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Leonardtown Woman Driving on Suspended License Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Drunk Driving and More

Leonardtown Woman Driving on Suspended License Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Drunk Driving and More

On December 4, 2018 at approximately 1:35 p.m., a witness called the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and reported a possible intoxicated driver. The witness advised a tan Toyota Camry was driving erratically on Leonardtown Road and Oliver Shop Road. The vehicle was speeding up, slowing down, slamming on its breaks. The driver was also...
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Saw Mill in Mechanicsville Destroyed by Fire Ruled Accidental

Saw Mill in Mechanicsville Destroyed by Fire Ruled Accidental

On December 7, 2018, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Volunteer Firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Seventh District, Calvert and Charles County responded to 37500 Anderson Drive, and Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a structure approximately 100 x 40 feet with heavy fire and smoke showing. The...
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Gratitude, Thanks Extended to Student Veterans at College of Southern Maryland

Gratitude, Thanks Extended to Student Veterans at College of Southern Maryland

The panorama was reverent and festive as guests at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Annual Veterans Brunch drove one by one under a 20-by-30 American flag draped between the extended ladders of two local firetrucks. It was a fitting community welcome for the college’s veterans arriving to the Prince Frederick Campus to share...
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Police Investigating Murder of 25-Year-Old Waldorf Man

Police Investigating Murder of 25-Year-Old Waldorf Man

Homicide Unit detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department were called to investigate a fatal shooting in Temple Hills on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The victim is 25-year-old Brian Crayton Jr. of Rock Lynn Circle in Waldorf. Detectives do not believe this was a random crime. On December 1st, at approximately 2:15 am,...
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Charles County Woman Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize in Pomfret

Charles County Woman Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize in Pomfret

A semi-retired researcher from Charles County can thank her play strategy and Lottery luck for her latest Maryland Lottery win. The 58-year-old’s Powerball wager in the Oct. 10 drawing grew into a $50,000 prize. The winner, a regular Lottery player going by the nickname “Farrah,” said she thought up a string of five lucky numbers and...
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Waldorf Man Arrested for Robbery, Theft, Assault and Home Invasion

Waldorf Man Arrested for Robbery, Theft, Assault and Home Invasion

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to Yardley Court, in Waldorf, for the report of an assault. Upon arrival police made contact with the female victim, who was crying with red and swollen eyes. Her statement was obtained. An investigation revealed Darius Jamal Johnson, 27, of Waldorf, gave the...
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50-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

50-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

On December 2, 2018, at approximately 12:51 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Poplar Hill Road near Bell Flower Place in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Mercury Mountaineer, operated by a 66-year-old male, was northbound...
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Inmate Convicted of Attempted Murder, Breaking and Entering, and Theft, Wanted After Escaping from Prison

Inmate Convicted of Attempted Murder, Breaking and Entering, and Theft, Wanted After Escaping from Prison

On December 1, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Trooper Posch responded to the 45000 block of Take It Easy Ranch Road, in Callaway, for a suspicious vehicle. The complainant reported the vehicle, a blue and tan Chevrolet 1500 Z71 bearing VA registration, had been parked in the woods behind the campground for approximately six...
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Statement From Governor Larry Hogan on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Statement From Governor Larry Hogan on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement on the death of President George H.W. Bush: “It is with incredible sadness that we learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush, a true patriot and statesman who embodied the decency and selfless service of America’s Greatest Generation. “As a decorated World War II...
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UPDATE: 75 Year-Old Man Displaced After House Fire in Nanjemoy

UPDATE: 75 Year-Old Man Displaced After House Fire in Nanjemoy

UPDATE: On November 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., Firefighters from Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding companies responded to 8349 Bowie Road, in Nanjemoy for a 1 story single family house fire. The estimated loss of structure and contents is valued at $75,000. The single occupant and homeowner has been identified as William Keys....
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Indian Head Man Sentenced to 65 Years for Second-Degree Murder

Indian Head Man Sentenced to 65 Years for Second-Degree Murder

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, November 29, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge William R. Greer, Jr. sentenced Brian Douglas Pierce, 36 of Indian Head, to 65 years in prison for the Second-Degree Murder of Robert Branson, First-Degree Assault of Karwin Carroll, Possession of a Shotgun with Disqualifying...
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Maryland deer hunters get new tax break for donating venison

Maryland deer hunters get new tax break for donating venison

Some Maryland deer hunters now can claim a credit against their state income taxes for donating their processed venison to the hungry. A new law allows hunters to receive a $50 tax credit for each antlerless deer they harvest and pay to have butchered. The maximum credit hunters may claim in one tax year is...
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Charles County Farmer hits Mega Millions for $30,000

Charles County Farmer hits Mega Millions for $30,000

Although not a regular Maryland Lottery player, a Charles County woman will chase big jackpots and did so in mid-October when the estimated Mega Millions prize was in the $1 billion range. She bought a $9 ticket that included the Megaplier multiplier feature. While her purchase didn’t turn her into a billionaire, it did...
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Mechanicsville Woman to Appear on Jeopardy! December 3rd

Mechanicsville Woman to Appear on Jeopardy! December 3rd

Bernadette Nguyen, an attorney from Mechanicsville, will compete on America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, on Monday, December 3, 2018 on WJLA-TV. You can watch Nguyen compete on JEOPARDY! on WJLA-TV (ABC 7). Please check your local listing for additional information or visit Jeopardy.com. JEOPARDY!’s 35th anniversary season premiered September 10, 2018. With a weekly audience...
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Governor Larry Hogan & First Lady Yumi Hogan Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Governor Larry Hogan & First Lady Yumi Hogan Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan recognized Giving Tuesday by making a personal donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Maryland Charity Campaign. The Maryland Charity Campaign is a workplace charitable giving program that offers state employees and eligible retirees the opportunity to contribute to charities using the convenience of...
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UPDATE: 7-Year-Child Struck After Exiting School Bus in Charles County

UPDATE: 7-Year-Child Struck After Exiting School Bus in Charles County

UPDATE: On Tuesday, November 27 at 3:45 p.m., a Charles County Public School bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Oliver Shop Road near Trotter Road in Bryantown, discharging a 7-year-old female student. According to witnesses, the bus had activated its flashing red lights and flashing stop sign. The girl safely crossed in front...
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Charles County Public Schools Piloting Use of Student ID Badges

Charles County Public Schools Piloting Use of Student ID Badges

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is piloting the use of student identification (ID) badges. The pilot program is part of the school system’s increased focus on school safety and security. Pilot schools include J.P. Ryon Elementary School, John Hanson Middle School and La Plata High School. CCPS plans to implement student ID badge use...
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Audio: One Seriously Injured After Crash in La Plata

Audio: One Seriously Injured After Crash in La Plata

On Monday, November 26, 2018 at approximately 12:15 a.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Crain Highway and Old Stagecoach Road, for the reported serious motor vehicle accident with one subject reportedly trapped. Approximately 3 minutes before the crash occurred, police observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed...
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College Southern Maryland Foundation Readies for #GivingTuesday, November 27

College Southern Maryland Foundation Readies for #GivingTuesday, November 27

Anticipation is starting to build as the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation gears up for #GivingTuesday, the annual international day of online giving that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The 24-hour event scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27 focuses on the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give to their communities following their...
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Experience the Glittering Light Art Show that is Annmarie Garden in Lights!

Experience the Glittering Light Art Show that is Annmarie Garden in Lights!

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, announces the Annmarie Garden in Lights schedule for the 2018 holiday season. This family-friendly light art event is a joyful outing for all ages – and has become a favorite Southern Maryland holiday tradition. The Garden is transformed with more than one million lights in dazzling and unique...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Annual Retirement and Awards Banquet

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Annual Retirement and Awards Banquet

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry honored 25 retirees and 65 award recipients at a banquet at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center on Friday, November 2. Honorees were recognized for completion of service to the Agency, excellent field work, or acts of bravery. Retired Captain William Saunders served as the Master of Ceremonies. The...
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White Plains Man Arrested on Gun Charges After Fleeing from Police and Crashing Car

White Plains Man Arrested on Gun Charges After Fleeing from Police and Crashing Car

On November 20 at 12:01 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff’s officer was conducting radar in the area of Crain Highway and Smallwood Drive when the driver of a Camaro drove through a 45 mph speed zone at 67 mph. The officer activated his emergency lights and the driver sped off, heading north on Crain...
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Enhanced Effort to Curb Illegal Fishing and Hunting

Enhanced Effort to Curb Illegal Fishing and Hunting

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is cracking down on the illegal killing of fish and wildlife through a partnership with Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers. This newly established nonprofit organization serves as the state affiliate of International Wildlife Crimestoppers, a group dedicated to stopping illegal hunting and fishing across the globe. Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers was established to...
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Naval District Washington to host Police and Dispatcher Hiring Fair

Naval District Washington to host Police and Dispatcher Hiring Fair

Naval District Washington will hold a Police and Dispatcher Job Fair 2018 on Wednesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” St. SW, Washington, D.C. Applicants attending the Job Fair will be able to speak with human resources and law enforcement representatives...
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CDC Urges Public Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid E. Coli Concerns

CDC Urges Public Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid E. Coli Concerns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available. Thirty-two people, including 13 who...
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