News December 9 - December 13
Moran named new QAC Commissioner
Queen Anne’s County has selected a new commissioner to replace Steve Arentz. The Queen Anne’s County Republican Party Central Committee chose James Moran to succeed Steve Arentz as Queen Anne’s County commissioner-at-large after Arentz was chosen to succeed Steve Hershey as Delegate with Hershey‘s appointment to the State Senate. Moran is currently vice chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission and is also the founder and head of the Crofton based decorative concrete contractor Increte of Maryland. Moran was one of 12 applicants for the post and he still has to be approved by Governor O’Malley.
Landskroener named executive director of Chestertown RiverArts
Chestertown RiverArts has named Diane Landskroener as their executive director. Chestertown RiverArts, the organization that came out of the merger of Artworks and the Chestertown Arts League chose Landskroener over 29 other applicants. She is currently the creative services director at Washington College and has over 20 years of leadership experience at the college. She is also well known in the community as an actor and director at the Garfield Center and Church Hill Theatre. She will start in mid-January.
Man charged with DUI in retired trooper's death
The driver of a vehicle who crashed into a garage near Rock Hall and killed a retired state trooper staying there was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. On Wednesday, 31-year-old Ryan Tyler Deibert of Abingdon was charged with DUI plus negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle charges and making a false statement to police. This is in connection with a crash on Oct. 25 at a former blacksmith shop on Martin Wagner Road that killed 57-year-old Philip Patrick Nolan, a retired state trooper from Rock Hall. Deibert posted a $150,000 bond and was released from jail. Deibert is a self-employed contractor who was in Kent County on a job and he has prior DUI and drug paraphernalia convictions. Initially after the crash, he had reported to police that his car had been stolen while he and his girlfriend were drinking at a Rock Hall bar.
Shore avoids heavy snow in Tuesday storm
The Eastern Shore was spared the brunt of Tuesday’s snowstorm. The snow ended early in the afternoon and caused the National Weather Service to lift their Winter Storm Warning before 3pm. Most of the roads were clear by the afternoon while the cold weather overnight may have left some slick spots. The only Eastern Shore county to see significant snowfall was Cecil County.
Legislative representation idea for Caroline County
A retired judge has proposed an idea to increase representation for Caroline County in the state legislature. The idea from retired Caroline County Circuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise would be for Caroline County Commissioners to appoint a resident to serve as a non-voting special representative for one year that would have privileges in both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates to work on issues relating to Caroline County. The idea was presented to the Caroline County Commissioners at the last meeting on Nov. 26. Right now the proposal is viewed as Plan B as Caroline County Commissioner Jeff Ghrist has filed to run for the House of Delegates and the Commissioners would prefer to back Ghrist’s campaign which if successful, would put a Caroline County resident back into the legislature for the first time since the 1990s
Five Kent Co. businesses cited for attempted underage liquor sales
Five Kent County businesses have been cited for allegedly attempting to sell alcohol to someone under the legal age of 21. After a compliance check in November when an underage Maryland State Police cadet attempted to purchase alcohol from 10 vendors, five of them: the Lewes Dairy, Super Soda Center, C-town Liquors and Plaza Tapatia in Chestertown and the Galena Mini Mart were all cited and reported to the Board of License Commissioners. The five stores that refused to sell to the underage cadets were Millington Liquors, Molly’s in Kennedyville, and Suds ‘N’ Soda, Pip’s Liquors, and Sunny’s in Chestertown.
QAC Arts Council has a new executive director
Queen Anne’s County Arts Council has a new executive director as Belinda Cook took over the position on Dec. 2. The council also hired local artist Sarah Lyle as their program coordinator.
QAC Police investigate attempted carjacking.
Queen Anne’s County police are investigating an attempted carjacking. The incident happened early Saturday morning when a deputy tried to stop two men near the Chesterwye Center on Grasonville Cemetery Road when the two men bailed out of a vehicle and escaped into the woods. The victim was uninjured during the carjacking attempt. The search for the men began around 12:30 Saturday afternoon and a SWAP team was called in to help with the search. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call (410) 758-0770 or you can call 911.