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Westlake High School Resource Officer Investigating Disruption of School Activities

Westlake High School Resource Officer Investigating Disruption of School Activities

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 9:58 a.m., a student attending a summer school program at Westlake High School lit a non-aerial firework in the main lobby of the school. As a result, officers and staff evacuated the building due to smoke. Once it was determined to be safe, students returned inside the building....
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Whereabouts of Missing Dunkirk Man – Joseph Donald Burke

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Whereabouts of Missing Dunkirk Man – Joseph Donald Burke

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of the below-pictured missing person, Joseph Donald Burke. Joseph is 34 years old, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 lbs. He was last seen by family between April 26-28, 2022 at his home in Dunkirk, MD. Anyone with information on Joseph’s whereabouts, is...
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Charges Pending After AAA Worker is Struck and Killed in Prince George’s County, Maryland State Police Investigating

Charges Pending After AAA Worker is Struck and Killed in Prince George’s County, Maryland State Police Investigating

Maryland State Police are investigating a pedestrian crash that claimed the life of a AAA worker late last night in Prince George’s County. The deceased is identified as Anthony Okozi, 69, of Upper Marlboro. Emergency medical service personnel pronounced Okozi deceased on the scene. Shortly after 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022, troopers from...
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UPDATE: Police Release Identity of Nanjemoy Man Killed in Single Vehicle Collision in Port Tobacco

UPDATE: Police Release Identity of Nanjemoy Man Killed in Single Vehicle Collision in Port Tobacco

UPDATE 7/5/2022: On July 2, at 6:17 p.m., officers responded to the area of Poorhouse Road and Glasgow Lane in Port Tobacco for the report of a single vehicle crash. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle that had crashed into several trees. The driver, John Walter Knott, 52, of Nanjemoy, was pronounced deceased...
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Police in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles County Investigating Anti-Semitism Propaganda

Police in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles County Investigating Anti-Semitism Propaganda

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Persimmon Creek Road in Mechanicsville, after a resident found anti-Semitism items in their mailbox. A resident in Charles County posted the following photo below, stating they found it in their yard on Sunday morning. Numerous SMNEWSNET readers have contacted...
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Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash in St. Leonard That Killed 42-Year-Old Dunkirk Man

Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash in St. Leonard That Killed 42-Year-Old Dunkirk Man

UPDATE 7/4 2022 @ 9:30 am: On July 3, 2022, at 9:41 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to northbound MD Route 4 near the intersection with MD Route 765 (South entrance to St. Leonard Road), in St. Leonard, for a report of a serious...
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Vehicle Thefts Continue To Decline In Maryland, Police Continue Work to Reduce Rates Further

Vehicle Thefts Continue To Decline In Maryland, Police Continue Work to Reduce Rates Further

The number of vehicle thefts in Maryland declined for the fourth straight year in 2020. However, work continues by the Maryland State Police, allied law enforcement agencies and the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council to reduce those rates even further in upcoming years. This come as July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. In...
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Two Men Arrested for Shooting of Lexington Park Man

Two Men Arrested for Shooting of Lexington Park Man

UPDATE 7/2/2022: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has arrested and charged two men with numerous firearms offenses stemming from a shooting that occurred on June 24, 2022 in Lexington Park. Arrested and charged were Daitoine Vincent Payne, age 21, and Joshua Alexander Mason, age 38 both of Lexington Park, in...
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This Fourth of July, Stay Sober or ‘Be the Make a Plan Driver’ to Protect Yourself and Others on Maryland’s Roadways

This Fourth of July, Stay Sober or ‘Be the Make a Plan Driver’ to Protect Yourself and Others on Maryland’s Roadways

As Marylanders prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to stay safe and help protect others by designating a sober ride home. At an event Wednesday at the Maryland State Police (MSP) barrack in Howard County,...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Address Complaints of Off-Road Vehicles Being Operated Recklessly on Roadways

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Address Complaints of Off-Road Vehicles Being Operated Recklessly on Roadways

In response to numerous citizen complaints regarding off-road vehicles (ATVs & dirt bikes) operating recklessly in the roadways, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Unit conducted a special enforcement effort on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Waldorf. Officers were made aware that off-road vehicles were being operated recklessly in the area of St. Thomas...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Burglary and Property Destruction in Waldorf, Over $30,000.00 in Damage and Stolen Property

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Burglary and Property Destruction in Waldorf, Over $30,000.00 in Damage and Stolen Property

On Monday, June 27, 2022, at approximately 1:31 p.m., officers responded to the 10900 block of Sam’s Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Upon arrival, officers learned that the victim returned home to find his residence had been broken in to and vandalized. Walls, furniture, cabinets, fixtures, and personal items were...
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6-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Shooting in Fort Washington, Detectives Seeking Information

6-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Shooting in Fort Washington, Detectives Seeking Information

Fort Washington Division VII investigators are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday evening in Fort Washington. A six-year-old girl and an adult male were struck by the gunfire. On Monday, June 27, 2022, at approximately 8:55 p.m., officers received a 911 call for two gunshot victims who were being driven to a hospital in...
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Charles County Officers Locate and Arrest Two Suspects After Home Invasion, Assault and Armed Robbery in Bryantown

Charles County Officers Locate and Arrest Two Suspects After Home Invasion, Assault and Armed Robbery in Bryantown

On Friday, June 24, 2022, at approximately 5:05 a.m., officers responded to the 5600 block of Ted Bowling Road in Bryantown for the report of a home invasion. An initial investigation revealed two men forced entry into the residence. Once inside, they threatened the victims with a handgun and demanded cash. The men then...
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UPDATE: Police Continue Investigation After 18-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself in Hollywood, Victim Flown to Trauma Center

UPDATE: Police Continue Investigation After 18-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself in Hollywood, Victim Flown to Trauma Center

UPDATE 6/28/2022: On Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 10:46 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 24400 block of Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood, for the reported shooting. Upon arrival, an 18-year-old male victim was located suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was transported by helicopter...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Theft Suspect and Person of Interest

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 1:40 p.m., the suspect placed three items in her purse at the Optimal Vapor store in Lexington Park and left the establishment without paying. The suspect and other person of...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pilots License Plate Reading Cameras To Solve Crime

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pilots License Plate Reading Cameras To Solve Crime

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be installing automated license plate reading (ALPR) cameras in strategic areas around the county to solve and prevent crime. The cameras are built by Flock Safety, a public safety technology company that helps neighborhoods, communities, and law enforcement work together to fight crime. Flock...
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PGPD Seeking Information on Shooting of 14-Year-Old in Riverdale, Police Searching for Two Shooters

PGPD Seeking Information on Shooting of 14-Year-Old in Riverdale, Police Searching for Two Shooters

The Prince George’s County Police Department is urging anyone with information on a shooting Tuesday evening in Riverdale to contact detectives. The victim in this case is a 14-year-old boy who detectives believe was not the intended target. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries but is in stable condition at this time. A reward...
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Police Investigating Attempted Arson in Lexington Park, No Injuries Reported

Police Investigating Attempted Arson in Lexington Park, No Injuries Reported

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, at approximately 1:25 a.m., police and firefighters responded to the 21500 block of Forest Run Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported outside fire. The 911 caller reported someone threw a firebomb at the residence. Firefighters from Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded and located a small fire near...
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Previously Convicted Rapist Found Guilty of Home Invasion and Attempted First Degree Rape of 74-Year-Old Woman

Previously Convicted Rapist Found Guilty of Home Invasion and Attempted First Degree Rape of 74-Year-Old Woman

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced that a jury found Paul Harell, 50, guilty of all charges in the attempted first degree rape and home invasion of a 74-year-old woman as she lay in bed at her home. The other counts were first degree assault and use of a deadly weapon....
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Maryland Man Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Murder After Shooting Woman Six Times In Front of Her Children

Maryland Man Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Murder After Shooting Woman Six Times In Front of Her Children

Joseph Fox, 28, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing a woman as she sat in her car earlier this year in Northwest Washington. Her two young children were in the back seat at the time of the slaying. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M....
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Inmate at Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Charged with Murder After Fatally Stabbing Another Inmate

Inmate at Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Charged with Murder After Fatally Stabbing Another Inmate

The Prince George’s County Police Department charged an inmate at the Department of Corrections for fatally stabbing another inmate on Monday. The suspect is 26-year-old Brandon Smothers. He’s charged with the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Domonique Thurston. On Monday, June 20, 2022, at approximately 12:45 p.m., the Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit responded...
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Maryland Natural Resources Police Issue Over 100 Charges to St. Mary’s County Seafood Workers at Nelson Seafood

Maryland Natural Resources Police Issue Over 100 Charges to St. Mary’s County Seafood Workers at Nelson Seafood

The Maryland Natural Resources Police received information about alleged illegal activity at Nelson Seafood in Hollywood; officers conducted surveillance and investigated the establishment throughout March of 2022. Officers observed three individuals participating in illegal commercial oystering-related activities, including selling and harvesting while on suspended and revoked licenses. Additionally, officers reported observing false tagging information,...
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Great Mills Drug Dealer Arrested After Armed Robbery in Lexington Park

Great Mills Drug Dealer Arrested After Armed Robbery in Lexington Park

On Monday, June 13, 2022, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21200 block of Mayfaire Lane in Lexington Park, for the reported robbery. The victim advised she met the suspect in the parking lot and got into his vehicle to purchase Marijuana, and stated she has bought from the...
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Brass Knuckles with Blade Recovered from McDonough High School Student

Brass Knuckles with Blade Recovered from McDonough High School Student

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a student from McDonough High School, who was previously suspended, showed up at the school and was asked to leave. He complied; however, he walked to Robert D. Stethem Educational Center where he was observed inside the gymnasium playing basketball. An administrator approached the student...
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Wanted Lexington Park Drug Dealer Arrested After St. Mary’s County Sheriffs Office Executes Search Warrant

Wanted Lexington Park Drug Dealer Arrested After St. Mary’s County Sheriffs Office Executes Search Warrant

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division along with detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and members of the Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant in the 47000 block of Festival Way in Lexington Park. Antonio George Queen, age 28 of Lexington...
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