St. Mary’s News

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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Wednesday’s Pet is ELLA

Wednesday’s Pet is ELLA

Wednesday’s Pet for 03/28/18 is ELLA Featured Pet: Ella Rescue Group: Humane Society of Calvert County Breed: Doberman Mix Sex: Female Size: Medium Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: Contact group for donation fee Ella is such a loving girl.  She has the most beautiful golden eyes.  We are still getting...
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Annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards Celebrate Speed, Readiness and Innovation

Annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards Celebrate Speed, Readiness and Innovation

The 18th annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards, held here March 14, celebrated teams that helped further the command’s strategic priorities: increasing readiness and speed of capability to the fleet. “The depth and breadth of what is represented in this room is eye-watering,” NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told a room full in Patuxent River...
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New Cruise Company to Service Chesapeake Bay Area

New Cruise Company to Service Chesapeake Bay Area

Chesapeake Windsail Cruises Corporation (CWC) will set sail out of Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa in the town of Chesapeake Beach, April 17. CWC is the first cruise company of this type to depart from the historic bayside town. CWC will offer four, 2 ½-hour cruises Tuesday through Sunday aboard a 42-foot limited edition...
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UPDATE – Official Press Release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal: Two Children Die in Early Morning House Fire in Loveville

UPDATE – Official Press Release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal: Two Children Die in Early Morning House Fire in Loveville

UPDATE – Official Press Release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal: Deputy State Fire Marshals are currently investigating the origin and cause of an early morning fatal house fire that claimed the lives of two children ages two and three years old. The fire occurred at 28603 Point Lookout Road in Loveville....
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Funeral Services for Jaelynn Rose Willey Announced

Funeral Services for Jaelynn Rose Willey Announced

Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department 24801 Three Notch Road Hollywood, MD 20636 Prayer Service Thursday, March 29, 2018 3:00 PM Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department 24801 Three Notch Road Hollywood, MD 20636 Funeral Service Friday, March 30, 2018 10:00 AM Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department 24801 Three...
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UPDATE – Audio added: 911 Calls Released From Great Mills High School Shooting

UPDATE – Audio added: 911 Calls Released From Great Mills High School Shooting

Evidence indicates at approximately 7:57 am on March 20, 2018, the shooter, fired a single shot from a handgun in Great Mills High School Hallway F, striking Jaelynn Willey and Desmond Barnes. The shooter continued walking through the school, and was confronted by School Resource Officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, in Hallway D....
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Driver Crashes Through Cemetery on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park

Driver Crashes Through Cemetery on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park

On Monday, March 26, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., emergency personnel and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Zion United Methodist Cemetery on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park for a motor vehicle accident. Police arrived on scene and discovered a Audi passenger vehicle several hundred feet off the roadway...
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Volunteers to Help Maintain and Preserve Point Lookout State Park

Volunteers to Help Maintain and Preserve Point Lookout State Park

Marylanders can help preserve and maintain historic Civil War sites during the Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day event April 7. Volunteers are needed at Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County to work on the Historic Civil War Fort #3 and Prison Pen area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Needs include general maintenance of...
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51-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

51-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

On March 19, 2018, at approximately 8:45 pm, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the 27000 block of Budds Creek Road, in Mechanicsville, for the report of a single vehicle collision. Upon arrival, deputies located a single vehicle off the roadway into a tree. The operator of the vehicle sustained...
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UPDATE: Jaelynn Willey, Victim of Great Mills High School has Succumbed to her Injuries

UPDATE: Jaelynn Willey, Victim of Great Mills High School has Succumbed to her Injuries

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of the Willey family, advises that on March 22, 2018, at 11:34 pm, Jaelynn Rose Willey died, surrounded by her family. It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we provide this update. 3/22/2018: The family of Jaelynn Willey contacted the media so they could deliver...
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Stephen Walker Selected to Lead St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Department

Stephen Walker Selected to Lead St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Department

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed Stephen Walker the county’s new Emergency Services Director. Mr. Walker, who has served as interim department director since November 2017, brings 37 years of experience in Public Safety to the position. “We are extremely grateful Steve has accepted our offer to lead our Emergency Services,” said...
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St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for Thursday, March 22

St. Mary’s County Government Operational Status for Thursday, March 22

Drivers are urged to exercise caution as slick spots have developed following yesterday’s snowfall around the county. Due to road conditions, the following delays and schedule changes will be in effect for Thursday, March 22: All St. Mary’s County Administrative Offices will open at 10 a.m. Essential personnel should report at their normal time....
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Southern Maryland Schools to Open Two Hours Late Thursday, 3/22/2018

Southern Maryland Schools to Open Two Hours Late Thursday, 3/22/2018

Charles County public schools will open two hours late tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Staff will continue to monitor road conditions for any additional changes to tomorrow’s schedule. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff that follow the code system. All morning prekindergarten classes are canceled tomorrow. The AlphaBest...
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Naval Air Station Patuxent River will Operate Under 2 hour Delay

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will Operate Under 2 hour Delay

NAS Pax River, Webster and NRC Solomons will operate under a 2 hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status on March 22, 2018 NAS Patuxent River will open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule on 22 March. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Response Efforts for Snowstorm

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Response Efforts for Snowstorm

With winter weather affecting many areas of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan has directed state agencies to coordinate and work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed. Governor Hogan is urging Marylanders to avoid unnecessary travel while crews work to clear roads as snow intensifies throughout the afternoon and early evening statewide. “I continue to...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Offers Resources for Parents and the Community After tragic situation at GMHS

St. Mary’s County Health Department Offers Resources for Parents and the Community After tragic situation at GMHS

Given the recent tragedy of a school shooting in our community, the St. Mary’s County Health Department has compiled the following resources for addressing mental health and overall well-being of children and adults. These resources are important for both those directly impacted (such as victims, witnesses, responders) as well as others in our community....
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