Monthly Archives: February 2020

Edmund Weston Wettengel, Jr.

Edmund Weston Wettengel, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Edmund Weston Wettengel, Jr. Eddie passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Eddie was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up on a farm in rural Montgomery County. From an early age Eddie grew to love the outdoors, anything mechanical,...
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Priscilla Anne Schaefer, 78

Priscilla Anne Schaefer, 78

Priscilla Anne Schaefer, 78, of California, MD, (formerly of Annapolis, MD) passed away on February 10, 2020 at Solomon’s Nursing Center in Solomons, MD. She was born on May 4, 1941 in Baltimore, MD to George Edward Williams and Margaret Irma Bennett. Priscilla worked for over two decades at Alion. On November 15, 1985,...
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William Steven Sento, 80

William Steven Sento, 80

William Steven Sento, 80, of Ridge, MD passed away on February 10, 2020 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born on September 19, 1939 in Donora, PA to John Sr. and Margaret Bludis Sento of Donora, Pennsylvania. Bill married the love of his life, Audrey Kutzer, on May...
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Donesha Floraine Chew

Donesha Floraine Chew

Donesha Floraine Chew was born November 30, 1998 in Leonardtown, Maryland to the late Katina Monique Yates and Donald Chew. At the tender age of 6, Donesha’s mother, Katina fell ill and wholeheartedly entrusted the care of her and her brother, Roy Person, to her sister and brother-in-law, Kneeca M. Somerville-Blackwell and James M.T....
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Dorothy Victoria “Vicki” Hayden, 73

Dorothy Victoria “Vicki” Hayden, 73

Dorothy Victoria “Vicki” Hayden, 73, of Bushwood, MD passed on February 15, 2020 at her residence. Born on January 15, 1947 in Washington, DC, she was the loving daughter of the late Dorothy Bailey Kucher and Andrew John Kucher. Vicki was the loving wife of James Stanley Hayden, whom she married on February 4,...
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Francis Lee Higgs, 80

Francis Lee Higgs, 80

Francis Lee Higgs, 80, of Callaway, MD formerly from Compton, MD passed away on February 12, 2020 in Callaway, MD. He was born on September 10, 1939 in Leonardtown, MD and was the son of the late Elizabeth Catherine Burch Higgs, and Joseph Herbert Higgs, Sr. Francis is survived by his sister Betty Unkle...
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Barbara Eversfield Shields, 66

Barbara Eversfield Shields, 66

Barbara Eversfield Shields, 66, a longtime resident of Tracy’s Landing, MD passed away February 6, 2020. She was born on July 24, 1953 to the late Donald and Peggy Eversfield. Barbi was raised in Fairhaven and attended Tracey’s Elementary and graduated from Southern High School. She loved living on the family farm and being...
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James “Jamie” Shawn Hayden, 49

James “Jamie” Shawn Hayden, 49

James “Jamie” Shawn Hayden, 49, of Avenue, MD passed away on February 12, 2020 in Avenue, MD. Born on May 9, 1970 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Dorothy Victoria Hayden and James Stanley Hayden of Bushwood, MD. Jamie is survived by his brother Todd Bailey Hayden (Chandra) of Abell, MD. Along...
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Thomas “Tom” Leo Dougherty, Jr. 59

Thomas “Tom” Leo Dougherty, Jr. 59

Thomas “Tom” Leo Dougherty, Jr. 59, of Drayden, MD formerly from St. Ann, MO passed away on February 10, 2020 in Georgetown University Hospital Washington, DC. Born on November 20, 1960 in Red Bud, IL, he was the loving son of Anna Mae Dougherty of St. Ann, MO, and the late Thomas Dougherty. Tom...
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Alice Marie Jarrett, 65

Alice Marie Jarrett, 65, of Owings, MD and formerly of Waldorf went home to be with the Lord on February 3, 2020. She was born October 7, 1954 in Elgin, IL to Henry Harrison and Emmie Davis (Worley) Jarrett. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Alice faced and yet overcame many life’s challenges. She was preceded...
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Richard Frederic Howard, 58

Richard Frederic Howard, 58

Richard Frederic Howard, 58, of Chesapeake Beach, MD, formerly of Benedict, MD, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020 at home after a long battle with ALS. Richard was born November 17, 1961 in Washington, DC to Robert and Thelma Howard, moving to Benedict, MD when he was a young child. He graduated from...
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Francis A. Gragan, 80

Francis A. Gragan, 80

Francis A. Gragan, 80, of La Plata, MD passed away on February 10, 2020. Born in St. Mary’s County on March 23, 1939 to the late George and Anna Gragan, He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary “Dolly” Gragan; son David K. Gragan; brother Paul Gragan and sisters, Jean Hart, Ann Campbell...
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John Fletcher Vanmeter, 58

John Fletcher Vanmeter, 58 of White Plains, MD passed away on February 11, 2020 at the University of MD Charles Regional Center in LaPlata, MD. John was born in Mason, WV on December 2, 1961 to the late Lester Vanmeter and Lera Vanmeter. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorrie Vanmeter; daughters, Bebelyn...
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Richard “Rich” Lee Dailey, 65

Richard “Rich” Lee Dailey, 65

Richard “Rich” Lee Dailey, 65, passed away peacefully at his home in Bentonville on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. He was born September 10, 1954 in Natrona Heights, PA to loving parents, George Lee Dailey and Beverly Ann Dailey. Rich, the most charming and kind-hearted father and grandfather, is survived by his spitting image, Ryan...
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Millersville Man Receives 15 Years in Overdose Death of 16-Year-Old

Millersville Man Receives 15 Years in Overdose Death of 16-Year-Old

The Honorable Donna Schaeffer sentenced Jason Patton Baker, 46, of Millersville to 15 years in prison in the death of 16-year-old Josiah Klaes announced Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. The teenager died from the lethal drugs Baker knowingly sold to the minor. Baker was found guilty by a jury of one...
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Police Arrest One Suspect After Stabbing Teen in the Face at St. Charles Town Center / Search Continues for Second Suspect:

Police Arrest One Suspect After Stabbing Teen in the Face at St. Charles Town Center / Search Continues for Second Suspect:

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, at approximately 4:55 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the St Charles Towne Center in Waldorf for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival they located a 16-year-old male with a stab wound to his face. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and suspects had...
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44-Year-Old Nanjemoy Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

44-Year-Old Nanjemoy Man Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Accokeek early Saturday morning. The victim is 44-year-old David Vargas Jr. of Nanjemoy, MD. On February 15, 2020, at approximately 5:00 am, officers responded to the 17500 block of Indian Head Highway for a single-vehicle collision. The...
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District Heights Man Arrested After Attempted Home Invasion in Lexington Park

District Heights Man Arrested After Attempted Home Invasion in Lexington Park

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, at approximately 3:00 a.m., police responded to the 21000 block of Manon Way in Lexington Park, for the reported disturbance. Police arrived on the scene to find a black male arrived at the victims residence and started making threats of violence along with attempts to enter The suspect was...
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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Announces Retirement of Three K-9 Partners

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Announces Retirement of Three K-9 Partners

The CCSO family is proud to announce the retirement of three of our K-9 partners last week: K-9 Ryker is an 8 year old Belgian Malinois trained in Patrol/Narcotic Detection. He served with PFC Darin Behm from July 2012 to February 2020. K-9 Max is an 8 year old Dutch Shepherd trained in Patrol/Narcotics...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Two New K-9 Partners!

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Two New K-9 Partners!

We would like to welcome our two newest partners, K-9 Colt and K-9 Baba Yaga, who graduated last week from their training which began on August 9! K-9 Colt is a 2 years old Belgian Malinois and is trained in Patrol/Explosive and Weapon Detection. He will work alongside his handler, PFC Darin Behm. K-9...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on Old Washington Road in Waldorf, After Suspects Flee from Officer

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on Old Washington Road in Waldorf, After Suspects Flee from Officer

On February 15, shortly before 2 a.m., a patrol officer responded to the area of Larkspur Court in Waldorf for the report of loud music and two males loitering inside a car. When the officer arrived, he exited his cruiser and approached the vehicle on foot. Upon seeing the officer, the subjects fled. A...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Thanks Its Partners in WARM Program

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Thanks Its Partners in WARM Program

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks its numerous community partners for their continued assistance in the WARM program (Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many), a local winter emergency sheltering program. The Mission, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Three Oaks Center, the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, Texas Roadhouse and Target have all provided additional assistance...
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Prince Georges County Police Department Investigating Off-Duty Deputy Involved Shooting in Bowie

Prince Georges County Police Department Investigating Off-Duty Deputy Involved Shooting in Bowie

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a shooting involving an off-duty Prince George’s County Sheriff’s deputy. This incident occurred in the City of Bowie Wednesday morning. On February 12, 2020, at approximately 1:30 am, City of Bowie officers responded to Dunleigh Drive for reports of three suspects tampering with vehicles. City of...
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Public Encouraged to Donate Non-Perishable Food Items for Local Soup Kitchen Spring Break Program in Exchange for Free Admission to County Museums

Public Encouraged to Donate Non-Perishable Food Items for Local Soup Kitchen Spring Break Program in Exchange for Free Admission to County Museums

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division is once again partnering with St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen, the only full-time soup kitchen in Southern Maryland, to help feed residents (most especially local children) in need during St. Mary’s County Spring Break week through their “Feed the Families” program, which provides groceries for the poorest families...
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Hogan Administration Announces 22% Decline in Opioid Prescriptions Since 2017

Hogan Administration Announces 22% Decline in Opioid Prescriptions Since 2017

The number of opioid prescriptions in Maryland has dropped by more than 22% since 2017, with nearly 20% fewer patients receiving opiates during the same period, the Hogan administration announced today. This decrease is attributed in part to an electronic prescription tracking system known as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP—operated by...
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