Ocean City

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The Assawoman Bay Brewing Company is closing its doors in Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Jason Weissberg, the head brewer, confirmed the October closing.

He told the paper that the problem was not one of success.

Production was up 68 percent 2015.

The owners said that the new hotel moving in on the 45th Street Village sealed the facility’s fate.

Weissberg said the company is now looking for other opportunities in the area.

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A Maryland Delegate has been found guilty of driving while impaired.

The arrest occurred last August in Ocean City when Delegate Richard Impallaria was pulled over by Ocean City police.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican lawmaker has been in the General Assembly for the last 14 years.

He represents the Baltimore and Harford counties and has been the minority whip since 2015.

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The Ocean City Public Works department got the okay for another $28-thousand from the resort’s Town Council to repair portions of the boardwalk.

Town officials said that some areas have splintered and cracked.

$10-thousand was allotted for repairs in the fiscal year budget for 2017.

WBOC reports that Kade Construction got the job but it is not clear when the repairs will begin.


Ocean City is booming.

That was word from the Worcester Economic Summit.       

Andy Malis with MGH Advertising Agency told the gathering that interest in Ocean City has risen dramatically over the last few years with just under 900-thousand visitors to resort’s website.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said he believed the greater interest was the result of billboards, TV ads and advertising at Oriole Park.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is holding a trial for a county prosecutor charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Thursday's trial in Worcester County follows the arrest of Cecil County State's Attorney Edward Rollins III in June after police responded to a report of a nude man on an Ocean City hotel balcony.

Rollins was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of disorderly conduct.

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The dispute over the White Marlin Open prize money will go to court on May 22 of next year.

Phil Heasley brought back a 76.5 pound white marlin that would have made him eligible to win $2.8 million.

But the tournament officials said that Heasley and his crew did not pass a lie detector test about abiding by the rules.

This included they said changing their start time from 8:15 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

No one can begin fishing before 8:30 a.m.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Sparrows Point man has been convicted in the death of another man after a fight in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 21-year-old Darren M. Beattie was convicted of manslaughter and assault. A Worcester County Circuit Court jury found Beattie guilty on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Beattie got into a fight on May 29 with 31-year-old Ryan Shupert of Lutherville. Shupert died two days later at a local hospital.

Beattie now faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.


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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Eastern Shore woman says women should have the right to go topless in public.

Chelsea Covington, a national advocate for the "topfreedom" movement, earlier this year requested that the Worcester County State's Attorney look at laws surrounding toplessness at Ocean City's beach.

Since then, Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan says Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby determined the law was unclear, and so he has asked for an opinion from the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say the death of a Delaware man while he was in custody remains under investigation.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 37-year-old Jerome Weston of Greenwood, Delaware, was arrested Aug. 7 after a traffic stop. Police say a search of Weston's car turned up 150 grams of heroin in 1,500 bags.

Officers say Weston was taken to department headquarters. Investigators say Weston complained of difficulty breathing and said he had swallowed cocaine.

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It’s time again for dining out in Ocean City.

The resort’s Restaurant Week has begun and will run through October 23rd.

The event has been going on for 10 years now and is an effort to extend the tourist season for just a few more weeks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there are more than 20 restaurants participating in promotion that will also include $10 to $40 specials to visitors.

The paper says that The Crabby Pig which opened this year on Coastal Highway is the newest entrant.

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Ocean City is getting ready for the H2Oi car show this coming weekend.

These are generally heavily modified Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that are water cooled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during last year’s event there were 773 service calls.

That was down from over a thousand in 2014.

In addition, there were 34 arrests last year compared to the 2014 figure of 53.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Ocean City to make an announcement about the starting date of Maryland schools in future years.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. The governor declined to discuss details about the announcement when asked Tuesday, and a spokesman for the comptroller also wouldn't elaborate. However, both officials have supported starting school after Labor Day.

Franchot released a YouTube video on Monday with Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan talking about the positive aspects of a later school start.

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White Marlin Open officials have determined that the winner of this year’s tournament was deceptive  about breaking the rules.

Captain Philip Heasley and his crew took polygraph tests which concluded that they made deceitful responses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officials determined that they had not been truthful about whether they broke any rules.

Specifically, the paper reports that Heasley was found to have been deceitful when he answered whether he had any help catching their fish and if had passed the sea buoy before 4 a.m.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland are identifying a 9-year-old New Jersey boy killed when he was hit by a boat's propeller.

Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson, speaking by telephone Thursday, identified the boy killed as Kaden Frederick of Howell, New Jersey.

Thomson says 17 people were on the rented pontoon boat in Sinepuxent Bay near Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon. She says Frederick was one of four people sitting with their legs dangling from the front of the boat as it moved, which is illegal in Maryland.

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There’s an emergency ordinance in Ocean City that bans chumming and blood bait fishing by surf fishers.

The measure was approved earlier this week.

WBOC reports that Jessica Waters with the resort said that officials were concerned about attracting sharks that could endanger local swimmers.

The ordinance prohibits chumming or blood baiting 600 feet from the beach year round.

Those who violate the law could face a fine of up to $1-thousand.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An annual conference of Maryland counties is taking place in Ocean City this week.

The Maryland Association of Counties summer conference begins Wednesday.

The conference is focusing on technology trends in county government. That includes protecting financial data, employee telecommuting, e-commerce and other economic development measures.

An estimated 2,000 local government officials, state legislators and business representatives are scheduled to attend.

The conference is set to end Saturday with an address from Gov. Larry Hogan.

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The body of that washed up on shore in Ocean City has been identified as that of 25 year old Michael West from Temple Hills, Maryland.

An autopsy is still pending.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that West had been reported missing in Prince George’s County according to an Ocean City official.

But they added that the resort officials were unaware of that.

His body was found in the ocean on Tuesday at around 4:20 p.m. near 127 Street by a local citizen who said they had seen something floating offshore.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a body has been discovered floating offshore in Ocean City.
Ocean City Police say in a statement that officers and beach patrol responded to a report of a body found Tuesday afternoon. Lifeguards recovered the body, which police say showed signs of having been in the water for a long time.
The body was a male, but police haven't specified whether it's a boy or adult.
An autopsy will be conducted on the body in the coming days.
Police say there currently aren't any known missing persons in the area.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say preliminary autopsy results found signs that a man who died after he was arrested on drug charges by Ocean City police had ingested cocaine.

Troopers said in a news release Monday that the autopsy of 37-year-old Jerry Weston of Greenwood, Delaware, found no external injuries that would have killed him.

Weston died at a hospital Sunday.

Weston had been taken to the hospital from the booking facility. State police say he told medical workers he had ingested cocaine.

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Rain is suspected to be the main cause of a sinkhole that was 3 feet by 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep which showed up on Route 90 into Ocean City.

It showed up in the right lane of traffic and a portion of the shoulder just as the Assawoman Bay Bridge hits the land on the bay side of Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that traffic backed up for those trying to leave the resort while authorities got the vehicles coming into the city moved off the highway and onto detours.


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.