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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/23/2018 to 4/27/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/23/2018 to 4/27/2018

During the week of April 23, to April 27, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Berry Road at Berry Elementary School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday...
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Speed Camera Locations for Calvert County

Speed Camera Locations for Calvert County

The Calvert County Safety for Students Speed Enforcement Program is in effect year round. The speed cameras will be moved randomly between the school zones. Currently those cameras are located near Mill Creek Middle, Windy Hill Middle, and Northern Middle schools. In the next week the Mill Creek Middle camera will be moved to...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/16/2018 to 4/20/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/16/2018 to 4/20/2018

During the week of April 16, to April 20, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Berry Road at Berry Elementary School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday...
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Governor Larry Hogan Signs Comprehensive School Safety Bill Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Comprehensive School Safety Bill Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan was joined today by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch to sign 114 bills into law at a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The signing followed the conclusion of the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly on Monday, April...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/9/2018 to 4/13/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/9/2018 to 4/13/2018

During the week of April 9, to April 13, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Cameras are activated...
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Social Media Threat Against School Had Nothing to do With Maryland, Police Say

Social Media Threat Against School Had Nothing to do With Maryland, Police Say

A message was originally posted to Snapchat and featured a young man apparently holding a rifle, with the caption “F— CHS I’m going out with a bang” and “don’t go to school tmrw.” Some people interpreted it “CHS” to mean Chesapeake High School in Essex. Others feared it might reference Chesapeake High School in...
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Brutal Beating at Leonardtown High School Results in Slap on the Wrist for Howard Straughn

Brutal Beating at Leonardtown High School Results in Slap on the Wrist for Howard Straughn

  UPDATE 4/4/2018: Howard Anthony Straughn, 18, of Hollywood, was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct for the beating of a fellow student at Leonardtown High School. Straughn pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.udge Straughn was sentenced to 18 months in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, by Judge Riddle, with all but six...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/2/2018 to 4/6/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 4/2/2018 to 4/6/2018

During the week of April 2, to April 6, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Cameras are activated...
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UPDATE – Audio added: 911 Calls Released From Great Mills High School Shooting

UPDATE – Audio added: 911 Calls Released From Great Mills High School Shooting

Evidence indicates at approximately 7:57 am on March 20, 2018, the shooter, fired a single shot from a handgun in Great Mills High School Hallway F, striking Jaelynn Willey and Desmond Barnes. The shooter continued walking through the school, and was confronted by School Resource Officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, in Hallway D....
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Police in Calvert County Recover BB Gun at Calvert High School

Police in Calvert County Recover BB Gun at Calvert High School

On Friday, March 23, 2018, as students arrived to school, deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office that were working an assignment at Calvert High School learned that a social media threat was made sometime the night prior. The deputies worked with the school administration to investigate the threat. The student was quickly located...
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Southern Maryland Schools to Open Two Hours Late Thursday, 3/22/2018

Southern Maryland Schools to Open Two Hours Late Thursday, 3/22/2018

Charles County public schools will open two hours late tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Staff will continue to monitor road conditions for any additional changes to tomorrow’s schedule. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff that follow the code system. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled tomorrow. The AlphaBest...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Offers Resources for Parents and the Community After tragic situation at GMHS

St. Mary’s County Health Department Offers Resources for Parents and the Community After tragic situation at GMHS

Given the recent tragedy of a school shooting in our community, the St. Mary’s County Health Department has compiled the following resources for addressing mental health and overall well-being of children and adults. These resources are important for both those directly impacted (such as victims, witnesses, responders) as well as others in our community....
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Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Great Mills High School Shooting

Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Great Mills High School Shooting

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement following the shooting incident at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland: “The school shooting that took place this morning at Great Mills High School remains an active investigation, and Maryland State Police are on the scene assisting local and federal law enforcement. I want...
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Hoyer Statement on the Shooting at Great Mills High School

Hoyer Statement on the Shooting at Great Mills High School

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today on the shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County: “I was appalled and angered to learn of the shooting at Great Mills High School today. St. Mary’s County is a peaceful, close-knit community, which I am proud to call home, and it...
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Great Mills High School Shooter Identified

Great Mills High School Shooter Identified

UPDATE: SMNEWSNET has removed the name and all photos of the 17-year-old shooter in our articles, from this point on he will be referred to as “the shooter” We feel the public should see the victims faces and remember their names. All comments have also been removed for articles related to the shooting. 3/20/2018:...
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St. Mary’s County Government Responds to Shooting at Great Mills H.S.

St. Mary’s County Government  Responds to Shooting at Great Mills H.S.

St. Mary’s County Government wishes to express its regret and concern for those injured in today’s shooting at Great Mills High School. St. Mary’s County Emergency Services has activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to the incident. St. Mary’s County Public Schools is coordinating the evacuation of students to the reunification center. Parents...
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Juvenile Charged in “Mass Threat” of Piccowaxen Middle School

Juvenile Charged in “Mass Threat” of Piccowaxen Middle School

On March 14, several staff members at Piccowaxen Middle School, located at 12834 Rock Point Road in Newburg, received an email that contained a vague threat of violence. The sender indicated “something bad would happen” if the school wasn’t closed the following two days. There was no mention of weapons or exactly what would...
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UPDATE: Two of Four Students Arrested for Armed Robbery at College Dorm Room Released from Jail

UPDATE: Two of Four Students Arrested for Armed Robbery at College Dorm Room Released from Jail

UPDATE 3/14/2018: After being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status since February 13, 2018, Kyndle Joshua Terrell-Jones, 18, of Owings Mills and Judge Clifford Payne, 18, of Laurel, were both released their own personal recognizance on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Both Terrell-Jones and Payne are still being charged...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 3/12/2018 to 3/16/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 3/12/2018 to 3/16/2018

During the week of March 12, to March 16, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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CSM Encourages ‘See Something, Say Something’

CSM Encourages ‘See Something, Say Something’

The College of Southern Maryland’s Public Safety Department worked with law enforcement officials to investigate a vague social media post which a CSM student had shared with public safety officers and indicated concern about potential school violence in March. The message did not make a specific threat and was vague in that it did...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 3/5/2018 to 3/9/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 3/5/2018 to 3/9/2018

During the week of March 5, to March 9, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Safety Initiatives

Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Safety Initiatives

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill...
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Committee Cuts Judicial Pay Raise to $20K; Strong Support for Term Limits for Legislators, More Education Funding, $15 Minimum Wage

Committee Cuts Judicial Pay Raise to $20K; Strong Support for Term Limits for Legislators, More Education Funding, $15 Minimum Wage

All 313 Maryland judges would get a $20,000 pay raise — $5,000 for each of the next four years, the House Appropriations Committee is recommending. The committee cut $15,000 from the raises proposed by the Judicial Compensation Commission. The committee action would bring the salaries of 173 circuit court judges up to $174,433 and the...
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VIDEO: Press Conference – Threat of Mass Violence at Leonardtown High School

VIDEO: Press Conference – Threat of Mass Violence at Leonardtown High School

On Thursday February 15, 2018, at approximately 2:50 p.m., two male Leonardtown High School students were on the afternoon bus ride home and were overheard by witnesses discussing the recent shooting in Parkland Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The two students made statements that they would bring guns to school and had...
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Two Juveniles at Leonardtown HS Charged with Threats of Mass Violence

Two Juveniles at Leonardtown HS Charged with Threats of Mass Violence

On Friday, February 16, 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding two male juveniles, who attend Leonardtown High School, who were overheard discussing a recent school shooting. According to a concerned citizen, the juveniles made statements about bringing firearms to school, and how they were too smart to be caught. The...
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