St. Mary’s News

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Comprehensive School Safety Bill Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Comprehensive School Safety Bill Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan was joined today by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch to sign 114 bills into law at a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The signing followed the conclusion of the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly on Monday, April...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Help Identifying Hit and Run Suspect

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Help Identifying Hit and Run Suspect

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On March 30, 2018, the individual pictured was operating a red vehicle in the parking lot of the Wawa store, located on Three Notch Road, in California, when he struck another vehicle causing damage to that vehicle. After striking the...
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UPDATE – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Child PLaying with Lighter to Blame for Lexington Park Fire

UPDATE – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Child PLaying with Lighter to Blame for Lexington Park Fire

UPDATE 4/10/2018 @ 2:00 p.m.: The Office of the State Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire that started in the interior of the garage was accidental, and started by a child playing with a lighter. The total cost of damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $20,000. Smoke alarms were present and...
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Lexington Park Man Wanted for Escape

Lexington Park Man Wanted for Escape

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Donell Eugene Martin, 47, of Lexington Park. Martin has an active warrant for escape for pretrial violations. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Donell Eugene Martin, is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996, or by email at...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns Citizens of Jury Scam

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns Citizens of Jury Scam

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has become aware the perpetrators of this scam are now using the names of Sheriff’s Office employees in this scam, and are providing actual Sheriff’s Office extensions and phone numbers. Citizens are reminded to call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office if you have been victimized by...
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Social Media Threat Against School Had Nothing to do With Maryland, Police Say

Social Media Threat Against School Had Nothing to do With Maryland, Police Say

A message was originally posted to Snapchat and featured a young man apparently holding a rifle, with the caption “F— CHS I’m going out with a bang” and “don’t go to school tmrw.” Some people interpreted it “CHS” to mean Chesapeake High School in Essex. Others feared it might reference Chesapeake High School in...
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REMINDER: Wireless Emergency Alert Test to be Sent Out

REMINDER: Wireless Emergency Alert Test to be Sent Out

This morning, April 5, 2018, between 10 and 11 a.m., there will be a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) TEST that will be sent out in and near the Washington, D.C. and National Capital Region. This is ONLY A TEST and there is no action required for those that receive it.
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Brutal Beating at Leonardtown High School Results in Slap on the Wrist for Howard Straughn

Brutal Beating at Leonardtown High School Results in Slap on the Wrist for Howard Straughn

  UPDATE 4/4/2018: Howard Anthony Straughn, 18, of Hollywood, was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct for the beating of a fellow student at Leonardtown High School. Straughn pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.udge Straughn was sentenced to 18 months in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, by Judge Riddle, with all but six...
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Wednesday’s Pet is ELVIS

Wednesday’s Pet is ELVIS

Wednesday’s Pet for 4/4/18 ELVIS Featured Pet: ELVIS Rescue Group: Calvert Animal Welfare League (CAWL) Breed: Hound Mix Sex: Male Size: Medium Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $250.00 Elvis is a handsome, playful and friendly fellow. He is great with other dogs and children. Elvis found himself as an unclaimed...
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NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Security Drill April 6

NAS Patuxent River to Conduct Security Drill April 6

NAS Patuxent River will be conducting a security exercise April 6 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exercise area will be clearly marked with exercise in progress signs and the perimeter of the immediate drill location will be secured by NSF personnel. Personnel are advised to remain clear of drill areas and to...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to Increase Patrols at Public Schools

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to Increase Patrols at Public Schools

St. Mary’s County Public Schools has coordinated increased law enforcement patrols with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO). The patrols will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018, and continue for the remainder of this school year ending on the last day of school. The purpose of the patrols is to provide for a...
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Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Reported in Mechanicsville

Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Reported in Mechanicsville

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., police, fire and rescue crews responded to a report of an motor vehicle accident with injuries, in the 27600 block of Mechanicsville Road at Harding Way in Mechanicsville Crews arrived on scene to discover a motor vehicle accident with fire. The patient was removed by...
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K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Great Mills High School

K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Great Mills High School

Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence...
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Weekend Crash in Lexington Park Sends Two to Trauma Center

Weekend Crash in Lexington Park Sends Two to Trauma Center

On Saturday March 31, 2018, at approximately 9:45 a.m., police, fire and rescue crews responded to a motor vehicle accident on Pegg Road in the area of Westbury Blvd., in Lexington Park. Firefighters arrived on scene to discover a head on collision involving two vehicles. Two patients were transported by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper...
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Family Home in Mechanicsville Destroyed by Fire

Family Home in Mechanicsville Destroyed by Fire

On Monday, April 2, 2018, at approximately 2:40 p.m., firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to Woodburn Hill Road, in Mechanicsville for the report of a house fire. Crews arrived on scene to discover a two story family home with heavy fire and smoke showing. No injuries have been reported...
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Police Arrest Lexington Park Man for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Seize Over $5,000 in Cash

Police Arrest Lexington Park Man for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Seize Over $5,000 in Cash

On Friday, March 23, 2018 at approximately 6:55 p.m., Trooper B. Meurrens from the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack was on patrol in a marked patrol vehicle in the area of Great Mills Road and South Essex Drive when he observed a black S430 Mercedes traveling east on Great Mills Road with darkly tinted...
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Recreational Crabbing Season Opened April 1st

Recreational Crabbing Season Opened April 1st

It’s crabbing season in Maryland! Recreational fishing for the state’s most iconic aquatic species begins April 1 in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries as well as in the Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays and their tributaries, reports the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “We are pleased to offer multiple opportunities for anglers of all...
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Governor Hogan’s Statement on the Maryland Natural Resources Police Anniversary

Governor Hogan’s Statement on the Maryland Natural Resources Police Anniversary

I’m proud to help commemorate an important milestone in Maryland history—150 years since the founding of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The department is our first state law enforcement agency, predating the Maryland State Police by almost a half-century, and is also one of the oldest conservation law enforcement organizations in the nation. On...
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Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids

An in-depth analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. The report, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appears in today’s issue of MMWR. Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%)...
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Motor Vehicle Accident on Indian Bridge Road Sends Woman to Hospital

Motor Vehicle Accident on Indian Bridge Road Sends Woman to Hospital

On Friday, March 30, 2018, at approximately 12:10 p.m., police, fire and rescue crews responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Indian Bridge Road, in California. Crews arrived on scene to discover a Toyota vehicle off the roadway with a single female patient. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway...
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Bay District Responds to Machinery Fire at Concrete Plant in Lexington Park

Bay District Responds to Machinery Fire at Concrete Plant in Lexington Park

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at approximately 5:15 p.m., firefighters from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to Sanners Lane in Lexington Park for a brush fire. As firefighters were responding, the call was changed to an unknown fire. Units arrived on scene to find a concrete crusher on fire at the Carruth...
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Possible Relief for Motorists with Huge E-Z Pass Fines Passes Senate

Possible Relief for Motorists with Huge E-Z Pass Fines Passes Senate

A bill bringing possible relief to Maryland motorists who face thousands of dollars in fines from unpaid E-ZPass tolls passed the Senate unanimously last Thursday and gets a hearing in a House committee next week. Bill sponsor, Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, made fixes to his bill that died last year in committee, conforming it...
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An Evolving Force: Natural Resources Police Celebrates 150th Anniversary

An Evolving Force: Natural Resources Police Celebrates 150th Anniversary

This year, the Maryland Natural Resources Police is celebrating its 150th anniversary, a milestone that makes it the fourth-oldest state conservation law enforcement agency in the nation. Then as now, the mission is to protect the state’s most precious resources, its citizens and visitors. Back in 1868, the General Assembly created the “State Oyster Police Force”...
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New telephone scam has surfaced, Maryland Judiciary warns

New telephone scam has surfaced, Maryland Judiciary warns

The Maryland Judiciary is warning the public about a new telephone scam that uses the threat of wage garnishment in order extort money from potential victims. The new scam has been reported in Prince George’s County. The scam involves a caller threatening to garnish wages for “evading service.” In at least one case the...
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Charlotte Hall Man Arrested in Connection with Several Thefts from Autos

Charlotte Hall Man Arrested in Connection with Several Thefts from Autos

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, following an investigation by detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and members of the La Plata Police Department, detectives arrested Joseph Clyde Bolick Havrilla, 20, of Charlotte Hall in connection with several thefts from autos. The thefts occurred during the overnight hours of March 4...
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