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Hughesville Woman Accidentally Shoots Herself After Attempting to Shoot a Squirrel in Her Chicken Coop

Hughesville Woman Accidentally Shoots Herself After Attempting to Shoot a Squirrel in Her Chicken Coop

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at approximately 9:02 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the 6800 block of Maxwell Drive in Hughesville, for the reported shooting. The 911 caller, a 55-year-old female, advised she had shot herself but could not advise with what she shot herself with. Police arrived on the scene...
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Police Investigating Altercation at Lackey High School , One Transported to Hospital

Police Investigating Altercation at Lackey High School , One Transported to Hospital

On January 25 at 10:50 a.m., two students, who are siblings, entered a bathroom at Henry E. Lackey High School to fight another student. The school resource officer was made aware of the fight and he and a school staff member responded. At that point, the students were already engaged in a physical altercation....
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Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update – January 24, 2023

Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update – January 24, 2023

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Associate County Attorney Danielle Mitchell, Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall, and GS Proctor and Associates, Inc. representatives provided a legislative update for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session. County Commissioners voted to send a letter of supports for Senate Bill 103 and Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans Senate Bill 134. Approval...
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Police Arrest 17-Year-Old and Recover Stolen Dirt Bike and Stolen Vehicle

Police Arrest 17-Year-Old and Recover Stolen Dirt Bike and Stolen Vehicle

On Monday, January 23, 2023, at 12:32 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a victim of a theft who reported a dirt bike, that was previously stolen from his house, was being advertised for sale on an online social media site. Officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team investigated and learned the suspect was...
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Maryland Governor Moore’s New Budget Includes Several Chesapeake Bay Restoration Priorities

Maryland Governor Moore’s New Budget Includes Several Chesapeake Bay Restoration Priorities

January 20, 2023: A.J. Metcalf, Maryland Media & Communications Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s newly released state budget includes funding for several high priority initiatives to improve Chesapeake Bay. The Fiscal Year 2024 budget provides 43 new positions and $3.7 million in funding for the Maryland Department of the Environment...
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Turner’s Cheseldine earns citation from the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Maryland

Turner’s Cheseldine earns citation from the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Maryland

Students in Kelly Hare’s fourth grade class at Eva Turner Elementary School were recently on a mission to outmaneuver the Grinch’s helpers and steal back fitness equipment, returning it to Whoville. Four teams of Whos of Whoville stood at one end of Turner’s gymnasium with boxes of fitness equipment at the other end. It...
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Charles County Board Of Education Hosting Meeting Today, Jan.23, for Proposed 2024 Budget

Charles County Board Of Education Hosting Meeting Today, Jan.23, for Proposed 2024 Budget

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a 6 p.m. work session on Monday, Jan. 23, in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting will stream live on the CCPS...
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Hoyer Secures Over $16 Million in Funding for Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties in the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations

Hoyer Secures Over $16 Million in Funding for Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties in the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement following House passage of the 2023 Fiscal Year Omnibus legislation, announcing over $16,125,150 in Community Project Funding for Fifth District priorities. This total is in addition to the more than $13,000,000 that Congressman Hoyer secured for projects in the Fifth District in the FY22 Omnibus....
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13-Year-Old Flown to Trauma Center with Serious Injuries After ATV Crash in Newburg

13-Year-Old Flown to Trauma Center with Serious Injuries After ATV Crash in Newburg

On January 22, 2023, at approximately 12:40 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel from Charles and St. Mary’s County responded to the area of 16650 Rock Point Road in Newburg, for an inaccessible rescue. The 911 caller reported a 13-year-old male fell off an ATV and was unconscious and unresponsive. Maryland State Police Helicopter...
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Police in Charles County Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed a Man and Women from Waldorf

Police in Charles County Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed a Man and Women from Waldorf

On Saturday, January 21, 2023, at approximately 12:53 a.m., Troopers from Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to United States Route 301 (Crain Hwy) in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume...
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Waldorf Navy veteran Wins $100,000 on $10 scratch-off From Westlake Liquors

Waldorf Navy veteran Wins $100,000 on $10 scratch-off From Westlake Liquors

A super-sized Maryland Lottery Mega 7s scratch-off produced a super-sized surprise for a Waldorf woman. The $10 scratch-off the busy mother purchased while running errands produced a $100,000 top prize! The lucky player, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, is calling herself “Set Sail” to tell her winning story. The 42-year-old said she had a...
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UPDATE: Man Who Killed Couple in Charlotte Hall Car Crash Found Guilty of Criminally Negligent Manslaughter

UPDATE: Man Who Killed Couple in Charlotte Hall Car Crash Found Guilty of Criminally Negligent Manslaughter

UPDATE  1/20/2023: State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that a St. Mary’s County Jury found Defendant Aleksander A. Ivanchev, 40, of Lexington Park, guilty of two counts of criminally negligent manslaughter for the deaths of Melody Russell and Shawn Bailey following a July 2021 collision in Charlotte Hall. Sterling thanked members of the St....
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UPDATE: Missing Woman Located Safe and Unharmed

UPDATE: Missing Woman Located Safe and Unharmed

UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: Ms. Dement was located. She’s safe and with family. Thank you everyone. Missing person: Officers are searching for Teri Dement, 62, who went for a walk earlier today and hasn’t returned home. Last seen on Council Oak Dr. in Waldorf at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, January 20, 2023. Family is concerned...
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Charles County Detectives Identify and Arrest Rockville Man Wanted for Armed Robbery at Waldorf Hotel

Charles County Detectives Identify and Arrest Rockville Man Wanted for Armed Robbery at Waldorf Hotel

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division have identified and arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a citizen armed robbery that occurred last month. On December 12, 2022, at 3:31 a.m., the suspect knocked on the door of a hotel room in the 11700 block of Business Park Drive in Waldorf. The victim opened...
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Police in St. Mary’s County Arrest Marbury Man on Drug Distribution Charges

Police in St. Mary’s County Arrest Marbury Man on Drug Distribution Charges

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a 36-year-old Marbury man with several Controlled Dangerous Substance and Intent to Distribute charges on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Sgt. Christopher Beyer conducted a vehicle stop in the area of 18700 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville for a circuit court search and seizure warrant. A...
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Governor Moore Releases $69 Million in Previously-Withheld Funding

Governor Moore Releases $69 Million in Previously-Withheld Funding

Governor Wes Moore announced the release of $69 million in previously-withheld funding in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. These funds were authorized by the legislature last year, and Governor Moore is proudly standing with the legislature by directing these investments toward critical programs and services throughout the state. “The investments impact every community in...
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Neighborhood Enforcement Team Recovers Firearm and Large Quantity of Narcotics After Traffic Stop in Waldorf

Neighborhood Enforcement Team Recovers Firearm and Large Quantity of Narcotics After Traffic Stop in Waldorf

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 3:48 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop in the area of Smallwood Drive and Old Washington Road, in Waldorf. Further investigation revealed marijuana inside the car as well as a loaded firearm and a large amount...
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Detectives in Charles County Seek Public’s Help in Search for Fugitive / Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward

Detectives in Charles County Seek Public’s Help in Search for Fugitive / Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are seeking the whereabouts of Wayne Joseph Brooks, 30, of Leonardtown. Brooks has open warrants charging him with violating an out-of-state protective order, telephone misuse, and electronic mail harassment. He also has an open warrant in another county for stalking. Brooks is 6’4”, 180...
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UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Waldorf Man who Killed Westlake High School Student Apprehended In North Carolina

UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Waldorf Man who Killed Westlake High School Student Apprehended In North Carolina

UPDATE 1/18/2023: On January 18, 2023, Elijah Bernard Barnes, 18, of Waldorf, was arrested by detectives with the Rocky Mount Police Department in North Carolina in connection with the murder of Rajon Lateef Jackson, III, 17, who was shot and killed last week in Waldorf. Jackson, a Westlake High School student, was walking home...
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Police Investigating 9-Year-Old Berry Elementary School Student Overheard Making Threats to Commit Violence at School

Police Investigating 9-Year-Old Berry Elementary School Student Overheard Making Threats to Commit Violence at School

On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, a student at Berry Elementary School advised school administrators they overheard another student, age 9, make threats to commit violence at the school. school resource officer has initiated an investigation and the student’s parents were notified. The school resource officer will notify the Charles County Department of Juvenile Services...
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Maryland’s 2023 Primitive Deer Hunt Runs February 1st to 3rd

Maryland’s 2023 Primitive Deer Hunt Runs February 1st to 3rd

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the state’s Primitive Deer Hunt will be open Feb. 1-3 statewide. Hunters with a valid hunting license, or those exempt from the hunting license requirement, may use primitive bows or muzzleloaders to hunt sika and white-tailed deer during these days. Primitive hunting devices are defined as long...
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CSM Commemorates 24th Winter Commencement January 13, 2023 with Three Graduation Ceremonies

CSM Commemorates 24th Winter Commencement January 13, 2023 with Three Graduation Ceremonies

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recognized 532 candidates for 428 degrees and 226 certificates during its 24th Winter Commencement ceremonies Jan. 13. in a day filled with joyous applause, tears, photo sessions and pop up celebrations at the college’s La Plata Campus. The graduates ranged in age from 18 years old to 67...
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Maryland State Police, FBI and Partners Seeks to Educate Public About Warning Signs Of Human Trafficking and Sextortion Schemes

Maryland State Police, FBI and Partners Seeks to Educate Public About Warning Signs Of Human Trafficking and Sextortion Schemes

With January being Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Maryland State Police are urging the public to recognize potential warning signs to reduce the chances of others becoming victims in the future. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a child is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation every two minutes in the United States....
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Wes Moore Sworn in As Maryland’s First Black Governor

Wes Moore Sworn in As Maryland’s First Black Governor

Wes Moore made history on January 18, 2023. Moore becomes Maryland’s first black Governor and only the 3rd ever elected in U.S. history. Moore was sworn in, taking the oath of office using Bibles once owned by his grandfather and Frederick Douglass. Moore’s speech can be viewed below. Former Governor Larry Hogan released a...
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No Injuries Reported After Tanker Truck Leaking CO2 Causes Evacuations in Indian Head

No Injuries Reported After Tanker Truck Leaking CO2 Causes Evacuations in Indian Head

On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at approximately 10:00 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of 4090 Lower Wharf Road in Indian Head, for a hazardous materials emergency. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a Roberts Oxygen Truck with 6,000 Gallons of CO2 actively venting/leaking from a broken line from...
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