Accident Causes OC Power Outage

OCEAN CITY – A local man faces several hit-and-run charges this week for leaving the scene of an accident after colliding with stabilizing wires on an electric utility pole, knocking out power for much of the resort Wednesday afternoon and into the night.

Ocean City police responded to a hit-and-run traffic crash Wednesday afternoon around 4:39 p.m.  Witnesses told police a man in a pickup truck collided with several wires stabilizing a Delmarva Power utility pole at 2nd Street and Philadelphia Avenue. The collision caused power lines to fall across the roadway, creating a power outage traveling all the way to 53rd Street.

The power was not restored until 10 p.m. The outage disabled traffic signals in much of the resort, creating huge back-ups all afternoon and into the night.

Witnesses reported that the driver left the area after striking the wires.  Police located the 1002 Ford F-150 parked at 3rd Street and the bay.  The driver fled the area.

Officers attempted yesterday to locate the owner of the truck who lives in Berlin.  They were not able to locate him at his house. Shortly before 2 p.m., the owner/driver of the truck, Robert Chester, 42, turned himself in to police.  He was charged with three hit-and-run charges, which are all must-appear traffic offenses.

White Marlin Open Inks Deal To Stay In OC Through 2010

OCEAN CITY – Hundreds of thousands of sport fishing enthusiasts will cram into the resort late next week with the arrival of the annual White Marlin Open, but despite some inherent problems with the tournament’s traditional venue, steps have been taken to ensure it remains a uniquely Ocean City event. Rumors have persisted for years the annual White Marlin Open, … Continue reading

County Votes 4-3 To Accept Exorbitant Bids

BERLIN – Despite bid prices for the county jail renovation and addition coming in at $3 million over estimate, four Worcester County Commissioners voted to accept the bids, derailing the efforts of other commissioners to re-bid some aspects of the project in search of lower prices. The jail project’s budget for materials and work was estimated at $19.3 million before … Continue reading

Water Restrictions Near In Berlin If Drought Continues

BERLIN – The town of Berlin is considering enacting water conservation measures after this year’s drought has significantly reduced water supplies.  “We should talk about water conservation,” Town Council member Ellen Lang said during the council comments portion of the meeting on Monday evening. “Somerset County is having problems. We’re approximately 40 percent off of the rainfall we normally have … Continue reading

Sand Source For Replenishment Work Discussed

OCEAN CITY – In an effort to find new sources of material offshore for the ongoing beach replenishment project, a public meeting was held Wednesday night to outline the program, identify the areas under consideration and allow for public comment. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the identified sources of sand offshore for the beach replenishment project in … Continue reading

Berlin OKs New Dog Rules

BERLIN – A public hearing on Berlin’s new dog regulations attracted a single speaker, and the Town Council passed the ordinance with little fanfare Monday night. “I agree with the ordinance. I appreciate the ordinance,” Diane Graham said. “It seems lately in our society dogs are more entitled to rights than people are.” The new ordinance requires all dogs to … Continue reading

Live Bands And DJs

Angler, The: 410-289-7424, Talbot St & the bay; Outside Deck: Sunday, July 29: Drew Stevyns, 4-7 p.m.; Every Sunday night; Locals Social with DJ Deogee. Assateague Island Oasis: 410-629-1492, Rt. 611; Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28: Patrick McAllorum; Sunday, July 29 & Wednesday, Aug. 1: Jon Pheasant; Thursday, Aug. 2: Katie Bragg. All entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. … Continue reading