Monthly Archives: October 2018

Karen Denise Wessels, 55

Karen Denise Wessels, 55

Karen Denise Wessels, 55, passed away on October 17, 2018, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia, PA after a valiant effort against lung cancer. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings, MD will host a viewing from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Funeral services will be held at...
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Edmond E. De Mattia, 89

Edmond E. De Mattia, 89

Edmond E. De Mattia, 89, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Born in Steubenville Ohio in 1929; Edmond joined the United States Navy after graduating high school. Edmond was an Oboist for the United States Naval Band in Washington D.C. (1948-1968) earning the prestigious First Chair. In addition to...
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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Farrell, 81

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Farrell, 81

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Farrell, 81, of Leonardtown, MD, left her earthly home on October 17, 2018. Born in Oakville, MD on September 5, 1937, she was the daughter of Ella Mae Knight and William “Bill” Knight. She is survived by her husband of nearly four years, Dr. Herbert C. Winnik, and his daughters Aliza...
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Ransom “Billy” Hanford, 80

Ransom “Billy” Hanford, 80

Ransom “Billy” Hanford, 80, of Lexington Park, MD formerly from Henderson, NC, passed away on October 19, 2018 in Callaway, MD. He was born on May 6, 1938 in Henderson, NC and was the son of the late Lucy Bell Hanford and Matt Ransom Hanford of Henderson, NC. Billy was the loving husband of...
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Tracy Kim Eckloff, 49

Tracy Kim Eckloff, 49

Tracy Kim Eckloff, 49 of Owings, MD passed away in Lexington Park, MD on October 9, 2018. Tracy was the daughter of Joseph T. Brown, Sr. and the late Ruth Helen Carr. She was born in Cheverly, MD on September 1, 1969. Tracy loved the Dallas Cowboys and her dogs. She loved road trips,...
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LCDR Hubert Randolph “Bert” Leighton, Jr., USN, (Ret.), 87

LCDR Hubert Randolph “Bert” Leighton, Jr., USN, (Ret.), 87, of Hollywood, MD passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD. He was born on October 17, 1931 in Salem, MA to the late Hubert Randolph Leighton, Sr. and Pauline Jeanne King Leighton. In 1949 Bert enlisted in...
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Margaret Ann “Peggy” McMurray, 87

Margaret Ann “Peggy” McMurray, 87

Margaret Ann “Peggy” McMurray, 87, of St. Inigoes, MD passed away peacefully Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. She was born September 4, 1931 in Ridge, MD to the late William Bryan Knott and Alice Josephine Taylor Knott. Peggy was a graduate of St. Michael’s High School...
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Joseph Lee “Bumsie” Readmond, 88

Joseph Lee “Bumsie” Readmond, 88, of Hollywood, MD passed away peacefully Wednesday, October17, 2018 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. He was born March 26, 1930 in Hollywood, MD to the late James Leonard Readmond and Emma Estelle Wallace Readmond. Bumsie is a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. On December...
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Reginald Benjamin Henson, Jr., 40

Reginald Benjamin Henson, Jr., 40 of Great Mills, MD, passed away on October 17, 2018. Family and friends will unite on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at Living Hope Church, 21650 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD. Interment will be private.
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Carrie Crawford

Carrie Crawford

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Carrie Crawford entered eternal rest. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Interment will be private.
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One Injured in Saint Leonard After Vehicle Hits Utility Pole

One Injured in Saint Leonard After Vehicle Hits Utility Pole

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at approximately 11:25 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to the 8000 block of Mackall Road, and Cage Road in St. Leonard, for the reported motor vehicle accident involving a utility pole, with power lines down causing brush fires. Crews arrived on scene to find a single vehicle...
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Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Awarded Seed Grant for Promotional Brochure Creation

Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Awarded  Seed Grant for Promotional Brochure Creation

The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums, the non-profit organization which supports the historic sites overseen by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, was recently awarded a $2,500 matching Seed Grant for the creation and printing of a new promotional brochure. The new marketing piece will be distributed throughout the region...
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Governor Larry Hogan Holds First-Ever Governor’s Coding Challenge

Governor Larry Hogan Holds First-Ever Governor’s Coding Challenge

Governor Larry Hogan hosted the first-ever Governor’s Coding Challenge at Bowie State University in Bowie. The event was held in partnership with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology fields. The governor was joined by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Bowie State University President Dr....
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Calvert Hospice Announces 3rd Annual Festival of Wreaths

Calvert Hospice Announces 3rd Annual Festival of Wreaths

Calvert Hospice is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Festival of Wreaths. This fun, family-friendly event will be held November 17, 2018 from 10 am – 3 pm at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick. Admission is FREE! There’s something for every member of the family at the Festival of Wreaths. Beautiful, handcrafted wreaths will be...
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UPDATE: Medical Emergency Suspected in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Involving 71-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE: Medical Emergency Suspected in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Involving 71-Year-Old Mechanicsville Man

UPDATE 10/21/2018 @ 12:10 p.m.: On October 21, 2018, at approximately 4:10 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle collision in the 28100 block of Mechanicsville Road, in the area of Bet Lane, in Mechanicsville. Upon arrival deputies located a single vehicle, with one occupant that had crashed into...
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Two Seriously Injured After Motor Vehicle Accident in La Plata

Two Seriously Injured After Motor Vehicle Accident in La Plata

On Friday, October 12, 2018, at approximately 3:00 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to Washington Avenue, and Kline Drive, in La Plata, for the reported serious motor vehicle accident involving a utility pole with wires down. Crews arrived on scene to find a red SUV off the roadway with two occupants trapped....
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Four Car Pile up on Three Notch Road Sends One to Hospital

Four Car Pile up on Three Notch Road Sends One to Hospital

UPDATE 10/21/2018: The driver of the white Ford Escape contacted SMNEWSNET and said a Cadillac crossed the median from the northbound lane hit my vehicle and others. 10/21/2018: On Friday, October 19, 2018, at approximately 12:35 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to Three Notch Road, and Exploration Drive, for the reported motor vehicle...
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51-Year-Old Clinton Man Struck and Killed by Suspected Impaired Driver While Changing Tire

51-Year-Old Clinton Man Struck and Killed by Suspected Impaired Driver While Changing Tire

A pedestrian is dead this morning after a vehicle crash in Prince George’s County that troopers believe may have involved an impaired driver. The deceased is identified as Samuel Brown, 51, of Clinton. Prince George’s County EMS personnel pronounced the victim deceased on the scene. The driver of the victim’s vehicle, which is a...
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Virgie Lorraine (Dustin) Finley

Virgie Lorraine (Dustin) Finley

Mrs. Virgie Lorraine (Dustin) Finley, of District Heights, Maryland, born on January 16, 1928 in Washington D.C., to the late Amy P. Dustin and the late Walter W. Dustin, passed away peacefully at age 90 on October 5, 2018 at Tribute Assisted Living, Gainesville, Virginia. Virgie grew up in District Heights, Maryland and later,...
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Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Vehicular Slaying in Waldorf

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on October 18, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Wendy Lynn Moore, 50 of Mechanicsville, to 5 years in prison for the vehicular slaying of Brian Smith. Moore, previously entered a guilty plea to the Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter of Smith on...
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Firefighters Quickly Extinguishes Vehicle Fire in California

Firefighters Quickly Extinguishes Vehicle Fire in California

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at approximately 9:45 a.m., firefighters from Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of Patuxent Beach Road, and Kingston Creek Road for the reported vehicle fire. Crews arrived on find a Dodge Ram pick-up truck with heavy fire showing from the hood compartment. Five firefighters were on...
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NAVAIR engineers win awards at Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Conference

NAVAIR engineers win awards at Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Conference

Two NAVAIR engineers were recognized for their leadership and technical achievements at the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers National Conference in Chicago Oct. 4. Mini Anirudhan won an Employee Resource Group Leadership Award for her work with NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Diversity Advisory Team and Women’s Advisory Group, as well as her...
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Husband and Wife Arrested for First Degree Assault After Threatening to Shoot Victims

Husband and Wife Arrested for First Degree Assault After Threatening to Shoot Victims

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at approximately 8:50 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46300 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault with a firearm. Investigation determined Marcus Isaiah Peterson, 29 of Lexington Park, brandished a firearm in the area of his...
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Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Duck Hunters Say he Fired 10 to 20 Rounds Towards Their Boat in Persimmons Creek

Mechanicsville Man Arrested After Duck Hunters Say he Fired 10 to 20 Rounds Towards Their Boat in Persimmons Creek

On October 14, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Cpl. Kimberly Austin and Ofc. Emily Beckhart of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, received information regarding a subject shooting a firearm towards a vessel in Persimmons Creek off of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Police made contact with the four victims on the vessel...
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Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Inaccurate Rumor Being Shared on Facebook and Social Media

Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Inaccurate Rumor Being Shared on Facebook and Social Media

SMNEWSNET contacted the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, about the online rumor being shared on social media relaying a story that drivers are being attacked on local roads when they stop after being struck with objects or after driving over roadway debris. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received...
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