UPDATE: Explosion on Naval Air Station Patuxent River Under Investigation

UPDATE: Explosion on Naval Air Station Patuxent River Under Investigation

UPDATE 2/11/16 @ 1:45 p.m.: Connie Hempel, from the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office, released the following statement. Building 2188 here has been cleared by NAS Pax River Fire for reentry. The building was evacuated following an incident caused by an over pressurized container around 10:50 a.m. The incident was contained to one room in the building and was caused by a chemical reaction within a small container in a locker where the doors were blown open. The area was...
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House Fire in Lusby Ruled Accidental

House Fire in Lusby Ruled Accidental

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. firefighters from Solomons, St. Leonard, Prince Frederick, Bay District and Hollywood were alerted to report of a working house fire in the 12000 block of Dalton Trail in Lusby. Crews arrived on scene to discover a two story house with fire in the garage and extended into the second floor of the house. There were also two vehicles on fire in the driveway. 40 firefighters worked approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. No one was...
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Sprinkler Saves Apartment in Lexington Park

Sprinkler Saves Apartment in Lexington Park

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at approximately 11:30 a.m. firefighters from Bay District, Hollywood and NDW Patuxent River were alerted to report of a Commercial Building Fire in the 21000 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. Crews arrived on scene to discover a three story commercial building with no fire or smoke evident. Once getting entry in to the building security notified firefighters that there was smoke in a apartment on the first floor. The mattress had caught fire in the apartment but the sprinkler activated and extinguished...
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Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN

Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN

Wednesday’s Pet for 02/10/2016 HOGAN   Featured Pet: HOGAN Rescue Group: St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Breed: Pointer & American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Sex: Male Size: Small Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots, microchipped Adoption Fee: $200.00 Hogan is a beautiful, playful puppy. He is about 6 months old and doing great in his foster home. Hogan loves to play and gets along great with the other foster dogs. He loves people and children but would do...
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VIDEO – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Respond to Disorderly Crowds Around St. Mary’s County on Friday Night

VIDEO – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Respond to Disorderly Crowds Around St. Mary’s County on Friday Night

In response to concerns about disorderly crowds, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Lexington Park COPs Unit coordinated an enforcement effort the night of February 5. Assisting in the effort were members of patrol, the K-9 division, alcohol enforcement coordinator, Leonardtown COPs officer, and Maryland State Police. Deputies responded to calls in several locations throughout the evening regarding large disorderly crowds loitering, fighting, CDS, and alcohol citations. These areas included a private party at the Hollywood Volunteer...
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Maryland State Police Arrest Upper Marlboro Man for Possession of Heroin

Maryland State Police Arrest Upper Marlboro Man for Possession of Heroin

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 9:08 am, Trooper Warrick from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Several criminal indicators were observed and a K-9 scan was requested. A positive K-9 scan provided probable cause search of the vehicle. Heroin and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle. James E. Stratchko, 29 of Upper Marlboro, was arrested for possession of these items and was incarcerated at...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspect and are Trying to Identify Suspects in Similar Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspect and are Trying to Identify Suspects in Similar Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating three armed robberies that occurred at drug stores over the past few days. It appears one suspect committed two of the robberies, and two different suspects committed a similar robbery. Officers apprehended one suspect after the most recent robbery, and detectives are trying to establish whether or not all of the cases and suspects are connected. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward. On Monday, February 8, 2016, at 9:09 p.m., officers...
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Lexington Park Man Arrested for Littering and Disorderly Conduct

Lexington Park Man Arrested for Littering and Disorderly Conduct

On Friday, February 5, 2016, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Corporal James Stone of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was conducting Community Traffic Enforcement on Great Mills Road. Prior to conducting a traffic stop, Stone observed a black male and female walking on the sidewalk across the street from canopy liquors. While walking the male littered an orange colored, Wise “Cheese Doodles” potato chip bag onto the ground and continued to walk, leaving it on the sidewalk. After finishing the original traffic stop, Stone made...
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Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in White Plains

Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in White Plains

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, at approximately 8:39 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack responded to a four vehicle collision on US Route 301 at Billingsley Road, in White Plains. As a result of the collision, a female passenger succumbed to her injuries at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. A preliminary investigation conducted by Maryland State Troopers from the La Plata Barrack, indicates a Toyota Avalon operated by Charles Brockett of Chesapeake, Virginia was traveling northbound on US...
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Bowie Drug Trafficker Convicted for $108 Million Drug Distribution and Money Laundering Conspiracies

Bowie Drug Trafficker Convicted for $108 Million Drug Distribution and Money Laundering Conspiracies

A federal jury today convicted Andracos Marshall, a/k/a “Draco,” age 41, of Bowie, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and for money laundering conspiracy. The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division; Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Washington Field Office; Interim...
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Indian Head Man Arrested for Attempted First-Degree Murder

Indian Head Man Arrested for Attempted First-Degree Murder

On Thursday, February 4, 2016,  at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6300 block of Barnett Smith Place in Indian Head for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 42-year-old male with a single gunshot wound to his back. The victim was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. An investigation revealed that Thomas Michael Smith, 69, of Indian Head was responsible for the shooting which took place during...
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Natural Resources Police Charge Three Charles County Men With Multiple Hunting Violations

Natural Resources Police Charge Three Charles County Men With Multiple Hunting Violations

Three Charles County men were charged with multiple hunting violations on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, after officers found them with 24 geese over the limit. Reid Nathaniel Franklin and Eric Matthew Robertson, both 22 of Newburg, were charged with exceeding the daily bag limit for geese and received written warnings or hunting without written permission. Franklin also was charged with hunting without a license. John Timothy Darbie, 18, of Port Tobacco, was charged with failing to have a migratory game...
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Elementary School Volunteer/Community Choir Director Arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department for Producing Child Pornography & Child Sex Abuse

Elementary School Volunteer/Community Choir Director Arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department for Producing Child Pornography & Child Sex Abuse

The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a Glenarden man for child sexual abuse and producing child pornography. The suspect is 22-year-old Deonte Carraway of the 7900 block of Glenarden Parkway. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect targeted victims and videotaped sexual acts between minors during the school day at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden. Detectives believe sex abuse and/or child pornography was also produced at the Glenarden Municipal Center, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center as well...
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House Fire Reported by Passer-By

House Fire Reported by Passer-By

On Sunday, February 7, 2016 at approximately 8:10 p.m., firefighters from Prince Frederick, Huntingtown, Dunkirk, Benedict, Hughesville and St. Leonard were alerted to report of a house fire in the 5100 block of Leitches Wharf Road in Prince Frederick. Crews arrived on scene to discover a two story house fire with the home fully engulfed. 40 firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze. It took 5 minutes for firefighters to bring the blaze under control. No injuries were reported. The house...
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Chesapeake Beach Man Wanted on Multiple Sex Offense Charges Leads Police on Car Chase

Chesapeake Beach Man Wanted on Multiple Sex Offense Charges Leads Police on Car Chase

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units responded to Whirlaway Drive and Gate Dancer Court, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a white Dodge Charger that was abandoned. Once on scene it was determined the vehicle was occupied. The sole occupant of the vehicle jumped out of the vehicle and stood behind the vehicle’s door with a knife in his hand. The subject told Deputy First Class Wood that he had a knife and that...
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Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies

Governor Larry Hogan Statement on Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies

Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement in response to the violence that resulted in the deaths of two Harford County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Abingdon: “Anytime law enforcement or first responders lose their lives in the line of duty, it is a tragedy and today’s violence in Abingdon and the deaths...
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Big Scratch-off Win Moves Delayed Honeymoon to 2016

Big Scratch-off Win Moves Delayed Honeymoon to 2016

A Prince George’s County stay-at-home mom bumped into some Lottery luck over the weekend, winning $10,000 instantly playing the Hit It Big scratch-off. That lucky ticket will soon allow the mother of four, who put many parts of her life on hold as bills and obligations piled up, to scratch an important “task” off...
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Next Code Home Public Hearing to be Held in Valley Lee

Next Code Home Public Hearing to be Held in Valley Lee

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host the fifth Code Home public hearing, regarding a proposed move to Code Home Rule form of government, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department. The department is located at 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m....
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Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman Nomination Deadline Extended

Woman of the Year and Tomorrow’s Woman Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2016 Woman of the Year and 2016 Tomorrow’s Woman awards nominations has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, February 12. Nominees will be recognized and winners announced at the Commission for Women’s annual Women’s History Month Banquet on Wednesday, March 16, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California,...
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Competition to Qualify for Worlds Not Over For CSM Talons

Competition to Qualify for Worlds Not Over For CSM Talons

The College of Southern Maryland hosted a qualifier Feb. 5 for the VEX U World Championships but the home collegiate robotics team, the Talons, will need to continue to compete in Skills Challenges in order to earn a spot in the Louisville, Kentucky, competition in April. Two teams who participated in the Feb. 5...
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Southern Maryland SkillsUSA Regional Competition

Southern Maryland SkillsUSA Regional Competition

The Robert D. Stethem Educational Center captured 2 medals at the annual Southern Maryland SkillsUSA Regional Competition held Saturday, February 6, 2016. Students from the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and North Point High School in Charles County, the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in St. Mary’s County, and the Calvert...
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Special Weather Statement Issued February 10 at 5:28PM EST until February 11 at 7:00PM EST

Special Weather Statement Issued February 10 at 5:28PM EST until February 11 at 7:00PM EST

Event: Special Weather Statement Alert: SNOW SHOWERS MAY PRODUCE A COATING OF SNOW THIS EVENING… SNOW SHOWERS ARE DEVELOPING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND PARTS OF EASTERN VIRGINIA. SOME AREAS MAY RECEIVE A COATING OF SNOW. ROADS ARE STARTING WARM BUT SOME ICY PATCHES MAY DEVELOP AS TEMPERATURES COOL. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION AS WE...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Hosts 2016 Maryland Canine Workshop

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Hosts 2016 Maryland Canine Workshop

Similar to law enforcement officers, police dogs must be tested and evaluated before they are approved for street duty. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2016 MD Canine workshop, which offered IPWDA (International Police Work Dog Association) certifications. From January 11-15, over thirty-five law enforcement officers from various agencies – including Veterans...
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Task Force Recommends Community Center, Roadway, and Portrait to Honor Harriet Elizabeth Brown

Task Force Recommends Community Center,  Roadway, and Portrait to Honor Harriet Elizabeth Brown

After six months of meetings, public hearings, and research, the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force has made three powerful recommendations to honor Calvert County’s own civil rights hero. According to Task Force Chair Margaret Dunkle: “We are already working with our County and State representatives to name the soon-to-open community center in Prince...
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Unlucky Numbers Give ‘Mr. Blessed’ a $1 Million Powerball Prize

Unlucky Numbers Give ‘Mr. Blessed’ a $1 Million Powerball Prize

A Largo father of three who decided to give his set of unlucky Powerball numbers a second chance won $1 million in the Jan. 13 drawing! “I had played the same numbers the week prior,” said the 40-year-old. “I figured I had a better chance of winning with the same numbers. I feel truly...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 2/8/16 to 2/12/16

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 2/8/16 to 2/12/16

During the week of February 8 to 12, 2016, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School The cameras operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Violators must be traveling...
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NSAW Active Shooter Drill Shows Command’s Commitment to Preparedness

NSAW Active Shooter Drill Shows Command’s Commitment to Preparedness

The threat of an active shooter is one that is all too real. At Naval Support Activity Washington, personnel are training diligently to make sure that should it happen, they’ll be ready to actively counter that threat. Such was the scene in a historic office building at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., Feb....
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Tractor Trailer Fire in Huntingtown

Tractor Trailer Fire in Huntingtown

On Monday, February 8, 2016, firefighters from Huntingtown and Dunkirk were alerted to report of a Commercial Vehicle Fire in the area of West Ward Road and Ferry Landing Road in Huntingtown. Crews arrived on scene to discover tractor attached to a trailer with the tractor fully engulfed in flames. 9 firefighters worked quickly...
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A Valentine Bluegrass Show you Will Want to Bring Your Sweetheart to in Hughesville

A Valentine Bluegrass Show you Will Want to Bring Your Sweetheart to in Hughesville

For several years now, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have made several appearances to the American Legion Bluegrass Series and have been one the most requested bands to return, not to mention enjoyable – and most awarded groups in the Bluegrass Music industry. Once again, they will be making their annual appearance at...
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Coast Guard to Conduct Dye Test on Potomac River Oil Sheen

Coast Guard to Conduct Dye Test on Potomac River Oil Sheen

The Unified Command is scheduled to conduct a dye test Monday in the Potomac River and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near Arlington, Virginia, which may discolor portions of the river. As part of the ongoing investigation on the source of the oil sheen in the Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary and the Potomac River, the...
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Hoyer Remarks at 35th Annual Black History Month Breakfast

Hoyer Remarks at 35th Annual Black History Month Breakfast

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer attended the 35th Annual Black History Month Breakfast at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on February 6, 2016. He was joined by keynote speaker, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and hundreds of constituents and community leaders from Maryland’s Fifth District. Below are his remarks as...
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Forrest Center Reviving Annual Soup Cook-off

Forrest Center Reviving Annual Soup Cook-off

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center is reviving its annual Soup Cook-off on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the school’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The contest has two age groups, a junior division for students and a senior division for adults. Cooking begins at 3:00 p.m. and doors open to the public at...
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