About The Author: Bryan Russo

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Bryan Russo returned to The Dispatch in 2015 to serve as News Editor after working as a staff writer from 2007-2010 covering the Ocean City news beat. In between, Russo worked as the Coastal Reporter for NPR-member station WAMU 88.5FM in Washington DC and WRAU 88.3 FM on the Delmarva Peninsula. He was the host of a weekly multi-award winning public affairs show “Coastal Connection.” During his five years in public radio, Russo’s work won 19 Associated Press Awards and 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards and was heard on various national programs like NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, APM’s Marketplace and the BBC. Russo also worked for the Associated Press (Philadelphia Bureau) covering the NHL and the NBA and is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and composer.

Worcester Endorses Heroin Coordinator Position

SNOW HILL — The Worcester County Commissioners agreed this week the county’s “all hands on deck” approach to the troubling proliferation of heroin needs at least one new set of hands. The county will now wait for official approval from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention on a grant-funded Heroin Coordinator position, which… Read more »

In Exclusive Interview, Inmate Talks About Addiction, Recovery, Teaching Fellow Prisoners About Accountability In Jail, His Future

Chase Fehrenbach was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 2008 for armed robbery , theft and burglary, crimes he said he committed to fund his heroin addiction. He is pictured with a dog he helped rehabilitate through his prisons outreach Paws fora  Cause Program.

GEORGETOWN, Del. — For the last eight years, 32-year-old coastal Delaware native Chase Fehrenbach has woken up each morning in a small, cold jail cell in Sussex Correctional Institute (SCI) in Georgetown, Del. He doesn’t look like most of the other hardened criminals who reside behind the walls and the razor wire fences of one… Read more »

Can OC Enforce New Uber Regs? Officials Worried About Keeping Level Playing Field For Taxi Industry

OCEAN CITY — As Uber grows in popularity in the resort, so too are the number of questions city officials have about what state laws allow in regards to enforcing these app-based ride sharing services, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s). Several elected officials, including Mayor Rick Meehan, Councilmen Dennis Dare, Doug Cymek and… Read more »

Curing Our Coast Series Looks At Enforcement As Reporter Goes Undercover With Detectives

OCEAN CITY — Sergeant Shawn Jones of the Ocean City Police Department’s Narcotics Unit calmly adjusts his bullet proof vest as he sits in the passenger seat of an undercover vehicle. He’s carefully watching cars traverse along a backroad of southern Delaware, near Selbyville. He’s looking for junkies, and his eyes are transfixed on one… Read more »