Monthly Archives: September 2019

Fire at Running Hare Vineyard Causes More Than 2.5 Million in Damages in Prince Frederick, Cause Still Under Investigation

Fire at Running Hare Vineyard Causes More Than 2.5 Million in Damages in Prince Frederick, Cause Still Under Investigation

UPDATE: On Monday, September 30, 2019, at approximately 6:05 a.m., firefighters responded to 150 Adelina Road in Prince Frederick, for the reported smoke investigation. Crews arrived on the scene to find a 1-story structure fully engulfed. The owner is Michael Scarborough. The estimated loss of structure is deemed to be $200,000 and contents over...
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St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

In May of 2018, Christian Scott Ellis, 25 of Leonardtown, died of a Fentanyl overdose. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division conducted an investigation into Ellis’ death, and identified Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California, as the distributor of the fatal dose to the decedent. The investigation determined the distribution of...
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Reckless Driving Sends Driver to Trauma Center After Motor Vehicle Accident in Lexington Park

Reckless Driving Sends Driver to Trauma Center After Motor Vehicle Accident in Lexington Park

On Monday, September 30, 2019, at approximately 11:40 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Hermanville Road in Lexington Park, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with one subject trapped. Crews arrived on the scene to find one vehicle off the roadway, and one vehicle...
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Leonardtown Woman and her Husband Claim $50,000 Scratch-off Prize

Leonardtown Woman and her Husband Claim $50,000 Scratch-off Prize

Her tears started to flow when a grateful Leonardtown player entered the Maryland Lottery Winner’s Circle on Thursday when she heard the welcoming applause and cheers of Lottery employees. The 53-year-old was still floating on clouds after scratching off a $50,000 win on the DEAL OR NO DEAL™ game the day before. The St....
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UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Office Offering Reward in Shooting of 34-Year-Old Man in Waldorf

UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Office Offering Reward in Shooting of 34-Year-Old Man in Waldorf

UPDATE 9/30/19: On September 27 at approximately 12:15 p.m., officers responded to the area of Medinah Street and Mesquite Court in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, a 34-year-old male, who was transported for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. This shooting does not appear to be a random incident....
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Minor Injuries Reported After Deer Goes Through Vehicles Windshield in Port Tobacco

Minor Injuries Reported After Deer Goes Through Vehicles Windshield in Port Tobacco

On Sunday, September 29, 2019, at approximately 2:00 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the The Blue Dog Saloon on 7940 Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle had struck a deer, with the deer...
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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire in La Plata

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire in La Plata

On Sunday, September 29, 2019, at approximately 7:10 p.m., firefighters from La Plata, Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 1010 Eastbourne Drive in La Plata, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a two story residence with nothing evident. Upon investigation and completing a walk around the entire...
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The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Offer Membership Levels to Benefit Major Developments

The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Offer Membership Levels to Benefit Major Developments

Since their founding, The Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums have supported historic sites in the care of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. Recently, because of the backing of membership, the organization has helped preserve the Charlotte Hall and Drayden School houses, worked to build and expand the permanent...
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Medic Unit Involved in Motor Vehicle Accident in Lexington Park

Medic Unit Involved in Motor Vehicle Accident in Lexington Park

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, at approximately 1:00 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Great Mills Road and South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle accident involving an emergency apparatus. Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles in the roadway involving a Mercedes...
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David Rolfe Bogie, 67

David Rolfe Bogie, 67

David Rolfe Bogie of Medley’s Neck in Leonardtown, Maryland was born on January 7, 1952 in Leonardtown. He was the first born son of the late James Edward “Jim” Bogie and Mary Elizabeth Floyd “Betty” Bogie. He departed this world on August 03, 2019 at the age of 67 with his loving wife Becky...
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Patricia “Pat” Ann Vallandingham, 64

Patricia “Pat” Ann Vallandingham, 64

Patricia “Pat” Ann Vallandingham, 64 of Avenue, MD passed away on September 28, 2019 at her residence. Born April 20, 1955 in Leonardtown, MD, she was the daughter of John Stephen Lacey of Avenue, MD and the late Estelle Louise Farrell Lacey. Pat is survived by her loving husband Francis P. “Frankie” Vallandingham whom...
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Russell Wilbur Mears, Jr., 79

Russell Wilbur Mears, Jr., 79

Russell Wilbur Mears, Jr., 79 of Mechanicsville, MD formerly of Rock Point, MD passed away at his home on September 28, 2019. Russell was the son of the late Helen Gertrude Mears and Russell Wilbur Mears. He was the loving husband of Esther Mears, devoted father of Vivian Azopardi of Leonardtown, MD, Diana Allen...
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Dr. Linda Ann (Haren) Irwin-DeVitis, 71

Dr. Linda Ann (Haren) Irwin-DeVitis, 71

Dr. Linda Ann (Haren) Irwin-DeVitis, 71, died on September 15, 2019, at home in Leonardtown, MD. She had waged a brave three-year battle against complications from ALS. Linda was born on January 12, 1948, in Maryville, TN. She was beloved by her family and friends. Her devoted husband of 32 years, Joseph L. DeVitis,...
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Carol Ann Johnson, 77

Carol Ann Johnson, 77

Carol Ann Johnson, 77, of Bryantown, MD, peacefully passed away at her home on September 26, 2019. She was born on February 17, 1942, in Washington, DC to the late Alfred J. Gibbons and Lilly C. Doering Gibbons. Carol was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, Bryantown, MD for 44 years. She had...
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Diane Bell Owens, 79

Diane Bell Owens, 79

Diane Bell Owens, 79, of Franklin, WV passed away on September 24, 2019 in Brandywine, MD with her loving family by her side. Diane was born on August 25, 1940 in Washington, DC to the late Benjamin Francis Bell and Madelene Minerva Siehl Bell. Diane adored her family and enjoyed needle point, reading, cooking,...
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William Clarence “Bill” Morgan aka “Pa”, 101

William Clarence “Bill” Morgan aka “Pa”, 101

William Clarence “Bill” Morgan aka “Pa”, 101, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on September 22, 2019 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center. Bill was born on June 14, 1918 in NC to the late William Kater Morgan and Sara Bethany (Carpenter) Morgan. Bill resided in St. Mary’s County for the last 25 years; prior to...
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Dusty Folks, 57

Dusty Folks, 57

Dusty Folks, 57, of La Plata, MD passed away peacefully at home on September 20, 2019, following an extended illness. By his side were “his girls,” Allison and Ava, and his faithful companion, Moxy. Dusty was born on February 8, 1962 in Washington, DC to Boyd “Elwood” Folks, Sr. and the late Dixie Folks...
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Alcohol Contributing Factor in Head-on Collision on Thomas Johnson Bridge

Alcohol Contributing Factor in Head-on Collision on Thomas Johnson Bridge

On September 27, 2019 at approximately 7:50 p.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported head-on collision involving three vehicles on top of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons. Preliminary investigation revealed, a 1989 Volvo operated by Raymond Jones Sr., 51 of Lexington Park, was traveling South on Route 4...
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Mary Ann Jones (Lunson), 89

Mary Ann Jones (Lunson), 89

Mary Ann Jones (Lunson), 89, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of September 26, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Her husband, Harry Scott Jones, was by her side, as he was for the 69 years they shared in marriage. With her roots in Washington, D.C., branches of Mary Ann’s story led her...
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Firefighters in St. Mary’s County Quickly Extinguish Large Brush Fire in California

Firefighters in St. Mary’s County Quickly Extinguish Large Brush Fire in California

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, at approximately 11:50 a.m., firefighters from Bay District and Hollywood responded to the backyard of 44195 Cross Bow Lane in California, for the reported outside fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find an approximate 150×150 foot area on fire in the woods to the rear of multiple residential...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Currently Investigating Death in Lexington Park

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Currently Investigating Death in Lexington Park

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, at approximately 8:30 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the Crossroads Apartments on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported CPR in progress. Crews arrived on the scene and pronounced a 20-year-old male deceased on the scene. Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office...
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St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office Welcomes a New and Returning Deputies

St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office Welcomes a New and Returning Deputies

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Tim Cameron welcomed a new deputy and a returning deputy on Wednesday. Deputy Bianca Salas and returning Deputy Artina Manns took the oath of office, administered by St. Mary’s County Clerk of the Court Debra Burch at Sheriff Cameron’s office, observed by family members and Sheriff’s...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Non-Licensed Business Operating in St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Non-Licensed Business Operating in St. Mary’s County

On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a business dispute involving substandard driveway sealcoating at the 37000 block of Newlands Street in Mechanicsville. A subject representing Mitchell’s Paving was contracted to repair and seal the complainant’s driveway. The cracks were not repaired, and it appeared...
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Dr. Joseph T. Luke Welcomes New Associate and Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Practicing in Southern Maryland

Dr. Joseph T. Luke Welcomes New Associate and Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Practicing in Southern Maryland

Southern Maryland-based dentist Joseph T. Luke, D.D.S., M.S. is proud to announce that his son Jonathan T. Luke, D.D.S. has joined his practice. Jonathan T. Luke received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he was a member of the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society Member....
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St. Mary’s County Museum Division Hosting Final Public Open House of 2019 at Drayden African American Schoolhouse on October 5, 2019

St. Mary’s County Museum Division Hosting Final Public Open House of 2019 at Drayden African American Schoolhouse on October 5, 2019

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division, in partnership with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), will be offering the final Open House of the year for visitors and the community at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse in Drayden, MD, October 5, 2019. The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved...
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