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.

Teacher Sentenced For Pupil Drug Ask

SALISBURY — A Bennett High School teacher charged last December with attempting to possess a controlled dangerous substance and contributing to the condition of a child after allegedly attempting to purchase medication from a student is serving jail time this week after entering a plea arrangement.Last Dec. 9, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office… Read more »

Special Event Zone Expanded West

BERLIN — As expected, the special event zone in place in Ocean City this week for the unsanctioned pop-up car rally has been extended throughout northern Worcester County.Last winter, after being brushed off the year before, resort officials were successful in Annapolis working through the local legislative delegation on getting an enhanced special event zone… Read more »

OC Planners Review Flood Plan Draft

OCEAN CITY — Resort planners this week got a first look at a draft plan to monitor and potentially address chronic flooding in town.Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville presented the draft nuisance flood plan to the Planning Commission on Sept. 15. State law requires each coastal community that experiences nuisance flooding to prepare… Read more »

Annual Beauty Spot Award Winners Announced

OCEAN CITY — Although the format was a little different this year, the Mayor and Council on Monday doled out the Beautification Committee’s annual Beauty Spot awards to various deserving property owners.Each year, the Beautification Committee sponsor the awards to recognize efforts of property owners who contribute to the town’s aesthetics through exceptional maintenance of… Read more »

Arrest Made After Downtown Attack

OCEAN CITY — A Harper’s Ferry, West Va. man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last weekend after allegedly striking a female in the head with a metal flashlight during an altercation in the parking lot of a Boardwalk bar.Last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of a Boardwalk bar… Read more »

Biker In Critical Condition After Crash

Biker In Critical Condition After Crash

OCEAN CITY — An Ephrata, Pa. man remained in critical condition this week after his motorcycle collided with a passenger van in Ocean City last Friday night.Around 8:45 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a serious motor vehicle collision at southbound Philadelphia Avenue at 23rd Street. The crash involved a… Read more »

Charges Filed In Roommate Assault

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man is being held this week on rape and other charges after an alleged sexual assault of his female roommate.On Sept. 12, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) detective began an investigation into an alleged rape that had occurred two days earlier at a downtown residence. The detective met… Read more »