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.

Charges Filed After Two Separate Assaults

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last weekend after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend once and then choking her to the point she could not breathe when she called him abusive.Around 8 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a hotel on the Boardwalk at 2nd… Read more »

First White Marlin Prizes Awarded

First White Marlin Prizes Awarded

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week awarded the town’s $5,000 check to the angler who caught and released the first white marlin of the season this year back on May 23, the earliest ever in the storied history of marlin fishing in Ocean City.Each year, the Mayor and Council offers a $5,000 prize to… Read more »

Swim Team Honors Graduating Leaders

OCEAN PINES — Although the setting was a little unconventional, the Ocean Pines Swim Team (OPST) last week honored two of its graduating seniors who missed out on what would have been their last summer season with the club because of COVID-19.Like many student-athletes in the area, the last few months of their high school… Read more »