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.

Fatal Route 50 Accident Tuesday Morning

BERLIN — A local man perished in a single-vehicle accident on eastbound Route 50 near Glen Riddle early Tuesday morning.Around 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Ocean City Fire Department responded to the area of Route 50 near Riddle Lane for a reported single-vehicle collision. The investigation… Read more »

Credit Card Fraud Charges Filed

OCEAN CITY — A New Jersey man was charged with theft and credit card fraud last week after an investigation determined he allegedly used a fraudulent card to make purchases at a local hardware store.Back on Nov.14, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) began an investigation into theft and credit card fraud after employees at… Read more »

Seahawks Top Rams In Battle Of Unbeatens

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team beat Parkside in a battle of Bayside South unbeatens last week in front of a big crowd at home.Something had to give at Decatur last week with both entering the highly-anticipated match with 9-0 records in conference play. The match went back and forth with the Seahawks emerging with… Read more »

Local Kids Advance In Hoops Shoot

OCEAN CITY- Local students participating in the annual Elks Lodge Hoops Shoot competition turned in strong performances at the regional level last weekend including three first-place finishers who now advance to the state tournament.On January 12, 53 local students competed in the Ocean City Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot event at Worcester Prep with six young… Read more »

Seahawks Drop Rematch To Eagles

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team fell to Snow Hill, 49-43, on the road this week to split the season series with their Worcester County rival.The Seahawks edged the Eagles in a barn-burner at home just before the holiday break and the rematch on the road in Snow Hill on Tuesday matched that enthusiasm…. Read more »

Seahawks Solid In Bayside Championships

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances at the Bayside Conference Championships at Parkside last week with several strong individual performances.On the boys’ side in the 1,600, Kevin Beck finished second, while George Cheynet was ninth and Sam Rakowski was 15th. Beck also finished second in the 800, while Carter McClendon… Read more »

Decatur Girls Complete Sweep Of Snow Hill

Decatur Girls Complete Sweep Of Snow Hill

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team took care of business at home against county rival Snow Hill on Tuesday, routing the Eagles, 55-14, to pull even at 7-7 on the season.With the win over Snow Hill on Tuesday at home, the Seahawks earned a season sweep over their county rivals after beating the Eagles,… Read more »

Negligent Driving Bill Introduced

BERLIN — State Senator Mary Beth Carozza last week introduced a bill that would increase the penalties for causing life-threatening injuries while operating a vehicle or vessel negligently.Senate Bill 248 was Carozza’s first official piece of legislation as a senator. The bill, if approved, would establish the offense of causing a life-threatening injury by motor… Read more »

Council Approves Two Police Vehicles

OCEAN CITY — Satisfied with the need, the Ocean City Council approved the purchase of two new police vehicles to the tune of around $57,000.In January, the Mayor and Council had before them a request to purchase two vehicles for the OCPD that were included in last year’s Vehicle Trust budget but were ultimately cut… Read more »