Monthly Archives: December 2019

Police in St. Mary’s County to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday Evening

Police in St. Mary’s County to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday Evening

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Maryland State Highway Administration, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint on Friday evening, Dec. 13, 2019, in central St. Mary’s County. The sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on Route 235 on Friday night in the California/Lexington Park...
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VIDEO: 86-Year-Old Waldorf Woman Gets Her Wish of a Lifetime

VIDEO: 86-Year-Old Waldorf Woman Gets Her Wish of a Lifetime

On Tuesday night, 86-year-old Bertha Nunn of Waldorf, made her TV acting debut with the airing of Crest’s new holiday spot. This was a special moment for all involved because Bertha Nunn was a wish recipient from a non-profit organization called Wish of a Lifetime that grants wishes for seniors across the country. This has...
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Birthday Ticket Treat Turns into $50,000 Powerball Prize for Charles County Woman

Birthday Ticket Treat Turns into $50,000 Powerball Prize for Charles County Woman

A federal government employee from La Plata bought herself a single $2 quick-pick Powerball ticket on Dec. 5 in celebration of her birthday. She didn’t give it another thought until after she and her son had dinner on Dec. 8, nearly 24 hours after the drawing. The Charles County resident checked the ticket for...
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UPDATE: Impaired Driving Leads to One Injured After Vehicle Goes Up Utility Pole in Bushwood

UPDATE: Impaired Driving Leads to One Injured After Vehicle Goes Up Utility Pole in Bushwood

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at approximately 3:15 p.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Colton Point Road and Bushwood Wharf Road in Bushwood, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with multiple patients injured and trapped.
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VIDEO: Sheriff, FOP, and County Commissioner Release Statements After Sheriff’s Office Pay Raise is Voted Down in St. Mary’s County

VIDEO: Sheriff, FOP, and County Commissioner Release Statements After Sheriff’s Office Pay Raise is Voted Down in St. Mary’s County

FOP Lodge #7 President Elect, Austin Schultz provided SMNEWSNET with the following statement: Today the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County were asked to vote to give the hard-working men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office pay parity with our surrounding jurisdictions. We did not ask for more, we simply asked to...
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Murder of 54-Year-Old Newburg Man in Smallwood Village Center

UPDATE: Police Investigating Murder of 54-Year-Old Newburg Man in Smallwood Village Center

UPDATE: On December 10 at 3:09 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Smallwood Village Center in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect and victim were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the shopping center when the suspect produced a handgun and shot the...
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One Injured After Single Vehicle Rollover in Dunkirk

One Injured After Single Vehicle Rollover in Dunkirk

On Monday, December 9, 2019, at approximately 10:10 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Route 4 & Route 260 in Dunkirk, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle overturned in the roadway. The single trapped occupant had been...
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State Fire Marshal Currently Investigating Arson at Vacant House in Mechanicsville

State Fire Marshal Currently Investigating Arson at Vacant House in Mechanicsville

On Monday, December 9, 2019, at approximately 4:25 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville, Seventh District, Hollywood, and Charles County responded to Grant Road and Golden Beach Road in Mechanicsville for the reported vacant house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single story residence with fire showing from the front of the...
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Barbara Sharon Alton, 71

Barbara Sharon Alton, 71

Barbara Sharon Alton, 71, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away due to complications from surgery on December 5, 2019 at Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital. Barbara was born on August 22, 1948 in Burke, South Dakota to the late George and Marcelane (Forsch) Knittel. As the oldest of five children, Barbara would assist her mother with...
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Timothy Patrick “Timmy” Pumphrey, 61

Timothy Patrick “Timmy” Pumphrey, 61

Timothy Patrick “Timmy” Pumphrey, 61, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Timmy was born on November 12, 1958 to the late Edward James Pumphrey, Jr. and Joan Patricia (O’Neill) Pumphrey. As a young man he worked as a locksmith. He was...
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Debra Jo Littleton, 67

Debra Jo Littleton, 67

Debra Jo Littleton, 67, of Lusby, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Georgetown Hospital, with family and friends by her side. She was born June 26, 1952, in Washington D.C., and was a daughter of the late James Robert Sr. and Josephine (Tolbert) Littleton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Lianne Robinson Mettam, 55

Lianne Robinson Mettam, 55

Lianne Robinson Mettam, 55, of Huntingtown passed away December 1, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born April 4, 1964 in Rochester, NY to John Henry and Reda Marie (Bonito) Robinson. Lianne was raised in Upper Marlboro and married Douglas R. Mettam. She and Douglas have lived in Huntingtown for the past 18...
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Mary Ellen Barbour, 95

Mary Ellen Barbour, 95

Mary Ellen Barbour, 95, of LaPlata, MD passed away on November 25, 2019 in Waldorf, MD. Born on October 26, 1924 in Washington, DC to the late Robert M. Garner and Estelle E. Garner. She is also predeceased by her husband William Brent Barbour; brother, Robert Garner and her sister, Eloise Maroney. She is...
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Theresa Martin Monaghan Goodwin, 92

Theresa Martin Monaghan Goodwin, 92

Theresa Martin Monaghan Goodwin, 92, of Waldorf, MD passed away peacefully at her home on December 1, 2019. Theresa was born on October 5, 1927 in Shenandoah, PA, to the late John Joseph Monaghan and Elizabeth Rosario (Dowling) Monaghan. She moved to Washington, DC at the age of 18 and was employed as a...
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Douglas (Doug) S. Harry

Douglas (Doug) S. Harry

Beloved father and friend, Douglas (Doug) S. Harry passed away on December 8, 2019. He was born on July 5, 1954 in Baltimore City, MD to Donald and Edith Harry. Doug had an accomplished 30 year career as a civilian worker in the United States Navy, where he worked his way up to the...
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Three Judicial Appointments Fills Vacancies in Court of Appeals, Anne Arundel, and St. Mary’s Counties

Three Judicial Appointments Fills Vacancies in Court of Appeals, Anne Arundel, and St. Mary’s Counties

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the following judicial appointments: Jonathan Biran for the Court of Appeals Richard Trunnell for Anne Arundel County Circuit Court James Lee Tanavage for St. Mary’s County District Court “The appointment of these qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Serious Crash in Charlotte Hall That Sends Two to Trauma Centers

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Serious Crash in Charlotte Hall That Sends Two to Trauma Centers

On December 7, 2019, at approximately 11:08 a.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 38100 block of Golden Beach Road in Charlotte Hall, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located a Ford F-150 and a Chevrolet Cobalt in the roadway with two patients unconscious...
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CSM Welcomes Three New Executives to Leadership Team

CSM Welcomes Three New Executives to Leadership Team

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces the appointment of three new members to its leadership team. Ellen Flowers-Fields has accepted the position of associate vice president, Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CWD), effective Dec. 9. Erin Ebersole, Ed.D. has accepted the position of associate vice president, Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Research (PIER), and...
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Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault and Reckless Endangerment After Stabbing Woman

Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault and Reckless Endangerment After Stabbing Woman

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, at approximately 10:45 p.m.,Cpl. Beishline of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the female victim who advised of a domestic assault which occurred at a residence on Rosslare Court in Lexington Park. The victim told police that she was seated in the garage when Michael Andrea...
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Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Melissa Heyer, age 44, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with submitting false claims to the United States, specifically for claiming to have worked hours on a government contract when she allegedly was not at work. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of...
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Maryland Deer Firearms Opening Day Harvest Up 29%

Maryland Deer Firearms Opening Day Harvest Up 29%

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported 8,061 deer taken on opening day of the 2019 Maryland firearm season, Nov. 30. This represents a 29% increase over last year’s Saturday opener. The overall weekend harvest of 9,201 was down 9% from 2018 due to nearly non-stop rain and wind across the state on Sunday....
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CSM Partners with Earlbeck to Provide Training That Will Produce A Skilled, Work-Ready Welder Workforce

CSM Partners with Earlbeck to Provide Training That Will Produce A Skilled, Work-Ready Welder Workforce

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and Earlbeck Gases and Technologies (Earlbeck) have formalized their longtime training partnership with a memorandum of understanding today to provide students with the training and certification credentials needed to meet the expanding welder workforce opportunities. Through this partnership, CSM and Earlbeck will provide education, training, certification and business...
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SMECO Employees Raise $57,450 for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled

SMECO Employees Raise $57,450 for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) employees held two fund-raising events and recently donated $57,450 to three organizations in Southern Maryland: The Arc Southern Maryland in Calvert County, Spring Dell in Charles County, and Bay Community Support Services in St. Mary’s County. Each organization will receive $19,150. “We selected these three organizations that assist intellectually...
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Maryland State Police Continue Fatal Collision Investigation in Prince George’s County After Two Pedestrians Are Struck

Maryland State Police Continue Fatal Collision Investigation in Prince George’s County After Two Pedestrians Are Struck

On December 7, 2019, shortly after midnight, the Maryland State Police, College Park Barrack received a 911 call reference a collision involving two pedestrians struck on northbound US-1 (Baltimore Ave.) just north of Mulberry St, Laurel, Prince George’s County, MD. The two pedestrians struck were identified as Daniel Benzinger, 26 of Laurel, MD and...
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La Plata High School It’s Academic Team Wins Regional Competition

La Plata High School It’s Academic Team Wins Regional Competition

The La Plata High School It’s Academic team earned the title of Charles County competition winner in the annual regional event held Dec. 4. The three-member team of Captain Tanner Wyant, Jenna Burtch and Margaret Stine won with a score of 280 points in the championship round against teams from St. Charles and Westlake...
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