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The bug for Legionnaires' disease has been fund in the tap water of the Gold Sands Condo in Ocean City.

The Worcester County Health Department said that the bacteria was first discovered last fall when it came across two cases.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the department said that two cases turned up last month.

Kathy Derr, director of communicable diseases, told the paper the facility has hired a water consultant to develop a plan to deal with the outbreak as required.

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Casino revenues may be up but Ocean Downs is not bringing in the kind money that had been hoped for when slots got approved.

It only brought in $56 million in revenue providing only $27 million in taxes and fees.

When the green light was given in 2009 to build the casino it was supposed to rake in $97 million by 2013 with $65 million going to the state and local governments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the casino has only been able to hire half of the workforce that had been projected.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county prosecutor has been charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of a nude man on an Ocean City hotel balcony.

Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby announced Monday that Edward Rollins III, his counterpart for Cecil County, was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of disorderly conduct.

Police took Rollins into custody Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel. He is charged with engaging in inappropriate behavior in two separate incidents last Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The State’s Attorney for Cecil County was arrested last Wednesday by Ocean City police.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they said Edward Rollins was taken into custody around midnight but did not say what the charges were.

The Kent County News says that 60-year old Rollins is running Cecil County circuit court judge a position once held by his father and grandfather.

The Daily Times reports that Rollins was interested in keep the job in the family and thought his chances were better under a Republican governor Larry Hogan.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police officers now have the power to arrest people who repeatedly violate municipal infractions, such as smoking in a prohibited area.

WMDT-TV  reports that the City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass the proposal as an emergency ordinance in order to make it go into effect immediately.

Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richards says the ordinance will ensure that boardwalk performers are following the new laws that require them to sign up through city hall and perform in a designated area.

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Seven people were arrested in Ocean City for a fight that occurred last Saturday night at around 11:40 p.m.

Police say they responded to a crowd of around 100 people.

Obscenities were heard and fighting broke out.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when the police moved in to disperse the crowd they resisted forcing authorities to Taser individuals to bring an end to the fighting.

Of the seven arrests two were minors.

The two wound up in the custody of their parents.  

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police have charged a Sparrows Point resident in the death of a man after a fight at the resort.

The department said in a news release that detectives charged 21-year-old Darren Beattie with manslaughter in the death of 31-year-old Ryan Shupert of Baltimore County. Police say Beattie turned himself Tuesday morning.

Investigators say early on May 29, Shupert and a friend were involved in a fight with four other men. Shupert was injured, and died on May 31 at a local hospital.

It could not be determined if Beattie has a lawyer.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say a man injured in a fight at the resort has died.

The department said in a news release that 31-year-old Ryan Shupert of Baltimore County died Tuesday at a hospital in Salisbury. The state medical examiner ruled the death of homicide.

Police say the fight happened early Sunday at 136th Street and Coastal Highway. Officers say Shupert and his friend were involved in a fight with four other men. Authorities did not say whether the man's friend was injured.

Police are searching for the four men suspected in the assault.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a 31-year-old Baltimore County man suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of a fight in Ocean City.

Police say the fight happened Sunday around 2:30 a.m. at 136th Street and Coastal Highway. Police say the man and his friend were involved in a fight with four other men. Police did not say whether the man's friend was injured.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say a motorcycle operator was killed when his vehicle crashed into a pickup truck on Coastal Highway.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an official with the Montgomery County public schools say the man killed was Eric Del Marr, who worked as a diesel mechanic.

Department spokeswoman Lindsay Richard tells media outlets that the crash occurred just after noon on Thursday. She says authorities saw the motorcycle operator commit traffic violations and tried to conduct a traffic stop.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say a motorcycle operator was killed when his vehicle crashed into a pickup truck on Coastal Highway.

Department spokeswoman Lindsay Richard tells media outlets that the crash occurred just after noon on Thursday. She says authorities saw the motorcycle operator commit traffic violations and tried to conduct a traffic stop.

Police say the motorcyclist sped off, and officers did not pursuit him.

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Ocean City buses and vans could soon have cameras – around 400 of them all told if the town council agrees.

WBOC reports that there is a federal grant for the cameras and that Maryland Transportation Authority has said it will help with the financing.

The feds would cough up $400-thousand while the state and resort would add another $50-thousand.

The resort’s Transportation Committee has said that the cost is reasonable given the safety and insurance considerations.

Officials say the cameras would help prevent vandalism and other illegal activity.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are warning motorists to expect increased weekend traffic at the Bay Bridge because of a festival in Ocean City.

Ocean City's Springfest began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

As a result, officials with the Maryland Transportation Authority are encouraging motorists to travel at off-peak hours. MDTA says it will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open one lane of the westbound Bay Bridge span to eastbound traffic.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has died after being struck by a marked patrol vehicle in Ocean City.

The Ocean City Police Department says that the incident occurred Tuesday morning as the 67-year-old Jeffrey Delong attempted to cross the street against the pedestrian signal near an intersection.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The patrol car was driven by Xeniya Patterson who was on routine patrol at the time. He has since been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has died after being struck by a marked patrol vehicle in Ocean City, Maryland.

The Ocean City Police Department says that the incident occurred Tuesday morning as the 67-year-old man attempted to cross the street against the pedestrian signal near an intersection.

The man was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not released his name.

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There could be a new tourist attraction in Ocean City.

An old concrete factory site that sits just off of the Route 50 Bridge into the resort would be turned into a waterfront hotel and restaurant.

Marc McFaul owner of the eight story structure told WBOC that he saw the new site as an extension of restaurant row.

But one problem may be that of height.

The resort requires structures that are higher than 8 stories to have special windows and roofs.

A formal presentation to the city planning commission is expected for its June 7th meeting.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Ocean City Council has approved revisions to regulations that limited people from performing on the city's boardwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the changes were approved Monday night after the town created a task force to look at the regulations and revise them if they saw fit.

The regulations came into effect last summer and required anyone wanting to perform on the boardwalk to sign up for a designated spot. The regulations were met with backlash and performers eventually filed a lawsuit.

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The firefighters union has filed a complaint against Ocean City.

It names Mayor Rick Meehan and the city council and claims they violated the town code.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it follows a clash at the end of last month over the work schedule.

The paper reports that at issue is a proposal for a 12 hour shift.

Currently, firefighters are required to be on 24 hours and off 72.

There have been no further negotiations since last month missing a March 1st deadline.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at dredging the inlet channel in Ocean City beginning in the first week of next month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that after the last winter storm the Corps decided to carry out the dredging earlier than planned.

Around 15-thousand cubic yards of material is will be needed to be removed from the channel to reach the 10 foot depth needed for passage.

Next month’s dredging should dig out around 10-thousand cubic yards.

The rest is expected to be done in April.

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Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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There was a bomb threat at Ocean City’s Public Safety building which was briefly evacuated yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City police say it came in the form of a tweet that went out around 6:30 p.m. last night.

Police said the building was found to be safe and the employees returned to work after the brief evacuation.

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Two bomb threats were called into the Dover and the Smryna Police departments yesterday.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A fire that heavily damaged an oceanfront condominium building in Ocean City has been ruled accidental.
 
The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office determined that the fire started in an open parking area on the ground floor of the Pelican Beach condominiums on 140th Street on Wednesday morning.
 
Fire officials said in a news release that the fire quickly engulfed a pickup truck that was carrying a running generator and spread to the ceiling.
 

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials say a fire heavily damaged a condominium building, sending black smoke over the ocean.

Town communications manager Jessica Waters says the fire at the Pelican Beach condominiums on 140th Street was reported about 11 a.m. Wednesday. She says there no injuries; the building was not occupied, and three maintenance workers escaped safely.

Photos show the front of the four-story building was charred. Waters say the blaze spread to vegetation in dune area on the side of the building.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City has named the city manager of Aberdeen as the resort's new city manager.

The City Council unanimously approved Douglas Miller's appointment on Wednesday, according to a news release. He will start on Feb. 8.

Miller has been city manager of Aberdeen since 2006. Earlier, he had been town manager in La Plata and Snow Hill.

Miller will succeed David Recor, who resigned in July.

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The Maryland Farm Bureau has decided to pass on taking a position on medical marijuana.

This is the second time the organization has decided not to give its support as it met in Ocean City for its 100th annual convention.

While there was some discussion the measure failed to be brought up on the floor.

One Farm Bureau spokesman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are many farmers who are interested in growing the crop but adds there’s not enough.

The state is processing hundreds of applications to grow process and dispense medical the weed.

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The battle between Ocean City and boardwalk performers has escalated once again.

This time the performers are asking for an additional $1 million from shop owners and names the City Solicitor
Guy Ayers as a defendant in the case.

This is an addition to the complaints in a lawsuit which is calling the resort’s restrictions on the street performers to be dismissed and $1 million from the resort itself.

It also calls for the City Solicitor to be suspended.

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It was a symbolic vote.

But the Lewes Town Council approved a resolution opposing seismic testing for offshore exploration.

WBOC reports that it is the first Delaware city to oppose the offshore drilling practice of seismic testing but is one of around 90 towns along the east coast to oppose the plan to open up Atlantic waters for offshore oil drilling.

One council member said that the town had an obligation to make its opinion known to federal officials.

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Ocean City is expected to be all aglow with the 23rd  Winterfest of Lights that will be lit come November 19th.

The event will feature the Winterfest Express that carries visitors through a mile-long ride with animated lights and displays.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it even includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

There will be heated pavilion along with a place to get some hot chocolate and time to peruse the Yukon Conelius Gift Shop.

The opening ceremony on November 19th will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Northside Park’s Winterfest Village.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Crews with the Maryland State Highway Administration are making repairs to the bottom of the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge in Ocean City, which will cause lane closures.

WBOC-TV reports that construction is currently underway. Single-lane closures will be in effect while work is being done. For the next couple of days, crews will be chipping away loose concrete to prevent it falling off the 73-year-old bridge.

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Local Chincoteague officials are expressing concerns over the new beach plans for Assateague Island.

The plans for the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge produced by federal officials would move Assateague’s recreational beach to the north.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that former Chincoteague Planning Director William Neville told local town officials that there are concerns about the resiliency.

Neville is moving on to take a job with Ocean City.

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