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Police Arrest Mechanicsville Man for Burglary and Recover Stolen Mini-Bike

Police Arrest Mechanicsville Man for Burglary and Recover Stolen Mini-Bike

On January 13, 2022, at 2:15 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in the 3700 block of Crain Highway for speeding. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a new mini-bike in the back. Through further investigation, officers were able to confirm the mini-bike had just been stolen from...
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C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in Waldorf Honored As National ESEA Distinguished School

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in Waldorf Honored As National ESEA Distinguished School

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School — known to some as “the hidden gem on Lancaster Circle” — is a community school where staff and parents work together to ensure students get the most out of their education. “We make the building a really positive environment and a place full of support for all students,”...
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Three Injured After Waldorf Paramedic Ambulance is Involved in Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Three Injured After Waldorf Paramedic Ambulance is Involved in Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, just before 8:30 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Crain Highway and Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving Waldorf Ambulance 38. Crews arrived on the scene to find the ambulance and one other vehicle involved and reported one EMT...
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UPDATE: Prince George’s County Correctional Officer who Drove Through Taco Bell Sentenced for First-Degree Assault

UPDATE: Prince George’s County Correctional Officer who Drove Through Taco Bell Sentenced for First-Degree Assault

UPDATE 1/13/22: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Tanesha Renea Williams, 26, of Waldorf, to 40 years, 283 days, with all but 4 years and 100 days suspended. Williams will serve her time in jail for 18...
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Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made updates to the current school year calendar, including a marking period date change and the addition of early dismissal days to support staff. The end of the second marking period for students moves from Wednesday, Jan. 19, to Wednesday, Jan. 26. Students missed four days of school...
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Governor Hogan Announces $4.6 Billion Tax Relief Package for Hardworking Maryland Families, Small Businesses, and Retirees

Governor Hogan Announces $4.6 Billion Tax Relief Package for Hardworking Maryland Families, Small Businesses, and Retirees

Governor Larry Hogan announced the largest tax relief package in state history to deliver more than $4.6 billion in much-needed relief for hardworking Maryland families, small businesses, and retirees. “Next to our health recovery from the worst pandemic in more than a century, nothing is more important than our continued economic recovery,” said Governor...
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Charles County Board of Education Honors Students for Academic Achievement, Personal Responsibility, and Career Readiness

Charles County Board of Education Honors Students for Academic Achievement, Personal Responsibility, and Career Readiness

The Board of Education at its Jan. 11 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored at the meeting were Kevin Mejia-Trochez of J.P....
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Maryland 9-1-1 Board Warns that 3G Network Mobile Phones May Cease Operating in 2022

Maryland 9-1-1 Board Warns that 3G Network Mobile Phones May Cease Operating in 2022

The Maryland 9-1-1 Board is issuing a warning to consumers that older phones may cease operating in early 2022 due to the retirement of 3G networks and support for phones using 3G service. This may include other devices that use 3G connectivity, such as some medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches, and home security...
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Patrol Officers Recover Loaded Gun and Drugs:

Patrol Officers Recover Loaded Gun and Drugs:

On January 8, 2022, at approximately 5:38 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in the area of Washington Avenue near Cecil Street in La Plata. Upon approaching the driver, officers detected the smell of marijuana, and further investigation showed the driver was in possession of marijuana and suspected...
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Governor Hogan Announces Expanded, $500 Million Re-Fund The Police Initiative, Reintroduction of Major Crime Legislation

Governor Hogan Announces Expanded, $500 Million Re-Fund The Police Initiative, Reintroduction of Major Crime Legislation

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the expansion of his Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment in increased support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control and victim protection services across the state. The governor also announced that he will reintroduce legislation to address violent crime during the upcoming session...
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Maryland’s Winter Turkey Season Opens January 20

Maryland’s Winter Turkey Season Opens January 20

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the opening of the winter turkey season, which runs statewide from Jan. 20-22 for hunters who did not harvest a turkey during the 2021 fall season. Hunting hours are from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex.  “Wild...
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Police in Charles County Investigating Threats of Mass Violence at St. Charles High School

Police in Charles County Investigating Threats of Mass Violence at St. Charles High School

On January 9, 2022, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received two calls regarding alleged threats of mass violence at St. Charles High School that would occur sometime this week. A preliminary investigation revealed several students at the school were followed on Instagram by two separate unknown accounts which contained a post of a photo...
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Indian Head Man Arrested After Firing Several Rounds From Handgun in Business Parking Lot

Indian Head Man Arrested After Firing Several Rounds From Handgun in Business Parking Lot

On January 6 at 9:10 p.m., patrol officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2000 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of someone firing a gun. A preliminary investigation revealed a male was in a car in the parking lot of a business when he fired several rounds...
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Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 36-Year-Old Waldorf Man

Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 36-Year-Old Waldorf Man

UPDATE 1/10/2022 @ 5:25 p.m.: On January 9, 2022, at 2:03 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Acton Lane near Tawny Drive in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation showed the driver appeared to be traveling westbound on Acton Lane when...
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Police Arrest Waldorf Man for Armed Robbery of Convenience Store

Police Arrest Waldorf Man for Armed Robbery of Convenience Store

On December 12, 2021, officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a convenience store in the 2400 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a robbery in which a male suspect grabbed a money deposit bag from a clerk, but fled after the clerk was able to maintain the...
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Charles County Detention Center Managing Covid-19 Cases Within Facility

Charles County Detention Center Managing Covid-19 Cases Within Facility

The Charles County Detention Center (CCDC), in coordination with the Charles County Health Department and Prime Care Medical–the CCDC’s on-site medical provider¬–is currently addressing Covid-19 cases inside the detention center. None of the exposures have required hospitalization and resulted in cold-like symptoms. The situation was immediately and effectively managed following the Center for Disease...
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Maryland Department of Health Partnering with Local Hospitals as COVID-19 Testing Sites

Maryland Department of Health Partnering with Local Hospitals as COVID-19 Testing Sites

Testing Announcements The MDH-run site in Annapolis at the Corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets and State Center, Baltimore City sites will continue to operate as previously scheduled. Please verify the operating status of any site before visiting. Additional site openings and schedule expansions will be announced in the coming days. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH), in partnership with...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 50-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE: Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed  50-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE 1/10/2022 @ 9:35 a.m.: On Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 at approximately 8:43 pm, patrol deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Baptist Church Road in the area of Hidden Acres Court in Mechanicsville. A 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was located off of...
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AUDIO: Charges Pending After Maryland State Trooper is Struck by Suspected Impaired Driver in Waldorf

AUDIO: Charges Pending After Maryland State Trooper is Struck by Suspected Impaired Driver in Waldorf

On January 7, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a trooper from the La Plata Barrack was conducting a traffic stop with his emergency lights activated on southbound Crain Highway at Holly Lane in Waldorf. The preliminary investigation indicates that while the trooper was attempting to leave the scene in his marked patrol vehicle, he...
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Smoke Detectors Alert Occupant of House Fire in Indian Head, No Injuries Reported, Fire Deemed Accidental

Smoke Detectors Alert Occupant of House Fire in Indian Head, No Injuries Reported, Fire Deemed Accidental

UPDATE 1/9/2022: The Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department released the following information. “Last week, a local elderly couple lost their home and all their belongings in this tragic house fire less than two miles from the station. The couple was trying to stay warm after the snow storm and extended power outages, and unfortunately...
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Charles County Public School Students to Return for In-Person Learning Monday, January 10, 2022

Charles County Public School Students to Return for In-Person Learning Monday, January 10, 2022

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 10. CCPS will operate on a normal schedule of in-person learning and continues to work closely with the Charles County Department of Health to monitor COVID-19 data, positive cases and discuss necessary quarantine measures. The following are important CCPS updates...
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No Injuries Reported After Firefighter Respond to Vehicle Fire Threatening Residence in Mechanicsville

No Injuries Reported After Firefighter Respond to Vehicle Fire Threatening Residence in Mechanicsville

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at approximately 1:25 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown, Seventh District, Hughesville, and Bay District responded to the 27000 block of Glebe Farm Lane in Mechanicsville, for the reported vehicle on fire threatening a residence. The 911 caller reported a pickup truck was on fire next to, and spreading...
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SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has nearly all of its crews and contractors working in the Nanjemoy, Grayton, and Indian Head areas of Charles County. According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “We had restored electric service to everyone in Calvert, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, but...
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Two Dead and One Transported with Life-Threatening Injuries After Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Brandywine

Two Dead and One Transported with Life-Threatening Injuries After Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Brandywine

Prince George’s County First Responders responded to the 14000 block of South Springfield Road in Brandywine, for an investigation. Crews arrived on the scene and found two deceased victims and one victim unconscious. Firefighters found a generator inside the home that was on and running. The unconscious victim was transported with life-threatening injuries. The...
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Operating Schedule for Charles County Government on Friday, January 7, 2022

Operating Schedule for Charles County Government on Friday, January 7, 2022

During weather events or other emergency events, this web page will be updated to reflect the operating status of Charles County Government Facilities. Click below for the service you are obtaining a status for. Updated: Friday, Jan. 7, at 4:45 a.m.  County snow operations or to report a concern: click here. Charles County Government Building:...
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