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Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Yvette Jefferson is doing her part to raise awareness about the critical importance of organ donation. Years ago, Yvette’s father Junious was in end-stage heart failure and passed away while waiting for a heart transplant. Since her father’s lifesaving gift didn’t come in time, Yvette has become a Donate Life ambassador to encourage others...
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UPDATE: No Injuries Reported After Officers De-Escalate Dangerous Situation Involving Armed Man in La Plata

UPDATE: No Injuries Reported After Officers De-Escalate Dangerous Situation Involving Armed Man in La Plata

UPDATE: On Sunday, April 4 at 8:45 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the 9900 block of Charles Street in La Plata for the report of a man breaking out windows of a car. Upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male standing near a truck on the side of the road. He...
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Maryland State Police Aviation Awards James Anton with ‘Technician of the Year

Maryland State Police Aviation Awards James Anton with ‘Technician of the Year

The statewide 2020 ‘Technician of the Year’ award was presented to Mr. James Anton by Major Tagliaferri, MSPAC Commander, and Deputy Director Mr. Lance Wood. Mr. Anton, assigned to the Aviation Maintenance Command Headquarters, began his career with the Maryland State Police in September of 2008 following several years of assembling satellites for Orbital...
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SMECO Nominating Committee to Meet

SMECO Nominating Committee to Meet

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) Board of Directors has appointed 10 members to the 2021 Nominating Committee scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at SMECO’s headquarters in Hughesville or via teleconference. The committee will select a slate of candidates for the five Board positions to be elected this year. Elections will be...
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Governor Hogan Announces Accelerated Vaccine Eligibility Schedule for All Marylanders

Governor Hogan Announces Accelerated Vaccine Eligibility Schedule for All Marylanders

Governor Larry Hogan announced the expansion and acceleration of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all adults in the State of Maryland: Beginning today, Tuesday, April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites. By next Monday, April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to schedule...
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UPDATE: Police in Charles County Searching for Two Armed Robbery Suspects – Cash Reward Offered

UPDATE: Police in Charles County Searching for Two Armed Robbery Suspects – Cash Reward Offered

Update from CCSO: On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at approximately 11:02 a.m., officers responded to the 12100 block of Old Line Center in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. The initial investigation revealed a courier was making a delivery to a pharmacy when two suspects approached him. The suspects assaulted the courier...
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Troopers Recover Seven Guns During Weekend Traffic Incidents

Troopers Recover Seven Guns During Weekend Traffic Incidents

On the morning of April 2nd, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to the area of I-695 and Rt. 295 for the report of a crash.  The driver was seen walking away from the site.  Troopers caught up to him on Rt. 259 near Nursery Road and noticed signs of impairment.  He was...
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Driver Flown to Trauma Center After Motor Vehicle Accident in Charlotte Hall

Driver Flown to Trauma Center After Motor Vehicle Accident in Charlotte Hall

On Monday, April 5, 2021, at approximately 12:35 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel from Charles and St. Mary’s Counties responded to a motor vehicle accident on Three Notch Road in the area of Mt. Wolf Road in Charlotte Hall. Emergency personnel arrived to find the single vehicle off the roadway. The male driver...
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Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) Recognizes Five Charles County Art Teachers as Outstanding Educators

Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) Recognizes Five Charles County Art Teachers as Outstanding Educators

Five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) art teachers were recently recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) as outstanding educators. The association named three teachers as CCPS Career Art Educators of the Year. They are Kristina Blakeslee of Maurice J. McDonough High School; Christine Chinault of Malcolm Elementary School; and Gayle Kraus of...
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Governor Hogan Announces 75% of Marylanders 65 and Over Have Received COVID-19 Vaccines

Governor Hogan Announces 75% of Marylanders 65 and Over Have Received COVID-19 Vaccines

Governor Larry Hogan announced that, according to CDC data, Maryland has surpassed 75% of Marylanders 65 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Maryland has arrived at this milestone at a faster rate than 30 other states. “We have placed Maryland’s seniors at the forefront of our statewide vaccination strategy,...
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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Baltimore Field Office Condemn Acts of Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Urge Reporting of Hate Crimes

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Baltimore Field Office Condemn Acts of Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Urge Reporting of Hate Crimes

Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office today condemned bigotry and hatred against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and encouraged members of the public to report to law enforcement incidents of violence, threats and harassment....
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State Fire Marshal Investigating Large Workshop Fire in Mechanicsville

State Fire Marshal Investigating Large Workshop Fire in Mechanicsville

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, at approximately 12:50 a.m., firefighters from St. Mary’s and Charles County responded to 10185 Brookline Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported explosion with fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find fire showing from a one-story workshop that was approximately 100 x 100. Firefighters controlled the fire in under...
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Maryland Regional Junior High School Symposium (JSHS) winners

Maryland Regional Junior High School Symposium (JSHS) winners

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) and our partners the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) are pleased to announce that that the virtual MD Regional JSHS competition on March 15th & 16th, 2021 has been completed and the winners have been announced. We would like to congratulate...
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Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor Warn Public Of Unemployment Insurance, Other Monetary Scams

Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor Warn Public Of Unemployment Insurance, Other Monetary Scams

The Maryland Department of State Police and the Maryland Department of Labor are warning the public of an increase in unemployment insurance related fraud cases and other scams being reported in the region. In recent months, investigators have been contacted regarding a wide variety of schemes targeting individuals, vulnerable populations, charities and local, state...
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Detectives Arrest Four Suspects Involved in October Armed Robbery at Convenience Store, Multiple Illegal Firearms Recovered During Search Warrant

Detectives Arrest Four Suspects Involved in October Armed Robbery at Convenience Store, Multiple Illegal Firearms Recovered During Search Warrant

On October 12, 2020, two suspects armed with a gun robbed a clerk at a convenience store in the 11600 block of Billingsley Road. Detectives responded to the scene and began investigating leads. During their investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for a residence in La Plata. On March 25, 2021, they served the...
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Charles County Public Schools Seniors Electrical Apprentice Program, Applications Open on March 30, 2021

Charles County Public Schools Seniors Electrical Apprentice Program, Applications Open on March 30, 2021

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has partnered with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake to provide rising seniors with an opportunity to complete an electrical apprenticeship program. The program begins for accepted students this summer with on-the-job training, and a split training and class schedule for the 2021-22 school year. The program includes 450 paid...
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Maryland Receives Highest Honor in Emergency Management, Becoming One of Three Jurisdictions to Earn Honor in 2021

Maryland Receives Highest Honor in Emergency Management, Becoming One of Three Jurisdictions to Earn Honor in 2021

The State of Maryland joins Arkansas and Washoe County, NV. as the three jurisdictions to have earned the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) distinction in 2021. “We are thrilled and extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). “This accreditation shows our commitment to our...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Congratulates K-9 Graduates

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Congratulates K-9 Graduates

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office congratulations to their most recent K-9 graduates! Cpl. Claude Clevenger #337 and K-9 Draco PFC Jonathan Fromme #543 and K-9 Ozzy PFC Tyler Willis #641 and K-9 Mazli PFC Dominick Paige #1115 and K-9 Thor (Forest Heights Police Department) All completed a Basic Patrol Handlers Course and Detector Handlers...
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Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will not hold traditional high school proms or senior formals this school year. High school prom dates are identified annually in the Parent Handbook/Calendar, but are subject to change. A committee of CCPS staff and administrators considered ways to alter the traditional prom to meet...
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CSM’s Business Administration Degree and Allied Health Program Earn Top Ranking in the U.S.

CSM’s Business Administration Degree and Allied Health Program Earn Top Ranking in the U.S.

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been awarded top ranking status for its Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree and Allied Health programs by Intelligent.com. CSM was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each...
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Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of March 28, to April 5, 2021

Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of March 28, to April 5, 2021

The Speed Camera Program will operate at schools that are open and or for those dispensing meals and educational supplies for our students. Please drive responsibly, especially when traveling in the area of these schools. Speed cameras are at the following locations for the week of Monday, March 29, 2021, to Monday, April 5,...
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Governor Hogan Announces More Than 2.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In Maryland

Governor Hogan Announces More Than 2.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has officially surpassed the milestone of 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines administered. A total of 2,532,863 vaccines have been administered across the state’s distribution network. With 347,991 doses administered over the last seven days, the state’s seven-day average is a record 49,713 shots per day. According to...
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Southern Maryland

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Anne Arundel County, St. Mary’s County, Calvert County, Southeastern Prince George’s, and Eastern Charles County until 8:00 p.m. Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Waldorf to near Colonial Beach, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD…60 mph...
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Justice Department Takes Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

Justice Department Takes Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

The Department of Justice announced an update today on criminal and civil enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs. As of today, the Department of Justice has publicly charged 474 defendants with criminal offenses based...
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Police Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Murder Case on Amber Leaf Place

Police Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Murder Case on Amber Leaf Place

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have identified two suspects in connection with the murder of Daniel McClellan-Givens, 17, who was shot and killed on November 3, 2020 in the 2000 block of Amber Leaf Place in Waldorf. An arrest warrant was obtained for Anthony Edward Small, 21, of Capitol Heights charging him with first-degree murder,...
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