Overnight Fire in Fruitland Ruled Accidental

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An electrical failure in the area of the water heater/furnace sparked a fire at around 1 a.m. on East Main Street in Fruitland in Wicomico County. It didn’t take long for 25 firefighters to control the blaze, which ended up causing an estimated $30,000 in damage.

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DSP Investigating Home Improvement Fraud

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A Fruitland man currently in jail in Maryland is wanted by Delaware State Police for defrauding a family out of over $23,000 in the past year. A family in Ocean View reported a home improvement fraud to police in January. Police learned that the owner of Elite Hardscapes, LLC, 32 year old Michael Tyler Joseph…

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1 Dead In Fruitland Crash, Vehicle Fire

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Maryland State Police are investigating a deadly crash Tuesday afternoon. At about 2:35 p.m., troopers from the Salisbury Barrack responded to the area of Route 13 northbound – bypass in the area of the St. Luke’s Road interchange for a reported collision involving a fire. Troopers discovered a vehicle off the roadway that appeared to…

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Wicomico Co. Man Charged With Impersonating A Police Officer

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A Fruitland man is charged with impersonating a police officer. Maryland State Police said 24-year-old Isaiah Elsy turned himself in at the Salisbury Barrack Thursday. He is charged with three counts of impersonating a police officer. State Police investigated multiple reports of a man who drove a Crown Victoria with flashing emergency lights in the…

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3 Eastern Shore House Fires Investigated

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Local fire departments responded to at least three residential fires on the Eastern Shore since Friday. A family was displaced by a fire that spread from an outbuilding to a home in Wicomico County Sunday night. Members of the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Company responded to the blaze on Ellendale Circle. No one was hurt. The…

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3 Residential Fires Investigated On Md. Eastern Shore

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Firefighters on the Maryland Eastern Shore responded to several residential blazes over the Christmas weekend. A space heater problem sparked one fire in a detached garage in Fruitland. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, two adult dogs and six puppies died in the fire Saturday afternoon in Clyde Avenue. Damage was estimated at…

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Lightning May Have Caused Mobile Home Fire

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A preliminary investigation indicates that a bolt of lightning may have caused a mobile home fire in Wicomico County, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire on Meadow Bridge Road in Fruitland was reported Tuesday night at about 8:33 p.m. About 25 members of the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Company had the fire…

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Gov Hogan, CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart Announce Additional Coronavirus Test Sites in Maryland

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Governor Larry Hogan and Walmart today announced the opening of additional COVID-19 test sites at Walmart stores in Maryland. This is the latest in a series of recent testing expansions in the state, including the announcement of new CVS sites yesterday, and follows Governor Hogan’s emergency order earlier this week authorizing the state’s nearly 1,200 pharmacies to…

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Three Vehicle Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 2 MSP Injured in Fruitland

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A head-on crash involving three vehicles in Fruitland has left a New York man dead and two off-duty Maryland State Troopers injured.  Maryland State Police continue to investigate but say Trooper Ashley Thoren from the Salisbury barracks reported that she and a trooper from the Princess Anne barracks were involved in a crash on Route…

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Fire damages home in Fruitland

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Fire officials are investigating a blaze that caused over $40,000 in damages to a home in Fruitland. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the blaze broke out sometime around 8:30 p.m., Friday at a one-story single family home on Poplar Street. First responders with the Fruitland Fire Department were first to arrive on…

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Fruitland Man Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Rape

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A Fruitland man has been convicted of 2nd degree rape, assault and other offenses after a three day trial in Salisbury last week.  A Wicomico County Jury found 27 year old Drew Carter guilty of sexually and physically assaulting the victim in a residence on Hayward Avenue – causing significant injuries to the victim.  Judge…

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Salisbury Mobile Home Seriously Damaged by Two Alarm Fire

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The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after a mobile home in the 31000 block of Old Fruitland Road in Salisbury caught fire around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The home, 12 feet by 60 feet wide caught fire on it’s underside. Authorities believe the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction.…

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Sunday Afternoon Salisbury House Fire Under Investigation

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The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after a fire broke out at a home in the 4000 block of Allen Road in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon. Officials say they one story, wood frame, single family dwelling caught fire around 4:30 p.m. The Fruitland Fire Department responded with over 20 firefighters on scene. The…

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Wood Stove Responsible for Fruitland Fire

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A wood stove has been determined the cause of a fire that broke out last night at a home in Fruitland. The blaze was reported at a location on North Division Street in Fruitland, called in by a passerby around 8 p.m. Thursday evening. The Maryland State Fire Marshall’s Office tells WGMD firefighters were quickly…

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JM Bennett HS Guidance Counselor Arrested / Response from District

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A Fruitland man was arrested Friday on 15 different criminal charges – including 2nd degree rape, sex offenses and soliciting child pornography.  The Wicomico County State’s Attorney says 32 year old Allen Mitchell is currently employed as a guidance counselor at James M. Bennett High School – but has been on administrative leave during this…

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Salisbury Man Arrested for June Murder

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An arrest in a Salisbury murder.  Maryland State Police have arrested 27 year old Johnthan Megee of Salisbury in the shooting death of 29 year old Shawn Johnson of Fruitland.  Johnson was shot multiple times in early June at a home on Priscilla Street and later died at the hospital.  No motive in the shooting…

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Congressman Andy Harris to Hold Town Hall in Fruitland Friday

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Congressman Andy Harris will host a town hall meeting on Friday evening in Wicomico County.  Residents of Maryland’s First District are welcome to attend, ask questions and voice their concerns about issues under consideration in Congress.  The Town Hall will take place at the Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland at 7pm.  

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MSP Investigating Shooting Death on Priscilla Street

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Maryland State Police are investigating a murder on Priscilla Street in Salisbury.  Police were called around 7:30 Wednesday night and found 29 year old Shawn Johnson of Fruitland had been shot multiple times.  He was taken to PRMC where he died.  Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information – to contact the Salisbury…

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Salisbury Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Sex Offenses

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A 34 year old Salisbury man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for sex offenses.   Byron Simpson was sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor and 1 count of 2nd degree rape.  He must also register for life as a Tier III sex offender – he was already a Tier I offender after…

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