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UPDATE: Suspect Who Shot Two Police Officers in Waldorf Declared Deceased, Investigation Ongoing

UPDATE: Suspect Who Shot Two Police Officers in Waldorf Declared Deceased, Investigation Ongoing

UPDATE at 8:56 p.m., Audio of incident, along with more details of the 911 call has been added. All radio traffic prior to the shots fired occurring has been removed due to it containing the families personal information. UPDATE at 8:30 p.m., CCSO Sheriff Troy Berry has announced the two officers were both flown...
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UPDATE: La Plata Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Single Vehicle Collision in La Plata

UPDATE: La Plata Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Single Vehicle Collision in La Plata

UPDATE 5/17/2021: On May 9, 2021, at 2:30 a.m., officers responded to a single car motor vehicle crash in the 6500 block of Port Tobacco Road in La Plata. A preliminary investigation showed the victim, Steven Travis Kerig, 50, of La Plata, was traveling on Port Tobacco Road when he lost control of his...
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Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the statewide mask mandate, aligning Maryland with new CDC guidance. This order will take effect Saturday, May 15, along with the lifting of all capacity limits and restrictions that the governor announced earlier this week.  “Today is the day that so many of us have...
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MDOT MVA Announces New Deadline Schedule for Expired Driver’s Licenses, Registrations and Related Products

MDOT MVA Announces New Deadline Schedule for Expired Driver’s Licenses, Registrations and Related Products

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is announcing new guidance for customers whose driver’s licenses, permits, registrations and related products have expired during the Maryland COVID-19 State of Emergency. As Maryland continues its COVID-19 recovery, Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order issued on May 12, 2021 allows customers who have an MDOT...
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Governor Hogan Lifts Capacity Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Venues, All Remaining Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Dining As of Saturday, May 15

Governor Hogan Lifts Capacity Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Venues, All Remaining Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Dining As of Saturday, May 15

Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate To Be Lifted After 70% of Adults Receive Vaccine; Following CDC Approval, Vaccinations for Adolescents to Begin Tomorrow; Maryland Department of Labor to Begin Process of Reinstating Work Search Requirements 5/12/2021: As a result of the state’s rapid pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and subsequent declines in key health metrics, Governor...
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PHOTO RELEASE: Governor Hogan Honors Maryland State Police Fallen Heroes

PHOTO RELEASE: Governor Hogan Honors Maryland State Police Fallen Heroes

Governor Larry Hogan today delivered remarks at the annual Maryland State Police (MSP) Fallen Heroes Ceremony. The governor was joined by MSP Superintendent Colonel Jerry Jones, current and retired state troopers, and surviving family members of the fallen heroes. This year’s ceremony honored 43 state troopers and one deputy state fire marshal who lost...
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Governor Hogan Provides Update on State of Maryland’s Response to Colonial Pipeline Incident

Governor Hogan Provides Update on State of Maryland’s Response to Colonial Pipeline Incident

Governor Larry Hogan authorized Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Greg Slater to take emergency measures to respond to the Colonial Pipeline incident and ensure continuity of fuel supply throughout the state. “The emergency actions that we are taking will provide the state the flexibility it needs to address any disruption in fuel supply,” said...
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Police in Charles County Seeking Information on Armed Car Jacking in Waldorf

Police in Charles County Seeking Information on Armed Car Jacking in Waldorf

On May 10, 2021, at 3:53 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6200 block of Seal Place in Waldorf for the report of an armed carjacking. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim. Initial investigation revealed the victim met the suspect on a dating website, and they arranged to...
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Bryans Road Man Pleads Guilty To Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman in 2018

Bryans Road Man Pleads Guilty To Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman in 2018

UPDATE 5/11/2021: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, James Anthony Christian, 46 of Bryans Road, entered a guilty plea to Motor Vehicle Manslaughter and 4 counts of Second-Degree Assault. On October 14, 2018, troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to Maryland Route 6, west of...
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Police in Waldorf Respond to Call for Man with Gun

Police in Waldorf Respond to Call for Man with Gun

Officers Respond to Call for Man with Gun: On May 10, 2021, at 11:42 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 11900 block of Acton Lane in Waldorf for the report of a subject “practice drawing” a firearm just outside of a store. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, Dorvay...
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Maryland Lottery Makes New Millionaire in Glen Burnie

Maryland Lottery Makes New Millionaire in Glen Burnie

A Maryland Lottery player in Glen Burnie was a $1 million winner in the May 8 Powerball drawing, marking the week’s biggest prize. Meanwhile, four more players won $100,000 each after buying scratch-off tickets in Baltimore (two), Laurel and Sparrows Point. In all, 39 Maryland Lottery players across the state won or claimed prizes...
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Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

The State of Maryland’s key health metrics continue to improve across the board, as today the state is reporting the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since July 6, 2020. Case Rate Per 100K Falls to Lowest Level Since October 6. The state’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K dropped to 9.2—the lowest level since October...
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Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

The Charles County Youth Orchestra proudly announces that its graduating Seniors will attend some of the top colleges in the U.S. and the world this fall. The senior members of the orchestra Evangeline Gilmer, Ella Gerstman, Kyle Anderson, Areini Partis and Autumn Smith will be honored at an outdoor concert on Saturday, May 21,...
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Justice Department Proposes New Regulation to Update Firearm Definitions

Justice Department Proposes New Regulation to Update Firearm Definitions

The Department of Justice issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would update the definitions of “firearm” and related parts for the first time since 1968. The proposed rule would modernize the definition of “frame or receiver” and help close a regulatory loophole associated with the un-serialized privately made firearms that are increasingly being...
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Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation.   This grant will support camper scholarships for youth for this summer and beyond who would otherwise not have these opportunities. The cost to provide specially tailored, educational and growth opportunities to LD students continues...
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University of Maryland Medical System Launches ‘Better State of Care’ Campaign

University of Maryland Medical System Launches ‘Better State of Care’ Campaign

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) today launched a new multi-media awareness campaign designed to show that the System’s unrivalled statewide presence and foundational partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) bring the benefits of academic medicine to all Marylanders. The “Better State of Care” campaign reinforces the values that...
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Police Investigating Shooting in La Plata, One in Custody, One Victim Transported to Trauma Center

Police Investigating Shooting in La Plata, One in Custody, One Victim Transported to Trauma Center

On Sunday, May 9, 2021, at approximately 12:25 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the 400 block of Patuxent Court in La Plata, for the report gunshot victim. All fire and rescue personnel responding to the scene were ordered to stay “well away from the area” due to three suspects wearing all...
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Blue Crabs Announce 2021 Fan Fest, Scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021

Blue Crabs Announce 2021 Fan Fest, Scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced their 2021 Fan Fest, scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Regency Furniture Stadium, running from 12:00 p.m., to 3:00 p.m. For the first time in 600 days, the Blue Crabs will be inviting fans into Regency Furniture Stadium. Fan Fest is a free, socially distanced pre-season...
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UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Convicted in Murder of 17-Year-Old in Bryans Road, Sentencing Set for August 31, 2021

UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Convicted in Murder of 17-Year-Old in Bryans Road, Sentencing Set for August 31, 2021

UPDATE 5/7/2021: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a Charles County jury, after a 9-day trial and less than a day of deliberation, convicted Darryl Edward Freeman, 18, of the First-Degree Felony Murder and Armed Robbery of Bradley Brown, as well as related charges. On February...
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Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Name of product: Kidde TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Hazard: The smoke alarm and the combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can fail to alert consumers to a fire. Remedy: Replace Recall date: May 6, 2021 Units: About 226,000 This recall involves Kidde TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms.  The...
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UPDATE: State Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision in La Plata That Killed Two Southern Maryland Women

UPDATE: State Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision in La Plata That Killed Two Southern Maryland Women

UPDATE 5/5/2021 @ 10:15 p.m.:  Maryland State Police are continuing an investigation into a traffic crash in Charles County that killed two people. The first deceased is identified as Cynthia H. Froehlich, 64, of White Plains, Md. She was the driver and only occupant of a 2016 Toyota Camry. The second deceased is identified...
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May Is Motorcycle Safety Month Maryland State Police Urge Extra Caution

May Is Motorcycle Safety Month Maryland State Police Urge Extra Caution

The Maryland State Police are urging drivers to keep safety in mind during “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” being observed in May. As the weather gets warmer, more motorcycles are on the roads, and more traffic crashes are reported between vehicles and motorcycles. About 15% of all fatal crashes in Maryland involve motorcycles according to...
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VIDEO: Peloton Recalls Tread and Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Dies and More Than 70 Incidents Reported

VIDEO: Peloton Recalls Tread and Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Dies and More Than 70 Incidents Reported

Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Peloton are announcing two separate voluntary recalls of Peloton’s Tread+ and Tread treadmills. Consumers who have purchased either treadmill should immediately stop using it and contact Peloton for a full refund or other qualified remedy as described in the press releases below. Peloton has also...
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Maryland State Police Increasing Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

Maryland State Police Increasing Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

With an increase in impaired drivers expected on Wednesday and the next few days for Cinco de Mayo, Maryland State Police are urging those who plan to celebrate with alcohol to be safe and avoid impaired and distracted driving. To address this concern, troopers will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23...
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U.S. Navy Receives Production Approval for Next-Generation Air Combat Training System

U.S. Navy Receives Production Approval for Next-Generation Air Combat Training System

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) received Milestone C approval for its next-generation air combat training system, the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II) on April 27, 2021. Approved by Program Executive Officer for Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services (PEO(CS)), Gary Kurtz, Milestone C clears the way...
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