Saturday, June 29, 2013

Two Reading Pennsylvania Men Arrested In Connection With Early Morning Shooting

Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada
OCPD Arrest Two Reading Pennsylvania Men In Connection With Early Morning Shooting

On June 29, 2013, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Ocean City Police officers were in the area of 18th Street and Coastal Highway when they heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from the area of 1801 Coastal Highway near Kingfish Road. Officers responded to the area and located a male subject, whose name is not being released, who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 2:10 a.m. two males were in the pool at the Islander Motel, 2001 North Philadelphia Avenue, adjacent to the sidewalk, when another group of people walking by on the street engaged in a verbal exchange with the group in the pool. The verbal exchange escalated when the group in the pool confronted the group on the street and an altercation occurred. During the altercation a male suspect, later identified as Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada, 21 of Reading, PA, produced a handgun and shot two victims.

 After further investigation, police discovered the second victim, who had been shot through his clothing, but was not injured. The injured victim was treated at the scene by Ocean City EMS and transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Carwin  Duarte

Police immediately began a search of the area for the suspects. Officers initially located one suspect, who was identified as Carwin Duarte, 19, of Reading, PA, near the shooting scene on Dolphin Lane. Officers then spotted Mendez-Espada hiding in shrubs in the near-by Marlin Drive area. He was later located in the water under a boat dock at a private residence on Marlin Drive. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The OCPD is still investigating the incident. OCPD Forensic Services Unit and the Ocean City Dive Team are also assisting with the recovery of evidence. Police have charged Mendez-Espada with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of first degree attempted murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime. Duarte has been charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and affray. At the time of this release, Mendez-Espada and Daurte are in custody at the Ocean City Police Department awaiting an initial appearance in front of the Maryland District Court Commissioner.

Ocean City Police Department

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

In 1935 a young man writes a letter to a newspaper near his Pennsylvania home about his life at a CCC (Civilan Conservation Corps) camp in Worcester County. Little did he realize that his letter would be read again by the public now, almost 80 years later, as he shares his interesting and informative comments about the CCC experience from that bygone era. (And is he offering some food for thought about a similar experience that some of today's young people might benefit from?) -tk 

Read about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Puble Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

One Killed and Several Injured In Vehicle Crash

(GLEN BURNIE, MD) – A mother is dead and her two children injured after her vehicle veered across a median and struck oncoming traffic this afternoon causing a multi-vehicle crash on Rt. 295 in Anne Arundel County.

The deceased driver is identified as Katherine K. Grooms, 41, of Ft. Washington, Md. She was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead. Her children are identified as Stephen Bard, 9, and Gabril Bard, one month. Both children were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A second driver injured is identified as Eric D. Hause, 50, of Severn, Md. He was transported to Harbor Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

A third driver involved is identified as Jakin Rankin, 33, of Lanham, Md. He did not claim to be injured, but his three children traveling with him, Elijah Rankin, 5, Serena Rankin, 8, and Javiah Rankin, 10, were taken to St. Agnes Hospital.

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. today, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack were dispatched to a crash site on northbound Rt. 295 near I-895. Due to the severity of the crash, troopers called for assistance from the State Police CRASH Team.

The preliminary investigation indicates Grooms was driving a 2008 Honda Accord southbound on Rt. 295 when, for unknown reasons, her car veered across the grass median and entered the fast lane of northbound Rt. 295.

Hause was driving a 2010 Freight Line box truck northbound on Rt. 295 when the Honda entered his lane. The Honda and box truck struck head-on. The box truck rolled onto its side and struck a northbound 2004 Buick driven by Rankin. Two other vehicles traveling northbound were struck by debris from the initial crash. Their drivers were not injured and those two vehicles were eventually driven from the scene.

The investigation indicates Grooms was wearing a seatbelt, as was her nine-year-old son. The infant was secured in a child safety seat. Investigators have been unable to determine why Grooms’ vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic.

Due to the size of the crash scene, all regular travel lanes of Rt. 295 had to be closed for about four hours. Traffic was able to pass by the scene on the shoulder of the road. State Highway Administration personnel responded to the scene to set up detours and assist with sign boards at the scene to channel traffic. All lanes were reopened shortly after 7:00 p.m.

The investigation is continuing.

Maryland State Police

Remember Maryland's Move Over Law

Maryland’s Move Over Law

As more drivers use Maryland roads this summer it is important to
remember Maryland’s Move Over Law.

 The intent of Maryland’s ‘move over’ law is to provide an extra barrier of safety for police officers, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel working along Maryland roads.

 Drivers approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped, standing, or parked on a highway and using any visual signals, must move into the next lane away from the emergency vehicle.

If a lane change is not possible, the driver must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for the existing conditions.

Delmarva Discovery Center Daily Summer Programs


Town of Chincoteague, Inc.
The Chincoteague Police Department would like to remind everyone that new scooter laws took effect July 1, 2013.
Helmets are now required. These helmets are marked with a DOT sticker and are classified as motorcycle helmets. Riders must also wear a face shield, safety goggles, or safety glasses while riding a scooter. An excerpt of the new laws are shown below:

§ 46.2-914. Limitations on operation of mopeds.
 B. No moped shall be driven on any highway by any person under the age of 16, and every person driving a moped shall carry with him a government-issued form of photo identification that includes his name, address, and date of birth.

§ 46.2-915.2. Safety equipment for mopeds; effect of violation; penalty.

Every person operating a moped, as defined in § 46.2-100, on a public street or highway shall wear a face shield, safety glasses, or goggles of a type approved by the Superintendent or have his moped equipped with safety glass or a windshield at all times while operating such vehicle, and operators and passengers thereon, if any, shall wear protective helmets of a type approved by the Superintendent.
A violation of any such ordinance this section shall not constitute negligence, be considered in mitigation of damages of whatever nature, be admissible in evidence or be the subject of comment by counsel in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of the operation, ownership, or maintenance of a moped or motor vehicle, nor shall anything in this section change any existing law, rule, or procedure pertaining to any such civil action.
Any person who knowingly violates this section shall be guilty of a traffic infraction and be subject to a fine of not more than fifty dollars.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Six Arrested for Drug Violations after Traffic Stop

On June 25, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., an Ocean City Police officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of 1st Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a seatbelt violation.  After noticing that the six occupants of the vehicle had become scared and nervous, officers requested to search the vehicle.

During the search, officers recovered approximately one-quarter pound of marijuana, over 100 doses of LSD, a butterfly-style knife and over $2,000. The vehicle was also seized as contraband.

The following people have been charged by Ocean City Police:

Eric Michael Livering, 24, of Lebanon, PA
◾Possession of marijuana
◾Possession of LSD
◾Making false statements to a police officer
◾Not restrained by a seatbelt
◾Failure to provide license to a police officer

Joshua Tyler Saverwein, 18, of Lebonon, PA
◾Possession of marijuana
◾Possession of LSD

Seth Richard Shindel, 21, of Lebanon, PA
◾Possession with intent to distribute LSD
◾Possession of LSD
◾Possession of marijuana

Leah Corinne Moyer, 18, Cleono, PA
◾2 counts of possession of LSD with intent to distribute
◾Possession of LSD
◾Possession of marijuana

Ari Ann Hoch, 32, Lebonon, PA
◾2 counts of possession of LSD with intent to distribute
◾Possession of LSD
◾Possession of marijuana
◾Possession of a concealed dangerous weapon

Alfredo Alexander Hernandez, 31, of Palmyra, PA
◾Possession of marijuana
◾Possession of LSD

All six individuals were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. Livering , Saverwein, Shindel and Hernandez were released. Moyer and Hoch were transferred to the Worcester County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Ocean City Police Dept.




The Daytime Dynamo mission scheduled for today, June 28, has been scrubbed due to unfavorable weather conditions with high winds, high cloud elevations and storms down range.

A decision will be made later today to determine the next available launch opportunity.

Hogan's Group Grows Larger than O'Malley's - Change Maryland Blasts July 1 Tax and Toll Hikes

Steve Crim
(410) 353-3116


Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan fired up a sold-out crowd of several hundred at a fundraiser last night, "Your family trip to the beach just got a lot more expensive. On July 1 the second round of O'Malley toll increases will take effect and the gas tax increase kicks in at the same time. While you are sitting in traffic at the Bay Bridge for the 4th of July weekend you can thank Governor O'Malley and the monopoly in Annapolis for the 140% increase in tolls, and for giving us the most expensive gas in the region."

Change Maryland, a non-partisan organization, is the largest and fastest growing grassroots movement in the state made up of more than 46,000 people from every jurisdiction in the state. Nearly half of them are Democrats and Independents.

The group's Facebook page includes 10 times more people than Democrat gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, and 25 times more than Republican candidate David Craig. In fact, the Change Maryland page has more people engaged on-line than the Maryland Democrat and Republican Parties, and all the potential Democrat and Republican candidates for governor, combined. As of yesterday, Larry Hogan's organization actually surpassed that of his frequent sparring partner, Martin O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor, two term governor and candidate for President.

Hogan explained that the impact of the 30% increase in state spending and the 40 consecutive O'Malley-Brown tax increases was that the state has gone from 13 Fortune 500 companies down to 3, we lost 6,500 small businesses, the unemployment rate has nearly doubled and 31,000 taxpayers have fled the state. Hogan then fired up the standing room only crowd with: "Governor O'Malley says he's ‘Moving Maryland Forward'. 

But if that's moving Maryland forward, I say maybe next year, we'll just have to take Maryland back!"

The bipartisan crowd at the Change Maryland event included many top Republican leaders, as well as a former Democratic Governor, a former Speaker of the House and a number of prominent Democrats from across the state. "This isn't just another fight between Democrats and Republicans. It's more important than that. This is a fight for Maryland's future, and it's a fight worth fighting", Hogan said.

In addition to being the founder and Chairman of Change Maryland, Hogan is a successful businessman, and a former state Cabinet Secretary. In 2010 he was the only serious candidate willing to challenge O'Malley, until former Governor Bob Ehrlich entered the race. Ehrlich called him "One of the only Republicans in Maryland who could win." Maryland's most powerful Democrat, Steny Hoyer called Hogan the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his entire career.

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Coast Guard Units Kickoff "Operation Dry Unit"

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard units and partner agencies will be increasing their presence along the Gulf Coast in support of Operation Dry Water, June 28 – 30.

Operation Dry Water is an annual nationwide campaign during which federal, state and local maritime agencies take to the water to educate boaters and raise awareness that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

According to 2012 Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths. States have gotten tougher in recent years in enforcing laws against this high-risk behavior. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against federal and most state laws.

Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their voyage terminated and their vessel impounded. Additionally, penalties can include arrest, fines, loss of boating privileges, even loss of driving privileges.

Operation Dry Water, launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in 2009, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law-enforcement officers on the water the weekend before Independence Day to give BUI enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating – and deadly accidents.

"We strongly encourage local Coast Guard units to support and participate with local law enforcement officials in their efforts to remove impaired boat operators from our waterways," said Ed Huntsman, 8th Coast Guard District recreational boating safety coordinator.

The 2-rocket Daytime Dynamo - Launch Today

The 2-rocket Daytime Dynamo mission is on schedule for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 28.

Live coverage on the Wallops UStream site begins at 8:30.

The rockets will be visible to residents in the Wallops region. The NASA Visitor Center will open at 8 a.m. on launch day for viewing the launches.

Live coverage of the launch is available via UStream beginning at 8:30 a.m. on launch day at:

Launch status can be followed on launch day on Twitter at: and Facebook at:

Launch status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

Further information on the Daytime Dynamo mission and NASA sounding rockets is available


"Paradise On the Pocomoke"

Make your reservations NOW for the newest partnership/ adventure of the Delmarva Discovery Center
Starting July 4 at 11 AM, the Delmarva Discovery Center and the Pocomoke River Canoe Company will host
 "Paradise on the Pocomoke"
a two hour excursion on the Pocomoke River.
 This program will occur every other Thursday in the summer. $45/boat.
Call Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 410 632-3971 to book your reservation now! Picture yourself on the Pocomoke!

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Warns Of Resurgence of a Telephone and Computer Scam

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has seen a resurgence of a telephone and computer scam. The victim will receive a phone call, with the caller saying the victims computer has a virus and needs to be repaired.

The caller needs access remotely and he/she will examine the computer. If granted access, the caller will then say the computer needs to be cleaned and that he/she can do it for a sum of money.

This scam can allow the caller control of the victims computer and also any sensitive data on the computer. The victim usually will also supply the caller with credit card information.

 Treat any form of contact like this, phone call, email ,etc as very dubious in legitimacy. Do not allow remote access or give your personal information to anyone you did not initiate the conversation with.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company Annual Chicken BBQ

PCVFC Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
KRW Auto & Golf Cart Sales

1316 Ocean Highway, Pocomoke City, Maryland
 1/2 Chicken + Baked Beans + Potato Salad + Roll $7.00 adult tickets or $8.00 at the door
 Buy tickets from Pocomoke Firefighters or at
 First Shore Federal in Pocomoke!

Traffic Stop Results in Two Drug Arrests

On June 23, 2013, at approximately 10:35 a.m. an Ocean City Police officer stopped a vehicle that was driving on Baltimore Avenue after he noticed neither of the two occupants were wearing seatbelts. As the vehicle was turning off of Baltimore Avenue to stop, the officer noticed the suspects toss a hand rolled cigarette containing marijuana out of the passenger-side window.

On June 23, 2013, at approximately 10:35 a.m. an Ocean City Police officer stopped a vehicle that was driving on Baltimore Avenue after he noticed neither of the two occupants were wearing seatbelts. As the vehicle was turning off of Baltimore Avenue to stop, the officer noticed the suspects toss a hand rolled cigarette containing marijuana out of the passenger-side window.

During the investigation, officers seized marijuana cigarettes, loose marijuana in a plastic bag and drug paraphernalia. Officers determined that driver of the vehicle, Jason Karl Brandt, 20, of Leola, PA, was selling the marijuana. Officers also seized over $900 in cash, a set of nunchaku (nunchucks), and the driver’s vehicle as contraband.

Brandt has been charged by Ocean City Police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, possession of nanchaku, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The passenger of the vehicle, Jason John Kichline, 19, of West Chester, PA, has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, and possession of nanchaku.

Brandt and Kichline were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released.

Submitted by:
Ocean City Police Dept.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

In 1935 a young man writes a letter to a newspaper near his Pennsylvania home about his life at a CCC (Civilan Conservation Corps) camp in Worcester County. Little did he realize that his letter would be read again by the public now, almost 80 years later, as he shares his interesting and informative comments about the CCC experience from that bygone era. (And is he offering some food for thought about a similar experience that some of today's young people might benefit from?) -tk 

Read about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Puble Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Annual Independence Day Celebration ~ June 30, 2013

New Church Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company To Hold

 Annual Independence Day Celebration
~ June 30 ~ 
 In keeping with tradition the New Church Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will hold their annual
Independence Day Celebration !!

Join them in their

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
 New Church firehouse

Beginning @ 4 PM

Carnival rides


Beginning @ 5:30 p.m.
(in its 11th year)

Pedal Tractor Pull for kids

BBQ chicken platters
 half a barbecued chicken, baked beans, and a roll

Oyster fritters
 hot dogs
 boardwalk fries
 funnel cakes
 snow cones
 ice cream
 fresh strawberry shortcake
LIVE AUCTION  7 p.m.  
(one of the favorite events of the evening)
Mike Shannon -  well-known local DJ, will provide entertainment.




Rain date: Sunday, July 7

From The Worcester County Sheriff's Office

 Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 1:51AM a Worcester County Deputy observed what appeared to be a disabled pick-up truck and utility trailer on the shoulder of westbound Ocean Gateway just west of Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City, Maryland. This deputy stopped to offer assistance and observed a white male was standing outside the vehicle looking perplexed at the trailer, truck combination.

The trailer had sheets of formed metal loaded on it that extended up and over the bed of the pick-up truck onto its roof.  The rear window of the pick-up was shattered by the sheets of metal that had shifted. This individual was identified as Nicholas Richard Vilkas, 23 of Hebron Md. There had been prior thefts from business in that area.

The trailer had sheets of formed metal loaded on it that extended up and over the bed of the pick-up truck onto its roof.  The rear window of the pick-up was shattered by the sheets of metal that had shifted. This individual was identified as Nicholas Richard Vilkas, 23 of Hebron Md. There had been prior thefts from business in that area.

Mr. Vilkas was charged with two counts of theft and taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. Mr. Vilkas was released on his personal recognizance pending trial.

Saturday,  June 22, 2013 At 8:25 pm Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies  observed a silver Audi traveling east on US Route 50 in Berlin at approximately 100 miles per hour.  The Deputies stopped the vehicle and upon contacting the operator a suspicion of criminal activity was raised. As the rear seat passenger, identified as James D. Owens 20 years of age from Easton Md., exited the vehicle a glass smoking device was located on the seat.  Mr. Owens was also in possession of several unidentified pills.

 Mr.  Owens was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and released pending trial. The driver was cited for speeding, reckless driving, negligent driving, and following too closely. 

Lt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Heat Safety and Preparedness

During extremely hot days this summer, take precautions to protect your health and safety and the health of your children, neighbors and pets.

The health department has a complete heat emergency preparedness brochure avaible here:
Heat Emergency Preparedness. 

People at high risk for heat-related illness include infants, young children, people over age 65 as well as people who have a personal or family history of heat illness or symptoms, mental health diagnoses, sickle cell trait or disease, personal history of severe muscle pain with activity or heat injury, or use of supplements containing metabolic stimulants, caffeine and other medications.

Health officials advise residents to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, heat stress and heat cramps:
  • Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. Symptoms are hot, dry skin, shallow breathing, a rapid, weak pulse and confusion. Heat stroke occurs when a person’s body temperature exceeds 105 degrees Fahrenheit and could render the victim unconscious. Call for emergency medical treatment. If possible, relocate the person to an air-conditioned room while awaiting an ambulance.
  • Heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale, clammy skin. There may be fainting and vomiting. Someone suffering from heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool area out of direct sunlight and sponge bathed in cool water and fanned. Give one cup of water to the individual every 15 minutes for one hour. Do not return to heat exposure, work or exercise that day.
  • Heat cramps are characterized by painful spasms, usually in muscles of legs and abdomen and by heaving sweating. To relieve heat cramps, apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage the muscles. Give a cup of water every 15 minutes for one hour. Discontinue exercise and do not return to heat exposure or exercise that day.
For heat safety tips visit
You may also call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100. Follow our updates on and on

LIVE: Godspell ~ Featuring Local Talent

Maybe you remember it from the 70's...

Godspell is a high-energy retelling of the parables and the passion of Christ.

 Based on scriptures found in the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell is a bright, musical, modern portrayal of the community that Jesus formed with his disciples - trading in materialism and unhappiness for the joy that comes from forgiveness, unconditional love, and a child-like faith.  Using pantomime, pop-culture references, and an unconventional setting.

The Mar-Va's summer-themed version of the show will have you singing, laughing, crying, and treasuring that which is most dear.

Directed by
Jay & Alicia Burton
featuring local talent
Jay Burton is excited to be joining the Mar-Va team for the first time as both co-director and actor (Jesus) in "Godspell"!  Originally from Pocomoke, Jay grew up singing locally and playing in the PHS marching band.  After high school he went on to perform with the group Broadway Magic (Kutztown University).  He later moved to Lancaster, PA where he worked for eight years at Sight and Sound Theatres both onstage and behind the scenes.  Favorite roles there include the Tomb Angel in "Behold the Lamb" and Michael the Archangel in "Miracle of Christmas".  Jay has also performed in the southern gospel quartet, "Zion's Cry", performed as Schroeder in Basketcase Productions', "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", and has been a featured soloist in shows with the Lancaster-based PRIMA Theatre Company. He is thrilled to be back in his hometown sharing his love of theatre and music with our enthusiastic cast!
Alicia Burton hails originally from Columbus, OH where she grew up performing in church, various choirs, community theatre, and performing arts schools.  She earned a BA in Musical Theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she received such honors as the 2004 PBAU Best Actress Award, and was a two-time Irene Ryan Award Nominee. She met her husband, Jay, while performing at Sight and Sound Theatres where she appeared in "Behold the Lamb," "Miracle of Christmas," "Ruth," "In the Beginning," "Daniel," and "Joseph".  Some favorite past roles include Natalia Stepanovna in Chechov's "The Proposal", Queen Gertrude in "Hamlet", Elizabeth in "Miracle of Christmas", and Snoopy in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown".  Recently she spends her days working at the YMCA, teaching/coaching voice and acting, and chasing around her adorable one-year-old, Jaxson.  Alicia is excited to join the Mar-Va for both Godspell and Theatre Academy this summer!
June 28th & 29th
7 PM
June 30th
2 PM
$15/adult; $7/12 & under
Tickets are on sale NOW!

Mar-Va Theater Box Office & Online
Market Street Deli
Enchanted Florist
T's Corner

Beginning Monday Drivers Can Be Stopped For Texting and Driving

Time is running out for you to send that text. 

Starting Monday, it will cost you more if you text while driving in Virginia.

Starting July 1st, texting and driving will be a primary offense meaning police can pull you over.

Right now, aw enforcement can only pull you over for another offense, like speeding, and give you a second ticket for texting.

The new law means you’ll pay $125 for a first offense and $250 for any others.


Ocean City Police K-9 Graduates from Training

K-9 Goro
The Ocean City Police Department’s newest K-9 team recently graduated from a six-week training program at Shallow Creek Kennels training facility in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Both Ofc. Nicholas Forsyth and his K-9 partner Goro are currently certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K-9. They join an elite group of K-9 patrol teams, which are an integral part of the Ocean City Police Department.

Goro, a 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specially trained and came to the Ocean City Police Department from Holland, where he received specialized training for law enforcement duties. In addition to his training in Holland, Goro and Ofc. Forsyth received additional patrol/narcotics schooling, which develops the capabilities and physical conditioning of both the handler and K-9 alike. Upon completion of their training, both were certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association and the
Ofc. Forsyth and Goro

Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission.

Once on patrol, the new K-9 team is authorized to respond to calls for service and is often among the first specialized units to be called to a scene. Their specific skills, including apprehension techniques, obedience, narcotics detection, searching and tracking, are a critical asset to the Ocean City Police Department. In addition to their duties and responsibilities on the road, K-9 units participate in continual training, community events and public relations functions, self-initiated patrol and/or rendering assistance to state and county law enforcement patrols in the Ocean City area.

Ocean City Police Dept.

The Annual Snow Hill Canoe Joust and Fire Works

The  Annual Snow Hill Canoe Joust and Fire Works
Sturgis Park
Snow Hill, Maryland
Saturday, July 6, 2013
10:00 AM
 FOOD and BEVERAGES served during the day and evening. An excellent show for the entire family.
Come out and say hello to your neighbors and your
local Law Enforcement and the
Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Fireworks begin approximately 9pm.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Samuel I. Cross
(St. Michaels, MD) – A Talbot County Grand Jury today issued an indictment for a St. Michaels man who is now in police custody and is being charged in connection with the death of an Easton man whose body was found along a rural road in the county earlier this month.

The suspect is identified as Matthew Mikowski, 17, of the 9000-block of Bozman-Neavit Road, St. Michaels, Maryland. The suspect was taken into custody this afternoon by troopers from the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team at a location in Wernersville, Pennsylvania without incident. He is currently being held at the Berks County Jail pending extradition proceedings.

Mikowski is charged as an adult on an indictment from a Talbot County Grand Jury with second degree murder, reckless endangerment, second degree assault, and four counts of distribution of LSD. The indictment was issued by the Grand Jury convened by the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, after evidence was presented from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigation.

The investigation began on June 10, 2013, after troopers from the Easton Barrack responded to reports of a deceased man lying in the area of Bozman-Neavitt Road and St. Michaels Road. The deceased was later identified as Samuel I. Cross, 18, of Easton, Md. Cross’ Honda Pilot was also found nearby. An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled the cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was homicide.

The investigation has established Cross, Mikowski and other acquaintances were together in an area behind Mikowski’s home during the night of June 9th. Evidence developed during the investigation indicates the group may have been involved in the use of LSD. According to witnesses, Mikowski restrained Cross around the neck which resulted in his death. Investigators believe Cross’ body was later placed near his vehicle by Mikowski, where it was subsequently seen by those who called police.

Maryland State Police 



(Stevensville, MD) – Information is still being gathered, but Maryland State Police are reporting there are no injuries reported at the scene of a small plane that crashed in the Kent Island area of Queen Anne’s County this afternoon.

The two occupants of the small plane are not being identified until their families can be notified, but neither report sustaining any injuries. The plane is described as a Cirrus SR22.

Just after 2:45 p.m. today, troopers from the Centreville Barrack responded to the area of Romancoke Road and Kentmorr Road in Stevensville, Md., after receiving 9-1-1 calls reporting the plane crash. Upon arrival, troopers observed a small plane at the crash site.

The cause of the crash is unknown. State Police have notified officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. The investigation is continuing.

Maryland State Police

Worcester County Alcohol Compliance Check

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office conducted alcohol compliance checks at 64 establishments in Worcester County that hold liquor licenses May 30th and June 20, 2013.

Out of the 64 establishments that were checked only 10 made a sale to a person who was under the age of 21.

Below is a list of the establishments and the result of the compliance check.

BUSINESS                                                             RESULT

7-11                                      Ocean Pines             No Sale

C.W. Cheers                            Berlin                    No Sale

Country Barn Seafood              Berlin                  No Sale

 Friendship Food Mart              Berlin                   No Sale
Globe                                       Berlin                    No Sale

Noble Grape                           Ocean Pines           No Sale
Pizza Hut                                Ocean Pines             No Sale
Southside Deli                        Ocean Pines             No Sale
Taylors Neighborhood Grill     Ocean Pines              No Sale
Burley Oak Brewery                Ocean Pines              No Sale
Denovos Trattoria                  Ocean Pines              No Sale
Ritas World of Wine & Beer     Ocean Pines             No Sale
Shop Kwik                              Berlin                                     No Sale
Whiskers Bar and Grill          Ocean Pines          No Sale
Your Store                               Berlin                                No Sale
Newark Station                      Newark                     No Sale
Duck Inn                                Pocomoke                 No Sale
Goose Creek                          Pocomoke                 No Sale
Duck Inn II                            Snow Hill                  No Sale
Your Store                             Snow Hill                  No Sale
Shooters Sports Pub-            Ocean Pines                No Sale
Plaza Tapatia                        Pocomoke                  SALE
Plaza Tapatia                        Ocean Pines               SALE
The Upper Deck                     Pocomoke               SALE
Town Market Basket                Snow Hill             SALE
Atlantic Hotel                          Berlin                    SALE
Smiths Market                        Showell                   SALE
June 20th
Pit Stop Beer and Wine    Berlin                             No Sale
Bucks                                Berlin                            No Sale
Frontier Town                  Berlin                             No Sale
7-11 Division Street        Ocean City                     No Sale
Newark Station                Newark                          No Sale
Caruso Pizza                      Ocean City                  No Sale
Cork Bar                            Ocean City                  No Sale
Dogpatch/Trader Lees        West Ocean City        No Sale
Dough Roller Atlantic Ave  Ocean City                 No Sale
19th Hole Bar and Grill       West Ocean City         No Sale
First Street Bistro               Ocean City                  No Sale
Frog Bar                            Ocean City                   No Sale
Guidos Burritos                 Ocean City                   No Sale
Harrisons Harborwatch     Ocean City                  No Sale
Inlet Lodge                         Ocean City                 No Sale
Marina Deck                       Ocean City                  No Sale
Marlin Market              West Ocean City               No Sale
Patio Lounge/Tonys Pizza   Ocean City                 No Sale
Pizza Tugos                      West Ocean City              No Sale
Pour House                       Ocean City                       No Sale
Purple Moose                    Ocean City                      No Sale
Weavers Beer and Wine   Ocean City                       No Sale
Wine Rack                        West Ocean City              No Sale
Dons Seafood                    Pocomoke                       No Sale
Duck In                             Pocomoke                       No Sale
Plaza Tapatia                    Pocomoke                       No Sale
Goose Creek                     Pocomoke                       No Sale
Ruby Tuesday                  Pocomoke                       No Sale
Lins Asian Cuisine          Pocomoke                        No Sale
Pocomoke Beer and Wine Pocomoke                      No Sale
Upper Deck                        Pocomoke                      No Sale
Duck In II                          Snow Hill                       No Sale
Town Market Basket         Snow Hill                       No Sale
Your Stop                          Snow Hill                       SALE
O.C. Party Market             Ocean City                     SALE
Assateague Market            Berlin                             SALE
Castaways                          Berlin                            SALE