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Detectives Arrest Lexington Park Man for Armed Home Invasion in Great Mills

Detectives Arrest Lexington Park Man for Armed Home Invasion in Great Mills

UPDATE 1/11/2023: Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division located and arrested Wade Joshua Braithwaite, age 29 of Lexington Park, on Tuesday afternoon. Braithwaite was charged with the following. Home Invasion Armed Robbery First-Degree Assault First-Degree Burglary Robbery Second-Degree Assault Handgun on Person Firearm Use in Felony/Violent Crime Theft: $100...
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UPDATE: Police Located and Arrest Wanted Rapist Walter Crouse Prentiss

UPDATE: Police Located and Arrest Wanted Rapist Walter Crouse Prentiss

UPDATE: 1/11/2023 @ 11:45 a.m.: Police served the active arrest warrant for Prentiss on Tuesday night, January 10, 2023 and took him into custody. Prentiss is scheduled for a court appearances hearing on 1/20/2023 at 9:15 a.m., and a jury trial set for 1/24/2023 at 9:00 a.m., in courtroom 1 Charging documents added 1/8/2023: On...
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St. Mary’s County Man Found Guilty on Six Counts of Rape, Sex Offense and Sexual Abuse of a Minor

St. Mary’s County Man Found Guilty on Six Counts of Rape, Sex Offense and Sexual Abuse of a Minor

UPDATE 1/10/2023: St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that a St. Mary’s County Jury found Defendant Brian S. Spicuzza, 48, of Leonardtown, MD, guilty of all six charged counts. Spicuzza was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of rape second degree, and sexual offense in the third degree,...
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Waldorf Man Arrested After Pointing Firearm at Woman and 9-Year-Old Child

Waldorf Man Arrested After Pointing Firearm at Woman and 9-Year-Old Child

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 8:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of Brightwell Court in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related assault in progress in which the suspect was armed with a handgun. When officers arrived, they located the suspect outside of the residence; he had a handgun in his...
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Ashley Sowls Appointed as the First African American Prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Ashley Sowls Appointed as the First African American Prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Ashley Sowls was appointed and sworn in as the first African American prosecutor for St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Sowls, a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, N.C. is an experienced prosecutor specializing in special victims’ cases, previously prosecuting in Charles, Calvert and Prince George’s counties. When announcing...
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Governor Hogan Announces Final Judicial Appointments

Governor Hogan Announces Final Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the final judicial appointments of his administration: Darren Sebastian Johnson, the first Hispanic to serve on the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Stenise Lanez Rolle, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Llamilet Gutierrez, the first Hispanic to serve on the Prince George’s County District Court In total, Governor Hogan has...
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No Injuries Reported After Fire Destroys Home in Abell, State Fire Marshal Investigating

No Injuries Reported After Fire Destroys Home in Abell, State Fire Marshal Investigating

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, at approximately 9:39 a.m., firefighters from Seventh District, Leonardtown, Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Bay District and Valley Lee responded to 38730 Dickerson Road in Abell, for the reported house on fire. Seventh District VFD Chief 5 arrived and located a single story home with fire showing from multiple sides of the...
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Four Men Arrested for Illegal Drugs and Gun Possession in La Plata

Four Men Arrested for Illegal Drugs and Gun Possession in La Plata

On January 4, 2023, at 3:12 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Neighborhood Enforcement Team was investigating a suspicious vehicle on Patuxent Court in La Plata. During the course of the investigation, a loaded handgun with an extended magazine was located. Further investigation revealed a pound of marijuana in the vehicle as well as...
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St. Mary’s County Woman Credits Late Brother with $50,000 Scratch-Off Win

St. Mary’s County Woman Credits Late Brother with $50,000 Scratch-Off Win

Lucky lost penny reveals prize on Money Rush game A St. Mary’s County resident is such a happy winner she gave herself that nickname after claiming a $50,000 scratch-off prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “Happy Winner” credits her Lottery luck to her late brother and a newfound penny used to scratch-off the Money...
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UPDATE 1/18/2023: Criminal Indictment Filed Against Prince George’s County Man Who Shot Calvert Deputy

UPDATE 1/18/2023: Criminal Indictment Filed Against Prince George’s County Man Who Shot Calvert Deputy

1/18/2023: A criminal indictment was filed today, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 against Brandon Alexander Turner, age 21 of Greenbelt, MD. Turner is facing the current charges. Three counts of Attempted Murder – First Degree Three counts of Attempted Murder – Second Degree Three counts of Assault First Degree Two counts of Assault Second Degree...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Whereabout of Wanted Lusby Woman – Jacqueline Darlene Gardiner (AKA Matthews)

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Whereabout of Wanted Lusby Woman – Jacqueline Darlene Gardiner (AKA Matthews)

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of the wanted person: Jacqueline Darlene Gardiner (AKA Matthews), age 45 of Lusby. Gardiner is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 145 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. A criminal investigation revealed that Jacqueline Gardiner fabricated evidence that resulted...
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Huntingtown Man Charged with Impaired Driving After Causing Six Vehicle Collision in Mechanicsville

Huntingtown Man Charged with Impaired Driving After Causing Six Vehicle Collision in Mechanicsville

On Monday, January 2, 2023, at approximately 5:25 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Golden Beach Road and Dogwood Circle in Mechanicsville, for a motor vehicle collision reported serious with one trapped. 911 callers reported at least five or six vehicles involved and found the operator of a Chevrolet...
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UPDATE: Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life for First-Degree Murder of 17-Year-Old in Bryans Road

UPDATE: Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life for First-Degree Murder of 17-Year-Old in Bryans Road

UPDATE 1/4/2022: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Mikayle Tahed Qawwee, 21, to life in prison for the First-Degree Murder and Armed Robbery of Bradley Brown, as well as related charges. On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, a...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Provides Safe Exchange Parking at its Stations

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Provides Safe Exchange Parking at its Stations

Under video surveillance by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Safe Exchange locations are marked by posted signs for child custody exchanges, in-person transactions, meeting with a buyer or a seller for online transactions, or any other reason to meet publicly. The Sheriff’s Office provides Safe Exchange parking at each of its district...
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Bullet Found in Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School Cafeteria

Bullet Found in Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School Cafeteria

On January 3, 2023, during a lunch period, administrators at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School were notified of what appeared to be a bullet lodged into a cafeteria lunch table. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer was notified and responded, and confirmed that it was a bullet. Upon further investigation, a...
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Waldorf Man Violates Protective Order by Carrying Handgun and Several Additional Magazines Arrested and Released on Personal Recognizance

Waldorf Man Violates Protective Order by Carrying Handgun and Several Additional Magazines Arrested and Released on Personal Recognizance

On January 2, 2023, at 2:36 p.m., an officer from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle for a traffic violation. Initial investigation revealed the driver, Christopher Davon Richardson, 41 of Waldorf, was in possession of a handgun and prohibited from possessing firearms as a condition of a...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Searching for Lusby Man Wanted for Assault, Reckless Endangerment

Charles County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Searching for Lusby Man Wanted for Assault, Reckless Endangerment

Charles County Sheriff’s officers assigned to the Warrant Unit as well as a joint U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force are seeking the whereabouts of Brian McCane, Sr., 37 of Lusby, who is wanted in connection with an assault and reckless endangerment that occurred on December 25, 2022, in Waldorf. McCane is alleged to have...
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Police Investigating Multiple Burglaries Throughout St. Mary’s and Calvert County

Police Investigating Multiple Burglaries Throughout St. Mary’s and Calvert County

On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, police in St. Mary’s County responded to the following businesses and are investigating burglaries/property destruction. Kabob Kingdom located at 25188 Three Notch Road in Hollywood International Beverage Beer located at 21367 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park The Foxy Fish located at 28976 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville –...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Burglaries to Ruddy Duck and Residence on Dowell Road

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Burglaries to Ruddy Duck and Residence on Dowell Road

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Police Activity on Dowell Road has been cleared at this time. Suspect appears to be a white male with long red hair. Anyone seeing this subject or suspicious activity in the area should report it. Incident appears to be isolated at this time. UPDATE 10:42 a.m.: Police responded to the 13000...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Suspect Who Caused Water Damage to Rooms at The Inn at Leonardtown

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identity of Suspect Who Caused Water Damage to Rooms at The Inn at Leonardtown

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a property destruction investigation. On Monday, Dec. 23, 2022, during the overnight hours, the pictured female met with someone at the Inn at Leonardtown. The female is suspected of causing intentional extensive water damage to the rented room, as...
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Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust Closes Out 2022 Protecting 133.5 Acres in St. Mary’s County with a New Conservation Easement

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust Closes Out 2022 Protecting 133.5 Acres in St. Mary’s County with a New Conservation Easement

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust has announced the November 29, 2022, closing of its latest conservation easement: 133.5 acres of forests and wetland east of Leonardtown. Aaron Leroy and Judith Fay Mast own the property, which is located off of Leonardtown-Hollywood Road. This easement protects forever a particularly sensitive landscape in the McIntosh Run watershed....
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UPDATE: Police Continue Investigation Into Murder of 30-Year-Old La Plata Man, Suspect in Custody

UPDATE: Police Continue Investigation Into Murder of 30-Year-Old La Plata Man, Suspect in Custody

UPDATE 1/1/2023: On Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 4:06 p.m., officers responded to the area of Crain Highway and Port Tobacco Road in La Plata for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Donnell Henry Hawkins, 30 of La Plata, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Hawkins was pronounced deceased at...
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Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office 2022 Accomplishments

Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office 2022 Accomplishments

Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office 2022 Accomplishments Significant Prosecutions Harold Bernard Gross was convicted of possession of fentanyl in large volume and, on November 14, 2022, was sentenced to 5 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Travis Benjamin Ridgely was convicted of the first degree premeditated murder of Selena Noel Persinger and...
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Occupants and Two Pets Displaced After Camper Fire at Solomons Navy Annex, No Injuries Reported

Occupants and Two Pets Displaced After Camper Fire at Solomons Navy Annex, No Injuries Reported

On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at approximately 7:05 p.m., firefighters from Calvert and St. Mary’s County responded to the Navy Recreational Center located at 13855 South Solomons Island Road in Solomons, for the reported commercial vehicle on fire. Crews arrived on the scene and found fire showing from a 18 foot pull behind camper....
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Maryland State Police Investigating Critically Missing St. Mary’s County Man – James Volodimir Nalborcyk, age 50, of Great Mills

Maryland State Police Investigating Critically Missing St. Mary’s County Man – James Volodimir Nalborcyk, age 50, of Great Mills

December 29, 2022, (GREAT MILLS, MD) – Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack and Criminal Enforcement Division are currently attempting to locate a man reported missing earlier this month from St. Mary’s County. James Volodimir Nalborcyk, 50, of Great Mills, Maryland, was reported missing by family members to the Maryland State Police on Dec. 21,...
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