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Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on October 18, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Wendy Lynn Moore, 50 of Mechanicsville, to 5 years in prison for the vehicular slaying of Brian Smith. Moore, previously entered a guilty plea to the Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter of Smith on...
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​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

The Maryland Department of Health today released data for unintentional drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths through the second quarter of 2018. During this six-month period, which encompasses January through June of 2018, there were 1,325 total unintentional intoxication deaths, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2017. Of these, 1,185 were opioid-related...
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​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

The Maryland Department of Health announced today the first confirmed cases of the seasonal flu for the 2018-2019 influenza season. Two laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been identified in one adult and one child in the   Central and Eastern Shore regions of Maryland. The confirmed flu strains are type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria)....
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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in St. Mary’s County may vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in St. Mary’s County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in St. Mary’s County. Early...
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Firefighters in Indian Head Find 2018 Ford Focus Fully Engulfed in Flames

Firefighters in Indian Head Find 2018 Ford Focus Fully Engulfed in Flames

On October 14, 2018 at approximately 10:15 p.m., firefighters from Marbury Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of Revels Place and Reeder Place, in Indian Head, for the reported smoke investigation. Crews investigated the area and found an abandoned 2018 Ford Focus fully engulfed in flames. 5 Firefighters extinguished the blaze in approximately 5...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

On September 21, 2018, Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sell Drive, in Lexington Park for the report of a disturbance. Police made contact with a male victim who advised Karen Ferriter, 49, of Lexington Park, had approached him and his friends and was making racial slurs towards them. The...
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National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

Two Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police lieutenants recently graduated from law enforcement training academies that specialize in advanced leadership skills. Lt. Catherine Medellin, who commands the southern Maryland patrol area, was one of 36 conservation officers to receive diplomas from National Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, which provides practical skills and knowledge for executive-level conservation...
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Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide October 18. This is one of many deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from October 18-20 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A...
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Deputies in Charles County Investigating Indecent Exposure at Senior Rental Community

Deputies in Charles County Investigating Indecent Exposure at Senior Rental Community

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 12:37 p.m., deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Birchwood at Waldorf senior apartments on Moses Way, in Waldorf, for the report of an Indecent Exposure. Upon arrival, police located the suspect sitting to the rear of the property, and he was identified as Coleman Williams...
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Career Criminal Steals Over $2,500 From Charles County Detention Center Bank Account

Career Criminal Steals Over $2,500 From Charles County Detention Center Bank Account

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a theft from a bank account owned by the Charles County Detention Center. Police made contact with an accounting clerk assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Finance Department who noticed two unusual transactions on a bank account used to...
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Oxon Hill Man Arrested in Waldorf for Carjacking, Assault and Drug Distribution

Oxon Hill Man Arrested in Waldorf for Carjacking, Assault and Drug Distribution

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, at approximately 5:29 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hotel in the 11300 block of Days Court in Waldorf for the report of a carjacking involving a black sport utility vehicle. While en route to the hotel, officers were notified of another caller reporting...
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Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state...
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18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in Port Tobacco, Six Injured

18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in Port Tobacco, Six Injured

UPDATE 10/15/2018 @ 10:00 p.m.: Destanee Keenae Lyles, 18, of Waldorf, was a 2018 Westlake High School graduate. Police are still investigating the crash, and have not indicated whether a driver will be charged with any crimes. 10/14/18: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack...
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Foundation 4 Heroes will host Race 4 Heros October 20th on Solomons Island

Foundation 4 Heroes will host Race 4 Heros October 20th on Solomons Island

On Saturday morning, October 20th 2018, Foundation 4 Heroes will host their inaugural “RACE 4 HEROES” event for the community on Solomons Island. Participants can register on www.Active.com. If you sign up before September 30th the cost is $25. After that it is $30. Participants will receive a Race 4 Heroes moisture-wicking, bullet stopping,...
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Fall Brings Heightened Risk of Wildfire

Fall Brings Heightened Risk of Wildfire

Fire Prevention Week begins October 7, coinciding with the beginning of the fall wildfire season in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges residents throughout the state to take precautions as the changing foliage increases the risks of wildland fires spreading through brush and forests. Wildfires occur every month in Maryland, but peak in the spring and...
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Officers in Charles County Receive Aggressive Driving Prevention Awards

Officers in Charles County Receive Aggressive Driving Prevention Awards

On September 26, four members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit were among approximately 140 officers honored at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s ADAPT (Aggressive Drivers Are Public Threats) Aggressive Driving Prevention Awards Luncheon. Sgt. Jon Burroughs, Pfc. Patrick McPherson, Cpl. Kris Syvertsen, and Cpl. Ray Brooks received awards for their...
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Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags

Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Willistown Conservation Trust, Pennsylvania Game Commission and neighboring states, received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to dramatically expand a revolutionary new migration tracking system across a five-state area. The competitive grant, totaling about $500,000, has been awarded to a consortium of conservation...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Complete D.A.R.E. Instructor Training

Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Complete D.A.R.E. Instructor Training

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of two school resource officers from the 34th Maryland D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer Training class recently held at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. PFC Brock Virts and PFC James Plunkett were among 30 officers from across...
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Professional Paramedics & EMTs of Charles County Promote Home Fire Drill Day

Professional Paramedics & EMTs of Charles County Promote Home Fire Drill Day

Only 1 in 5 parents regularly practice fire escape plans at home, and only half of parents report that their children know what to do in the event of a fire. Yet, home fires are the biggest disaster threat facing American families today, with 9 in 10 structure fires occurring in the home and more than...
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Voluntary Recall on Harris Teeter Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product

Voluntary Recall on Harris Teeter Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product

Harris Teeter is notifying shoppers of a voluntarily recall of Harris Teeter Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Cookies & Cream 1.5 qt laminated cartons, UPC 0 72036 98182 0, with all SELL BY DATES up to 07/30/19 due to undeclared peanut product. Product was distributed to Harris Teeter stores located in DC, DE, FL, GA,...
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Washington D.C. Man Arrested in Waldorf on Drug Charges

Washington D.C. Man Arrested in Waldorf on Drug Charges

On Saturday, October 6, 2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Trooper First Class B. Meurrens, of the Maryland State Police La Plata barrack conducted a traffic stop on a white Hyundai Accent for exceeding the posted speed limit on while heading southbound on Middletown Road and McDaniel Road, in Waldorf. Upon making contact with the...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. The governor made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, law enforcement leaders and others in attendance. “Incidents of targeted...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 10/8/2018 to 10/12/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 10/8/2018 to 10/12/2018

During the week of October 8, to October 12, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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Outdoor Enthusiasts Have Yet Another Way to Give Back

Outdoor Enthusiasts Have Yet Another Way to Give Back

Anglers, boaters and hunters who purchase their licenses or registrations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have a new way to give back to natural resources they enjoy and love. In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the department announced today a new voluntary option in the online checkout for the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund....
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No Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival for 2019

No Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival for 2019

Chesapeake Bay Events announced that the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be not be held in 2019, but will return in 2020. Don Hooker, promoter, said “A variety of factors were involved in this decision.  Primarily, we felt that we need to take a year off to evaluate the changing conditions in the outdoor...
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