, called “Focused on Driving.” The new...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Burglary

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Burglary

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a residence in Callaway for a burglary investigation. The investigation revealed a large quantity of jewelry, currency, purses, and wallets were stolen from the residence. Deputies identified that a similar residential burglary occurred on July 21, 2016,...
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Black Bear Struck and Killed on Route 235 in St. Mary’s County

Black Bear Struck and Killed on Route 235 in St. Mary’s County

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m., a one-year-old male black bear was struck by a car on Three Notch Road, in Oakville. A spokeswoman from the Department of Natural Resources said the bear was around 95 pounds and around a year old. SMNEWSNET was also told, the bear probably swam across the Potomac River...
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Public Service Announcement from the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Public Service Announcement from the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

It is no secret our department along with every department in the County has seen a major increase in responses due to drug overdoses. Specifically overdoses involving opiates. We have always and will continue to provide the highest level of service to our citizens regardless for the reason that we have been called upon....
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