St. Mary’s News

Maryland State Police to Participate In Annual National Night Out Events on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Maryland State Police to Participate In Annual National Night Out Events on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Maryland State Troopers will join communities and other law enforcement agencies across the state on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in support of National Night Out. Every year since 1984 National Night Out is observed on the first Tuesday in August in local communities to promote positive police-community partnerships and neighborhood comradery to make all...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Robbery and Firebombing of Mechanicsville 7-Eleven, No Injuries Reported

UPDATE: Police Investigating Robbery and Firebombing of Mechanicsville 7-Eleven, No Injuries Reported

UPDATE – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: On July 25, 2021, at approximately 4:39 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 28200 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, for a hold-up alarm activation. Deputies arrived on scene and located the employee/victim outside and heavy smoke inside...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force Adds the Federal Bureau of Investigation to List of Partners

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force Adds the Federal Bureau of Investigation to List of Partners

UPDATE 7/27/2021: Sheriff Tim Cameron is pleased to welcome the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a collaborative community partner in the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force. “FBI Baltimore is proud to partner with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and assist the Youth Gun Violence Task Force that...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force Make Multiple Arrests on July 22, 2021

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force Make Multiple Arrests on July 22, 2021

On July 22, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force were in the 21800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, to serve an outstanding warrant on Jamaze Jovan Wood, age 22, of no fixed address. As members of the task force approached Wood, he fled on foot and was subsequently...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating One Shot in Great Mills

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating One Shot in Great Mills

On Monday, July 26, 2021, at approximately 10:15 a.m., police responded to the 45000 block of Chancellors Run Court in Great Mills, for the report of shots fired. Officers arrived in the area and found shell casings in the roadway. No victim was found, however, a short time later, police responded to the MedStar...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup July 27, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup July 27, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. Following approval of the Consent Agenda, the Commissioners recognized Tom Hodges Auto Sales with a Proclamation for 31 years of service. The Commissioners also recognized several local black-owned businesses with a Proclamation for...
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Local Public Health Advisory: Recent Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Local Public Health Advisory: Recent Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has shown a recent increase in several key indicators, including: Total cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County residents: 7,536 (+85 in past 7 days) Number of Breakthrough Cases: 63 (+19 in the past 7 days, 43% increase) Identified Variants...
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Preparing Your Children to Stay Home Alone – Fire Safety and Beyond

Preparing Your Children to Stay Home Alone – Fire Safety and Beyond

Story courtesy of the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department / PIO / Fire Prevention Officer Scot Best At some point during the school year and summer, you may begin to consider the possibility of having your children care for themselves throughout the day. Self-care can be a rewarding experience for children who are ready for...
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Two Flown to Area Trauma Center After Motorcycle Strikes Pedestrian at Maryland International Raceway

Two Flown to Area Trauma Center After Motorcycle Strikes Pedestrian at Maryland International Raceway

On Sunday, July 25, 2021, at approximately 11:55 a.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the Maryland International Raceway located at 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a pedestrian with one patient unconscious. Crews arrived on the scene to find two victims on the...
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One Flown to Area Trauma Center After 170 MPH Motorcycle Crash at Maryland International Raceway

One Flown to Area Trauma Center After 170 MPH Motorcycle Crash at Maryland International Raceway

On Friday, July 23, 2021, at approximately 10:05 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the Maryland International Raceway located at 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported high speed collision involving a motorcycle. The 911 caller/EMT on the scene requested a helicopter for an adult male after an approximately 170...
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Minor Injuries Reported After Motorcycle Crash at Maryland International Raceway

Minor Injuries Reported After Motorcycle Crash at Maryland International Raceway

On Friday, July 23, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the Maryland International Raceway located at 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. Crews arrived on the scene to find a 61-year-old male with minor injuries. The operator of the...
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11-Year-Old Female Flown to Area Trauma Center After Being Run Over by Vehicle in California

11-Year-Old Female Flown to Area Trauma Center After Being Run Over by Vehicle in California

On Friday, July 23, 2021, at approximately 8:35 p.m., police, fire and rescue  personnel responded to the area of Myrtle Point Park located at 24050 Patuxent Boulevard in California, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The 911 caller reported a 12-year-old female fell out of the vehicle and was then run...
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Margaret Anne “Peggy” Smolarsky, 63

Margaret Anne “Peggy” Smolarsky, 63

Margaret Anne “Peggy” Smolarsky, 63, passed away with her family by her side on July 20, 2021. Born in Cheverly, MD, she was the daughter of Laurence A. Walsh and the late Doris Strain Walsh. She retired from serving the St. Mary’s County, Maryland community as a deputy sheriff. After retiring, Peggy enjoyed spending...
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MedStar St. Mary’s Award Scholarships to Six Area Students

MedStar St. Mary’s Award Scholarships to Six Area Students

For 20 years, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has supported students in the Southern Maryland region by providing scholarships to individuals pursing degrees in health care. Since 2001, 169 students have received support through this program. For 2021, six area students were awarded $132,000 in scholarships to help them continue their journey to become the...
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Sotterley Barn Bash & Craft Beer Tasting on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sotterley Barn Bash & Craft Beer Tasting on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Historic Sotterley’s Barn Bash & Craft Beer Tasting returns for Summer 2021! This popular event is back and offers something for everyone: an incredible selection of craft beer, live music from Unfinished Business, artisan vendors, lawn games, and food truck vendors offering everything from nachos to jerk chicken. We even have wine for purchase...
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New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning Category to Trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on Mobile Phones

New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning Category to Trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on Mobile Phones

Severe thunderstorms can be life-threatening, but not all severe storms are the same. Hazardous conditions range from tornadoes, large hail storms, and widespread straight-line winds called derechoes, to cloud-to-ground lightning and flash flooding. Starting August 2, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by...
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Valley Lee Volunteer Fire/Rescue Squad Life Member Joe Slade Inducted Into Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame

Valley Lee Volunteer Fire/Rescue Squad Life Member Joe Slade Inducted Into Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame

The officers and members of the Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, Inc. are proud to announce the selection of Mr. Joseph V. Slade for induction into the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame for 2021. Joe Slade joined the Department in 1969. Mr. Slade has been an active member...
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Youth Gun Violence Task Force Continue to Make Arrests in St. Mary’s County

Youth Gun Violence Task Force Continue to Make Arrests in St. Mary’s County

On July 21, 2021, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Task Force executed a search and seizure warrant in the 46400 block of Munley Lane in Lexington Park. The subject of the warrant, Jamal Kedrick Davis, age 24 of Lexington Park, was located in his vehicle. Found in the...
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Fox Tests Positive for Rabies in Lexington Park

Fox Tests Positive for Rabies in Lexington Park

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) reports that a fox captured near Hilton Drive in the Lexington Park area has tested positive for rabies. The test results were confirmed by the State’s laboratory at the Maryland Department of Health in Baltimore. The fox may have exposed a feral cat population in the area...
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Remembering Retired St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Smolarsky

Remembering Retired St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Smolarsky

It is with profound grief and sadness that we announce the passing of retired Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Ann Smolarsky, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, who passed away on July 20, 2021 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Peggy was born in March of 1958, in Cheverly, Maryland and grew up in Prince...
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Maryland Emergency Management Agency Awards $4 Million to Fire, EMS, and Rescue Departments

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Awards $4 Million to Fire, EMS, and Rescue Departments

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced awards of $4 million in federal funding made available through the Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) of 2021. MEMA will distribute these funds to 181 volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue departments throughout the State of Maryland to assist with hardship relief...
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Traffic on Maryland Roads and Highways Begins to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels

Traffic on Maryland Roads and Highways Begins to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels

According to new data from state transportation officials, traffic on Maryland roads and highways has begun to approach and exceed pre-pandemic levels. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic...
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Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved...
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A Reminder to Marylanders: Keep Wildlife in the Wild

A Reminder to Marylanders: Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Each year during the spring and summer months, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) receive reports of captive wildlife situations in which residents attempt to care for or possess wild animals. These attempts are often made with good intentions but pose serious risks to both the...
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St. Mary’s County Man Wanted for Sex Offender Violation

St. Mary’s County Man Wanted for Sex Offender Violation

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Richard Howard Tucker Jr., who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for a Sex Offender Violation. Tucker is 36 years old with an address in California, MD. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Taylore Nauman at 301-475-4200,...
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