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Administration officials in Maryland say their top priority is to cut government.

That’s the word from a meeting put on by the Maryland Economic Development Association.     

A press release by the Association says that the aim of the two day conference is to emphasize the importance of investing in economic development in Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill said he had a meeting with Governor Larry Hogan last week in which the governor emphasized tourism and the rural areas of the state.

Four suspects have been charged in the shooting of Michael Brown and Keone Davis in Salisbury on October 14th.

They are Jamoni Wheeler, Ryshawn McCloud, Tavian Simmons and Morgan Hudson ranging in ages 18 to 20.

The counts include two each for attempted first and second degree murder as well as conspiracy charges.

Salisbury police say Brown and Davis were hit by a single gunshot each as they were fleeing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the shooting arose from an argument at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police say a sewing needle was found in a teenager's trick-or-treat candy.

Police say the family called officers Sunday evening after a 15-year-old found the needle lodges inside one piece of a Twizzlers. The youth told his parents, who called police. No one was injured.

Officers say the outside of the package showed no signs of tampering.

Authorities say the family went trick-or-treating on Saturday.

Police and the FBI are investigating the incident. Officers urged parents to check children's candy before it is eaten.

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Maryland cities will be getting nearly $3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money comes through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program and will be used by local municipalities for support public safety and reduce violent crimes.

In addition, some funds will be aimed at dealing with crimes against children.

Over $1 million will go the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to help defray the costs of the overtime by police during the riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

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In next week’s Salisbury City Council elections there will be a familiar face in District 1.

Incumbent Shanie Shields will be vying to retain her seat in what is one of two minority-majority districts on the council.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kaydee Jones has this look at the race.

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A candlelight vigil will be held tomorrow night in Salisbury for victims of heroin addiction.

Snow Hill Head Start teacher Selena Porcelli says it is time that the community to do something about it.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that heroin took the lives of 578 people in Maryland last year which is 25 percent higher than in 2013.

The paper reports the event’s Facebook page says around 150 people have pledged to show up for the event that will take place along the Riverwalk from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow night.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have arrested a man and recovered heroin after a two-state chase.

Troopers say after identifying a suspect in heroin distribution, officers saw the man in a car a parking lot in Salisbury, Maryland, about 4 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the man put his car in reverse and hit a police car, with a trooper inside. Police say the man drove forward toward another officer, who jumped out of the way.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a man has been indicted on murder charges in the fatally shooting of a man in Salisbury.

A Wicomico County grand jury returned an indictment Monday against 22-year-old Delonte Bryant of Salisbury. He is charged with first- and second-degree murder and other offenses in the death of 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields of Salisbury.

Troopers say on Aug. 3, officers from the Salisbury Police Department responding to reports of a shooting, found Deshields lying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at a hospital.

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a measure that would link rent that tenants pay to their landlords to a property’s assessed value.

The legislation would make the monthly rent for a home that is assessed at $77-thousand, $468 a month instead of the current $1-thousand.

The Mayor said if there were upgrades to the home the rent could be higher.

But WBOC reports some landlords reject the proposed rent control measure arguing that the city should not be able to dictate what a rented is charged.

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The U.S. District Court in Baltimore accepted the new redistricting plan yesterday for Salisbury in which there are five council districts -- two of which are predominantly African American.

The original majority-minority District 1 now has three candidates vying for the seat in this year’s election and the new majority-minority District 2 has four.

Mayor Jim Ireton called the ruling “a well-deserved moment for our city” because it was not forced on the city but rather enacted by the City Council.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 7 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.43, down from $2.50 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 8 cents below the national average of $2.51.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.40 in Baltimore, $2.46 in Cumberland, $2.53 in Hagerstown and $2.27 in Salisbury.

Don Rush

WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.50, down from $2.55 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 13 cents below the national average of $2.63.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.47 in Baltimore, $2.49 in Cumberland, $2.59 in Hagerstown and $2.34 in Salisbury.

A Hot Week for Delmarva

Aug 18, 2015

Delmarva is facing yet another heat wave.

The temperatures are expected to reach the 80’s but with a high pressure area it will feel much more like the 90’s.

In addition, the National Weather Service told the Wilmington News Journal that there will be some warm humid air coming up from the south.

The temperatures in Salisbury will remain high while Ocean City and along the Delmarva coast it will seem a bit cooler with the Atlantic Ocean air.

By Friday night expect a cold front to move in bringing temperatures down to the low 80’s.


Mayor Jim Ireton will not be leaving Salisbury politics quite yet.

He plans to return to the City Council filing as a candidate in District 4 that covers the downtown area as well as Newtown.

Ireton was elected to his job in 2009 succeeding Mayor Barrie  Tilghman.

Ireton served on the council in the late 1990’s.

The mayor points to accomplishments including hiring the city’s first female police chief and the development of the downtown area.

Council member Shanie Shields said that Ireton had been a pro-neighborhood mayor.

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Confusion now reigns over whether there will be an expansion of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex after all in conjunction with Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Monday Mayor Jim Ireton said that Wicomico County officials decided against asking for a 35 acre donation from the City of Salisbury.

In addition, the paper reports that a hearing on the donation set for later this month has also been cancelled.

The city said that Wicomico County officials have indicated that they are looking at other pieces of property.

Don Rush

City Council President Jake Day made it official.

He is running for Mayor of Salisbury in this year's municipal elections.

Day announced his bid for the city’s top job at Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury to a crowd that crossed party lines.

He has only been in office for a little over two years and was swept into office with the man he is trying to replace Mayor Jim Ireton.

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But, he had nothing but praise for the incumbent.

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There was at least one person killed in an accident last night on Route 404 near Route 50.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said that the accident occurred around 8 p.m.

State police say there were two cars involved in the crash with one driving off the highway and turning over in a ditch.

WBOC reports that at least a mile of Route 404 was closed after the accident.      

It is not known yet as to what caused the crash. 



Salisbury is moving to eliminate the housing blight that has been in issue for year.

The city council agreed to back part of an initiative by Mayor Jim Ireton that would add over $37-thousand to next year’s city budget to buy homes being sold at a tax sale.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city Vacant Homes Registry has 187 homes on its list.

The city is in the process of evaluating a $645 million plan to improve its infrastructure over the next 20 years.


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Salisbury residents will honor the late community activist Billy Gene Jackson who died last week at the age of 77.

There will be a candle light vigil at 7 p.m. on June 5th  at the park that is named after him.

The following day on June 6h a memorial service will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

An activist as far back as the 1960’s Jackson initiated a lawsuit in 1987 that ultimately required Salisbury to include its first black city council member.


Mayor Jim Ireton says that he will table his July 1st deadline to withhold fire and emergency services in Wicomico County.

He said that he was taking – what he has called – the nuclear option off the table because he believes that the county leaders are negotiating in good faith to resolve their tax dispute.

Ireton made the threat in his effort to get an agreement to resolve the problem of many county residents not paying for these services provided by the city.

The city and county met on April 28th to begin discussions and that led Ireton to withdraw his deadline.

Don Rush

In the ongoing dispute over fire and EMS service Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has some questions about any agreement with the city of Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton has threatened to cut off city fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas by July 1st  if city taxpayers are not given some form of tax relief for those services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that many of the questions center on funding mechanisms.

The two sides are to meet on April 28th to discuss the issue.

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The Sexstyle Adult Boutique in Salisbury is no more.

The yellow building stood on Church Street and could be seen by motorists traveling up and down Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a group of out-of-town investors has bought the property according to a Remax Crossroads Real Estate agent in Salisbury.

The price of the property was $20-thousand.

That was far below the $49-thousand asking price.

The sale came with the promise that the investors would not lease the property back to the former owners of the adult entertainment business.

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Sixty Foot Road and Route 50 have not been a good combination.

Just last Sunday night 71 year old Margaret Anne Joiner of Rehoboth was killed in a car crash.

The Pittsville Fire Department told WBOC that’s the 14th accident at the intersection this year.

The most famous death at the intersection was that of Deputy States Attorney Sam Vincent in 2010 who was looking at running for State’s Attorney.


The Maryland Mayors Association will be lobbying in Annapolis for a bill that would give them some tax relief from the counties.

And Mayor Jim Ireton hopes that the legislation will allow him to get as much as $2.2 million in tax relief for a number of country residents.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a study found the residents of Salisbury is paying for just over $1 million in taxes for service they did not get.

For Fruitland it was just over $98-thousand while for Delmar was $55-thousand.

The legislation would require counties to examine the issue.

Don Rush

WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Saturday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.36, up from $2.31 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is a penny below the national average of $2.37.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.36 in Baltimore, $2.38 in Cumberland, $2.37 in Hagerstown and $2.35 in Salisbury.  

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35-year old Paul Tatem has been found not guilty of murdering an elderly man in his home last April.

The jury took three hours to deliberate yesterday morning before returning the verdict.

The charges included not only murder but armed robbery counts as well.

The jury did find Tatem guilty of one charge of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

72 year old Donald Mariner who was found dead in his home on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury last April.  

The Snow is Falling

Feb 26, 2015
Angela Byrd

The snow is coming down.

And forecasters say we should expect 4 to 6 inches of accumulation with the heaviest in Accomack County.

The Maryland Lower Shore is expected to get up to 3 to 4 inches while Sussex County could see up to 3 inches.

There’s also a winter storm warning in effect until around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Temperatures should remain in the upper 20’s with some north winds of 20 mph.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is warning travelers to be cautious, especially on bridges, overpasses and at intersections.  

Don Rush

Delmarvans began digging themselves out of this week’s snow storm.

In Salisbury stretching down to Snow Hill residents saw as much as 8 inches of the white stuff.

Ocean city saw 7 inches.

The Crisfield and Parsonsburg and Laurel areas saw around 6 inches.

And, up in Lewes and Bethany Beach there was 5 inches of snow.

Delmarvans Out and About

The snow fall ended around mid-morning when motorists stopped by a local gas station in Salisbury:

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Salisbury officials say they plan to tighten the rules for stores that sell sexually oriented merchandise.

The plan has been in the works since the store called “The Red Light  District” opened up on Route 13 in August of 2013.

To comply with the city code the shop moved its adult items from the floor to the wall and paid the city a $750 fine to keep its Red Light District sign.

The proposed ordinance would close that loophole by including cabinets, shelves or racks which rise from the floor.

Don Rush

WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 3 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.              
AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $2.19. That's compared to $2.16 a week ago.               
Motorists in the region are paying $1.20 less than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.39 per gallon.     

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gas prices are on the rise in Virginia.