Two Townhouses Destroyed by Fire in Chesapeake Beach.

Two Townhouses Destroyed by Fire in Chesapeake Beach.

On August 26, 2014, at approximately 12:10 a.m. Firefighters responded to a townhouse fire at 8611 Baywalk Square in Chesapeake Beach. Units arrived on location to find fire showing from the rear of a 2-story end of the row townhouse. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the original two buildings and prevent it from spreading to the neighboring townhomes. Pictures courtesy of the Prince Frederick VFD.
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Maryland State Police Arrests and Warrant Services for St. Mary’s County 8/27/14

Maryland State Police Arrests and Warrant Services for St. Mary’s County 8/27/14

Maryland State Police from the Leonardtown Barrack are investigating the following incidents: Drug Arrest/ DUI: On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM, TFC E. Mersman responded to a disturbance located on the 18000 block of Premier Lane. While enroute to the disturbance, a lookout was given for the male suspect. TFC Mersman observed the suspect’s vehicle, a black truck, and initiated an investigative stop on the vehicle on Park Hall Road and Route 235. A wanted check on the driver,...
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Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, Sept. 22

Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, Sept. 22

That’s the message that local organizers of Car Free Day 2014 are sending to encourage more Washington area commuters and others who usually drive to give up their car for a day and try walking, bicycling, taking transit, carpooling, or teleworking instead. This year’s Car Free Day is set for Monday, September 22, and millions of people in more than 1,500 cities in 40 countries worldwide are expected to participate. Car Free Day got its start in Europe in...
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Maryland State Police Arrests and DUI Report for Calvert County 8/27/14

Maryland State Police Arrests and DUI Report for Calvert County 8/27/14

Maryland State Police from the Prince Frederick Barrack are investigating the following incidents: Carrying Concealed Weapon: On 8/22/14 at 6:25 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 near Doris Dr. in Sunderland for traffic violations. A strong odor of marijuana and alcohol was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a juvenile passenger in the vehicle was carrying a 16 inch Bowie knife. The juvenile gave a false name and was charged...
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Lexington Park man Arrested Again on Drug Charges

Lexington Park man Arrested Again on Drug Charges

On Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Trooper B. Ditoto of the Maryland State Police initiated a traffic stop on a silver truck on St. John’s Road and Narrow Way for a minor traffic infraction. The driver, Jake Allen Clark, 24, of Lexington Park, was placed under arrest for three open warrants through St. Mary’s County. A search incident to arrest revealed suspected CDS and paraphernalia. Mr. Clark was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and...
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Wednesday’s Pet is Francis

Wednesday’s Pet is Francis

Wednesday’s Pet for 8/27/14 is Francis Featured Pet: Francis Rescue Group: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland Breed: Beagle Sex: Female Size: Medium Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Donation Francis is a 10-year-old, sweet girl who thinks she is a puppy. Francis has tried desperately in rescue to get the other dogs to chase her and play. A great fit for her would be in a home with at least one other k9 friend. She...
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Police Request Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in Indian Head Armed Robbery

Police Request Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in Indian Head Armed Robbery

On August 25 at 4:50 p.m., officers responded to the PNC bank on North Prospect Avenue in Indian Head for a hold-up alarm. When officers arrived, bank employees said a masked man entered the bank and approached a teller. He showed a note announcing a robbery and demanded money, threatening to blow the bank up if the teller did not comply. The suspect obtained money and fled towards Strauss Avenue. Patrol officers, K9 teams, and the Maryland State Police...
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Baltimore Man Arrested for Theft Over $10,000 and Burglary

Baltimore Man Arrested for Theft Over $10,000 and Burglary

On March 27, 2014 Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a business located in Mechanicsville, Maryland for the report of a burglary. The victim/owner stated unknown person(s) forced entry to his business and stole several pieces of equipment. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and assumed the investigation. Following a lengthy investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect in the burglary and recover several pieces of the stolen equipment. Detectives located and arrested William J. Chialastri, age 35,...
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UPDATE: Lusby Woman Charged With Attempted Murder

UPDATE: Lusby Woman Charged With Attempted Murder

On Friday August 15th at 1:30 a.m. Troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to 45000 block of Halsey Court in San Souci for the report of a stabbing.

While police units were responding to the scene, the Emergency Communications Center stated the victim was a St. Mary's Hospital with multiple stab wounds. Once police arrived at the hospital the victim stated she was involved in a physical altercation with Marisa Ramos 21, of Lusby. The victim stated...
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UPDATE: Kelly Arrested for Burglary

UPDATE: Kelly Arrested for Burglary

UPDATE: On June 28, 2014, Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a private residence on St. Jeromes Neck Rd. in Dameron, Maryland for the report of a burglary. Deputies determined unknown culprit(s) forced entry to the victim’s residence by breaking a window and stole various property belonging to the victim. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and assumed the case. Following an investigation by detectives, suspects were identified and arrested. Natasha M. Kelly, age 28, of Great Mills, Md. and...
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Ice Cream Bandits Busted in Checkers Burglary

Ice Cream Bandits Busted in Checkers Burglary

On Monday, August 25, 2014 at approximately 3:45a.m., Deputy Lefave responded to an interior intrusion alarm at the Checkers on Miramar Way in California. Dep. Lefave approached the building on foot and observed two subjects inside the establishment with white cloths over their faces and they appeared to be opening cabinets and drawers. Two additional police units arrived on scene and one went to the west and south side of the building. Before additional units could arrive on scene, the two...
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Letter to the Editor – In defense of the County Commissioners.

Letter to the Editor – In defense of the County Commissioners.

In defense of the County Commissioners. Is it entirely the fault of the County Commissioners that teaching salaries have stagnated? What could drive them to neglect the current pay of teachers? With the advent of casino money dedicated to the schools there should be plenty to provide equitable pay to our teachers. The 2012 referendum on casinos promised hundreds of millions of dollars for schools from the casinos. According to Megan Brockett of Southern Maryland News Net the Education...
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North Point State Park to Celebrate War of 1812 Bicentennial

North Point State Park to Celebrate War of 1812 Bicentennial

As part of the statewide Star-Spangled Spectacular, North Point State Park will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of North Point, a turning point in the War of 1812 that proved the tenacity of the citizens of Baltimore and their fight for American independence. Taking place throughout the day September 6 and 7, this free event will feature expansive tours of Veteran’s Park and Fort Howard, family-friendly activities, war reenactments and much more! Saturday and Sunday Activities Guided...
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St. Leonard Man Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel Arrested for Possession of Heroin

St. Leonard Man Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel Arrested for Possession of Heroin

Deputy First Class J. Bell responded to the area of Sharon Drive and Susan Lane in Lusby on August 23 at 9:28 p.m. for a reported possible intoxicated driver. He located the vehicle on Susan Lane parked on the side of the road with the headlights on.  He pulled behind it and could see a male sitting in the driver’s seat. Upon walking up to the vehicle, he noticed the male slumped over with his cell phone in his...
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Ramos and Soucoup Arrested for Assaults and Armed Robbery

Ramos and Soucoup Arrested for Assaults and Armed Robbery

On Thursday August 14th the evening before Marissa Ramos stabbed a woman in Lexington Park, she and Steven Paul Soucoup of Lusby agreed to purchase percocet/oxycodone pills from a female in Calvert County. Soucoup arranged for Ramos and the female selling the pills to meet in the parking lot of the County First Bank in Lusby. Once Soucoup and Ramos arrived in the parking lot, Ramos exited the vehicle and got into the vehicle of the female selling the...
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Purple Heart Parking Comes to St. Mary’s County

Purple Heart Parking Comes to St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County has become the first municipality in Maryland to designate parking spots for veterans injured on the battlefield. SSGT Justin Skotnicki (ret.) and Jason Link, co-founders of the Purple Heart Initiative, joined the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to debut the first Purple Heart parking spot on the Governmental Center campus in...
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Commissioners Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Commissioners Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

In honor of the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Commissioners for St. Mary’s County held a ceremony celebrating Women’s Equality Day. Members of the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women were on hand to receive the proclamation. On August 26, 1920 the Woman Suffrage Amendment was...
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Thomas Stone Hosting Memorial Walk Next Month

Thomas Stone Hosting Memorial Walk Next Month

Thomas Stone High School is hosting the second annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Road Race and Fun Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Proceeds from the event will support the 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Fund for Kris “Romeo” Bishundat, a 1995 Stone alumnus who was killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Proceeds...
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Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club Registration

Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club Registration

Registration now open for the Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club’s Little Sabres program. For ages 4 – 10, Little Sabres is a four-level program that teaches children the fundamentals of ice hockey. Each level includes four, 40-minute sessions of skills-based instruction on ice as well as additional protective equipment. Children receive equipment at the...
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System Expands Online Grade Reporting to Elementary Schools

System Expands Online Grade Reporting to Elementary Schools

Charles County Public Schools is expanding the grade reporting feature of Blackboard/Edline to all 21 elementary schools this school year. Edline is a web-based portal that parents can use to view their child’s school records such as classroom assignments, attendance and grades. Elementary school parents will now be able to view their child’s grades...
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Earn Your Gold Star for Bus Safety

Earn Your Gold Star for Bus Safety

School buses are still the safest way to transport our children back and forth to school, and troopers want you to earn your gold star because school bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. In Maryland, over 600,000 students begin and end their school day with a trip on a school bus. Studies show the bus...
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St. Charles/Science Center Offering Tours on Sept. 6

St. Charles/Science Center Offering Tours on Sept. 6

St. Charles High School is offering free tours of the school and the James E. Richmond Science Center on Sept. 6 to provide the public a chance to see Charles County Public Schools newest high school. Principal Richard Conley says one-hour tours will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Due to capacity restrictions in...
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Car Fire in Waldorf

Car Fire in Waldorf

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall reports on Thursday, August 21st at 1:00 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to the interior of a 2014 Ford Fusion in the area of Rt. 925 & Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. Witnesses or anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Maryland...
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Calvert Library is Hosting Got Your Back: Self Defense for Tweens

Calvert Library is Hosting Got Your Back: Self Defense for Tweens

When it comes to self-defense, Calvert Library’s got your back! On Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm, Calvert Library is hosting Got Your Back: Self Defense for Tweens. This is a free seminar led by Kyle Webber of Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick in which tweens in 5th to 7th grade will...
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Old Piney Church Road to Close for Construction

Old Piney Church Road to Close for Construction

The new section of Piney Church Road is now open to the public. The old section of Piney Church Road will be closed for construction between MD 488 and 1,300 feet south of St. Rita Drive. The road will close Monday, Aug. 25 at approximately 6 a.m. Signs will be posted notifying the public...
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Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814

Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814

This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, “Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814” will run on October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 with first performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prepare to encounter both the earthly inhabitants of the era and those not of this earth on this historical and spooky outdoor walking...
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Crabs Salvage Series Finale

Crabs Salvage Series Finale

C.J. Ziegler delivered a go-ahead, RBI double in a two-run top of the 9th to give the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs a 4-2 victory over the Somerset Patriots. In the 9th, Bobby Stevens led off with a walk and stole second base with one out. Ziegler then doubled him in to restore the lead...
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Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament

Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament

The 2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament provides Southern Maryland with a day of maximum social enjoyment through the alternative sport of dodgeball. Now’s your chance to gather a team of friends, neighbors, or co-workers and relive the days of your youth! Dodgeball requires minimal equipment and/or playing experience. Teamwork and strategy are valuable factors...
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Charles County Public Schools Launches New Building Entry System

Charles County Public Schools Launches New Building Entry System

Charles County Public Schools is launching a new entry system at all schools, centers and buildings this school year that changes how visitors, students and staff enter the facility. The system is intercom and video-based and is being programmed to match the bell schedules at each individual school. Most schools will begin use of...
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Board of Education to Receive Facility Survey Results

Board of Education to Receive Facility Survey Results

The Board of Education has scheduled a joint work session with the Charles County Commissioners at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building at 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata. There is a public forum scheduled at 6 p.m., followed by the work session. The work session is scheduled...
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Avian Sponsors Winning Yacht – 2014 Governor’s Cup TPP Trophy

Avian Sponsors Winning Yacht – 2014 Governor’s Cup TPP Trophy

LtCol Scott Ward, USMC (ret), and his crew sailed to victory in the 41st running of the St. Mary’s College (SMCM) Governor’s Cup, Annapolis route, held August 1-2, 2014. Finishing the race in 9 hours, 6 minutes and 57 seconds, the Crocodile and crew were named the winners of The Patuxent Partnership’s trophy, as...
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Go Fly a Kite

Go Fly a Kite

Celebrate the end of summer at the Calvert Marine Museum’s annual Solomons Island Kite Day on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kite flying is in Glascock field across from the museum. Visitors can hone their flying skills and learn fancy maneuvers from the expertise of the Wings Over Washington Kite...
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