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State Fire Marshal Announces New Accelerant Detection Canine Team

State Fire Marshal Announces New Accelerant Detection Canine Team

The Office of the State Fire Marshal added a new employee to the ranks yesterday, and while every newly minted Deputy State Fire Marshal is required to raise their right hand and be sworn in, K9 Deacon just wanted belly rubs and loved. Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Jeff Thomas’s new partner, Deacon, is...
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State’s Attorney’s Office Brings Back “Drive Sober” Initiative for One of the Deadliest Times on the Roadways

State’s Attorney’s Office Brings Back “Drive Sober” Initiative for  One of the Deadliest Times on the Roadways

The State’s Attorney’s Office for Charles County (SAO) is bringing more awareness to the grave dangers of driving impaired, as well as helping the public take preventative measures for its “Drive Sober” initiative. For the second year, the “Drive Sober” initiative will run during the holiday season – November 21, 2022, through January 1,...
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Indian Head Man Arrested Twice in Under 30 Days for Burglary, Police Recover Loaded Handgun and Burglary Tools

Indian Head Man Arrested Twice in Under 30 Days for Burglary, Police Recover Loaded Handgun and Burglary Tools

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at approximately 1:43 a.m., a La Plata police officer was conducting a premise check of a self-storage business on North La Plata Court when he interrupted a burglary of a storage unit. The individual was quickly detained and found to be in possession of a loaded .380 handgun, burglar’s...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Deputies Receive MADD Awards

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Deputies Receive MADD Awards

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held their annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. Seven Charles County Sheriff’s Officers were among those recognized from across the state for their outstanding efforts in traffic safety through enforcement of DUI laws. The protection of life is our highest priority. We commend our officers...
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UPDATE: One Firefighter Injured and One Citizen Injured After Tenth District Volunteer Fire Apparatus Overturns in Indian Head

UPDATE: One Firefighter Injured and One Citizen Injured After Tenth District Volunteer Fire Apparatus Overturns in Indian Head

UPDATE 11/17/2022: On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 3:15 p.m., Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department Tanker 8 responded to a reported structure fire in Prince Georges County on Accokeek Road. While responding, Tanker 8, which was responded driver only, overturned while negotiating the turn from Hawthorne Road onto Northbound Indian Head Highway. The collision...
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Temporary Daytime Signal Outage at Chancellors Run Road and FDR Boulevard Intersection on Thursday, Nov. 17th

Temporary Daytime Signal Outage at Chancellors Run Road and FDR Boulevard Intersection on Thursday, Nov. 17th

The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Work’s (DPW&T) contractor continues their construction for the FDR Boulevard Extension. Between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, crews will deactivate power to the traffic signal located at the MD 237 (Chancellors Run Road) / FDR Boulevard intersection, and traffic...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – November 15, 2022

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – November 15, 2022

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda. The Commissioners recognized the 2022 Citizens Academy graduates and presented Proclamations in recognition of the Great American Smokeout and Giving Tuesday. The Commissioners...
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METCOM Advises of Utility Work in the Area of South Shangri-La Drive and Great Mills Road in Lexington Park

METCOM Advises of Utility Work in the Area of South Shangri-La Drive and Great Mills Road in Lexington Park

Beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2022 MetCom crews will begin a lengthy water and sewer system upgrade on Shangri La Drive. This work is expected to last several months. If you are traveling in the area, please expect detours or traffic changes as crews work to complete this project. Thank you for using caution in...
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Community Invited to Attend St. Mary’s County Sheriff Cameron’s Final Salute on Friday, December 2, 2022

Community Invited to Attend St. Mary’s County Sheriff Cameron’s Final Salute on Friday, December 2, 2022

The St. Mary’s County Office of the Sheriff invites the public to attend the Final Salute ceremony for Sheriff Tim Cameron on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Sheriff Cameron has faithfully and professionally served as St. Mary’s County Sheriff since he was first elected in 2006. Sheriff Cameron was elected to and served four consecutive...
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Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Santa Run Schedule 2022

Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Santa Run Schedule 2022

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 2 to December 17. Santa will be riding on a big red firetruck sleigh! An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system. Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 –...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff Cameron Reflects on Changes to Agency Over 16 Years and More

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Cameron Reflects on Changes to Agency Over 16 Years and More

Tim Cameron joined the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy on July 3, 1980. Hired under Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr., the Sheriff’s Office then had 29 deputies and an operating budget of less than $1 million. Cameron, 63, is now finishing his historic fourth consecutive term as St. Mary’s County Sheriff,...
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VIDEO: Lexington Park Man Arrested for Impaired Driving and Resisting Arrest After Single Vehicle Collision in California

VIDEO: Lexington Park Man Arrested for Impaired Driving and Resisting Arrest After Single Vehicle Collision in California

On Thursday, November 3, 2022, at approximately 8:50 p.m., police responded to Chancellors Run Road and Three Notch Road in California, for the reported single vehicle collision. Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded and arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle stuck on the median strip of Chancellors Run...
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Callaway Man Flown to Burn Center After Attempting to Start Charcoal Grill Using Gasoline

Callaway Man Flown to Burn Center After Attempting to Start Charcoal Grill Using Gasoline

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, at approximately 1:48 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to 45285 Take It Easy Ranch Road in Callaway, for the reported burns Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene to find an adult male with serious burns to his arms after an incident involving a grill. Maryland State Police...
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A Message of HOPE Cancer Funds 8th Annual Bras & Drawers Event Raises Over $25,000 To Help Local Cancer Patients

A Message of HOPE Cancer Funds 8th Annual Bras & Drawers Event Raises Over $25,000 To Help Local Cancer Patients

It was an energetic night at the Hughesville American Legion Post as community members packed the house for a fundraiser unlike any other in Southern Maryland. A Message of HOPE Cancer Fund (MOH) hosted the 8th annual “Bras and Drawers for the Cause.” After a record-breaking fundraiser last year, MOH has once again raised...
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Firefighters Remind Citizens of Home Heating Safety

Firefighters Remind Citizens of Home Heating Safety

Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 48,530 fires involving heating equipment each year in 2014-2018. These fires resulted in annual losses of 500 deaths, 1,350 injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage. The leading factor contributing to home heating...
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St. Mary’s County Government Operations for Thanksgiving Holiday 2022

St. Mary’s County Government Operations for Thanksgiving Holiday 2022

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, 2022. Offices will reopen with regular operating schedules Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. The six (6) Convenience Centers and the St. Andrews Landfill will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24. They will reopen...
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Maryland Flag Status – November 15, 2022

Maryland Flag Status – November 15, 2022

UPDATE: The United States Flag, Maryland Flag, and St. Mary’s County Flag shall be raised to full-staff at sunset Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the day of interment for Firefighter Juan Wilson of the Baltimore City Fire Department, who died on Sunday, October 30, 2022, after suffering a medical emergency while in the line of...
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Charles County Public High School Students Can Apply for NASA Internships

Charles County Public High School Students Can Apply for NASA Internships

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school students who are 16 and older can apply for internships with NASA. The NASA internship program is open to teens to explore career pathways while working with some of the top minds in science, engineering, financial, information technology and business. The intern program allows students to engage...
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Calvert Hospice Life Center’s Workshops Will Help Adults, Children and Teens Cope with Grief During the Holidays

Calvert Hospice Life Center’s Workshops Will Help Adults, Children and Teens Cope with Grief During the Holidays

For many years, Chesapeake Life Center’s popular Living with Loss through the Holidays workshops have helped adults grieving a loss get through a difficult time of the year. This year, children and teens can get that help, too. The season begins with an adult workshop hosted by Calvert Hospice, an affiliate brand of Hospice...
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Grand Opening Celebration of the La Plata Court Help Center on Monday, November 14, 2022; Live at 1:30 p.m

Grand Opening Celebration of the La Plata Court Help Center on Monday, November 14, 2022; Live at 1:30 p.m

The grand opening of the La Plata Court Help Center will take place today! Monday, November 14, at the Circuit Court for Charles County. Maryland Court Help Centers offer free limited legal help for individuals who are not represented by an attorney. Attorneys assist with services to include but not limited to name change,...
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Hollywood Rescue Squad Auxiliary Picture Fundraiser (2 Representatives Going Door to Door)

Hollywood Rescue Squad Auxiliary Picture Fundraiser (2 Representatives Going Door to Door)

By Auxiliary President Katie Knott – The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary, with the assistance of Volunteer Fundraising Dimensions, is offering Family portraits to the community. We will have 2 representatives in the community going door to door in the next several weeks offering one FREE family portrait. The representatives will be collecting donations...
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Maryland Reports Strong 2022 Early Deer Season Results

Maryland Reports Strong 2022 Early Deer Season Results

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters harvested 20,220 deer during the early portion of the 2022 archery and muzzleloader seasons. The harvest was a 24% increase from last year’s official harvest of 16,314 deer for the same period. The early season rebound was largely attributed to improved weather for hunting and...
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A Hunger-Free Campus: St. Mary’s College Receives Maryland Higher Education Commission Award to Address Food Insecurity

A Hunger-Free Campus: St. Mary’s College Receives Maryland Higher Education Commission Award to Address Food Insecurity

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is proud to announce that Dereck Rovaris, Vice President for Equity and Strategic Initiatives, was recently awarded a one-year grant through the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program. This program was established to help support Maryland higher education entities with their efforts to address student...
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14 Displaced After Structure Fire in Indian Head, State Fire Marshal Investigating Cause

14 Displaced After Structure Fire in Indian Head, State Fire Marshal Investigating Cause

On Sunday, November 13, 2022, at approximately 3:04 a.m., firefighters from Charles County and NSF Indian Head responded to 4045 Indian Head Highway in Indian Head, for the reported structure on fire. Crews arrived on the scene in under 3 minutes to find fire showing from the two-story multiple family residence and requested a...
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Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack Invites Community to Participate in “No Hunger November”

Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack Invites Community to Participate in “No Hunger November”

MSP La Plata is inviting all residents of Charles County to participate in a food drive, which will last the month of November. There has not been a significant food drive in the area in the past few years due to Covid-19, and the Southern Maryland Food Bank is in desperate need of supplies....
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