Lexington Park Man Arrested After Firing Shotgun Into an Occupied Residence

Lexington Park Man Arrested After Firing Shotgun Into an Occupied Residence

On January 27, 2020, at approximately 1:13 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46500 block of Midway Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported shots fired. A preliminary investigation determined Dartanyen Rodell Saunders, 19, of Lexington Park, responded to the victim’s residence armed with a shotgun. Saunders discharged the weapon into the occupied residence through an open window. Deputies observed spent shotgun shells on the ground and damage from projectiles above the front...
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Officers Apprehend Two Suspects in Pharmacy Armed Robbery, Suspects Linked to Three Other Cases

Officers Apprehend Two Suspects in Pharmacy Armed Robbery, Suspects Linked to Three Other Cases

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have charged two suspects in connection with three armed robberies of different pharmacies throughout the county. On January 27 at approximately 2:08 a.m., three suspects – wearing masks and armed with a gun – entered the pharmacy area of a CVS store in the 6200 block of Crain Highway in La Plata. They demanded money and prescription medication and then fled in a car. Patrol officers located the suspects’...
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VIDEO: Barricade Situation in Lexington Park Ends with Suspect Being Shot and Killed

VIDEO: Barricade Situation in Lexington Park Ends with Suspect Being Shot and Killed

UPDATE 1/28/2020 @ 4:30 am – On January 27, 2020, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported domestic assault, property destruction and homicidal threats. Once on scene, officers were advised by the victim that John Francis Tippett Jr., age 43 of Lexington Park, had access to several weapons and had made threats to harm himself and shoot responding police. Tippett broke out the...
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One Injured After Propane Tank Fire in Lexington Park

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at approximately 3:10 p.m., firefighters from Bay District and NAS Patuxent River responded to 46485 Sell Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported propane tank on fire threatening a residence. Crews arrived on the scene to find a small propane tank venting and on fire, with three occupants in the yard. One patient was transported to an area hospital with burns and injuries. Firefighters remained on the scene for 30 minutes while the propane...
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Two Adults and Five Pets Displaced After Single Vehicle Strikes House and Unoccupied Vehicle in Lexington Park

On Sunday, January  26, 2020 at approximately 2:20 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to 21598 Forest Park Road, and Long Lane in Lexington Park, for the reported serious motor vehicle accident involving a structure. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle in the front yard of a residence resting on its side with the single occupant trapped in the vehicle. The second vehicle was parked and unoccupied in the driveway at the time of...
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St. Mary’s County Veteran Celebrates $20,200 Scratch-Off Win at ABC Liquors and Lounge in California

The Maryland Lottery’s 2020 Cash scratch-off blessed yet another person in the New Year with its top prize of $20,200. A California, Md. man went from chilling out with friends to becoming a big winner in the time it took to scratch off the game.. The St. Mary’s County resident, who called himself “Mr. J.” for his Lottery publicity, plays scratch-offs based on feelings rather than formulas. He typically tries his luck with large-payout games priced at $10, $20...
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Police Investigating Armed Robbery at My Express Pharmacy in White Plains

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at approximately 5:00 p.m., police received 911 calls reporting three armed black males fleeing the My Express Care Pharmacy ar 4453 Crain Highway in White Plains. Dispatchers continued to relay information to officers as they received multiple 911 callers reporting the three males that were armed with handguns and wearing masks had fled the area in a red Toyota sedan. Approximately one to two minutes after the  911 calls from witnesses, police received silent...
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Charles County Woman Scratches for $50,000 Super Cash Prize

It wasn’t her first time winning a big Maryland Lottery prize, so “Purple Magic” knew what to expect when she arrived at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. And, while the Indian Head resident isn’t sure what she’ll do with the $50,000 top prize she won on a $5 Super Ca$h scratch-off, she is planning to buy herself “something special.” The faithful Baltimore Ravens fan has played scratch-off games for years. About four or five years ago, “Purple Magic” won a...
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Grand Jury Indicts Former Police Officer of Rape and Exposing/Attempting to Expose Victim to HIV

On Tuesday, a Prince George’s County grand jury indicted Martique Vanderpool on a list of charges to include rape and exposing/attempting to expose the victim to HIV. In December of 2019, the PGPD arrested the former officer with the Fairmount Heights Police Department for raping a citizen after a traffic stop, prior to his resignation from that agency. Earlier this month, a judge initially dismissed the first-degree rape charge and remanded Vanderpool to home confinement and placement on electronic...
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Police in St. Mary’s County Arrest Three for Home Invasion in Hollywood

Police in St. Mary’s County Arrest Three for Home Invasion in Hollywood

On January 16, 2020, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown for the reported assault. A preliminary investigation determined three masked individuals forced entry into the 20-year-old male victim’s residence located in the 24400 block of Morgan Road in Hollywood, between the hours of 6-7 a.m. on January 16, 2020. Once inside the residence two of the suspects assaulted the victim by striking him repeatedly and one of the suspects, identified...
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State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Mechanicsville

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., firefighters from Charles County, Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown and Seventh District responded to 27200 Thompson Corner Road and Hard Bargain Lane in Mechanicsville, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single story residence with fire showing from the roof and two sides of the residence. Over 30 firefighters from Charles and St. Mary’s County responded to the scene. Units controlled the fire in approximately 30...
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UPDATE: Critical Missing Person Has Been Located Safe and Unharmed

UPDATE: LOCATED SAFE AND UNHARMED: John Stacey,81, was just located by officers in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his home in Nanjemoy. Thanks to everyone who helped and offered to help. 1/21/20: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for John Stacey, 81, who was reported missing last night. On January 21 at 5 p.m., Stacey left his home in the 2800 block of Smith Point Road in Nanjemoy to walk to his mailbox...
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UPDATE: Chopticon Student to Remain in Jail After Bringing Loaded Handgun to Basketball Game at Leonardtown High

UPDATE: Chopticon Student to Remain in Jail After Bringing Loaded Handgun to Basketball Game at Leonardtown High

Update 1/22/2019: Samuel “Sammy” Tony Bryant, 17, of Mechanicsville, the 17-year-old Chopticon Student who was arrested after bringing a loaded gun to Leonardtown High School on January 17, 2020 appeared in District Court in St. Mary’s County on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, for a bond hearing. At the hearing Bryant learned he will remain incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he is charged as an adult. Bryant has a court date scheduled on Tuesday,...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Reports of White Van with “Calvert Wellness” Decals

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Reports of White Van with “Calvert Wellness” Decals

On January 15th, 2020, The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that two white males in their mid 30’s, operating an older white van with “Calvert Wellness” decals on the side was attempting to call high school aged girls over to their van while they were getting off of the school bus in Prince Frederick. Deputies have saturated the area and have been present at school bus pick-ups and drop offs in the area of the incident following...
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One Transported to Trauma Center After Four Vehicle Crash in California

On Monday, January 20, 2020, at approximately 2:40 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Patuxent Beach Road and South Patuxent Beach Road in California, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious, with one subject trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find three vehicles off the roadway, and one vehicle in the roadway with the driver trapped. Firefighters from Hollywood and Bay District extricated one patient in approximately 10 minutes. One patient was transported...
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18-Year-Old Calvert Woman Arrested for Intoxicated Public Disturbance, Disorderly Conduct, and Indecent Exposure

On January 25, 2020, Deputy Deleon responded to the area of CVS in Dunkirk for the report of an intoxicated person. Calvert County Emergency Communications advised that a female was seen stumbling along the road, and falling into the grass. Upon arrival, Deputy Deleon observed Chloe Kaitlin Hitt, 18, who appeared to be intoxicated,...
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Governor Hogan Announces Bay Bridge Work and All-Electronic Tolling to be Complete by Summer 2020

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that all lanes at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be open this summer as deck work on the westbound right lane is completed a year ahead of schedule and all-electronic tolling goes live. The governor was joined by Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Director James F. Ports, Jr. and...
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Bel Alton House Fire Deemed Accidental, Occupants Escape with No Injuries After Smoke Detectors Alert Them

On Monday, January 27, 2020, at approximately 11:05 p.m., firefighters from Bel Alton, La Plata,Waldorf and surround departments responded to 9805 Canary Drive in Bel Alton, for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find fire showing from the side of a one story residence with extensions into the attic and...
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Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments Annual Gun Bash to be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020

On Sunday, March 15 2020, the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and St. Mary’s County Ducks Unlimited will be holding their Annual Gun Bash. Tickets are $50 each, which includes entry into the Hollywood Social Hall, food and drinks or $25 each, which does not allow you to be present but does allow for you...
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Governor Hogan Honors 2020 Century Farm Families, Award Celebrates 100 Years of Continuous Farm Ownership, Operation by Same Family

Governor Larry Hogan today honored six Maryland farm families during the 2020 Century Farm ceremony at the State House. This recognition is given to farms that have been owned and operated by the same family for more than 100 years. This year’s ceremony included five Century Farms and one Bicentennial Farm. “Today is a...
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Statement from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Calling Upon the House of Representatives to Vote to Extend Scheduling of Fentanyl-Related Substances

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen issued the following statement: “Sadly, in 2017, more than 1,000 Americans died every two weeks from fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances.  In an effort to combat this deadly drug epidemic, DOJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in February 2018 issued a temporary emergency two-year order that made illegal all fentanyl-related...
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Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) Accepting Applications for FY21 Easement Cycle

The Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) has announced that it will accept applications for the Fiscal Year 2021 Easement Cycle. A landowner that has a minimum of 50 contiguous acres, is not in the 10-year water and sewer plan for the County and has a minimum of 50% Class I, II, or III...
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VIDEO: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is Currently Seeking Identity of Package Thief in Lexington Park

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm, the suspect stole a package from the victim’s front porch at the 46300 block of Shining Willow Lane in Lexington Park. The box contained a pair of tie-dyed...
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Two Injured After Motor Vehicle Accident in Mechanicsville

On Monday, January 27 2020, at approximately 4:30 p.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Loveville Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find a rear end style collision with one person trapped. Firefighters from Hollywood,...
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VIDEO: Firefighters Respond to Excavator Fire in Hollywood

On Monday, January 27, 2020 at approximately 4:15 p.m., firefighters from Hollywood, Bay District, Leonardtown, Seventh District and NAS Patuxent River responded to 45300 Daniel’s Road in Hollywood, for a reported commercial vehicle fire next to a structure. Engine 72, Truck 7, Tanker 74, and Captain 7 responded with 12 Volunteers shortly after dispatch...
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UPDATE: Man who Robbed Liquor Store and Bank Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

UPDATE: Man who Robbed Liquor Store and Bank Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

UPDATE 1/28/2020:Corey Scott Angstadt, 52, of California, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for his involvement in a bank robbery at the Suntrust Bank in California, and fifteen years in prison for his involvement in a robbery of the Twist Wine and Spirits Store in Lexington Park. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz prosecuted both...
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Man Shaken Up by $200,016 Powerball Win at Country Place Liquor in Bryans Road

A six-figure Maryland Lottery win finally arrived for a loyal Prince George’s County player, who remembers winning $1,125 with a game when the Lottery began in 1973. The Clinton resident has won small amounts since then but nothing like the $200,016 prize he is taking home from a winning Powerball quick-pick ticket. The 52-year-old...
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Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Places New Rescue Engine 92 in Service

On January 26, 2020,  members of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department gathered together at California Station 9 to place Rescue Engine 92 into service. Since Rescue Engine 92 is dedicated to Past Fire Chief Doug Medley, Bay District had asked Mrs. Waverley Medley to call St. Mary’s Communications to place it in service...
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Cobb Island Volunteers Announces Passing of Past Member Robert (Bob) Bornschein

Cobb Island Volunteers Announces Passing of Past Member Robert (Bob) Bornschein

We regret to announce the passing of Past Member Robert J. Bornschein (Bob), April 24, 1964 – January 23, 2020. Bob joined our department in February 2008. Bob was very active operationally during his time as a member with the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS. He was recognized as one of our...
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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Honors 35 Law Enforcement Officers For Their Work On Federal Violent Crime Cases

The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office today honored 35 police officers and federal agents for outstanding work in support of significant federal violent crime prosecutions. Recipients included police officers from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, City of Hyattsville, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Prince William County, Virginia, and the University Park Police Department; and federal...
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Charles County Public Schools Hosting Second Annual Career Fair on Saturday, March 21

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its second annual Career Fair Saturday, March 21 at North Point High School in Waldorf. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sponsored by the CCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) department. The event is free and open to the public, but targets...
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Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

On January 24, 2020, Charles County obtained an order to enforce the injunction that prohibits X4B, an adult entertainment establishment, from opening for business this weekend. The establishment had been promoting itself as a nightclub with live entertainment in its online advertising through social media. Charles County Attorney Wes Adams presented evidence that the...
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