Wanted Man Caught With Heroin In OC

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department recently arrested a man wanted out of Ocean View, Del. and charged him with heroin possession and resisting arrest.

Brenton Sculley

Brenton Sculley

Brenton Sculley, 25, of Frankford, Del., was wanted by the Ocean View Police Department after officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Sculley on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Sculley fled at a high rate of speed, was involved in a single-vehicle collision where he flipped his vehicle and then fled on foot. Officers located over 300 bags of heroin at the scene.

On Friday, Nov. 20, detectives of the Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division received information that Sculley may have been in the area of 110th Street. Detectives conducted surveillance in the area and spotted Sculley at approximately 3:30 p.m. As detectives approached, Sculley fled on foot but was apprehended in the area of 11400 Coastal Highway. During the arrest, detectives seized over 40 bags of heroin.

Ocean City detectives have charged Sculley with possession of heroin and resisting arrest. In addition, Sculley had a fugitive warrant issued out of Ocean View, Del. for charges stemming from the Nov. 17 incident. Sculley was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail without bond.


Man Stands By ‘Never Coming Back’ Comment

OCEAN CITY — A Virginia man arrested in August after leading police on a high-speed chase down the Boardwalk had a warrant sworn out for his arrest last week after he failed to appear for trial.

Around 3:11 a.m. on Aug. 6, an OCPD officer on bicycle patrol observed a vehicle driving north on the Boardwalk in the area of 1st Street. The officer observed the vehicle stop on the Boardwalk and engage in conversation with pedestrians. The vehicle then turned around and headed south on the Boardwalk. The bicycle officer informed Ocean City Communications of the situation and attempted to catch up to the vehicle as it continued south on the Boardwalk.

The vehicle accelerated down the Boardwalk at a high rate of speed with the bicycle officer attempting to give chase, but it was able to pull away and gain distance from the officer. The OCPD officer noted in the report of the incident there were still several pedestrians on the Boardwalk despite the early morning hour.

When the vehicle reached North Division Street, it stopped and the OCPD bicycle officer observed its reverse lights illuminate. The vehicle then left the Boardwalk via the emergency access ramp at North Division Street. The vehicle, driven by Derrick Lamont Freeman, 26, of Newport News, eventually stopped at North Division and Baltimore Ave.

The officer approached the vehicle and ordered Freeman to put it into park. According to police reports, Freeman manipulated the vehicle’s gear shift and looked at the officer with a blank stare. Freeman allegedly told the officer he was just going to pull over onto Baltimore Ave., but he accelerated north at a high rate of speed.

Another officer in an unmarked police vehicle picked up the chase at 8th Street. Freeman eventually pulled into a motel parking lot at 9th Street and stopped. The responding officer observed Freeman open the door and attempt to exit the vehicle with one foot on the ground, but he was still restrained by his seatbelt. Freeman was ultimately ordered out of the vehicle and allegedly told the officer he was drunk and shouldn’t have been driving, but he was lost and it was his girlfriend’s car and he was just trying to get back to his hotel.

Freeman performed poorly on field sobriety test and was taken into custody on drunk-driving charges and several traffic violations. Freeman was transported to the Public Safety Building for processing, during which he told officers he was “never coming back to Maryland.” When the officers informed him he would have to return for court appearances, he allegedly told them, “then come and get me.”

Last Thursday Freeman lived up to that comment, as he failed to appear in District Court in Ocean City to face multiple charges. A warrant was sworn out for his arrest.


Suspended Sentence For Handgun In Car

SNOW HILL — A Pennsylvania man, arrested in June for having a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Route 90, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to a year, all of which was suspended but time spent in jail following the incident.

Around 1:55 a.m. on June 22, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle on Route 90 near Berlin for speeding. During the stop, the deputy observed certain indicators of suspicious activity. An Ocean City K-9 officer was called to do a scan of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert and a probable cause search.

During the search, a loaded handgun was found under the passenger seat. The suspect, identified as Seth Thomas Hughes, 22, of Hazelton, Pa., admitted the handgun was his and that he had placed it under the seat prior to being stopped by the deputy. Hughes was arrested and transported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Last week, Hughes pleaded guilty to transporting a handgun in a vehicle and was sentenced to one year in jail. All but 14 days of the sentence was then suspended, which is equal to the time Hughes already served. He was also placed on probation and fined $200.


Shoplifter Fined

BERLIN — A Capital Heights, Md. woman was arrested on theft charges in September after swiping nearly $100 in merchandize from the Wal-Mart in Berlin pleaded guilty this week in District Court and was fined and placed on probation.

Around 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Wal-Mart on Route 50 in Berlin for a reported theft that had taken place. The deputy made contact with Wal-Mart associates who told police a female suspect, later identified as Stephanie Fogle, 30, of Capital Heights, passed through all points of sale with numerous food and clothing items having a value of $95.44.

Store employees said Fogle went through the self-checkout line, scanned and paid for some items, but bagged several other items that had not been paid for. The deputy located Fogle and placed her under arrest for theft then $100. This week, Fogle pleaded guilty to theft and was fined $200 and placed on probation for one year.


Holiday Drive Underway

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department will once again be partnering with the Santa House, Inc. this holiday season to provide food and toys to local Ocean City families.

The Santa House is asking for unwrapped toys and monetary donations in order to provide gifts and food baskets to local families. Unwrapped, new toys may be dropped off at the Public Safety Building or any Calvin B. Taylor Bank location throughout Worcester County. All monetary donations and contributions should be directed to the Santa House, Inc. and mailed to the Santa House, Inc. at P.O. Box 14, Snow Hill, Md. 21863

For many years, the Ocean City Police Department and the Santa House, Inc. have ensured that struggling families across Worcester County were able to have a joyous holiday season. In 2014, the Santa House provided food, toys and clothes for over 50 Ocean City families and served a combined total of over 500 families throughout Worcester County.

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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Everett Fisher and Edmund Pusey opened a popcorn stand on the Boardwalk at Talbot Street in the summer of 1937. Known as Pixton’s Popcorn (Pixton was the maiden name of Mr. Pusey’s wife) they used a secret recipe developed by Mr. Fisher and sold hot buttered popcorn for 5 cents a bag.

When Pusey left the business after a few years, Everett Fisher continued to make popcorn under his own name and an Ocean City icon — Fisher’s Popcorn — was born. His son, Donald, began working with him and continued to operate the business while Everett served in World War II. It is reported that at times, war-time rationing affected Fisher’s Popcorn and if they ran out of butter would shut down until the next supply arrived — often several days later. According to well-respected local Virginia Harmon, “Mr. Fisher would not substitute his quality by using anything but real butter.”

Quality is still important today and popcorn continues to be sold from the original Ocean City location as well as online and from several locations in Delaware. Now a fourth generation family business, Fisher’s Popcorn has survived wars, storms and recessions for over 78 years.

Photo courtesy of Donald Fisher, Jr.

Managing Risk Key To Volatility

Brian Selzer

OCEAN CITY — With earnings season essentially over, U.S. corporations delivered yet another positive surprise versus analyst expectations at the beginning of the quarter. While earnings for the S&P 500 companies are still down from a year ago, the headline decline masks bright spots in several consumer related industries. By the same token, recent economic data have highlighted positive trends for U.S. households.

Going forward, we expect the consumer to continue to drive growth in the U.S. and abroad and advise investors to look to select services-driven economies and industries to capture these positive trends.

Third-quarter earnings for the S&P 500 companies are down 2% from a year ago, according to FactSet. However, this is significantly better than the 5% decline expected at the end of September. Furthermore, the decline masks a large divergence among sectors. Excluding Energy, earnings are up more than 4% year-over-year, and certain sectors and industries are exhibiting double-digit growth despite concerns over slowing global economic growth. Health Care and Consumer Discretionary contributed the most to earnings, with industries such as autos, internet retailing and biotechnology posting especially impressive profit growth. We expect these trends to persist, as consumer spending is supported by improving labor markets and wages, rising household wealth and persistently low energy prices. The October U.S. employment report underscores the upward trend in the labor market, particularly in the last year and a half, when monthly nonfarm payrolls consistently averaged more than 200,000 on a six-month basis.

Some 71,000 jobs were added to the economy in October, above even the highest expectations and the most in 2015. Another bright spot in the report was wage growth, rising to 2.5% annually—the most since 2009. Low inflation and labor market slack have kept a lid on salaries since the 2008-2009 recession, but as more people enter the workforce and the labor market tightens, wages are likely to rise at a faster pace.

Roughly 70% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth is driven by consumer spending, more than in all other major economies. This perhaps helps to explain why S&P 500 companies with a majority of sales in the U.S. posted 5% earnings growth in the third quarter, while those with a majority of international sales saw their earnings decline more than 10%, according to FactSet. Last week, October retail sales came out below expectations, rising only 1.7% from a year earlier. However, headline growth has been weighed down over the past year by the continued decline of gasoline prices.

With better economic data in the past few months, especially on the employment front, expectations for the Federal Reserve (Fed) to finally hike interest rates at its December meeting are beginning to mount. Bond yields and the U.S. dollar have started to rise in anticipation. Following the positive October jobs report, for example, Treasury yields across the maturity spectrum rose 5-10 basis points, and the DXY U.S. Dollar Index rose over 1%. While we believe markets are correctly pricing in a hike in December, we believe the more important function is the pace of rate hikes thereafter. Global factors such as slowing growth in Emerging Markets, declining commodity prices and ultra-low interest rates in other major economies should keep the Fed patient and U.S. interest rates anchored.

(A Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can be reached at 410-213-8520.)

Footgolf Event To Benefit SD Soccer

BERLIN — The Stephen Decatur High School soccer program will be the beneficiary of the 2nd Annual Foot Golf tournament at the Glen Riddle Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 28.

FootGolf is one of the latest crazes on the local sports front. Individual players or teams of players tee off by kicking a soccer ball from a tee at a golf course, in this case Glen Riddle, and follow up with more shots until they reach the green. Once a player reaches the green, he or she attempts to “putt” the soccer ball by kicking it into an enlarged hole measuring 21 inches in diameter.

The game essentially follows the same rules as golf with the goal to finish the hole in as few strokes as possible before moving onto the next hole. The entire game typically takes about two- to two-and-a-half hours to complete. The sport has taken off locally in recent years with several leagues forming. The Man O’ War course has been modified to accommodate the hybrid soccer-golf sport.

The cost is $40 per person, and players are invited to bring their own ball or rent one for $5. The tournament will begin with registration at 1 p.m. and a shotgun start at 2 p.m. There will also be silent auctions, raffles, prizes, entertainment, food and fun.

In addition, participants are encouraged to compete in a best-dressed team competition. All proceeds will benefit the Stephen Decatur High School boys’ soccer program. For more information, contact Jamie Greenwood at sdhsboysoccer@gmail.com.

Police Issue Reminders About Holiday Charity Scams

OCEAN CITY — The arrival of the holiday season means more opportunities for charitable giving and donations to those less fortunate, but it also signals a time for a criminal element to take advantage of the collective good will in the community.

More than at any other time of the year, the holiday season presents numerous opportunities for those with more to share with those with less. While most charitable organizations are on the up and up, others are often imitated by a criminal element in the area for personal gain. It’s a problem everywhere and law enforcement officials are keenly aware of the potential scams.

Closer to home, Ocean City Police are aware of the charity scams that pop up each season and encourage local residents to report incidents during which they feel their generous nature is being compromised. OCPD Public Information Officer Lindsay Richard this week encouraged residents to open their hearts and wallets this season, and offered some tips on how to avoid the scams being promulgated this year.

“Those that choose to open their hearts and their wallets and donate to charitable causes should keep in mind that scammers are out there taking advantage of the holiday giving spirit,” she said. “We encourage citizens to donate to organizations they are familiar with.”

As usual, common sense can prevent one from becoming a victim of charity scams during the holidays and at all times of the year. While some individuals seeking donations are flat out phony, others have their roots in legitimate organizations and mimic that legitimacy for their own gain. Richard said some simple research can help charitable individuals separate the legitimate charities from those seeking to take advantage of the holiday season.

“Before opening your wallets for charities you are not familiar with, be sure to do your research,” she said. “Legitimate charities will have a vast amount of information about what they do published on the web and in printed materials.”

Richard reminded potential donors to ask for business cards and contact information. She said it was important to research charities before making a donation and, when in doubt, give to those organizations one is familiar with. Even the methods for donating should be carefully monitored.

“Citizens should also keep in mind that it is always best to write a check made out to the organization rather than handing over cash,” she said.

The proliferation of Internet-based scams is often confusing and the safest method of giving during the holiday season is to pick a favorite charity, become familiar with what they do and how the money is spent, and stick to those one knows best. Other scammers are following the tried and true random phone calls to carry out their ruses, but Richard warned about giving out personal information over the phone.

“Never give your credit card information over the phone,” she said. “There is a chance the person on the other side of the phone may not be who you think it is.”

Who’s Playing When And Where

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28th Street Pit and Pub


28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Every Thursday:

Locals’ Night With DJ BK




13th St. & The Boardwalk,

In The Beach Plaza Hotel

Thursday, Dec. 31:

Dale Britt & Rhonda Apple


Atlantic Hotel


2 North Main St., Berlin

Friday, Nov. 27: TBA

Every Monday: Earl Beardsley

Every Tuesday:

Bob Miller On The Piano

Wednesday, Dec. 2: TBA


Buxy’s Salty Dog


28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, Nov. 27:

Muskrat Lightning


Captain’s table


Courtyard by Marriott Hotel,

15th St. & Baltimore Ave.

Every Thursday Thru Tuesday:

Phil Perdue on Piano


Clarion Hotel


10100 Coastal Highway

Ocean Club: Friday, Nov. 27

& Saturday, Nov. 28:

Power Play

Every Friday & Saturday:

DJ Dusty


Dunes Manor Hotel


2800 Baltimore Ave.

Every Wednesday,

Friday & Sunday:

Shirley Toms, 7-11 p.m.

Every Thursday & Saturday:

Elsworth Wheatley, 7-11 p.m.


Fager’s Island


60th St. in the Bay

On The Deck:

Friday, Nov. 27:

DJ Wax, 5 p.m.; DJ Hook, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28:

DJ Greg, 5 p.m.;

DJ Groove, 9 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 27:

Tranzfusion, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28:

Animal House, 9:30 p.m.

Every Sunday: Brunch with Everett Spells, 11 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 30: Bryan Clark, 5:30 p.m.


Globe, The


12 Broad St., Berlin

Friday, Nov. 27:

Dark Gold Jazz, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28:

Pete Bozick, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29:

Patrick McAllorum, 10 a.m.


Greene Turtle North


11601 Coastal Hwy.

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

Every Saturday:

DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Trivia With Adam Ask, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.


Greene Turtle West


Rte. 611, West OC

Friday, Nov. 27: DJ Wood, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28:

Poole Brothers

Every Tuesday:

Bingo with Blake Haley




12513 Ocean Gateway,

West OC

Friday, Nov. 27:

Kaleb Brown, 8 p.m.


johnny’s pizza & pub


56th St. & Coastal Hwy.,


Friday, Nov. 27: Harry O

Saturday, Nov. 28: Phobia Trio

Every Wednesday: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater



KY West


54th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, Nov. 27: Michael Smith

Saturday, Nov. 28: DJ Rhoadie


Ocean Pines Yacht Club


1 Mumford’s Landing Road,

Ocean Pines

Friday, Nov. 27:

Smooth & Remy, 5 p.m.


Pour House, The


501 S. Baltimore Ave., O.C.

Every Wednesday: DJ Wax




49th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, Nov. 27: Element K,

Freddie Long Band & DJ

Saturday, Nov. 28:

John McNutt, Kristen & The Noise & DJs

Thursday, Dec. 3:

Alex & Shilo

Rockfish Tourney Next Weekend

OCEAN CITY — The nine-day, 3rd Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament gets underway on Friday, Dec. 4, with a captain’s meeting and registration with the fishing action set to start on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Marlin Club’s third annual rockfish tournament will run from Dec. 5 to Dec. 13. Boats and teams of anglers will decide to fish five of the nine days. As the name of the tournament implies, rockfish will be the primary species targeted along with red drum and bluefish. The top three heaviest fish in each category will win awards and federal minimum sizes apply for each species. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.

Participating boats and anglers can leave from either Indian River Inlet or the Ocean City Inlet. Lines can go 5 p.m. Anglers can leave at any time on a dedicated fishing day, but must observe the prescribed fishing times. All fish must be weighed at Sunset Marina, but fish can be brought to the scale by any means including by boat, truck or car.

Weigh-ins will be held at Sunset Marina each day of the tournament from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All catch reports must be turned in to the Marlin Club weigh master at Sunset Marina by 5 p.m. each fishing day. An awards banquet will be held at the Marlin Club on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The boat entry fee is $250, while the shore entry fee is $100. For more information, contact info.@ocmarlinclub.com.

Last year, a persistent Nor’easter hung around the area through much of the first week. By the tournament’s end, however, the weather cleared and the seas calmed, setting up a fantastic finish in the second annual event. When the dust settled, it was the crew on the “Fish Frenzi” taking first place with a 28.6-pounder worth $2,295. The crew on the “Aubree Lynn” took second with a 28.4-pounder worth $1,134, while the “Wrecker” took third with a 28.2-pounder worth $999.

Atlantic General Hospital Foundation Holds Annual Thanks For Giving Donor Reception

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At its annual Thanks for Giving Donor Reception held at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation presented a check for its 2015 fiscal year contribution in the amount of $1,353,587.41 to the hospital. The event recognized 2,171 donors who contributed 4,083 gifts toward the total contribution. Above, from left, are AGH President/CEO Michael Franklin, AGH Foundation Board members Michael Guerrieri, Phil Houck, Kathy Drew, Chairman Todd Ferrante, Aaron Finney, Michelle Fager, Gail Whaley, County Commissioner Bud Church and AGH Board of Trustees Chair Lou Taylor.

Daughters Of The American Revolution Welcome Newest Members


The General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently welcomed three of its four newest members during a luncheon meeting at the Atlantic Hotel.  Regent Barbara May and Chaplain Ann Fowler administered the oath of membership to Janet Simpson, Carole Kreuger and Gail Weldin. Amy Oneal-Self was unable to attend and will take her oath of membership at a future meeting. Pictured, from left, are May, Fowler, Simpson, Kreuger and Weldin.