Cable Box Swiped To Watch Wrestling

Social Issues & Government

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree burglary and other charges this week after allegedly breaking into a vacant seasonal residence in the resort and swiping a cable box before running up hundreds of dollars in pay-per-view programs including professional wrestling.

On April 11, an OCPD officer was dispatched to a residence on 146th Street for a reported breaking and entering that had already occurred. The officer met with the victim, who advised police he had not been in his residence since mid-December and had returned for the first time this year on April 3. The victim told police upon his return he found two containers of change, totaling roughly $280, were missing along with one of the unit’s three cable television boxes.

The victim told police a screen in a spare back bedroom window had been removed and a light in the room had been left on. The victim told police he paid the reduced monthly rate of $11.72 for cable because his unit was only seasonally active. However, the last cable bill he received for the seasonal unit came to $465.56. When the victim saw the high balance, he contacted Comcast, which informed him the only way his account could be charged was through his cable box registered to his address and through his cable wires. Comcast cancelled the victim’s account after another mysterious charge appeared April 8.

The victim told police the cable box had apparently been stolen and gave the officers the serial number to the box. The officers observed cable wires protruding from the victim’s building across a 10-foot common area and into another building in the same complex. The victim suspected the residents of Unit 131 in the other building may have stolen his cable box.

The officers checked with the unit’s homeowners association president, who said the suspected unit had been rented by John Campbell, 29, of Ocean City, and his wife, both of whom had multiple contacts with the OCPD. The manager told police the Campbells had stayed in Unit 131 from April 1, 2014 to March 30, 2015, and they were forced to leave on April 1 when they overstayed their lease.

When police questioned Campbell, he denied breaking into the victim’s residence and denied taking the containers of loose change or the cable box. He told police he had his own cable account closed two weeks prior to being evicted on April 1. Comcast later confirmed Campbell’s unit did have cable service, but it had been terminated in February.

On April 11, Campbell told police he only had one cable box at his new residence on 138th Street. When questioned again on April 16, Campbell told police he did possess a second cable box, but it was in a storage shed in Selbyville. The next day, Campbell contacted police and told officers “I think I have the cable box you’re looking for,” according to police reports, and confirmed the serial number for the officers.

When asked how he came into possession of the cable box, Campbell told police he did not know, only that he came home from work one night and his wife told him they had cable again, according to police reports. Campbell admitted the cable box was hooked up and that he had ordered WWE Wrestlemania on March 29 for $59.99.

While speaking with police, Campbell reportedly lowered his voice and said to the officers, “I lied to you. I never had a storage unit in Selbyville,” and that he knew it was wrong to lie but he “had to get it off his chest.” Campbell told police he did not want to show the officer the cable box until he spoke first with a lawyer, which is why he lied about the storage unit. Based on the evidence, the OCPD charged Campbell with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $1,000 and theft less than $100.

 

Citizen Tip Leads To Second Arrest

BERLIN — A Pittsville man was arrested on impaired driving charges for the second time in as many days last week after a citizen report alerted police to his allegedly erratic driving one day after an earlier tip led to his arrest.

Around 4:45 p.m. last Tuesday, a citizen reported to the Maryland State Police Berlin barrack that a vehicle was swerving from lane to lane along Route 50. A short time later, MSP troopers located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Justin Michael Sauve, 24, of Pittsville.

A background check revealed Sauve’s driver’s license was suspended and revoked. According to police reports, he also exhibited signs of impairment. A subsequent probable cause search revealed several items including trace amounts of heroin and marijuana along with several hypodermic needles. Sauve failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while impaired, driving while suspended and revoked and various CDS charges.

Around 5:40 p.m. last Wednesday, the very next day, the MSP Berlin barrack received another tip from a concerned citizen regarding the negligent driving of the same vehicle Sauve was driving on Tuesday. The MSP troopers responded to the area of Route 50 and Seahawk Rd. near Stephen Decatur High School and located the vehicle and found Sauve driving again, one day after his prior arrest.

Sauve was again arrested for driving on a suspended and revoked license and for driving while impaired by drugs. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held on a $5,000 bond.

 

Jail Time For Peeper

SNOW HILL — A Pennsylvania man, arrested last April in connection with a peeping Tom incident at the Wal-Mart in Berlin after being identified through video surveillance pleaded guilty last week to prurient intent and was sentenced to a year in jail, all but three months of which were then suspended.

Around 9:30 a.m. last April 3, the Maryland State Police received a call from Wal-Mart Security advising a white male had entered the ladies’ room and used a cell phone to take photographs or video of a victim who was using the restroom. While the victim was using the restroom, she observed a cell phone suddenly appear under the stall door and immediately confronted the suspect.

The suspect, described as a white male, roughly 35-40 years old and about 275-300 pounds, exited the restrooms and the Wal-Mart store and began running toward the Home Depot store adjacent to the Wal-Mart. The victim and Wal-Mart employees continued to follow the suspect until they lost sight of him.

MSP troopers and allied law enforcement agencies responded to the Home Depot to search for the suspect, but he was not located. Video surveillance and still images obtained by Wal-Mart depicted the suspect as a white male around 6’ to 6” and about 275-300 pounds. The suspect was wearing a dark brown, zippered, hooded sweatshirt, black or dark blue jogging pants, a black knit cap and Reebok tennis shoes with bright orange outsoles. The suspect also had a gray goatee or facial hair.

MSP troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from Wal-Mart, which revealed the suspect loitering near the entrance to the store. The video showed the victim walking into the store passed the suspect, who put his phone away at that time. The suspect then followed the victim through the store and into the restroom area. Less than a minute later, the suspect was observed running from the restroom with the victim following him while pointing and yelling.

Ten days later on April 13, detectives were able to pull additional surveillance video from a different camera at Wal-Mart. The video showed the suspect get out of a loading spot at the adjacent Home Depot and the suspect was matched to the victim running from the restroom at Wal-Mart. After speaking with employees at the Home Depot shipping and receiving area, detectives were able to identify the suspect as George Toth, of Pennsylvania, who was the driver of the tractor-trailer and the suspect in the peeping Tom case.

Worcester County Bureau of Investigations (WCBI) detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Toth charging him with Peeping Tom and prurient intent. Detectives tracked Toth to the Home Depot in Dover, Del. and contacted the Dover Police Department, which arrested Toth on the charges related to the Wal-Mart incident and an out-of-state warrant. WCBI detectives traveled to Dover to interview Toth, who was found to be a registered Tier 2 sex offender in Pennsylvania.

Last week, Toth pleaded guilty to prurient intent and was sentenced to one year in jail, all but three months of which were then suspended. He was also placed on probation for three years and fined $750.

 

 

Tickets On Sale For Nash’s Stop In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Legendary singer and songwriter Graham Nash will perform a series of “An Evening With” concerts throughout the United States in July and August, including an appearance in Ocean City’s new Performing Art Center on Friday Aug. 7.

Nash first rose to fame with The Hollies and then went on to form the highly regarded Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1968.

Local promoter Bob Rothermel of TEAM Productions has announced tickets are now on sale at the Convention Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Nash will continue his long‐time tradition of raising money for charity through the Guacamole Fund’s special benefit seats. In addition, he will be donating $1 per ticket sold to charity.

“We can expect an intimate show where he will play career spanning hits including some new songs,” Rothermel said.

This summer, the tour will also feature Shane Fontayne [guitar, vocals] who will be accompanying Graham Nash on the road.

“I’m really looking forward to an evening of music, stretching back 50 years, and coming round to today with all its blessings and problems. A splendid time is guaranteed for all,” said Nash.

While continually building his musical legacy, Nash’s autobiography ‐- Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life — was released in 2013 by Crown Archetype/Random House and landed him on the New York Times Best‐ Sellers list.

 

 

The Resorter … Revisited

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Summer of 1975

Volume XXIV

Edition 6

 

Issue Highlights

 

This week’s Resorter girl was Sharon Brudnicki, a 22-year-old Milwaukee native.

 

The Carousel Center Hotel on 118th Street was stressing location in its full-page ad. “Out of this world is up at 118th Street … Out of this world is not far away.”

 

Two bedroom luxury suites were being offered from $38,900 at the new Sea Watch on 115th Street.

 

“Famous Schnitzel” was a top seller at Schnitzel Haus and Rathskeller on 18th Street and Philadelphia Avenue.

 

The Wharf on 128th Street was offering “The Midnight Show” featuring the Ernie Fields Show.

 

Neptune’s Rib on 144th Street was featuring the talents of Curt Law, who the established billed as a Hickey (a cross between a Hick and a Hippie).

 

A “Lenders Close Out” sale was being advertised at the 9400 building on 94th Street. “Lenders Take Over” was the headline offered by Chase Manhatten Mortgage & Realty Trust.

 

 

The Resorter … Revisited

 

Summer of 1975

Volume XXIV

Edition 6

 

Issue Highlights

 

This week’s Resorter girl was Sharon Brudnicki, a 22-year-old Milwaukee native.

 

The Carousel Center Hotel on 118th Street was stressing location in its full-page ad. “Out of this world is up at 118th Street … Out of this world is not far away.”

 

Two bedroom luxury suites were being offered from $38,900 at the new Sea Watch on 115th Street.

 

“Famous Schnitzel” was a top seller at Schnitzel Haus and Rathskeller on 18th Street and Philadelphia Avenue.

 

The Wharf on 128th Street was offering “The Midnight Show” featuring the Ernie Fields Show.

 

Neptune’s Rib on 144th Street was featuring the talents of Curt Law, who the established billed as a Hickey (a cross between a Hick and a Hippie).

 

A “Lenders Close Out” sale was being advertised at the 9400 building on 94th Street. “Lenders Take Over” was the headline offered by Chase Manhatten Mortgage & Realty Trust.

 

 

Thousands Expected For Half Marathon

OCEAN CITY- Thousands of runners from all over the country are descending on the resort area this week for the Island to Island Half Marathon and 5K race.

The Island to Island Half Marathon and 5K races, hosted by OC Tri Running for the benefit of Worcester County Youth and Family Counseling, have become fixtures on the early spring special events calendar over the last decade and this year should be no different. Last year’s event was one of the largest ever with over 4,600 racers competing in the combined events. The total number of competitors in the half marathon last year was 2,298, while another 2,303 competed in the 5K race.

In a new twist last year, the 13.1-mile half marathon began on Assateague and the course wound its way up the Route 611 corridor through West Ocean City before crossing the Route 50 bridge and concluding at the Inlet in Ocean City. For years, the half marathon course began in Ocean City and concluded at Assateague, but OC Tri Running and event organizers last year reversed the course and the same format will be used this year. In another minor new twist this year, the races, which have for years been held on the last weekend in April, will be held on the first weekend in May this year.

Both races will begin at 7 a.m. with the 5K race run entirely in Ocean City with a start-finish at the Inlet. The time limit for the 5K is one hour, so competitors in that event should be finished in time to watch the winners in the half marathon come across. The OCPD, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and other allied law enforcement agencies will provide support and traffic control along the course. Some traffic delays are expected although the race should be completed by the mid-morning hours.

Fenwick Island Committee To Target Park Improvements

FENWICK ISLAND – The Town of Fenwick Island has formed a committee to identify and carryout future park improvements.

During last Friday’s Town of Fenwick Island Council meeting, Mayor Audrey Serio reported enhancements at the Fenwick Island Community Park have begun with the replacement of the fence.

The Town of Fenwick Island received a $10,000 Sussex County Economic and Infrastructure Grant and in turn the mayor formed an Ad Hoc Park Committee that inspected the park and reviewed the best ways to spend the funds.

The Fenwick Island Community Park, adjacent to Town Hall located at the corner of West Cannon St. and Coastal Hwy., houses playground equipment for young children, a gazebo and shuffleboard court. It was developed over a decade ago and was funded by both town and state grants.

Cannon Street Park located near the Public Works facility was recently completed last year and provides a basketball court, along with access for water sports, such as Standup Paddleboard (SUP) and kayaks.

Over time, the fence at the Community Park has become weathered and the committee decided to spend a large portion of the grant, about $7,500, on a new fence.

In doing so the park practically doubled in size when the committee also decided to fence in a grassy portion near Town Hall providing space for a new playground component for ages 5 to 12.

“That way we can have more children enjoy it,” Serio said.

The spring toys at the Community Park were found to be rusted and unsafe, and were removed. The remainder of the Sussex County Economic and Infrastructure Grant will purchase a new playground toy, a circular game table, for a younger age group that will be installed in about six weeks.

According to Serio, the gazebo has been found to be rotting and will need to be replaced. However, there are no plans to do so at this time.

“The sand box was also deemed unhealthy, so we have decided to repurpose it. The Garden Club would like to build a raised bed garden so the children can learn how to take care of and harvest a garden,” the mayor said.

Serio added the Garden Club will also be improving the Butterfly Garden at the Community Park by planting new bushes and adding new landscaping.

“The Ad Hoc Park Committee has found their job is more intensive than we had thought. Since our park was previously done, ADA and insurance factors have come to life. In thinking about what we may want to do, we have a lot of parameters to follow, so that is taking us extra time,” the mayor said. “We have decided that we will be coming up with a plan for that entire area because there are a lot of things that need to transpire over a period of time. Once we meet with additional advisors, the plan is to make a presentation to council as far as what we have learned and suggestions.”

The next park committee meeting is scheduled for May 6 at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.

“I am very excited about the parks here in Fenwick, and the committee taking on the opportunity to refresh and update the park,” Town Manager Merritt Burke said.

According to Burke, the Town of Fenwick Island will be applying for a Delaware Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund (DTF) grant that is due in June and the town will receive word of an award by October. If received, the funds will purchase the new playground component for the older age group to be placed in the new grassy portion of the park.

 

SD High School Key Club Hosts Kiwanis Club For Annual Breakfast

The Stephen Decatur High School Key Club hosted members of the Kiwanis Club for an annual breakfast on April 22. Above, Key Club Vice-President Jennah Lupiwok addresses Kiwanis Club members and other distinguished guests at the annual Key Club breakfast while officers Emily Cashman, Mallory Rolleston, Rebekah Nesbit, and Olivia Kurtz look on. During the ceremony, Club President Cashman recognized school liaison John Foreman for his service. Submitted Photos

The Stephen Decatur High School Key Club hosted members of the Kiwanis Club for an annual breakfast on April 22. Above, Key Club Vice-President Jennah Lupiwok addresses Kiwanis Club members and other distinguished guests at the annual Key Club breakfast while officers Emily Cashman, Mallory Rolleston, Rebekah Nesbit, and Olivia Kurtz look on. During the ceremony, Club President Cashman recognized school liaison John Foreman for his service. Submitted Photos

Salisbury, County Square Off Over Fire Service Funding

SALISBURY — In a debate rife thus far with ultimatums, the latest in the dispute over a fire service agreement between Salisbury and Wicomico County was sent this week when County Executive Bob Culver set a deadline for Friday for the city to decide if it was still going to provide service to the at-large areas of the county.

The City of Salisbury last month warned Wicomico County if an agreement could not be soon reached on an equitable cost-sharing fire service agreement between the two jurisdictions, the city would be forced to suspend fire and emergency services to the at-large areas of the county outside city limits. Salisbury officials have contended the city responds to nearly 63 percent of the total fire calls in the county and roughly 67 percent of all EMS calls in the county.

In addition, the city reportedly serves about 56 percent of the entire county population and 58 percent of the county’s assessed property valuation. Despite those numbers, Salisbury received only 24 percent of Wicomico’s total funding for fire and emergency services in 2014. Mayor Jim Ireton and city officials last week urged the county to come to the table to start working on a fire service agreement that would more equitably compensate Salisbury for the services it provides to the county outside city limits.

While there have been meetings and discussions, the two sides still appear to be far apart. In an attempt at gaining leverage, Ireton in April announced the city would no longer be able to afford to provide fire and emergency services to the at-large areas of Wicomico effective July 1. With the ultimatum on the table, Wicomico County appears to be on the clock to come to an agreement with Salisbury on the fire service agreement or look to other volunteer companies in the county to fill the void.

Culver said this week he and his staff met with the Volunteer Fire Chief’s Association to determine a contingency plan if an agreement can’t be reached and Salisbury pulls out on July 1 as planned. Culver issued his own ultimatum of sort to Salisbury, asking that the city’s decision on the proposed pull out on July 1 be made by this afternoon.

“A question that I must have answered promptly is whether the city will discontinue fire services in the county as of July 1,” he said this week. “In discussions with EMS personnel and county volunteer fire personnel, we will need 10 weeks to transition from city services, and therefore a response must be received from the city no later than Friday, May 1.”

Culver said pending that answer, the county will likely move forward in one of two ways. If all services continue as they currently are, the county will honor its commitment to its funding of the three fire stations in Salisbury just as it has done in the past. In addition, the county will agree to sit down to continue to discuss a long-range plan for a new Fire Service Agreement. Those discussions will take into account all of the services related to providing public safety in the city and county based on sound accounting principles.

However, if the city decides to pull services on July 1, Wicomico will withdraw all funding currently in place in the county budget for the three city fire stations that serve Wicomico and redistribute it to the four volunteer fire companies in the county that will fill the void. In either case, Culver said the at-large areas of the county will be protected.

“I have spoken to affected volunteer companies and we will leave no citizen unprotected,” he said. “This is not something I have taken lightly. The ongoing goal is and should be to provide effective and efficient fire safety and ambulance services to all residents and that those services are funded in an equitable, affordable and sustainable manner.”

Meanwhile, Salisbury and Wicomico officials continue to seek some common ground on the issue and another meeting was held on Tuesday, the results of which have not been made public. Salisbury has offered some solutions to resolve the fire service agreement issue including an assessable base model, a five-year reduction plan and perhaps most importantly, an equitable compensation plan.

“It is important to know that Salisbury has been seeking an equitable fire service agreement for 10 years,” Ireton said this week. “That is approximately $14 million in free services provided by Salisbury taxpayers. We can negotiate boundaries for the fire district, but we cannot afford to give away any more money or provide more service.”

Late last week, Culver and Wicomico officials asked Salisbury for clarification on several key issues related to the costs of services and the percentage of the city’s services provided to Wicomico.

“In the last 24 hours, we have gotten a multitude of questions and we have provided the requested documentation and information almost instantly,” he said. “My job was to get the county to the table. The council president’s job is to change the way we do business in providing fire and EMS service.”

 

 

 

 

Wicomico And Worcester Counties Students Inducted Into Alpha Nu Omicron Chapter Of Phi Theta Kappa At Wor-Wic Community College

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Students from Wicomico and Worcester counties recently inducted into the Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Wor-Wic Community College were, front from left, Danielle M. Gray of Salisbury, Angel West of Delmar and Michelle L. Craig of Berlin; back, from left, Jasmine S. Johnson of Ocean City and Cherie M. Waters of Pocomoke City.

Friends And Neighbors Of Norman Conway Present Check For $46,000 To CFES

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Friends and neighbors of Norman Conway recently presented a check for over $46,000 to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) for the Norman H. Conway Scholarship Fund. Students from Wicomico High and James M. Bennett High will be eligible for this scholarship and must be attending one of the three local institutions of higher learning – University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Salisbury University or Wor-Wic Community College. Pictured, standing from left, are Vernon Rivers, President, Delmarva Education Foundation; Erica Joseph, President, Community Foundation; Norman Conway, former Maryland Delegate; and Marty Neat, President, First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association; and, seated from left, Bonnie Walston, Director of Special Education Birth to Twenty-One; and Wicomico County Board of Education and BJ Summers, Director, Development and Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation. Submitted Photos