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Gift to CSM Archives Celebrates Alumna Margaret Mary Hampton from College’s First Nurse Graduation Class

Gift to CSM Archives Celebrates Alumna Margaret Mary Hampton from College’s First Nurse Graduation Class

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently received extraordinary gifts from the estate of CSM alumna Margaret Mary Hampton as overseen by her daughter Carol Zadeh, of Waldorf. Hampton passed away in February and was among the very first Charles County Community College (former CSM) nursing graduation class, even serving as the student representative...
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Maryland Natural Resources Police Regrets to Announce Passing of K9 Badger

Maryland Natural Resources Police Regrets to Announce Passing of K9 Badger

On June 6, 2024, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said goodbye to K9 Badger. He was the trusted, faithful partner and companion to Sgt. April Sharpeta. K9 Badger, nicknamed “Honey Badger” due to his sassy personality, came to the department in 2013. He began training in tracking and articles but after a session with...
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2nd Alarm Sounded for Apartment Fire with Entrapment in Waldorf

2nd Alarm Sounded for Apartment Fire with Entrapment in Waldorf

On Sunday, June 16, 2024, at approximately 4:03 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the Morningside Apartments located at 70 Village Street in Waldorf, for the reported commercial structure fire with multiple subjects trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find a 4-story apartment complex with nothing evident from multiple sides. Upon entering the structure,...
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Police Investigating Two Southern Maryland Men Killed at a Car Meet in Accokeek

Police Investigating Two Southern Maryland Men Killed at a Car Meet in Accokeek

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating a double fatal shooting at a car meet in Accokeek. The victims are 48-year-old Sheldon Proctor of Waldorf and 55-year-old Patrick Savoy of Charlotte Hall. A third victim, an adult male, was also shot. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. A reward of up...
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Maryland State Police Investigating Motorcycle Crash That Killed 51-Year-Old La Plata Man

Maryland State Police Investigating Motorcycle Crash That Killed 51-Year-Old La Plata Man

On Friday, June 14, 2024, at approximately 1:03 a.m., Troopers from Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to United States Route 301 in the area of Billingsley Road for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team was requested to assume the investigation....
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Drug Trafficking Organization Dismantled in Charles County: Successful Joint Operation Nets Multiple Arrests and Seizures

Drug Trafficking Organization Dismantled in Charles County: Successful Joint Operation Nets Multiple Arrests and Seizures

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Section (NES), in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,  and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, has successfully dismantled a major drug ring operating across Charles County. This year-long investigation culminated in a coordinated operation that resulted in several arrests and the recovery of significant amounts of...
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La Plata Police Department Arrest PG County Man Involved in 52 Separate Theft Events from Target

La Plata Police Department Arrest PG County Man Involved in 52 Separate Theft Events from Target

On June 12, 2024, La Plata Police Department officers responded to the Target, in La Plata, for the report of a theft in progress. Working with the loss prevention manager, officers apprehended the individual without incident in the parking lot. The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that identified the suspect in 52...
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Peavy Named 2024 Charles County Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

Peavy Named 2024 Charles County Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

At Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, Assistant Principal Marquelle Peavy collaborates with teachers, staff and parents to create a positive and inclusive learning environment, but above all she places students at the heart of her work. “Ms. Peavy is a caring, genuinely nice woman and very helpful,” Jahir Jamieson, eighth-grade student, said. “The reason I...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New South Patrol District One Station

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New South Patrol District One Station

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated South Patrol District One Station at 6845 Crain Highway in La Plata. Sheriff Troy D. Berry, Captain Andrew Schwab – the current South Patrol Division Commander – and Captain Charly Baker delivered remarks to commemorate the opening of the new...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Unit Seeking Whereabouts of Wanted Waldorf Man, Eric William Broome age 26

Charles County Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Unit Seeking Whereabouts of Wanted Waldorf Man, Eric William Broome age 26

The Charles County Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Unit is actively seeking the public’s assistance in locating Eric William Broome, age 26, from Waldorf, who is wanted in connection with multiple charges including failing to appear in court for first-degree assault, false imprisonment, and violation of probation. Incident Summary: On August 1, 2023, Broome was arrested by...
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La Plata Police Officers Seize Handgun, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Cocaine, Marijuana, and Suspected Drug Proceeds

La Plata Police Officers Seize Handgun, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Cocaine, Marijuana, and Suspected Drug Proceeds

On June 4, 2024, at approximately 5:29 p.m., officers responded to check the welfare of two individuals sitting at a traffic light in a vehicle on Crain Highway at Heritage Green Parkway. Upon arrival, officers located two individuals suffering from a phencyclidine (PCP) overdose. The two were transported to the hospital for medical intervention....
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26 Law Enforcement Officers Graduate from University of Maryland’s DUI Institute

26 Law Enforcement Officers Graduate from University of Maryland’s DUI Institute

Last week, 26 officers from 18 law enforcement agencies across the state graduated from the University of Maryland’s DUI Institute, a rigorous 40-hour program that develops leaders in the enforcement of alcohol-impaired driving laws. The award-winning program, created in 2003, was developed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MVA) Highway Safety...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2024 Citizens Police Academy

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2024 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class. This 12-week program will begin in September 2024 and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through early December, except Wednesday, November 27. The classes will be held in various locations, including...
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Neighbors Save Two Trapped Residents in Mechanicsville Fire, State Fire Marshal Investigating

Neighbors Save Two Trapped Residents in Mechanicsville Fire, State Fire Marshal Investigating

UPDATE 6/11/2024: Neighbors used ladders to rescue both trapped occupants from the second floor prior to the arrival of firefighters. Three cats were also removed, one is missing. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was not requested, family and friends are assisting the displaced residents. Firefighters placed the fire under control within...
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CCSO Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2024 Citizens Police Academy

CCSO Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2024 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class. This 12-week program will begin in September 2024 and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through early December, except Wednesday, November 27. The classes will be held in various locations, including...
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UPDATE: 2-Alarm Apartment Fire in Waldorf Injures 2 Firefighters and Displaces 10 Residents

UPDATE: 2-Alarm Apartment Fire in Waldorf Injures 2 Firefighters and Displaces 10 Residents

UPDATE 6/10/2024: On Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 10:32 a.m., firefighters responded to 6016 New Forest Court in Waldorf, for the structure fire, Firefighters located a 2-story apartment complex on fire. The owner is identified as New Forest Complex with the estimated loss of structure being valued at $400,000.00 Two firefighters suffered non-life threatening...
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Sports Wagering Only Contributes Nearly $7 Million to the State During May 2024

Sports Wagering Only Contributes Nearly $7 Million to the State During May 2024

Maryland’s sports wagering market generated $6,991,225 in contributions to the state from a handle of $431,528,137 during May 2024. Sports wagering contributions go to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, which supports public education programs. The $6.9 million contribution to the state in May 2024 was the second-best single-month total and represented a 50.3%...
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Police Investigating Armed Carjacking at Waldorf Food Lion, Officers Searching for black 2019 Toyota Camry

Police Investigating Armed Carjacking at Waldorf Food Lion, Officers Searching for black 2019 Toyota Camry

On Sunday, June 9, 2024, at approximately 10:20 a.m., police responded to the Food Lion located at 3200 Old Washington Road in Waldorf, for the reported carjacking. Officers from Charles and St. Mary’s County were notified of the stolen vehicle, tag number and direction of travel and began searching for the suspects. The victim,...
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Charles County Public Schools Hits the Road with New Summer Meals Program – Meals on the Move

Charles County Public Schools Hits the Road with New Summer Meals Program – Meals on the Move

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is rolling out a new summer meals program starting June 25. Meals on the Move will provide children ages 2 to 18 with free cold breakfasts and lunches for multiple days. The CCPS food truck will visit designated sites on specific days to distribute meals in rural areas as...
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Lunch on Us – The Charles County Public Schools Free Summer Meal Program Returns June 24th

Lunch on Us – The Charles County Public Schools Free Summer Meal Program Returns June 24th

Lunch on Us, the free summer meal program Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) holds for children ages 2 to 18, returns June 24. It will be held Monday through Thursday at designated locations through Aug. 8 – except for July 4 when sites will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Lunch on Us...
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SMECO Awards Scholarships for 2024 High School Seniors

SMECO Awards Scholarships for 2024 High School Seniors

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has awarded four scholarships for 2024 to high school seniors who live in the cooperative’s service area. Recipients receive awards based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. Since beginning the scholarship program in 1993, SMECO has presented awards to 128 students. Each of the following...
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Maryland Department of Health announces first reported heat-related death of 2024

Maryland Department of Health announces first reported heat-related death of 2024

The Maryland Department of Health today announced the first reported heat-related death of 2024 in Maryland. The death occurred in Prince George’s County; the decedent was a male aged 59. “We are very saddened to report our first heat-relat​ed death of the 2024 season,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Nilesh Kalyanaraman. “As...
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Man Flown to Trauma Center with Life-Threatening Injuries After 55-Gallon Barrel Explodes in Waldorf Residence

Man Flown to Trauma Center with Life-Threatening Injuries After 55-Gallon Barrel Explodes in Waldorf Residence

On Friday, June 7, 2024, at approximately 2:45 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the 2800 block of Starling Drive in Waldorf, for the reported explosion with injuries. Multiple 911 callers reported a loud explosion with an unknown aged male laying in the garage barely moving. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find...
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UPDATE: Indian Head Man Convicted for Murder of 29-Year-old La Plata Woman

UPDATE: Indian Head Man Convicted for Murder of 29-Year-old La Plata Woman

UPDATE 6/7/2024: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, June 6, 2024, a Charles County jury, after a 4-day trial and approximately two hours of deliberation, convicted Deanthony Lamont Warrick, 35, of Indian Head, of the First-Degree Murder of Jasmine Lakesha Hicks and related charges. On April 12, 2023, officers...
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UPDATE: 17-Year-Old Sentenced to 30-Years for Murder of Robbery and Abduction Victim

UPDATE: 17-Year-Old Sentenced to 30-Years for Murder of Robbery and Abduction Victim

UPDATE 6/7/2024: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, June 6, 2024, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Makeba Gibbs sentenced Nijuan Wilson, 17, to Life in prison with all but 30 years suspended for the First-Degree Murder of Deangelo Beale. Wilson will be on supervised probation for five years upon...
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