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Maryland Hunters Harvest 77,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season

Maryland Hunters Harvest 77,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that deer hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 7, 2018, through Jan. 31, 2019. The statewide harvest included 29,699 antlered and 44,249 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,609 antlered and 1,825 antlerless sika deer. The harvest was 11 percent lower than...
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Rockfish Population in Trouble, New Study Finds; Catch Limits Likely

Rockfish Population in Trouble, New Study Finds; Catch Limits Likely

Striped bass or rockfish, one of the most prized species in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast, are being overfished according to a new assessment of the stock’s health — a finding that will likely trigger catch reductions for a species long touted as a fisheries management success. The bleak preliminary findings...
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Townhouse Kitchen Fire Quickly Extinguished by Firefighters in Waldorf

Townhouse Kitchen Fire Quickly Extinguished by Firefighters in Waldorf

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., firefighters from Charles County, and Prince Georges County responded to 3405 Ryon Court in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire. Units arrived on scene to find a 2-story middle of the row town-home with light smoke showing. Once inside, firefighters reported a fire in the...
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Vehicle Fire in Mechanicsville Quickly Extinguished by Firefighters

Vehicle Fire in Mechanicsville Quickly Extinguished by Firefighters

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Seventh District, Charles County, and Prince Georges County responded to 29890 Chickasaw Place in Mechanicsville, for the reported vehicle fire threatening a residence. Crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle in the driveway fully engulfed in fire. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department put...
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Fast Moving Storm Could Produce Wintery Mix in Southern and Eastern Maryland

Fast Moving Storm Could Produce Wintery Mix in Southern and Eastern Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is closely monitoring a winter storm associated with a cold front that will affect mostly southern and eastern Maryland. The storm is forecast to make its way through late-Friday into Saturday morning. Elsewhere in Maryland forecasts call for rain, and MDOT SHA will carefully...
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La Plata Man Arrested After Being Found Drunk and Unconscious at Super Suds

La Plata Man Arrested After Being Found Drunk and Unconscious at Super Suds

On January 23, 2019, at approximately 7:00 pm, Officers from the La Plata Police Department were dispatched for the report of a black adult male who was unconscious and breathing at the La Plata Super Suds located on Crain Highway. When the officer arrived on scene, he observed a male sleeping on a laundry...
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Say Hello to Chandler and Hope, the Stars of the Port Tobacco Bald Eagle Cam

Say Hello to Chandler and Hope, the Stars of the Port Tobacco Bald Eagle Cam

The stars of the Port Tobacco Bald Eagle Cam officially have names! Say hello to Chandler and Hope – named by Leslie Davies-Hilliard. Leslie proposed the names Chandler and Hope after the well-known estate in Port Tobacco, Chandler’s Hope. This estate was owned by the Chandler family, a distinguished first family in the Port...
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Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the...
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Elderly Female Extricated from Single Vehicle Crash in Cobb Island

Elderly Female Extricated from Single Vehicle Crash in Cobb Island

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at approximately 3:20 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the 12000 block of Swann Point Road in the area of the cemetery. Units arrived to find a single vehicle off the roadway and on its side with one occupant trapped. Cobb Island, Bel Alton, and Newburg Volunteers went...
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SMECO 2019 Scholarship Applications Available

SMECO 2019 Scholarship Applications Available

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is offering college scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or...
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Man and Woman Rescued from a Vehicle in Water in Hughesville

Man and Woman Rescued from a Vehicle in Water in Hughesville

On Monday, February 11, 2019, at approximately 11:15 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of the Hughesville Bypass on Leonardtown Road and Prince Frederick Road in Hughesville, for the reported motor vehicle accident with one vehicle in the water. Crews arrived on scene to find an SUV off the roadway...
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UPDATE: 20-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man in Serious Condition After Motor Vehicle Accident

UPDATE: 20-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man in Serious Condition After Motor Vehicle Accident

UPDATE: On Thursday, February 7, 2019, at approximately 8:10 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle into a tree. Units arrived on the scene to find a Ford Focus had left the roadway and struck a tree, trapping the driver. Fire and EMS personnel...
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Couple Arrested on Drug Charges at Dunkirk Wawa

Couple Arrested on Drug Charges at Dunkirk Wawa

On Thursday,  January 31st, 2019, Deputy Crum of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Wawa in Dunkirk for the report of a theft in progress. The complainant advised they witnessed the suspect, Maggie Jean Williams, 34, of Lothian, shove items in her clothing and retreat to the women’s restroom. Deputy Crum...
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Serious Crash Involving Truck and Commuter Bus Sends One to Trauma Center

Serious Crash Involving Truck and Commuter Bus Sends One to Trauma Center

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 4:50 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Baptist Church Road in Mechanicsville, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious, with one possibly trapped Police arrived on the scene to find a pick-up truck and a commuter bus involved...
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Funeral Arrangements for Charles County Sheriff’s Officer, Cpl. Patrick “P.J.” Mann

Funeral Arrangements for Charles County Sheriff’s Officer, Cpl. Patrick “P.J.” Mann

Funeral arrangements for Cpl. Patrick “P.J.” Mann, a Charles County Sheriff’s officer assigned to the School Resource Unit who died on January 24, are as follows: Viewing: Friday, February 8 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ebenezer AME Church 7707 Allentown Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 Funeral: Immediately following the viewing 11 a.m. Interment: Trinity...
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Getaway Driver for Home Invasion Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

Getaway Driver for Home Invasion Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Brandy Lynn Deluca, 44, of Waldorf, to 7 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion. On October 22, 2018, Deluca entered a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge in...
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Shoplifting at Waldorf Safeway Leads to Arrest and Multiple Charges for Welcome Man

Shoplifting  at Waldorf Safeway Leads to Arrest and Multiple Charges for Welcome Man

On January 19, 2019, at approximately 2:20 pm, Deputy Thayer from the Charles County Sheriff Office responded to the Safeway on Market Place in Waldorf for the report of a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the witness who stated that the subject attempted to flee the scene and is...
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AUDIO: 16-Year-Old Reportedly Stabbed Multiple Times in Waldorf During Robbery

AUDIO: 16-Year-Old Reportedly Stabbed Multiple Times in Waldorf During Robbery

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, at approximately 7:20 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to 3080 Huntington Circle in Waldorf, for the reported stabbing. Dispatchers advised responding units the 911 caller advised her son’s friend showed up at the door stating he was robbed and stabbed. Crews arrived on scene to find the 16-year-old...
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Charles County Public Schools will Close Two Hours Early Today

Charles County Public Schools will Close Two Hours Early Today

Charles County Public Schools will close two hours early today, February 1, 2019. Afternoon and evening activities are canceled. There is no afternoon prekindergarten program today and morning preK students will remain at school until dismissal.
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Indian Head Man Arrested and Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute

Indian Head Man Arrested and Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute

On Wednesday, January 13, 2019, at approximately 7:20 pm, Deputy Welch of the Charles County Sheriff Department was patrolling in the area of Scotts Store off of Port Tobacco Road, in Welcome, when he observed a Chevrolet Impala cross over the white line while traveling down Port Tobacco Road headed towards Hilltop Road. The...
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UPDATE: Three Adults and 2 Children Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident in La Plata

UPDATE: Three Adults and 2 Children Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident in La Plata

UPDATE 1/31/2019: On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on eastbound Maryland Route 6 in the area of Rollins Court in La Plata. Due to the circumstances,...
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Winter Turkey Season Results Announced

Winter Turkey Season Results Announced

Hunters reported taking 73 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2019 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 17-19 statewide. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, turkeys were harvested in 22 of the 23 counties, with Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties reporting the highest numbers. Adult males, or gobblers, comprised 56 percent of the...
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Warming Centers Available in Southern Maryland

Warming Centers Available in Southern Maryland

The following Warming Centers are open in Southern Maryland during hours of operation if needed.
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Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips During Cold Weather

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips During Cold Weather

The coldest air of the season will arrive this week with bitter cold and wind chills which could plunge to below zero. The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services reminds citizens of the importance of having a Carbon Monoxide Detector. Fuel-powered devices can provide wonderful benefits to families when used properly. But they...
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Weather Alert for Monday, January 28, 2019

Weather Alert for Monday, January 28, 2019

Snow is likely during the Tuesday evening commute for the greater Baltimore and Washington area. Rain will develop and change to snow late Tuesday afternoon and early evening. The snow may be briefly heavy before ending later Tuesday evening. While accumulations are forecast to be on the order of 1 to 3 inches, the...
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