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Crisfield police are looking at what happened to a Salisbury man who was shot at least 14 times.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say Mark Laquan Smith was found with gunshot wounds at the Somers Cove Apartments after receiving a 911 call.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The paper reports that police say they found narcotics, money and revolver nearby.

Authorities say that Smith was staying with a girlfriend at the apartments.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Crisfield crab pot business is going to be recognized at the White House.

Representatives from Heath's Crab Pots will attend the Monday event that showcases American-made products and manufacturing.

The White House says Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet and lawmakers will join President Donald Trump for the event.

Heath's Crab Pots opened more than 40 years ago. It is the largest manufacturer of pots in the Chesapeake region.

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The City of Crisfield has been experiencing some water problems.

The town is working to upgrade its infrastructure lines.

But that has left many without water for the first part of this week.

High water levels on Monday led to a delay in the work.

And even with an additional contractor the water was not expected to be turned back on until today.

The water problems forced the closure of the Crisfield Academy & High School and Woodson Elementary school well as some businesses.

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - With the ice building around Smith Island and Crisfield, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources dispatched its ice cutter to help.

Media outlets report the ice cutter, named J. Millard Tawes, cut a path Monday through the thickening ice in the Chesapeake Bay. State officials say the ice was between 2-3 inches thick, making it dangerous for the ferry and mail boats that run in the area.

Since Smith Island is only accessible by boat or air, the ice cutter was essential to make travel easier for those who live on the island.

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In Crisfield local government officials may allow you to use golf carts on the city streets.

The city council held its first reading of the new golf cart ordinance last night.

WBOC reports that City Manager Rick Pollitt said the town was becoming more of a tourist destination and that the carts would be a real convenience for visitors.

Users will still have to have a city permit a valid driver’s license, and obey all of the speed limits.

The carts will only be allowed on city streets.

Heavy Rains Hit Delmarva

Sep 30, 2016
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More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - A well-known Maryland seafood festival with a strong political flavor is scheduled for Crisfield.

The 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake will take place Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend. The Republican is opting for local politics over the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Del. Kathy Szeliga, the GOP's candidate for U.S. Senate, also is attending the all-you-can-eat event. Her Democratic opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also is scheduled to attend.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Crabs and clams, not confetti and balloons, are on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's agenda for the week of the national GOP convention in Cleveland.
Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the Republican is planning to attend the annual all-you-can eat seafood feast in Crisfield, Maryland, on July 20.

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Crisfield police say that a man has barricade himself in a house in Crisfield this morning.

And, the Salisbury Daily Times reports the Somerset County Sheriff’s office has confirmed the suspect has a gun.

The paper reports that authorities have evacuated all residential homes on Silver Lane.

In addition, a Tawes Brothers Buick GMC dealership has also been evacuated.

The Daily Times reports that the Maryland State police are also on hand.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 39th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is set for Crisfield.

The seafood festival is scheduled for Wednesday at Somers Cove Marina.

The event is known as a draw for Maryland politicians. The outdoor all-you-can-eat event features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob and watermelon.

The event is named in honor of Crisfield native J. Millard Tawes, who was governor from 1959 to 1967.

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There’s a new library coming to Crisfield.

Residents can now see the steel frame rising up from the ground with work crews on site.

It’s located at 100 Collins Street.

The library will all be on one level with a number of computers for the public including a couple for teens.

In addition, there will be early literacy and after-school Edge learning stations for children.          

One highlight will be a 3-D printer for the public to use.

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There cutting through the ice as Delmarva begins to recover from the sharp cold snap.

The Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock worked to break the ice to make way for navigable waters from the Delaware River through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the north to Tangier Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Each cutter is 65 feet long and is designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

For the residents of Tangier Island the efforts brought needed groceries and medical supplies.

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More than 100 officers joined the Crisfield Police Department Sunday morning and descended on the small town raiding nine locations aimed at shutting down gang activity.

WBOC reports that for months authorities hunted several suspects connected to the Tree Top Piru gang for crimes in the city.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said his department had dismantled the gang and assured residents that they were safe.

He said that 18 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine and more than $22-hundred in cash were recovered.

He said no guns were found.

A single wind turbine will soon sit behind the Crisfield wastewater treatment plant.

The Maryland Department of Environment gave $3.6 million in a green energy grant to fund the project which will offset some of the electrical costs at the facility.

Four parts of the 750 kilowatt turbine has already shown up provided by Aeronautica Windpower LLC based in Massachusetts.

It will stand 300 feet tall.

Noah Bradshaw, who recently retired as the city’s inspector, told WBOC that the town could save somewhere between $200-thousand and a quarter of a million per year.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have rescued five people and a dog from the Chesapeake Bay.

Police said Monday that the group was on a 22-foot boat Sunday night when they experienced a problem with the fuel system. The boat stopped working and strong winds blew the vessel onto a small island southwest of Crisfield.

The group called 911.

Police say the winds were too strong and the water too shallow for rescue boats. They used state police helicopters based in Salisbury and Frederick to hoist the five people and the dog to safety in a rescue basket. 

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The It Takes A Village Youth Program in Crisfield is looking for a temporary home.

It is vacating its quarters in the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School this month that will be demolished and rebuilt in the fall after it was hit by waters from Hurricane Sandy.

The temporary site must be in Crisfield under the terms of grant funding restrictions.

A meeting is scheduled with the Somerset County Commissioners sometime this week to see if they can help with finding temporary quarters as well as getting an update on the facilities.

The all-you-can-eat seafood festival in Crisfield drew a lot of people including some political candidates.

But the 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon did not see Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who was in Baltimore with his running mate for a funeral.

His Republican opponent Larry Hogan did show up.

Many in the crowd said they looked forward to meeting with some of the local and state elected officials.

And there was Jimmy Sarbanes, who is running for Circuit Court judge in Wicomico County.

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat seafood festival is set for Wednesday afternoon.

The event is known for having a strong political flavor. It's also an election year in Maryland, and that tends to draw even more people who are running for office.

This year is a little bit different, though. Usually, the feast falls before Maryland's primary. This year, the primary was moved from September to June, so those races already have been settled.

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Federal recovery aid following Superstorm Sandy will help rebuild an aging school building in Somerset County.

County officials plan to use $3 million from the $16.7 million awarded to the country for Sandy recovery to demolish and replace the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School in Crisfield. The building now houses Crisfield Head Start and the It Takes a Village after-school program.

Crisfield Has a New Mayor

Jun 19, 2014
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Crisfield has a new mayor.

He’s Kimberly Lawson who racked up an overwhelming 216 votes over his challenger Irving Saltz who only picked up 43 votes.

There are still 36 provisional and absentee votes to be counted.

Lawson, who is currently on the city council, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looked forward to developing projects for the city noting that he had lived in Crisfield all of his life.

He replaces outgoing mayor Percy Purnell who decided to retire form city polices.

He will be sworn in on June 25th.

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Taxes took center stage at a forum for candidates in Crisfield’s municipal elections.

Around 70 people showed up at the meeting where most candidates said they opposed the concept of a split tax rate that would provide a lower rate for owner-occupied houses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the candidates for Mayor and city council said they believed the 17 cent property tax increase was far more equitable.

But mayoral candidate Irving Saltz and council candidate Jordan Bo Joyner said they opposed that recent tax hike.

The Crisfield City Council has approved a 17 cent across the board property tax hike to help fund the police department.

That would bring the rate up to 87 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

And it comes after strong opposition to a two tiered tax of 81 cents for owner occupied buildings and 87 cents for others proposed by Council member Mike Atkins.

Another proposal was voted down called for a 95 cent rate sponsored by Council member Mark Konapelsky.

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The Crisfield City Council got some push back during a public hearing yesterday against its two tiered property tax plan.

The proposal would increase the property tax for homeowners from 70 cent per $100 of assessed property value to 81 cents.

Rental property owners and those who own unoccupied property would pay twice that amount.

WBOC reports that condo owners would be the first hit with Melanie Chelton who owns one at Harbour Light Condominiums calling an increase devastating to our pocketbooks.

In Crisfield, local residents and businesses are still recovering from the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy last year. But with climate change and the resulting sea level rise, such devastation is not expected to be the last. Dr. Joe Casola with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that now is the time for communities on Delmarva to prepare.

In Crisfield officials broke ground this weekend for a new 15-thousand square-foot library.

On hand was state Senator Jim Mathias who called it a beautiful day for the town that last year was hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The old library is a cramped and aging structure on East Main Street but did escape damage from the 5-foot storm surge.

Plans for a new library laid in 2007 were pushed forward with a library campaign as a result of the storm.

Construction is expected to take a year or so.

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard rescued two boaters aboard a fishing boat taking on water near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area.

Officials say the operator of the 41-foot fishing boat Carolyn Jeanne contacted his father Wednesday when the boat began taking on water. The father went to the Coast Guard Station Crisfield and notified watch standers.

Local residents are shelling out $500 as a reward to find those responsible for vandalizing a play-boat area on Wellington Beach near Crisfield.

Katie Schoffstall, whose grandson was playing at the site, noticed the graffiti that mentioned drugs and alcohol which she said was not appropriate for her grandson.

The boat was donated by a local business in June and work was funded by the Crisfield commissioners.

Local resident Billie chandler was one of the organizers and contributed $100 to the reward.

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Some city owned properties in Crisfield could become sites for new homes for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The City Council has decided to donate the properties to the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee for potential homeowners.

Joyce Morgan, the city’s clerk-treasurer told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are around 10 locations that were acquired after county tax sales that might be suitable.

In addition, two more were donated to the city.

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If you plan on bicycling from Westover to Crisfield the Somerset County Commissioners could make it a bit safer.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Commissioners that the trail would follow the former railroad tracks.

But it would need to deal with the state’s 60-foot-wide right of way along the 13.5-mile stretch.

Julie Widdowson, the county tourism director, noted that unlike Wicomico and Worcester counties Somerset does not have any.

She said that this would boost tourism and bring more business to the region.

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The Crisfield Beach is open for summertime tourists.

City officials say that there was some $120-thousand in damages with much of the sand having disappeared as a result of Hurricane Sandy last year.

WBOC reports that private donations and some city funding help restore the beaches so that sunbathers can bask on the shores just as they did before.

Wayne Swift of Crisfield told the station that the beach is extremely important to nearby damaged neighborhoods.