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Federal Charges Filed Against Maryland State Senator for Accepting Payments in Exchange for Official Actions

Federal Charges Filed Against Maryland State Senator for Accepting Payments in Exchange for Official Actions

A federal criminal complaint was filed on Friday, April 7, 2017, charging Maryland State Senator Nathaniel Thomas Oaks, age 70, of Baltimore, Maryland, with honest services wire fraud for allegedly accepting illegal payments in exchange for using his official position or influence to benefit an individual on business-related matters. Oaks’ initial appearance is scheduled...
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Maryland Casinos Generate Record $141.2 Million in Revenue During March

Maryland Casinos Generate Record $141.2 Million in Revenue During March

Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced March 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County, and MGM National Harbor in Prince...
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Governor Larry Hogan Vetoes Bill Weakening School Accountability

Governor Larry Hogan Vetoes Bill Weakening School Accountability

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed HB 978, legislation that would mandate weak accountability standards for Maryland public schools, risk federal funding for K-12 education, and trap thousands of children in failing schools. “We are proud of the many great schools in Maryland, but too many equally deserving children continue to be stuck in schools...
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Weekly Fishing Report 4/7/2017

Weekly Fishing Report 4/7/2017

The recent warm weather we’ve been experiencing can really raise some excitement about fishing, and the forecast for the weekend looks good! Trout stocking crews are busy this week and warming waters have many local fish in a very active feeding mood. Last night I had the opportunity to set out in my canoe...
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No April Fools’ Joke – Bowie Woman Wins $250,000 Scratch-off Prize

No April Fools’ Joke – Bowie Woman Wins $250,000 Scratch-off Prize

A grocery shopping outing that led to an impulsive purchase of a $250,000 winning scratch-off had the winner’s family convinced she was pulling an April Fools’ Day joke. The Prince George’s County resident purchased her lucky $250,000 Jackpot scratch-off while shopping at her local Giant in Bowie. As she walked by the store’s Lottery...
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U.S. Marine Corps Receives Approval for CH-53K King Stallion Production

U.S. Marine Corps Receives Approval for CH-53K King Stallion Production

The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the Navy’s request for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program to enter into the Production and Deployment April 4. “We have just successfully launched the production of the most powerful helicopter our nation...
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Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

Navy Modernizes Tomahawk Weapons Control System

After more than a decade in service, the Navy recently delivered an upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) to the fleet. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) has maintained the system since 2004 with incremental updates, but to ensure future viability, more significant hardware and software modernization was required. “It is critical...
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Townhouse Fire in Leonardtown Ruled Arson

Townhouse Fire in Leonardtown Ruled Arson

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at approximately 10:12 p.m., firefighters from Leonardtown and surrounding departments were alerted to report of a townhouse fire at 22798 Lawrence Avenue, in Leonardtown. Crews arrived on scene to discover a vacant two story townhouse with smoke showing. An investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set with an incendiary...
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Crash Involving Natural Resources Police Officer Under Investigation

Crash Involving Natural Resources Police Officer Under Investigation

The investigation is continuing into a crash yesterday that injured three people and involved a police officer responding to an emergency call in Anne Arundel County. The crash occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the intersection of Rt. 2 and Jones Station Road. The crash involved a marked Maryland...
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Smith Makes bid for Student Member of the State Board of Education

Smith Makes bid for Student Member of the State Board of Education

Kyle J. Smith’s resume is robust. The leadership experience is a bulleted list of more than 25 offices, positions and memberships under more than 10 headings. Where his resume is thin is under education. It makes sense —Smith is a high school junior. Carrying a 4.563 GPA at North Point High School where he...
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CSM to Host Free Community Heroin/Opioid Forum, April 25

CSM to Host Free Community Heroin/Opioid Forum, April 25

Opioid addiction is a growing concern. The Student Association at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Leonardtown Campus wants to educate the community and extend the dialogue about the problem with a Community Heroin/Opioid Forum at 6 p.m. April 25. The forum will include a free screening of the documentary “Chasing the Dragon.” “Chasing...
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St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office Announce Promotion of Joseph Stanalonis

St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office Announce Promotion of Joseph Stanalonis

St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s office is honored to announce the promotion of Senior State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis to Deputy State’s Attorney. Mr. Stanalonis will serve as Deputy State’s Attorney for administration, along with Deputy State’s Attorney Ted Weiner who is in charge of operations of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Stanalonis has served...
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Governor Larry Hogan Signs Seven Bills Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Seven Bills Into Law

On April 4, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch for a bill signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Among the seven bills signed was HB 1325, which bans hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the State of Maryland. The...
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Ronnie Wayne Quesenberry, Sr., 60

Ronnie Wayne Quesenberry, Sr., 60

Ronnie Wayne Quesenberry, Sr., 60, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away April 2, 2017 at Burnett-Calvert Hospice House surrounded by his family after a hard battle with Stage 4 Stomach Cancer. He was born on June 27, 1956 in McDowell County, West Virginia to the late James A. and Frances P. Quesenberry. Ronnie graduated...
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Slave Cabin Exhibit Dedication Weekend

Slave Cabin Exhibit Dedication Weekend

Historic Sotterley Plantation looks back over hundreds of years to tell our story, but occasionally defining moments can still occur as we continue to make history. Sotterley currently faces a milestone in its site interpretation – the opening of our Slave Cabin, made possible because of one woman’s decades of dedication. This new Slave...
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Evelyn Louise Bell, 86

Evelyn Louise Bell, 86

Evelyn Louise Bell, 86 of Lusby, MD passed away on April 1, 2017 in Solomons, MD. She was born on February 21, 1931 in Washington, DC to the late Elsie J. and Robert L. Satterfield.  She was the loving wife to Lester “Buddy” Bell whom preceded her in death in 2009. Evelyn graduated from...
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Eighth Annual Port Tobacco Market Day Set for May 6

Eighth Annual Port Tobacco Market Day Set for May 6

The Charles County Commissioners and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco invite residents and visitors to attend the eighth annual Port Tobacco Market Day event on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco). This event will showcase some of Southern...
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William Milton Weaver, 82

William Milton Weaver, 82

William Milton Weaver, known by most as “Bill” or “Coach”, 83 of California MD passed away on March 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. He was born on March 24, 1934 in Altoona, PA to the late Harry and Alverta Ferguson Weaver. He was the beloved husband to Joan B. Weaver. Bill graduated from Altoona...
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George William Taylor, 73

George William Taylor, 73

George William Taylor, 73, of Hollywood, MD, passed away at home on March 27, 2017. Born on February 9, 1944 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Hildred Burke Gleason, and George Thomas (Barney) Taylor. George was the loving husband of Margaret Gass Taylor whom he married on November 18, 1988...
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Rebecca “Becky” Alice Owen Edwards, 87

Rebecca “Becky” Alice Owen Edwards, 87

Rebecca “Becky” Alice Owen Edwards, 87, of St. Inigoes, MD formerly from Accokeek, MD passed away on March 20, 2017 in Clinton, MD. Born on April 25, 1929 in Halifax, County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Virginia Alice Irby Owen and George Edward Owen. Becky was the loving wife of the...
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Mary Esther Pilkerton Walter, 83

Mary Esther Pilkerton Walter, 83

Mary Esther Pilkerton Walter, 83, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017 at home surrounded by her devoted family. She was born in Oxon Hill, Maryland on May 25, 1933 where she grew up with her beloved older sister, Gloria Pilkerton Madison and her parents Annie (Stone) and John...
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James Daniel “Danny” Bell, 76

James Daniel “Danny” Bell, 76

James Daniel “Danny” Bell, 76 of Benedict, MD, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Hospice House of Charles County MD. Danny was born in Pisgah, MD and attended La Plata High School in La Plata, MD, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. Danny was a retired Iron Worker (32 years) and a...
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Joseph Melvin “Joe” Blair, Sr., 82

Joseph Melvin “Joe” Blair, Sr., 82

Joseph Melvin “Joe” Blair, Sr., 82, of Bushwood, MD passed away on March 30, 2017 at Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home. He was born on June 23, 1934 in River Springs, MD to the late Walter Rayner Blair and Mary Gladys Bailey Blair. He attended Holy Angels, Leonard Hall Naval Academy and graduated from St....
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Dennis Wayne Austin, 62

Dennis Wayne Austin, 62

Dennis Wayne Austin, 62, of Mechanicsville, MD died on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. Born on August 9, 1954 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Anna Mae Austin and the late Raymond E. Austin. He was a foreman for Steamfitters’ Local 602, retiring in 2009....
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Steven Andrew “Steve” Thorne, 65

Steven Andrew “Steve” Thorne, 65

Steven Andrew “Steve” Thorne, 65, of Hughesville, Maryland passed away on March 27, 2017 in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Steve was born in Bethesda to the late Charles L. Thorne II and the late Mary Raffo Gaudia. Steve is survived by his wife, Sandra, his brother, Charles L. “Joe Joe” Thorne III, his brother in...
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