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.

Armed Robber Sentenced To 13 Years

SNOW HILL — A Delaware man who held up a downtown convenience store clerk at knifepoint was found guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Around 11:40 a.m. on June 6, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the 9th Street Market. Officers arrived and… Read more »

Cops And Courts – October 14, 2016

Social Issues & Government

Theft Arrest For Going Through Cars OCEAN CITY — A Millsboro man was arrested on theft and drug possession charges last weekend after allegedly swiping credit cards and cash from a vehicle. Around 2:24 p.m. last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to the area of 8th Street and Baltimore Avenue for a… Read more »

Jail For Belt Attack On Cop

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean View man was sentenced to 18 months in jail for attacking a police officer this week. Around 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 3, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on foot patrol in the downtown area observed a man, later identified as Jacob Harden, 45, of Ocean View, Del., standing… Read more »

Restaurant Server Sentenced In Theft Case

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City restaurant server and Romanian national, charged last month with theft after an elaborate scheme conducted through much of the summer during which she allegedly stole money from guests through various scams and ultimately her employer, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. On Sept…. Read more »

White Marlin Open Angler Denies ‘Deceptive’ Charge In Filing, Explains Altered Catch Report ‘A Scrivener’s Error’

Phillip Heasley and the crew of the Kallianassa are pictured at last summer's White Marlin Open. Photo by Hooked On OC

OCEAN CITY — In the latest move of what will likely be months of legal wrangling, the winning angler in this year’s White Marlin Open is seeking to toss the case out of federal court and have the tourney pay him his $2.8 million prize. In late August, White Marlin Open (WMO) officials announced a… Read more »

UPDATED: Area Businessman Files For OC Council; ‘They made it pretty obvious they are running as a single unit. I don’t buy the idea of four people and one voice.’

Pictured, from left, are OC Council incumbents Tony DeLuca, Doug Cymek, Mary Knight and Dennis Dare at their signing ceremony in January. Photo by Shawn Soper

OCEAN CITY — There will be a municipal election after all in Ocean City next month after a local business owner and community leader joined the four incumbents on the City Council whose seats are up for re-election. As of late Tuesday, only the four incumbent councilmembers, including Doug Cymek, Dennis Dare, Tony DeLuca and… Read more »