About The Author: Shawn Soper

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.

Suspect Nabbed In Burglary Spree

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on armed robbery, burglary and assault charges last weekend after getting caught breaking into a downtown residence and being found in possession of numerous stolen items and cash from a series of break-ins. Around 5:40 a.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police were canvassing the area around 12th… Read more »

Repeat Offender Ordinance Headed To Council; Ocean City Could Pass As Emergency Measure

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week advanced an ordinance that will, if approved, enhance penalties for those issued civil citations for various offenses but flaunt the law and continue the same illegal activity throughout the same day. Last month, the Police Commission began cursory discussions about enhanced subsequent penalties for individuals who might receive… Read more »

20 Worcester Prep Boys’ And Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Players Named To ESIAC All-Conference Teams

06-17 Color-Sports Awards WEB

A total of 20 Worcester Prep boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse players were named to the ESIAC All-Conference teams following highly successful seasons this spring. Pictured above, first row, from left are Leigh Lingo, Karlie Southcomb, Regan Lingo, Melissa Laws, Julie Talbert, Sophia Bandorick, Delaney Abercrombie and Gracie Gardner. Pictured back row, from left are… Read more »

Ocean City A No Fly Zone For Drones

OCEAN CITY — With the OC Air Show in full swing this weekend, town officials on Tuesday debated the legality of a different sort of aircraft in the skies and basically determined the resort is essentially a “no fly zone” for drones and similar remote control devices. The Recreation and Parks Committee on Tuesday got… Read more »

Cops And Courts – June 17, 2016

Social Issues & Government

High-Speed Chase Reaches 180 MPH OCEAN CIT — A Glen Burnie man faces a slew of traffic and criminal charges this week after a high-speed chase last weekend that began in Ocean City, continued into northern Worcester County and returned back to the resort again before the suspect ditched his motorcycle and fled police on foot…. Read more »

OC Resident Vs. Non-Resident Rec Fees Weighed

OCEAN CITY — A review of the proposed revenue and user-fee policy for Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department camps and programs this week led to a spirited debate about how much of the burden should be borne by the resident taxpayers compared to non-resident users. During Tuesday’s Recreation and Parks Committee meeting, members began… Read more »