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.

City Watch Program, Hotel Cooperation Credited With Locating Stabbing Suspect

City Watch Program, Hotel Cooperation Credited With Locating Stabbing Suspect

OCEAN CITY — The city-wide surveillance camera system, social media and an alert hotel employee are being credited this week with the apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with a double stabbing on the Boardwalk last weekend.Around 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a fight involving multiple people… Read more »

Ocean City Names New Fire Chief

OCEAN CITY — After an extensive search and interview process, resort officials announced the new chief of the Ocean City Fire Department.Earlier this year, Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore announced his retirement after nearly 11 years as chief and over three decades with the town’s fire department. Larmore’s retirement became effective at the end… Read more »

Boardwalk Stabbing Suspect Sought

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Police on Monday are still seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in the stabbing of two individuals during a fight on the Boardwalk early Sunday morning.Around 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a fight involving multiple people on the Boardwalk at Caroline… Read more »

Surf Club’s Longboard Challenge Returns

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Surf Club this weekend is holding the 17th Annual OC Surf Fest including the longboard team challenge with a weekend-long festival of contests and parties at different venues around the resort.The annual event gets underway on Friday with a kick-off party at Barn 34 just a few blocks from the… Read more »

Trio Arrested Over Skateboarding

OCEAN CITY — Three Baltimore-area men were arrested on various charges last weekend after allegedly causing a disturbance on the Boardwalk over a skateboarding incident.Around 11:20 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were patrolling on the Boardwalk in the area of 9th Street when they observed Javon Thomas, 26, of Baltimore, skateboarding… Read more »

Burglar Charged With Taking Liquor

OCEAN CITY — A Baltimore man was arrested on burglary and other charges last weekend after allegedly entering an adjacent hotel room via a balcony and swiping liquor and margarita supplies.Around noon last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a hotel at 21st Street for a reported burglary. Upon arrival, the… Read more »

Summer Seahawk Basketball Camp Slated

BERLIN- Fresh off another highly successful season for the varsity program, Stephen Decatur basketball coach B.J. Johnson and his staff next week are hosting the 8th annual Seahawk Summer Basketball Camp.The annual camp will teach young participants the fundamentals of basketball with an emphasis on development. The camp will include individual and team instruction from… Read more »