VIDEO: Second Shooting Reported in St. Mary’s County in Under Seven Hours

VIDEO: Second Shooting Reported in St. Mary’s County in Under Seven Hours

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and a Trooper from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to Mojave Drive in Great Mills, for the report of shots fired. Witnesses reported a vehicle fleeing the area around the time the shooting happened. When officers arrived on the scene they found at least 6 casings on the ground, and a house was struck by bullets. Detectives from the St....
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Police Respond to Another Report of Shots Fired on Ronald Drive in Lexington Park

Police Respond to Another Report of Shots Fired on Ronald Drive in Lexington Park

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at approximately 12:45 p.m. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to Ronald Drive in Lexington Park for the report of shots fired. Witnesses indicated two black male suspects were both firing shots before fleeing the area on foot. When officers arrived on the scene they found multiple casings on the ground SMNEWSNET observed at least two different size casings, indicating more than...
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WANTED: Calvert County Sheriff’s Office 6/18/2019

WANTED: Calvert County Sheriff’s Office 6/18/2019

The following persons are wanted by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Unit is responsible for the service of criminal and child support warrants as well as criminal summonses issued by the courts. They are also responsible for coordinating extraditions of suspects out of state. If you have information concerning these cases, you should take no action, but instead, immediately contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement agency. Tabitha Marie...
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Substitute Teacher in Glen Burnie Arrested for Having Sex with a Student and Supplying Him with Alcohol

Substitute Teacher in Glen Burnie Arrested for Having Sex with a Student and Supplying Him with Alcohol

On June 4, 2019, at approximately 9:22 a.m., the Anne Arundel County Police responded to North County High School located at 10 1st Avenue East, Glen Burnie Maryland in reference to a sex offense that had occurred earlier. Responding officers made contact with the teenage victim who is a student at North County High School as well as the Center of Applied Technologies North located at 800 Stevenson Road, Severn Maryland. The victim reported a substitute teacher had engaged in sexual activities with...
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Calvert County Sheriffs Office Arrests and Investigations – 6/18/2019

Calvert County Sheriffs Office Arrests and Investigations – 6/18/2019

During the weeks of May 27 – June 9 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3,179 calls for service throughout the community. The following is a sample of recent arrests, crimes, and investigations handled by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. On May 31, 2019 Deputy Savick conducted a traffic stop on Lower Marlboro Road in Huntingtown. The driver, Michael Edwin Swearingen (27), almost struck multiple vehicles and was seen falling asleep while driving. A search of...
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Waldorf Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Accepting Cash to Falsify Urinalysis Results to U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Waldorf Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Accepting Cash to Falsify Urinalysis Results to U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Michael Andre Brown, age 47, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty today to a federal bribery charge, in connection with his employment with a federal contractor in which he administered urinalysis tests to individuals on federal probation, supervised release and pre-trial supervision. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Henry P. Stawinski III...
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Huntingtown Man Arrested for Attempted Murder at Wendy’s in Prince Frederick

Huntingtown Man Arrested for Attempted Murder at Wendy’s in Prince Frederick

Maryland State Police arrested a man on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in connection with a stabbing in Calvert County. Mario Puzo Le, 37, of Huntingtown, was arrested, and after consultation with the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, he was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. After being processed at the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack, he was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was ordered held without bond...
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UPDATE: Jury Finds Man Criminally Responsible for Vicious First-Degree Murder of Father-in-Law

UPDATE: Jury Finds Man Criminally Responsible for Vicious First-Degree Murder of Father-in-Law

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, June 14, 2019, after a two-part, bifurcated trial, a Charles County jury found Deangelo Hemsley, 42 of Waldorf, criminally responsible for the First-Degree Murder of John Yates, Home Invasion, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment. Hemsley was previously convicted of the aforementioned charges on June 12, 2019 by members of the jury. After establishing his guilt, jurors then found that Hemsley was criminally responsible for committing...
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Calvert County Files Suit Against Opioid Makers and Distributors

Calvert County Files Suit Against Opioid Makers and Distributors

On Thursday, June 13, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners filed suit in federal court against the largest manufacturers and distributors of opiates to recover costs related to the opioid crisis. The suit alleges opioid manufacturers and distributors engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing schemes and helped create the public health emergency caused by the overuse of prescription opioids. The county is seeking to prevent further misrepresentation of the risks and benefits of opioid use; recovery of costs...
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Three Injured After Serious Crash in Mechanicsville

Three Injured After Serious Crash in Mechanicsville

On Friday, June 14, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious. As units responded to the scene, dispatch advised the 911 callers reported one patient possibly had an amputated leg. Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles in the roadway in a t-bone style collision with one patient having a compound leg fracture. Firefighters...
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UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Assault – State Will Drop Attempted Murder Charges After He Shot His Victim in Face and Back

UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Assault – State Will Drop Attempted Murder Charges After He Shot His Victim in Face and Back

UPDATE 6/14/19: Elijah Miguel Miles, 18 of California, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and possession of a firearm as a minor. Attempted first-degree murder and an attempted second-degree murder charge, will both be dropped at his sentencing hearing, scheduled on June 24, 2019, in St. Marys County Circuit Court. UPDATE 12/7/2018: On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at approximately 3:45 p.m., police units responded to the report of a subject shot near 22666 Athlone Drive in Great Mills. The 19-year-old male...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Arrests – 6/14/2018

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Arrests – 6/14/2018

The following information was provided by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Assault- On May 23, 2019, Dep. Snyder responded to the 45700 block of Nicholas Court in Great Mills, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Sadiyah Mon’e Vaughan, age 21 of Great Mills, assaulted two victims during an argument. Vaughan bit on victim and kicked a second victim causing visible injury to both victims. Vaughan was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 29849-19 Assault- On May...
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Kitchen Employee at Detention Center Charged with Providing Drugs and Cigarettes to Inmates

Kitchen Employee at Detention Center Charged with Providing Drugs and Cigarettes to Inmates

In May of 2019, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division began an investigation into allegations a contract Aramark employee, who worked in the kitchen at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, was bringing contraband into the facility. The investigation determined Tammy Lee Hill, 44 of Mechanicsville, was bringing numerous prescription pills into the facility as well as Suboxone and cigarettes and providing them to inmates. On June 11, 2019, Hill was served a...
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‘Operation Broken Heart’ Yields 58 Arrests In Maryland

‘Operation Broken Heart’ Yields 58 Arrests In Maryland

Maryland’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force yields 58 arrests in Maryland, 16 of the cases were handled by Maryland State Police investigators, while participating in “Operation Broken Heart,” a nationwide, two-month initiative targeting offenders of child sexual exploitation. The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was one of 61 task forces included in “Operation Broken Heart,” a two-month initiative. Members from the Maryland ICAC worked tirelessly throughout April and May, initiating 320 investigations.  Investigators executed 110...
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Prince Frederick Safeway Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested for Armed Carjacking in Montgomery County Hours Later

Prince Frederick Safeway Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested for Armed Carjacking in Montgomery County Hours Later

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Dante Tyler-El, age 53, of the 500 block of Little Hut Drive in Centerville, Maryland, with an armed carjacking that occurred on June 5th in Gaithersburg. On Wednesday, June 5th at approximately 5:29 p.m., 6th District officers and Gaithersburg Police Department officers responded to the 18700 block of North Frederick Avenue for the report of an armed carjacking that had just occurred. The preliminary investigation...
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Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is launching a two-year pilot program to test new digital license plate technology. The state is one of the first on the East Coast to test the new digital plates, which are similar in size to traditional metal plates but have an electronic display....
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Critical Missing Person – Charles County – 70-Year-Old Female – Celestine Taylor

Critical Missing Person – Charles County – 70-Year-Old Female – Celestine Taylor

On June 18, 2019, during the early morning hours, Celestine Taylor, 70, was last seen leaving the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata. Family members reported her missing after she did not come home. According to family, Taylor has dementia and may be lost. Taylor is 5’2″ and weighs about...
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7-Eleven in Waldorf Sells $50,000 Winning Bonus Match 5 Ticket

7-Eleven in Waldorf Sells $50,000 Winning Bonus Match 5 Ticket

As we start the week, we’re looking for another Bonus Match 5 winner. If you bought a ticket in Waldorf for the Saturday, June 15 drawing, you may be our latest $50,000 top-prize winner! The 7-Eleven store located at 1065 St. Ignatius Drive in Waldorf sold the winning ticket, which carries the winning numbers of 1,...
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Prince George’s County Police Department Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Bowie

Prince George’s County Police Department Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Bowie

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in the unincorporated section of Bowie. The victim is 14-year-old Kamal Nashid of Goodloes Promise Drive in Bowie. On June 15th, at approximately 1:30 pm, patrol officers were called to Church Road and Fairview Vista Drive for...
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Governor Hogan Announces Launch of Student Debt Repayment Plan

Governor Hogan Announces Launch of Student Debt Repayment Plan

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of SmartWork, an important component of the administration’s overall college affordability and student debt relief package. The governor introduced SmartWork in 2018 as part of a comprehensive series of initiatives to make a college education more affordable and provide relief to Marylanders burdened by student debt. The SmartWork component for...
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St. Mary’s Citizens Reminded to Beware of Jury Duty Scams

St. Mary’s Citizens Reminded to Beware of Jury Duty Scams

Citizens are reminded that the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will not call or mail residents seeking cash or gift cards. This week, a victim received a telephone call in which the scammer claimed to be from the Sheriff’s Office, advising that the victim missed jury duty and had a warrant out for their...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Beer Fest

Historic St. Mary’s City Beer Fest

On June 22, from 12 pm to 6 pm, Historic St. Mary’s City will be hosting the 9th annual BeerFest! The outdoor festival has a full day planned, including special tours of the Van Sweringen #39;s Inn exhibit, beer making demonstrations, a children's activity tent, and learning opportunities with museum staff. Live music will...
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House Fire in Bryans Road Under Investigation

House Fire in Bryans Road Under Investigation

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at approximately 11:25 a.m., 31 firefighters from volunteers from Bryans Road, Potomac Heights, La Plata, Waldorf #12 and Waldorf #3, along with mutual aid from Accokeek and NDW Indian Head responded to 3394 Lox Street in Bryans Road, for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find...
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St. Mary’s County Museum Division Offers Special Public Open Houses

St. Mary’s County Museum Division Offers Special Public Open Houses

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division, in partnership with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), will be offering special Open Houses for visitors and the community at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse in Drayden, MD, during Juneteenth Weekend, June 15 and 16, 2019. The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African-American schoolhouses, and...
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Letter to the Editor – Drag Queen Story Hour at Lexington Park Library

Letter to the Editor – Drag Queen Story Hour at Lexington Park Library

The following letter to the editor was submitted to SMNEWSNET.COM. Letter to the Editor: The group called: Southern MD area Secular Humanist (SMASH) are sponsoring an event of teaching young boys how to be “Drag Queens” on this coming June 23, 2019, at 2:00pm, starting with their so called “Story Hour” which gives the...
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One Patient Transported to Trauma Center After Rollover Crash in Hollywood

One Patient Transported to Trauma Center After Rollover Crash in Hollywood

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m., police fire, and rescue responded to the area of Hollywood Road and Three Notch Road in Hollywood, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with one vehicle overturned and one subject trapped. Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles in the roadway with one...
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No Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Pole in Waldorf

No Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Pole in Waldorf

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, at approximately 11:55 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of 4666 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with entrapment. Crews arrived on scene and reported a single vehicle off the roadway and into a pole, with one subject inside with...
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Cause of Vacant House Fire in Hughesville Under Investigation

Cause of Vacant House Fire in Hughesville Under Investigation

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, at approximately 7:00 p.m., firefighters from Hughesville, La Plata, Waldorf, Benedict, and Mechanicsville responded to 6120 Openfield Place in Hughesville, for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a 2-story single family residence with fire showing from the basement with extensions to the first floor. Firefighters...
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Two Patients Transported to Hospital After Motor Vehicle Accident on Great Mills Road

Two Patients Transported to Hospital After Motor Vehicle Accident on Great Mills Road

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m., police fire, and rescue responded to the area of Great Mills Road and Tower Lane in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle accident. Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles in the roadway in a rear-end style collision. Two patients were transported to...
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Impulse Buy Turns Routine Friday Night into $50,000 Home Run For Mechanicsville Grandmother

Impulse Buy Turns Routine Friday Night into $50,000 Home Run For Mechanicsville Grandmother

A Mechanicsville grandmother of one who usually plays Maryland Lottery games only on paydays made an impulse buy and hit a $50,000 home run. “Every two weeks, right after I get paid, my husband and I usually go shopping for groceries and then I buy a couple of Lottery tickets,” said the “Lucky Winner.”...
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VIDEO: Trailer Fire in Ridge Under Investigation

VIDEO: Trailer Fire in Ridge Under Investigation

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 6:25 p.m., firefighters from Ridge Volunteer Fire Department told dispatchers a trailer across the street from the firehouse was on fire. At approximately 6:28 p.m., Firefighters from Ridge, Bay District, NAS Webster Field, Valley Lee, and 7th District responded to 13820 Point Lookout Road and Howard Way...
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Adult Male Flown to Trauma Center After Stabbing in Lexington Park

Adult Male Flown to Trauma Center After Stabbing in Lexington Park

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 10:20 p.m., police and rescue personnel responded to the 46700 block of Marshall Boulevard and Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported stabbing. Crews arrived on scene to find a 31-year-old male patient suffering from a stab wound. Emergency medical personnel requested a helicopter. The...
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