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UPDATE: Officer Arrested And Charged For Attempted Murder In Charles County And Assault St. Mary’s County
NEWBURG, Md.– On February 23 at 1: 30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Crain Highway in Newburg for the report of shots fired. The caller advised he was following a car in which the driver, who is known to him, shot at him minutes earlier. Officers located the suspect’s vehicle near Budd’s Creek Road.
'Not a good look' | Experts, law enforcement react to video of thieves running past cruiser
WALDORF, Md. — A caught-on-camera getaway showing suspected ATM thieves in Charles County, Maryland has gotten a lot of attention. The video shows an apparently distracted officer failing to notice the thieves leaving a 7-Eleven store until it's too late. It appears to be a missed opportunity to catch...
Bird flu detected in Charles Co., property quarantined
A Charles County, Maryland, property is under quarantine after officials detected a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a backyard bird flock, the state Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory is working to confirm the results, with findings expected in the...
St. Mary’s County Public Schools employee dies at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. — Deputies say no foul play is suspected after an employee was found dead at an elementary school in Mechanicsville Tuesday night. According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, patrol deputies were called to Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School shortly after 10 p.m. for a death investigation.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Huntt's Tavern Liquor License Transfer in Pomfret
Leanna C. Hughes and Fadi J. Khalaf, from Huntt’s Tavern LLC, have requested a transfer of the Class B/T (Tavern) Beer, Wine & Liquor License with Entertainment. This license is currently owned by John Michael Wayne Hunt, Jr., and Michael Brian Seman of Huntt’s Tavern, LLC. The request aligns with the Alcoholic Beverages Article of the Maryland Code.
Charles County Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Emergency Services Fee Increase
The Charles County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Bill 2024-04, a proposed amendment to increase emergency services fees. The hearing is set for Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. It will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual options. The in-person hearing will be at the Charles County Government Building in La Plata, Maryland.
Southern Maryland police briefs
Woman allegedly breaks into home, fights officer On Feb. 13 at 3:58 p.m., officers responded to Oak Avenue in La Plata for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The officer met with the homeowner, who said that when she came home she found her kitchen window smashed. She went inside the home and said “hello” to see if anyone was there, according to charging documents. ...
Driver Trapped, Injured Flown To Trauma Center Following Serious Collision In Waldorf
WALDORF, Md. – On February 21, 2024, at approximately 11:49 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a serious motor vehicle accident on Smallwood Drive near Stone Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found two vehicles off the roadway with one male trapped and injured. Firefighters quickly extricated the trapped occupant and turned him over to EMS for care.
Judge sentences man in 2021 Waldorf 'rage killing'
LA PLATA, Md. — A D.C. man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murders of two women in 2021. A Charles County judge sentenced Deon Watkins, 52, to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of Kandeon Niravanh and Genesis Garrett and related charges.
Charles Co. elementary school student stabs another in the neck with mechanical pencil
CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (7News) — A Charles County elementary school student is facing disciplinary action after School Resource officers said they stabbed another student in the neck with a mechanical pencil. An officer at Indian Head Elementary School was made aware of the incident on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at...
Man arrested, charged with raping Virginia girl he met online: police
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Authorities say a Maryland man has been arrested and charged with raping a Virginia girl he met online. Police were called to a home in Woodbridge last November to investigate a sexual assault. Investigators say 26-year-old Dimas Alexis Lazo of College Park had met the victim, a...
Panel reflects on segregation in Charles schools
Members of the Bel Alton High School Alumni Association reminisced on their experiences at a segregated school during a panel discussion on Tuesday evening. Matthew Wills, current president of the alumni association and a 1962 graduate of the school, delivered quick facts before the Feb. 20 panel began. Bel Alton High School was the only segregated school in Charles County built pre-World War II that remains standing today, and the...
Charles County Residents Alert: Zoning Changes for Cannabis Operations Under New Bill 2024-01
A public notice has been issued regarding the enactment of Bill 2024-01. This bill is a zoning text amendment related to cannabis operations. It aims to modify zoning regulations to accommodate licensed cannabis operations in line with the Cannabis Reform Act of 2023.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision In La Plata
(La Plata, Maryland) – On Sunday, February 18, 2024, at approximately 1555 hours, Troopers from Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to Maryland Route 6 (Charles Street) at Applegrove Court for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume the investigation.
Savoring Waldorf: The 4 Mexican Restaurants You Can't Miss
--- Welcome to this article where we explore four delightful Mexican restaurants in Waldorf. Have you had the chance to dine at any of these yet? We'd love to hear from you - please share your experiences in the comments below!
Local High School Student Found with Knife: Charles County Public Schools and Sheriff's Office Investigating
A student at Henry E. Lackey High School was found with a knife on February 20. The knife was found in the student's bookbag by a school administrator around 10 a.m. The school resource officer was immediately informed.
La Plata High School Student Found with Suspected Cannabis, Faces Legal and School Disciplinary Actions
A La Plata High School student was found with what is believed to be cannabis on February 22. A school administrator, noticing the smell of cannabis from a bathroom, made the discovery. The school's resource officer then retrieved the substance.
One Injured After Mechanicsville Collision
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – On February 22, 2024, at approximately 7:27 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident on southbound Three Notch Road in the area of Mechanicsville Road. Upon arrival, crews found a two-vehicle collision with one occupant injured. EMS evaluated the patient on the scene...
GoFundMe Created After Family Loses Home To Fire In Hughesville
HUGHESVILLE, Md. – On February 18, 2024, a family of four was displaced after a fire destroyed their Hughesville home. Now, community members are coming together to help the family get back on their feet. The fire broke out around 4:07 a.m. at a one-story house in the 16000...
Man sentenced to life for 2020 killing of Waldorf teenager
On Feb. 16, the state’s attorney’s office for Charles County announced that Anthony Edward Small, 24, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended for the 2020 murder of 17-year-old Daniel McClellan-Givens. Small pleaded guilty to the crime on Dec. 11, 2023. Before sentencing Small, Judge James West stated that the victim “was just a child. He never really had a chance to better himself for...