Crash Kills St. Mary's Man

A St. Mary's County man died Tuesday at Washington Hospital Center from injuries he suffered when his 1998 Ford F-150 pickup left the road, struck an embankment and entered a creek.

Charles E. Bussler was driving north on Friendship School Road in Hollywood shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday. His truck left the roadway after he was unable to negotiate a curve, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and then transported to Washington Hospital Center. Authorities said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Threat Clears School

Radio Station Road Academy, a school in La Plata that offers alternative programs to Charles County students, was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a caller told school officials that a bomb would explode in the school in seven minutes.

Charles County sheriff's officers who were dispatched to the school, next to the La Plata High School campus, did not find a bomb. Students were dismissed and returned to their home schools. No one was injured during the evacuation.

Swastikas Painted on Sign

Orange swastikas have been painted twice on a sign at the entrance to Southern Park on Wilson Road in Issue. The Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether the markings are linked.

The first incident happened between May 15 and June 2. The swastika was cleaned off the sign.

Between 1:13 a.m. June 7 and 8 a.m. June 8, two orange swastikas were painted on the sign. In addition, authorities said, obscenities and unintelligible names or phrases were painted on fences near the park's entrance.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Kristin Adkins said officers have been interviewing residents who live near the park, seeking information about the vandalism.

-- BONNIE SMITH