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There were around a half a dozen arrests at James M. Bennett High School yesterday in the wake of several fights on campus.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that more arrests were expected.

The paper reports that there were multiple fights that included six to eight students punching throwing the punches.

The incident began sometime around 10:30 a.m. with two students attacking another classmate.

The school’s security officer eventually stopped the fight but not before others joined in.

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This Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump with see a contingent of Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is sending 25 of his deputies to provide security for the ceremonies.

But he told the paper that he did have some concerns given the tens of thousands of protesters expected to show up even though he believes they will be peaceful.

Lewis was a prominent local supporter of Trump during last year’s presidential election.

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EDEN, Md. (AP) - Wicomico County authorities have arrested the owners of 310 dogs living in an alleged puppy mill.

Media outlets report that 60-year-old Robert Murphy and 67-year-old Susan Murphy were arrested Monday on 84 counts of animal cruelty.

Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis says the dogs - mostly Pomeranians - were seized following a kennel check April 6. Inside the house, authorities found 166 dogs, while 144 more were in three other buildings on the property.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is holding President Barak Obama responsible for the tragedy that took place in Dallas that five police officers dead and at least 7 other wounded.

Appearing on the Hannity Show on Fox he said that, ”It’s his attitude to law enforcement, he clearly does not like law enforcement.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lewis has been highly critical of the President’s sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement that has brought attention to the deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

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Local leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury gathered this week to figure out how to combat rising heroin and opiod addiction rates.

Just this week the county council voted to fund a program called Community Outreach Addiction Team that uses peer counselors to help those with addiction.

Among the attendees were law enforcement officials Sheriff Mike Lewis, County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan as well as political leaders County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

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Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told a community meeting last night that the emphasis by law enforcement has shifted over the years from the number of arrests to a focus on community policing.

Delmarva Media Group along with the Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement sponsored the meeting.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Salisbury University Police Chief Edwin Lashley said he viewed his agency as a resource beyond making arrests.

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Tonight Wicomico County law enforcement will be attending a forum at Salisbury University on the police community relations.

The meeting at the Guerrieri University Center at 7 p.m. will take up changes in law enforcement over the last thirty years.

It will also allow citizens to ask questions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among those in attendance will be Salisbury Police chief Barbara Duncan and Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a 4 year old boy drowned last night in Delmar.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that deputies arrived on the scene and got the boy to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center to be with his family.

WBOC also reports that officials say the death appears to be accidental.

The death is still under investigation.           

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis expressed disappointment over his experience in Baltimore where he joined thousands of police officers to impose a curfew in the wake of Monday’s rioting.

The unrest broke out with the death of Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lewis said his deputies were repeatedly told to stand down and retreat as authorities imposed the 10 p.m. curfew over the last few days.

This was done, he said, while multiple felonies were being committed in their presence.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore streets once filled with rock- and bottle-throwing protesters were quiet and nearly empty of civilians as residents heeded an overnight curfew enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen.

The curfew, in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, got off to a rocky start, when as many as 200 protesters showed no immediate signs of going home.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a man has been killed in a shooting in Salisbury.

The shooting of the suspect took place overnight on Dennis Street between East Road and West Road.

WBOC reports that the deputy suffered a broken bone during the shooting and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

He has been released.

The television station reports that Lewis told them that his deputy would have been executed if he had not fired on the suspect.

The man has not been identified.

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A 40-year old man is he suffered severe injuries including a fractured vertebrae, a broken hand and a black eye as the result of an encounter with Wicomico County sheriffs.

40-year old Miguel Santos told WMDT that a deputy jumped on his back then threw him onto the ground.

He told the television station that the officer grabbed his head from behind and hit it three times into the concrete.

The incident occurred on January third as a part of a DUI arrest on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Santos admits that he was driving after drinking that night.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis sharply criticized those who did not accept the decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. He said, told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush, that he believed Attorney General Eric Holder was inflaming passions surrounding the shooting and that the officer acted appropriately. He added, that he believed given Brown's behavior the outcome was inevitable and that the teenager "got what was coming to him that day."

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After a three-county high speed chase Maryland State Police took a suspect into custody this morning in the 1300 block of North Salisbury Boulevard at the AutoZone.

Authorities say they chased the suspect from Pryor Avenue in Salisbury into Somerset and Worcester counties before ending the chase in Salisbury at around 10 a.m.  

Police say they may have been aided by road construction that restricted traffic to one lane near the AutoZone where the orange traffic cones began.

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Patrick McLaw, who was suspended two weeks ago as an 8th grade teacher at Maces Lane Middle School in Dorchester County and is author of a science fiction novel about a school shooting in the far distant future, is speaking out.

Authorities say that they acted only after he wrote a four page letter not because of the novels which were published several years ago.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says the letter which was sent to several of his colleagues was the cause for concern along with a handmade model of a school that was found in a search of McLaw’s home.

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Wicomico County Sheriff  Mike Lewis could be getting a raise after all.

The County Council voted 4-to-2 yesterday to recommend giving Lewis the raise.

That recommendation now goes to County Executive Rick Pollitt where Lewis’s salary would rise by $10-thousand to $95-thousand a year.

The vote came after a change of heart by council member John Hall  who originally opposed the pay bump.

Opponents like Joe Holloway said they based their votes on the ailing economy when the proposal was defeated in February.


Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says if he knew the video would be posted on the internet he might not have done it.

The video in question features Lewis and a deputy dressed in full uniform using sheriff’s office cars and discussing how and when Marylanders can openly carry some weapons.

Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he thought he was doing an educational video for legislators in Annapolis.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities are identifying a man killed in an apparent murder-suicide as a former Salisbury University student.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says the man killed Tuesday by the shooter was Charles Abbott of Hebron. Authorities are not identifying a female university student wounded in the shooting or the male shooter, who turned the gun on himself and died. Investigators believe the shooting was an incident of domestic violence.

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The uniforms of the Wicomico County Sheriffs got a tip of the hat this year.

The Department won the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors’ 2013 Best Dressed Public Safety Awards in the Sheriff’s Office category.

Sheriff Mike Lewis changed the uniforms after being elected in 2006.l

He turned the uniforms gray and black.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that Richard Lerman, president and CEO of the Association, saidthat there were around 235 entries for all categories.

A twelve year old girl has died from a gunshot at her home in the town of Willards.

Authorities say it appears to have been an accident. 

Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said that Taylor Lewis was shot in the head while inside her home on State Street at around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.

She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by ambulance and died of her injuries.

Sheriff Mike Lewis, who is not related, told the Salisbury Daily Times that a rifle, not a handgun, has been taken into evidence.

Marylanders will be able to legally carry a concealed loaded gun after August 7th without having to show a good and substantial reason for doing so.

That’s the date set by Federal Judge Benson Legg, who required officials to get rid of that requirement on applications.

Maryland State Attorney General Doug Gansler has filed an appeal in federal court to vacate the ruling.

There are 12-thousand Maryland residents who have such permits.


The Salisbury Daily Times is reporting at this hour that hospital officials have confirmed local landlord and businessman Donnie Williams died last night of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Williams is a former president of Salisbury Area Property Owners Association and owner of Fruitland-based Advanced Property Rental.

The hospital staff says he was admitted to the intensive care unit of Peninsula Regional Medical Center last night and died shortly thereafter.