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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police say the death of a man who was found unresponsive in a hotel room is no longer considered suspicious after an autopsy.

Police said in a news release Sunday that the results of the autopsy are still pending, but investigators have determined that no found play was involved in in the death of 39-year-old Jorge Troca.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled to talk about restoring the state's economy.

Hogan, who is running for governor, will be speaking on the boardwalk in Ocean City on Friday.

He'll be focusing on Worcester County, where the summer unemployment rate is higher than the state average.

He's also scheduled to talk about regulations on businesses on the boardwalk.

Many candidates for office in the state are on the Eastern Shore this week for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.ec

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The right lane on eastbound Route 50 just before the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge into Ocean City will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says work crews will be carrying out repairs and maintenance on the drawbridge.

Covington Machine and Welding of Annapolis is performing the work estimated at $5-thousand.

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A great white shark was spotted near Ocean City late last month.  

Aaron Caplan said he was fishing near the resort on July 30th when a shark began circling his boat and bit his motor.

He provided a video of the incident to CNN.

Caplan told WBOC that it was not unusual for the sharks to be seen on shore but not great whites.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.

Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.

Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.

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As the boats went out this morning at the White Marlin Open in

Ocean City John Bayliss’ 78-pound white marlin stood at the top of the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Sam Lancelotta on the Gratitude brought in a 738.5 pound blue marlin exceeding the 500 pound requirement.

It’s been two years since anyone has qualified a blue marlin at the tournament.

The scales on the final day of the tournament open at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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With the 41st Annual White Marlin Open underway in earnest Ocean City officials are urging those coming down to see the weigh in at 4 p.m. to use the express shuttle.

It leaves every 20 minutes from the south parking lot of the Convention Center and from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The Ride-All-Day fares cost $3 and are also good for same day service on Coastal Highway and Park N Ride Buses.

The shuttles run from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m.

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Now is the time that businesses along the Delmarva coastline are heading toward the end of the summer season. And, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt out to see how the tourist season has been doing.

OC Bridge Reopens

Jul 28, 2014
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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City is now in working order.

Repairs were completed on the drawbridge and the span was tested by the State Highway Administration.

The cause of the problem was the main motor that operates the gears.

The Harry W. Kelly Memorial Bridge was built in the 1940’s and undergoes regular repairs once a month.

The State Highway Administration told the Salisbury Daily Times that the bridge was lowered after around 5 hours and with the crews working through the night and into Sunday to repair the bridge.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he would exempt military retirement income from state income taxes for the majority of veterans.

Brown, Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor and a 30-year Army veteran, spoke at an American Legion Convention in Ocean City on Thursday.

Brown has proposed what he calls a Compact with Maryland Veterans.

It includes creating a program to help veterans find jobs and creating a treatment court for veterans with mental health and addiction-related problems.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos  has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

The rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

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The July 4th weekend turned out pretty well for Delmarva despite the close call with Hurricane Arthur.

In Ocean City officials delayed the festivities and fireworks until July 5th.

But Jessica Water with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was still a good weekend.

Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, told the paper that most of the hotels were booked solid for the weekend with only a few rooms left by July 3rd.

And there were few reported disruptions.

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Tropical Storm Arthur has become a hurricane and is threatening to take a glancing blow at the Carolina coast on Independence Day.

And here on Delmarva officials are bracing for wet weather but are optimistic.

In Ocean City officials are delaying the July 4th fireworks and festivities for Saturday.

Mayor Rick Meehan says the wet weather into Friday morning will not allow enough time to set up the fireworks display for tomorrow night.
Officials still expect near capacity crowds over the weekend with $50 being charged for all day Saturday at the Inlet Parking.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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You might want to make some alternative plans for July 4th.

Tropical storm Arthur will be bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain to Delmarva by Thursday just in time for Independence Day. 

The effect of the storm will be more limited because its center is expected to stay offshore.

And when the fireworks are set to go off meteorologist Scott Minnick told the Salisbury Daily Times that Friday night should be drier.

In Ocean City town spokeswoman Jessica Water told the paper that the storm should have very little impact on the coastal resort.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Natural Resources Police say a man was severely injured when he was struck by a boat's propeller in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that it happened about 5 p.m. Monday in Isle of Wight Bay. Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candus Thomson says several friends were on a rented 22-foot pontoon boat.

Thomson says 26-year-old John Scott Hauf of Sykesville jumped off the bow of the boat and was hit by the propeller, suffering severe cuts to his shoulders, neck and head.

Dew Tour Gets Underway

Jun 26, 2014
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The Dew tour got underway yesterday in a carnival-like atmosphere.

It’s the fourth consecutive year at Ocean City which features skateboard and BMX competitions.

As the crowds gathered for some of the early competition the usual T-shirts were sold and the huge platforms were still being put up.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the vendors is Grind For Life which assists people have to travel long distances for cancer treatment.  

Tonight will feature the Skateboard Vert Semi-Final.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City increased security for an influx of college students this weekend, but they say there hasn't been any disorderly conduct that's out of the ordinary.

The Daily Times reports Ocean City put 200 full-time and seasonal staff on the street, as well as officers from Worcester County's sheriff's office and the Maryland State Police.

The town was preparing for a loosely organized event known as College Takeover Beach Week. A similar event last year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, marred by violence, including three shootings.

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OCEAN CITY,Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean city say a swimmer has died after being caught in a rip current.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the man was pronounced dead Monday evening at Atlantic General Hospital in  Berlin. He had been pulled from the water earlier Monday by a team of 15 rescue swimmers

Town spokeswoman Jessica Waters identified the man as 18-year old Don Pen Soh Boma of Burtonsville.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City say a swimmer is hospitalized after being rescued from a rip current.

Town spokeswoman Jessica Waters say three swimmers got caught in a riptide about 4:30 p.m. Monday near the 137th Street beach. The Ocean City Beach Patrol says one of its lifeguards was able to rescue two of the swimmers, but the third could not be immediately found.

Eventually the missing was swimmer was found, a police department spokeswoman said.

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There will be no more sales of switch blades or laser pointers in Ocean City effective Memorial Day weekend.

The Ocean City Town Council is set to enact those bans on an emergency basis at tonight’s session.

Mayor Rick Meehan said he’ll sign the measures.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro asked the council earlier this month to ban the switchblades telling a work session that police officers had been seeing a lot more knives and wanted them banned from sale – especially on the boardwalk.

If you’re in Ocean City chances are you have already been caught on camera.

But the resort is investing $200-thousand into 9 more surveillance cameras to keep an eye on the boardwalk.

Ocean City police say they are hoping that they will cut down on crime.

The new cameras are expected to be in operation by Memorial Day.

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Sunfest is back.

And Ocean City is gearing up for the first blast for the tourist season.

Some 240 vendors from across the country are setting up for the event… located in the Inlet parking lot that will feature food and live music.

This year’s 24th annual event will run through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With the rain gone and good weather showing up vendors say they have already been doing well.

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The Ocean City police commission is set today to take up taxi fares in the beach resort.

Meeting with the medallion owners the commission is expected to hear from cabbies who would like to increase the fare rate from $2.20 a mile…to $3.71 a mile.

They say the hike is needed to cover the driver’s costs.

Currently,  the drivers split their profits 50-50 with the cab company while paying for their own gas.

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The Dew Tour is returning to Ocean City this summer.

The event set for June 25th - 29th will be celebrating it 10 year anniversary featuring skateboard and BMX competitions during the five day event.

Eric Grill, president of Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, cited the continuing support of the resort over the last three years, for its decision to come back to the seaside resort.

Mayor Rick Meehan told the Salisbury Daily Times that his city was thrilled to host the event for another year.

The rest of the Dew Tour schedule has yet to be set.

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A taxi association in Ocean City wants the resort to okay a hike in the meter rate per mile from $2.20 to $3.70.

John Donohue, CEO of Nightclub Taxi Cabs, told WBOC he does not believe it is a huge jump calling it instead equal pay.

The television station reports that the cab fares in DC per mile rate is $2.16 while in Baltimore it is $2.50 and in Philadelphia it is $2.70.

But some taxi drivers hope that the proposed rate will not scare away customers.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 20-foot bronze statue of swimming dolphins will soon be installed in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports resort officials have approved preliminary plans for the statue, which would go at the mid-town entrance to the city.

Lauren Taylor, a member of the nonprofit Public Art Committee of the Ocean City Development Corp., says the statue of a trio of dolphins should be completed by June. It will go at 62nd Street and Coastal Highway near the base of the Route 90 bridge.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Ocean City say calls for service increased last year, but arrests dropped.

WXDE-FM reports that the Ocean City Police Department's year-end report was released last week to the town's mayor and council.

The report shows that the department's total number of service calls was up 17.5 percent over 2012. Officials say that increase was due to significant increase in officer-initiated actions. The number of calls for service generated by citizen complaints decreased last year.

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Ocean City officials may not reduce the hours that a skate park can be used.

A new report by the Parks and Recreation Department found that an average of 31 skaters per day use the Ocean Bowl Skate Park.

The report says there were more than 10-thousand visits to the facility last year generating over $55-thousand in revenue.

Last year, city council members considered closing the skate park during the week to save money. It would have gone into effect the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The facility would also have been open only on weekends.

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