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Tri-County Animal Shelter Celebrates “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet” Week

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is joining Petfinder.com to celebrate “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet” week, September 17–25. Many times families overlook the black animals, the old animals, disabled animals, or the animals that are in the shelter for an extended stay. Tri-County Animal Shelter is encouraging potential adopters to consider pets they may not have previously considered adopting....
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Fall ‘Fishin’ Buddies’ Derby Coming to Gilbert Run Park

Fall ‘Fishin’ Buddies’ Derby Coming to Gilbert Run Park

The Charles County Department of Public Works, Parks Division, will sponsor the 2011 annual Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” fishing derby at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, on Saturday, October 8, from 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Anglers will compete by teams, which must include one adult at least 21 years of age and one child...
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County Commissioners Announce Upcoming Economic Summit

While many local businesses are still reeling from the effects of the recent recession, the American hallmarks of self-reliance and spirit of volunteerism are alive and well here in Charles County. The future economic prosperity of our county and citizens is one of the Charles County Commissioners’ highest priorities.  The Commissioners are seeking new...
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Charles County Public School Updated Open House Schedule

Several Charles County public schools rescheduled their open house nights for parents due to recent school closures related to weather and road conditions. The following is a list of updated open house dates and times, and other activities for schools. Please contact your child’s school for additional information. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, all...
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Board Approves Student Make-up Days, School Calendar Changes

The Board of Education today approved two additional modifications to the student calendar, bringing the number of early make-up days scheduled for students to three. The Board approved a request to have students attend school on Oct. 21 and Nov. 2, both previously scheduled as days off for students. The additional make-up days combine...
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Charles County Police Blotter

Charles County Police Blotter

The following crimes are being investigated by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO would like to remind residents to always be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to call police immediately if you see something unusual. PATROL OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECTS:  On Sept. 9 at 4:42 a.m., a witness called police and...
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Female Burglary Suspect Apprehended by Off-Duty Detective

On Sept. 12 at 11:32 a.m., officers responded to Berry Road Cleaners, 10225 Berry Road, Waldorf, for the report of an armed robbery that just occurred. According to an employee, a woman entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee grabbed the gun but the woman pulled the weapon away and...
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Route 301 Re-Opened Following Discovery of Suspicious Package

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services would like to notify citizens that Route 301 (Crain Highway) in La Plata, near the WaWa, has been re-opened to local traffic  following a temporary shut down after a suspicious package was discovered at the gas station. The package was discovered shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday,...
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CCSO Officer Receives D.A.R.E. Training Certification

CCSO Officer Receives D.A.R.E. Training Certification

Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey is pleased to announce the graduation of PFC. M. DePaulo from D.A.R.E. instructor training held Aug. 22 – Sept. 2 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, MD. PFC. DePaulo was among 20 other officers from across the region to complete the two-week certification course...
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UPDATE: High Speed Police Chase Covers Three Counties

UPDATE: High Speed Police Chase Covers Three Counties

UPDATE: On Sept. 8, 2011  at 3:53 p.m., Trooper Oles stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Route 4 at Lore Rd. in Solomons.  The driver did not have proper identification and provided a false name to the Trooper.  The driver then drove away and a pursuit began.  The pursuit continued across the Solomons Bridge,...
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Citizens Asked to Report Damages from Tropical Storm Lee

Charles County Government is asking citizens to call the Planning and Growth Management Department at 301-645-0692 or 301-645-0700 to report non-insured flood-related damages from remnants of Tropical Storm Lee that impacted the county from Thursday, September 8, through Sunday, September 11. Planning and Growth Management staff will conduct inspections to assist the county with...
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Congressman Hoyer Visits Charles County to Inspect Flood Damage

Congressman Hoyer Visits Charles County to Inspect Flood Damage

U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer visited Charles County on Sunday, September 11, to inspect damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Joined by Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly, Commissioner Ken Robinson, County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, Director of Emergency Services Bill Stephens, Director of Public Works Bill Shreve, and Supervising District Engineer for the State Highway...
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Charles County Schools Opening on Time Tomorrow; Sept. 16 Changed to Full Day

Charles County Schools Opening on Time Tomorrow; Sept. 16 Changed to Full Day

All Charles County public schools will open on time, tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 12. The Board of Education has converted Friday, Sept. 16, to a full day of school for students in order to make up for lost instructional time. Students registered to participate in 4-H activities at the Charles County Fair will receive an excused...
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Flash Flood Watch in Effect from NOON today through this Evening

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR  ALL OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND  FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING *SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. WHILE RAINFALL WITHIN THUNDERSTORMS GENERALLY SHOULD NOT EXCEED AN INCH… RECENT HEAVY RAINS...
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Police Issue an Alert for Stolen U-Hauls

Police Issue an Alert for Stolen U-Hauls

 Prince George’s County police are looking for two stolen vans. Spokesman Cpl. Evan Baxter says the two white Ford Econoline vans with U-Haul lettering were stolen at different times from two different U-Haul lots in the Temple Hills area Saturday. Police issued an alert for people to be on the lookout for the vans...
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Public Notice: Swan Point Residents Not to Use Water or Septic Until Further Notice

The Charles County Department of Public Works advises all Swan Point residents on the vacuum system not to use water or septic until further notice. Flood damage to the system is being repaired. Bottled water will be available to residents today, Sept 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of...
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School Activites Canceled for Saturday, Sept. 10

School Activites Canceled for Saturday, Sept. 10

Due to potential unsafe road conditions and flooding, all Charles County Public Schools activities scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, are canceled. The first day of school for prekindergarten students originally scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 12, has been changed to Monday, Sept. 19.
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Two Killed, Six Injured in Benedict Crash

Two Killed, Six Injured in Benedict Crash

Maryland State Police in La Plata are investigating an accident that left two dead and injured six. Fire and Rescue crews from both Calvert and Charles Counties responded to eastbound MD Route 231 at Dicandia Dorsey Place in Benedict at 11:36 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Investigation revealed a Ford Focus occupied by Evelyn Isabelle Sommer,...
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State of Emergency Declared for Charles County

State of Emergency Declared for Charles County

Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly declared a local state of emergency in Charles County at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, which will be in effect for seven days, due to severe flooding as a result of remnants of Hurricane Lee. A declaration of a local state of emergency authorizes the Charles County Department of...
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UDPATE 4:30 p.m.: Status Update of Charles County Roads

UDPATE 4:30 p.m.: Status Update of Charles County Roads

As of 4:30 p.m., the Charles County Department of Public Works is reporting that the following roads are closed and/or impassable: Allens Fresh Road (mudslide and trees) Allward Drive and St. Paul’s Drive (water main break) Bowling Drive (flooded) Bowling Road Bumpy Oak Road Cliffton Drive (one lane open) 9503 Oakridge Court, Cliffton on...
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Football Games Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has rescheduled three varsity football games to Saturday, Sept. 10, at North Point High School due to inclement weather. The following is a schedule of games for Sept. 10: * Thomas Stone High School vs. Westlake High School, 1 p.m. at North Point. Stone is the home team; *...
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Twentieth Annual Southern Maryland College Fair to be Held Sept. 20

St. Mary’s County Public Schools, in collaboration with Calvert County Public Schools, St. Mary’s Ryken High School, the College of Southern Maryland, and the St. Mary’s County Memorial Libraries are pleased to host the twentieth annual Southern Maryland College Fair. This cooperative effort will bring to Southern Maryland the largest college fair held in...
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NOTICE: Charles County Afternoon, Evening Activities Canceled

Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County Public Schools afternoon and evening activities are canceled for today, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Schools are dismissing students on time; however, flash flooding is causing some road closures. Student bus drop-off times may be delayed. If buses are unable to deliver students to their bus stops,...
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Charles County Crime Report

Charles County Crime Report

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the following incidents: THEFT: Between Sept. 4 – Sept. 5, a 2008 KTM dual sport motorcycle was stolen from a platform hitch in the 12000 block of Pierce Road in Waldorf. Officer J. Campbell is investigating.  BURGLARY: On Sept. 2 between 6:50 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., unknown...
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Gun, Marijuana Found at Local High School

Gun, Marijuana Found at Local High School

On Sept. 1, a CCSO school resource officer assigned to Henry Lackey High School located at 3000 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head, recovered several small baggies of suspected marijuana from an 18-year-old male. The student was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute. In an unrelated case the same day, a 15-year-old male...
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