The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On Dec. 12 at 2:38 p.m., officers assigned to the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit responded to the area of St. Charles Parkway and Post Office Road in Waldorf for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash. Investigation showed the driver of a motorcycle was traveling north on St. Charles Parkway when he struck a Honda Accord which was turning left from southbound St. Charles Parkway into the Smallwood Village shopping center. Both drivers were transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where the operator of the motorcycle, John Talmage Barnette, 54, of Waldorf was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Honda, a 76-year-old woman from Brandywine, was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Master Corporal J. Hopkins is investigating.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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