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Former Firefighter Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sex Abuse of a Minor

Former Firefighter Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sex Abuse of a Minor

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Donald McCoy Stancell, Jr., 39, to 25 years in prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor. On November 6, 2015, the victim, who was under 18 years of age, reported to...
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Waldorf Man Arrested After Employee and Customer Stop Robbery

Waldorf Man Arrested After Employee and Customer Stop Robbery

On February 14 at 9:47 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a gas station convenience store in the 11500 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival, officers discovered two victims holding the suspect on the floor and restraining his arms. Investigation...
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Hughesville Man Arrested for Assault, After Hit and Run Accident

Hughesville Man Arrested for Assault, After Hit and Run Accident

On February 10 at 2:08 p.m., officers responded to the Lowes parking lot, in Waldorf, for the report of a hit and run and assault. According to the victim, the suspect struck his car and failed to stop. The victim followed the suspect to a nearby parking lot where the victim said the suspect...
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Lexington Park Man Arrested for Three Armed Robberies in Waldorf.

Lexington Park Man Arrested for Three Armed Robberies in Waldorf.

On February 11, 2018 at approximately 7:15 p.m., an unknown black male entered the Subway located at 3023 Festival Way, in Waldorf. The male was wearing a black jacket, black mask, black gloves, black pants, and black shoes armed with a handgun. The male demanded money and pointed the handgun at the cashier. Fearing...
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UPDATE: Waldorf Woman Admits to Shooting and Killing 37-Year-Old Boyfriend

UPDATE: Waldorf Woman Admits to Shooting and Killing 37-Year-Old Boyfriend

UPDATE 2/20/2018: According to court documents Tiffany Jade Smith, 31, of Waldorf, and Tavon Purnell Matthews, 37, were heard involved in a heated argument in their bedroom. During the argument, gunshots were heard after which smith asked for help and said the victim was bleeding. Smith was transported to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Submits 160 “Green Bag” Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan Submits 160 “Green Bag” Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today submitted 160 appointments to the Maryland State Senate. Secretary of Appointments Chris Cavey presented Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller with the names of the “Green Bag” nominees. “Marylanders deserves nothing less than the most capable and well-qualified representatives for these critically important positions and the names submitted today uphold...
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Maryland Judges Defend Big Pay Hike

Maryland Judges Defend Big Pay Hike

  Maryland’s top judges told the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday that increasing the pay of all 313 Maryland judges in the state was necessary to retain the quality and diversity of Maryland’s judiciary. The Judicial Compensation Commission has recommended that all the judges get a $35,000 pay hike phased in over the next four...
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UPDATE: 24-Year-Old Waldorf Man Shot and Killed at Apartment Building, Suspect Still at Large

UPDATE: 24-Year-Old Waldorf Man Shot and Killed at Apartment Building, Suspect Still at Large

UPDATE: On February 17 at 8:54 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to the 12100 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body....
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32-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in La Plata

32-Year-Old Waldorf Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in La Plata

On Friday, February 16, 2018, at approximately 11:10 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of westbound Route 6 (Charles Street) east of Prince Charles Drive, in La Plata. Upon arrival, Troopers observed a  2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with the driver,...
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UPDATE: Two St. Mary’s County Men Shot in Waldorf During Drug Deal

UPDATE: Two St. Mary’s County Men Shot in Waldorf During Drug Deal

UPDATE 2/17/2018: On Friday, February 9, 2018, at approximately 2:25 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located two adult males; one had two gunshot wounds to his leg, and the other was grazed on the...
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Waldorf Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at Police

Waldorf Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at Police

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, at approximately 9:25 p.m., Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Michael Road, in Waldorf, to serve a temporary peace order on Richards Madden, 82, of Waldorf. Prior to arriving at the residence police were informed that Madden had made threats of mass destruction...
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Maryland Hunters Harvest 86,542 Deer in 2017-2018 Season

Maryland Hunters Harvest 86,542 Deer in 2017-2018 Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 86,542 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 8, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018. The harvest exceeded the 2016-2017 total by more than 1,000 deer. Included in the statewide total were 7,204 deer taken on Sundays. “Sunday hunting continues to be...
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Indian Head Man Convicted of Armed Robbery and Related Charges

Indian Head Man Convicted of Armed Robbery and Related Charges

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 a Charles County jury convicted Tyrel Javonte Adams, 21 of Indian Head, of Armed Robbery and related charges. On April 18, 2017, officers responded to the Dash In in White Plains for the report of an Armed Robbery. An initial investigation revealed that four masked suspects wearing blue gloves,...
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Waldorf-Based Kingdomware Technologies Receives 2018 Minority Business Leader Award

Waldorf-Based Kingdomware Technologies Receives 2018 Minority Business Leader Award

The Charles County Economic Development Department is pleased to announce that Waldorf-based business, Kingdomware Technologies, Inc, will receive an award at the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) 11th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards program on Thursday, March 22 at the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland. The awards program honors 25 of the most successful...
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Police in Charles County Make Quick Arrest After Armed Robbery at Dollar General in Waldorf

Police in Charles County Make Quick Arrest After Armed Robbery at Dollar General in Waldorf

On Sunday, February 11 at approximately 9:3o p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Dollar General on Crain Highway, in Waldorf, for the report of an armed robbery. Cpl. S. Stanley was in the area and quickly responded. He stopped a car near the store and located three males inside. Police...
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Mechanicsville Man Charged with Burglary, Theft and Attempted Arson

Mechanicsville Man Charged with Burglary, Theft and Attempted Arson

A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a St. Mary’s County man after he attempted to set fire to a one-story single family dwelling in La Plata owned by his girlfriend. On February 11, 2018, at approximately 6:25 pm, Amanda Marie Evans 30, of 209 Del Ray Circle, in La Plata arrived home with...
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$35,000 pay raise proposed for all 313 Maryland judges

$35,000 pay raise proposed for all 313 Maryland judges

A proposal to give all 313 Maryland judges a $35,000 raise over the next four years faces a hearing today in the House Appropriations Committee. The recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission will take effect automatically if the legislature does not reject or amend them by March 15 — and lawmakers have not been...
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Career Criminal Arrested in Mechanicsville After Customers Stop Robbery in Progress

Career Criminal Arrested in Mechanicsville After Customers Stop Robbery in Progress

On Friday, February 9, 2018, at approximately 6:05 p.m., Deputy R. Roszell, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Mechanicsville Burchmart/Subway, on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, for the report of a robbery in progress. Before arriving to the scene police received information that an employee and three customers had a...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 2/12/2018 to 2/16/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 2/12/2018 to 2/16/2018

During the week of February 12, to February 16, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Grace Christian Academy Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Maryland Records First Influenza-Associated Pediatric Death

Maryland Records First Influenza-Associated Pediatric Death

On February 6, 2018, the Maryland Department of Health confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death in the state for this flu season. Influenza-associated pediatric deaths are required to be reported to the Department, but the Department cannot discuss the specifics of individual cases. Maryland public health officials have detected a marked increase in influenza...
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Governor Larry Hogan Issues Executive Order on Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Sentences

Governor Larry Hogan Issues Executive Order on Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Sentences

Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.06, which confirms and requires that the governor weigh certain factors when considering a decision regarding parole for a juvenile offender serving a life sentence to ensure that these offenders have a meaningful opportunity for release. “Since taking office, our administration has sought to bring balance to...
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Charles County Public Schools Bus Service Limited in Some Areas

Charles County Public Schools Bus Service Limited in Some Areas

All Charles County public schools are opening on time today, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Bus service will not be available on the following roads: Pomfret Road Turkey Hill Road Livingston Road between Hawthorne and Pomfret roads Billingsley Road from Livingston Road to Dutton’s Bridge (Maintenance Place)C Call the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) transportation...
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Valley Lee Mailman Caught Stealing $100 Gift Card from Birthday Card

Valley Lee Mailman Caught Stealing $100 Gift Card from Birthday Card

Special Agent, Juli Bythrow, from the the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, was notified of a stolen gift card out of Valley Lee. The card was used at several locations throughout Charles and St. Mary’s Counties on August 9 and 10th, 2016. A postal customer mailed a $100 gift card to...
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Family Feud Scratch-Off Win has Charles County Retiree Celebrating $50,000 Prize

Family Feud Scratch-Off Win has Charles County Retiree Celebrating $50,000 Prize

A Waldorf retiree having coffee with his friends at their local gathering place sweetened his day by adding fun and games to his beverage purchase. The 69-year-old bought four Maryland Lottery Family Feud scratch-offs and won $50,000! “I usually do not play scratch offs,” said the lucky winner. “I am a Pick 3 and Pick 4 kind of guy.”  He...
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Wednesday’s Pet is LOKI

Wednesday’s Pet is LOKI

Wednesday’s Pet for 2/7/18 LOKI Featured Pet: Diamond Rescue Group: Calvert Animal Welfare League (CAWL) Breed: Doberman Mix Sex: Male Size: Large Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $250.00 Loki is a large, young, and loving Doberman pinscher mix.  Sadly, he was bounced around from home to home ending up at...
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