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Bike and Team Building with the Elite Black Men at Westlake High School

Bike and Team Building with the Elite Black Men at Westlake High School

A group that was formed to bring togetherness amongst African American male students at Westlake High School is reunited for another year of camaraderie and growth. The 2022-2023 school year marks the second year of the Elite Black Men group at Westlake. The group stemmed from the Achieving Academic Equity and Excellence for Black...
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Calvert County Congratulates New and Expanded Businesses – January 2023

Calvert County Congratulates New and Expanded Businesses – January 2023

Calvert County is committed to fostering a dynamic and competitive business climate to ensure economic growth and sustainability. New and expanding businesses are a sign that Calvert County’s economy continues to thrive. These businesses help stimulate the economy and provide employment opportunities for residents. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Department...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Breaks Ground on New Visitor Center

Historic St. Mary’s City Breaks Ground on New Visitor Center

Historic St. Mary’s City is excited to announce they have broken ground on a new Visitor Center. Currently named the “Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center,” the building will be located next to Anne Arundel Hall (home of the HSMC Research and Collections department). The new building will feature exhibits, an auditorium, and two changing galleries....
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Charles County Board of Commissioners Meeting Update – January 10th and 11th, 2023

Charles County Board of Commissioners Meeting Update – January 10th and 11th, 2023

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Charles County Board of County Commissioners introduced amendments to Bill 2022-14 Weapons and Firearms Prohibited on County-Owned or Operated Property. These amendments include removing the 100 yards provision, so the prohibition is for inside government-owned or operated buildings only; adding an exception to allow on-duty civilian employee of a law enforcement agency...
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Calvert County Commissioners to Hold Special Meeting on 2023 Legislative Requests – Friday, January 13, 2023

Calvert County Commissioners to Hold Special Meeting on 2023 Legislative Requests – Friday, January 13, 2023

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting with the Calvert County legislative delegation for the 2023 Request for State Legislation on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at 3 p.m. Located at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse at 175 Main St., second floor, in Prince Frederick....
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Charles County Board of Education Elects Lukas, Moore Lee to Leadership Roles

Charles County Board of Education Elects Lukas, Moore Lee to Leadership Roles

The Board of Education of Charles County elected Michael Lukas as its chairperson and Yonelle Moore Lee as its vice chairperson at the start of the Jan. 10 meeting. The Board votes annually in January to elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. Both Lukas and Moore Lee were elected unanimously by Board members. The...
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Maryland Casinos Generate $165.2 Million in Gaming Revenue During December and Contribute $69.7 Million to the State

Maryland Casinos Generate $165.2 Million in Gaming Revenue During December and Contribute $69.7 Million to the State

Maryland’s six casinos combined to generate $165,175,099 in revenue from slot machines and table games during December 2022. The total represents a decrease of $7,726,403 (-4.5%) compared to December 2021. Casino gaming contributions to the state in December 2022 totaled $69,686,506, a decrease of $1,411,802 (-2.0%) compared to December 2021. Contributions to the Education...
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Primary Health Care Services Now Available at the St. Mary’s County Health Hub

Primary Health Care Services Now Available at the St. Mary’s County Health Hub

Greater Baden Medical Services and the St. Mary’s County Health Department announce the launch of a primary health care clinic at the new St. Mary’s County Health Hub, located at 21625 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Primary and preventive health care services will be available for community members 18 years of age and...
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Retired Firefighter on a Hot Streak of Lottery Wins After Claiming His Third $50,000 Prize in Just 3 Months!

Retired Firefighter on a Hot Streak of Lottery Wins After Claiming His Third $50,000 Prize in Just 3 Months!

A Prince George’s County retiree who spent his career extinguishing fires is enjoying a flaming hot Lottery winning streak. After claiming two $50,000 Pick 5 prizes in November, the lucky player returned to Lottery headquarters this week to claim a third $50,000 Pick 5 prize. The Accokeek resident found his latest lucky ticket at...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 10, 2023

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 10, 2023

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County (CSMC) held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, beginning with the invocation and pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda. The Commissioners then presented commendations celebrating the dedicated service of two retiring county employees, Theodore Weiner and John Pleisse. The...
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MDOT MVA Announce Grant Applications Now Being Accepted to Help Reduce Injuries and Fatalities on Maryland Highways

MDOT MVA Announce Grant Applications Now Being Accepted to Help Reduce Injuries and Fatalities on Maryland Highways

GLEN BURNIE, MD (January 9, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is accepting grant applications for traffic safety programs and projects that can help reduce crashes, deaths and injuries on Maryland roadways. Now through February 24, applicants are invited to submit grant requests for programs...
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Waldorf Man Claims 2nd Largest Prize in Maryland FAST PLAY History with $1.5 Million Jackpot

Waldorf Man Claims 2nd Largest Prize in Maryland FAST PLAY History with $1.5 Million Jackpot

Claims second-largest winning prize in Maryland FAST PLAY history A Charles County construction worker, who nicknamed himself “Trouble,” is having anything but that after winning a $1,540,418 progressive jackpot in the FAST PLAY Hit the Jackpot! game. He becomes the second-largest winner in a progressive jackpot game since FAST PLAY’s debut in February 2020....
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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack Investigating Fraud and Seeking Identity of Two Suspects

Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack Investigating Fraud and Seeking Identity of Two Suspects

The Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack is investigating a fraud that occurred at two PNC Bank locations in St. Mary’s County, MD on Friday, October 14, 2022. If you recognize the people in these photos, please contact the Duty Officer at the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955 x0 and reference 22-MSP-041570. You can remain anonymous!
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Prince George’s County Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison For Child Sexual Abuse and Accessing Child Pornography

Prince George’s County Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison For Child Sexual Abuse and Accessing Child Pornography

A Maryland man was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for first-degree child sexual abuse of a minor, with aggravating circumstances, and accessing child pornography. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs, of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal and Cyber Division....
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Leah “Lee” Pearse, age 20

Leah “Lee” Pearse, age 20

Leah “Lee” Pearse, age 20, born August 11, 2002 in Newburyport, MA died in an accident while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico early in the morning of January 6, 2023. After a great beach day, amazing dinner, and fantastic dancing, she attempted to enter her Airbnb through the third-floor balcony because the keys had...
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UPDATE: Prince Frederick Man Released by Mexico Police After Girlfriends Death in Cancún is Ruled Accidental

UPDATE: Prince Frederick Man Released by Mexico Police After Girlfriends Death in Cancún is Ruled Accidental

UPDATE 1/10/2023: Although Aufderheide was arrested by Mexican authorities and held during their investigation, he was later released after the investigation determined that the victim, Leah Pearse fell from the balcony after attempting to climb to the third floor and ruled her death accidental. The family of the victim released the following. “Leah “Lee”...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners Announce Dr. Jason Finkelstein as Jurisdictional Medical Director

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Announce Dr. Jason Finkelstein as Jurisdictional Medical Director

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are pleased to announce Dr. Jason Finkelstein, as the new Jurisdictional Medical Director for St. Mary’s County. The Jurisdictional Medical Director is responsible for overseeing the quality of patient care provided by the County’s Emergency Medical Services Operational Program. In this role, Dr. Finkelstein will provide medical expertise...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Theft Suspect in Charlotte Hall

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Theft Suspect in Charlotte Hall

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, at 12:25 pm, the victim unknowingly dropped a pocketbook on the sidewalk in front of Fred’s Liquors in Charlotte Hall. The pictured male exited the store, picked up the pocketbook and...
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St. Mary’s County Man Found Guilty on Six Counts of Rape, Sex Offense and Sexual Abuse of a Minor

St. Mary’s County Man Found Guilty on Six Counts of Rape, Sex Offense and Sexual Abuse of a Minor

UPDATE 1/10/2023: St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that a St. Mary’s County Jury found Defendant Brian S. Spicuzza, 48, of Leonardtown, MD, guilty of all six charged counts. Spicuzza was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of rape second degree, and sexual offense in the third degree,...
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Ashley Sowls Appointed as the First African American Prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Ashley Sowls Appointed as the First African American Prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Ashley Sowls was appointed and sworn in as the first African American prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Sowls, a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, N.C. is an experienced prosecutor specializing in special victims’ cases, previously prosecuting in Charles, Calvert and Prince George’s counties. When announcing...
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PG County Man Wanted for 2021 Domestic-Related Fatal Shooting Taken into Custody in Florida

PG County Man Wanted for 2021 Domestic-Related Fatal Shooting Taken into Custody in Florida

The suspect wanted in connection with a December 2021 fatal shooting in Camp Springs is in custody. He’s 44-year-old Kevin Lorenzo Jackson of Suitland. He’s charged with the murder of his girlfriend, 51-year-old Kimberly Page of Capitol Heights. On December 17, 2021, at approximately 10:45 pm, officers responded to the 5000 block of Leah...
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Charles County Public Schools Moving Forward with Focus on Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency

Charles County Public Schools Moving Forward with Focus on Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., has recently addressed a few incidents in which either staff or students demonstrated hate/discriminatory speech. As previously noted in her letter to the community in December, the school system has prioritized its focus on ensuring these types of incidents are both addressed...
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Governor Hogan Announces Final Judicial Appointments

Governor Hogan Announces Final Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the final judicial appointments of his administration: Darren Sebastian Johnson, the first Hispanic to serve on the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Stenise Lanez Rolle, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Llamilet Gutierrez, the first Hispanic to serve on the Prince George’s County District Court In total, Governor Hogan has...
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No Injuries Reported After Fire Destroys Home in Abell, State Fire Marshal Investigating

No Injuries Reported After Fire Destroys Home in Abell, State Fire Marshal Investigating

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, at approximately 9:39 a.m., firefighters from Seventh District, Leonardtown, Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Bay District and Valley Lee responded to 38730 Dickerson Road in Abell, for the reported house on fire. Seventh District VFD Chief 5 arrived and located a single story home with fire showing from multiple sides of the...
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Leadership Southern Maryland Meet with Regional Leaders, Study the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Leadership Southern Maryland Meet with Regional Leaders, Study the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Executive Program met with state and regional educational leaders to unpack the implications of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act, legislation passed in 2021 to enhance Maryland’s public school system. The meetings were held at the Prince Frederick campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). After learning the...
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