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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Man Shot in Waldorf

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Man Shot in Waldorf

On December 3, 2019, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound to his arm. He was transported to an area hospital where...
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Concerts, Auditions and a Scholarship Resource Fair Mark a Busy December for College of Southern Maryland

Concerts, Auditions and a Scholarship Resource Fair Mark a Busy December for College of Southern Maryland

CSM Chorale and Barbershop Concert. 8 p.m., Dec. 5. College of Southern Maryland (CSM), La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (FA Building), Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir with the Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus will perform. $10 adults, $8 seniors/military with ID/youth of high school...
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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hosts Annual Gala to Help Fund MedStar St. Mary’s Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hosts Annual Gala to Help Fund MedStar St. Mary’s Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center

Irish eyes were smiling on November 22, 2019, as guests enjoyed the 2019 MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Gala, a Date in Dublin, at the Hollywood Social Hall. Sponsored by the hospital and MedStar Shah Medical Group, the annual black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner and dessert by Ken’s Creative Kitchen of Annapolis with live...
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UPDATE: Thomas William Unkle “Set Up” Female Victim in Home Invasion and Robbery in Waldorf

UPDATE: Thomas William Unkle “Set Up” Female Victim in Home Invasion and Robbery in Waldorf

UPDATE 12/3/2019: On November 25, 2019, police responded to a residence on Harrow Court in Waldorf for a home invasion. An adult female, had been confronted at the front door of her home, forced back inside, tied up with duct tape and severely beaten in her face by two unknown males. Once inside the...
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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON LOCATED in Charles County

CRITICAL MISSING PERSON LOCATED in Charles County

UPDATE: Mr Ford was found by relatives in the area of St. Anthony and Smallwood Drive. He is doing well! We thank you again. 12/1/2019: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating Eugene Ford, 72, who was last seen at about 3 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2019, leaving his residential building...
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Four Charles County Public School Students Selected to Serve as General Assembly Pages

Four Charles County Public School Students Selected to Serve as General Assembly Pages

In January, four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will learn first-hand how bills and laws are passed by Maryland legislators. Seniors Jake Burgess, Jamarr Joshua Johnson, Kathleen Martinez, and Natalie Yeager were recently chosen to represent CCPS in the 2020 Maryland Student Page Program. The program is part of the annual legislative session...
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VIDEO UPDATE: State’s Attorney Releases Statement on Case Where a 7-Year-Child was Struck by a Vehicle After Exiting School Bus

VIDEO UPDATE: State’s Attorney Releases Statement on Case Where a 7-Year-Child was Struck by a Vehicle After Exiting School Bus

UPDATE 11/27/2019:  State’s Attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington released a video about the case where Skyla Shirriel, a 7-year-old, T.C. Martin Elementary School first-grader was hit by a vehicle as she exited her school bus in November of 2018. Xiomara Yan Nativi Quintanilla, 35, of Accokeek, was sentenced to Probation Before Judgement and...
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Middle School Students Take Aim at Archery Tournament in Charles County

Middle School Students Take Aim at Archery Tournament in Charles County

Students gathered earlier this month at Milton M. Somers Middle School aiming to come out on top at the Middle School Archery Tournament. “Archery kind of relates to life,” said Deshea Mack, father of Matthew Henson Middle School eighth grader, Emmanuel Mack. “You have a goal and you work toward it. Then you hit...
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Firefighters in Charles County Extinguish House Fire After Reported Explosion

Firefighters in Charles County Extinguish House Fire After Reported Explosion

On November 24, 2019, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 2561 Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire. The 911 caller reported they heard an explosion and then saw fire coming out of the bedroom. A very short time later, Deputies from the Charles...
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Maryland State Police To Increase Patrols For Thanksgiving Holiday

Maryland State Police To Increase Patrols For Thanksgiving Holiday

Maryland State Police will have extra troopers on patrol all across the state as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. A variety of initiatives will be employed to keep traffic moving safely, to respond quickly to highway incidents, and to take appropriate enforcement action when violations occur, to keep travelers safe on Maryland roads. Beginning Wednesday,...
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U.S. Senators Announce Over $98,000 in Federal Funding for Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department

U.S. Senators Announce Over $98,000 in Federal Funding for Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced more than $98,000 in federal funding for the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. to replace outdated rescue equipment, including the “jaws of life,” spreaders, cutters, rams, jacks, and stabilizers. These tools are used for rescuing...
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Charles County Arts Alliance Awards Over $76,000 in Grants

Charles County Arts Alliance Awards Over $76,000 in Grants

On Saturday, November 16, the Charles County Arts Alliance held its Annual Gala to award $71,334 to 21 area schools and 18 nonprofit organizations to enhance their programs in the fields of visual, performance and literary arts. The funds will be used to present a myriad of cultural programs and events in Charles County,...
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UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher and Repeat Offender Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher and Repeat Offender Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE 11/22/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, November 21, 2019, after four days of trial, a Charles County jury convicted Keith Allan Krikstan, 32 of Waldorf, of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Production of Child Pornography, and Visual Surveillance of a Private Area. In January of 2018, detectives...
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Charles County Great-Great-Grandmother Claims $50,015 in Bonus Match 5 Win

Charles County Great-Great-Grandmother Claims $50,015 in Bonus Match 5 Win

A lucky Waldorf woman is feeling exceptionally grateful these days after winning a second top prize in the Bonus Match 5 game. Her $50,015 win in the Nov. 9 drawing happened with a ticket bought at Westlake Liquors located at 1182 Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. The healthcare retiree plays Lottery games about once every...
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Charles County Public Schools Secured $276,000 in Grants to Increase Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools Secured $276,000 in Grants to Increase Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing...
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Maryland Reports Early Season Deer, Turkey Hunt Results

Maryland Reports Early Season Deer, Turkey Hunt Results

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 21,073 deer during the early portion of the archery and muzzleloader seasons. The harvest was a 12% increase from last year’s official harvest of 18,839 deer for the same period. More favorable hunting conditions this year contributed to the increased harvest. The two-month...
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Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage. Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing...
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Firefighters in Charles County Quickly Extinguish Chimney Fire in Bryans Road

Firefighters in Charles County Quickly Extinguish Chimney Fire in Bryans Road

On November 17, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m., firefighters from La Plata, Bryans Road, and surrounding departments responded to Ravine Drive in Bryans Road, for the reported chimney fire. The 911 caller was a neighbor of the residence reporting their neighbors chimney was burning flames on the roof. 39 personnel responded to the scene...
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American Legion Bluegrass Features Return of The Larry Stephenson Band!

American Legion Bluegrass Features Return of The Larry Stephenson Band!

The 15th year of the Bluegrass concerts at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD, continue on Sunday December 1 with The Larry Stephenson Band. Host and promoter, Jay Armsworthy has put together a series of some of the top names in Bluegrass music. Partnering with the Sons of the American Legion, the...
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Applications for the 2020 Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Now Available

Applications for the 2020 Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Now Available

Applications for the 2020 Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Charles County by contacting info@zontacharlescounty.org. The goal of the YWPA Award program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence...
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49-Year-Old Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident in Mechanicsville

49-Year-Old Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident in Mechanicsville

UPDATE: Maryland State Police are investigating a crash that killed one person and injured three others Thursday evening in St. Mary’s County. On Thursday, November 14, 2019, at approximately 4:40 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of Point Lookout Road (MD Route 5) north of Harper’s Corner...
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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is Seeking Witnesses to Rollover Crash That Seriously Injured One Adult and Two Children in La Plata

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is Seeking Witnesses to Rollover Crash That Seriously Injured One Adult and Two Children in La Plata

On November 9, 2019, at 2:50 p.m., officers responded to Radio Station Road in La Plata, for the report of a motor vehicle crash reported serious, with one vehicle overturned, on fire, with subjects trapped. Prior to police arrival, two children, ages 2 and 7, were removed from the vehicle by passersby. The driver,...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information on Possible Police Impersonator

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information on Possible Police Impersonator

On November 10 at 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Middletown Road near Rocky Place in Bennsville, for the report of suspicious activity. A male called 9-1-1 and said a man driving a car with a spotlight and flashing blue lights pulled him over. The driver indicated the man was wearing what...
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AUDIO: Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 Assists in Spotting, Rescuing Woman Who Fell Into Water at Cobb Island Pier

AUDIO: Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 Assists in Spotting, Rescuing Woman Who Fell Into Water at Cobb Island Pier

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at approximately 11:13 p.m., the Charles County 911 center received a call from the St. Mary’s County 911 center, reporting a person in the water near the Ledo’s Pizza in Cobb Island. Charles County 911 immediately dispatched the “person in the water” assignment and brought 36 fire and emergency...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Joins Rural Maryland Council to Present CSM with $350,000 for Velocity Center

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Joins Rural Maryland Council to Present CSM with $350,000 for Velocity Center

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined Rural Maryland Council Board First Vice Chair John Hartline Nov. 5, 2019 to present College of Southern Maryland (CSM) President Dr. Maureen Murphy and the CSM Board of Trustees with a $350,000 Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund award to complete interior renovations and build out of CSM’s Velocity Center....
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