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By Scott Dance | April 27, 2012
A decade ago tomorrow, the worst tornado in Maryland history struck La Plata, killing three people and flattening buildings with 261 mph winds. The F5 twister, the top of the scale for tornado intensity, left a plate of fried chicken on the counter of a fast-food restaurant but tore off two of the building's walls and its roof, according to one Baltimore Sun report. It left one resident's mailbox standing, waiting for more mail in front of a house that was torn from its foundation, resting on some bushes.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
Millions of dollars in winning Mega Millions tickets remain unclaimed while a $1 million ticket in Saturday's Powerball drawing was sold in Glen Burnie, a state Lottery spokeswoman said. While no one matched all numbers needed to hit the Powerball, a winning $1 million ticket was sold at JJ's Tavern in the 1000 block of 1st St. in Glen Burnie, Lottery officials announced on Sunday. Four other $1 million tickets were also purchased elsewhere in the country. The winning numbers were 13, 28, 31, 55 and 58. The Powerball was 15. Maryland lottery officials indicated on Twitter on Sunday that the state's winner had not yet come forward.
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NEWS
November 21, 2005
A La Plata resident was struck and killed Saturday evening by a car whose driver did not see the pedestrian, state police said yesterday. Scottie Maurice Queen, 53, was walking on Route 225 about 6:30 p.m. when a Chevrolet Lumina driven by Carla Yvonne Crump, 20, of La Plata struck Queen, police said.
BUSINESS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
A liquor store in La Plata will get $100,000 and Maryland will get more than $10.1 million in tax revenue, but as of Wednesday night the big winner - the person or persons holding a winning ticket in the $414 million Mega Millions lottery - was unknown. Lottery officials said one of two winning tickets in Tuesday's Mega Millions was sold at Lady's Liquors, on Crain Highway in La Plata. The second ticket was sold in Florida, and the two winners will split the prize. The cash option for the Maryland half of the jackpot is estimated at $76.4 million, after taxes.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker | June 28, 1992
HAGERSTOWN -- Right-hander Tim Drummond, 27, a native of La Plata signed May 19 as a free agent, last week pitched the team's first seven-inning shutout on the road since Jose Mesa (July 1990), beating the New Britain Red Sox, 2-0.A former major-leaguer, Drummond extended to 12 2/3 innings his string without allowing an earned run. He had a win and two saves during that four-game span.MISCELLANEOUS: The local business group that hopes to raise $1.5 million to buy a replacement team when the Suns leave Hagerstown after this season will begin selling stock next month.
SPORTS
By Dewey Fox, Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 25, 2013
The Bel Air baseball team once again - as it has done throughout the season - cut it close but found a way to win Saturday at Ripken Stadium in the Class 3A state championship. The Bobcats beat La Plata from Charles County, 3-2, to win the second state title in school history. "This is just phenomenal," Bel Air coach John Swanson said. "La Plata definitely came out to play. It was back and forth, and we made a couple of key plays. It could have gone either way. " Three defensive miscues for La Plata in the top of the second led to a run for Bel Air in the top of the second inning.
NEWS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter | May 25, 2008
There was a lot of red in the stands at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen last night to watch Patapsco in its first appearance in a state baseball final, but the Patriots' fans were left to watch a bitter loss. Senior right-hander Mike Boyden struck out 14 and allowed just four hits as La Plata of Charles County won the Class 3A state championship, 8-2, over Patapsco. Facing Boyden's excellent pitching, Patapsco did not help itself by committing six errors. Down 5-0, Patapsco got to Boyden in the bottom of the sixth for two runs on Vinnie Tiburzi's fielder's choice and a single by Rob Wilson, but Boyden weathered the situation by recording his 10th and 11th strikeouts to end the inning.
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By Mike Jefferson and Mike Jefferson,Special to The Sun | November 13, 1994
ROCKVILLE -- The 13th-ranked C. Milton Wright Mustangs shut down La Plata, 2-0, last night at Magruder High School to advance to the state Class 3A championships for the first time since 1987.The team will face either Centennial or Whitman for the 3A title next weekend.Against La Plata, the Mustangs (12-1-4) worked the ball outside in the early going, hoping to capitalize on a potentially weak outside defense.That wasn't exactly the case against La Plata (15-1) of Charles County, champions of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 11, 1997
Bel Air's streak of five consecutive shutouts came to a halt last night, as La Plata of Charles County scored with 3: 51 left in the first half and went on for a 1-0 Class 3A semifinal victory.The loss marked the second straight state semifinal loss for the Bobcats (9-5-2), who were outshot, 16-7."We didn't have enough good chances," said Bel Air coach Bill Jefferson. "They were just well-coached, very quick, well-skilled -- they really didn't have any weak spots."After staying in a defensive posture early, the Bobcats nearly took the lead on two prime scoring chances near the end of the first half.
NEWS
By Johnathon E. Briggs and Richard Irwin and Johnathon E. Briggs and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2002
Fierce storms roared across much of Maryland yesterday, with high winds, downpours, large hail and apparent tornadoes - one of them in the Charles County town of La Plata last night that injured dozens of people and was blamed for the death of two, including one in Calvert County, authorities said. A 54-year-old man caught in the storm was rushed to the emergency room of Civista Medical Center in downtown La Plata, but medical staff could not resuscitate him. A preliminary examination of the man's body found no obvious signs of trauma, but he may have had a previous medical condition, said Christine M. Stefanides, president and CEO of the medical center.
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By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Bel Air brought a high-powered offense and a ton of confidence to Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum for the state Class 3A volleyball semifinals Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the results were no different from last year's, when their state championship dream ended in the same round. The Bobcats (15-3) ran into an organized, experienced and well-prepared team from La Plata (17-0) in Charles County and fell, 25-16, 25-20, 25-15. The Warriors did a great job of neutralizing Bel Air's Celeste Roland (nine kills)
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Baltimore firefighters are fighting a fire near Medfield Heights Park that is blowing smoke over Interstate 83. The 1-alarm fire is located near La Plata and Roland Heights avenues. No injuries have been reported, fire spokesman Ian Brennan said. jgeorge@baltsun.com Twitter.com/justingeorge
SPORTS
By Dewey Fox, Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 25, 2013
The Bel Air baseball team once again - as it has done throughout the season - cut it close but found a way to win Saturday at Ripken Stadium in the Class 3A state championship. The Bobcats beat La Plata from Charles County, 3-2, to win the second state title in school history. "This is just phenomenal," Bel Air coach John Swanson said. "La Plata definitely came out to play. It was back and forth, and we made a couple of key plays. It could have gone either way. " Three defensive miscues for La Plata in the top of the second led to a run for Bel Air in the top of the second inning.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | April 6, 2013
A La Plata man was killed early Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a truck on Route 100 near the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Anne Arundel County police said that James Garrett Henderson, 27, was traveling at a high speed when his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle abruptly switched lanes on westbound Route 100 and stuck the back of an Isuzu box truck. Henderson was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, but he later died of his injuries.
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By Scott Dance | April 27, 2012
A decade ago tomorrow, the worst tornado in Maryland history struck La Plata, killing three people and flattening buildings with 261 mph winds. The F5 twister, the top of the scale for tornado intensity, left a plate of fried chicken on the counter of a fast-food restaurant but tore off two of the building's walls and its roof, according to one Baltimore Sun report. It left one resident's mailbox standing, waiting for more mail in front of a house that was torn from its foundation, resting on some bushes.
EXPLORE
February 10, 2012
Hard work and sweat on the wrestling mats that started in mid-November paid off Feb. 1 as the Laurel Boys and Girls Club captured the program's first-ever Southern Maryland Junior Wrestling dual meet championship. The squad overcame adversity with dedication and determination while forming a winning bond that peaked at the right time. "Our youth worked very hard to achieve this measure of success," coach Steve Overton noted. In the tournament, held at Patuxent High School, Laurel defeated Calvert, 80-60 in the first round, and Glenarden, 76-71 in the second round.
SPORTS
By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1995
There was only one word to describe the feeling of Fallston players during their state Class 3A semifinal against La Plata at Goucher College yesterday: Frustration.During a brief span at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, the No. 2 Cougars (16-0) managed to jam two shots past goalkeeper Nicole Downs for a 2-0 victory.Otherwise, it was either shoot and miss or shoot and have Downs kick the ball away. The winners finished with 35 shots and 10 penalty corners, and Downs was credited with 24 saves.
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | May 2, 1993
Two Charles County men drowned after becoming trapped i a narrow well -- some 40 feet deep but only 31 inches wide -- they were cleaning yesterday.The men's claustrophobic predicament some four stories below ground level frustrated attempts at rescuing them over several hours.Three rescuers passed out because of a lack of oxygen during attempts to pull George L. Montgomery, 49, of Nanjemoy and Gregory J. Keys, 40, of Indian Head from the well at a home in the 3400 block of Washington Ave. near La Plata.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A 34-year-old La Plata man pleaded guilty Friday to peddling phony Viagra on Craigslist, after the four-month scheme was discovered by an undercover investigator working for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Corp. Dwayne Alan Skiles faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 20, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said. His 28-year-old co-defendant, Sarah Ann Basley Knott, of Waldorf, was sentenced to two years probation in August. She marketed the counterfeit "little blue pills," which were masked as the erectile-dysfunction treatment Viagra, and handled their shipping, court records show.
NEWS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2011
The state wrestling tournament turned into an historic celebration Saturday night, as Winters Mill (2A-1A) claimed its first state title and broke a 26-year drought for Carroll County schools. But it didn't stop there. Carver put two wrestlers in the 2A-1A finals for the first time in its history, and Tyler Hinton (140 pounds became the school's first state champion and only the fourth state champ from the city. . Centennial junior Nathan Kraisser (125) and Oakland Mills junior Tony Farace (112 pounds)
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