Kent County Sheriff’s are investigating a reported second-degree rape that happened in the Worton area.   A 14-year-old female from Queen Anne's County, told police she was sexually assaulted. She identified the suspect as a 16-year-old male from Kent County.  The female was treated at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

 

Police charge a Galena man for theft.  65 year old Robert Alfred Payne Jr  is accused of taking jewelry, clothing, medication, makeup and housewares with an estimated value of $50,000 from a residence on Irelands Corner Road in Galena.

 

Kent County Most Wanted this week.  24 year old Christian Alexander Murray of Baxter Road in Sudlersville is wanted for violation of probation.  32 year old Ashley Oliver of East High Street, Elkton, 29 year old Lance Joseph Popiti of Maple Court, Elkton, 55 year old Kevin William Smith of Maloney Road, Elkton and 41 year old Jose Luis Rodriguez of Cypress Street, Millington are all wanted for failure to appear in court.  Crime Solvers, supervised by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest. Call 410-778-4444. You do not have to give your name.

 

An armed robbery at a 7-Eleven.  Denton Police say two people wearing masks went into the store, displayed a handgun and stole cash and cigarettes before taking off towards Shore Highway. Police say it's possible a car had been staged in the area for the getaway escape.  Anyone with more information about the armed robbery, or with knowledge of a car that was parked near Shore Highway or Greensboro Road, should call police.

 

Bay Bridge Lane Closures now until this Saturday February 1. The right lane on the westbound span is closed 24/7 for roadwork. Expect delays in both directions. One lane of the eastbound span may be closed today and Wednesday from 7 to 10 a.m. for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. All work will be performed weather permitting.

 

A new record low for unemployment in our area.  Maryland added 6,500 jobs in December. During the past five months, 41,900 jobs have been gained, which is the strongest five-month stretch of job gains since March 2010.

 

 

Bayside Elementary School has been honored as one of six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. All six were honored as Exemplary High Performing Schools, which placed them in at least the top 15 percent of all schools in Maryland based on state assessment scores in math and English language arts.