On October 27 at 11:40 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Mount Clare Place in Waldorf after receiving a call to check on the welfare of a resident who lived in one of the apartments. Upon arrival, officers located Herbert Andrei James, 64, deceased inside his residence. He had trauma to his body and foul play is suspected. It does not appear this is a random incident. Detectives are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to contact Detective C. Garner at (301) 609-6531. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
The COVID-19 testing site at the Regency Stadium, home of the Southern Blue Crabs, will be closed Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for Election Day. Testing will take place Thursday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at covidtest.maryland.gov. The regular testing operations will resume Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the stadium which is located at 11765 Linus Drive, Waldorf MD 20602.
During the fall and winter seasons, scheduled drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic hours may be canceled due to inclement weather. Check the Health Department website and social media platforms for updates.
For more information, contact the COVID-19 call center Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 301-609-6717.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Charlotte Hall Library will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 27. An employee of an organization located next door tested positive for COVID-19. That person has not been in the library section of the building. The St. Mary’s County Health Department has assessed the situation, and the Libray will follow all safety and precautionary steps while contact tracing is begin done.
The Leonardtown and Lexington Park locations will be open for regular operations. However, the Lexington Park Library phone service is inoperable, and customers should call the Leonardtown Library at 301-475-2846.
Gregory Collins, the suspect in the shooting death of Lynn Maher at a 7-Eleven, was extradited yesterday morning from Georgia and is currently in Charles County Sheriff's Office custody. He should have a virtual bond review today.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – Self-service sandbags will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, at all St. Mary’s County convenience center locations for citizens wishing to prepare for possible flooding conditions later this week due to Tropical Storm Zeta.
Self-service sandbags will be available at the following convenience center locations:
Charlotte Hall – 37766 New Market Turner Road
Oakville – 26630 North Sandgates Road
Clements – 24547 Horseshoe Road
St. Andrews – 44595 St. Andrews Church Road
Valley Lee – 45350 Happyland Road
Ridge – 13939 Point Lookout Road
Sandbags are not pre-filled and are limited to between 10 and 25 sandbags per person while supplies last.
For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3527.
On October 25 at approximately 2:56 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Glenview Place in Waldorf after receiving a call for the report of a death inside an apartment. Upon arrival, officers located Latoya Hicks, 33, of Waldorf, inside her apartment doorway. She had trauma to her body and was the victim of an apparent homicide. Detectives are pursuing leads, and the case does not appear to be random. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
On Saturday, October 24, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Charles County Board of County Commissioners and Charles County Public Works / Roads Division, held a small ceremony and unveiled a roadway sign dedicating Smallwood Drive East in honor of Sgt. Timothy Clyde Minor, #109, a motor officer who died in the line of duty on February 12, 1996 after a vehicle pulled out in front of him as he was responding to a call. The sign is located in a grassy area of the median of Smallwood Drive East near Stone Avenue in Waldorf. Although the crash occurred in Newburg, family members selected Smallwood Drive East for the sign placement because that was a roadway Sgt. Minor traveled daily.
Sgt. Minor was assigned to the Traffic Operations Unit and had been a police officer for 17 years. “Sgt. Minor served Charles County well. People loved him. His tall physical presence, 6’4” in height, stood out. He commanded respect. However, it was his warm smile and his gentle demeanor that led to his nickname, the Gentle Giant,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry. “Tim was known for his kindness and compassion. He always had a nice word to share or a smile to give.”
Sgt. Minor’s wife, Gloria, his two children Tim, Jr., and Jessica, relatives, friends and agency members (current and retired) gathered at a church parking lot on Smallwood Drive East where Captain David Kelly, Commander of Executive Services, welcomed guests and gave opening remarks. Previously, Captain Kelly worked behind the scenes for months to secure the sign location and coordinate the ceremony. “I feel incredibly happy that we were able to get this signage for Sgt. Minor. I know how much it means to their family and our agency,” said Captain Kelly.
“Undoubtedly, during his career, the assignment Tim loved the most was being a member of the Motor Unit. He was an avid motorcyclist and when the opportunity arose, he applied and was accepted into the prestigious unit. Withstanding the heat and cold, Tim proudly represented the Agency by leading parades, processions, competing in regional competitions and patrolling the streets of Charles County, said Sheriff Berry. “I can think of no better way to honor and remember Tim than by having a roadway dedicated to his legacy and a sign bringing attention to his commitment and loyalty to the citizens of Charles County as he patrolled and protected our communities.”
The CCSO Motor Unit, along with members of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Motor Unit provided an escort for the Minor family from their home in Waldorf to the sign site. Further, members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, who had known or worked with Tim, also responded to show their support. “I am very grateful and blessed. My heart is full to finally get this road sign dedicated in my husband’s memory. It is such an honor to know that he will always be remembered. I want to thank all those who made it possible and everyone who attended,” said Gloria Minor.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at 2 a.m. Residents should turn clocks backward by one hour to 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and when changing clocks, remember to change the batteries in household alarms too.
The Department of Emergency Services reminds everyone that the annual time change is the perfect opportunity to change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends citizens replace smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries annually and test the alarms every month.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com
LEONARDTOWN, MD - Starting Nov. 1, 2020, museums operated by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division - St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point and the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown - will switch hours of operation over to Winter Hours. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park in Piney Point will begin winter hours Nov. 13, 2020.
From Nov. 1, 2020 through Mar. 24, 2021, St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Old Jail Museum locations will be open daily, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum will be open for pre-registered tours starting Nov. 13, 2020. The museums are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Water Taxi at St. Clement’s Island Museum will also cease operations for the season and resume cruises on Maryland Day, March 25, 2021.
About the St. Mary’s County Museum Division
The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets. For more information regarding hours of operation, programs, events, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s social media pages on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCIMuseum, Facebook.com/1836Light, Facebook.com/DraydenSchool or Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseum, or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum, or at Museums.StMarysMD.com.