St. Mary’s County Fair 2014

St. Mary’s County Fair 2014

The Saint Mary’s County Fair never ceases to amaze and this year was no exception. The 4-day annual event was both educational and fun. On Friday morning a large crowd turned out in support of the agriculturally oriented event and it was apparent by the smiles on the children’s faces that they enjoyed the day off of school and the festivities. There was an abundance of educational activities for one and all from viewing livestock up close to learning...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – 9/22/14

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – 9/22/14

During the week of September 15 through September 21 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,353 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 9/22/14 to 9/26/14

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 9/22/14 to 9/26/14

During the week of Sept. 22 to Sept. 26, automated speed cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at Craik Elementary School Have a great week and please drive gently.
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Sheriff Receives Patriotic Employer Certificate

Sheriff Receives Patriotic Employer Certificate

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bill Rector, who is also a Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard, presents Sheriff Mike Evans with a Patriotic Employer Certificate from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The award is for Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserves Force.  
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Two Calvert County Teens Arrested for Assault and Robbery in Mechanicsville

Two Calvert County Teens Arrested for Assault and Robbery in Mechanicsville

On September 13, 2014, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol units responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for a reported assault. Deputies learned a male victim had entered the hospital seeking treatment for an injury he received while involved in a fight at a residence located on Laurel Court, in Mechanicsville. The victim was subsequently transported to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and assumed the investigation. Detectives determined the victim...
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Public’s Help Needed Identifying 911 Caller in High School Shooter Hoax

Public’s Help Needed Identifying 911 Caller in High School Shooter Hoax

On September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM, a male subject called the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reported people in the school had guns and were going to start shooting at 10:00 AM. The school was immediately contacted and locked down in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols. Several Sheriff’s Office deputies and troopers from the Maryland State Police arrived at the high school within minutes. A perimeter was established and the parking lot was...
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Vehicle Ignites Garage Fire in Chesapeake Beach

Vehicle Ignites Garage Fire in Chesapeake Beach

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m. firefighters from Huntington, North Beach, Dunkirk, and Prince Frederick VFD were alerted to a “vehicle fire next to a house” at 4220 Christiana Parran Road, Chesapeake Beach. Crews arrived on the scene to discover a large detached garage & vehicle fully involved, with a majority of the building already burned down. Noticeably was a propane tank that was venting due to the heat. Fire crews worked quickly to extinguish the...
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MD Road System Again Ranked low, but Highway Officials Strongly Counter Ratings

MD Road System Again Ranked low, but Highway Officials Strongly Counter Ratings

Maryland continues to hover toward the bottom of rankings by a nonprofit organization evaluating state road systems, but the State Highway Administration continues to take issue with the ranking methodology. The free-market oriented Reason Foundation ranked Maryland 39th in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in its 21st annual rankings, drawing data mostly from 2012. The state’s worst ranking was 48th in interstate congestion but it ranked highly (10th) for low fatality rate. The state was ranked a similar 38th...
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SHA Patches Pavement on the Thomas Johnson Bridge Over the Patuxent River

SHA Patches Pavement on the Thomas Johnson Bridge Over the Patuxent River

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will patch the concrete surface of the MD 4 (Patuxent Beach Road) Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties beginning Tuesday night, September 23rd. Crews will close a single lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and flaggers will guide motorists through the work zone. This routine patching will take three nights, weather permitting. SHA’s contractor for the patching project is Allied Contractors of Baltimore through...
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Visit the Saint Mary’s County 68th Annual Fair Sept 18th – 21st

Visit the Saint Mary’s County 68th Annual Fair Sept 18th – 21st

The cooler weather is welcomed relief from the hot humid days of summer; excitement fills the air, as local citizens, and out of town, guests, attend the annual 68th Saint Mary’s County Fair in Leonardtown. This year’s event provides some tried and true long standing traditions, as well as some new additions. There are exhibit buildings to stroll thru to admire the handiwork and labor of love of contestant entries. 4- H and Livestock judging contest, Pig Races, Chainsaw...
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Hundreds of Southern Marylanders Will Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 20

Hundreds of Southern Marylanders Will Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 20

Hundreds of Southern Maryland residents will unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 20. Walks are being held in La Plata and Solomons. The goal for this year’s two Southern Maryland Walks is $165,000. In 2013, the two Walks raised $140,525, contributing to more than $57.2 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants...
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Fugitive Friday – Sponsored by Charles County Crime Solvers – 9/19/14

Fugitive Friday – Sponsored by Charles County Crime Solvers – 9/19/14

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Angela Lynn Schurman, 26, of Waldorf. Schurman currently has four open warrants charging her with failing to appear in court on a multiple theft charges ranging from theft under $1,000 to theft under $10,0000; conspiracy to commit theft; and failure to appear in court for violating her probation relating to a burglary charge. Schurman is 5’3”, 190lbs., and has brown hair and brown...
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Judge Banished Off the Bench for “Shocking” Decision!

Judge Banished Off the Bench for “Shocking” Decision!

On September 5, 2014 the Maryland Court of appeals handed down a decision to remove Retired Maryland Circuit Court Judge Robert C. Nalley from the bench effective September 12, 2014. This decision is a direct result of Judge Nalley’s latest escapade which occurred on July 23, 2014, when he issued a directive to a Charles County Sherriff’s Department officer to administer an electrical shock to a defendant inside his courtroom. The defendant Delvon L. King, 25 of Waldorf, was...
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UPDATE: Shots Ring Out in Lexington Park, Again & Again

UPDATE: Shots Ring Out in Lexington Park, Again & Again

UPDATE 9/19/14 @ 3:45 a.m. – The SMNEWSNET hotline (301-200-1812) received two separate calls at around 3:20 and 3:25 a.m., both reported hearing gunshots in the area of North Essex Drive in Lexington Park. One caller reported 5 shots, while the other reported hearing 4 or 5. One witness reported seeing both state and county police in the area after the gunshots. Both callers confirmed the shots to have been fired around 3:15 a.m.. 9/18/14 – On Wednesday, September...
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St. Mary’s County Grand Jurors Indict Three Men on Drug Distribution Charges

St. Mary’s County Grand Jurors Indict Three Men on Drug Distribution Charges

Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted undercover purchases of prescription medication from suspect Ryan Patrick Sullivan, 30 of California. As a result of the investigations, St. Mary’s County Grand Jurors indicted suspect Sullivan for “Distribution of Suboxone” and “Distribution of Dilaudid”. _ Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office identified William Terrence Campbell aka “Funk”, 38 of Lexington Park as a distributor of cocaine. Undercover purchases were made and subsequently a search and seizure warrant...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Assistance in Sign Theft Case

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Assistance in Sign Theft Case

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect or suspects responsible for the theft of 8 road signs and 12 spring loaded stands. Between Friday, September 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m., and Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m., suspect(s) stole road construction signs and spring loaded stands...
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Corrections Officer Raises Money for Cancer Research

Corrections Officer Raises Money for Cancer Research

Congratulations to Cpl. Matthew Kline of the Charles County Detention Center’s Custody and Security Division for completing The Ride to Conquer Cancer event – a two day, 150 mile bicycling journey through the scenic landscapes of Maryland, Virginia and DC. Cpl. Kline participated in this event to honor his mother, Judith, who was diagnosed...
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Leadership Southern Maryland to Host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Leadership Southern Maryland to Host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announced today that the second annual LSM golf tournament will be held October 9th, at the Breton Bay Country Club. The rain date is October 16, 2014. The event will benefit LSM. Golfers may sign up to play for $100 per person or $395 for a foursome;18 holes, a cart...
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Fender Bender During Traffic Stop Reported

Fender Bender During Traffic Stop Reported

Deputy L. Johnson of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Great Mills Road near Langley Drive. The vehicle Deputy Johnson stopped rolled backward and struck the police car. Neither Deputy Johnson or the operator of the vehicle were injured. It is unknown if the driver of the stopped vehicle...
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Huntingtown VFD House Siren is Back In Operation

Huntingtown VFD House Siren is Back In Operation

In the 1970’s, the Huntingtown VFD, like the majority of all volunteer fire departments, installed a siren atop a telephone pole to alert the members of an emergency response. 40 years later, the siren continues to sound when our services are needed. Last year, due to age, the siren discontinued working. Since then, Keystone...
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Calvert County Congratulates New and Relocated Businesses

Calvert County Congratulates New and Relocated Businesses

Calvert County’s diverse economic opportunities and an unparalleled quality of life make it an outstanding location for business investment. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Economic Development welcome and congratulate the following new and relocated businesses. Visit them and help support your local economy. New Businesses: Byrd & Byrd,...
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Charles County meets the school breakfast challenge

Charles County meets the school breakfast challenge

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is meeting the challenge to end childhood hunger through its school breakfast program. Celebrating a more than 150 percent increase in breakfasts served over the past four years, Charles County officials joined students to share pancakes, cereal and conversation about the importance of starting each day with a healthy...
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Public Meeting Scheduled for Master Plan of New Dunkirk Park

Public Meeting Scheduled for Master Plan of New Dunkirk Park

The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation and Division of Natural Resources are hosting a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach to present the final draft of the master plan for a new park to be located on Ward Road in Dunkirk. The Master...
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House Fire in Charlotte Hall

House Fire in Charlotte Hall

On Wednesday, September 17 at 11:56 p.m., firefighters from Southern Maryland were alerted to a house fire in the 15100 block of Oaks Road in Charlotte Hall. Fire crews arrived to find fire showing at a one story single family residence and worked quickly to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. The cause of the...
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Late Surge Earns Crabs Win in Home Finale

Late Surge Earns Crabs Win in Home Finale

In their final home game of the regular season, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs sent their fans home happy with three runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Somerset Patriots 5-2. In a tie game, the Blue Crabs mounted a rally against the Patriots bullpen in the 8th. Cyle Hankerd and Jake Opitz...
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Teen Breaks Sprinkler Head in Boys Village

Teen Breaks Sprinkler Head in Boys Village

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall reports on Thursday September 18th at 9:20 a.m. a 15 year old juvenile was being detained in ISU of the Cheltenham Youth Facility when he intentionally broke the sprinkler head in his room. He was charged with False Fire Alarm, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Reckless...
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Health Department Seeking Proposals for Community First Choice Nurse Monitoring Services

Health Department Seeking Proposals for Community First Choice Nurse Monitoring Services

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking proposals from agencies to provide Registered Nurse (RN) Nurse Monitoring services for clients in the Community First Choice program who are served in the St. Mary’s County area. To participate in the program as a nurse monitoring provider, the agency must be licensed as a residential...
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SMCSO Press Release on High School Lockdowns

SMCSO Press Release on High School Lockdowns

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:20 p.m., the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office released the following statements concerning the lockdown of two St. Mary’s County Public High Schools Great Mills, Maryland – On September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM, a male subject called the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reported people in the school had...
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Vacant House Set on Fire in Charlotte Hall

Vacant House Set on Fire in Charlotte Hall

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall reports on Wednesday September 17th at 11:56 p.m. firefighters from the Hughesville, Mechanicsville, Waldorf, Benedict, La Plata and Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the 15000 block of Oaks Road in Charlotte Hall for the report of a house on fire. The fire was determined to...
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Entrepreneurs Sought for Pitch Across Maryland Contest

Entrepreneurs Sought for Pitch Across Maryland Contest

Do you have a business or product idea that’s ready to go to the next level? Now’s your chance to pitch your idea in the Pitch Across Maryland contest on Wednesday, September 24 at the Tides Restaurant, located at 46580 Expedition Drive, in Lexington Park. The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, the Southern Maryland Innovation...
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Fall Semester Excitement In the Air at CSM College Welcomes Freshmen, Returning Students to Campuses

Fall Semester Excitement In the Air at CSM College Welcomes Freshmen, Returning Students to Campuses

College of Southern Maryland students on the Prince Frederick Campus move between classes during the first week of the fall semester. In addition to certificate and associate degree programs, students have opportunities to hone leadership skills through clubs and national honor societies; explore the world through travel study programs to Istanbul, Belize, Gambia and...
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Morgan Selected to Head Tourism Office

Morgan Selected to Head Tourism Office

The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Timothy J. Morgan as chief of tourism and special events. Morgan began his employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Aug. 25. Morgan has 12 years of tourism development experience, and has held several leadership positions in this field. His career includes...
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