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FOUND: 78-year-old Charles County man


A 78-year-old Charles County man was found after he was reported missing Monday morning.

According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, Ernest Courtland Freeman Jr. went missing from his home on Annabelle Drive in Swan Point, Md. at around 11:00 a.m.

 

The sheriff's office announced he was found safe at 9:30 p.m. at the Dahlgren Naval Base. The officer on duty at the front gate realized Freeman was lost and discovered he was missing.

Freeman is being reunited with his family. 

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Charles Co. Sheriff launches community policing training


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- It's rare for police training to come out of the academy classroom or off the firing range.

But on Friday, Charles County command officers for the first time were put in a banquet hall with members of the public to be trained face to face with community members.

"We are trying to learn from national incidents," Sheriff Troy Berry, the first African-American elected sheriff in the county's 356-year history, said. 

The training included members of the local NAACP chapter who expressed fears about traffic stops and other routine interactions with officers spiraling out of control.

"People are afraid of getting shot," Benjamin Watkins, a local pastor, said.

Berry hopes to expand the training sessions to include all rank and file officers.

Md. K9 officer saves baby


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A baby girl just 17 days old is alive thanks to the quick action of a Charles County K9 officer, according to sheriff's office authorities.

On July 31, 10-day-old Baby Dana was not breathing at her home in Waldorf and her mom called 911 for help. Authorities say public safety dispatcher Kelly Wilson gave the mother first aid instructions, which the mother relayed to a relative trying to help Dana.

At that time, K9 officer PFC Darin Behm was driving in the area and saw the call on his in-car computer screen. He went to the home.  PFC Behm found a woman trying to help the baby breathe in an upstairs bedroom. He noticed the baby's face was red and she was in distress. 

Man charged with attempted murder of parents


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A young man is charged with attempted murder stemming from an attack on his parents, say Charles County authorities.

Officers were called to Council Oak Drive in Waldorf Wednesday night for the report of an injured person. When officers arrived shortly after 7:20 p.m. they found a man and woman with serious injuries, say Charles County sheriff's office authorities.

Further investigation revealed that the couple's son, 19-year-old Brandon Arthur Swinson, assaulted them, and then fled. Authorities don't know what sparked the attack.

Swinson's parents were flown to an area hospital. They are expected to recover, say authorities.

Swinson was arrested the next morning. He is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and violating a protective order.

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Police looking for vandalism suspects in Charles County


NEWBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for two suspects in connection to a vandalism incident in Charles County.

One of the suspects allegedly spray-painted profanity and other words with red dye on the side of Wayside Store in the 13000 block of Rock Point Road early Friday morning. The other suspect appears to be watching as the incident occurs, according to surveillance footage released by police.

After officers were called to the scene, they found fresh red spray paint on the side of Old Christ Church on the 13000 block of Shiloh Church Road, as well as two county road signs.

Man charged after Charles Co. deputy involved shooting


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland man who was shot by a Charles County Sheriff's Deputy after he allegedly refused a command to drop the knife he was carrying has been charged with multiple counts of assault.

Lavon Chisley, 49, of Bryans Road, Md. was shot Wednesday evening by a sheriff's deputy responding to a domestic incident in the 3000 block of Charleton Court in Waldorf.

According to the sheriff's office, Chisley was in a domestic dispute with a 58-year-old woman he was having a relationship with. Deputies arrived at the house and saw Chisley and the woman fighting in the front yard.

The sheriff's office says Chisley was holding a knife and appeared agitated. Deputies commanded Chisley drop the knife, but he allegedly refused and instead moved towards the deputies.

Sheriff's deputy shoots man in Charles County


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man armed with a knife was shot Wednesday by a Charles County Sheriff's Deputy.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies were responding to a report of a domestic incident at around 6:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of Charleton Court in Waldorf. While deputies were on their way to the call, they were advised that the incident had turned violent.

When the deputies arrived on scene, the man and woman confronted them in the driveway. The woman then ran to the deputies for protection.

According to the sheriff's office, the man had a knife in his hand and deputies ordered him to drop it. The man however ignored that command.