8:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paul Tatem Found Not Guilty of Murder

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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.  

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7:28 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Snow is Falling

Snow in Chance
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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.  

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9:54 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Delmarva Recovers from Snow Storm

Wicomico River Ices Over
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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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9:03 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Salisbury Officials Zero In on Adult Store

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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.

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8:35 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Delaware, Virginia and Maryland Gas Prices Inch Upward

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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.

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9:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

MD Officials Meet with Safran: Finding Work for Salisbury Employees

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have met with leaders of a manufacturing company that has announced plans to leave Salisbury to discuss how to help about 500 people who work at the Eastern Shore facility.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office says the senator and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford met Tuesday with leaders from Labinal Power System's parent company, Safran North America.

Mikulski's office says plans call for working with local officials to help find a new employer for the facility.

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8:32 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Dover to Add 10 More Officers to Police Force

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Ten more officers will be added to Dover’s police force.

The Dover city council voted 7-to-1 to spend a more than a million dollars with another $4 million over the next five fiscal years.

This will bring the total number of officers on the force to 102.

But it is not clear where the funding will come from.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat that the request comes in the face of a recent increase in violent crime that hit Delaware’s capital last year.

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10:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ireton Found Guilty of Verbal Abuse, No Damages Awarded

Mayor Jim Ireton Facebook Page
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A jury has found Mayor Jim Ireton guilty of verbally assaulting the woman who was his second in command.

But the court also found that it was done without actual malice thus denying her monetary damages in the civil case.

It was a mixed ruling for the Salisbury official from a jury of four women and two men.

It allowed the city to escape having to pay former assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers thousands of dollars in damages.

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2:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Georgetown: An African American Community Lost in Time

Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center
Don Rush

Most people on Delmarva have heard of Georgetown, Delaware. However, there was another Georgetown.

It was an African American community tucked away just north and east of downtown Salisbury. It arose from the plantation that is now the site of the Poplar Hill Mansion and reaches back to the days of slavery.

With the opening up of Routes 13 and 50, the old neighborhood disappeared. Not even a sign indicates that this was once a thriving African American community.


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12:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ireton & Chambers Have Day in Court

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Mayor Jim Ireton’s former second in command Lore’ Chambers found themselves squaring off yesterday in court.

At issue is her charge of civil assault that Ireton made her fear for her safety during a series of incidents on July 12th of last year.

Her attorney Neil Duke essentially called the Mayor a “bully.”

Chambers had been assistant city administrator for five years until Ireton fired her that day.

During her testimony she said that Ireton became angrier than she had ever seen him after she submitted an application to fill the city administrator position.

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7:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Homeownership Dips in Salisbury With Tough Economy


An assessment of home ownership in Salisbury has found it has fallen by 4 percent over the last four years.

During an overview of Salisbury census data last night the city council was told that the rental market accounted for 66.8 percent of the housing market while homeownership accounted for just over 33 percent.

City Council member Tim Spies says the trend reflects a tough economy.

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9:56 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Man Impersonating Police Officer Attacks Woman in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police are warning the public after a man impersonating an officer pulled a woman over in Maryland's Eastern Shore, and then beat and robbed her.

Maryland State Police say the woman was driving on U.S. Route 13 in Salisbury when a dark, unmarked car with emergency lights in the dash pulled up behind her just before noon Wednesday. Thinking it was an officer, the woman pulled over.

Police say that's when a man walked up to her window and immediately began assaulting her. He also robbed her.

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8:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Salisbury Looking Into a First Saturday

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Right now Salisbury celebrates Third Friday with a lively atmosphere in the downtown area.

Now, city officials are looking at a First Saturday as well.

This event would center on music.

Joey Gilkerson with a small group of downtown boosters told the Salisbury Daily Times it would be similar in format and location to Third Friday.

The idea got some support from the city’s downtown arts and entertainment committee.

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9:57 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Salisbury City Council Votes for Five District Plan

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In 2015 the ballot voters see in Salisbury could look much different than in the past.

Aside from all five seats and the Mayor being up for election, under a new redistricting plan they would only be voting for one city council member.

That’s the result of a vote last night by the City Council to divide the city up into five separate districts with two minority-majority districts.

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8:18 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bicyclists Get Compromise on Expansion of Wicomico Athletic Center

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Biking advocates were relieved yesterday to learn that while Wicomico County will be expanding the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex to include more soccer and baseball fields a bike trail will still run through the area.

The expansion plan would wipe out most of the nearly 5-mile network of trails that were first established in 1996.

But there will be an access road leading to a creek with a bridge that would be built to provide access to 80 acres of land where new trails could be carved out.

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8:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ground Breaking This Week for Fire Station Salisbury


The ground breaking ceremony for the new Fire Station number 2 in Salisbury will take place this Friday.

The original station was built in 1930.

Construction of the new fire station will cost $4.1 million and was approved in the city’s 2015 budget.

The completion date is set for November 1st of next year. 

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9:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downtown Trolley Comes to Salisbury

Downtown Trolley
Tom Hunt

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

And, Salisbury City officials were out yesterday to inaugurate its service that will run from Salisbury University to the downtown area Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m. through 2 p.m. for a dollar a ride.  

Mayor Jim Ireton told the gathering that the trolley was part of the revitalization of the downtown area.

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8:43 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New Trolley to Connect Downtown Salisbury and University

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The City of Salisbury will inaugurate a new bus service from Salisbury University to downtown today.

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

The service will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The fare will be a dollar.

The project was partially funded by a $50-thousand grant from the Maryland Transit Administration in an effort to connect Salisbury University students with businesses in downtown.

Council President Jake Day says it is part of the effort to bring about a renaissance of the downtown area.

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8:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

NAACP Forum on Police Relations in Wicomico County

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The Wicomico Branch of the NAACP will be holding a forum on police conduct.

It comes in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

It is to be held at the Chipman Cultural Center Thursday evening with goals to engage citizens in developing strategies to deal with charges of police misconduct as well as sustaining the relationship between police and the community.

In addition, the meeting hopes to address racial profiling.

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7:54 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Dominates Salisbury Community Meeting

Downtown Plaza in Salisbury
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During the Salisbury City Council’s quarterly community meeting, revitalization of the downtown area took center stage.

Covering the walls of Parker Place, an antique store,  were designs for buildings and space in the downtown area that have been developed by architecture students at the University of Maryland.

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10:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Salisbury City Council Moves Forward With Replacing Terry Cohen

Former Council member Terry Cohen
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The Salisbury City Council took the first steps last night to replace Terry Cohen who abruptly announced she was leaving the council due to personal obligations.

So, now, it will be up to the four remaining council members to choose a new member by early September.

Council President Jake Day said they would be receiving applications with a deadline of August 25th.

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12:33 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Delmarva Blood Bank Looks for Donors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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12:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ken Ulman Vows to Creative Competitive Business Climate

Howard County Executive Ken Ulan

Ken Ulman, Anthony Brown’s running mate in the Democratic primary race for governor, took a walk through downtown Salisbury.

He was making his case for his team saying that if elected they would focus on creating a competitive business climate and working with local partners.

As Howard County executive he told residents that he realized that the area was still recovering from the 2008 recession and that a Brown administration did not see a real reason to raise taxes.

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10:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Centre at Salisbury

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The recent bomb hoax at the Centre at Salisbury could have cost the mall as much as a quarter of a million dollars.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s according to past year financial statements at the anchor stores.

For the nearby restaurants that include the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse the potential loss was $33-thousand.

Meanwhile, Macy’s loss was a potential $90- thousand.

The National Retail Federation says that retail centers do prepare for emergency closing anticipating at least one during a period.

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10:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Salisbury Mayor Gives State of City Address, New City Administrator is Hired

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Mayor Jim Ireton told an audience gathered on the campus of Salisbury University last night that the state of the city was sound.

The Mayor along with City Council President Jake Day declared Salisbury the Capital of the Eastern Shore touting accomplishments with of the previous year during his state of the city address.

The Mayor also touted last year’s downtown New Year’s Eve party in downtown that drew 33-hundred “the crowning achievement of the year.”

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10:01 am
Mon March 10, 2014

New Visions for Downtown Salisbury

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Salisbury City leaders are looking to mix it up a bit in the downtown area with some revitalization efforts that include selling off some of the city’s parking lots.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kyle Bean has the story.

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8:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Police ID Man Killed During Traffic Stop in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are identifying a Delaware man fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Police say Wilmington police contacted Maryland authorities for help finding 25-year-old James Norris, who was wanted on handgun charges. Police say Norris was fatally shot Monday in Salisbury after troopers tracking him stopped the car he was traveling in.

When a trooper spoke to Norris, he put both hands in his jacket pockets. When the trooper told Norris not to, police say Norris said one of them would die, prompting the trooper to pull his gun.

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8:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Audit Finds City of Salisbury Doing Slightly Better

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Salisbury ended up in a little better financial shape in the just ended 2013 budget year than in 2012.

Auditor Pam Baker found that the city was benefiting from a modest rebound in construction activity pulling in $364-thousand in permits compared to $185-thosuand the year before.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that declining real estate values caused a drop of nearly $500-thousand in property tax revenue.

Baker also said that overall spending was $2.8 million below what was budgeted.


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8:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Costs Up for Salisbury City Employees

Mayor Jim Ireton
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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Many city employees in Salisbury haven't had a raise in six years, but a new analysis shows the cost of benefits is substantially increasing city spending.

An analysis by The Daily Times shows spending on salaries, benefits and employee costs have jumped 52 percent in the past decade, from $17.4 million in 2004 to $26.6 million.

There hasn't been a hiring spree, though. The city added just 45 staff members over the past 10 years, an increase of 13 percent.

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9:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lore' Chambers To Sue Salisbury and Mayor

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Former Assistant City Administrator Dr. Lore’ Chambers has filed suit for $750-thousand against the city of Salisbury and Mayor Jim Ireton after being fired from her job in July.

The lawsuit alleges that Ireton verbally berated her when she expressed interest the city administrator job.

WBOC reports that Chambers claims that the Mayor would not let up physically stalking her, yelling at her and otherwise trying to intimidate her in a public setting.

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