About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

OC Fall Flag Football League Forming

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Fall Flag Football League is getting ready to start with an organizational meeting set for next week. The league formed several years ago as an informal collection of teams representing local businesses gathering each Monday evening in the fall. Over a decade ago, it became an… Read more »

New Maps Quantify Seismic Testing’s Impact On Marine Life

New Maps

OCEAN CITY — While the multi-state, multi-jurisdictional effort to prohibit potentially dangerous seismic air gun testing off the mid-Atlantic coast continues, a national advocacy group this week released animated maps illustrating the practice’s impact on marine mammals including whales and dolphins. In mid-March, the federal government reversed course on a controversial plan to lease a… Read more »

Wicomico Builder Ordered To Pay Restitution

SALISBURY — The Maryland Attorney General’s Office this week ordered a Wicomico County home builder to pay over a half a million in restitution and other penalties after taking deposits from prospective homebuyers and failing to make good on promises. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Monday announced his Consumer Protection Division had found that… Read more »

Cops And Courts – August 26, 2016

Social Issues & Government

Tight Fit Leads To DUI Arrest WEST OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury woman was arrested on drunk-driving charges last weekend after allegedly attempting to drive between two vehicles stopped at a red light in West Ocean City. Around 9:30 p.m. last Saturday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported motor vehicle accident at the… Read more »

58th Labor Day Tournament Set For Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament returns next weekend for the 58th time as the “granddaddy” of resort area fishing tournaments. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 56th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps… Read more »

No Summer Issues Reported On Bay Islands

OCEAN CITY — With Labor Day fast approaching, it appears there were few if any conflicts this summer over the new regulations governing sensitive bird-nesting islands in the coastal bays. Last year, after the federal Army Corps of Engineers dredged the navigation channels in and around the coastal bays behind Ocean City last year, roughly… Read more »

New Transit Director To Explore Expanded Bus System

OCEAN CITY — With increased growth and development outside the resort’s borders, Ocean City transportation officials are preparing to take a broader look at the municipal public transit system. During last Tuesday’s Transportation Committee meeting, new Transit Director Mark Rickards told members his top priority thus far was learning about the municipal bus system and… Read more »

Probe Results In Two Human Trafficking Arrests

SELBYVILLE — Delaware State Police, in cooperation with federal Homeland Security officials and the Ocean City Police Department, last week concluded an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring in neighboring Sussex County with the arrests of two local men considered the ringleaders in the operation. Beginning last December, investigators obtained information a suspect identified… Read more »

Knox Taking Leave Of Absence After 33 years

BERLIN- For the first time in 33 years, Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team is going through its pre-season camp without its familiar head coach Bob Knox leading the way. Decatur Principal Tom Zimmer on Monday announced Knox, who has roamed the sidelines for the Seahawks every year since 1984, is taking a leave of absence… Read more »