St. Mary’s News

Congratulations to the 2024-25 Maryland Local Teachers of the Year!

Congratulations to the 2024-25 Maryland Local Teachers of the Year!

Today, the Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education held a special recognition ceremony for the 2024-2025 Teachers of the Year at the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building. Each of the state’s 24 school systems selects a Teacher of the Year who exemplifies outstanding work as an educator. “So...
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UPDATE: PG County Man Released on Recognizance After High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

UPDATE: PG County Man Released on Recognizance After High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

UPDATE 5/21/2024: Judge Karen Christy Holt released Cordell Marquis Green on his own recognizance on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024. Cordell Marquis Green age 22 of Laurel, MD was charged with THEFT: $25,000 TO UND $100,000, MOTOR VEH/UNLAWFUL TAKING and RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT The two juveniles were transported to the hospital for precautionary measures. According to...
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Maryland State Police Aviation Command Rescues Injured Hiker In St. Mary’s County

Maryland State Police Aviation Command Rescues Injured Hiker In St. Mary’s County

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command on Monday, May 20th, 2024, rescued an injured hiker at St. Mary’s River State Park. At approximately 12:00p.m., on Monday the Maryland State Police Aviation Command was requested to assist St. Mary’s County fire personnel with the extrication of an injured hiker, who was located three miles into...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – May 14th 2024

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – May 14th 2024

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County (CSMC) began their business meeting with an invocation and the pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda. The CSMC then presented proclamations in recognition of National Drug Court Month, Stroke Awareness Month, Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, and Historic Preservation Month. The CSMC and Department...
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Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) Passes Key Milestone: Completes Gate 2 R3B

Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) Passes Key Milestone: Completes Gate 2 R3B

The Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) (FVL (MS)) program recently completed its Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), culminating in a Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities (N9) “Gate 2” Resources and Requirements Review Board (R3B). The board unanimously endorsed the results of the AoA and directed the program to...
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Public Invited to Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Council Meeting

Public Invited to Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Council Meeting

The Calvert – St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO), the board that administers the transportation planning process in designated areas of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, will hold a council meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in the Waterfront Lounge at the Calvert Marine Museum, located at 14150 Solomons Island Road...
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Maryland Summer-Fall 2024 Striped Bass Season Opened May 16th, 2024

Maryland Summer-Fall 2024 Striped Bass Season Opened May 16th, 2024

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced regulations for the summer recreational striped bass fishing season beginning May 16, 2024, which continues existing conservation measures put in place in an effort to protect the striped bass fishery on the East Coast. Striped bass season in the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay will be open May 16; the remainder...
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Lexington Park Woman Charged for Possession with Intent to Distribute

Lexington Park Woman Charged for Possession with Intent to Distribute

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions arrested and charged Danielle Lynette Washington, 37, of Lexington Park, with CDS: Possession With Intent to Distribute Narcotics, CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, and two counts CDS: Possession – Not Cannabis. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, while conducting proactive traffic...
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Meet Tori Tayman, The Executive Assistant for Naval Test Wing Atlantic at NAS Pax River!

Meet Tori Tayman, The Executive Assistant for Naval Test Wing Atlantic at NAS Pax River!

Tori Tayman is the Executive Assistant for Naval Test Wing Atlantic at NAS Pax River. She provides high-level administrative support to NTWL leadership in a number of ways, including research, preparing reports, information requests and clerical functions (i.e. travel arrangements, correspondence, schedules, etc). Tori is a graduate of Chopticon High School in 2020 (the...
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UPDATE: First Responders Locate Woman Who Jumped from Thomas Johnson Bridge, Victim Succumbs to Injuries

UPDATE: First Responders Locate Woman Who Jumped from Thomas Johnson Bridge, Victim Succumbs to Injuries

UPDATE: 11:00 A.M.: We regret to say the victim has died from their injuries. No other updates will be provided. Please, if you or anyone you know is battling depression and are considering suicide, reach out to someone. You are not in this alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255...
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UPDATE: Police Make Arrest for April 2024 Shooting at Applebee’s in California

UPDATE: Police Make Arrest for April 2024 Shooting at Applebee’s in California

UPDATE 5/15/2024: Following an ongoing investigation by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Jontae Lamont Proctor, 21, of No Fixed Address, was apprehended on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in connection with the April 2, 2024 shooting at Applebee’s in California, MD. Proctor was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a business in...
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St. Clement’s Island Museum & Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Offering Free Admission to Military Members from May to September

St. Clement’s Island Museum & Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Offering Free Admission to Military Members from May to September

Through the Blue Stars Museum Program, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division will offer free admission to museums and historic sites for actively serving members of the armed forces, as well as up to 5 family members, from Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 18, 2024) until Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2024). Participating sites...
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Maryland’s License-Free Fishing Days Provide Access to Angling for All

Maryland’s License-Free Fishing Days Provide Access to Angling for All

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will offer license-free fishing days for all state residents and visitors on June 1, June 8, and July 4. These annual events provide anglers a unique opportunity to explore the state’s diverse fishing without needing a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration. The department hosts license-free fishing every...
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Report Dolphin Sightings and Help Scientists with Chesapeake Bay Research

Report Dolphin Sightings and Help Scientists with Chesapeake Bay Research

Thousands of residents and visitors with their eyes on the water have helped scientists understand when bottlenose dolphins are visiting the Chesapeake Bay. Are you ready to be one of them? Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory launched the Chesapeake DolphinWatch App in 2017 to get real-time reports of...
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Maryland DNR Biologists Monitor a Critical Year of Striped Bass Eggs, Larvae

Maryland DNR Biologists Monitor a Critical Year of Striped Bass Eggs, Larvae

Laughing gulls circled and cawed in anticipation. An osprey hauled an improbably large branch through bright green treetops. It was Earth Day, April 22, and the living things on the Choptank River marked the occasion by going on as usual. But below the water’s surface, a process was underway that repeats every year in...
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The Week in Winners: $1 Million Prize in Columbia, $100,000 Big Spin Win Highlight the Week

The Week in Winners: $1 Million Prize in Columbia, $100,000 Big Spin Win Highlight the Week

The biggest Maryland Lottery prize of the past week was a $1 million scratch-off win on a ticket sold in Columbia. But perhaps the Lottery’s highlight of the week came on the morning of May 6, when a lucky lady from Baltimore visited the Winner’s Circle room at Lottery headquarters and became the first...
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CSM Commemorates 65th Spring Commencement with 449 Candidates Receiving 367 Degrees, 111 Certificates

CSM Commemorates 65th Spring Commencement with 449 Candidates Receiving 367 Degrees, 111 Certificates

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated its time-honored graduation ceremonies in front of a packed house during its 65th Spring Commencement May 10. The college celebrated 449 candidates for graduation for earning 367 degrees and 111 certificates during three commencement ceremonies marked with laughter, cheers and applause. Of the students being celebrated, 46.3 percent were...
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Indoor Pickleball is Coming to Southern Maryland

Indoor Pickleball is Coming to Southern Maryland

Dill Dinkers Pickleball, an established leader of dedicated indoor pickleball, known for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment, announced today the addition of its 16th regional developer. The individuals behind this partnership have committed to the development of eight or more dedicated indoor pickleball facilities throughout Southern Maryland including Calvert, St. Mary’s, Charles, Prince...
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UPDATE: Piney Point Man Indicted for Sex with a Dog and Killing a Rabbit and Hamster

UPDATE: Piney Point Man Indicted for Sex with a Dog and Killing a Rabbit and Hamster

UPDATE 5/13/2024: Sean Patrick Kraese, age 24, of Piney Point, was indicted by a Grand Jury in St. Mary’s County on six criminal counts related to the killing of animals and having sex with a dog. Indictment one stated that Kraese did knowingly distribute an obscene video of him manually stimulating a dog’s aroused...
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Firefighters Respond to Reported Structure Fire and Find Vehicle Into Residence, One Flown with Serious Injuries

Firefighters Respond to Reported Structure Fire and Find Vehicle Into Residence, One Flown with Serious Injuries

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 7:40 a.m., firefighters from St. Mary’s and Charles County responded to the 28400 block of St. Mary’s Avenue in Mechanicsville, for the reported smoke coming from a residence. The 911 caller, who was riding on the Three Notch Trail called 911 after observing smoke coming from the garage...
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St. Mary’s County Man Wins $50,000 on Scratch-Off at Sheetz in California

St. Mary’s County Man Wins $50,000 on Scratch-Off at Sheetz in California

A Maryland Lottery player from Southern Maryland recently topped his personal best Lottery win of $500 by a factor of 100, claiming a $50,000 top prize on the $5 Money Money Money game. “I love it. You gotta play to win,” he said while in the Winner’s Circle at Maryland Lottery headquarters. A few...
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UPDATE: Jury Convicts Man for First-Degree Murder of Teenager and Attempted Murder of Five Additional Teens in Drive-By Shooting

UPDATE: Jury Convicts Man for First-Degree Murder of Teenager and Attempted Murder of Five Additional Teens in Drive-By Shooting

5/10/2024: Latres Javontae Cockerham, 26, of California, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Joseph James Oakes, 19 of Lexington Park, and the attempted first-degree murders of five additional teenagers for his participation in a drive-by shooting that occurred on January 12, 2022. “The Defendant deliberately maneuvered his vehicle as his co-defendants rapidly fired...
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Police Investigating a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Mini-Bike

Police Investigating a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Mini-Bike

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 12:47 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of North Essex Drive and Saratoga Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle had struck a mini-bike with the adult...
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226 Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at NASCAR Xfinity Series Race in Daytona, August 2024

226 Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at NASCAR Xfinity Series Race in Daytona, August 2024

Release and all photos taken by and thanks to Whelen, NASCAR, and Richard Childress Racing: We were extremely proud and honored to bring so many to our booth for the unveiling of the special paint scheme for the No. 2 Whelen Chevy Camaro honoring 226 firefighters who died in the line of duty, and...
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Lexington Park Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Carnival

Lexington Park Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Carnival

UPDATE 5/8/2024: State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that Devron Ny’Quez Murray, 20, of Lexington Park, Maryland, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years consecutive to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the shooting homicide that took place at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Carnival on July 15, 2022. Following...
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