Spring Flag Football Action Continues

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Departments spring 4v4 flag football league continued last week with a full slate of games at Northside Park.

After the first two weeks of the season, the Eastside Mafia sits atop the standings with a 5-1 record. The Bull Assassins are a close second with a 4-2 record, while the Schell Brothers are 2-4 and the ES Elite bring up the rear at 1-5. In last week’s games, the Bull Assassins beat ES Elite, 33-12. The Eastside Mafia beat Schell Brothers, 207. The ES Elite got their first win of the season over the Bull Assassins, 27-29, while the Eastside Mafia beat Schell Brothers, 26-12.


ATM Swiped In Downtown

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man and a juvenile were arrested last weekend after swiping an entire ATM machine from a downtown Ocean City parking lot.

Austin Emerick

Austin Emerick

Around 4 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police responded to the area of Somerset Street and Baltimore Ave. for a reported theft in progress. When officers arrived, they observed two suspects leaving the area with a large object in the back seat of their vehicle and a rear door of the vehicle forced open.

Officers stopped the vehicle on Somerset Street and discovered the large object was actually an ATM that had been stolen from a nearby parking lot. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Austin H. Emerick, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., and the passenger, a 17-yer-old juvenile from Millersville, Pa., were then arrested for theft.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Emerick and the 17-year-old juvenile were each charged with theft from $10,000 to under $100,000, malicious destruction of property and fourth-degree burglary. Emerick was seen by a District Court Commissioner and released on a $10,000 bond. The juvenile was released to his parents and referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.


Bat Attack Over Beer

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last Saturday after alleging striking a neighbor with a baseball bat during a dispute over beer.

Around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on Brewington Ave. in Salisbury for a reported assault with a baseball bat. Upon arrival, the deputy met with a victim who had been assaulted by a neighbor, identified as Steven Pappas, 44, of Salisbury. The investigation revealed an argument took place over the victim not getting any more beer, at which point Pappas allegedly began striking the victim with a baseball bat.

The victim was taken to PRMC for treatment. Pappas had left the area, but was picked up on a warrant the following morning. He was been charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.


Teen Robber Charged As Adult

SALISBURY — A 16-year-old Salisbury teen has been charged as an adult for the armed robbery of a bank on Isabella Street last week.

Around 9:50 a.m. last Tuesday, Salisbury Police responded to the PNC Bank branch on W. Isabella Street for a reported robbery. The initial investigation revealed a single male suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and learned the incident was captured on security cameras within the bank. The description of the suspect was immediately broadcasted to responding police officers. Further investigation revealed the suspect was a white male, wearing a red baseball cap and blue shirt, roughly 16-20 years old. Salisbury Police began to immediately search the area for the suspect.

Around 10:25 a.m., a suspect, identified as Michael Reed Quillen, was stopped in the area of Parsons Rd. and Mitchell Rd. Quillen matched the description provided by the witnesses and was in possession of PNC Bank property. Witnesses were able to positively Quillen as the bank robbery suspect. Quillen also matched the description of the suspect captured on the bank security cameras.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation and conducted a K-9 track, which did not reveal any additional evidence. There were no injuries reported during the incident. Although Quillen is only 16 years old, he has been charged as an adult and is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

He has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft and assault. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Salisbury Police Department or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.


Candles During Power

Outage Cause Pines Fire

OCEAN PINES — A residential fire in Ocean Pines last Friday was accidental and caused when candles used during a planned power outage were placed too close to combustibles.

Around 12:22 a.m. last Friday, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire in Ocean Pines. First arriving units observed fire extending from the garage and into the home. Ocean Pines was assisted by the Berlin and Showell Fire Departments and the fire was quickly extinguished. The home was occupied by a mother and two teenage children and no injuries were reported.

The investigation revealed candles were being used during a planned power outage. Delmarva Power shut off power to a large area of Ocean Pines early last Friday morning for a couple of hours to complete a maintenance project. The investigation revealed candles were placed too close to combustibles in the garage. The cause of the fire has been listed as accidental.


Solicitation Suspect Indicted

SNOW HILL — A Silver Spring man arrested in March after allegedly sexually soliciting and sending images of child pornography to a local teenage girl was formally indicted this week in Worcester County Circuit Court and now faces 14 total charges.

On March 30, the Maryland State Police forwarded a case involving child pornography and solicitation to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI). Detectives met with the complainant, the father of a 14-year-old girl who had allegedly been sexually solicited and sent pornography images by a suspect identified as Hector Ochoa-Barrios, 28, of Silver Spring.

WCBI detectives assumed the identity of the 14-year-old victim and continued communication with Ochoa-Barrios. The suspect again sexually solicited whom he thought was the juvenile and expressed an interest in meeting her to engage in various sexual activities.

Detectives arranged to meet with Ochoa-Barrios in Snow Hill. Ochoa-Barrios traveled over two-and-a-half hours to meet the victim and arrived in Snow Hill and was taken into custody. During a subsequent interview, Ochoa-Barrios admitted to having a sexual interest in young females and to downloading and having child pornography on his cell phone and on a tablet in his vehicle. He also admitted possessing and using a Social Security number that did not belong to him.

Ochoa-Barrios is classified as a “non-immigrant overstay” and he has been entered into the immigration system. On Tuesday, he was formally indicted on 14 counts including sexual solicitation of a minor, child pornography promotion and distribution, possession of child pornography and identity fraud, the latter for allegedly using a false Social Security number. His arraignment is scheduled for June 11.

Women’s Club Of Ocean Pines Presents $3,300 In College Scholarships

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At its general membership meeting on May 7, the Women’s Club of Ocean Pines presented $3,300 in college scholarships.  Scholarships were awarded to Teri Adelhardt, Gabrielle Evans and Danielle Gelinas from Stephen Decatur High School in recognition of their academic achievements, extra-curricular involvement and dedication to their community. Pictured, from left, are Scholarship Chair Donna McCracken, Adelhardt, Evans, Gelinas and President Pat Addy.

Star Charities Gears Up For Annual Western Night At The Casino At Ocean Downs

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Star Charities is gearing up for the annual Western Night at the Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin on July 9 with this year’s proceeds to benefit Parkinson’s Disease research. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased from Star Charities founder Anna Foultz at 410-641-7667 or volunteer Barbara Mazzei at 410-208-0430. Pictured, from left, are Ocean Downs Executive Director of Hospitality John Soysal, Barbara Mazzei, Foultz and Ocean Downs Executive Director of Marketing Crystal Layton. Photo by Ted Page

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk


The unruly and unsafe atmosphere that has dominated Cruisin weekend in recent years must be addressed in some fashion, but the reality is impact changes will prove difficult. The key here is bringing some sense of control to the mayhem because currently the weekend has spiraled into craziness.

There has to be some way to reach the troublemakers, which largely consists of the entitled bunch who come to Ocean City to wreak havoc. It’s the same sort of societal problems associated with the unregistered participants with the VW event in the fall. Generally, young people lack an appropriate moral compass, and there may be no greater and disturbing place to see this on display than in Ocean City, a melting pot of socio-economic profiles on a tiny land mass.

The main three issues I observe from this weekend have to do with the three T’s — traffic, trash and trouble.

Traffic: This is probably the least controllable aspect of the event. It’s a matter of critical mass overwhelming the infrastructure of Ocean City. When it gets jammed up like it was last weekend on Friday and Saturday, there’s simply nowhere to go. The immediate concern has to be emergency response times and how if a major situation unfolded on 100th Street bayside at 4 p.m. last Saturday how would responders from either of the two fire houses a couple miles away be able to provide any sort of timely response. The bus lane was not an option last weekend.

Trash: On Sunday morning, specifically, the town was literally trashed. Excluding the side streets, which were also in various states of disarray from litter, the amount of beer cans, disposable food containers and other garbage was disgusting. It’s simply unacceptable. There’s an open container law in Ocean City that’s unenforceable apparently on this weekend because law enforcement is stressed in other areas.

People were seen all over town with coolers full of beer watching from the sidewalks on Coastal Highway. More often than not, they left their cans behind in landscaping or on the street and sidewalks. The only way to reach these people is to put feet on the streets. Ocean City doesn’t have the personnel to do it. Therefore, other agencies need to be brought in to provide personnel to patrol the highway. It will cost money, but it’s the only way to combat this issue.

Trouble: It’s broad intentionally because there needs to be a catch-all for all the associated ill-effects, such as the blatant violations of the noise code and traffic, parking and open container laws and destruction of property and public decency. More than 1.5 million people saw the video posted on social media of a corvette entering Coastal Highway, doing a donut and spinning out for a block. The skid marks are still there today as well as all over the rest of town. That was just one of many videos that should disturb everyone, even those profiting from the event. There has to be a happy medium.

Cruisin weekend is a sticky wicket. There’s no question it’s an economic benefit for most businesses, particularly the hotels. Officials seemed to say all the right things this week. There was some lipstick put on the proverbial pig, but most seemed to agree adjustments are required. Whatever changes were put in place in between the 2014 event and this year went largely unnoticed. Instituting moves between now and next spring resulting in the same lack of progress is the only unacceptable conclusion moving forward.


There was never a doubt Worcester residents would be forking over more to their government in the coming months, but this week the cloudy picture cleared a bit. The news is bad, but it needs to be balanced with the fact most of the so-called “new money” the county will be receiving is needed to continue to support public education at levels supported by the most vocal members of the community.

Even with the 6.5-cent property tax increase and 40-percent jump to the county’s income tax rate, which will remain the lowest in the state, the county school system’s budget request had to be trimmed by more than $3 million.

This week’s tax increases can be best grasped with an example to keep it simple. For a married couple making a combined $75,000 a year with a home valued at $300,000, their bill to the county will increase by $477 annually — the income tax adjustment will mean $282 more will come out of their paychecks and the property tax hike will mean forking over $195 more.

Things I Like

Three-day weekends any time of year


Looking back at baby pictures of my kids


Pizza and a beer for dinner


Conventional name spellings


A well-done hot dog right off the grill


Avoiding traffic on back roads


Cool spring mornings


Humble professional athletes


Under Armour T-shirts


Displays of gratitude


A good tee shot on the first hole


Berlin Summer Basketball League Approved

BERLIN – Town officials have approved plans for a summer basketball league set for Henry Park.

The mayor and town council expressed support last Monday for a Flower Street basketball league proposed by Berlin resident William Johnson.

“It’s very important kids have something to do,” Councilmember Lisa Hall said.

She and the rest of the council approved Johnson’s plan to host a basketball league for middle and high school students during June and July. Johnson hopes to attract 216 players to form 18 teams to play in the evenings. He said he wanted to keep the games between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. so they wouldn’t require lighting.

The games will all be held in Henry Park, which now features bleachers and will soon have new benches in place.

Johnson said Worcester Youth and Family Counseling (WYFCS) had agreed to help him handle administration of the summer league. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams praised the partnership.

“It gives you all credibility,” he said, “and the town then is sure the facilities are being used for their intended purpose.”

He added that coordination with a local non-profit group like WYFCS would also make getting sponsors easier.

Johnson said he was still in the process of getting sponsors to help handle the costs that will be associated with the league — primarily the expense of hiring referees. He admitted that he was getting short on time to get things in order, as he wanted to start the league in mid-June, but said he would do his best to make it happen this year.

Williams suggested he provide the community with a sample of the program even if he wasn’t able to get all the players he needed or all of the money required to finance the enterprise.

“Give people a taste and you’ll be in the opposite situation next year,” he said.

Hall agreed.

“Even if you can’t get a full-blown league at least get something going so they have something to look forward to next year,” she said.

B.J. Johnson, varsity basketball coach at Stephen Decatur High School, was with William Johnson as he presented his request to the town council. The coach said he would be thrilled to have a program like the one proposed as it would give his players valuable experience

“The structure part of this is important,” he said. “Kids grow up and they don’t know how to play. They come to high school and we have to reprogram them. Something like this would be awesome to get them started.”


Who’s Playing When And Where

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28th Street Pit and Pub


28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, May 22: Higher Education

Every Thursday: Locals’ Night With DJ BK




13th St. & The Boardwalk,

In The Beach Plaza Hotel

Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23: Apple & Britt

Every Monday: Bryan Russo


Atlantic Hotel


2 North Main St., Berlin

Friday, May 22: Damian Keavney

Every Monday: Earl Beardsley

Every Tuesday: Bob Miller On The Piano

Thursday, May 28: Frankie Moran


Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs


Wicomico Street On The Bay

Friday, May 22: Jack Worthington, 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Marcella & Joey, 12:30-3 p.m.; Jack Worthington & T-Lutz, 4-8 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Kaleb Brown, 1-4 p.m.; Marcella & Joey, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 25: Orlando Phillips, Reggae


Bourbon street on the beach


116th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Behind The Fountainhead Towers


Every Saturday: Baltimore Boyz, 4 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Open Jam, 8 p.m.


Buxy’s Salty Dog


28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Saturday, May 23: Hot Sauce Sandwich

Every Sunday: Locals’ Party With DJ BK


Captain’s table


Courtyard by Marriott Hotel,

15th St. & Baltimore Ave.

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday Night:

Phil Perdue on Piano


Clarion Hotel


10100 Coastal Hwy.

Ocean Club:

Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23: First Class

Every Friday & Saturday: DJ Dusty

Lenny’s Deck Bar: Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24: First Class

Monday, May 25-Thursday, May 28: On The Edge


Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill


Oceanfront at the Castle In The Sand Hotel, 37th-38th Streets

Friday, May 22: Marcella & Joey, noon-4 p.m.; John LaMere, 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: John Remy & Joe Smooth, noon-4 p.m.; Zion Reggae Band, 5-9 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Aaron Howell Duo, noon-4 p.m.; Lauren Glick & The Moodswingers, 5-9 p.m.

Monday, May 25: Nate Clendenen, noon-4 p.m.; Bob Wilkerson & Joe Smooth, 5-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26: Dave Hawkins & Joe Mama, 4-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27:

The Chest Pains, 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, May 28: Monkee Paw, 4-8 p.m.


Dunes Manor Hotel


2800 Baltimore Ave.

Oceanfront Deck:

Saturday, May 23: Bill Dickson, 2-5 p.m.;

USO Show Songs, 8-11 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Mike Smith

Piano Lounge:

Every Wednesday-Saturday:

Ms. Shirley or Elsworth, 7-11 p.m.


Fager’s Island


60th St. in the Bay

On The Deck:

Friday, May 22: Kevin Poole, 5:30 p.m.;

DJ Hook, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: DJ Greg, 2 p.m.; Ashley Mitchell Band, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: The Jenna Project, 1 p.m.; Colossal Fossil Sauce, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Robcee, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, May 25: Deck Party with DJ Batman, 5:30 p.m.; DJ RobCee, 9:30 p.m.

Inside: Friday, May 22: Queen Green, 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Hot D, 10 p.m.

Monday, May 24: Deck Party with Scott’s New Band, 10 p.m.

Every Sunday: Brunch with Everett Spells, 11 a.m.; Scott’s New Band, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27: Bryan Clark, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 28: DJ Lock Danan with

DJ Ghostlander, 10 p.m.

Full moon saloon


12702 Old Bridge Road, West OC

Friday, May 22: Dave Sherman, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 23: Keri Glo, 4-8 p.m.


Globe, The


12 Broad St., Berlin

Friday, May 22: DJ BK, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Dark Gold Jazz, 7 p.m.


Greene Turtle North


11601 Coastal Hwy.

Every Friday: JJ the DJ, 10 p.m.

Every Saturday: DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Sunday: DJ Siren, 10 p.m.

Every Monday: DJ Jeremy

Every Tuesday: Trivia with

Adam Ask, 8 p.m.;

Karaoke with DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Wednesday: DJ Casper

Every Thursday: DJ Juan Epstein


Greene Turtle West


Rte. 611, West OC

Friday, May 22: DJ Wood, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Tree Fiddy

Sunday, May 24: DJ Collin Rock




12513 Ocean Gateway, West OC

Friday, May 22: Dust N’ Bones

Saturday, May 23: DJ BK, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Going Coastal

Wednesday, May 27: Funk Shué


johnny’s pizza & pub


56th St. & Coastal Hwy., Bayside

Friday, May 22: It’s About Time

Saturday, May 23: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

Every Wednesday: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys


KY West


54th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Every Friday: Baltimore Boyz

Every Saturday: DJ Rhoadie


la Hacienda


11033 Nicholas Lane, Ocean Pines

Friday, May 22: Lauren Glick & Mike Armstrong


M.R. Ducks


311 Talbot Street

Friday, May 22: DJ Batman, 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Johnny Bling, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Overtime Band, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 25: Tranzfusion, 4 p.m.


Ocean Pines Yacht Club


1 Mumford’s Landing Road,Ocean Pines

Friday, May 22: Tranzfusion, 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 23: Full Circle, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 24: Rick & Regina, 5 p.m.

Monday, May 25: Wes Davis Duo, 2 p.m.


Pour House, The


501 S. Baltimore Ave., O.C.

Friday, May 22: DJ Vibe

Saturday, May 23: Dust N’ Bones

Wednesday, May 27: DJ Wax

Thursday, May 28: Blends


Purple moose saloon, The


Between Caroline & Talbot Streets

Friday, May 22: Strait Shooter

Saturday, May 23: DJ Jammin’ Jeff, 2 p.m.;

Strait Shooter

Sunday, May 24: CK the DJ, 2 p.m.




49th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, May 22: Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Gypsy Wisdom & DJs

Saturday, May 23: JJ Rupp, Jim Long Band,

Jon Maurer Band, 9 Mile Roots, Garden State Radio & DJs

Sunday, May 24: JJ Rupe, Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Lost In Paris & DJs

Monday, May 25: Full Circle, 9 Mile Roots & DJs

Tuesday, May 26: Melodime & DJs

Wednesday, May 27: Melodime & DJs

Thursday, May 28: Go Go Gadjet & Djs


Trader Lee’s – House Of Rock

9935 Stephen Decatur Highway & Rte. 611,

West Ocean City

Friday, May 23: Lower Case Blues

Saturday, May 24: Cross Roads & Loud Love

What’s Your Sign?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): You might not like some people’s idea of a surprise. But you could be in for a pleasant shock when someone finally sends a reply to a request you made so long ago that you almost forgot about it.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): It’s a time to expect the unexpected. So don’t be surprised if a decision that just recently seemed final suddenly opens up and leaves you with another chance to make an important choice.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Taking a different tack on a work project might rankle some colleagues. But the positive results of your innovative course soon speak for themselves. Celebrate with a fun-filled weekend.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Meeting new associates can be awkward, even if you’re in a high positive phase right now. Best advice: Make them feel comfortable, and you’ll soon forget your own discomfort.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): It’s a good time for you social Lions to blow-dry your manes, polish your claws and look like the Fabulous Felines you are as you make new friends and influence the influential.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Expectations run especially high this week, and you should feel confident in your abilities to take advantage of what might be offered. A colleague has some advice you might find helpful.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A recent flurry of activity leaves you in need of a little breathing space, and you’d be wise to take it. Close family members should have an explanation about an emergency situation that just passed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): An insensitive act makes a difficult situation more so. But try not to waste either your physical or emotional energies in anger. Move on and let others fill the clod in on the facts of life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): It’s a good time to look into that training program or college course you’ve been considering. You might have a good place to use those sharpened skills sooner rather than later.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Education dominates much of your aspect during this week. You might want to start checking out those summer session courses that could help advance your career plans.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Progress often comes in fits and starts. But at least you’re moving straight ahead with no backsliding. You should soon be able to pick up the pace and reach your goals in due time.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Be wary of a deal that gives confusing answers to your questions. Remember: It’s always risky swimming in unknown waters, so you need all the help you can get to stay on course.

BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of bringing people together and creating close friendships wherever you go.

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