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Man Shaken Up by $200,016 Powerball Win at Country Place Liquor in Bryans Road

A six-figure Maryland Lottery win finally arrived for a loyal Prince George’s County player, who remembers winning $1,125 with a game when the Lottery began in 1973. The Clinton resident has won small amounts since then but nothing like the $200,016 prize he is taking home from a winning Powerball quick-pick ticket. The 52-year-old...
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Cobb Island Volunteers Announces Passing of Past Member Robert (Bob) Bornschein

Cobb Island Volunteers Announces Passing of Past Member Robert (Bob) Bornschein

We regret to announce the passing of Past Member Robert J. Bornschein (Bob), April 24, 1964 – January 23, 2020. Bob joined our department in February 2008. Bob was very active operationally during his time as a member with the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS. He was recognized as one of our...
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Charles County Public Schools Hosting Second Annual Career Fair on Saturday, March 21

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its second annual Career Fair Saturday, March 21 at North Point High School in Waldorf. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sponsored by the CCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) department. The event is free and open to the public, but targets...
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Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

On January 24, 2020, Charles County obtained an order to enforce the injunction that prohibits X4B, an adult entertainment establishment, from opening for business this weekend. The establishment had been promoting itself as a nightclub with live entertainment in its online advertising through social media. Charles County Attorney Wes Adams presented evidence that the...
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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Reflects on the Accomplishments of 2019

As another year has ended and we embark upon a new decade, Sheriff Troy Berry and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reflect on the successes of 2019. Several accomplishments and events stand out most: crime in Charles County is down; new technology has been implemented to aid in criminal investigations; we continue to make...
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State Fire Marshal Issues Warning About New Social Media “Challenge”

State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video, which may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. While the Office of the State Fire Marshal has received no reported incidents within Maryland thus far, the agency has been notified by authorities of two incidents...
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Firefighters Respond to Chimney Fire and Find Fire Showing from Roof and Room of Residence in Pomfret

On Friday, January 24, 2020, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 911 caller and passerby reported a “chimney fire” on Clearview Place in Pomfret. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire showing from the roof and requested an upgraded structure fire assignment, which brought nearly 50 volunteers from La Plata, Bryans Road, Potomac Heights,...
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Charles County Public Schools Currently Looking for Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominees

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for outstanding volunteers who support children by contributing time and resources to schools and the school system. The 2020 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year “Be the Difference” awards program recognizes outstanding school volunteers for their valuable contributions to schools, students, staff and CCPS. There are five award...
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Police Investigating Armed Robbery at My Express Pharmacy in White Plains

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at approximately 5:00 p.m., police received 911 calls reporting three armed black males fleeing the My Express Care Pharmacy ar 4453 Crain Highway in White Plains. Dispatchers continued to relay information to officers as they received multiple 911 callers reporting the three males that were armed with handguns and...
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Local Businesses Providing Discounts to Support Student Identification Badge Use

Local businesses are giving Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students incentives to wear their identification badges in school and keep track of the badges out of school by providing discounts for services and products. CCPS began issuing student identification badges during the 2018-19 school year as part of a safety and security pilot program...
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Charles County Woman Scratches for $50,000 Super Cash Prize

It wasn’t her first time winning a big Maryland Lottery prize, so “Purple Magic” knew what to expect when she arrived at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. And, while the Indian Head resident isn’t sure what she’ll do with the $50,000 top prize she won on a $5 Super Ca$h scratch-off, she is planning to...
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State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Mechanicsville

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., firefighters from Charles County, Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown and Seventh District responded to 27200 Thompson Corner Road and Hard Bargain Lane in Mechanicsville, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single story residence with fire showing from the roof and...
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UPDATE: Critical Missing Person Has Been Located Safe and Unharmed

UPDATE: LOCATED SAFE AND UNHARMED: John Stacey,81, was just located by officers in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his home in Nanjemoy. Thanks to everyone who helped and offered to help. 1/21/20: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for John Stacey, 81, who was reported missing last night....
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Governor Hogan’s Violent Crime Bills Officially Introduced In General Assembly

Governor Larry Hogan’s legislative initiatives to address violent crime were introduced in the General Assembly this evening. His crime package, which he first announced last month at a press conference in Baltimore City, includes tougher sentences for violent offenders who commit crimes with guns, stronger penalties for those who intimidate witnesses, and more transparency...
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No Injuries Reported After Working Smoke Detectors Alert Homeowner in Early Morning House Fire in Waldorf, Investigation Deems Fire Accidental

UPDATE 1/21/2020: On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at approximately 4:43 a.m., firefighters responded to 10856 Maplewood Court in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find fire showing from the second floor. The owner is identified as Terri Daniels. No injuries were reported, and the estimated loss of structure...
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Five Injured, One Transported to Trauma Center After Motor Vehicle Accident in Bryantown

On Friday, January 17, 2020, at 3:43 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to La Plata Road and Leonardtown Road in Bryantown, for the reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Crews arrived on the scene within minutes of dispatch and confirmed a two vehicle accident, with one subject pinned inside. Firefighters from Waldorf,...
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2020 Winter Commencement Pinning Ceremony Celebrates CSM’s 41 Nursing Graduates

During the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) nursing recognition ceremony Jan. 16, as part of the college’s 21st Winter Commencement, 41 associate degree nursing candidates received their nursing pin. The nursing pin is a treasured symbol CSM Nursing Professor Jeanne Hill told the graduates and their families during the ceremony. She explained how the...
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Governor Hogan Announces More Than $1 Billion in Tax Relief for Maryland Retirees

Governor Hogan Announces More Than $1 Billion in Tax Relief for Maryland Retirees

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a more than $1 billion tax relief proposal to make it more affordable for retirees to stay in Maryland. This legislation, which would lower taxes for more than 230,000 Marylanders, is the biggest tax reduction in Maryland in more than two decades. “People who have been lifelong Marylanders and...
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Waldorf Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Christopher Crawford, age 40, of Waldorf, Maryland to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for production of child pornography. The sentence was imposed on January 15, 2020. Judge Grimm also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Crawford must continue to...
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Board of Education Honors Charles County Public School Employees for Commitment to Students and School System

The Board of Education at its Jan. 14 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to student success and support of the school system. Honored by the Board were Barbara Brandau, Keri Mona, Shanelle Savoy, Kimberley Sheckells and Leslie Schroeck. Brandau is a special education teacher at Dr....
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Officers Identify and Arrest Suspect in Theft from Auto in Waldorf

On Monday, January 6, officers responded to the 3100 block of John Hanson Drive in Waldorf for the report of a theft from auto. The victim reported his wallet, a book, and other items were stolen from his unlocked car, with one of his credit cards then being used to make purchases totaling more...
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Man Charged with Theft and Theft Scheme after Detectives Uncover Large Scale Fencing Operation in Charles County

Man Charged with Theft and Theft Scheme after Detectives Uncover Large Scale Fencing Operation in Charles County

In the fall of 2019, Charles County Detective C. Gilroy, who is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, initiated an investigation into a large-scale organized retail theft ring occurring at several businesses after noticing a marked increase in theft reports, especially involving printer ink cartridges, and repeated arrests of shoplifters. After three months of...
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UPDATE: Drunk Driver that Killed 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

UPDATE: Drunk Driver that Killed 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

UPDATE: Michael Maurice Ford, 50, of Columbia, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for the Grossly Negligent Manslaughter of infant Ethan Ruefly, Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, and related charges. 10/7/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on October 7, 2019, a Charles County jury,...
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Governor Hogan Announces 2019 Award of $9 Million in Tax Credits for Student Loan Debt

Governor Hogan Announces 2019 Award of $9 Million in Tax Credits for Student Loan Debt

Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder announced the awarding of nearly $9 million in tax credits for 9,600 Maryland residents with student loan debt. “It is critical that we look for ways to help those in our state crippled by student loan debt,” Governor Hogan said....
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Charles County Detectives Arrest Two Juveniles After Armed Robbery in White Plains

Officers Identify and Arrest Two Suspects in Armed Robbery Case: On January 10, detectives arrested a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, both of Charles County, in connection with a robbery of an acquaintance that occurred on January 8 in the area of Continental Drive and Sierra Lane in White Plains. During the robbery,...
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