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.

Four Charged In Late-Night Strong Armed Robbery Over Weekend

Four Charged In Late-Night Strong Armed Robbery Over Weekend

OCEAN CITY — Three Pennsylvania men and a juvenile were arrested last weekend for an alleged strong-armed robbery in the downtown area.Around 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 20th Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a reported strong-armed robbery. Officers met with a 25-year-old victim from Baltimore,… Read more »

Marlin Club’s Small Boat Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 43rd annual Small Boat Tournament gets underway on Saturday with the first of two planned fishing days.With several major offshore tournaments looming later this summer, some of the smaller boats in the resort’s sportfishing fleet will get their chance in the spotlight this weekend with the Ocean City… Read more »

Man Gets 7 Years For Dealing Crack

BERLIN — A Berlin man, who pleaded guilty in federal court in April to possession of nearly 400 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, was sentenced last Friday to seven years in prison.Marcus Pitts, 49, of Berlin, pleaded guilty in April in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine…. Read more »

Two Injuries In Raccoon Attack

OCEAN CITY — As if the investigation of a vehicle-pedestrian collision in north Ocean City late Wednesday night wasn’t chaotic enough, a potentially rabid raccoon in the same area at the same time attacked a woman and later attacked another victim.While members of the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Traffic Safety Unit were investigating a… Read more »

Seahawks Earn Top Bayside South Honors

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team was well-represented when the Bayside South awards for the 2022 season were released last week.The Seahawks won the Bayside South championship before falling to Kent Island in the Bayside Conference title game. When the Bayside South awards were announced last week, Hoffy Hoffman was named conference Coach of… Read more »

Tuna and Tiaras Moved to this Weekend

OCEAN CITY- Postponed by bad weather, rough seas and poor fishing conditions last weekend, the second annual Tuna and Tiaras ladies-only tournament has been moved to this weekend instead.The Tuna and Tiaras Tournament was set for last weekend but was postponed for a variety of reasons. It has been moved to this weekend with the… Read more »

In Most Recent Collision In North OC, Pedestrian Listed As Stable; Police Offer Safety Reminders

In Most Recent Collision In North OC, Pedestrian Listed As Stable; Police Offer Safety Reminders

OCEAN CITY – For the second time this week, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Coastal Highway late Wednesday night.Around 10:18 p.m. on Wednesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of Coastal Highway and 139th Street for a reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed the… Read more »

Juvenile Arrested In Triple Stabbing; More Suspects Sought

OCEAN CITY — One juvenile suspect has been arrested and other suspects are still being sought after a triple stabbing during a downtown altercation late Monday night.The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) is currently investigating a serious assault that occurred shortly before midnight on Monday. OCPD officers observed a fight between multiple individuals and approached… Read more »

Council Wants Angels Or Thunderbirds For Each Air Show; Headline Act Specifics Delay OC Air Show Terms Sheet

Council Wants Angels Or Thunderbirds For Each Air Show; Headline Act Specifics Delay OC Air Show Terms Sheet

OCEAN CITY — Concerns about some elements in the terms sheet for the OC Air Show contract in future years caused resort officials this week to table a discussion on the proposed document.Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo on Tuesday presented Tuesday the basic framework for negotiations on a new three-year contract with the… Read more »