“Pill Mill” Medical Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone

“Pill Mill” Medical Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced physician William Crittenden III, age 52, of Kensington, Maryland to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam, and eight separate counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone. Crittenden was convicted by a federal jury on February 19, 2016, after an 11 day trial. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J....
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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle collision in Owings

Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle collision in Owings

On Thursday, July 28, 2016 at approximately 10:35 am, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack responded to Route 4 at West Mt. Harmony Road for a reported serious motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Plymouth passenger vehicle was traveling on West Mt. Harmony Road, towards Rt. 4, when the vehicle failed to yield the right of way to a 2014 Ford pick-up truck that was traveling northbound on Rt.4 at West Mt. Harmony Road....
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Mechanicsville Man Arrested for Hughesville Burglary

Mechanicsville Man Arrested for Hughesville Burglary

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division identified Phillip Randolph Adams, 36, of Mechanicsville, as a suspect in a burglary that occurred at a business in the 5800 block of Gallant Green Road in Hughesville on July 25. The suspect was also linked to a theft at a church in La Plata in which the La Plata Town Police were investigating. Adams was charged with burglary, theft and destruction of property....
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Great Mills Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at Deputy

Great Mills Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at Deputy

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Blaine Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Stoney Run Drive in Great Mills for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Gaskill made contact with a resident of the home, who advised the argument occurred in an upstairs apartment. As the deputy made his way to the apartment, with the homeowner, he observed a man standing on the front porch pointing a handgun at him. Deputy Gaskill gave multiple...
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Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Burglary

Lexington Park Woman Arrested for Burglary

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a residence in Callaway for a burglary investigation. The investigation revealed a large quantity of jewelry, currency, purses, and wallets were stolen from the residence. Deputies identified that a similar residential burglary occurred on July 21, 2016, in Leonardtown, where the homeowner encountered a female believed to be the suspect outside of the residence. The information provided by the owner was used...
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Black Bear Struck and Killed on Route 235 in St. Mary’s County

Black Bear Struck and Killed on Route 235 in St. Mary’s County

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m., a one-year-old male black bear was struck by a car on Three Notch Road, in Oakville. A spokeswoman from the Department of Natural Resources said the bear was around 95 pounds and around a year old. SMNEWSNET was also told, the bear probably swam across the Potomac River from Virginia. A bear was spotted a few weeks ago in St. Mary’s County in a different location.
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Wednesday’s Pet is SCRAPPY

Wednesday’s Pet is SCRAPPY

Wednesday’s Pet for 7/27/16 SCRAPPY Featured Pet: Scrappy Rescue Group: St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Breed: Dachshund/Chihuahua Mix Sex: Male Size: Small Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $250.00 Scrappy is a 7-year-old beautiful mature boy. He is looking for his forever home. Scrappy is a real snuggle bug. He gets along with other dogs but can be a little choosy. Scrappy is working on his manners. It is always recommended to continue training; it...
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The Reluctant Navigator Restaurant & Pub at Tall Timbers Marina Restaurant Review

The Reluctant Navigator Restaurant & Pub at Tall Timbers Marina Restaurant Review

Thursday is a great night for food in Southern Maryland. A lot of restaurants offer specials on Thursday nights. One of my favorites is the Reluctant Navigator Restaurant & Pub at Tall Timbers Marina, in St. Mary’s County. It’s worth the drive to check out this place! It is located off the Potomac River, just north of Piney Point. The Meatyard family has owned the property since 1917. In 1960, the family opened the Tall Timbers Marina. The restaurant...
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Prince Frederick Man Arrested for Burglary

Prince Frederick Man Arrested for Burglary

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at approximately 10:10 p.m., Deputy C. Fox of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive, in North Beach for the report of a burglary. The victim stated her front door was inadvertently left unlocked and Joseph Higgins, 45, of Prince Frederick, entered without authorization. Higgins was charged and arrested for Burglary 4th Degree.  
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Ridge woman Arrested for Assault After Hitting Boyfriend with Car

Ridge woman Arrested for Assault After Hitting Boyfriend with Car

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Deputy M. Beyer of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 48000 block of Leachburg Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged his girlfriend, Angela Marie Forrest, 33, of Ridge, struck him with a motor vehicle. The victim said he was struck by Forrest as he was standing in front of her vehicle after removing the licence plates that he said belonged to his mother. The victim had...
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Prince Frederick Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Prince Frederick Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Deputy B. McCourt of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Calvert Towne Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a fight in progress involving several people. Once on the scene, the participants appeared to have de-escalated the situation but Roosevelt Brooks, 43, of Prince Frederick, would not cooperate and continued to yell profanities and act in a disorderly manner. Based on his actions, Brooks was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct....
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Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department Arrest Suspect in Murder of Alonzo Jackson

Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department Arrest Suspect in Murder of Alonzo Jackson

The Homicide Unit identified and arrested a man in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting of 68-year-old Alonzo Jackson. The suspect is 20-year-old Demarko Wheeler of the 2000 block of Stanton Road in Southeast DC. On July 20th, at about 7:00 am, patrol officers were called to a gas station in the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights. When they arrived, they found Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a hospital several hours later. The preliminary...
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Anne Arundel County Police Investigating CrashThat Killed Chesapeake Beach Man

Anne Arundel County Police Investigating CrashThat Killed Chesapeake Beach Man

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the report of a crash on Crain Highway at Carver Road in Crofton involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer. Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2008 Chevy Malibu operated by Andrew Bryan Smith, 28 of Chesapeake Beach was northbound on Crain Hwy when it drifted out of the left lane and slightly onto the left shoulder. The Chevy then struck...
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Shooting up Heroin at St. Mary’s Hospital Leads to Arrest for Wisconsin Man

Shooting up Heroin at St. Mary’s Hospital Leads to  Arrest for Wisconsin Man

On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Deputy D. Potter of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was on an unrelated call at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital when he was approached by a nurse in the Emergency Room who was concerned for a patient in another room who became unresponsive. She advised police that the suspect, Matthew Christopher Holiva, 24, of West Bend Wisconsin, was in the room with the victim prior to becoming unresponsive. Holiva was located in a nearby...
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Police Arrest Burglar at Toys-R-Us in Waldorf

Police Arrest Burglar at Toys-R-Us in Waldorf

On Friday, July 22, 2016 at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Toys-R-Us in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. When the first officer arrived, he observed the front door was open. While inside checking, the officer observed the suspect, who was not wearing a shirt but had on gloves and pants, hiding behind a shelf in the rear of the store. The suspect fled out of the back doors and...
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State Highway Administration to Hold Public Meeting on Aug. 9 for Bridge Replacement on MD 234

State Highway Administration to Hold Public Meeting on Aug. 9 for Bridge Replacement on MD 234

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) invites interested persons to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, for the bridge replacement on MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) over Gilbert Swamp Run. The bridge is located three miles east of US 301. Piccowaxen Middle School Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 p.m....
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Prince George’s County Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

Prince George’s County Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 29, 2016, from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. Officers will be focusing on the southern portion of the county.
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Nighttime Cargo Delivery Starts August 1 on Northbound 301

Nighttime Cargo Delivery Starts August 1 on Northbound 301

An overnight hauling operation will take place beginning on Monday, August 1, leaving from the Aqualand Marina in Newburg, Charles County to the PSEG Keys Energy Center project site in Brandywine, Prince George’s County. The convoy will travel approximately five miles per hour and use both northbound lanes of US 301 from Orlando Park...
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Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Robbery Case

Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward in Robbery Case

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 10:15 p.m., officers from the CharlescCounty Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of St. Marks Drive and Huntington Woods Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Two male victims were walking in the area when they were approached by two suspects who displayed a handgun and...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

Distracted and aggressive driving endangers everyone. Particularly in the summer months, statistics have traditionally shown an increase in distracted and aggressive driving-related crashes. In an effort to keep drivers’ minds on the road, and to reduce frustration, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an educational initiative, called “Focused on Driving.” The new...
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Public Service Announcement from the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Public Service Announcement from the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

It is no secret our department along with every department in the County has seen a major increase in responses due to drug overdoses. Specifically overdoses involving opiates. We have always and will continue to provide the highest level of service to our citizens regardless for the reason that we have been called upon....
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Shelter Finds Homes for Record Number of Animals during Second Clear the Shelter Event

Shelter Finds Homes for Record Number of Animals during Second Clear the Shelter Event

The Tri-County Animal Shelter participated in the second national Clear the Shelter event on Saturday, July 23. A total of 77 animals were provided forever homes, which is the highest number of adoptions in a single day in the shelter’s history. Animals adopted included 35 cats, 38 dogs, 3 rabbits, and 1 chicken. Last...
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Free Fishing Class Available to Youth at Gilbert Run Park in August

Free Fishing Class Available to Youth at Gilbert Run Park in August

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is hosting additional free fishing classes for youth between the ages of six and 15.  The classes will be held at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall) on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Thursday, Aug. 18 from 9:45 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity...
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Hoyer Announces Grant Funding for Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Hoyer Announces Grant Funding for Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

On July 20, 201, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer announced that a $20,275 federal grant has been awarded to the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. “Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad plays a critical role in keeping our community safe, and I’m pleased to announce...
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Prince George’s County Police Department Investigates Sheriff’s Deputy-Involved Shooting

Prince George’s County Police Department Investigates Sheriff’s Deputy-Involved Shooting

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a shooting involving an off-duty Prince George’s County Sheriff’s deputy. On Sunday, July 24, 2016, at about 1:50 am, patrol officers along with deputies from the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 10500 block of Campus Way South in Largo for the departmental...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/25/2016 to 7/29/2016

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 7/25/2016 to 7/29/2016

During the week of July 25, to July 29, 2016, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Dr. at Wade Elementary School Marshall Corner Rd. at McDonough High School Poplar Hill Rd. at Malcolm Elementary School Leonardtown Rd. at Grace Christian Academy The cameras operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m....
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Volunteers Search for, Protect Diamondback Terrapins Along Pax River’s Shores

Volunteers Search for, Protect Diamondback Terrapins Along Pax River’s Shores

For the fourth consecutive year, determined volunteers are once again scouring the beaches at Naval Air Station Patuxent (Pax) River in search of the elusive nesting sites of the diamondback terrapin. “Chesapeake Bay terrapin populations have been plummeting at an alarming rate for years, yet Pax River’s habitat seems to support one of the...
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Understanding Heat Waves

Understanding Heat Waves

With temperatures projected to exceed 100 degrees this weekend, citizens are urged understand the meaning of an advisory, watch or warning and to exercise caution during the heat wave. In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is defined as a prolonged period...
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Hoyer Participates in Veterans Roundtable at College of Southern Maryland

Hoyer Participates in Veterans Roundtable at College of Southern Maryland

On July 21, 2016, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer visited the Veterans Lounge at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus and participated in a roundtable with CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried, student veterans, and representatives from student veteran organizations to discuss how he is working in Congress to assist veterans in the Fifth...
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Outdoor Pools Hours in Charles County Extended Over Weekend Due to Extreme Heat

Outdoor Pools Hours in Charles County Extended Over Weekend Due to Extreme Heat

Due to the expected extreme heat this weekend, the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is extending the outdoor pool hours on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 to 8 p.m. Cool off this weekend and make a splash in a Charles County pool. Outdoor pools: Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road,...
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Introductory Meetings Kick Off Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update Process

Introductory Meetings Kick Off Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building is hosting informational meetings to introduce the two-year process of updating the county’s Comprehensive Plan and rewriting the Zoning Ordinance. This is the first of many upcoming chances for residents to offer their vision for the county’s future, from transportation, economic development and public safety...
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Charles County Named one of the Nation’s Most Digitally Advanced Counties

Charles County Named one of the Nation’s Most Digitally Advanced Counties

The County Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have selected Charles County as one of the nation’s most digitally advanced county in the 150,000 – 249,999 population category, placing second.  This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology...
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