Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of St. Mary’s County Celebrates Senior Success

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of St. Mary’s County Celebrates Senior Success

“Senior volunteers are truly one of our community’s greatest natural resources,” said Norine Rowe, RSVP Manager. “Through their contributions of time, talent, and expertise, area seniors are providing important community services that might otherwise go unmet.” The local RSVP program is part of Senior Corps, a federal program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service that promotes senior volunteerism as a way to meet critical community needs. Over the past year, RSVP volunteers in St. Mary’s County...
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Local Navy Vet is A Finalist in 7-Eleven’s Free Store Competition

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Ray Kempisty, a local Navy Veteran, has made it to the final round of 7-Eleven’s “Operation:Take Command” competition and could win his very own franchised store. Military service is a tradition in Raymond Kempisty’s family. Now this Navy veteran is interested in starting a new family tradition in franchising. With the support of his sons and wife, Kempisty says he’s “ready for the ride” of owning a 7-Eleven franchise. Vote for Raymond in OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND below CLICK HERE...
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Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Suspect in Carjacking of Vietnam War Veteran with Disabilities

Former St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Suspect in Carjacking of Vietnam War Veteran with Disabilities

News4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins explains in the video below how a viewer who saw a News4 report helped lead police to the man suspected of carjacking a Vietnam War veteran with disabilities in Bladensburg, Maryland. A tipster who saw News4’s report about the attack gave police the description of Solomon’s car and location: The Copper’s Landing Apartments off Annapolis Road. Bladensburg Police contacted U.S. marshals for assistance, and Solomon was taken into custody without incident....
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Breaks Fundraising Record!

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Breaks Fundraising Record!

$38,505 in Torch Run T-shirt sales alone and a total of $55,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. That is the amount of money we raised last year for a beloved organization with whom we have been partners for decades. Today, members of our agency attended the kick-off event for the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics MD where we were recognized as the 2014 top fundraiser for this awesome organization. Sheriff Troy Berry said the agency’s involvement with...
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Shamrock 5K Raises Green for Local Organization

Shamrock 5K Raises Green for Local Organization

A windy morning didn’t stop local runners from donning their green and orange and lacing up their running shoes for the second annual Casey Jones Shamrock 5K Run/Walk. The event, which took place Sunday, March 15, raised funds for LifeStyles Maryland, a La Plata-based organization that works in support of the homeless, people in crisis, and domestic violence victims in the area. Racers lined up early Sunday morning, and shortly after 8 a.m., they were led in a little...
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La Plata Police Department Weekly Activity Report for March 27, 2015

La Plata Police Department Weekly Activity Report for March 27, 2015

This activity report is provided as a public service to the community. It is intended to give an overview of the criminal activity within La Plata and is not a complete listing of all events and crime reported to the La Plata Police Department. DOMESTIC ASSAULT: On March 26, 2015 at 2221 hours, officers responded to the 600 block of Popes Creek Court for the report of a domestic assault. Investigation revealed that the involved parties engaged in a...
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UPDATE: Missing Person Has Been Located

UPDATE: Missing Person Has Been Located

UPDATE: MISSING PERSON Devin Purdy – has been located and is safe. ALERT: Missing Person Devin Purdy was last seen on March 23, 2015, at 5:30 AM. At that time, he was riding a Kellar commuter bus at the park & ride located in Golden Beach, in St. Mary’s County. Devin was heading to Union station before continuing on to Baltimore by train. Devin has not been seen or heard from since. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of...
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The 5th Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival

The 5th Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, MD, will host the 5th Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival on Sunday, April 26, from noon to 4:00 pm. The festival offers fun and engaging activities along the Wooded Path and throughout the grounds. This event creates a magical world of discovery, fun, and learning opportunities for boys and girls of all ages. The first stop is the lovely Fairy Lolly, which was ranked by Chesapeake Family Magazine as second...
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Lexington Park Sex Offender Arrested for Solicitation of a Minor

Lexington Park Sex Offender Arrested for Solicitation of a Minor

On March 9, 2015, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation after receiving information, John Allen Combs SR., 42 of Lexington Park, a tier 1 registered sex offender, had posted child pornography on his social media sites. During the investigation, Combs began communicating with a 15 year old girl via a social media website. Over the course of several days, the communication continued and lead to Combs sending nude photos of himself...
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Chesapeake Beach Couple Arrested for Burglary

Chesapeake Beach Couple Arrested for Burglary

On November 13, 2014, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2800 block of Tipperary Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. Jewelry, an iPad, cash and a handgun were stolen and property was damaged totaling $375.  The case was assumed by Det. N. DeFelice of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, who conducted a thorough investigation that led him to two suspects, Tawny Nicole Atkins, 18, and Lionell Victor Garrison, 19, both of Chesapeake...
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Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault

Lexington Park Man Charged with Assault

On March 20, 2015, Deputy Cole of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Jay Dee Court in Lexington Park, for a man with a gun. The victim alleged he was stopped at a traffic light on Great Mills Road, when suspect Charles Timothy Moore, 33 of Lexington Park, pulled his vehicle next to him. The victim and Moore began to argue. They proceeded to drive to a residence on Jay Dee Court where both...
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New Bill Would Create Height Restrictions on Wind Turbines Near Patuxent River Navy Base

New Bill Would Create Height Restrictions on Wind Turbines Near Patuxent River Navy Base

As wind energy companies try to find their footing in Maryland, state senators proposed a bill that would limit turbines’ heights, as well as their companies’ interests, in southern Maryland. Proposals had placed wind turbines in the Chesapeake Bay near the Patuxent River, and along the Atlantic Coast near Ocean City, but this bill would only limit development near the river’s Naval Air Station. Sponsored by Senator Steve Waugh, R-Calvert and St. Mary’s, the bill would allow wind energy...
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Latest Info for Sailors and Families on ISIS List

Latest Info for Sailors and Families on ISIS List

As you are all aware, this week 36 of our shipmates’ names and addresses were posted on a website claiming to be friendly to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cause. While Department of Defense (DoD) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) have not found evidence of operational planning or an imminent threat, there is little doubt that this gesture has caused concern and anxiety specifically for those on the list, their families and shipmates and more...
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UPDATE….Hazmat Incident in Callaway is OVER

UPDATE….Hazmat Incident in Callaway is OVER

UPDATE:  5:06 PM – At this time police, fire and rescue have classified the incident as a “good intent call.” All patients have been released from the scene. The package was determined to be of no threat. UPDATE:  5:00 PM –  There are NO Ebola patients as reported by other news sources. An ambulance that is equipped for Ebola and other diseases/illnesses was called to the scene. Seven patients are currently being evaluated. Hazmat Situation in Callaway Route 249/Piney Point...
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Warning: Flesh-eating bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay

Warning: Flesh-eating bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay

With a flesh-eating bacteria often going unnoticed in the Chesapeake Bay, legislators are rallying behind a bill that would warn potential victims. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which causes infections called Vibriosis, is most commonly contracted through open wounds or cuts. In 2013, there were 57 reported cases, jumping from 25 cases in 2001. SB 83 was heard by the House Environment and Transportation Committee Wednesday after passing the Senate unanimously last month. The bill requires the Department of Natural Resources...
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Maryland Horse Chase Scavenger Hunt to Kick Off in Early April

Maryland Horse Chase Scavenger Hunt to Kick Off in Early April

The Maryland Horse Chase, a statewide horse scavenger hunt opened to all residents and sponsored by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB), a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, begins April 6 and runs through April 26. The Horse Chase features visits to many of the state’s new Horse Discovery Centers as well...
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Charles County Public School Board Appoints Ethics Panel Member

Charles County Public School Board Appoints Ethics Panel Member

The Board of Education of Charles County has appointed Joseph Cormier of Waldorf to serve on the Board of Education Ethics Panel. He replaces a member who resigned due to an employment conflict. The panel is serving a four-year term that ends in June 2018. Cormier joins panel members William Olmstead, a La Plata...
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Lady Luck Rewards Bowie Waiter with $30,000 Tip

Lady Luck Rewards Bowie Waiter with $30,000 Tip

Michael Kohout of Bowie is now a happy man on the move. The Annapolis waiter was worried about managing his upcoming move to Florida until Lady Luck gave him a $30,000 tip for playing the Maryland Lottery’s Cash Lines scratch-off. His going-away gift from the Lottery arrived one day after Michael finished his shift at...
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Motorists and Farmer Can Share the Road Safely – be Patient and Cautiious

Motorists and Farmer Can Share the Road Safely – be Patient and Cautiious

Spring is finally here and the planting season is starting throughout much of Maryland. That means motorists traveling Maryland highways and rural roads may find themselves sharing the road with the large, slow-moving farm equipment from one of Maryland’s 12,300 farms. “Farmers are legally allowed to operate farm equipment on public roadways and there...
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Changes to the 2014-2015 School System Operational Calendars

Changes to the 2014-2015 School System Operational Calendars

The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County, at their meeting of March 25, 2015, approved changes to the 2014-2015 School System Operational Calendars due to the inclement weather experienced this past winter. St. Mary’s County Public Schools closed seven days this year for inclement weather. Five make-up days for inclement weather were already...
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Prepare for Severe Spring Storms

Prepare for Severe Spring Storms

The spring season often brings unpredictable and severe weather to Charles County. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Thunderstorms can come up suddenly, and can present a variety of hazards, including: lightning, wind, heavy rains, and hail. A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least one...
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Silent Auction for Capitals and Redskins signed items at Easter Egg Hunt and The REX to benefit Foundation 4 Heroes.

Silent Auction for Capitals and Redskins signed items at Easter Egg Hunt and The REX to benefit Foundation 4 Heroes.

The following items are going to be up for auction at the St. Mary’s County Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday and completed at The REX at their Comicon Party later that night. One hundred percent of your donations go toward helping Foundation 4 Heroes; the only local, superhero, nonprofit organization, travel to inspire and...
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Farming for Knowledge, Community

Farming for Knowledge, Community

The College of Southern Maryland is partnering with Farming 4 Hunger, a Southern Maryland-based non-profit organization, to offer community education classes on gardening and farming. The classes, the majority of which are held at Serenity Farm in Benedict, begin March 28. Registration for these home and garden courses are accepted up to the day...
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Two Pasadena Men Convicted, Jailed for Stealing Crabs from Watermen

Two Pasadena Men Convicted, Jailed for Stealing Crabs from Watermen

Two recreational crabbers caught by Maryland Natural Resources Police officers stealing from the crab pots of commercial watermen were sentenced last Friday to 30 days in jail by an Anne Arundel District Court judge. John Allen Schuman, 37, of Pasadena, was found guilty of six charges stemming from his arrest last Sept. 15 off...
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St. Mary’s County Government Mourns Loss of Elaine Kramer

St. Mary’s County Government Mourns Loss of Elaine Kramer

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County join all St. Mary’s County Government employees in mourning the untimely passing of Elaine Kramer. Ms. Kramer served as the county’s Chief Financial Officer since August, 2000. During her tenure she initiated and/or participated in several significant budget and financial management initiatives, including the full implementation of the county’s Other Post...
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Charles County Public Schools Board Recognizes Outstanding Students

Charles County Public Schools Board Recognizes Outstanding Students

The Board of Education honored four students on Tuesday, March 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Nehemiah Strawberry, fifth grade, J. P. Ryon Elementary School; Wesley Thompson, fifth grade, William A. Diggs Elementary School; Veronica LeBeau, eighth grade, General Smallwood Middle School; and Rainey Southworth, senior, Thomas...
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Calvert Delegates Work to Alter Sign Regulations

Calvert Delegates Work to Alter Sign Regulations

House Bill 286 entitled: “Highways – Scenic Byways – Signs” was introduced by Delegates Tony O’Donnell (District 29C) and Mark Fisher (District 27C). The bill unanimously passed out of the House of Delegates this past Monday with a vote of 140-0. House Bill 286 assists members of Calvert’s farming community in their efforts to...
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Governor Larry Hogan Celebrates Maryland Day

Governor Larry Hogan Celebrates Maryland Day

In observance of Maryland Day, Governor Larry Hogan today visited the Maryland State Archives and issued a statewide proclamation in recognition of March 25, 2015 as Maryland Day. The governor presented the Maryland Day proclamation to Acting State Archivist, Timothy D. Baker. The holiday commemorates the day in 1634 when English settlers from the Ark...
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Take a Bite at the 15th Annual Taste of Solomons

Take a Bite at the 15th Annual Taste of Solomons

The Solomons Business Association will host the 15th Annual Taste on Solomons on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a one-day food festival that showcases the many wonderful places to eat in the waterfront community. Food and drink tickets are $4 each and are available for purchase at...
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Governor Hogan Celebrates Maryland Day at Cove Point, MGM Events

Governor Hogan Celebrates Maryland Day at Cove Point, MGM Events

Governor Larry Hogan today celebrated Maryland Day by participating in milestones for two projects that will have significant economic impact for Maryland. The governor first joined president of Dominion Energy Diane Leopold and Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Cove Point’s liquefied natural gas...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Proudly Announces the 6th Annual Camp D.A.R.E. – July 13 to 16, 2015

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Proudly Announces the 6th Annual Camp D.A.R.E. – July 13 to 16, 2015

Camp D.A.R.E. is a free four day camp for incoming 5th and 6th grade students to the 2015-2016 school years. Camp D.A.R.E. is ran by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and students from the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center Criminal Justice program, serving as camp counselors. The Drug...
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Nationwide Blue Alert System Would Help Catch Criminals Who Harm Cops

Nationwide Blue Alert System Would Help Catch Criminals Who Harm Cops

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives, including Sen. Ben Cardin, argued Tuesday for a national alert system to widely distribute information when police officers are in danger, saying it could save lives. The legislation, introduced earlier this month, directs the attorney general to establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Justice...
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