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State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Indian Head, No Injuries Reported

State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Indian Head, No Injuries Reported

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, at approximately 2:15 a.m., firefighters responded 1011 Kenneth Court in Indian Head, for the reported house on fire with subjects possibly trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find a two-story residence with fire showing from the roof. No injuries were reported. Two occupants arrived on the scene a...
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20-Year-Old LaPlata Woman Charged with Attempted Murder of Bel Alton Teen

20-Year-Old LaPlata Woman Charged with Attempted Murder of Bel Alton Teen

Arrest Made in Stabbing: On July 8, 2020, at approximately 5:46 p.m., officers from the La Plata Police Department responded to the 6700 block of Crain Highway for the report of a stabbing. Investigation revealed the suspect and the victim engaged in a verbal argument which escalated into a physical altercation including the stabbing...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Suspects in Connection with Armed Robbery and Carjacking in Waldorf

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Suspects in Connection with Armed Robbery and Carjacking in Waldorf

UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s officers have arrested suspects in connection with an armed robbery and a carjacking, which took place on July 1 and July 6 in Waldorf. The details of the cases are as follows: On July 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m., the suspect exited a silver Ford Escape in front of a...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Drive-By Shooting in Waldorf, No Injuries Reported

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Drive-By Shooting in Waldorf, No Injuries Reported

On July 7 at approximately 2:28 p.m., officers responded to the area of Holly Tree Lane at Hollins Lane in Waldorf for the report of shots being fired. Initial investigation revealed the pictured vehicle, a white KIA Forte, was observed traveling on Holly Tree Lane towards Western Parkway. As the vehicle passed a residential...
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Lightning Strike Causes Garage Fire in Avenue

Lightning Strike Causes Garage Fire in Avenue

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at approximately 12:11 a.m., firefighters from Seventh District, Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown and Charles County responded to 39049 Hodges Road in Avenue, for the reported structure on fire. While enroute, units were advised it was a detached garage with possible exposure issues to nearby homes. Crews arrived on scene to...
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Firefighters Across Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s Counties Respond to Multiple Water Rescues Overnight

Firefighters Across Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s Counties Respond to Multiple Water Rescues Overnight

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at approximately 1:22 a.m., a worker for the State Highway Administration called 911 to report a vehicle attempted to drive through rushing water on Brandywine Road at Swanson Creek. Fire/EMS units including “Swift Water Technicians” and assets from Charles, Prince George’s, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties responded to the...
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Detectives in Charles County Identify and Arrest 33-Year-Old Man in Connection with Multiple Shootings

Detectives in Charles County Identify and Arrest 33-Year-Old Man in Connection with Multiple Shootings

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have arrested one suspect in connection with two shootings, which took place in December and June in Waldorf. The details of the cases are as follows: On December 3 at approximately 5:52 p.m., officers responded to the 12000 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf...
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Charles County Board of Education Holding Virtual Meeting to Discuss Reopening of Schools on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Charles County Board of Education Holding Virtual Meeting to Discuss Reopening of Schools on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Board of Education’s next meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. The meeting will be held virtually using WebEx conferencing. There is no public access to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, the meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website,...
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Maryland State Police Warn of Online Frauds and Scams Involving Puppies

Maryland State Police Warn of Online Frauds and Scams Involving Puppies

We have seen a recent increase in online scams related to puppies (Yorkies & Pomeranians) for sale on various websites such as Facebook, Craigslist, etc., where the seller requests payment be sent via gift cards, cash apps, etc., but the buyer never receives the animal. DON’T BECOME A SCAM VICTIM! No legitimate seller should...
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Charles County Firefighters Quickly Respond to Structure Fire Caused by Child Playing with Candle

Charles County Firefighters Quickly Respond to Structure Fire Caused by Child Playing with Candle

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., firefighters from La Plata, Waldorf and surrounding volunteer fire departments responded to the 6800 block of Glen Albin Road in La Plata, for the reported structure on fire. The Charles County 911 Center received a call stating the “bedroom of their home was on fire”. Crews...
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Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commision Introduces Farmer Mini Grant Program

Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commision Introduces Farmer Mini Grant Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus affecting all aspects of life, and certain agriculture/farm businesses severely, the SMADC board has committed a round of the Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grants specifically for pandemic relief. SMADC will begin accepting Mini-Grant applications on July 1, 2020. The Pandemic Relief Mini-Grant cycle will close on July 22, 2020, with awards announced...
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La Plata and Charles County Police Locate Missing Critical Missing Teen

La Plata and Charles County Police Locate Missing Critical Missing Teen

UPDATE: Sean Heckman has been recovered without incident and is in good health. LA PLATA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CHARLES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR CRITICAL MISSING TEEN IN LA PLATA: Officers are in the area of Port Tobacco Road near Crain Highway in La Plata searching for Sean Heckman, 17, of Indian Head. Heckman...
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AUDIO: 11-Year-Old Male Saved with CPR After Drowning in Charles County

AUDIO: 11-Year-Old Male Saved with CPR After Drowning in Charles County

On Friday, July 3, 2020, at approximately 7:52 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the 16000 block of Inheritance Drive in Brandywine, for the reported drowning in a pool. Dispatchers relayed information to all responding units that the 911 caller stated they had CPR in progress after an 11-year-old male was pulled...
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MDOT MVA Offices Closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in Observance of Independence Day

MDOT MVA Offices Closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in Observance of Independence Day

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will close all branch offices on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. All MDOT MVA offices except two – Oakland and Prince Frederick – will reopen Monday, July 6, by appointment only. Vehicle Emissions Inspection...
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First Responders Across Maryland Get Boost in Wireless Communications with Public Safety Communications Enhancements

First Responders Across Maryland Get Boost in Wireless Communications with Public Safety Communications Enhancements

Maryland’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements statewide. This new infrastructure is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety. “I am excited to see...
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Amazon Delivery Station Set to Open in Waldorf in 2020

Amazon Delivery Station Set to Open in Waldorf in 2020

Charles County, Maryland will be the site of a new Amazon Last Mile “Delivery Station” – one of seven such facilities slated to open in Maryland.  Amazon’s Charles County operation will be based in Waldorf’s St. Charles Industrial Park and open in time for the 2020 holiday season. Amazon’s Waldorf facilities will occupy three...
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Troopers To Continue Increased Enforcement Through The Fourth Of July Holiday Weekend

Troopers To Continue Increased Enforcement Through The Fourth Of July Holiday Weekend

Maryland state troopers will be extra vigilant looking for impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers this Independence Day weekend to ensure travelers get to their holiday destination safely. With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, the holiday will be a three-day weekend for many people. As a result, troopers will be...
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Marylanders Urged to Keep COVID-19 Precautions in Mind During Fourth of July Weekend Travel

Marylanders Urged to Keep COVID-19 Precautions in Mind During Fourth of July Weekend Travel

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time of summer travel and family gatherings. As Marylanders plan for a long holiday weekend that may stretch from Friday, July 3, to Monday, July 6, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is urging everyone to travel with safety in mind, remembering not only rules of the...
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26-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision Involving ATV in Prince George’s County

26-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision Involving ATV in Prince George’s County

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving an ATV that occurred in Landover on Monday. The operator of the ATV, 26-year-old Larnell Sinclair of Waldorf, was killed. On June 29th, at approximately 11:40 am, officers responded to the intersection of Landover Road and Matthew Henson Avenue for a collision...
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Three Injured After Head-on Collision in Hughesville

Three Injured After Head-on Collision in Hughesville

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at approximately 7:32 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of 5957 Brandywine Road in Hughesville, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles in the middle of the road with bystanders rendering aid to one patient....
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Detectives Conducting Death Investigation in Waldorf

Detectives Conducting Death Investigation in Waldorf

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at approximately 4:40 a.m., a woman heard a man yelling for help near a lake behind her house in the 11600 block of Fountain Head Court in Waldorf. She called 9-1-1 and pointed first responders to the area where she heard the man. Charles County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with...
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Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to Host More Youth Baseball Day Camps Coached by MLB Veterans on July 6, and July 20, 2020

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to Host More Youth Baseball Day Camps Coached by MLB Veterans on July 6, and July 20, 2020

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced their plans to host two more Youth Baseball Day Camps, the week of July 6th, and the week of July 20th at Regency Furniture Stadium. CLICK HERE to purchase. The team’s first baseball camp was a massive success. “Not only did we have a blast with all of the kids,...
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Maryland State Police Announces All Pending Firearm Purchase Background Investigations Complete

Maryland State Police Announces All Pending Firearm Purchase Background Investigations Complete

Four days of around-the-clock work resulted in the completion of all pending background investigations for regulated firearm purchase applicants that had been delayed due to a state data system failure. Since the data system was restored at about 8:30 p.m. on June 24th, employees at the Maryland State Police Licensing Division worked 24-hours-a-day through...
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Governor Hogan and Superintendent Salmon Announce $210 Million in COVID-19 Relief For Remote Learning and Targeted Tutoring

Governor Hogan and Superintendent Salmon Announce $210 Million in COVID-19 Relief For Remote Learning and Targeted Tutoring

Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon today announced $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the federal CARES Act, will be used to ensure that more students have access to remote learning, and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for...
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Statement From State’s Attorney Tony Covington Regarding Civilian Review Board

Statement From State’s Attorney Tony Covington Regarding Civilian Review Board

On June 3, 2020, I issued a statement that, among other things, advocated for the creation of a Civilian Review Board (CRB) to review citizen claims of excessive force by police in Charles County. On June 12th and 26th,  Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry, issued releases that, among other things, advocated for the re-constitution of the...
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