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8:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Safe Streets Program In Salisbury Gets Grant for Fifth Year

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan

For the fifth year Salisbury’s Safe Streets Coalition is getting a state grant.

This time it’s for $260-thousand.

It’s part of $1.5 million in funding for the city’s police department during the past four and a half years.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan said she believes it is an investment that has paid off.

She noted that there has been a 50 percent reduction in violent crime since 2009.

Meanwhile, robberies have dropped by 49 percent while burglaries have declined by 62 percent. 

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8:40 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Salisbury Daily Times Holds Vision Forum for City

Stop the Violence
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The Salisbury Daily Times held its first town hall forum last night where parents expressed concerns about keeping teenagers on the right track.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis one of the seven panelists spoke of providing interventions when parents found that their children were involved with drugs.

Wicomico High School senior Taylor Dumpson said he was concerned about teenagers repeating the bad behavior of their parents.

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11:17 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Heather Mizeur Unveils Crime Plan

Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.

Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.

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8:26 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Delaware Governor Calls for Investments During State of the State Speech

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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Dover (AP) - Governor jack Markell is asking state lawmakers for $2 million to leverage federal funds aimed at boosting scientific research in Delaware.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Markell touted work being done at the University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR campus. 

To encourage more research efforts, Markell asked lawmakers to create a $2 million matching grant program that would leverage federal research dollars and help create jobs.

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9:32 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Crime in Salisbury Sees Dramatic Decline

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The crime rate in Salisbury is at its lowest level in at least 10 years.

Part One crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery dropped to just 2,091 this past year -- close the target of 2,000 set by city officials in their efforts to bring down the crime rate.

There were three homicides in all of Wicomico County this year, compared with five in the county last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that of the 10-year span from 2004 to 2013, this was the first year there were no homicides within the city limits, though two were close to the city line.

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11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Increased Police Surveillance on OC Boardwalk

Ocean City Boardwalk
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Police surveillance will be stepped up in Ocean City to combat a perceived increased in criminal behavior this summer.

Mayor Rick Meehan declared that public safety remains the resort’s top priority during a recent meeting of the town Council.

Officials emphasized that the city’s crime figures dropped by 6.3 percent over this time last year while citizen complaints declined by 11 percent.

But the Mayor said that a perception of increased crime can take a toll on the community and its businesses.

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8:36 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Virginia Gun Sales Up, Gun-Related Crime Down


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Firearms sales in Virginia are increasing while gun-related violent crimes are declining.

Federally licensed gun dealer sales show that firearms sales rose 16 percent in 2012 to a record 490,000 guns purchased.

During the same period, the number of major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor Thomas R. Baker specializes in research methods and criminology theory.

He says that the data indicate that more guns don't necessarily lead to more crime.

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9:28 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Mixed Results in Salisbury Crime Report

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Some mixed results in the crime report for Salisbury.

In the Safe Streets Zone newsletter midway through the year violent crimes have declined slightly.

Aggravated assaults are down from 128 last year to 101 this year.

Rapes are also down from 11 last year to 7 this year while robberies edged down from 57 to 55.

The figures are only from Salisbury police and the Wicomico County sheriff’s Office.

That means the first murder that took place on Patrick Street is not counted because it was handled by state police.

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8:47 am
Mon June 10, 2013

In Wilmington It Could Cost More to Commit a Crime


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers from Wilmington want to make crime in the city more costly for the perpetrators.

The state House is expected to vote this week on a bill that requires people convicted of criminal offenses in Wilmington to pay a new $25 penalty, on top of any other fines and penalties they might face.

Supporters say that with the city's high crime rate, the new fines would help offset the costs of policing and investigations.

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9:05 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Plan for Dewey Beach Surveillance Cameras


The Dewey Beach Town Council has decided to delay the decision on whether or not to buy surveillance cameras for the resort until their June 14th session.

There is a proposal to put up 8 surveillance cameras in the downtown area…to deter crime.

The plan would cost around $100-thousand.

Marc Appelbaum, the town manager told the Salisbury Daily Times, that there were some technical and cost questions the council wanted to pursue.

The cameras were suggested by the Dewey Beach Public Safety Task Force earlier this year. 


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8:47 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Crime Down in Newark

Newark Police Chief Paul Tiernan
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Crime is down in Newark for the first four months of this year compared to a year ago.

The police department said that robberies were down by 46 percent while simple assault declined by nearly 55 percent.

In addition, thefts dropped by 14 percent.

The department believes that the downtown camera system has helped to reduce the crime rate.

But there was some bad news.

Police say alcohol arrests were up 40 percent while criminal mischief arrests rose by 122 percent.

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8:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Poised to Abolish Death Penalty


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.

Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.

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9:55 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mayor Jim Ireton Gives State of the City Address

Mayor Jim Ireton
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With members of the city departments flanking him last night Mayor Jim Ireton touted a dramatic 40 percent drop in the crime rate with a 21 percent decline over the past 10 years.

During his address broadcast from Holloway Hall on the campus of Salisbury he also noted that the new police substation in the Doverdale neighborhood has been opened and that the city would be applying for more Safe Streets funding to continue the trend

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9:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Crime Down From Years Past in Salisbury


Serious crime rose slightly in Salisbury last year but compared to 2004 it has dropped by nearly 21 percent.

That’s according to the latest data from the Salisbury Police Department.

In 2012 the Department showed there were nearly 22-hundred reported Part 1 crimes that range from homicide and forcible rape to robbery, theft and arson.

That’s a 1.1 percent increase over 2011.

Two-thirds of the those crimes were thefts or just over 14-hundred.

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2:37 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Eastern Shore Communities Celebrate National Night Out

Salisbury Police Website

It’s National Night Out.

And cities across the county are celebrating the event that marks the fight against crime.

It’s sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

On the Lower Eastern Shore there are a number of cities participating this year ranging from Salisbury and Crisfield to Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Ocean City.

Col. Ivan Barkley with the Salisbury Police Department says this is a way for the community and law enforcement to get together.