Va. Deputy Acquitted Of Rape

SNOW HILL – A Fairfax County (Va.) Deputy Sheriff accused in February of raping a 22-year-old woman in an Ocean City hotel room was acquitted last week in Worcester County Circuit Court after a two-day trial during which the victim’s credibility was called into question.Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff Zachary Dennis Taylor, 32, of Ruther Glen,… Read more »

Resort Revises Emergency Operations Plan

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s Emergency Operations Plan has been revised, reported the Emergency Services Director this week, highlighting the recent revisions to the plan, as well as emphasizing the importance of staying current with emergency service preparedness. At a work session of the Mayor and City Council this week, Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald… Read more »

Ocean City Fire Department Officially Formed

OCEAN CITY – The town’s fire and emergency services took on the official name of the Ocean City Fire Department this week, after the City Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendation at a work session. The town’s fire services, which include the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Fire Marshal’s Office and Emergency Services, were… Read more »

National Night Out Returns To Area

BERLIN – Like residents in similar communities all over the country, Berlin residents next week will have the opportunity to put aside fear and suspicion for at least one day and get out in their community to enjoy the annual “National Night Out” against crime in their neighborhoods.Residents in Berlin are encouraged next Tuesday to… Read more »

Main St. Improvements Eyed In Berlin

BERLIN – Berlin’s Maryland Main Street initiative plans to focus associated grant funding and town matching money on signs, pedestrian improvements, advertising and promotion, architectural standards, and the “Clean, Safe and Green” program.A meeting will be held at Town Hall on Aug. 14 to hammer out more specific goals and projects based on merchant and… Read more »

Council Makes Cab Fuel Charge Official

OCEAN CITY – The Mayor and City Council made the taxi fuel surcharge official this week, when they voted unanimously to approve the $1, per trip, fuel surcharge aimed at providing local taxi drivers with some relief.The topic was initially broached at a recent Police Commission meeting, with over 25 taxicab drivers attending. After discussing… Read more »

Changes Aimed At Simplifying Zoning Fees

OCEAN CITY – The City Council unanimously approved changes in zoning fees this week, in an effort to simplify the process for calculating preliminary and final fees for permit applications. “After the zoning fees were changed for FY09, while attempting to input them into our permitting program we discovered several instances in which formulas no… Read more »