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Man killed in Waldorf shooting identified


 

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was killed after a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Waldorf that forced two nearby schools to issue shelter in place orders has been identified, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. 

The victim in the shooting has been identified as Lydell Walter Wood, 29, of Waldorf, Md. 

The shooting happened around 2:05 p.m. after police say an argument between two people escalated. One man was transported to a local hospital where police say he was pronounced dead. 

According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, a shelter in place was issued for Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Marlow Heights, Md. and Eva Turner Elementary School in Waldorf, Md. The shooting is not related to either of the schools.

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Md. man wanted for sexually assaulted 7-year-old child


A Charles County man is wanted after county authorities say he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old child while caring for the child.

Delandre Rosier of Indian Head, Md. allegedly assaulted the child, who he knows, in November in Pomfret, the Charles County Sheriff's Office announced.

Rosier is wanted on charges of first-degree sex offense, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, sodomy, sexual assault of a minor, perverted practice, child abuse and other charges.

The sheriff's office describes Rosier as a 5-foot 9-inch man weighing 200 pounds. He also goes by the nickname Dre, according to the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information about Rosier's whereabouts is asked to call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-3064. Tips can also be submitted online here

'Warrior princess' that inspired Charles Co. loses battle to leukemia


LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) --For seven years, the La Plata community rallied behind their warrior princess while she battled leukemia.

But on Tuesday, Maddie Major's battle suddenly ended. Friends of the family said her death wasn't expected and it happened fast.

A boat named in Maddie's honor now hangs from the roof of The Blue Dog Saloon in Port Tobacco.

Body of male found in Charles County


INDIAN HEAD, Md. (WUSA9) -- The body of a male was found in Indian Head, Md. Friday afternoon, the Charles County Sheriff's Office announced.

The body was found at around 2 p.m. in a wooded area near the 3800 block of Cindy Court in Indian Head. 

The body is possibly believed to be that of 18-year-old Steven Coltman of Indian Head. He lived in the 3800 block of Cindy Court. Officials said he was reported missing from his house last week. A gun was found close to the body. 

Coltman was arrested and charged in connection to an attempted home invasion earlier this month in White Plains, according to the sheriff's office.

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Charles County man charged with producing child pornography


GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Charles County man has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with pretending to be a teenage boy and enticing underage girls online to make sexually explicit videos.

Fifty-three-year-old Jose Antonio Jaramillo of Lusby was charged Wednesday in the complaint with production, receipt and possession of child pornography, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, and another offense.

According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Jaramillo posed as a 12-year-old to 17-year-old boy on social media sites. Prosecutors say Jaramillo took part in sexually explicit conversations with underage girls and induced them to produce sexually explicit images and videos and send them to him.

Firefighters give Waldorf fire victims a hero's sendoff


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) Several Charles County fire departments gave a great grandmother and her grandson killed in a Waldorf house fire last week a touching send-off that's usually reserved for one of their own. .

They didn’t know 6-year-old Zavion Atkins personally until that fatal day.

“I was on the truck company that had went inside initially, inside to do the search for to missing people,” said Waldorf Volunteer Firefighter Quentin Mills.

“The whole alpha bravo quadrants of the house fire were engulfed in flames,” said Waldorf Firefighter Chris Garrett.


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Mallows Bay may become National Marine Sanctuary


NANJEMOY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Mallows Bay in Charles County, Md. is well known as the nation's largest collection of historic shipwrecks. But time and nature could turn the bay into a National Marine Sanctuary.

They're not much to see on first glance, but the tiny islands that dot the bay are the remnants of decades-old shipwrecks. 

"Those swampy islands are shipwrecks in the process of de-evolution," Don Shomette, a marine archeologist said.

The ships were built to transport war supplies to Europe during World War I, but were abandoned here in the 1920's.

"It is an environment which is evolving. it is a living laboratory of nature and humankind interacting in a way that we really don't know a lot about," Shomette said.

And this living laboratory is set to become the nation's 15th National Marine Sanctuary.