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Police in Charles County Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, June 28

Police in Charles County Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, June 28

The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack in partnership with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata Town Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Charles County. Motorists are encouraged to appoint a designated driver or use public or other alternative transportation if you are planning...
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Shooter Who Murdered Former Roommate Over a Mattress Sentenced to Life, Co-Defendant Sentenced to 40 Years

Shooter Who Murdered Former Roommate Over a Mattress Sentenced to Life, Co-Defendant Sentenced to 40 Years

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Dominic Xavier Daniel, 26 of Waldorf, to life in prison for the First-Degree Murder of Samuel Gemeny, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence in relation...
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UPDATE: House Fire in Bryans Road Deemed Accidental Due to Electrical Event

UPDATE: House Fire in Bryans Road Deemed Accidental Due to Electrical Event

UPDATE: On June 12, 2019, at approximately 11:58 a.m., firefighters from Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding companies responded to 394 Lox Street, Indian Head, for the reported house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two story single family dwelling with fire showing from the second floor. The fire was placed...
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UPDATE: Vacant House Fire in Hughesville Deemed Accidental Due to Carpenter Fan Left on

UPDATE: Vacant House Fire in Hughesville Deemed Accidental Due to Carpenter Fan Left on

UPDATE: On Thursday, June 13, 2019, at approximately 7:25 p.m., firefighters from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to 6120 Openfield Place in Hughesville, for the reported house fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a two story single family dwelling with fire showing from the basement, with extensions to the...
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State Police Arrest Suspect Wanted For Fatal DUI Crash That Killed 18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman

State Police Arrest Suspect Wanted For Fatal DUI Crash That Killed 18-Year-Old Waldorf Woman

UPDATE 6/21/2019: Maryland State Police arrested a man on Friday in Virginia who has been indicted in connection with the death of a woman following a crash last October in Charles County. James Christian, 43, of Bryans Road, was indicted May 31 with negligent manslaughter by auto, homicide by auto under the influence of...
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Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward for Information of Suspects Throwing Bricks at Cars in Waldorf

Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward for Information of Suspects Throwing Bricks at Cars in Waldorf

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the identity of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with throwing bricks at two, possibly three cars on the morning of Thursday, June 20, 2019. A preliminary investigation showed unknown suspect(s) threw bricks and or pieces of concrete at motorists traveling on...
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UPDATE: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured After Motor Vehicle Accident in Waldorf

UPDATE: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured After Motor Vehicle Accident in Waldorf

UPDATE: Maryland State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in which one person was injured on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Charles County. At about 4:30 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to westbound Maryland Route 228 at Buttonbush Drive in Waldorf, for a report of a serious vehicle...
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VIDEO: Bear Caught on Home Security Video Walking Around Waldorf Neighborhood

VIDEO: Bear Caught on Home Security Video Walking Around Waldorf Neighborhood

A black bear, which a state wildlife expert says appears to be male and a little over a year old, was captured on a home security video walking through a Waldorf neighborhood on Monday, June 17, 2019, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Jane Burgess, the wildlife technician with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, says...
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IBM Agrees to Pay $14.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

IBM Agrees to Pay $14.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Cúram Software have agreed to pay $14.8 million to settle alleged violations of the False Claims Act arising from material misrepresentations to the State of Maryland during the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) contract award process for the development of Maryland’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) website and IT...
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Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is launching a two-year pilot program to test new digital license plate technology. The state is one of the first on the East Coast to test the new digital plates, which are similar in size to traditional metal plates but have an electronic display....
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Critical Missing Person in Charles County Found Safe and Unharmed

Critical Missing Person in Charles County Found Safe and Unharmed

UPDATE 6/19/2019: On June 19 at 1:30 a.m., Ms. Taylor was found at a friend’s house she is safe and unharmed. Thank you! 6/18/2019: On June 18, 2019, during the early morning hours, Celestine Taylor, 70, was last seen leaving the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata. Family members reported...
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Waldorf Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Accepting Cash to Falsify Urinalysis Results to U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Waldorf Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Accepting Cash to Falsify Urinalysis Results to U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Michael Andre Brown, age 47, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty today to a federal bribery charge, in connection with his employment with a federal contractor in which he administered urinalysis tests to individuals on federal probation, supervised release and pre-trial supervision. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland...
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7-Eleven in Waldorf Sells $50,000 Winning Bonus Match 5 Ticket

7-Eleven in Waldorf Sells $50,000 Winning Bonus Match 5 Ticket

As we start the week, we’re looking for another Bonus Match 5 winner. If you bought a ticket in Waldorf for the Saturday, June 15 drawing, you may be our latest $50,000 top-prize winner! The 7-Eleven store located at 1065 St. Ignatius Drive in Waldorf sold the winning ticket, which carries the winning numbers of 1,...
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UPDATE: Jury Finds Man Criminally Responsible for Vicious First-Degree Murder of Father-in-Law

UPDATE: Jury Finds Man Criminally Responsible for Vicious First-Degree Murder of Father-in-Law

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, June 14, 2019, after a two-part, bifurcated trial, a Charles County jury found Deangelo Hemsley, 42 of Waldorf, criminally responsible for the First-Degree Murder of John Yates, Home Invasion, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment. Hemsley was previously convicted of the...
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No Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Pole in Waldorf

No Injuries Reported After Vehicle Strikes Pole in Waldorf

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, at approximately 11:55 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of 4666 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with entrapment. Crews arrived on scene and reported a single vehicle off the roadway and into a pole, with one subject inside with...
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Impaired Driving Checkpoint to be Conducted in La Plata on Friday, June 14, 2019

Impaired Driving Checkpoint to be Conducted in La Plata on Friday, June 14, 2019

The La Plata Police Department, in partnership with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police – La Plata Barrack, and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department will be conducting a multi-jurisdictional dedicated Impaired Driving Checkpoint on Friday, June 14, 2019, in La Plata. This initiative is made possible, in part, through grant funding...
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Independence Day Concert Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Independence Day Concert Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Enjoy an evening with family and friends at the 2019 Explore Charles County: Independence Day Concert on Thursday, July 4 at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Music will be provided by Sam Grow and the Bradley Turner Band.  Admission and parking are free. Food and...
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La Plata Racetrax Winner Hoping to Get Hitched

La Plata Racetrax Winner Hoping to Get Hitched

After claiming a Racetrax win of $12,534, “Ring Master” of player from La Plata, was dancing exuberantly while making a claim June 10 at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. From there, he would be pursuing a life-changing prize:  he planned to pick up a ring and propose to his girlfriend. “I’m going to probably get my...
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‘Operation Broken Heart’ Yields 58 Arrests In Maryland

‘Operation Broken Heart’ Yields 58 Arrests In Maryland

Maryland’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force yields 58 arrests in Maryland, 16 of the cases were handled by Maryland State Police investigators, while participating in “Operation Broken Heart,” a nationwide, two-month initiative targeting offenders of child sexual exploitation. The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was one of 61 task forces...
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Governor Hogan Urges Federal Treasury to Release Tubman $20 Bill in 2020

Governor Hogan Urges Federal Treasury to Release Tubman $20 Bill in 2020

Governor Larry Hogan today sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging the federal administration to reconsider its decision to delay the release of the Harriet Tubman twenty-dollar bill. The governor cited concerns that, while the release was originally slated for 2020, “citizens across Maryland and the country will instead have to wait nearly...
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La Plata Police Department Raises Money for Special Olympics of Maryland

La Plata Police Department Raises Money for Special Olympics of Maryland

The La Plata Police Department Annually Raises Funds for Special Olympics of Maryland. The funds are used to give local Special Olympians the opportunity to participate in local, regional, and national sporting competitions. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt or hat, please stop by or call LPPD between 9 a.m. and 4...
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UPDATE: Waldorf Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Jail After Killing Her 37-Year-Old Boyfriend

UPDATE: Waldorf Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Jail After Killing Her 37-Year-Old Boyfriend

UPDATE 6/5/2019: Tiffany Jade Smith, 32, of Waldorf, was sentenced to two years in jail on Monday, June 3, 2019, by Charles County Circuit Court Judge William Greer. Smith, shot and killed her boyfriend, 37-year-old, Tavon Purnell Matthews, during an argument at their residence in Waldorf, on February 18, 2018. Smith originally denied having...
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St. Charles’ Class of 2019 Members Beam with Pride During Graduation Ceremony

St. Charles’ Class of 2019 Members Beam with Pride During Graduation Ceremony

For the 320 members of the St. Charles High School Class of 2019, today marked the first day of the rest of their adult lives. They graduated today in a ceremony in which school pride and respect for each other was on full display. From smiles seen on the faces of graduates, to the...
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North Point Kicks off CCPS High School Graduation Ceremonies, Class of 2019 Earns $24 million in Scholarships

North Point Kicks off CCPS High School Graduation Ceremonies, Class of 2019 Earns $24 million in Scholarships

The 392 seniors in the North Point High School Class of 2019 graduated tonight in a ceremony that celebrated the accomplishments, successes and future plans of its graduating class. They started the night as high school seniors and left the Charles County Convocation Center as the first high school graduating class of 2019. Each...
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La Plata High School Holds Graduation Ceremony May 31

La Plata High School Holds Graduation Ceremony May 31

Family and friends celebrated 260 graduates of La Plata High School May 31 when the Class of 2019 turned their tassels from right to left. Ready to enter “the real world,” class leaders urged their peers to remember the good times while honoring — but not being locked — in the past. “Now as...
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