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.

High Speed Chase Nets 45 Charges

OCEAN CITY- A Georgetown, Delaware man was being held without bond this week after allegedly first colliding with a vehicle on Coastal Highway before leading police on a high-speed chase through the midtown area, nearly striking numerous pedestrians and bicyclists.Around 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on patrol in the… Read more »

25th Poor Girls Open Tournament Underway

OCEAN CITY- After the drama of the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open subsides, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight this weekend with the return of the Poor Girl’s Open for the 25th year.The Poor Girl’s Open, which typically falls on the weekend after the White Marlin Open, was… Read more »

One Month For Disorderly Conduct

OCEAN CITY – A Delmar man, arrested in July during a near-riot outside an underage nightclub that triggered an internal review of Ocean City Police Department’s handling of another arrest made during the incident, was found guilty this week of disorderly conduct and sentenced to 30 days in jail.On July 5, shortly after midnight, OCPD… Read more »

Replica Viking Ship Arrives Next Week

Replica Viking Ship Arrives Next Week

OCEAN CITY- Residents and visitors to the resort next week will have the rare opportunity to see a replica of a centuries-old Viking ship sail through the Inlet and on to its mooring along the bulkhead between 3rd and 4th Streets will it will remain for an eight-day visit.Three times in the last four years,… Read more »

25th OC Lacrosse Classic In The Books

25th OC Lacrosse Classic In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The 25th Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, held at several venues in and around the resort area last weekend, was once again a huge success with over 100 teams and thousands of the top players in the country competing for four days culminating with championships in eight divisions.The event has grown by leaps… Read more »

Assateague Horse Humanely Euthanized

ASSATEAGUE- The wild horse struck by a vehicle on Assateague Island on August 6 had to be humanely euthanized on Wednesday, serving as a grim reminder to visitors to obey the speed limits and give the island’s famed residents plenty of space.Around 9 p.m. on Monday, August 6, a two-year-old stallion known as Adriana’s Yankee… Read more »

Mid-Atlantic Tournament Returns Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The resort area’s collective hangover from last week’s White Marlin Open has just about worn off in time for the next big event on the summer sportfishing calendar- the 26th Annual Mid-Atlantic, a Cape May, N.J.-based tournament that will again have a strong presence in Ocean City again this year.Now in its 26th… Read more »

Jellyfish Festival MOU Gets Green Light From Commitee

OCEAN CITY- More details emerged this week for the inaugural Jellyfish Music Festival and associated homegrown, family-friendly events scheduled for next June after the Recreation and Parks Committee voted to forward a favorable recommendation to the Mayor and Council.In April, the Mayor and Council approved a roughly $263,000 investment in the proposed Jellyfish Music Festival… Read more »

2018 WMO One For The Record Books

2018 WMO One For The Record Books

OCEAN CITY- The 2018 White Marlin Open was one for the books in so many ways, including a record $2.58 million paid out to the winner, a record $5.45 million in total prize money, a monster blue marlin weighed on day one and a wild finish that saw fortunes change hands on the last day.Remarkable… Read more »

Boardwalk Access Project Cut Back Considerably

Boardwalk Access Project Cut Back Considerably

OCEAN CITY- With news still trickling in of a suspected terrorist attack in London involving a vehicle crashing into a pedestrian area protected with barriers, Ocean City officials on Tuesday afternoon reviewed a considerably scaled-down plan for the second phase of the Boardwalk vehicle access control system.Last year, after a handful of similar events in… Read more »