St. Mary’s News

Police Arrest Mechanicsville Man for Burglary and Recover Stolen Mini-Bike

Police Arrest Mechanicsville Man for Burglary and Recover Stolen Mini-Bike

On January 13, 2022, at 2:15 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in the 3700 block of Crain Highway for speeding. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a new mini-bike in the back. Through further investigation, officers were able to confirm the mini-bike had just been stolen from...
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UPDATE – Details Released: Police Arrest Man Involved in Murder of 19-Year-Old Male Lexington Park

UPDATE – Details Released: Police Arrest Man Involved in Murder of 19-Year-Old Male Lexington Park

UPDATE 1/14/2022 @ 11:30 a.m.: According to court documents, Joseph James Oakes, age 19 of Lexington Park was in the vehicle with five other subjects at the time of his murder. Oakes died from a gunshot wound to his upper body. A second victim sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm, and a...
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No Injuries Reported After Shooting in Lexington Park, Occupied Vehicle and Residence Struck

No Injuries Reported After Shooting in Lexington Park, Occupied Vehicle and Residence Struck

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., police responded to the 21700 block of Kearsarge Place in Lexington Park, for multiple 911 calls of shots fired. Multiple 911 callers reported hearing gunshots, one 911 caller was a victim stating their vehicle was struck multiple times and was uninjured. Police made contact with...
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9-Month Old Flown to Children’s Center After Being Bit by Dog in Hollywood

9-Month Old Flown to Children’s Center After Being Bit by Dog in Hollywood

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, at approximately 6:19 p.m., police and emergency medical personnel responded to the 23800 block of Mill Pond Road in Hollywood, for the reported dog bite/animal attack. Crews arrived on the scene to find a 9-month old male with injuries to the face after a dog bite. Emergency medical personnel...
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Call for Nominations: Women’s History Month Symposium 2022

Call for Nominations: Women’s History Month Symposium 2022

Nominations are open for the 2022 Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman Awards. We want to hear about the extraordinary women in our community who inspire you! The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women is now accepting nominations for Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman. The awards recognize women who have made...
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Governor Hogan Announces $4.6 Billion Tax Relief Package for Hardworking Maryland Families, Small Businesses, and Retirees

Governor Hogan Announces $4.6 Billion Tax Relief Package for Hardworking Maryland Families, Small Businesses, and Retirees

Governor Larry Hogan announced the largest tax relief package in state history to deliver more than $4.6 billion in much-needed relief for hardworking Maryland families, small businesses, and retirees. “Next to our health recovery from the worst pandemic in more than a century, nothing is more important than our continued economic recovery,” said Governor...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 11, 2022

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 11, 2022

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their first regular business meeting of the new year in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The Commissioners recognized two retirees from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Harold Young and Michael Gardiner. Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, county health officer, provided the monthly COVID-19 brief to the...
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Maryland 9-1-1 Board Warns that 3G Network Mobile Phones May Cease Operating in 2022

Maryland 9-1-1 Board Warns that 3G Network Mobile Phones May Cease Operating in 2022

The Maryland 9-1-1 Board is issuing a warning to consumers that older phones may cease operating in early 2022 due to the retirement of 3G networks and support for phones using 3G service. This may include other devices that use 3G connectivity, such as some medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches, and home security...
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Noise Advisory – Low-Altitude Test Flights Scheduled Jan. 13-14, 2022 Near Webster Field

Noise Advisory – Low-Altitude Test Flights Scheduled Jan. 13-14, 2022 Near Webster Field

Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field are advised that low-altitude aircraft flight test events are scheduled to take place January 13 and January 14, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
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Governor Hogan Announces Expanded, $500 Million Re-Fund The Police Initiative, Reintroduction of Major Crime Legislation

Governor Hogan Announces Expanded, $500 Million Re-Fund The Police Initiative, Reintroduction of Major Crime Legislation

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the expansion of his Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment in increased support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control and victim protection services across the state. The governor also announced that he will reintroduce legislation to address violent crime during the upcoming session...
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Maryland’s Winter Turkey Season Opens January 20

Maryland’s Winter Turkey Season Opens January 20

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the opening of the winter turkey season, which runs statewide from Jan. 20-22 for hunters who did not harvest a turkey during the 2021 fall season. Hunting hours are from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex.  “Wild...
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UPDATE: Lexington Park Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder After Stabbing on Great Mills Road

UPDATE: Lexington Park Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder After Stabbing on Great Mills Road

UPDATE 1/10/2022: On Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 3:16 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21600 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Frederick Lee Weems, age 42 of Lexington Park, forced entry to the victim’s residence and stabbed the victim...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed 50-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE: Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed  50-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE 1/10/2022 @ 9:35 a.m.: On Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 at approximately 8:43 pm, patrol deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Baptist Church Road in the area of Hidden Acres Court in Mechanicsville. A 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was located off of...
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St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Seeks Public’s Assistance to Alleviate Hospital Emergency Department Overload in the Face of COVID-19 Surge

St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Seeks Public’s Assistance to Alleviate Hospital Emergency Department Overload in the Face of COVID-19 Surge

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services is asking St. Mary’s County residents to help alleviate the unprecedented strain that COVID-19 and its emerging variants have placed on the area’s emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, frontline responders, and hospitals. COVID-19 infections continue to spread rapidly throughout Maryland. Increased numbers of hospitalizations have led...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Assault Suspect

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Assault Suspect

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in an assault investigation. On Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., the suspect entered the Lexington Park Stop N Shop to buy a pack of cigarettes. The suspect then walked behind the counter, threatened to shoot the victim and...
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No Injuries Reported After Firefighter Respond to Vehicle Fire Threatening Residence in Mechanicsville

No Injuries Reported After Firefighter Respond to Vehicle Fire Threatening Residence in Mechanicsville

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at approximately 1:25 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown, Seventh District, Hughesville, and Bay District responded to the 27000 block of Glebe Farm Lane in Mechanicsville, for the reported vehicle on fire threatening a residence. The 911 caller reported a pickup truck was on fire next to, and spreading...
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SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has nearly all of its crews and contractors working in the Nanjemoy, Grayton, and Indian Head areas of Charles County. According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “We had restored electric service to everyone in Calvert, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, but...
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Two Dead and One Transported with Life-Threatening Injuries After Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Brandywine

Two Dead and One Transported with Life-Threatening Injuries After Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Brandywine

Prince George’s County First Responders responded to the 14000 block of South Springfield Road in Brandywine, for an investigation. Crews arrived on the scene and found two deceased victims and one victim unconscious. Firefighters found a generator inside the home that was on and running. The unconscious victim was transported with life-threatening injuries. The...
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St. Mary’s County Government Offices Operating Under Delayed Opening Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

St. Mary’s County Government Offices Operating Under Delayed Opening Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Winter weather across the area has brought snow and may cause hazardous travel conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution while traveling. As such, St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Liberal leave remains in effect for employees. The Department of Recreation and...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River has announced it will be open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule Friday, January 7, 2022. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled; Critical Personnel are designated as those performing duties that are critical to the operations of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety, and other crucial operations....
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Maryland Deer Firearms Season Reopens January 7th

Maryland Deer Firearms Season Reopens January 7th

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the January firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 7, 2022, in Deer Management Region B, which includes all of the state except the westernmost counties. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season. The season is open Jan. 7-8 in...
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School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

Due to inclement weather conditions the following closures and delays have been announced for Friday, January 7, 2022. Check back for updates. St. Mary’s County St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Friday, January 7, 2022.AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school....
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St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments had 179 total calls for service on January 3, 2022 Mechanicsville VFD responded to 69 total incidents on January 3, 2022 Attached is a photo showing the call volume for January 3rd. The blue highlighted section is the Mechanicsville VFD first due response area. Mechanicsville VFD also...
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State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for the next round of winter weather poised to affect the state. The current timing of this storm is anticipated to influence both the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Motorists are encouraged to telework if possible or reschedule/cancel their commute to...
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UPDATE: SMECO Continues Power Restoration & Nears Completion

UPDATE: SMECO Continues Power Restoration & Nears Completion

As of 9 p.m. Thursday, January 6, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has substantially completed power restoration in Calvert, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. Remaining outages in Charles County are expected to be addressed by Friday evening. Tom Dennison, SMECO spokesperson, said, “We are winding down and restoring service to the remaining customers...
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