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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in a Maryland beach town have issued an arrest warrant against a driver they say left the scene of a crash that fatally injured a cyclist.

Ocean City Police said in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Brooks T. Bratten of Snow Hill is sought in the Aug. 30 crash. Bratten is charged with negligent driving and failure to remain at the scene.

Authorities say 21-year-old Veronika Badurova was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene. Badurova, a student from Slovakia, was taken to a hospital, where she died two days later.

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There is an effort in Ocean City to keep the famed Dumser’s Dairyland ice cream parlor.

It came in a brief town council meeting yesterday when members of the group called Save Dumser’s spoke during the public comment portion of the session.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Vicki Magin who spoke at the meeting has collected more than 10-thousand names on her change.org petition.

She told the council members that there is growing public support to preserve the landmark business on the boardwalk.

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Ocean City could be hit if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the J-1 Exchange Visitor program that provides around 4-thousand students to work in the resort during the summer.

Susan Jones, Director of Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, told WBOC that there simply are not enough people to fill out of the seasonal workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports that elimination of the program would be part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A student from Slovakia was seriously injured when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a car in a beach resort in Maryland. Police say the driver of the car did not stop after the crash.

Ocean City Police said in a news release that the crash occurred early Wednesday. Officers say the 21-year-old student was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene.

The woman is in critical condition at a hospital.

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Governor John Carney wants to take another look at the idea of offshore wind generation.

The Delaware Democrat signed an executive order to create a working group to study the issue.

WBOC reports that the move comes after previous efforts have failed.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-Elect Paul Kuhns told the television station that he personally favors such projects as long as the turbines 12 to 15 miles offshore.

He adds that they might even create some new tourism.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A median fence will be built along a stretch of Coastal Highway in Ocean City to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says construction will begin in early October.

The $7 million project that will be 2.7 miles long is expected to be completed by May 2018.

Ocean City police say there have been three pedestrian fatalities from 2011 through 2016, including two in 2012 and one last year.

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The Ocean City Police Department says the death of Ashley O’Connor was an accident.

The 30-year-old Texas woman was found on the beach in a hole near Second Street late last month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Medical Examiner found she died of asphyxiation after the sand closed in on her.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said that the 3-and-a-half foot hole could have collapsed around her that the tractors sifting the sand could have contributed to the collapse.

They are used to level the beach and keep it clean for the next day.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man appears to be the winner of the 44th annual White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City.

Glen Frost, of Stevensville landed a white marlin weighing 95.5 pounds on Friday, a catch worth more than $1.6 million.

Mike Donohue of Wilmington, Delaware, landed an 86-pound marlin to claim more than $1.5 million.

Joe Andrews of Ocean City was third on the leaderboard with a 79.5-pound white marlin.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

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An Irish student has died after suffering cardiac arrest while swimming off Ocean City on August 2nd.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Irish Times says 22-year-old Philip Leahy died on August 6th.

Atlantic General Hospital confirmed his death but did not provide any more details.

The paper reports that Ocean City officials say that Leahy was one of four swimmers who needed to be rescued by lifeguards.

The Beach Patrol applied CPR on Leahy who was then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he died four day later.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The death of a Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach is highlighting the potential dangers of digging holes in the sand.

The Daily Times reports that the danger is significant enough that beach patrols in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enforce a rule barring beachgoers from digging holes deeper than knee-length.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found collapsing sand holes caused 31 deaths over a 10-year period in the 12 states examined in the report.

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