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.

Assault Charges After Resort Hotel Incident

OCEAN CITY — An Elkton, Md. man was arrested on numerous charges, including first-degree assault, last weekend after allegedly assaulting his fiancé and scrapping with hotel security staffers during a domestic incident at a midtown hotel.Around 11 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a hotel at 45th Street for… Read more »

Cop Best Known For Sifrits’ Arrest Retires

OCEAN CITY — A longtime Ocean City police officer, who was instrumental in capturing the suspects in the most infamous case in resort history, was feted in retirement this week.Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Sergeant Freddie Howard retired this week after 21 years of full-time service to the department. Howard began his career in Ocean… Read more »

Homeless Woman Burned In Fire

WEST OCEAN CITY — The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire at a temporary dwelling in West Ocean City last Saturday morning that resulted in burn injuries for one indigenous individual.Around 9 a.m. last Saturday, the Ocean City Fire Department received a 911 call about a reported structure in the woods along… Read more »

Baltimore Avenue Reconstruction Tops OC Council’s Capital Project List; Officials Ranked Projects In Importance

Baltimore Avenue Reconstruction Tops OC Council’s Capital Project List; Officials Ranked Projects In Importance

OCEAN CITY — The Mayor and Council rankings of projects large and small on the town’s draft capital improvement plan (CIP) revealed the elected officials are clearly divided on many, but the one they all agree is the most critical is the redevelopment of the Baltimore Avenue corridor.Two weeks ago, City Engineer Terry McGean presented… Read more »

Special Events Plan Leads To Talk Of Possible Drone Shows, Weekend Destination Brand

Special Events Plan Leads To Talk Of Possible Drone Shows, Weekend Destination Brand

OCEAN CITY – Among the takeaways from Tuesday’s lengthy discussion about planned special events this summer was a possible shift in the strategy to embrace the town’s weekend destination market and the potential of adding elaborate drone shows to the lineup.Should Ocean City embrace its spontaneous weekend destination image or continue to go after the… Read more »