Death Investigation at Lettie Dent Elementary School Involving Staff Member

Death Investigation at Lettie Dent Elementary School Involving Staff Member

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at approximately 10:05 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School in Mechanicsville, for the reported adult male not breathing. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and a Forensic Investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene; CID assumed the case. The initial investigation revealed no foul play and is an isolated incident. The victim of the death investigation has been identified...
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Police in Calvert County Investigating the Rape of a Elderly Resident at Assisted Living Center

Police in Calvert County Investigating the Rape of a Elderly Resident at Assisted Living Center

On February 18, 2024, a deputy from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Caribbean Breeze Assisted Living Center, on Hall Creek Lane in Owings for the report of a sexual assault. After speaking with staff, it was determined that Michael Allen Hasker, 79, of Upper Marlboro, had sexually assaulted an 84-year-old female Victim. Hasker arrived to visit the victim and signed into the facility at 1:00 p.m., usually, Hasker is supervised when he visits but due to...
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UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Avenue Shed Fire That Killed 26-Year-Old St. Mary’s County Man

UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Avenue Shed Fire That Killed 26-Year-Old St. Mary’s County Man

UPDATE 2/20/2024: The victim of last Friday night’s shed fire in Avenue has been identified as 26-year-old Joseph Williams Bowles, Jr. Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded the fire originated within an 8′ x 10 shed in his parents’ backyard. While the fire remains under investigation, they have not recovered evidence that it was an act of arson and continue to explore all possible accidental causes. At around 11:00 p.m. on Friday, the owners reported their shed on fire,...
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UPDATE: 30-Year-Old Bicyclist Succumbs to Injuries After Collision in La Plata

UPDATE: 30-Year-Old Bicyclist Succumbs to Injuries After Collision in La Plata

UPDATE 2/20/2024: On Sunday, February 18, 2024, at approximately 3:55 p.m., Troopers from Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to Maryland Route 6 (Charles Street) at Applegrove Court for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume the investigation. A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP La Plata Barrack and the MSP CRASH Team indicates a Trek bicycle operated by Gregory Herman, 30,...
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Mechanicsville Man Who Shot Up an Occupied House in Leonardtown Arrested After Almost Three Months on the Run

Mechanicsville Man Who Shot Up an Occupied House in Leonardtown Arrested After Almost Three Months on the Run

It took the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office two and a half months to finally arrest Charles Vernon Russell, 26, of Mechanicsville, and although we hear about shootings in St. Mary’s County almost every week, they are usually not in Leonardtown, which could be why the Sheriff’s Office never mentioned the Leonardtown shooting in any press releases or on their Facebook page. On November 26, 2023, at approximately 1:50 a.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded...
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78-Year-Old Man Flown Out with Serious Burns After Fire in Helen, Fire Marshal Investigating

78-Year-Old Man Flown Out with Serious Burns After Fire in Helen, Fire Marshal Investigating

On Monday, February 19, 2024, at approximately 12:40 p.m., firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residence in Helen, for the reported outside fire with one burn victim Crews arrived on the scene to find a large woods fire with extensions to a nearby shed and one adult male suffering from serious burns to the lower-body. A helicopter was requested to land nearby due to the victims burns. Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 2 landed nearby...
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UPDATE: First Suspect Charged for Murder of 17-Year-Old is Sentenced to 50 Years

UPDATE: First Suspect Charged for Murder of 17-Year-Old is Sentenced to 50 Years

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, February 16, 2024, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Anthony Edward Small, 24, to Life in prison with all but 50 years suspended for First-Degree Murder and the Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence. On December 11, 2023, Small entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges. On November 3, 2020, officers responded to an apartment building located in...
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Three Injured After House Fire in Huntingtown, Investigation Ongoing

Three Injured After House Fire in Huntingtown, Investigation Ongoing

On Saturday, January 16, 2024, at approximately 12:35 p.m., firefighters from Calvert and Anne Arundel County Responded to the 800 block of Pat Lane in Huntingtown, for the reported house on fire with possible entrapment. Dispatchers advised to all responding units the 911 caller reported their special needs child set a fire in the bedroom and one occupant was still in the home attempting to remove one dog and one cat. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire...
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UPDATE: Prince Frederick Man Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend’s Ex-Boyfriend After Argument Over Child Visitation

UPDATE: Prince Frederick Man Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend’s Ex-Boyfriend After Argument Over Child Visitation

UPDATE 2/19/2024 – charging documents added: On Thursday, February 15, 2024, at approximately 10:22 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the 200 block of Fairground Road in Prince Frederick, for the reported one not breathing. The 911 center advised that an unknown subject had been severely beaten and was located laying in a field. When officers arrived on the scene, they located a black male laying unresponsive in the grass. Life saving measures were administered and the subject...
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91-Year-Old Man Flown to Area Trauma Center After German Shepherd Attack in La Plata

91-Year-Old Man Flown to Area Trauma Center After German Shepherd Attack in La Plata

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at approximately 5:57 p.m., police and emergency medical personnel responded to the 10000 block of Norfolk Drive in La Plata, for the reported animal bite. 911 callers reported a 91-year-old male that was conscious, alert and breathing after being attacked by a German Shepherd. EMS arrived on the scene to find the victim was suffering injuries to his arms, hands, and a 1-inch laceration to his stomach and a puncture wound to the groin...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Head-on Collision in St. Mary’s County That Killed 27-Year-Old Mechanicsville Woman

UPDATE: Police Investigating Head-on Collision in St. Mary’s County That Killed 27-Year-Old Mechanicsville Woman

UPDATE 2/14/2024: On Sunday, February 4, 2024, at approximately 8:25am, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to Mechanicsville Road and Red Oak Lane, Mechanicsville, for the report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries involving two vehicles. Troopers and other emergency services personnel arrived to find the driver of the at-fault vehicle in serious condition. Emergency medical personnel rendered aid and the driver was flown by Trooper 7 to Washington Hospital Center. Due to the severity...
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Man who was Wandering Hallways of Great Mills High School with a Handgun Arrested for Two Day Time Armend Robberies

Man who was Wandering Hallways of Great Mills High School with a Handgun Arrested for Two Day Time Armend Robberies

On Thursday, February 1, 2024, at approximately 3:00 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery at the Tacos Hernandez Authentic Mexican Restaurant on Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park. The St. Mary’s County Emergency Communication Center (ECC) received a call advising an African American male wearing a black jacket, red pants with white stripes and a black balaclava entered the establishment, approached the counter, displayed a firearm and stole money from within...
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Up To $14,000 Offered For Information Relating To Infant Sex Abuse Case

Up To $14,000 Offered For Information Relating To Infant Sex Abuse Case

Reward money of up to $14,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide the identity of a woman with critical knowledge in a sexual child exploitation investigation. Police are asking for assistance in identifying the woman captured in video screenshots from 2020. The photos show an adult woman with distinctive tattoos including a chest tattoo and multiple arm/hand tattoos. One wrist tattoo appears to read “12-17-16”. Investigators believe this woman has specific knowledge related to the identity of...
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VIDEO: Wanted Lexington Park Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges After Traffic Stop in St. Mary’s County

VIDEO: Wanted Lexington Park Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges After Traffic Stop in St. Mary’s County

On Saturday, February 10, 2024, Deputies from the S. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on an orange Ford Escape after running a stop sign. The traffic stop was initiated at the Taco bell located on Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park. Police made contact with a passenger who was later identified as Robert Doral Harrod, 36, of Lexington Park. Harrod originally identified himself to police as “Joseph Cephus Harrod”, with which was later determined to be...
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Two of Four Subjects Wandering The Halls of Great Mills High School with Handgun Identified

Two of Four Subjects Wandering The Halls of Great Mills High School with Handgun Identified

The St. Mary’s County Board of Education informed police that four suspects entered Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, at approximately 12:11 p.m., on January 17, 2024. The suspects entered the school via the exterior doors located on the backside of the school near the JROTC trailer. The suspects were able to make entry by mingling in with the students entering from the exterior trailer of the school, during which time these exterior doors are automatically unlocked to...
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Acclaimed Jazz Lineup Announced for 2024 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

Acclaimed Jazz Lineup Announced for 2024 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s signature, award-winning jazz events, will be held July 12 – 14, 2024, in St. Mary’s County. Featuring music from nationally renowned jazz artists and delicious local seafood, this three-day event includes a variety of activities for jazz enthusiasts along the beautiful Potomac River at...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Awarded $1.435 Million Grant to Expand Services for Youth at School-Based Health Centers

St. Mary’s County Health Department Awarded $1.435 Million Grant to Expand Services for Youth at School-Based Health Centers

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has been awarded $1.435 million in grant funding through the Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports, which is responsible for developing a statewide framework to expand access for behavioral health services for Maryland students. Funding was made available by the Maryland General Assembly under the Blueprint for...
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A Special Adoption Story – Rescue Dogs Can Rescue Too!

A Special Adoption Story – Rescue Dogs Can Rescue Too!

The Humane Society of Calvert County visits several local shelters often to rescue dogs at risk and we take into consideration many things about the dog before bringing them into our rescue. Last week, their staff visited Prince George’s County Animal Shelter to assess and rescue dogs in need. While there, the shelter staff...
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NAS Patuxent River Announces Its Sailors of the Year for 2023

NAS Patuxent River Announces Its Sailors of the Year for 2023

NAS Patuxent River announces its Sailors of the Year, marking the command’s top Sailors for 2023. “I am regularly impressed by the commitment our Pax Sailors show to their command, their Navy, and each other,” said NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Douglas Burfield. “The Sailors chosen as this year’s Sailors of the Year...
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UPDATE: MDOT SHA Moves Forward with Hallowing Point Road Intersection Improvements

UPDATE: MDOT SHA Moves Forward with Hallowing Point Road Intersection Improvements

UPDATE February 2024: SHA consultant and contractor crews will be onsite collecting borings and test hole information during the next couple of months. Crews may be working on site in different areas along MD 231. The owner will be notified if a staff member needs to enter or work on private property. Maryland State...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Launches New Public Health Junior Fellowship

St. Mary’s County Health Department Launches New Public Health Junior Fellowship

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is pleased to announce the new Public Health Junior Fellowship for high school and college students studying at St. Mary’s County educational institutions. SMCHD is now accepting applications for the pilot of this fellowship program, which will run from March – June 2024. The Public Health Junior...
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First Report in The Fossil Record of a Great White Shark Tooth

First Report in The Fossil Record of a Great White Shark Tooth

Seals and great white sharks have co-existed for over 6 million years. Great whites hunt seals and now we are able to confirm that they have also been doing so for millions of years. Until now, no great white shark tooth has ever been found embedded in a fossil seal bone. Here, for the...
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Maryland Department of Commerce Launches Applications for Cannabis and Telework Assistance Programs

Maryland Department of Commerce Launches Applications for Cannabis and Telework Assistance Programs

The Maryland Department of Commerce has opened applications for two programs aimed at providing financial assistance to small businesses. As part of the Cannabis Business Assistance Fund, the state has launched the Social Equity License Application Assistance Reimbursement Grant on February 19, 2024. The grant is available to qualified applicants seeking assistance with the...
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Pax River MWR Recognized by CNIC for Program of the Year

Pax River MWR Recognized by CNIC for Program of the Year

NAS Patuxent River’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Glow Party Skate Night was recognized by Commander, Navy Installations Command as the Program of the Year 2023. The all-ages event was held in August 2023 after a review of programs that saw a rise in popularity over the previous years. “During COVID, roller skating had...
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CSM Faculty Couple Shares Love of Teaching, Arts

CSM Faculty Couple Shares Love of Teaching, Arts

Throughout February – a month traditionally focused on friendship and affection – the  College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues its long tradition of highlighting kindness and goodwill toward its students, employees, and the community by sharing acts and stories of #CSMLove. This Valentine’s Day, Steve and Gina Johnson, of Golden Beach, join in the...
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No Injuries Reported After Large Garage Fire in Huntingtown

No Injuries Reported After Large Garage Fire in Huntingtown

On Monday, February 19, 2024, at approximately 12:14 p.m., firefighters from the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to 315 of Cox Road in Huntingtown, for the reported garage fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a 100 x 30 garage with fire showing, a working fire dispatch was requested which alerted...
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In-Custody Death of Man in Prince George’s County Under Investigation

In-Custody Death of Man in Prince George’s County Under Investigation

The Independent Investigations Division (IID) of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General is investigating the death of a man while he was in police custody in Prince George’s County on Friday night. On February 16, 2024, at approximately 7:45 p.m., officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to a 911 call...
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FGS, LLC Signs 23,000 Square Foot Lease at Lexington Exchange in California

FGS, LLC Signs 23,000 Square Foot Lease at Lexington Exchange in California

FGS has selected Lexington Exchange in California, Maryland as the site for expansion space and intends to place approximately 15 employees at the 140-acre mixed-use business community this spring. The group, which maintains its corporate headquarters in La Plata, Maryland, recently signed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 23,574 square feet of space at 23566...
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Spotlight on Excellence: Celebrating Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Chief Ken Hicks, Awarded EMT of the Year

Spotlight on Excellence: Celebrating Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Chief Ken Hicks, Awarded EMT of the Year

We’re bursting with pride at LPVRS as we spotlight our very own Chief Ken Hicks, recently honored as EMT of The Year by the Knights of Columbus. Ken’s journey with the LPVRS began in 2002 after retiring from the U.S. Navy and has since been a beacon of service, leadership, and dedication to our...
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Georgia Man Turns Himself in After Murdering His Girlfriend in Accokeek

Georgia Man Turns Himself in After Murdering His Girlfriend in Accokeek

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit charged a suspect in connection with the murder of his girlfriend in Accokeek. The suspect is 43-year-old Carl Kearney, Jr. of Griffin, Georgia. The victim is 38-year-old Patrina Best of Accokeek. On February 17, 2024, at approximately 9:20 am, Kearney walked into the Division V Clinton...
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4 Displaced After House Fire in Hughesville, Fire Under Investigation and No Injuries Reported

4 Displaced After House Fire in Hughesville, Fire Under Investigation and No Injuries Reported

On Sunday, February 18, 2024, at approximately 4:08 a.m., firefighters from Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County responded to 16465 Overhill Way in Hughesville, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a one story single family home with fire showing. Firefighters found all occupants were reported out of...
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Charges Pending Following Theft and Police Chase of MDOT SHA Vehicle That Left 14 Vehicles Damaged, Two Officers and One Civilian Injured

Charges Pending Following Theft and Police Chase of MDOT SHA Vehicle That Left 14 Vehicles Damaged, Two Officers and One Civilian Injured

Maryland State Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration vehicle and leading police on a pursuit through Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and striking more than a dozen vehicles Friday evening. Shortly before 5 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police College Park responded to a...
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