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this is a test When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,...
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Telephones Come to St. Mary’s County

Telephones Come to St. Mary’s County

In May of 1936, The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City placed an ad in the St. Mary’s Beacon. Under the headline "ANOTHER FAMILY JOINS THE TELEPHONE COMMUNITY," the phone company promised that: "Another family goes modern and installs a telephone. Now they really belong. Now they'll take part in the activities they've...
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Maryland State Police Arrest Two for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Maryland State Police Arrest Two for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana: On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm, Trooper Warrick from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack, stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 and Morning Glory Lane in Dunkirk for traffic violations. A strong odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause...
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UPDATE: Lusby Man Killed in Car Crash After Fleeing From Police

UPDATE: Lusby Man Killed in Car Crash After Fleeing From Police

UPDATE 4/5/2016 @ 3:30 p.m.: David Todd Dennison, 39 of Lusby entered a guilty plea to to negligent manslaughter on Friday, April 1, 2016. Dennison was indicted in March of 2015 by a Calvert County grand jury, and was scheduled to appear in court for a jury trial on April 11, 2016. Dennison has a Sentencing...
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Suitland Man Charged In Fatal Shooting At The U.S. Census Bureau

Suitland Man Charged In Fatal Shooting At The U.S. Census Bureau

A criminal complaint was filed on Friday, April 17, 2015 in U.S. District Court in Maryland charging Ronald Anderson, age 48, of Suitland, Maryland, with kidnapping, murder, using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and causing death by use of a firearm during a crime of violence. The criminal complaint was announced...
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Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff Wayne Pettit Passes Away

Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff Wayne Pettit Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Sheriff Wayne L. Pettit. Sheriff Pettit served three terms from 1982 to 1994. Prior to his service with the Sheriff’s Office, he was a member of the Maryland State Police from 1957 to 1981, and retired at the...
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Barricade Situation in Mechanicsville Ends Peacefully

Barricade Situation in Mechanicsville Ends Peacefully

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 at approximately 9:10 p.m., a citizen stopped on Old Village Road in Mechanicsville to see if the driver of a Ford Crown Victoria in a ditch needed assistance. The male driver of the Crown Victoria appeared angry and began to shout expletives at the passerby. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s...
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2014 St. Mary’s County General Election Results

2014 St. Mary’s County General Election Results

Unofficial Election Results St. Mary’s County, MD 11/4/2014  Precincts Reporting: 37 / 37 ATTORNEY GENERAL Pritzker, Jeffrey N. 18396 Frosh, Brian E. 9933 Dymowski, Leo Wayne 1350 BOARD OF EDUCATION 1 Weaver, Rita 14988 Gaskin, John Alonzo 11240 BOARD OF EDUCATION 3 Bailey, Karin 15914 Matthews, Brooke 9154 CLERK CIRCUIT COURT Williams, Joanie W. 23367...
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2014 Calvert County General Election Results

2014 Calvert County General Election Results

Unofficial Election Results Calvert County, MD 11/4/2014 As of 11/5/14 @ 2:00a.m. Precincts Reporting: 24 / 27
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2014 Charles County General Election Results

2014 Charles County General Election Results

Unofficial Election Results Charles County, MD 11/4/2014 Precincts Reporting: 45/45 GOVERNOR / LT. GOVERNOR Total Brown-Ulman DEM 23608 51.75% Hogan-Rutherford REP 21437 46.99% Quinn-Gaztanaga LIB 519 1.14%   COMPTROLLER Total Franchot, Peter DEM 27215 61.02% Campbell, William H. REP 17318 38.83%   ATTORNEY GENERAL Total Frosh, Brian E. DEM 25681 58.26% Pritzker, Jeffrey N....
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22-Year-Old Calvert County Woman Killed in Early Morning Crash in Mechanicsville

22-Year-Old Calvert County Woman Killed in Early Morning Crash in Mechanicsville

On October 28, 2014 at 1:36 a.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack, responded to Maryland Route 234 in the area of Delozier Lane, in Mechanicsville for the report of a motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Chevrolet Duramax truck operated by Jeremy Ryan Hunley, 24 of St. Mary’s County was...
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UPDATE: Ex-Police Officer in Rape & Child Sex Abuse Case Commits Suicide

UPDATE: Ex-Police Officer in Rape & Child Sex Abuse Case Commits Suicide

UPDATE 9/26/14 @ 8:00 p.m. – On Friday, September 26, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., police responded to Bayard and Sands roads in Lothian, and located the body of John Warhurst, 43 of Chesapeake Beach. Warhurst died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Warhurst was pronounced dead at the scene UPDATE 9/26/14: John Warhurst, 43 of Chesapeake Beach...
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Public’s Help Needed Identifying 911 Caller in High School Shooter Hoax

Public’s Help Needed Identifying 911 Caller in High School Shooter Hoax

On September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM, a male subject called the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reported people in the school had guns and were going to start shooting at 10:00 AM. The school was immediately contacted and locked down in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols. Several Sheriff’s...
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Armed Home Invasion in Mechanicsville Being Investigated

Armed Home Invasion in Mechanicsville Being Investigated

On September 15, 2014 at 1:28 AM, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a private residence on King Drive, in Mechanicsville for a reported burglary which had just occurred. Deputies determined two black male suspects, dressed in all dark clothing and wearing face masks, forced entry to the residence. Both suspects...
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St, Mary’s County Drug Arrests for St. Mary’s County – 9/12/14

St, Mary’s County Drug Arrests for St. Mary’s County – 9/12/14

Detectives identified Joshua Alan Moore, 25 of Mechanicsville as a distributor of various prescription medications. An investigation was initiated and as a result a search and seizure warrant was obtained. Detectives observed Suspect Moore during a drug transaction in the Bushwood area and executed the search warrant. A prescription for “Xanax” was recovered from...
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UPDATE: Father Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in Son’s Death

UPDATE 9/4/2014 @ 1:00 p.m.: John Junek, 40, of Leonardtown appeared in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt for arraignment on Thursday, September 4, 2014 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. According to WJLATV, Junek showed little emotion as he said “Yes, your honor,” when asked whether he understood his rights. The judge released Junek...
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Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, Sept. 22

Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, Sept. 22

That’s the message that local organizers of Car Free Day 2014 are sending to encourage more Washington area commuters and others who usually drive to give up their car for a day and try walking, bicycling, taking transit, carpooling, or teleworking instead. This year’s Car Free Day is set for Monday, September 22, and...
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Ice Cream Bandits Busted in Checkers Burglary

Ice Cream Bandits Busted in Checkers Burglary

On Monday, August 25, 2014 at approximately 3:45a.m., Deputy Lefave responded to an interior intrusion alarm at the Checkers on Miramar Way in California. Dep. Lefave approached the building on foot and observed two subjects inside the establishment with white cloths over their faces and they appeared to be opening cabinets and drawers. Two additional...
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UPDATE: Prince Frederick Woman to be Sentenced for Manslaughter in Two Infant Deaths

UPDATE: Prince Frederick Woman to be Sentenced for Manslaughter in Two Infant Deaths

UPDATE: Melissa Schrae Bowen has agreed to an “Alford Plea” for the involuntary manslaughter of two baby boys. Bowen’s sentencing date is set for November 3rd. According to the October 2013 indictment, one of the babies was killed between January 1 and December 31, 2007, and the other died between October 24, 2011, and January...
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Dameron Sex Offender Dies in Federal Prison

Dameron Sex Offender Dies in Federal Prison

UPDATE: Cary Anderson, age 34, of Dameron, died in prison on Monday, August 18, 2014. No further details are available at this time. 4/11/13: U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Cary Anderson, age 33, of Dameron, Maryland, today to 25 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexually exploiting minors to produce...
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UPDATE: Quade Sentenced in Strickland Murder

UPDATE: 8/1/2014 10:30p.m.  John Quade, Jr. has been sentenced by Judge David Densford for the murder of Moneta Jo Strickland. Judge Densford imposed the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for the charge of Second Degree Murder. During the sentencing Judge Densford described Quade as dangerous man and everyone’s nightmare in the community....
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Deputy Schultz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Indian Way in Lexington Park, for an assault. After conducting the investigation into the assault, Deputy Schultz advised all parties to leave the area. Suspect Shantell Shanese Swales, 21, of Lexington Park, began yelling profanity at one of...
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SMNEWSNET.COM to Perform Scheduled Maintenance on Monday, July 21

SMNEWSNET.COM to Perform Scheduled Maintenance on Monday, July 21

A critical update has been released for our Internet Hosting  software. We will need to take down SMNEWSNET for a short period of time to complete this. WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN? This update procedure will take place on Monday, July 21st 2014, after 6:00 p.m. EST. The procedure should affect our server for only the few...
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Fugitive Friday – Sponsored by Charles County Crime Solvers – 7/18/14

Fugitive Friday – Sponsored by Charles County Crime Solvers – 7/18/14

This week the Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Savana Danielle Wilkinson, 21, of Waldorf. Wilkinson currently has an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court for an armed robbery charge. Wilkinson is 5’3”, 103lbs., and has brown hair and brown...
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