NEWS FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 14
Town of Centreville announces absentee ballot availability
The town of Centreville announces that absentee ballots for the Centreville Town Council election will be available starting Monday March 10. The ballots can be picked up at Town Hall at 101 Lawyers Row and absentee ballots must be submitted to the town hall or the polling location at the Goodwill Fire Company at 212 Broadway by election day on April 7. Absentee ballots are available to any qualified voter who will not be able to vote on election day. Citizens with questions can call (410) 758-1180.
Arentz introduces two bills for QAC
The 36th District Delegation has introduced two bills concerning the school board and school buses in Queen Anne’s County. The bills were introduced by new Queen Anne’s County delegate Steve Arentz and co-sponsored by Kent and Cecil delegates Jay Jacobs and Mike Smigiel. The first would allow for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education to have control over selection to fill vacancies rather than having an interim appointee selected by the governor. The second bill would extend the useful life of a Queen Anne’s County school bus from 12 years to 15 years which is the standard used in Caroline and Cecil Counties.
Shore gets socked with winter storm.
The Shore is waking up to a major snowstorm that has dumped several inches of snow and closing all area schools. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6am Friday morning. Today expect a mix of snow and sleet and more snow tonight before the storm moves out of the area. At noon press conference on Wednesday, Governor Martin O’Malley urged Marylanders to use common sense on what is likely to be the season’s heaviest snowfall and to keep up with the latest from local government websites or http://www.mema.Maryland,gov.
Suicidal Centreville area man died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The Centreville area man who died in a Feb. 4 shootout with police died from multiple gunshot wounds. 78-year-old William Roy Walls Sr. who lived on White Marsh Road was reported to be suicidal when he refused to let a resident leave the house and police were called. After firing a shotgun when deputies arrived, police returned fire and Walls died at the scene. An autopsy revealed that Walls suffered three gunshot wounds, one self inflicted and two from the deputies. The officers remain on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Kent County schools to use holidays for make up dates
At Monday night’s Kent County School Board meeting, the school system announced that they will make up excess snow days by being open on President’s Day, February 17 and on April 21, Easter Monday. School Superintendent Karen Couch said she supports asking the state superintendent for a waiver from the required 180 days of instruction in order not to stretch the school year beyond June 13.
Kent Commissioners approve bulletproof vests for detention center
At Tuesday night’s Kent County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners approved up to 20 bulletproof vests for officers at the Detention Center. The vests, at $999.16 each will be provided by Red The Tailor. Also, three businesses were fined $100 for selling alcohol to a minor during a police sting operation: these businesses were Bayside Foods in Rock Hall, Lewes Dairy Market in Chestertown and Molly’s Mart near Kennedyville.
Only one of 16 area bars serves alcohol to a minor in sting operation
In a state police sting operation conducted on Feb. 3 and 4, 16 businesses were checked when an underage police officer attempted to purchase alcohol and only one business served alcohol to the police cadet. The one business was J.R.’s Past Time Pub in Chestertown and Centreville Barrack commander Lt. Dwayne Boardman was pleased that only one pub out of the 16 checked served alcohol to the cadet.
Ridgely crash sends several to hospital
A Tuesday morning crash in Caroline County between a work van and a bus left several people injured. The crash happened around 8:30am at the intersection of Rt. 312 and Benedictine Lane in Ridgely when 38-year-old Gary Nesselrod of Ridgely was driving a work van north on Rt. 312 when the van rear-ended a Delmarva Community Transit bus driven by 60-year-old Michael Dunn while Dunn was attempting to make a left hand turn. Both drivers were injured while nine of the 23 passengers were all taken to hospitals.
Full house at Chestertown waterfront hearing
On Monday night, the Chestertown mayor and council held a public hearing seeking public input on the report from the now dissolved Chestertown Waterfront Task Force. The upstairs town hall meeting room was overflowing with many in attendance addressing the mayor and council. After the mayor’s introduction, Washington College president Mitchell Reiss was invited to speak and President Reiss spoke about the importance of cooperation between the college and the town. Architect and owner of Chester River Brewing Company, Kevin Shertz was the first member of the public to speak and spoke of changing Chestertown’s “culture of no” and the importance of creating a “gown and town committee” to foster communication with the college and the town residents and he offered his services on such a committee. All of the speakers spoke in favor of using various parts of the report as a blueprint to move ahead with waterfront plans, but many spoke against the idea of moving the Farmer’s Market to Wilmer Park.
Acme expanding and Kent Plaza to get improvements
In a Friday news release, the Cordish Company announced that Acme in the Kent Plaza will nearly be doubling in size, expanding their current 25,000 square foot location to 41,000 square feet. In addition to the Acme expansion, Cordish will be investing at least $1 million in improvements, including beautification efforts for the nearly 50 year old shopping center.
Millington man charged for Thursday morning incidents
A Millington man has been charged with a variety of offenses after an early morning incident on Thursday. 39-year-old Jesse William Ford of Millington and Mittie, Lousiana was arrested after a series of incidents that began just after 2am Thursday when he was alleged to have poured gasoline on the ground at the Tailgate Market on Sassafras Street in Millington, then set it on fire and drove away. He then crashed a vehicle into a driveway at Legion Road in Queen Anne’s County and then attempted to steal another vehicle but was confronted by an armed homeowner and held there until police arrived. Ford was released after posting a $15,000 bond and his trial is set for March 14.
Manslaughter charges filed in August Kent Narrows crash
The woman involved in a fiery August crash at Kent Narrows that killed two people has been charged. Kaitlyn Ashley Omara of Westminster was charged with two counts of manslaughter by automobile after the August crash that killed motorcycle riders Perry Cornelius Hunter of Columbia and his passenger Levonne Frances Garvin St. Clair of Gwynn Oak. Omara was driving westbound on Rt. 18 near the Fisherman’s Inn around 7pm August 11 when her Nissan Versa crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle driven by Hunter. Both vehicles caught fire in the crash. Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson said that Omara was drunk at the time of the accident.
DOT has a trails workshop
The Maryland Department of Transportation has set up a workshop on Feb. 27 to discuss state trail, pedestrian, and bicycle projects, The workshop will be at 3pm at the Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning and Zoning Office at 160 Coursevall Drive in Centreville.