Former Correctional Officer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Attempted First-Degree Murder After Ruthless Attack on Wife

Former Correctional Officer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Attempted First-Degree Murder After Ruthless Attack on Wife

UPDATE 8/22/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on August 21, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Armando Quispe Rodriguez, 46 of Bryans Road, to life suspend all but 30 years for the Attempted First-Degree Murder of Keyia Rodriguez. After completion of his sentence, Rodriguez will be placed on supervised probation for a period of 5 years. On March 23, 2018, officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Archway...
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UPDATE: Police Arrest California Man for Robbery of Twist Wine and Spirits in Lexington Park

UPDATE: Police Arrest California Man for Robbery of Twist Wine and Spirits in Lexington Park

UPDATE 8/22/2019: Information obtained during the investigation led to Corey Scott Angstadt, 51, of California, being identified as the individual involved in the robbery of the Twist Wine and Spirits store, located in Lexington Park. On August 21, 2019, Angstadt was charged with the following: Armed Robbery Robbery Assault First Degree Assault Second Degree Theft Corey Scott Angstadt is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on...
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Firefighters Respond to House Fire in Mechanicsville Twice in 5 Hours, Original Fire Deemed Accidental by State Fire Marshal

Firefighters Respond to House Fire in Mechanicsville Twice in 5 Hours, Original Fire Deemed Accidental by State Fire Marshal

UPDATE 8/21/19: On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 5:05 p.m., firefighters responded to 36975 Dixie Lyon Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a 2-story, single-family dwelling with fire showing from the roof and second floor. The occupant and one dog safely escaped the home with no injuries. Both are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The Maryland State Fire Marshal corrected the original report to put the estimated...
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Suspected Impaired Driver Crashes into Three Cars in Hollywood

Suspected Impaired Driver Crashes into Three Cars in Hollywood

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, at approximately 4:10 p.m., firefighters from the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department were returning to their station from a previous motor vehicle accident when they came upon a motor vehicle accident with entrapment at Three Notch Road and Hollywood Road. Crews arrived on the scene to find five vehicles in the roadway, with one subject who was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol unconscious in a minivan. The single male patient...
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Exclusive Video: Police in St. Mary’s County Conducted a DUI Checkpoint in California, See the Results Here

Exclusive Video: Police in St. Mary’s County Conducted a DUI Checkpoint in California, See the Results Here

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 11:20 p.m., the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack conducted a sobriety checkpoint assisted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on southbound Maryland Route 235 (Three Notch Road) at First Colony Boulevard, in California. Personnel from the Maryland State Police Chemical Test for Alcohol Unit, La Plata and Prince Fredrick Barracks and the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration also assisted with the checkpoint. During the checkpoint, which lasted more than...
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VIDEO: Call to 911 from Teen Saying He Shot His Mother and Would Shoot Police Ends up Being a “Swatting”

VIDEO: Call to 911 from Teen Saying He Shot His Mother and Would Shoot Police Ends up Being a “Swatting”

On August 17, 2019, at approximately 5:28 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported shooting/barricade in the 21300 block of Carmen Woods Drive in Lexington Park. A caller to 911 reported that he had shot his mother and would shoot any law enforcement officers who came to the residence on Carmen Woods Drive. The individual advised his mother was was bleeding and he was barricading himself in an upstairs bedroom. Officers arrived on...
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Five Injured After Early Morning Three Vehicle Crash in Great Mills

Five Injured After Early Morning Three Vehicle Crash in Great Mills

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, at approximately 2:05 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Great Mills Road and Chancellors Run Road in Great Mills, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find three vehicles in the roadway. Four patients were transported to an area hospital with various injuries. One patient was transported to  the Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 hanger and flown to an area trauma...
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Calvert Man who Robbed Subway Restaurant and Cut Employee with Knife Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Calvert Man who Robbed Subway Restaurant and Cut Employee with Knife Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

UPDATE 8/17/2019: William James Cooper, 32, of Calvert County was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 20 years, suspended down to 15 years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery of an employee at the Subway restaurant in Leonardtown, on April 4, 2019. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz, who prosecuted the case, would like to thank Corporal Milton Pesante and Detective Skylar Lefave of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding work on this case. 4/5/2019:...
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UPDATE: 83-Year-Old Male Succumbs to Injuries After Car Crash in Chaptico

UPDATE: 83-Year-Old Male Succumbs to Injuries After Car Crash in Chaptico

UPDATE 8/16/2019: On August 15, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m. Garland Lawson Coleman succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com. UPDATE – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: On August 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47...
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UPDATE: Great Mills Man Sentenced to 50 Years After Armed Robbery and Assault

UPDATE: Great Mills Man Sentenced to 50 Years After Armed Robbery and Assault

UPDATE 8/15/2019: Wayne Aloysius Jordan, Jr., 29, of Great Mills, was sentenced to a total of 71 years, suspended down to 50 years of active incarceration in prison. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz thanks Detective Austin Schultz and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling for the successful investigation and prosecution of this case. A St. Mary’s County Jury found the Defendant guilty of all nine counts in April of this year. The Defendant received 60 years, suspended to 39 years of...
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Sobriety Checkpoint to be Conducted in St. Mary’s County on Saturday

Sobriety Checkpoint to be Conducted in St. Mary’s County on Saturday

The Maryland State Police and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in St. Mary’s County. Motorists are encouraged to appoint a designated driver or use public or other alternative transportation if you are planning on consuming alcohol. If you do drink, you are simply asked to please not drive. There is zero-tolerance for driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. It’s not worth the risk…to your life or...
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Previously Convicted Lexington Park Drug Dealer Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison After Distributing Drugs that Resulted in Victims Death

Previously Convicted Lexington Park Drug Dealer Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison After Distributing Drugs that Resulted in Victims Death

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Keino Ferrez Dorsey, a/k/a B, 46, of Lexington Park, to 186 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, resulting in the death of a victim, and possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, and cocaine. Dorsey had previously been convicted of a felony drug distribution offense. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland...
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Waldorf Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Pre-Teen Girls

Waldorf Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Pre-Teen Girls

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, August 8, 2019, Claude William Brown, Jr., 69 of Waldorf, entered a guilty plea in Charles County Circuit Court, in front of the Honorable Judge Amy J. Bragunier, to two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Following his guilty plea, Judge Bragunier sentenced Brown to 10 years in prison. On February 6, 2019, officers with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office made contact with one of the juvenile...
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UPDATE: Police Release Name of 34-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Hit and Run

UPDATE: Police Release Name of 34-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Hit and Run

UPDATE – 8/13/2019 @ 9:35 a.m.: On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at approximately 03:54 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound Maryland Route 5 in the area of Montgomery Lane in Waldorf. Due to the seriousness of the collision, a request was made for the Maryland State Police CRASH Team to respond and assume the investigation. A preliminary investigation...
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UPDATE: Lexington Park Woman Thanks Firefighters and Community After Her House was Destroyed by Fire

UPDATE: Lexington Park Woman Thanks Firefighters and Community After Her House was Destroyed by Fire

On June 10, 2019 Christina Jones lost her home on Mary Lynn Drive in Lexington Park to a fire. She asked SMNEWSNET.com to post the following “Thank You” letter. On June 10th at 5:01 a.m. I woke up to our house fully on fire. My husband gone. My children sleeping. There wasn’t any time to think. Just get out. As if an automatic switch had been flicked, my body responded on its own. The screaming. The crying. The smell....
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SMECO Seeking Applications for 2020 Contribution for Local Organizations Working to End Opioid Crisis

SMECO Seeking Applications for 2020 Contribution for Local Organizations Working to End Opioid Crisis

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), through its charitable foundation, is inviting local organizations that are working to end the opioid crisis in Southern Maryland to apply for the charitable funds that will be raised in 2020. As part of its commitment to the community, each year SMECO raises money for a different local charity....
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CSM Welcomes Students for the 2019 Fall Semester with a Busy September Calendar

CSM Welcomes Students for the 2019 Fall Semester with a Busy September Calendar

CSM Offers Walk-in Schedule for Advising, Career and Transfer Services. Aug. 5-Sept. 13. College of Southern Maryland (CSM); La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. CSM’s Office of Advising, Career and Transfer Services will observe an all-walk-in schedule to assist students from Aug. 5 through Sept. 13. There will be no appointments available during...
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CSM’s Michelle Ruble Becomes President of National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators

CSM’s Michelle Ruble Becomes President of National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators

The College of Southern Maryland’s Executive Director of Student Life and Athletics Michelle Ruble has been named the president of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). Ruble has played a pivotal role in putting CSM’s athletes and athletic programs at the top of the leader boards in the region, state and...
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Shepherd’s Old Field Market Upcoming Events in October, 2019

Shepherd’s Old Field Market Upcoming Events in October, 2019

Brüdergarten at Shepherd’s Old Field Market is Southern Maryland‘s newest favorite hangout! Located just a block off the square in friendly Leonardtown, you’re sure to enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere! Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a frosty beverage with your best bud or a place to hold your team function, “The...
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SMECO Warns Customers About Person Going Door to Door Claiming to be with SMECO

SMECO Warns Customers About Person Going Door to Door Claiming to be with SMECO

From time to time area residents will call or post something on social media about a person coming to their door claiming to be with SMECO. Sometimes they may say they’re taking a survey, or they might say SMECO is offering a rate reduction. Generally, they ask to see the customer’s SMECO bill. These...
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UPDATE: Police Still Seeking Information in Case Where 2 Dogs Were Found Decapitated in Mechanicsville – Reward Raised to $10,000

UPDATE: Police Still Seeking Information in Case Where 2 Dogs Were Found Decapitated in Mechanicsville – Reward Raised to $10,000

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office – Press Release – UPDATE 8/23/2019: The St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers has received $10,000 in donations toward the reward for information and resolution of an animal cruelty case last month in Mechanicsville. The St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Board of Directors thank the community for their generous donations...
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UPDATE: Man who Robbed Liquor Store in Lexington Park Also Robbed SunTrust Bank in California

UPDATE: Man who Robbed Liquor Store in Lexington Park Also Robbed SunTrust Bank in California

After searching the home of Corey Scott Angstadt, 51, of California, who was arrested earlier this week for the armed robbery of the Twist Wine and Spirits Store, in Lexington Park, police found evidence connecting him to another armed robbery. Police found items used in the robbery of the SunTrust Bank located on First...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Arrests – 8/22/2019

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Arrests – 8/22/2019

The following is a sample of recent arrests, crimes, and investigations handled by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. On August 14, 2019 Deputy Rzepkowski conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Doris Drive in Owings. Calvert Emergency Communications advised the driver, Carlton Eugene Baldwin (35), had an active warrant through the Harford...
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Roadwork to Close Southbound Lane at Old Great Mills Road and Point Lookout Road on Monday, August 26, 2019

Roadwork to Close Southbound Lane at Old Great Mills Road and Point Lookout Road on Monday, August 26, 2019

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will restrict the right turn lane from southbound Old Great Mills Road going onto MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) on Monday, August 26, 2019. Access for local businesses will remain available from northbound MD 5 to northbound Old Great Mills Road and southbound MD...
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Firefighters in Waldorf Quickly Extinguish Kitchen Fire Tuesday Morning

Firefighters in Waldorf Quickly Extinguish Kitchen Fire Tuesday Morning

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 8:35 a.m., firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 9141 Granite Court in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find nothing evident from the front of the house. Upon further investigation, firefighters found an active fire on the stove which...
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St. Mary’s County Libraries Receives Generous Donations and Now Offers 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Experiences

St. Mary’s County Libraries Receives Generous Donations and Now Offers 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Experiences

The St. Mary’s County Library, through a generous donation from the Friends of the St. Mary’s County Library, and now has two 3D printers, 3D pens, three Cricut Makers, and two Oculus Rift S. The two 3D printers are Prusa I3 MK3S printers that use PLA filament. The Library provides several colors of filament...
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Lawsuit Shows St. Mary’s County Pharmacies Dispensed Over 32 Million Opioids from 2006 to 2012

Lawsuit Shows St. Mary’s County Pharmacies Dispensed Over 32 Million Opioids from 2006 to 2012

Information from ARCOS (Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders)—the DEA’s reporting system for controlled substance transactions—is now publicly available which shows which companies supplied opioids and which companies distributed opioids in St. Mary’s County. The data also reveal which pharmacies dispensed the most opioids in St. Mary’s County. The time period covered is from...
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Crash in Calvert County Sends One to Trauma Center

Crash in Calvert County Sends One to Trauma Center

On Monday, August 19, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to Route 4 and Broomes Island Road in Port Republic, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with one trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles involved in a t-bone style collision with one vehicle in...
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UPDATE: Fire at White Plains Moose Lodge Deemed Accidental by Fire Marshal

UPDATE: Fire at White Plains Moose Lodge Deemed Accidental by Fire Marshal

UPDATE 8/21/19: On Monday, August 19, 2019, at approximately 6:25 p.m., firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 4765 Crain Highway at the Waldorf Moose Lodge in White Plains, for the reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from a single story commercial building. The owner was identified...
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Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Helicopter Night Test Flights August 19-23, 2019

Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Helicopter Night Test Flights August 19-23, 2019

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Southern Maryland Film Festival This Weekend in California at R/C Theaters

Southern Maryland Film Festival This Weekend in California at R/C Theaters

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St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Tolling Bells

St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Tolling Bells

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