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JIM NORMANDIN

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Six volunteer firefighters were taken to the hospital and later released following a Great Mills house fire Saturday afternoon, which also caused burn injuries to two volunteers.

A man walking on Great Mills Road on June 29 who was struck by a driver died of his injuries last weekend, according to police.

Police arrested a 30-year-old Charlotte Hall man Wednesday following a 2018 investigation into allegations he had sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.

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Two men were being held in the St. Mary's County Adult Detention Center at press time Thursday on attempted first-degree murder charges from two unrelated incidents.

Officers conducting a premise check at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park wrote in charging papers that they located two parents unconscious and under the influence of drugs in a parked car, with young children in the back seat.

After the park had closed at sunset on Monday, St. Mary's Sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Foor located a parked vehicle with its lights and engine off, charging papers allege, finding Stephanie Dent, 30, and Cedric Sanders, 29, both of Brandywine, unconscious in the front seat of the vehicle, along with two children, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, in the back seats.

Foor was able to wake up Sanders, who allegedly tried to conceal a smoking device which officers said was in his hand as he was unconscious. Sanders allegedly attempted to exit the vehicle, before being detained, waking up Dent, who allegedly also attempted to conceal the paraphernalia.

According to charging papers, Sanders told officers the couple was smoking crack cocaine, and Dent told police that she is the biological mother of the two children, who were under custody of both Dent and Sanders.

"Dent and Sanders were both unconscious and under the influence of CDS, making them incapable of attending to or caring for the children," Sheriff's Deputy Alexander Wynnyk wrote in charging papers, also noting arrangements were made with child protective services for the children to be picked up by a guardian.

The couple was arrested and briefly jailed on two charges each of neglecting a minor and reckless endangerment, as well as possessing controlled substances and paraphernalia. Both were released on bail Tuesday.

A former Mechanicsville business owner pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to allegations he had continued to receive retirement funds being paid out to his late mother and spent the money on personal effects as well as his business.

One man was shot in California on Friday evening, and two other men were shot in a separate incident by an unknown suspect at a Great Mills Road car wash on Sunday morning, according to the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office.

Officers arrested a 60-year-old Mechanicsville resident Sunday on a warrant alleging he had exposed himself to two people and had attempted to sexually assault one of them.

A former St. Mary’s man living in Fayetteville, N.C., crossed state borders amid his arrest for several felony sex abuse charges following his alleged confession to officers he had sexual improprieties with an underage member of the Lexington Park household he lived in.

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