St. Mary’s News

Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on October 18, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Wendy Lynn Moore, 50 of Mechanicsville, to 5 years in prison for the vehicular slaying of Brian Smith. Moore, previously entered a guilty plea to the Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter of Smith on...
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Firefighters Quickly Extinguishes Vehicle Fire in California

Firefighters Quickly Extinguishes Vehicle Fire in California

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at approximately 9:45 a.m., firefighters from Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of Patuxent Beach Road, and Kingston Creek Road for the reported vehicle fire. Crews arrived on find a Dodge Ram pick-up truck with heavy fire showing from the hood compartment. Five firefighters were on...
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NAVAIR engineers win awards at Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Conference

NAVAIR engineers win awards at Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Conference

Two NAVAIR engineers were recognized for their leadership and technical achievements at the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers National Conference in Chicago Oct. 4. Mini Anirudhan won an Employee Resource Group Leadership Award for her work with NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Diversity Advisory Team and Women’s Advisory Group, as well as her...
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Husband and Wife Arrested for First Degree Assault After Threatening to Shoot Victims

Husband and Wife Arrested for First Degree Assault After Threatening to Shoot Victims

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at approximately 8:50 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46300 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault with a firearm. Investigation determined Marcus Isaiah Peterson, 29 of Lexington Park, brandished a firearm in the area of his...
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Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Duck Hunters Say he Fired 10 to 20 Rounds Towards Their Boat in Persimmons Creek

Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Duck Hunters Say he Fired 10 to 20 Rounds Towards Their Boat in Persimmons Creek

On October 14, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Cpl. Kimberly Austin and Ofc. Emily Beckhart of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, received information regarding a subject shooting a firearm towards a vessel in Persimmons Creek off of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Police made contact with the four victims on the vessel...
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Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Inaccurate Rumor Being Shared on Facebook and Social Media

Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Inaccurate Rumor Being Shared on Facebook and Social Media

SMNEWSNET contacted the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, about the online rumor being shared on social media relaying a story that drivers are being attacked on local roads when they stop after being struck with objects or after driving over roadway debris. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received...
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VIDEO: Mother and 7-Year-Old Child Injured in Townhouse Fire Flown to Area Hospitals

VIDEO: Mother and 7-Year-Old Child Injured in Townhouse Fire Flown to Area Hospitals

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at approximately 1:40 a.m., firefighters from Bay District, NAS Patuxent River, Second District, and Hollywood, responded to 21545 Old Missouri Street, in Lexington Park for the reported townhouse fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a two-story townhouse with heavy smoke showing. Outside the residence they located two children...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

On September 20, 2018 at approximately 12:00 p.m. Trooper E. Ruggles from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, responded to Valley Drive Estates, in Lexington Park, for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, Tpr. Ruggles made contact with Tanya Anita Hall, 42 of Lexington Park, who was outside a residential area yelling and...
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​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

The Maryland Department of Health today released data for unintentional drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths through the second quarter of 2018. During this six-month period, which encompasses January through June of 2018, there were 1,325 total unintentional intoxication deaths, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2017. Of these, 1,185 were opioid-related...
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VIDEO: Vehicle Destroyed by Arson in Mechanicsville

VIDEO: Vehicle Destroyed by Arson in Mechanicsville

On October 13, 2018, at approximately 6:45 p.m., firefighters from Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department responded to 26460 Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville for the reported vehicle fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a Chevrolet Camaro fully engulfed in flames. Five firefighters extinguished the fire in approximately 5 minutes. The estimated loss is valued...
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​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

The Maryland Department of Health announced today the first confirmed cases of the seasonal flu for the 2018-2019 influenza season. Two laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been identified in one adult and one child in the   Central and Eastern Shore regions of Maryland. The confirmed flu strains are type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria)....
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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in St. Mary’s County may vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in St. Mary’s County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in St. Mary’s County. Early...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Assault

On September 21, 2018, Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sell Drive, in Lexington Park for the report of a disturbance. Police made contact with a male victim who advised Karen Ferriter, 49, of Lexington Park, had approached him and his friends and was making racial slurs towards them. The...
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55-Year-Old Lexington Park Woman in Critical Condition After Motor Vehicle Crash in Leonardtown

55-Year-Old Lexington Park Woman in Critical Condition After Motor Vehicle Crash in Leonardtown

On Oct. 16, 2018, at 1:13 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units came upon a single vehicle which had left the roadway and crashed in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road, in Leonardtown. The operator, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was found unresponsive and lifesaving efforts were initiated. EMS personnel...
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UPDATE: Lusby Woman Caught on Video Stealing Halloween Decorations Blames Mental Illnesses

UPDATE: Lusby Woman Caught on Video Stealing Halloween Decorations Blames Mental Illnesses

UPDATE 10/16/2018: Shortly after the article below on Ashley Michelle Zorn, 34, of Lusby, was Facebooked, Zorn posted a number of very lengthy comments on the SMNEWSNET Facebook page. Zorn said “Let me clarify a few things up for everybody” Below are a few paragraphs from one of many posts from Ashley Zorn’s Facebook...
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National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

Two Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police lieutenants recently graduated from law enforcement training academies that specialize in advanced leadership skills. Lt. Catherine Medellin, who commands the southern Maryland patrol area, was one of 36 conservation officers to receive diplomas from National Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, which provides practical skills and knowledge for executive-level conservation...
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Free Parent Workshop Conscious Discipline “From Choas to Calm”

Free Parent Workshop Conscious Discipline “From Choas to Calm”

Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, and other parents, grandparents, and childcare providers of young children are invited to a FREE parent workshop on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5:30-7:15 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library. Childcare will be available and light refreshments for children will be provided. This workshop focuses on Social-Emotional Learning and is part of the research...
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Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide October 18. This is one of many deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from October 18-20 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A...
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UPDATE: Missing Cows From Historic St. Mary’s City Have Been Located

UPDATE: Missing Cows From Historic St. Mary’s City Have Been Located

10/15/2018 @ 10:00 p.m.: Historic St. Mary’s City posted to following to their Facebook page. We would like to thank the community for helping us find these two. Thanks to a college student recognizing their photo on Facebook, we have been able to track down our cows, who seemingly enjoyed a lovely (and lengthy) fall...
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Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state...
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Classical Pianists Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock Perform Mozart Together in a Free Concert on Tuesday, October 16 at SMCM

Classical Pianists Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock Perform Mozart Together in a Free Concert on Tuesday, October 16 at SMCM

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Musician-in-Residence Brian Ganz and fellow music department faculty member Beverly Babcock will continue their popular noon concert series on Tuesday, October 16 in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the college campus. They will offer a discussion and performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. The program is free and open...
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St. Mary’s County Teachers to Receive Free Admission to County-Operated Museums

St. Mary’s County Teachers to Receive Free Admission to County-Operated Museums

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division will offer teachers from any educational institution free admission into St. Clement’s Island Museum or the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park when presenting a valid teacher ID at admission. While taking advantage of this opportunity to visit and learn more about these museums and historic sites,...
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Mother of 5-Year-Old Arrested After Child Said he was Zip-Tied and Duct Taped

Mother of 5-Year-Old Arrested After Child Said he was Zip-Tied and Duct Taped

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, a deputy from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the complainant, an adult male, in regard to the abuse of his 5-year-old son. The complainant received a phone call at 4:00 p.m., hours from Kimberly Dawn Stone, 25, of Great Mills, advising him to come and...
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Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

As State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, I fully support and endorse Sheriff Tim Cameron’s reelection bid for Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. Over the past twelve years, as State’s Attorney, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department, and I highly...
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Strong Armed Robbery in Lexington Park Under Investigation

Strong Armed Robbery in Lexington Park Under Investigation

On Wednesday, October 10, at approximately 11:00 p.m., police responded to the area of A&E motel for the reported strong armed robbery. Police arrived on scene to find a male victim had been assaulted and robbed of an unknown amount of U.S currency. The suspect was described as a black male wearing jeans. The...
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