SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.

Meteorologist Mike Dutter said Monday that the service will make an official confirmation on Tuesday when officials inspect the damage.

Eyewitnesses said trees were split and cars were overturned. Homes and buildings were also damaged. No injuries had been reported Monday afternoon.

Dutter said the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado.

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The National Folklife Festival is coming to Salisbury. It's set to arrive in 2018 and will stay in the city for three years. Mayor Jake Day told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that three years ago the city wasn't ready. But now, he adds, he sees this as a major boost for the Crossroads of Delmarva.

The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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There's a great deal of construction going on in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Eric Gaudreau files this report on efforts to revitalize the area.  Producers for this story were Talon Foreman and Brianna George.

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The company one volunteer firefighters have cut a deal to relocate to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

The move comes after deciding to separate from the Salisbury Fire Department.

Council president John Cannon told WBOC that this was a positive development.

Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver has proposed a budget amendment that would include the volunteer fire company.

Members of the volunteer fire company at Station 1 in Salisbury crammed into the chambers of the Wicomico County Council.

During the special session they heard Corey Polidore with the volunteer fire company describe the frustration his members felt in its negotiations with the city to resolve staffing differences.

He said, “Due to issues that occurred that went unaddressed for a year, two years now, the meeting with the city and the city fire chief – things just never seemed to get addressed.”

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Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state will invest $1 million for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day hailed the money as marking a real partnership between state and local government.

He said, “The most important announcement said, ‘I’m a partner. I’m invested from this point forward.’ We’re going to see fruition of this project within three years. And I believe we have a partner all the way through, from beginning to end.”

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A drive-by shooting in Salisbury sent on person to the hospital last night.

The injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The incident occurred on the 300 block of Maryland Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when an unknown suspect began shooting from his vehicle at the 20-year old male who was standing near his home.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that victim after being struck in his lower extremities was able to run from the area.

At the same time, police say, the vehicle also left the scene.


Protesters marched Sunday night the same route that was taken during the lynching in downtown Salisbury of an African American in 1931. Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva organized the event to shine a light on one of the darkest chapters of in the city's history. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with James Yamakawa with the local chapter about the meaning of Matthew Williams' death 85 years later.


A third party report on the fire service to Wicomico County has issued ten recommendations to resolve the dispute with the city of Salisbury.

For years the city has said that it should be compensated for its fire department and EMS service to nearby county areas.

Among the ten recommendation one says that Wicomico County should pay the city $288 for each fire call into the suburban areas.

This would be in addition to the grant that the county pays to each fire station.

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Mayor Jake Day declared last night that Salisbury was on track to become one of the great small cities in the country.

It’s only been a year since he took office.

And he touted the city’s progress in that time as he spoked to a packed crowd in the Wicomico Room on the campus of Salisbury University.

“It’s going to take an army of people who are dedicated to changes this community, to keep this progress up. It’s going to take a change in mindset. It’s going to take a change in our self-esteem and how we think about ourselves as a city.”

Don Rush

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

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.25, down from $2.26 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 2 cents more than the national average.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.23 in Baltimore, $2.34 in Cumberland, $2.32 in Hagerstown and $2.11 in Salisbury.

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On September 9th the Giant Food supermarket will change names in Salisbury.

It’s being taken over by ACME and comes around a month and a half after the parent company Albertson’s announced its purchase of the Giant chain.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the store will be shut down for a few days during the transition.

The parent company of Giant which owns Food Lion was forced to divest itself during a merger since it would have had a virtual monopoly in the Salisbury market.  

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Thursday, a Wicomico County jury convicted Delonte Bryant in the death of 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields.

Prosecutors say on Aug. 3, 2015, Deshields was found lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Deshields was walking when someone approached and shot him.

Deshields died at a local hospital.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police have charged a Salisbury woman they say struck her fiance with a frying pan.

The Daily Times of Salisbury  reports that authorities have arrested 32-year-old Kiesha Latasha Lee on charges including first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

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Efforts to revitalize downtown Salisbury includes a new initiative. It's called First Saturday. Modeled after the Third Friday event, its designed to pulled people back into the heart of Salisbury with music and activities. Delmarva Public Radio's Timothy Young braved the weather and to a look at the effort.


A $1.5 million refurbishment of the Salisbury Riverwalk is head to completion

It’s taken a year and a half to get there and it is seen as part of Mayor Jake Day’s plans to revitalize the downtown area.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Riverwalk will now look like a wooden walk with aluminum railings.

Day told the paper that the old tiebacks which held the bulkhead together failed causing the surface to buckle.

The Riverwalk was constructed in 1977.

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As the merger between Giant and Food Lion gets closer to completion there is no word yet on the fate of the Giant in Salisbury on Route 13.

The merger was announced last year and is expected to be done by the middle of this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the manager of the Giant had no comment on the situation.

The paper reports that the parent company responded by email saying that it is too soon to discuss the future of the Giant store.

Mayor Jake Day refused to talk about any suitor for the store if it is closed. 

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The Court Plaza at the southern end of Salisbury is about to be demolished and replaced with a development that includes student housing.

The student facility will hold 600 beds and would be annexed into the Salisbury City limits.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the last of the holdouts are Shore Cycles, Dance Wear Etc. and Chuck’s Vacuums.  

It is expected to be a mixed-use development with a parking garage a performing arts center and six apartment buildings.

But the property must be rezoned before annexation by the city can take place.

Don Rush

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 $1.76, down from $1.83 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state 6 cents above the national average of $1.70.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $1.72 in Baltimore, $1.77 in Cumberland, $1.91 in Hagerstown and $1.69 in Salisbury.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a man accused of killing another man in a home invasion in Salisbury.

Twenty-year-old Daequan White of Salisbury is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old James Skinner. 

Skinner was found dead in the doorway of his home on May 17 after several men entered the home and held people inside at gunpoint.

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There were just over 2-thousand serious crime committed in Salisbury last year.

They range from homicide and rape to burglary and arson.

That continues the general decline since 2009.

But Police Chief Barbara Duncan said that she wants to get serious crimes under the 2-thousand mark.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she noted the city did not experience a homicide in 2013 and 2014.

That was a first in two decades.        

Last year there were four homicides.

Don Rush

There was lots of snow this weekend with the highest amount winding up in Kent County Delaware at 16 inches.

In the southern portion of the state around 4 inches.

In Cambridge, the snow registered 13 inches.

Here in Salisbury it was 4.8 inches deep. Residents told Delmarva Public Radio’s Nathaniel Williamson they were relieved at it wasn’t more.

On Wallops Island the snow was around 5.2 inches.

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Gov. Jack Markell has lifted Delaware's state of emergency and driving warning.

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There was a blanket of snow on the ground for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday.

Shovels and scrapers were out in force as people swept off driveways and cleaned windshields.

Despite the few inches the region received the frigid temperatures eased with the day’s sunlight.

WBOC reports that the road conditions were manageable with crews salting Salisbury’s seven snow emergency routes on Sunday afternoon.

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Delaware marked Martin Luther King Junior day with parades and ceremonies.

In Wilmington seven high schools held a contest that included speeches, poetry and rap on how King had affected their hopes and dreams.

One 15-year old told the Wilmington News Journal that King was the foundation for a better future.

The event was sponsored by the YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington Riverside neighborhood saw around a 100 volunteers create a 882 square-foot mural at the Kingswood Community Center depicting their experiences.

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Mayor Jake Day is getting into efforts to bring a Cracker Barrel to the Centre at Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to meet with Centre officials and a mall anchor store that has been keeping the restaurant chain out of the mall.

Day told the Daily Times that the delay is only “a snag”.

The Cracker Barrel got the okay from local government officials for the location.

The paper reports there had been efforts six years ago to put the restaurant at the old Zia’s site near the mall but that did not materialize.

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With the debate heating up over a planned 13 house poultry operation in Wicomico County local leaders say they are going to work with the industry to come up more regulations for the industry.

Council President John Cannon said he was willing to look at greater setbacks and tougher buffering requirements for such operations.

The discussion at the County Council meeting yesterday saw Bill Satterfield with Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. at the table offering his group’s guidelines called “Good Neighbor Relations”.

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The expansion of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex could be just a land deal away.

Wicomico County is looking at finalizing a contract for a 20 acre parcel that is zoned for industrial use.

It’s mostly wooded and is owned by Patsy Guy.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she originally made it available during the efforts by the county to get the city to provide some property for the expansion.

But the city council killed the deal.

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The battle over the cost of fire and ambulance service by Salisbury for Wicomico County residents is going to a study.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county says the cost is around $956-thousand while the city say it’s more like $2.2 million.

Next month the City and County Councils are expected to approve a contract with Tri-Data of Arlington, Virginia for the study.

The conflict over the cost heated up last April when then Mayor Jim Ireton threatened to withhold service if the city was not fairly compensated.

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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.