News December 2-6, 2013
Suspects identified in armed robbery spree.
Suspects have been named in the string of armed robberies that has plagued Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties in Maryland and Kent County, Delaware. The Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office has named Lytia Bailey and Brian Daniels as two suspects in armed robberies that have hit Chestertown, Centreville, Easton, and Dover. Police in these municipalities, counties and states have teamed up in investigating this armed robbery spree that began on October 26. Different stores have been robbed by different suspects wearing disguises. Lytia Bailey of Chestertown who allegedly served as a lookout and driver has been arrested and she and her vehicle were identified via surveillance videos. Brian Daniels, also of Chestertown has been charged and a warrant is out for his arrest. There are also more unknown suspects and anyone with information is asked to call the “Tips Line” at (410) 758-0838.
Samaritan Group announces emergency shelter
The Samaritan Group announces that Kent County’s emergency homeless shelter will be open January 2 to March 30. In January it will be at the Presbyterian Church and February and March it will be at the First United Methodist Church. The shelter will be open 5:30pm until 8am providing a warm bed and three meals. Those needing shelter will be referred there through the Kent County Department of Social Services. Funding and volunteers are needed and you can donate at P.O. Box 934, Chestertown, MD 21620 or e-mail Carol Droge at firstname.lastname@example.org
New mayor in Galena
Galena has a new mayor. Just six months into his term, Galena mayor Kirk Blackard resigned citing the demands of his full time job not giving him the time to devote to the job. Blackard’s resignation letter left Sam Sessa as acting mayor and acting president of the council. At Monday’s town council meeting, Sessa called for a motion to nominate a new mayor with council member Don Othoson nominated, seconded and then seated by a 2-0 vote with Othoson abstaining and Sessa voting only to break a tie. Othoson was then sworn into office by Clerk of the Circuit Court Mark Mumford. After the vote, former mayor Kirk Blackard was then appointed to fill the open town council seat.
Chestertown approves funding for Waterfront Task Force
On Monday night, the Chestertown Mayor and Council voted to approve $8,000 for the town’s share of funding of the Waterfront Task Force illustrations for the town’s riverfront plans. The drawings, by a Baltimore architectural firm, will also be funded by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. The vote was 3-0 with Linda Kuiper, a member of the task force abstaining and Marty Stetson was absent. The task force, formed by the mayor and Washington College, has not yet made their presentation to the town and chairman John Moag says the presentation is currently in draft form. An open meetings violation complaint against The Waterfront Task Force has been filed by the Kent County News newspaper charging that the task force is a public entity that needs to abide by open meeting regulations
Fresh & Greens to close
A major Chestertown business is closing. Effective Dec. 29, Fresh & Greens will be closing as the news came down to employees early Monday afternoon. The store opened in July 2011 in the site of the old Super Fresh location in the Washington Square Shopping Center after Super Fresh’s parent company went bankrupt and was purchased by the Ontario, Canada based company. Besides the Chestertown location, Fresh & Greens will also be closing their stores in Baltimore, Arnold, Brunswick, Cambridge and Washington D.C. Stores in Hampden and Parkville closed last year and were replaced by Giant stores.
Still Pond woman injured in Thanksgiving jogging accident
A Thanksgiving morning jogging accident has left a Kent County woman injured. 60 year-old Charlotta Branda Bowie was airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore after she was hit by an SUV while jogging near her Still Pond home. She was jogging along Medders Road around 7:45 Thanksgiving morning when she was hit from behind by a Ford Explorer driven by a Betterton resident. The driver of the SUV told police she was blinded by the sun and was reaching to pull down her visor. The driver called 9-1-1 and stayed with Bowie until help arrived. She has not been charged. Bowie, who is a web designer with Loblolly Productions suffered ankle and upper neck injuries and was listed in serious but stable condition and has been improving and was in the Intermediate Care Unit.
Easton armed robbery linked to Chestertown and Centreville armed robberies
A Wednesday evening armed robbery at the Domino’s on Dover Street in Easton appears to be related to a recent string of armed robberies in the Chestertown and Centreville areas. This robbery, at around 10:35pm on Wednesday happened when two men entered the store and demanded money. One pointed a gun at an employee while the other suspect, also suspected to be armed, stood by the window as a lookout. Police arrived on the scene shortly after the robbery and law enforcement officials in Easton, Centreville, and Chestertown believe the robbery is similar to six other robberies in the last month in all three locations. Anyone with information can call,TFC William Abey with MSP at 410-758-1101, Chestertown Police at 410-778-1800, Centreville Police at 410-758-8437 or Easton Police at 410-822-1111.
Maryland firearm deer season is on
Maryland’s firearm deer season opened on Saturday and will run through Saturday December 14 and the Department of Natural Resources says that this year’s hunt may be more productive than last year’s. DNR’s Deer Project Manager Brian Eyler says that the expected increase is due to a reduced acorn crop and as deer move around for more food, they become more available to hunters. Last year, Maryland’s total deer harvest dropped below 90,000 for the first time in over 10 years and the firearm season accounts for more than half of the total harvest. The DNR reminds hunters to be safe, and to wear safety harnesses if hunting from tree stands.