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County EMS Chief Receives Highest Honor from the Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services

County EMS Chief Receives Highest Honor from the Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services

Tonight and to his complete surprise County EMS Chief Andrew Spalding was honored with the Dr. Henry Burke Memorial Service Award for his tireless efforts and personal sacrifice shown to the citizens of our county, region, and state. Chief Spalding has led the volunteer EMS system through some trying times with the COVID pandemic...
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Former Police Chief Arrested for Arson and Attempted Murder, Suspected in Arson Fires Across Maryland Including Charles and Prince George’s County

Former Police Chief Arrested for Arson and Attempted Murder, Suspected in Arson Fires Across Maryland Including Charles and Prince George’s County

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, members of two Arson Task Forces, along with investigators and detectives from multiple Maryland fire and police agencies, arrested 69-year-old David M. Crawford of Ellicott City. Crawford is facing numerous arson and attempted murder charges in connection with a series of incendiary fires of homes, vehicles, and residential garages...
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Open Letter to The Charles County Board of Education

Latina L. Wilson, Chairwoman Virginia R. McGraw, Vice chairwoman Jennifer S. Abell Tajala Battle-Lockhart Elizabeth C. Brown David Hancock Michael Lukas Dr. Kimberly Hill, Superintendent of Schools Dear Charles County Board of Education Members: On Monday March 1st, 2021 a member of the Charles County Board of Education sent out a message to members...
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March – National Craft Month, First Responders Urge Preparedness for Fire Safety and Escape Plans for Families and Children

March – National Craft Month, First Responders Urge Preparedness for Fire Safety and Escape Plans for Families and Children

March is National Craft month. Share the Fire Truck Fold Up Activity Sheet with your community. Parents and caregivers can help children learn about fire safety and create a home fire escape plan. Once they complete the plan, the activity sheet folds into a fire truck with important safety messages on the ladder rungs....
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No Injuries Reported After Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire at La Petite Academy Daycare Center in Waldorf

No Injuries Reported After Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire at La Petite Academy Daycare Center in Waldorf

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., firefighters responded to the La Petite Academy of Waldorf located at 100 Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, for the reported commercial structure fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the building evacuated with nothing evident from all four sides. Upon entry into the building, firefighters...
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Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March

Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state will open three additional mass vaccination sites in March, giving Maryland at least one in each region of the state. The state’s vaccination rate hit a record high 35,730 shots per day. “The pace of daily vaccination is hitting a new high every day, a third safe and...
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Governor Hogan Announces Milestone of 40% of Marylanders 65+ and Older Vaccinated

Governor Hogan Announces Milestone of 40% of Marylanders 65+ and Older Vaccinated

Governor Larry Hogan announced that more than 40% of Marylanders ages 65 and older have now received COVID-19 vaccines. “We continue to follow the science and make vaccinating older Marylanders one of our highest priorities as we work to ensure equitable access to vaccines,” said Governor Hogan. “This will continue to be a long...
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State of Maryland to Deploy Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Beginning This Week

State of Maryland to Deploy Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Beginning This Week

Governor Larry Hogan announced that, following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Maryland will begin to deploy the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine this week. Maryland has been initially allocated 49,600 doses of the J&J vaccine, 100% of...
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Multiple Guns Stolen from Fred’s Outdoors in Waldorf After Pickup Truck Drives Through Front of Store, Cash Reward Offered for Arrest of Suspects

Multiple Guns Stolen from Fred’s Outdoors in Waldorf After Pickup Truck Drives Through Front of Store, Cash Reward Offered for Arrest of Suspects

UPDATE at 7:00 a.m : Police are searching for a dark colored unknown make and model dually pickup truck that has a silver toolbox in the bed of the truck. Occupied at least one time, along with a dark colored Dodge Charger that was occupied at least four times. Any information, tips can be...
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AUDIO: Alleged Stolen Vehicle, Hughesville Fire Apparatus, and Maryland State Police Cruiser Involved in Three Seperate Collisions on Sunday Night

AUDIO: Alleged Stolen Vehicle, Hughesville Fire Apparatus, and Maryland State Police Cruiser Involved in Three Seperate Collisions on Sunday Night

On February 28, 2021 at 9:58 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Leonardtown Road and Homeland Drive for the motor vehicle collision possibly involving a stolen vehicle. Dispatchers advised the 911 caller reported they were driving past the accident and thought it looked bad, they stopped on the scene...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Seven New Deputies

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Seven New Deputies

Sheriff Mike Evans and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is proud to welcome 7 new deputies to the agency following their graduation Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 from the Police Entrance Level Training Program Session 48 of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA). The Calvert Deputies were among 24 to graduate – 13 with Charles...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Collision in Waldorf That Leaves PG County Man Dead After Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole and Unoccupied Police Cruiser

UPDATE: Police Investigating Collision in Waldorf That Leaves PG County Man Dead After Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole and Unoccupied Police Cruiser

UPDATE: On Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 2:40 a.m., officers responded to the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Ford F-350 was traveling northbound on Crain Highway when for unknown reasons the truck left the roadway, went...
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Charles County Officers Arrest Suspect Armed with Firearm After Domestic-Related Assault in Brandywine

Charles County Officers Arrest Suspect Armed with Firearm After Domestic-Related Assault in Brandywine

On Friday, February 26 at 12:23 a.m., officers responded to a house on Malcolm Road in Brandywine for the report of an assault involving a firearm. When officers arrived, they were informed the suspect was inside the house with two young children and armed with a gun. Moments earlier, the suspect had been involved...
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LIVE VIDEO: Charles County Parks and Recreation Excited to Announce Bald Eagles Chandler and Hope Lay Eggs

LIVE VIDEO: Charles County Parks and Recreation Excited to Announce Bald Eagles Chandler and Hope Lay Eggs

The Charles County Parks and Recreation are excited to share that the Port Tobacco Eagle Cam show two eggs in their nest! – Who are these eagles? Chandler and Hope – Where is this nest located? In the Port Tobacco River Park in Port Tobacco, MD – Has this nest been successful before? Yes,...
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Charles County Board of Education Approves April 19, 2021 Phase 4 Start; Phase 2 Begins March 22, 2021

Charles County Board of Education Approves April 19, 2021 Phase 4 Start; Phase 2 Begins March 22, 2021

The Board of Education of Charles County in a unanimous vote at its February 22, 2021, work session approved an April 19, 2021, Phase 4 start date for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. The Board voted on a recommendation from Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill for CCPS to move forward with its reopening...
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UM Charles Regional Welcomes New Chief of Staff Dr. Ivelisse Michel

UM Charles Regional Welcomes New Chief of Staff Dr. Ivelisse Michel

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) is pleased to appoint Dr. Ivelisse Michel as Chief of Staff for the hospital. Dr. Michel has more than a decade of experience providing inpatient care to patients at UM Charles Regional. During this time she has served on multiple committees, including as chairperson for...
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Launch of New DEA Community Strategy Targeting Overdose Issue Across D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Launch of New DEA Community Strategy Targeting Overdose Issue Across D.C., Maryland and Virginia

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has launched a new comprehensive law enforcement and prevention initiative through the DEA Washington Division, aimed at reducing drug use, abuse, and overdose deaths. “Operation Engage” allows participating field divisions to focus on the biggest drug threat and resulting violence in their respective geographic areas. The initiative...
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Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board Releases WIOA Integrated Plan for Public Comment

Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board Releases WIOA Integrated Plan for Public Comment

The Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD), has posted its updated WIOA Integrated plan for public comment through March 31, 2021. It can be accessed at https://tccsmd.org/wioa-integrated-plan/. Send comments to malaw528@aol.com. Background: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014...
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UPDATE: Two Arrested On Gun Charges During “Make Waldorf Great Again,” Crime Suppression Initiative

UPDATE: Two Arrested On Gun Charges During “Make Waldorf Great Again,” Crime Suppression Initiative

A cooperative traffic safety and crime suppression initiative nicknamed “Make Waldorf Great Again,” by the Maryland State Police had law enforcement officers from multiple departments in the Waldorf area of Charles County on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, resulted in two arrests on handgun charges and the issuance of more than 200 traffic citations and...
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Governor Hogan Announces FEMA-Supported Mass Vaccination Site in Southern Maryland

Governor Hogan Announces FEMA-Supported Mass Vaccination Site in Southern Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site in Southern Maryland, in addition to expanded surveillance of COVID-19 variants, an executive order requiring face coverings in schools, and a warning regarding vaccine fraud in Maryland. “Following both the federal and state vaccination plans, we continue to broaden the distribution...
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SOMD Blue Crabs’ Regency Furniture Stadium To Become Mass Vaccination Site

SOMD Blue Crabs’ Regency Furniture Stadium To Become Mass Vaccination Site

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site at Regency Furniture Stadium. The site will open no later than March 11, and thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered seven days a week. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have done everything possible to...
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Maryland Residents with a Social Security Number Already on File with the State are One Step Closer to REAL ID

Maryland Residents with a Social Security Number Already on File with the State are One Step Closer to REAL ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has modified critical requirements for obtaining a REAL ID as a result of the REAL ID Modernization Act passed by Congress last year. The Act provides updates to the original REAL ID requirements set more than 15 years ago, and will make it easier for some Marylanders...
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Police in Anne Arundel County Police Recover Drugs and Stolen Gun After Traffic Stop

Police in Anne Arundel County Police Recover Drugs and Stolen Gun After Traffic Stop

On February 19, 2021 at approximately 4:05 p.m. an officer from the Anne Arundel County Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Green 2001 Lexus in the area of southbound Baltimore Washington Parkway and Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover. Upon approaching the vehicle the officer observed the vehicle was occupied by a driver...
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Detectives in Charles County Conducting Death Investigation

Detectives in Charles County Conducting Death Investigation

On February 21, 2021, at 10:46 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wooded area in the 3300 block of Plaza Way in Waldorf for the report of an unconscious person in a small body of water. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male who was deceased; there were no...
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Head-on Collision Leaves Two Trapped in Hughesville, Both Patients Flown to Area Trauma Center

Head-on Collision Leaves Two Trapped in Hughesville, Both Patients Flown to Area Trauma Center

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 12:20 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Leonardtown Road and Herbert Road in Hughesville, for the motor vehicle collision reported serious with subjects trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles involved in a head-on style collision with one patient in...
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