NEWS FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 21
QAC Council of Governments urges MSP to reconsider dropping state troopers from drug task force.
The head of the Queen Anne’s County Council of Governments is urging the state police to continue to assign state troopers to the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force as well as other task forces around the Eastern Shore. Charles Rhodes, the Council of Governments president as well as a Church Hill town councilman and Centreville’s Chief of Police said that the Maryland State Police proposal to remove troopers from the drug task forces will be devastating to local law enforcement efforts.. The state police made the proposal in order to spend more state police resources going after drug suppliers leaving counties to concentrate on local problems. Rhodes said the task force is especially important now due to the regional heroin problem and hopes the Maryland State Police will reconsider.
Kent Co. Board of Education meeting cancelled
Thursday night’s special Kent County Board of Education meeting was cancelled. No reason was given. The board was supposed to meet in special session to evaluate new superintendent Karen Couch.
Chestertown considers campaign finance ordinance
The town of Chestertown is considering a campaign finance ordinance. At Tuesday’s Chestertown mayor and council meeting, councilman Marty Stetson drafted an ordinance that would require candidates for a Chestertown political office to file campaign finance reports. The proposed ordinance would also include a proposal to handle runoff elections in case of a tie or for a field of multiple candidates.
Cold weather contributed to two January fires
Cold weather contributed to two local fires in Kent and Queen Anne’s County this year, according to the Maryland Fire Marshal. The January 27 fire on Broad Neck Road near Chestertown resulted from sparks that escaped from a wood stove and ignited flammable material nearby. The homeowner was en route to his job when passersby called firefighters at 4:30am. The family’s dog died in the fire. The January 7 fire that damaged a mobile home on Barclay Cutoff Road in Queen Anne’s County was caused when the owner was using a torch to thaw his pipes and sparks ignited materials under the trailer.
QAC police looking for missing Queenstown man
Queen Anne’s County police are looking for a missing Queenstown man. According to a news release from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s office, they are looking for the public’s help in locating 58-year-old James Vincent Colicchio of Queenstown who was reported missing on November 11. He has gray hair, green eyes and weighs about 210 pounds. He had been living in a commercial rental unit on 4-H Park Road and perishable food and documents indicate that he may been gone from there since September. When he was reported missing, several cats were found in the unit in poor condition and were taken in by Animal Control. The man’s family has not heard from him since late August or early September and say that it was out of character for him to leave his cats without someone to care for them. Police found his vehicles, one with a window broken out and the other in the process of being repaired with the tools left outside. His last bank activity was on September 3 and his phone has been turned off since November. Police reports rumors that he was having trouble with another tenant at the property and he has an outstanding warrant on a malicious destruction of property charge. Anyone with information is asked to call Corporal Troy Lowery at (410) 758-0770 ext. 1216 or email email@example.com
No election again in Millington
Again it looks like there will be no town election in Millington. The registration deadline was Feb. 14 with two town council seats and only two candidates have filed. Councilman Sam Graybeal is running for a second term and resident Michelle Holland has filed to run and will likely take the seat of councilwoman Sadonna Clough who is stepping down for personal reasons. The election was scheduled for Tuesday, March 4. The last contested election in Millington was in 2010.
Washington College kicks off men's LAX season this Sat.
Washington College Men’s Lacrosse team is ranked #10 in the country in Division III in the “Inside Lacrosse” and “Lacrosse Magazine” pre-season poll and the Shoremen open their season this Saturday at home with a 1pm game against Goucher College. Last Sunday, the Shoremen beat Bates 13-9 in a scrimmage game. Tune in WCTR this Saturday at 1pm for the Washington College Lacrosse season opener. Andy Maloney will have the play by play.
Armed robbery at Kingstown Royal Farms
Police are investigating a Friday night armed robbery at the Royal Farms store on Church Hill Road. According to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, an employee of the store at the intersection of Rt. 213 and 544 said that a large male, around 6 feet with heavy build, entered the store around 11:30pm, brandished a knife, and demanded that money be placed in a bag. He left the store after getting the money. The suspect was wearing a tan jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, boots, a ski mask and gloves. Two vehicles were spotted leaving the store at the time; a blue car was stopped on Rt. 544 but no one in the car matched the description of the suspect and a late 1990s white Chevrolet/GMC S-10 pickup truck with a spare tire on the side of the truck bed was also spotted. Detectives would like to question this vehicle’s owner. If you have information, call the sheriff’s office at (410) 758-0770 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock Hall sex offender wanted in Delaware is in custody
The Rock Hall area man who was wanted by the Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension Unit due to allegedly having failed to verify his current work address, is under custody at the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. 32-year-old James William Boyles III whose last known residence is listed at Dorlon Drive near Rock Hall, is considered a Tier 2 offender based on a 2005 arrest for fourth degree rape with a victim younger than 16 and is required to register his current work address for 25 years.
Galena to get improved broadband
It looks like Galena will have better broadband service by the end of the month. As last Tuesday’s Galena town council meeting, mayor Don Othoson said that the fiber-optic cable from Millington to Galena should be up and running by Feb. 28. Town councilman John Carroll said that after the Kent County government got the deal to bring Atlantic Broadband from Millington to Galena Elementary School, that as a part of the deal the owner of the Dogwood Plaza chipped in to keep one of his tenants who was looking to leave due to poor service from Verizon. Jonathan Stoltzfus, the owner of Dogwood Plaza, is contributing $25,000 to the cost of the deal.
Washington College women's soccer coach leaving
Washington College’s women’s soccer coach is leaving for a new job in Texas. Kanute Drugan, who in 2012 led the Shorewomen to their fewest losses in a season has been hired as the new women’s soccer coach at the University of Texas at Dallas. Drugan’s resignation at Washington College is effective Feb. 19. Prior to coming to Washington College in 2012, Drugan coached for 15 years at Aurora University in Illinois before the program was downsized.