VIDEO: Police Seeking Suspect Wanted for Drive-by Shooting in White Plains, No Injuries Reported

VIDEO: Police Seeking Suspect Wanted for Drive-by Shooting in White Plains, No Injuries Reported

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 8:50 p.m., officers responded to the 3400 block of Highgrove Drive in White Plains for the report of gunshots. When officers arrived, they did not locate anyone with gunshot wounds; however, it was discovered several shots were fired and one of the rounds struck a house with adults and young children were inside. Further, the shooting may have stemmed from an argument that occurred minutes before outside in the neighborhood. Officers are working...
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UPDATE: PG County Man Released on Recognizance After High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

UPDATE: PG County Man Released on Recognizance After High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

UPDATE 5/21/2024: Judge Karen Christy Holt released Cordell Marquis Green on his own recognizance on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024. Cordell Marquis Green age 22 of Laurel, MD was charged with THEFT: $25,000 TO UND $100,000, MOTOR VEH/UNLAWFUL TAKING and RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT The two juveniles were transported to the hospital for precautionary measures. According to court documents, all three suspects denied driving the vehicle. Officers reported speeds of over 110 mph prior to the crash occurring. 5/20/2024: On Monday, May...
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Maryland State Police Aviation Command Rescues Injured Hiker In St. Mary’s County

Maryland State Police Aviation Command Rescues Injured Hiker In St. Mary’s County

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command on Monday, May 20th, 2024, rescued an injured hiker at St. Mary’s River State Park. At approximately 12:00p.m., on Monday the Maryland State Police Aviation Command was requested to assist St. Mary’s County fire personnel with the extrication of an injured hiker, who was located three miles into the St. Mary’s River State Park in Leonardtown, Maryland. Trooper-7, based out of St. Mary’s Regional Airport, responded to the scene and maneuvered the AW-139...
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No Injuries Reported After Large House Fire in Waldorf

No Injuries Reported After Large House Fire in Waldorf

On Friday, May 17, 2024, at approximately 2:36 a.m., firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to the 3100 block of Heartleaf Lane in Waldorf, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single family residence with fire showing from the roof. While operating, a mayday was declared, but thankfully the mayday was quickly cleared and units resumed operating inside the residence. Firefighters extinguished the fire in under 45 minutes. No known injuries...
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LSM Emerging Leaders Give Back with Christmas in April Calvert County

LSM Emerging Leaders Give Back with Christmas in April Calvert County

The Leadership Southern Maryland Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2024 joined forces with Christmas in April Calvert County this month to apply their servant leadership muscle to realizing the home improvement dreams of a Huntingtown resident. Class members are early- and mid-career professionals from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties, who are devoting six months to developing their leadership acumen with a particular focus on community leadership. They spent several months working with Christmas in April Calvert County...
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Lexington Park Woman Charged for Possession with Intent to Distribute

Lexington Park Woman Charged for Possession with Intent to Distribute

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions arrested and charged Danielle Lynette Washington, 37, of Lexington Park, with CDS: Possession With Intent to Distribute Narcotics, CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, and two counts CDS: Possession – Not Cannabis. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, while conducting proactive traffic enforcement on Great Mills Road, deputies initiated a stop on a Chevrolet Uplander for suspected illegal window tint. During the stop, a K9 free air...
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UPDATE: First Responders Locate Woman Who Jumped from Thomas Johnson Bridge, Victim Succumbs to Injuries

UPDATE: First Responders Locate Woman Who Jumped from Thomas Johnson Bridge, Victim Succumbs to Injuries

UPDATE: 11:00 A.M.: We regret to say the victim has died from their injuries. No other updates will be provided. Please, if you or anyone you know is battling depression and are considering suicide, reach out to someone. You are not in this alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741, which is the Crisis Text Line. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week....
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UPDATE: Police Make Arrest for April 2024 Shooting at Applebee’s in California

UPDATE: Police Make Arrest for April 2024 Shooting at Applebee’s in California

UPDATE 5/15/2024: Following an ongoing investigation by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Jontae Lamont Proctor, 21, of No Fixed Address, was apprehended on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in connection with the April 2, 2024 shooting at Applebee’s in California, MD. Proctor was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a business in Mechanicsville on open warrants for Attempted First-Degree Murder, Attempted Second-Degree Murder, Assault First-Degree, Assault Second-Degree, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime...
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Report Dolphin Sightings and Help Scientists with Chesapeake Bay Research

Report Dolphin Sightings and Help Scientists with Chesapeake Bay Research

Thousands of residents and visitors with their eyes on the water have helped scientists understand when bottlenose dolphins are visiting the Chesapeake Bay. Are you ready to be one of them? Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory launched the Chesapeake DolphinWatch App in 2017 to get real-time reports of dolphin sightings on the largest estuary in the United States. Since then, scientists have received over 7,000 reports of dolphin sightings—submitted by over 14,600 registered app users—to...
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UPDATE: Juvenile Female Dies from Injuries Sustained in High Speed Crash After Suspects Flee Calvert Police

UPDATE: Juvenile Female Dies from Injuries Sustained in High Speed Crash After Suspects Flee Calvert Police

UPDATE 5/14/2024: The Independent Investigations Division (IID) of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General is investigating a fatal crash following a police pursuit that began in Calvert County and ended in Harwood, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Monday morning. On May 13, 2024, during the overnight hours, Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies received multiple reports of cars being broken into in neighborhoods in the Huntingtown area. While investigating the crimes, deputies were alerted to a car driving in the...
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UPDATE: Piney Point Man Indicted for Sex with a Dog and Killing a Rabbit and Hamster

UPDATE: Piney Point Man Indicted for Sex with a Dog and Killing a Rabbit and Hamster

UPDATE 5/13/2024: Sean Patrick Kraese, age 24, of Piney Point, was indicted by a Grand Jury in St. Mary’s County on six criminal counts related to the killing of animals and having sex with a dog. Indictment one stated that Kraese did knowingly distribute an obscene video of him manually stimulating a dog’s aroused penis. Indictment two stated that Kraese did knowingly have in his possession with intent to distribute an obscene video of him manually stimulating a dog’s...
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Capitol Police Officer Convicted in Child Pornography Case in Calvert County

Capitol Police Officer Convicted in Child Pornography Case in Calvert County

UPDATE 5/13/2024: Jared Michael Lemon, 43, of Owings, was convicted on Friday, May 10, 2024, of five counts of unlawful possession of child pornography. The conviction followed a trial in Calvert County Circuit Court before the Honorable Mark S. Chandlee. In late 2022, an acquaintance of Lemon’s found disturbing images on Lemon’s cell phone. She reported it to the police and to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force...
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Firefighters Respond to Reported Structure Fire and Find Vehicle Into Residence, One Flown with Serious Injuries

Firefighters Respond to Reported Structure Fire and Find Vehicle Into Residence, One Flown with Serious Injuries

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 7:40 a.m., firefighters from St. Mary’s and Charles County responded to the 28400 block of St. Mary’s Avenue in Mechanicsville, for the reported smoke coming from a residence. The 911 caller, who was riding on the Three Notch Trail called 911 after observing smoke coming from the garage located next to the residence. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from a detached garage. Upon entering the garage the crew located...
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UPDATE: Jury Convicts Man for First-Degree Murder of Teenager and Attempted Murder of Five Additional Teens in Drive-By Shooting

UPDATE: Jury Convicts Man for First-Degree Murder of Teenager and Attempted Murder of Five Additional Teens in Drive-By Shooting

5/10/2024: Latres Javontae Cockerham, 26, of California, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Joseph James Oakes, 19 of Lexington Park, and the attempted first-degree murders of five additional teenagers for his participation in a drive-by shooting that occurred on January 12, 2022. “The Defendant deliberately maneuvered his vehicle as his co-defendants rapidly fired bullets into another vehicle on a busy road in broad daylight, which provided for the murder of one teenager and the extreme endangerment of five...
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Police Investigating a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Mini-Bike

Police Investigating a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Mini-Bike

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 12:47 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of North Essex Drive and Saratoga Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle had struck a mini-bike with the adult male operator laying in the roadway. A helicopter was requested due the patients injuries. Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 landed nearby and transported the...
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Deputies Make Arrest Following Lexington Park Hit and Run

Deputies Make Arrest Following Lexington Park Hit and Run

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road. Several witnesses reported the operator of one vehicle had fled the scene of the accident on foot. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a...
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Congratulations to the 2024-25 Maryland Local Teachers of the Year!

Congratulations to the 2024-25 Maryland Local Teachers of the Year!

Today, the Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education held a special recognition ceremony for the 2024-2025 Teachers of the Year at the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building. Each of the state’s 24 school systems selects a Teacher of the Year who exemplifies outstanding work as an educator. “So...
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Brady’s K9 Fund Donates Ballistic Vest to Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for K9 Atlas!

Brady’s K9 Fund Donates Ballistic Vest to Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for K9 Atlas!

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is thrilled to announce that Brady’s K9 Fund has generously donated a ballistic vest for our department’s four-legged officer, K9 Atlas! Brady’s K9 Fund is passionate about supporting our four-legged officers who work tirelessly to keep our community safe. Their organization is dedicated to providing essential equipment and resources...
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Two Men Arrested After Shooting MPD Captain and Leading Police on Chase

Two Men Arrested After Shooting MPD Captain and Leading Police on Chase

The Prince George’s County Police Department charged two men with firearms offenses following their arrest in Landover on Monday. The suspects are 21-year-old Rasheed Thorne of no fixed address and 21-year-old William Walker IV of no fixed address. On May 20, 2024, at approximately 12:40 pm, the Metropolitan Police Department notified the PGPD that...
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Waldorf Man Shot and Killed at Area Car Meet, Police Seeking Information, Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward

Waldorf Man Shot and Killed at Area Car Meet, Police Seeking Information, Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a car meet early Sunday morning. The victim is 26-year-old John Phipps of Waldorf. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. On May 19,...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – May 14th 2024

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – May 14th 2024

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County (CSMC) began their business meeting with an invocation and the pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda. The CSMC then presented proclamations in recognition of National Drug Court Month, Stroke Awareness Month, Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, and Historic Preservation Month. The CSMC and Department...
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Command Employees Recognized at NSWC Indian Head Division Honorary Awards Ceremony

Command Employees Recognized at NSWC Indian Head Division Honorary Awards Ceremony

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) recognized individuals and teams who made significant contributions to the command’s mission during the annual Honorary Awards ceremony hosted at College of Southern Maryland’s Velocity Center in Indian Head, Maryland, May 14. “This is a day to take the time to recognize how far you’ve...
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Officers Seize Suspected Fentanyl, PCP and Replica Handgun at Charles County Hotel

Officers Seize Suspected Fentanyl, PCP and Replica Handgun at Charles County Hotel

On May 17, 2024, at approximately 5:25 a.m., officers from the La Plata Police Department responded to the 6700 block of Crain Highway to conduct a welfare check. As an individual answered the door, officers immediately noticed a suspected controlled dangerous substance and attempted to detain the individual. A struggle ensued and the individual...
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Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) Passes Key Milestone: Completes Gate 2 R3B

Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) Passes Key Milestone: Completes Gate 2 R3B

The Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) (FVL (MS)) program recently completed its Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), culminating in a Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities (N9) “Gate 2” Resources and Requirements Review Board (R3B). The board unanimously endorsed the results of the AoA and directed the program to...
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Police Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect Who Violated Bond Conditions

Police Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect Who Violated Bond Conditions

Charles County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the whereabouts of Mack Lee Cleckley, age 40, of no fixed address. Cleckley has an active warrant for revocation of bond due to violating the conditions under which he was released. The facts of the case are as follows: In August 2023, detectives assigned to the Charles County...
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Board of Public Works Approves $2.1 Million for Recreation and Land Preservation

Board of Public Works Approves $2.1 Million for Recreation and Land Preservation

The Board of Public Works today approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources items including more than $2.1 million in grants to local governments and land trusts to preserve and protect land, and provide recreational opportunities for Marylanders. Program Open Space – Local  provides funding for county and municipal governments for the planning, purchase and...
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Public Invited to Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Council Meeting

Public Invited to Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Council Meeting

The Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO), the board that administers the transportation planning process in designated areas of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, will hold a council meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in the Waterfront Lounge at the Calvert Marine Museum, located at 14150 Solomons Island Road...
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Lackey High School Student Charged with Destruction of Property, Possession of Concealed Deadly Weapon on School Property

Lackey High School Student Charged with Destruction of Property, Possession of Concealed Deadly Weapon on School Property

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 6:40 a.m., officers responded to a home in the 6800 block of Arbor Lane in Bryans Road for the report of a vandalism in which a suspect slashed the tires of a vehicle and threw eggs on the house and car. Through further investigation, officers identified the suspect...
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Police Investigating House and Vehicle Struck by Gunfire in Waldorf – Huntington Apartments

Police Investigating House and Vehicle Struck by Gunfire in Waldorf – Huntington Apartments

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 3 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf for the report of the sound of multiple gunshots. When officers arrived, they canvassed the area but did not locate any victims; however, they did locate shell casings between two apartment buildings. Further, officers found...
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Lottery Homework Pays Off for Retired Federal Employee with $50,000 Win

Lottery Homework Pays Off for Retired Federal Employee with $50,000 Win

A Prince George’s County woman is enjoying her biggest-ever Lottery prize today, a $50,000 second-tier win that she is convinced came as a result of the time she spent studying information on the Lottery’s website. Although she expected to eventually win big, the Upper Marlboro resident confided to Lottery officials that she is no...
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Police in Charles County Arrest Man for Armed Robbery in Waldorf

Police in Charles County Arrest Man for Armed Robbery in Waldorf

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have identified and arrested a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery case. On February 22, 2024, a male and a female entered the Home Depot on Jefferson Place in Waldorf. They picked up several items and approached a cashier. The female...
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Maryland Summer-Fall 2024 Striped Bass Season Opened May 16th, 2024

Maryland Summer-Fall 2024 Striped Bass Season Opened May 16th, 2024

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced regulations for the summer recreational striped bass fishing season beginning May 16, 2024, which continues existing conservation measures put in place in an effort to protect the striped bass fishery on the East Coast. Striped bass season in the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay will be open May 16; the remainder...
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