Saturday, December 15, 2018

WGMD Fishing Report 12-14-18

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Friday was not too bad weather-wise and several boats sailed for rockfish and tog.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to get reports on the day the fishing takes place because the shops tend to close before the boats return.  This is why we have reports from Thursday that we put in Friday’s report.

Speaking of same, Amanda told us the names of two citation winners from Thursday’s trip on the Katydid.  Kevin Knotts caught two citation tog, a 12.65 and a 9.21-pounder.  Brian Kuckarski had an 8.37-pound citation tog.  Charlie Ruserrio is currently leading the Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament with a 13.5 pounder.

Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us that Captain Joe Azato on the No Limit brought in a nice catch of tog with five in the ten-pound range up to the captain’s 13.7 pounder.

Sorry to say, but it looks like the weather will be going downhill from now until next Wednesday.  I suppose you could fish Indian River Inlet and, who knows, you may get lucky and hit the migrating rockfish, or not.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


 

Ravens Rap 12-16-18

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WGMD’s Mike Bradley On Rehoboth’s Nativity on FOX’s The Todd Starnes Show

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On Friday, December 14, 2018, WGMD morning host, Mike Bradley was a guest on The Todd Starnes Show on FOX this afternoon discussing the issue of the nativity scene that was removed from the bandstand in Rehoboth Beach last week.

Click here for more on the story



 

Millsboro Man Charged with Drug Offenses after Traffic Stop

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A Millsboro man has been charged after a traffic stop Thursday night.  Just after 7pm Delaware State Police stopped an Explorer near Old Landing and Iron Branch Road.  The driver, 33 year old James Eley of Millsboro tried to run off on foot, but was arrested.  A search of the SUV turned up 7800 bags of heroin and Eley was holding over $500 in suspected drug proceeds.  Eley is charged with a variety of drug, traffic and other offenses and is being held on a cash only bond.


 

DSU December Graduation on Saturday

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Delaware State University’s December Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday morning at 10 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium.  Delaware Senator Chris Coons will be the keynote speaker.  About 200 graduates will receive bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.  There will be plenty of on-campus parking for those attending the ceremony.


 

Bomb Threats Blanket Delmarva – and the Country

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01-Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock_276524096

Police from Seaford were called for a report of a bomb threat to a business on Bridgeville Highway.  Police say the bomb threat was received by e-mail.  The investigation quickly revealed that this was part of a nation-wide hoax which included several others on Delmarva.  As a precaution, officers made a sweep of the building and its grounds – no suspicious devices were located and the scene was deemed safe.


 

Locally Dense Fog Advisory through 9am

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…Locally dense fog through 9 this morning…

Locally dense fog has developed this morning across portions of Delaware and eastern Maryland. Visibilities have dropped to around a mile or less with some areas dropping to around a quarter of a mile. The fog may persist through much of the morning before starting to dissipate.

Motorists should be alert for sudden changes in visibility due to the dense fog. Drive at reduced speeds, watch for children at school bus stops, leave extra space between you and the car in front of you, and use low beam headlights only


 

Closings & Cancellations, Delays – Friday, Dec 14

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This is Fossy Road in a fog. © Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock_101919955

last updated   Friday 6:34AM                     Please email closings to news@wgmd.com

1 HOUR DELAY

  • Lighthouse Christian School

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2 HOUR DELAYS

  • Caroline County Schools
  • Delmar Schools
  • Delmarva Christian HS
  • Delmarva Christian – Milton campus/child care open
  • Delaware Adolescent Program – Sussex Center
  • Greenwood Mennonite School
  • Holly Grove Christian School
  • Indian River Schools – No AM Pre-K
  • Laurel Schools
  • Salisbury Christian School
  • Salisbury School
  • Seaford Schools
  • Seaside Christian Academy
  • Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Sussex Tech
  • Wicomico County Schools – no AM Pre-K
  • Woodbridge Schools
  • Worcester County Schools – no AM Pre-K
  • Worcester Prep

WGMD Fishing Report 12-13-18

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Thursday was a good weather day and several boats went out in the ocean for tog.  Unfortunately, we only have a report from one.  Hopefully, we will have the others in Friday’s report.

Amanda said the Katydid had a good catch of tog including three citations weighing 12.65, 9.21 and 8.37 pounds.

Earlier in the day, Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said several boats from the Indian River Marina were out, but when I called back at 4:30 no one answered the phone.

On Wednesday I fished on the Jamaica II out of Brielle, New Jersey with my son Roger.  We left the dock at 0500 for a 12-hour trip and after a two and a half hour run we fished in 140 feet of water for sea bass.  We caught spiny dog sharks.  The captain moved several times and the dogs stayed with us. Finally moved inshore to the Mud Hole where I caught a sea bass and Roger caught the pool winning cod.  Picked at ling for the rest of the trip and back at the dock at 1700.  Great day on the water!

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report


 

WGMD Fishing Report 12-12-18

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Wednesday was another cold one, but beginning on Thursday we will be on a warming trend.

With the holiday season upon us there is the problem of finding the perfect gift for the fishermen on your list.  May I suggest starting the search at your local tackle shop where the folks who wait on you can suggest products that local anglers actually use.  I love the big box stores for some items, but not fishing tackle.  The guy who waits on you, if you can find someone to wait on you, may have been in ladies underwear last week or last night for all I know.

Your local tackle shop may have to charge a bit more for some items because he can’t by a couple million at a time like the big box stores, but he can service the product, fill the reels with line and make sure the products match.  He won’t sell you a spinning reel on a conventional rod as I know you have seen more than once on the water.  He also knows what works locally.  He stocks the hottest lures, rigs, rods and reels to catch flounder, blues, tog and sea bass.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.       


 

WGMD Fishing Report 12-11-18

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To the best of my knowledge, no one was out on Tuesday and it looks like Thursday will be the first decent day this week.

In Ocean City, the Angler is planning to run for tog and porgies on Thursday.  I have fished on this boat several times and the captain and mates do a good job putting you on fish.  The mates will also clean your fish on the way back to the dock.

I hope I am wrong, but with the water temperature in the ocean at 43 degrees we may have seen the last of the rockfish.  A friend who runs a charter boat out of North Jersey has hung it up for the season and he was hammering the stripers just a week ago.

The Chesapeake Bay has been inundated with fresh water since they opened the floodgates at the Conowingo Dam.  This has made it all but impossible to find any rockfish in the Maryland portion of the bay, but in Virginia they are still catching smaller fish under birds and larger ones on live eels out of Cape Charles.  The Chesapeake Bay rockfish season ends on December 31 in Virginia and on December 20 in Maryland.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report        


 

Sussex County Council Holds Final Meeting of 2018

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Sussex County Council-2017 Image courtesy Sussex County Government

The Sussex County Council met for the final time in 2018 – and said farewell to two members – Rob Arlett, who has served District 5 for 4 years and George Cole, who has served District 4 for 32 years.

The council heard a presentation from Marie Morole, Executive Director of the Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services. She gave the council an overview of what they do, which is tied in to the county’s Community Development & Housing Department. This is a housing locator project that is being funded in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the Delaware State Housing Authority. But the funding is contingent on security matching funds. The project addresses the homeless in Delaware in an effort to help find short term housing for homeless Delawareans. It’s estimated about 1100 are homeless in Delaware – and about 15% of that population is in Sussex County. They asked for a grant of $35,000, which was approved by the Sussex County Council with a unanimous vote.

Register of Wills, Cindy Green, came before the council to talk about the purchase and maintenance agreements with CBS, Inc. She tells the council that the current contract has expired – but adds that the program they have been using they have outgrown. Green says there is no company or program that writes register of wills databases. They found County Business System and have instead created their own program, along with her office and the county’s IT department. The new program will allow the legal community to purchase a subscription to access information from their own offices. While the cost of this new program is high – $98,050 – it’s hoped the subscription fee will help to cover some of the costs. The annual maintenance cost will be $17,900 for 3 years. They will also work with Kent County to bring the program to them as well. The contract and maintenance agreements were approved with a unanimous vote.

Two county field hockey and football teams were honored with proclamations for the championship seasons. In field hockey, Cape Henlopen and Delmar won the Division 1 and 2 championships. Cape beat Padua for their 9th overall state title – their 7th in the past 8 seasons. Delmar won their third consecutive District 2 title with a win over Caravel. In football Sussex Central won their first ever state championship in Division 1 with a win over Salesianum and Woodbridge grabbed their 2nd state championship in three years for District 2 with a win over Wilmington Friends. County Administrator Todd Lawson says this is the first time that Sussex County teams have won both the Division 1 and 2 titles in two sports.

The council had a lot of Old Business to take care of before the end of the year, however action on the C-4 Business ordinance amendment has been deferred until the new year.

CZ 1855 – for a change of zone from AR 1 to C-3 heavy commercial for a convenience store with gas at Route 24 and Angola Road was defeated with a 3 to 2 vote. George Cole says the C-3 is inconsistent with the rest of the area and could set a precedent for the future. Councilman IG Burton and President Mike Vincent agreed.

CU 2145 – for a multi-family unit (1 duplex/2 units) for a parcel of land on Seagull Drive which is on the border between Dewey Beach and the County. The council also turned this down. Councilman George Cole says all other homes in the area are single family homes and that multi-family homes are not appropriate for the area. Again Councilman IG Burton and President Mike Vincent agreed.

CZ 1858 – for a high density residential district for Zion Church Road in the area of Johnson and Bayard Roads for a residential planned community. This came with an extensive reading of findings requested by staff that was also read into the record. This proposal includes workforce housing for people looking to live closer to where they work. While the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial, the County Council approved the application with a 3 to 2 vote. George Cole and Sam Wilson voted against the plan.

CZ 1860 / CU 2147 / CZ 1861 – for a medium density residential district off the east side of Route 1 in the area of Old Mill Road. This would have a commercial zoning along the highway – but a set of apartment buildings in the back. CZ 1860 covers the apartment buildings which Councilman IG Burton says is not appropriate for an area that is low density. The only other similarly zoned property is on the west side of Route 1. The council voted 3 to 2 to deny the MR zone with Rob Arlett and Sam Wilson voting for the proposal. The partner application for CU 2147, was denied by a 4 to 1 vote. As for CZ 1861 – that would change part of the front parcel from AR 1 to C 2 and was approved by a unanimous vote.

CZ 1859 – for an AR 1 and General Residential district to a General Residential – Residential Planned Community for about 60 acres off Angola Road in the area of Angola Beach Road. The council agreed that this was a good fit with neighboring properties and approved the CZ with a unanimous vote.

The meeting ended with proclamations and gifts for Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett. After the current council members spoke, several former county employees and council members also spoke in a mini-roast of Cole and Arlett – including Joe Conaway (former county administrator), David Baker (former finance director & county administrator), Bob Stickels (former county administrator), Dale Dukes (former council member/president) and Lynn Rogers (former council member/president). The meeting ended with a presentation from attorney Rob Witsil with a slide presentation and a poem called “Ode to George B. Cole.”


 

Last Words of the 2018 Sussex County Council & Ode to George B. Cole

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Today marked the end of an era on the Sussex County Council – the departure of two council members – Rob Arlett after 4 years representing District 5 and George Cole after 32 years representing District 4.  At the end of today’s meeting both Cole and Rob Arlett were honored with proclamations, gifts and parting shots from former county employees and council members – including Joe Conaway, David Baker, Bob Stickels, Dale Dukes and Lynn Rogers.  Attorney Rob Witsil was the final speaker and ended with an Ode to George B. Cole.


 

Code Purple Sussex Opens Nightly – Volunteers Still Needed

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Night time temps are going to be very low until Dec 15th which is the beginning of Code Purple Sussex’s nightly openings without regard to temps. So with that in mind, Code Purple is now active until March 15th! We will be open every night in Seaford, Bridgeville, Delmar, Milford, and Georgetown.  (Laurel will open nightly starting Jan 1st and Bethany is on hold while more overnight volunteers are sought)

Please consider helping us by staying overnight at a shelter near you. We need all hands on deck to be open the next 102 days at 8 shelters! We can not open a shelter without overnight volunteers. Check out our volunteer page that explains all the volunteer spots, our online volunteer form, and link to the calendars for signing up! Volunteer Info

The organizing agency for Code Purple in Sussex is Love INC. For further information contact Executive Director, Susan Kent of Love INC at loveincofmiddelmarva@gmail.com or at the office at 302-629-7050 M-F.

Code Purple Sussex County Hot-line 302-519-0024

Sussex: Official Code Purple Shelters

We open when the temps fall below 32 degrees before Dec. 15th and after March 15th.
Dec. 15th through March 15th we are open regardless of temperatures. (Note ** below)

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Shelter is located in the parish hall.)
202 N. North St.
Seaford, DE 19973
Men only. Check- in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm.

Gateway Fellowship
8110 Cannon Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30 pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Women can meet at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm. Transportation will be provided to Gateway at 8:30pm and then back to Seaford in the morning.
——The CROSS building is located at 703 East King Street, Seaford, DE 19973.——

Avenue United Methodist Church
20 N Church Street
Milford, DE 19963
Men only (We are not allowed to house sex offenders at this location due to the preschool located inside part of the church. Other arrangements may be made to check in to a different shelter.)
Check-in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:00am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963.

Milford Nazarene
11 NW Salevan Pl.
Milford, DE 19963
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963

Laurel Nazarene  **opens Jan 1st**
100 Walnut Drive
Laurel, DE 19956
Men & a separate space for fathers with children.
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 6:00am.

Renovate Church 
800 E. East Street
Delmar, MD 21875
Men Only
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 7:45.

Bethany Stone House
21 N Pennsylvania Ave
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Women Only (no children)
Check-in 5:30pm. Check-out 8:00am.
Dinner will be provided on site at 5:30pm.

Georgetown Presbyterian Church
203 N Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Men and Women
Check-in 9pm (Except Saturdays 10pm). Check-out 7:45am.
No dinner provided at this time.
(The Georgetown Presbyterian Church will continue to operate its Emergency Weather Shelter outside of Code Purple dates. During the non-Code Purple season please call 302-601-1GOD (1463) to see if they are open).

Additional shelters not run by Code Purple Sussex County

Immanuel Shelter: Immanuel operates uniquely as a cold weather shelter.
(OPEN Dec.1 until Spring, regardless of temperature) Rehoboth 1-888-634-9992, Open 7 Days from 4:30 PM until 7:30 AM. Serving men and women. http://www.immanuelshelter.org/


 

WGMD Fishing Report 12-10-18

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Monday was cold and windy and to the best of my knowledge no one went fishing.  Tuesday doesn’t look any better and Wednesday is questionable.  Thursday calls for 5 to 10 knots and seas two feet or less.

I stopped by Lewes Harbour Marina this morning and Tommy told me he spent five hours on Sunday looking for rockfish.  He started trolling at the Eights then worked his way down the beach past Hen and Chickens Shoal without a bite.  He said he marked fish and bait, but they weren’t together.  The fish were hugging the bottom and the bait was close to the surface.  The water temperature was 43 degrees which is very close to the cut off for rockfish to feed.

In Virginia the Pigzilla Tournament wrapped up with three fish over 50 pounds taking the top three spots.  First place weighed 59.15, second was 50.7 and third topped the scales at 50.35.

The Fish Bound out of Ocean City keeps coming in with boat limits of tog.  Other captains I spoke with think he is fishing further south than Delaware boats can run.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report       


 

UPDATED: Rehoboth Officials & Church Respond on Removal of Nativity Scene

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UPDATED – 12/10/18 – There has been much conversation around Rehoboth Beach over the weekend and online about the nativity scene being removed last week from the Bandstand area. Mayor Paul Kuhns tells WGMD’s Mike Bradley that the group that put up the nativity scene didn’t have permission from the city. He says that a local group pulled the nativity from a property rented from the city and put it up.

The removal of the nativity last week actually had nothing to do with the letter the city received from the Anti-Defamation League. That letter was received in November – and was sent to towns and cities around the country – and provided information about religious displays on public property. The letter from the ADL arrived long before the nativity was placed at the Bandstand last week.

Mayor Kuhns says the city took the letter under advisement, and Father William Cocco of St Edmond Catholic Church told WGMD that the ADL letter is opinion. However in 1984, the US Supreme Court ruled that “A nativity scene placed in the public square is not a religious symbol. It’s an instance of “ceremonial deism.”

Father Cocco also wants everyone to know that the nativity is supported by local businesses – they had nothing to do with its removal or anything that occurred since last week. He asks that people not boycott the local businesses.

They did discuss putting the nativity up with the mayor and city manager during the Community Dinner two weekends ago, but no permission for the display was given although town officials said the option for other groups to add displays, like a menorah, was also discussed. Father Cocco told WGMD he has no problem with that at all, but says what came next was a misunderstanding that snowballed. The nativity will not be on display at the bandstand this year – however there is one on St. Edmond’s property.

Mayor Kuhns says that in the future there will be a better process for groups wishing to put up displays on city property.

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ORIGINAL STORY:  A nativity scene placed near the Christmas tree at the Rehoboth Bandstand has been removed after the city received a letter from the Anti-Defamation League.  During a special workshop session this morning, Mayor Paul Kuhns read the letter the city received and allowed the public to comment.  Four people spoke in favor of keeping the nativity scene in place – including Father William Coco from St Edmond’s Catholic Church.  Others reminded city officials of their original beginnings as a Seaside Christian Camp Meeting.


 

DEC Issues Beat the Peak for Tonight 6 to 8pm and Tuesday 6 to 8am

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Delaware Electric Cooperative

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to Beat the Peak this afternoon from 6 to 8pm and again Tuesday morning from 6 to 8am.  This is because of the cold weather blanketing our area.  You can help Beat the Peak by turning off unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances and hot water and turning the thermostat down a few degrees.


 

Over 1100 Dogs & Cats Adopted This Weekend

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Over the weekend a Mega Adoption Event was held by the Brandywine Valley SPCA at the State Fairgrounds.  1181 adoptions were made to families in the tri-state area – 716 dogs and 465 cats were given forever homes.  This was the 5th mega adoption event and had the highest number of adoptions so far – not just for puppies and kittens but for senior animals and long-time shelter residents as well.  Just 1 dog and 11 cats were left at the end of the event on Sunday.


 

Tuesday is the Final Sussex County Council Meeting of 2018

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Sussex County Council-2017 Image courtesy Sussex County Government

Tuesday is the last Sussex County Council meeting of 2018 – and the final meeting for George Cole and Rob Arlett.  The council will honor the Cape Henlopen field hockey, Sussex Central and Woodbridge football teams for their championship seasons.  The council will hear a grant partnership request from Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services.  They will also hear from the county engineer on issues dealing with the Delaware Coastal Business Park at the airport and the James Farm Master Plan Implementation.  In old business the council will likely decide changes to the C-4 Zoning ordinance as well as two conditional use and five changes of zone applications.  The Sussex County Council meets at 10am in the county offices on the Circle in Georgetown.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COUNTY’S AGENDA


 

WGMD Fishing Report 12-9-18

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Sunday was cold and miserable, but a few boats decided to try some tog and rockfish.  There results hardly made the effort worthwhile.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said at least two boats tried to run up the New Jersey Coast looking for rockfish.  One came back early due to rough seas and the other didn’t find any action.

Captain Cary Evans on the Grizzly had a good catch of tog on Saturday including five citations to 9.75 pounds.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Chris told us a few boats fished for rockfish, but none reported catching any.  Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue bucked the trend and did better on Sunday than Saturday.  On Saturday he had one keeper tog per person and on Sunday he managed to find three keepers per client.  He did say it was a rough ride home and the inlet was just a bit sporty.

Small craft advisories are up for Monday so I don’t expect anyone will try to run up to New Jersey for rockfish or very far offshore for tog.  Tuesday and Wednesday look a bit better.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report       


 

UPDATED: Snow Emergency Plan for Wicomico County – LIFTED

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UPDATED:  Due to the recent weather conditions, the Maryland State Police implemented a “Snow Emergency Plan for Wicomico County, yesterday’s date at 1900 hrs.

Upon information received from the Maryland State Highway Administration the “Snow
Emergency Plan” has been lifted effective, 12/10/18 @ 0100 Hrs.

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Snow Emergency Plan in Effect for Wicomico County, Maryland

Due to the recent weather The Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack has activated the agency Snow Emergency Plan. Once the snow Emergency plan is in effect Maryland State Law requires certain precautions.

Some includes:
Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes. Once the Snow Emergency Plan has been placed in effect, motorists are required to operate vehicles that are equipped with snow tires as designated by the manufacturer or equipped with chains. The use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to “snow” tires is unnecessary);

Motorist are reminded to travel only when necessary and when driving to use extreme caution. Please be aware in the event your vehicle becomes disabled you are to notify your local police for assistance. Vehicles that are left unattended or disabled will be towed, in order to allow for the State Highway Administration equipment to prepare and clear roadways for travel.

The following highways have been designated as Snow Emergency Routes in Wicomico County:

    • U.S. 50 Business
    • U.S. 50 Bypass
    • U.S. 13 Business Alternate
    • U.S. 13 Bypass
    • MD. Rt. 12

Drugs Seized During Georgetown Traffic Stop

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Image courtesy Georgetown PD

Image courtesy Georgetown PD

A traffic stop on Sunday morning on Route 113 south of Georgetown led to the arrest of a California man.  Georgetown Police stopped 42 year old David Mao near Shortly Road just after 6am– a search of the vehicle turned up over 11 pounds of marijuana as well as 100 THC vape pen cartridges.  Police have charged Mao with a variety of drug and traffic offenses – he’s being held in default of a $250,000 cash bond.


 

UPDATED: WORCESTER SNOW EMERGENCY Lifted at Midnight

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UPDATED:  Effective Saturday 12/10/2018 at 2400 hours (12 AM), the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack in Worcester County in conjunction with local agencies and the State Highway Administration will be lifting the Snow Emergency Plan.

Please use caution on roadways in and around the Worcester County area. Be mindful of black ice at night and try to limit travel after dark.

Questions should be addressed to the Maryland State Police Barrack in Berlin at 410-641-3101.

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SNOW EMERGENCY IN EFFECT at 1630 HOURS
The Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack in conjunction with local agencies and the State
Highway Administration are implementing the Snow Emergency Plan for Worcester County effective as of December 9 2018 at 1630 hours. This plan is to assist the State Highway Administration in snow clearing operations throughout the county.

Once the snow emergency plan goes into effect, all vehicles on the roadway must be equipped with snow chains or snow tires. In addition, a parking ban is imposed on all snow emergency routes in the County. All vehicles left on the shoulders of these routes will be towed at the owner’s expense.

A press release will be sent out advising when the snow emergency plan has been lifted.
Motorists with questions can contact the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack at 410-641-3101.

For more information on snow emergency plans: http://www.chart.state.md.us/StormInfo/snow_emergency_plans.asp


 

Somerset County Snow Emergency Plan

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The Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack in Somerset County in conjunction with local agencies and the State Highway Administration have implemented the Snow Emergency Plan.  This plan is to assist the State Highway Administration in snow clearing operations throughout the county.

Effective on 12/9/2018 at 5:15 p.m. all vehicles on the roadway must be equipped with snow chains or snow tires on both driving wheels of motor vehicles.  In addition, a parking ban is imposed on all snow emergency routes in the County.

A press release will be sent out advising when snow emergency plan has been lifted.  Questions should be addressed to the Maryland State Police Barrack in Princess Anne at 443-260-3700.


 

UPDATED: No Ruling Yet in Ocean City Topless Ban Lawsuit

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UPDATED 12-9-18 – Five women are hoping a federal judge in Baltimore will strike down Ocean City’s ordinance that prohibits women going topless in public in the resort.  They were in US District Court in Baltimore Friday, however the Baltimore Sun reports the judge has not yet made a ruling – but will do so in coming days.  Resort officials say they have the right to legally regulate public nudity and that a woman being topless is not the same as a man.

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Ocean City is being sued for its topless ban on city beaches. Female toplessness advocate Chelsea Covington and 4 other women filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in January, naming the city, its mayor, police chief, and other city officials. Covington has previously sparred with Ocean City over going barechested on the beach and says she has been searching for attorneys and co-plaintiffs since the ordinance went into effect in May of last year. She says women should be able to go topless on the beach just like men, whereas opponents argue for current public decency laws and standards. Covington’s Lawyer, Devon Jacob, says the law violates his client’s 14th amendment rights to equal protection of the law.