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.

$55K Air Transport Bill Raises Industry Concerns; Local Family Hopes ‘Price Gouging At Its Worst’ Will Raise Awareness

BERLIN — When a Berlin child with a critical illness was flown to a Baltimore hospital last October, her parents did not know that 45-minute flight was the beginning of a nearly year-long journey including a battle with the private sector air ambulance service over exorbitant fees and a multi-pronged effort at reform. Last Oct…. Read more »

Agencies Partner On Human Trafficking Probe, Resulting In Arrests, Heroin Seizure


OCEAN CITY — A joint investigation into human trafficking in Ocean City concluded last week with three prostitution arrests including an Ocean View, Del. woman who solicited an undercover OCPD officer. Last Thursday and Friday, the Ocean City Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations wrapped up an investigation into human trafficking and prostitution with an… Read more »

OCPD, Agencies Partner On Events

OCEAN CITY — With the arrival of OC BikeFest and a handful more of potentially troubling vehicle-related special events on the horizon, Ocean City police has called in needed reserves from outside sources this week. In preparation for the fall vehicle-related special events, including OC BikeFest this weekend, followed by the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event… Read more »

Suspect Charged After Choking Cop

OCEAN CITY — A Parsonsburg man faces first-degree assault charges this week after allegedly choking an Ocean City police officer who was attempting to stop him from walking in traffic. Around 5:45 p.m. last Saturday, an officer was patrolling in the area of Coastal Highway and 71st Street when he observed an individual, later identified… Read more »

Server Charged With Felony Theft

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City restaurant server and Romanian national was charged last week with theft after scheming to steal money from guests through various scams and ultimately her employer. Last Thursday, an Ocean City police officer responded to the Parched Pelican to investigate a reported theft scheme. The officer met with the restaurant’s… Read more »

Cops And Courts – September 16, 2016

Social Issues & Government

Concealed Weapons Arrest On Boardwalk OCEAN CITY — A Delaware man was arrested on multiple concealed deadly weapons charges this week after resort police found him in possession of a hatchet and several knives on the Boardwalk. Around 1:45 p.m. on Monday, an OCPD officer responded to the area of Somerset Street and the Boardwalk for… Read more »

Salisbury Council Vice President Vacating Seat

SALISBURY — Citing personal and family issues, Salisbury City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell this week abruptly announced her resignation effective at the end of September. Mitchell, who was first elected to the Salisbury City Council in 2011, was re-elected to a second term last year. She announced her emotional decision at the close of… Read more »