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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a man who was running from law enforcers was slightly injured when he was hit by a cruiser.

It happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Salisbury. Troopers said in a news release that state police and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force were working in the area tried to talk to a man who was walking through back yards.

Authorities say the man ran when he saw police officers, eventually running into the street, where he was hit by an unmarked police car responding to the chase.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury officials are holding a series of public meetings to discuss enacting a city-wide curfew for teenagers after three fatal shootings occurred in an 11-day span earlier this month.
A group of about 20 people attended a Wednesday night meeting at the Saint Francis De Sales Parish to address the proposed curfew.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury police say a city officer and a suspect in a domestic incident were hospitalized after their vehicles collided.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports police were sent to the scene of a reported domestic dispute Tuesday around 4 a.m.

Police said 27-year-old Michael Victor Rayne was reported to have been involved in a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend. Police said Rayne broke a window of a neighbor's home.

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The Salisbury City Council is mulling over the idea of a curfew for those under the age of 17.

Under the measure those under the age of 14 would not be allowed out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, for those under the age of 17 the curfew would start one hour later at 10 p.m. with Friday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m.

There would be exemptions for those teens who have a job or are part of after-school programs.

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Another lawsuit has been filed against Salisbury Police officer and the city of Salisbury.

The suit accused Officer Justin Aita of excessive force, civil assault and false arrest.

The incident occurred on April 9th when the officer was called to a home for a domestic disturbance in which a 17 year old was slapped by a Roger Street resident and then called his mother.

The suit alleges that four people including the young man’s older brother, mother and aunt were slammed to the ground.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police are investigating the drowning of a man in the Wicomico River.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Drive. Officers say 24-year-old Lamar Byron Sheppard of Salisbury went into the water and was unable to swim.

Authorities say someone pulled Sheppard from the water and tried CPR. Police say Sheppard was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Salisbury Police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

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If you get arrested for shoplifting in Easton your picture could wind up on the Facebook page of the Easton Police Department.

Lt. Gregory Wright told WBOC that the department launched the program last month.

All information he says is a matter of public record.

It has become a trend on Delmarva with the police departments in Dover and Salisbury also using the tactic to stop retail theft.

However, civil liberties have expressed concern about the tactic since those who are arrested are not necessarily convicted or in some cases may have the charges dropped.

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There were two arrests at the Centre at Salisbury this week.

Salisbury police took two youths into custody and charged them with disorderly conduct.

Authorities have not released the names of the two. 

The incident occurred at around 8:40 p.m.

The police tweeted out a report saying that officers were on scene Saturday at the mall and that security was escorting a group out of the facility.

Within ten minutes another police tweet said that the situation was back to normal.

Third Lawsuit Filed Against Salisbury Police

Oct 6, 2014

A third lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police.

This time by Darryle Smith and two passengers for being pulled over by the police on August 24th.

Smith said that he gave one officer his license and registration while another pointed a gun at him and his two friends who were in the car.

Smith and his friends Julian Washington and Brian Louck -- all in their early 20’s -- were searched along with the car.

Missing Teenager Found

Sep 29, 2014

Salisbury Police say a missing teenager has been found safe.

The police had asked for the public's help in searching for 15 year old Akylah Hunter who they said was last seen on Saturday September 27th at around 2:30 p.m. near Madison Street.

They also said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

Police canceled the alert around 6:14 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29.

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A second lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police and Officer Justin Aita within a week.

The suit was filed by Alexandra Francois and Nathalie Francois whose son 15-year old Renaldo Mesadieu was involved in an altercation with Aita.

The suit was filed on  Friday and dates back to an incident that occurred on August 11th.

Mayor Jim Ireton declined to comment on the case.

The incident involved the officer pulling over the son who was riding a bicycle and was told to move back the sidewalk.

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The Monkey Barrel is out.

In its place, the Warehouse Bar is in -- just across the street from Salisbury University.

For Salisbury Police, they hope that they will not have the same problems as the former restaurant and bar which saw 32 fights over the last five years.

They were part of 348 service calls during that period.

The new bar will have a VIP room that can be rented out along with a personal bartender.

They will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

The relations between the community and police in Salisbury took center stage at a forum held by the Wicomico County branch of the NAACP last night.

The gathering at the Chipman Cultural Center featured Charles Phillips a conciliation specialist for the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Justice Department.

During the two horu meeting, there were a number of residents who expressed interest in an oversight board for the police.

Local resident April Jackson said that while she has not been afraid of the police in the past, she is beginning to now.

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The man, whose body was recovered this morning from the east prong of the Wicomico River in Salisbury, has been identified as  25-year old Rodney Stevenson Jr.

Police say that he was taking a walk at around 9.30 a.m. this morning and somehow wound up in the river.

WBOC reports that police say soon thereafter someone spotted his body floating in the water west of the spillway near the pedestrian bridge in Salisbury Park.

At the scene police told reporters that there appeared to have been an injury to the back of his head.

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The Salisbury City Council approved a new $50 million budget yesterday that raises the local property tax by percent and spends that money on putting more than 15 police officers on the streets.

The number of officers would go up from 92 to 102.

Council President Jake Day called the new spending a defensible investment.

And Council Vice President Laura Mitchell said she did not want to read about a crime that was preventable by putting more police on the streets.

Salisbury police could have 15 more police officers out on the streets within the next 18 months.

At least that’s what Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan are pushing for.

Duncan said the new personal would consist of 10 new officers and moving five additional officers back out on patrol.

They would be replaced by five additional civilians.

In Salisbury a car sped away from a traffic stop when officers approached the vehicle.

Officers pursued the Mazda, which eventually struck a utility pole in front of Skipjack Seafood on Old Ocean City Road last night at around 10:45 p.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the pole snapped in several pieces with the car taking a large portion of the pole for around 100 feet.

It then overturned and struck several cars in the parking lot of an auto repair shop near Civic Avenue.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police in Salisbury are asking for help figuring out who spray painted five speed cameras.

An officer on patrol over the weekend noticed that two cameras on Route 50 and Davis Street had been spray painted with red paint. The numbers "1776" and "1774" were also spray painted on the equipment. Officers checked the other speed cameras and found that the same numbers were spray painted on two cameras located on East College Avenue and one camera on East Main Street.

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The Salisbury Police are looking for some community help in seeking two men who tied up and shotTremayne Trader on Sunday night.The 31-yar old Trader was shot in his abdomen and groin area.

Salisbury police say they believe that the armed robbery and shooting resulted in a confrontation with Trader and a woman who escaped as the two men were demanding money from him.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Police in Salisbury say officers used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd after rocks and bottles were thrown at officers.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan told The Daily Times of Salisbury that officers were called to the scene because of reports of a large crowd.

Police say 500 to 700 people, including college students, were gathered near Hazel Avenue and Smith Street late Saturday afternoon. Duncan said officers used pepper spray because of the bottles and rocks that were being thrown at them.

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Salisbury City leaders have put a price tag on the decision to increase the salaries of police officers and emergency dispatchers.

It’s $488,000 and would cover the rest of the fiscal year through next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is around $40,000 more than the original amount because it includes pay hikes for the city’s nine dispatchers along with the 60 rank-in-file officers.

Salisbury Police are looking for 16-year old Raeqwon Crippen.

He has been missing since 11 pm last night.

Authorities say he left his home on his own but police consider him to be “critically missing” because of his young age and unspecified health concerns.

Crippen is described as being 6 feet tall and 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing black shorts, a gray T-shirt and purple and green sneakers.  


Tremont Wright, who was wounded early Sunday after a high speed chase with Salisbury Police, has been released from the hospital.

Police fired on the 21 year Princess Anne resident after he backed his vehicle toward two officers who were attempting to stop him for erratic driving.

He is currently charged with two counts each of attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, and reckless endangerment.


             A new video has surfaced that shows beer cans being thrown at police officers before Salisbury authorities used pepper spray during last Saturday’s confrontation during a Shore on the War party.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the video was given to police by one of the four party-goers who was arrested during the gathering that was part of the La Crosse Championship.

            Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the individual has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.


        Maryland State Police have identified the man who was shot and killed on Olivia Street last night.

       Authorities say he is Charles Duffy Elmer Jr, a 54-year-old Salisbury resident who was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived around 6:30 p.m.

     The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland State Police troopers found a 1991 white Oldsmobile convertible parked outside.  

     Duffy was inside the vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.