Monthly Archives: November 2020

Stephen Dean Copeland

Stephen Dean Copeland

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen Dean Copeland. Steve was a longtime resident of Mechanicsville, Maryland. He passed away, surrounded by family and friends, in his home after a long and complicated battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Maryland Reports 6,711 New Cases of COVID-19 in 4 Days

Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Maryland Reports 6,711 New Cases of COVID-19 in 4 Days

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Maryland reports 183,797 COVID-19 cases and 4,293 deaths. An increase of 6,711 cases and 48 deaths over 4 days. COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland Number of confirmed cases : 183,797 Number of persons tested negative : 2,054,695 Total testing volume : 4,171,674 Number of confirmed deaths : 4,293 Number of probable...
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Governor Hogan Announces Launch of All-Hands-on-Deck COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Operation

Governor Hogan Announces Launch of All-Hands-on-Deck COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Operation

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and with the new surge of COVID-19 intensifying in Maryland and across the nation, Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of a wide-scale compliance, education, and enforcement operation to slow the spread of the virus and keep Maryland safely open for business. “I know that there is growing...
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Breast Cancer Supporters from 13 States Raise Over $18,000 for CalvertHealth Foundation’s Virtual 5K

Breast Cancer Supporters from 13 States Raise Over $18,000 for CalvertHealth Foundation’s Virtual 5K

The 11th Annual CalvertHealth Breast Cancer Virtual 5K was a huge success thanks to supporters all over the country who raised more than $18,000 in support of local breast cancer patients seeking care at the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care. Despite being unable to run together, the outpouring of community support was...
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Two Injured After Motor Vehicle Collision in Marbury

Two Injured After Motor Vehicle Collision in Marbury

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at approximately 6:55 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of Chicamuxen Road and Sweetmans Road in Marbury, for the reported motor vehicle collision with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles involved in a t-bone style collision with one subject trapped. Firefighters...
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No Injuries Reported, State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Marbury

No Injuries Reported, State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Marbury

On Monday, November 23, 2020, at approximately 10:40 p.m., 37 firefighters from the Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to the 4300 block of Mattawoman Creek Road in Marbury, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to reported fire showing from a one story single family residence....
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UPDATE: Prince George’s County Officer Involved in Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Langley Park

UPDATE: Prince George’s County Officer Involved in Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Langley Park

UPDATE 11/25/2020: The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal pedestrian collision in Langley Park. The name of the deceased pedestrian will be released once his family has been notified. The striking driver was an on-duty PGPD officer driving an unmarked police vehicle. The...
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One Transported to Trauma Center After Dump Truck Overturns in Avenue

One Transported to Trauma Center After Dump Truck Overturns in Avenue

On Monday, November 23, 2020, at approximately 5:37 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of 22800 Oakley Road in Avenue, for the reported motor vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single dump truck off the roadway and overturned with the single occupant/operator out of the...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Summons Served in October, 2020

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Summons Served in October, 2020

10/01/20- Regina Ann Davies-Bolden, age 40 of Lexington Park- Assault 2nd Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property by Dep. Rycyzyn# 350. CASE# 57650-20 10/01/20- Elysia Renee Samuels, age 21 of Nottingham- CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana by DFC. Budd# 325. CASE# 61608-19 10/02/20- James Thomas Tawney Jr., age 57 of Lexington Park- Assault 2nd Degree by...
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Ricky Ray Adkins, 61

Ricky Ray Adkins, 61

Ricky Ray Adkins, 61, of Lexington Park, MD passed away on November 13, 2020 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with his family at his side. He was born on December 11, 1958 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Shirley Ellen Teasley Adkins and Doffis Ray Adkins. Ricky was a delicious cook and made many...
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GySgt John Thomas Schmitt, Jr (Ret.) USMC, 82

GySgt John Thomas Schmitt, Jr (Ret.) USMC, 82

GySgt John Thomas Schmitt, Jr (Ret.) USMC, 82, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on November 17, 2020. John was born on January 23, 1938 in Patterson, NJ to the late John T. Schmitt, Sr. and Elizabeth Kinney Schmitt. John enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps on February 15 1955, then retired on August 31,...
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George Edward Widmayer, 97

George Edward Widmayer, 97

George Edward Widmayer, 97, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on November 18, 2020 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD. Born on December 3, 1922 in Washington, DC he was the son of the late Charles F. Widmayer and Irma E. Widmayer (Baynes). George married the love of his...
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James Leon Wilt, 86

James Leon Wilt, 86

James Leon Wilt, 86, of Avenue, MD (formerly of Mechanicsville, MD) passed away on November 6, 2020 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born on June 22, 1934 in Rainelle, WV to the late Leon William Wilt and Betty F. Phillips. In September 1954 Jim enlisted in the...
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Barbara Murphy Gheen, 72

Barbara Murphy Gheen, 72

Barbara Murphy Gheen, 72 of St. Leonard, MD, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2020, at home with her family by side. She was born on April 20, 1948, in Washington, DC, to James and Velma Murphy. She grew up in Wheaton, MD, graduated from Northwood High School in 1966 and then Montgomery...
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Sharon L. Nielsen, 64

Sharon L. Nielsen, 64

Sharon L. Nielsen, age 64, of Upper Marlboro, MD passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Springtime Home II assisted living home where she received excellent care. She was born on March 26, 1956 in District Heights, MD to the late John Henry Keister and Mildred Betty Lamberson. Sharon grew up in...
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Nelson Odoms Jr.

Nelson Odoms Jr.

Peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 Nelson Odoms Jr. departed this earthly life in Ft.Washington, MD. Family and friends will unite on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 10:00am until time of service 11:00am at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf, MD, 20601. Interment will be held at Trinity Memorial Garden in Waldorf,...
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Hogan Administration Announces $19 Million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $19 Million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that 17 Maryland local jurisdictions were awarded $19.3 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will address the needs of more than 3,600 households across the state. “Maryland has continued to be a national leader in our COVID-19 response, which is why we have responded aggressively with targeted...
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Testing of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens On Monday, December 7, 2020

Testing of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens On Monday, December 7, 2020

There will be a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert and Dorchester counties on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at noon. This test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Patrol Deputy

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Patrol Deputy

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Dylan Glenn as a new Patrol Deputy on Monday as he took the Oath of Office, sworn in by Debra Burch, Clerk of the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. Deputy Glenn transferred to the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office from the Chester Township in...
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Police Investigating Multiple Dirt Bikes Stolen Throughout St. Mary’s County

Police Investigating Multiple Dirt Bikes Stolen Throughout St. Mary’s County

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating three separate theft incidents with five dirt bikes stolen in Hollywood, California, and Scotland in St. Mary’s County. One dirt bike was stolen on Tuesday , November 17, 2020, in Scotland, near Point Lookout State Park. One dirt bike, a 2008 RMZ 450 was stolen...
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COVID-19 Testing Site & Agency Holiday Closures

COVID-19 Testing Site & Agency Holiday Closures

Due to Thanksgiving Day holidays, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) offices and SMCHD COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020. “We are asking our community to be extra cautious this Thanksgiving and to follow guidance from the CDC on ways to safely celebrate,” said...
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Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of November 23, to November 30, 2020

Charles County Speed Camera Program Week of November 23, to November 30, 2020

The Speed Camera Program will operate at schools that are open and or for those dispensing meals and educational supplies for our students. Please drive responsibly, especially when traveling in the area of these schools. During the week of November 22, speed cameras will be in the following locations: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone...
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Serial Bank Robber Pleads Guilty in Federal Court in Maryland for Robbing Nine Banks Over Four Months

Serial Bank Robber Pleads Guilty in Federal Court in Maryland for Robbing Nine Banks Over Four Months

Fletcher M. Dorsett, Jr., age 52, pleaded guilty to bank robbery, in connection with nine bank robberies and attempted robberies committed while on escape status from a halfway house and after his release, while he was on supervised release for a previous federal bank robbery conviction. The guilty plea was announced by United States...
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Gail “Dianna” Diatz, 69

Gail “Dianna” Diatz, 69 of Lexington Park, MD, formerly of Alexandria, VA passed away on November 17, 2020 at her home. She was born on May 25, 1951 in Washington, D.C., to the late Norman S. Schlaifer and Ruth (Blum) Schlaifer. Growing up in Silver Spring, MD, she studied art and graduated from American University. She...
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Officer Involved Shooting in Prince George’s County Leaves Montgomery County Officer Injured and Wanted Murder Suspect Dead

Officer Involved Shooting in Prince George’s County Leaves Montgomery County Officer Injured and Wanted Murder Suspect Dead

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place in Laurel on Tuesday. The decedent is 37-year-old Shawn Lequin Braddy of Jacksonville, Florida. Authorities in Florida had an arrest warrant for Braddy for a homicide that happened in Clay County, Florida. On November 17, 2020, Prince...
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