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Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 23, 2015)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

BURGLARY: On Sept. 22 at 12:44 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of McCoy Drive in Waldorf for a burglary. The homeowner reported she arrived home and noticed a front window had been broken out. Officers arrived and searched the house. After it was determined no one was still inside, the victim reported the only thing stolen was an assortment of socks. Officer S. Hooper is investigating.

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On Sept. 21 at 3:50 p.m., officers responded to the area of Hawthorne Road west of Mitchell Road in La Plata for the report of a crash involving three vehicles and a school bus. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a Dodge Dakota was traveling west on Hawthorne Road when he lost control of his truck, crossed the center lines and struck a Ford pick-up truck and a Jeep which were in the east bound lanes. A school bus traveling directly behind the Jeep struck the Jeep after it was disabled from the initial impact. The driver of the Dodge – a 16-year-old male - was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. Three students on the bus were transported to Charles Regional Medical Center as a precaution. None of the other drivers were injured. Master Cpl. J. Hopkins is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. officers responded to the 3300 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. Officers arrived shortly after and observed the front glass door was broken. Multiple packs of Newport cigarettes were stolen, along with various cigars. Officer G. Cook is investigating.

STOLEN AUTO: On Sept 19, a car was reported stolen from the area of Bannister Circle and Brightwell Court. The vehicle is a 2013 Ford Fusion, white in color with Maryland tags. PFC J. Foster is investigating.

CCSO Announces 3rd Annual Zombie Invasion 5K Fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland

Get ready Charles County, it’s a zombie apocalypse! The living dead are returning to La Plata for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) third annual Zombie Invasion 5K fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland. The CCSO, Charles County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24 (FOP), and Charles County Correctional Officers Association (CCCOA) will host the 5K on Sun., October 18, at Laurel Springs Regional Park located at 5940 Radio Station Road in La Plata.

The Zombie Invasion 5K is a fun, family-friendly event in which participants “transition” into zombies before either running or walking the 3.1-mile trail. The event is not to be confused with a zombie chase, in which participants run from zombies. Last year, hundreds of zombie adults and children raised more than $14,000 for Special Olympics Maryland by participating in the event.

Zombies can pre-register for the 5K individually or in teams by visiting, and should do so by October 4 in order to be guaranteed a shirt on race day as supplies will be limited. The cost to register for adults over 18 years old is $25 for a cotton T-shirt or $30 for a performance fabric T-shirt. The cost for children between 11 and 17 years old is $20 for a cotton T-shirt or $25 for a performance fabric T-shirt. There is no registration fee for children 10 years old or younger.

Zombies may also choose to register the day of the event but only a limited supply of T-shirts will be available. Race-day registration and check-in will be open between 8 and 10 a.m. During this period, volunteer makeup artists from the Port Tobacco Theater and local high school drama clubs will help participants transition into zombies by applying zombie makeup. Zombies who need help transitioning are encouraged to arrive early, or participants may also “zombie-fy” themselves. The 5K begins at 10 a.m.

The zombie participants can choose to run the 5K as a race or to take a more leisurely, family-friendly, zombie-like pace. Strollers are welcome. The start times will be staggered to allow faster zombies to lead the way. The race portion for runners will be conducted using chipped timing. The runners may obtain their registration packets from the FOP Lodge #24 located at 10285 Rosewick Road in La Plata on Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m. or Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A light lunch will be served when the zombies finish the 5K. Additionally, the CCSO, FOP and CCCOA will present awards for the 5K race to the top zombie finisher in each age category, the overall top female zombie finisher, the overall top male zombie finisher and the top fundraising zombie team. They will also hold a zombie beauty contest.

The infected area – the 5K route – can be viewed on the event website ( The right westbound lane of Rosewick Road will be closed to traffic during the race to protect the runners and walkers. It is not expected to significantly impact traffic. Zombie police officers will provide traffic direction.

Anyone with questions about the event may contact Sgt. Proctor at 240-299-5207 or proctora (at) Those who would like to make a monetary donation in lieu of participating in the 5K may mail it to Charles County Sheriff’s Office/Attention Sgt. Proctor/PO Box 189/La Plata MD 20646; checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Maryland. Local businesses interested in donating services may also contact Sgt. Proctor. For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, visit

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Joins DEA in Medication-Take-Back Initiative

On Saturday, September 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will join the DEA in the National Medications-Take-Back initiative – a program held yearly to encourage people with unwanted prescription medications to dispose of them in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Although the CCSO offers residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications at any time, the Agency is promoting this national event to highlight the importance of ridding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.

Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, particularly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet. “This is an important program because unwanted medicines can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way and even more importantly, the medicines will no longer be available to people who might abuse them,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry.

Sheriff Berry said prescription drugs, like Oxycodone and Percocet, are popular among addicts who often turn to stealing or robbing to feed their habits. “Drug addiction has a significant impact on crime, not to mention the toll it takes on the addict, their families, and friends,” Sheriff Berry said. “Over the past few years, we have collected more than 100 pounds of unwanted prescription pills that could have easily gotten into the hands of curious teens.”

To drop off unwanted medications, simply bring the medicines to either the Waldorf station at 3670 Leonardtown Road or the La Plata station at 6855 Crain Highway; medications can be turned in at the District II station in Bryans Road during regular business hours.

Prescription, non-prescription, pet medicines and vitamins are accepted but they must be in tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes are not accepted. For additional information, visit

Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at

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