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.

Seahawks Fall To Parkside, 28-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team fell to Parkside, 28-0, on the road last weekend for its fifth straight loss.Decatur lost to the Rams, 28-0, last Friday, the same score by which they lost to Easton the week before. The Seahawks’ record now stands at 2-6 on the season with another tough assignment this weekend… Read more »

Combative Couple Charged After Boardwalk Drive

OCEAN CITY — A Berlin man was arrested last week on multiple charges after allegedly leaving a hit-and-run collision and driving on the Boardwalk before impersonating a police officer, while his girlfriend was arrested for assault and other charges while attempting to interfere with his arrest.Around 11:20 p.m. last Wednesday, a broadcast went out to… Read more »

UPDATE: Body Found In Herring Creek Identified

WEST OCEAN CITY — Boaters recovered the body of a West Ocean City man found floating in Herring Creek early Wednesday morning, and while no foul play is suspected early on, the investigation is ongoing.Maryland State Police continue to investigate the recovery of a deceased individual in Herring Creek early Wednesday morning. Shortly after 12:15… Read more »

Ramadans Indicted For Untaxed Cigarette Operation; Guns, $312K Seized During Raid

Ramadans Indicted For Untaxed Cigarette Operation; Guns, $312K Seized During Raid

WEST OCEAN CITY — Two weeks after their West Ocean City home was raided by federal law enforcement officials and their local partners, two Ocean City men were indicted Thursday in New York for their alleged roles in trafficking significant quantities of untaxed cigarettes, the same crimes they were convicted of in 2015.On Thursday, Oct…. Read more »

Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ

Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District last weekend closed out its summer surfing contest season with the Maryland State Championships in Ocean City with a familiar name taking the state title.ESA Delmarva hosted the Maryland State Championships on the beach at 35th Street last weekend with decent surf left over from the… Read more »