St. Mary’s News

St. Mary’s Co. Community Rallying Behind Plans for Oyster Restoration

St. Mary’s Co. Community Rallying Behind Plans for Oyster Restoration

Nearly 60 years ago, the oysters in Maryland’s Breton Bay were so plentiful that you had to be careful where you set foot on the bottom. Chuck Bright, who spent his summers there in those days, learned that the hard way. “I jumped off the pier and sliced my foot on an oyster shell,”...
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Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Motorcycle in California

Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Motorcycle in California

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency personnel responded to Three Notch Road in the area of National Circle, in California for the report of a serious motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. 4:58 p.m.: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Message: Motor Vehicle Accident Rt 235 in the area of...
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Vandalism and Property Destruction Hits the California and Great Mills Area

Vandalism and Property Destruction Hits the California and Great Mills Area

Numerous cases of vandalism to vehicles and homes were reported to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office between Sunday, May 27, 2018, and Monday, May 28, 2018. The crimes reported occurred in the following neighborhoods: Hickory Hills located in Great Mills Town Creek located in Lexington Park Laurel Glen located in California. The suspect(s)...
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Wednesday’s Pet is TYRA

Wednesday’s Pet is TYRA

Wednesday’s Pet for 5/30/18 is TYRA Featured Pet: Tyra Rescue Group: Humane Society of Calvert County Breed: Weimaraner Mix Sex: Female Size: Medium Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: Contact group for donation fee Tyra is a 5-year-old girl that is new at HSCC, but she’s already stole everyone’s heart. She...
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Lexington Park Man Dies After Fleeing From Police in Myrtle Beach

Lexington Park Man Dies After Fleeing From Police in Myrtle Beach

A motorcyclist died after fleeing from a traffic stop and crashing in Myrtle Beach, according to Capt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach police. The crash happened on Friday, May 25, 2018, at approximately 2:30 a.m., after police tried to stop a motorcycle in the area of 8th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. Keith...
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NAWCAD Employees Named Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals

NAWCAD Employees Named Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals

NAWCAD’S Michelle Miedzinski and Rick Tarr of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) were recently named this year’s Outstanding Technology Transfer Professionals by the Federal Lab Consortium. The award recognizes the efforts of the professional or team who has demonstrated outstanding work transferring a technology in a manner significantly over and above what was called for...
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Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 3,861 Gobblers

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 3,861 Gobblers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters reported harvesting 3,861 wild turkeys during the 2018 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. This year’s harvest was 8 percent lower than the record 2017 harvest, but well above the 10-year average of 3,406. “Turkey populations continue to grow in a few areas of the...
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Point Lookout State Park Looks Back on the War Between the States at Annual Blue and Gray Days

Point Lookout State Park Looks Back on the War Between the States at Annual Blue and Gray Days

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources welcomes the public to Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County as they look back on the War Between the States and the historic sites within the park that were impacted in the conflicted that divided North and South. The annual Blue and Gray Days living history program will take place...
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State Fire Marshal Investigating House Explosion in Prince Frederick

State Fire Marshal Investigating House Explosion in Prince Frederick

UPDATE 5/30/2018: According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, William and Tacy Gash, the owners of the home were both transported to MedStar Washington with non-life threatening injuries, after an explosion occurred within the basement of their home. The preliminary cause of the explosion/fire is still under Investigation. The owners arrived home and detected an...
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Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Firing Gun Inside Residence

Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Firing Gun Inside Residence

On Sunday, April 1, 2018, Cpl. Knott of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded the 27000 block of Mechanicsville Road, in Mechanicsville, for the reported disturbance. Upon arrival officers were advised Daniel Kenneth Douglas, 27 of Mechanicsville, had discharged a gun inside the residence. While officers were getting initial information Douglas attempted to...
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50-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

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

On Friday, May 25, 2018, at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 38000 block of All Faith Church Road, in the area of New Market Turner Road, in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle on its side with...
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UPDATE: 90-Year-Old Man Severely Injured in Car Fire at Wildewood Shopping Center

UPDATE: 90-Year-Old Man Severely Injured in Car Fire at Wildewood Shopping Center

UPDATE:  The Office of the State Fire Marshal reports, the driver of the 2016 Hyundai SUV, Robert Oliver, 90, had recently purchased gasoline from WaWa to mow his yard, placing the gas container in the trunk of his vehicle. He then stopped at the Bed, Bath & Beyond in California to shop. When he re-entered...
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UPDATE: Shooting Victim at Motel 6 Identified

UPDATE: Shooting Victim at Motel 6 Identified

UPDATE 5/24/2018 @ 2:00 p.m.: Maryland State Police are searching for the suspect(s) wanted in connection with a St. Mary’s County shooting last night that wounded a 20 year old man. The suspects were driving in a white Ford Explorer or Expedition at the time of the incident. Three suspects, described only as African American...
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Troopers Urge Safety And Sobriety As Enforcement Increases During Memorial Day Weekend

Troopers Urge Safety And Sobriety As Enforcement Increases During Memorial Day Weekend

With extra traffic expected this Memorial Day weekend, additional Maryland State Police troopers will be on patrol and using a variety of initiatives to keep traffic moving, respond quickly to highway incidents and take appropriate enforcement action when violations are observed that threaten the safety of travelers. Beginning Friday, troopers from each of the...
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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

May 28, 2018, is Memorial Day. This day is a national holiday, for remembering and honoring men and women, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Waterloo, New York, was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. The holiday had many origins, and...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Announced 2017 Rookies of the Year

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Announced 2017 Rookies of the Year

Deputy Shawn Shelko and Correctional Officer Alexander Tasciotti were named Rookies of the Year for 2017 for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at the Annual Awards Banquet held at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, May 18, 2018. Deputy Shelko started with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 2,...
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Stuff the Bus Food Drive Campaign Yields Hundreds of Pounds of Food

Stuff the Bus Food Drive Campaign Yields Hundreds of Pounds of Food

St. Mary’s County residents stepped up to the challenge during the recent Stuff the Bus food drive. The event was held Saturday, May 19 despite stormy weather conditions. This, however, did not deter those who dropped off food donations. Stuff the Bus is an annual event held to ensure local food pantries are well...
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Lexington Park Man Wanted for Escape by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Lexington Park Man Wanted for Escape by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Adam Christopher Kelson, 32, of Lexington Park.  Kelson is currently wanted for Escape 2nd Degree, due to violating the terms of his pre-trial release; his original charge was Burglary 2nd Degree.  Kelson is a black male, 6’3” in height, and weighs 250 pounds. Anyone with information on...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Participate in Border-to-Border Seat Belt Usage Initiative

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Participate in Border-to-Border Seat Belt Usage Initiative

On May 21, 2018, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies participated in a Border-to-Border initiative sponsored by the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Officers conducted enforcement for various violations, specifically focusing on seat belt usage in the area of the county borders with Charles and Calvert counties. That day, St. Mary’s officers issued 24 citations...
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Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-ZPass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings for our citizens....
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Wednesday’s Pet is WILSON

Wednesday’s Pet is WILSON

Wednesday’s Pet for 5/16/2018 WILSON Featured Pet: Wilson Rescue Group: Doodle Dawgs and Fabulous Felines Breed: Terrier/Poodle Mix Sex: Male Size: Small (10 lbs) Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $325.00 (See Procedures on Rescue’s site) http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/doodledawgs.html Wilson is a handsome 1-2-year-old mix. He is friendly, playful, and smart. He gets...
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St. Mary’s County Woman Wins $50,000 From Scratch Off Purchased at Captain Sam’s

St. Mary’s County Woman Wins $50,000 From Scratch Off Purchased at Captain Sam’s

A St. Mary’s County woman enjoyed a dose of high drama after playing her Maryland Lottery Ultimate Riches scratch-off. Sharon Carter, a federal student loan employee, found a $50,000 prize on her lucky $20 instant ticket. Her journey to a big win began at Capt. Sam’s in Bushwood. Riding a recent lucky streak and...
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Awards Bestowed to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Officers and Civilians

Awards Bestowed to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Officers and Civilians

Several St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers and civilians were recognized and commended for their service at the 18th Annual St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet. Included for the first time at the ceremony were Great Mills High School Unit Citations for the response to a student shooting at Great Mills...
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Two Occupants Avoid Injury When SUV Crashes into Pond

Two Occupants Avoid Injury When SUV Crashes into Pond

On Friday, May 18, 2018, at approximately 9:55 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Pegg Road, in the area of Stoney Brook Road for the reported serious motor vehicle accident with one vehicle overturned with entrapment, into a pond. Crews arrived on scene to find a SUV off the roadway, on its...
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Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

SMNEWSNET received the following press releases from County Commissioner John O’Connor and Tom Jarboe. ________ John O’Connor: As one of your County Commissioners I am pleased to offer my strongest endorsement of Jack Bailey for State Senate in District 29. St. Mary’s County needs a Senator who will understand the County Commissioners and the community. I...
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