NEWS FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 10
Meehan files to run for Kent Co. State's Attorney
According to a news release, Andrew Meehan has filed to run for State’s Attorney for Kent County as he will seek the Democratic Party nomination in the June Primary. Meehan, who lives in Still Pond, is a practicing attorney in Chestertown and currently handles civil litigation matters. From 2001 to 2009, he was with Wright & Meehan where he represented minor children in child welfare cases. He’s a native of Alexandria, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 and the Washington & Lee Law School in 1987. Alice Richie, Kent County attorney and former Kent County Deputy State’s Attorney is his campaign treasurer.
Suspected earthquake caused by military flights
After numerous calls about a suspected earthquake to emergency personnel in the Ocean City and southern Delaware area on Thursday, the sounds of a loud boom and reports of tremors have been confirmed to be military flights conducted off the Atlantic Coast. The Naval Station Patuxent confirmed the flights that were happening around noon on Thursday. According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, seismologists from around the area examined the data and determined that there was not an earthquake.
QAC police involved in possible suicide shooting
A Tuesday night shooting incident near Centreville has left a suicidal man dead. Around 10pm, Queen Anne’s County deputies responded to a call on White Marsh Road from a resident who said the home owner was armed and suicidal and wouldn’t let her leave. The owner, 78-year-old William Roy Walls, Jr., came out of the house after police arrived and fired his shotgun. Police returned fire and then rescue efforts began after Walls was discovered to be injured. He died at the scene. Three officers have been placed on administrative leave due to procedures while investigators attempt to determine who fired the fatal shot. According to a news release, there is evidence that the wound was self-inflicted.
Charges dropped in Chester Harbor warning shot case
A Queen Anne’s County man charged with firing a warning shot last month has had the charges dropped. On Monday, the Queen Anne’s County prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss assault and reckless endangerment charges against Shawn Prince. On January 24, Prince was charged after firing a warning shot from his shotgun at his Round Top Road residence after someone came on his property in the middle of the night and approached him after being told not to. The man was asking for assistance for getting his car out of a nearby ditch. State’s Attorney Lance Richardson dropped the charges after reviewing the facts of the case.
DCA addresses Chestertown mayor and council
At Monday’s Chestertown town council meeting, the mayor and council heard from the Downtown Chestertown Association. DCA president Nancy McGuire talked about the group’s activities and would like to get more members from the upper High Street area. McGuire also suggested the town create a parking lot for downtown business employees to free up street parking for customers. Also, town manager Bill Ingersoll asked for approval for $2,500 for landscape architect Miles Bernard to provide soil and turf restoration in Fountain Park. After a discussion over causes for the damage from the Farmer’s market and possible solutions, Ingersoll said he’d invite Bernard to speak at the next meeting. Also, the mayor and council voted 4-1 to donate $5,000 to Kent County’s Caulk’s Field 2014 committee. Marty Stetson cast the dissenting vote wanting to delay the contribution until after the town’s yearly budget discussions.
Fithian files in Kent Commissioners race
Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian has filed to run for re-election and will be in the June 24 Democratic Party primary election. He joins fellow incumbent commissioner Billy Short who filed earlier and will be in the June 24 Republican Party primary. Also, Kent County Clerk of the Circuit Court Mark Mumford has filed for the Democratic Party primary and Kent County Sheriff John Price has filed for the Republican Primary to retain their current offices. The Kent County News reports that other candidate for county posts have announced they are running, but have not yet filed. The filing deadline is Feb. 25.
Arrest made in Fairlee home invasion and armed robbery
A Sunday morning home invasion and armed robbery in Fairlee has led to the arrest of one suspect while another suspect is being sought. According to police reports, two suspects entered a home in the Woods Edge Apartment complex around 2:50am Sunday morning, and held a man at gunpoint and took $100. 21-year-old Donta Lavar Montgomery of Worton was arrested and charged with several robbery and weapons charges. The second suspect remains at large but evidence has produced a possible identity. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at (410) 758-1101.
DNR secretary's executive nomination delayed due to alleged comments critical of watermen
A Maryland State Senate vote on the executive nomination of Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill has been postponed until February 14 due to controversy over comments he made threatening to cut watermen’s quotas if a bill he supports doesn’t pass. The comments were made on Senate Bill 145 last Wednesday, a bill that would allow DNR to issue modifications to a fishing season, including harvest times and catch limits, with just 48 hours notice. Watermen expressed opposition to the bill and, according to a letter from Robert Brown the president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, he was approached by Secretary Gill who allegedly said “if this bill does not pass, I will be so conservative and cut quotas, and I will hurt you. Did you hear me? I will hurt you”. Gill said the comments were simply him trying to convey what it would mean if DNR did not have the authority to adjust seasons by public notice because the department already has the ability to make more conservative quota allocations. Eastern Shore Senator Richard Colburn brought up the motion to delay Gill’s nomination on Friday. Gill’s comments have prompted letters of complaint from State Senator Steve Hershey, plus from the Rock Hall mayor and council and Rock Hall town manager and Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian said that a similar letter will be forthcoming from the commissioners and other Eastern Shore officials.
Hogan enters gubernatorial race
Change Maryland head Larry Hogan has entered the Maryland Gubernatorial race and will use public financing for his campaign. On Monday, Hogan who served as appointments secretary for former governor Robert Ehrlich from 2003 to 2007, entered the Republican Party race against Harford County Executive David Craig, Delegate Ron George, Charles Lollar, and Brian Vaeth. Hogan is the second gubernatorial candidate to use public financing as Democrat Heather Mizeur is also using public funding as she goes for the Democratic Party nomination against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler.
Suspect charged in Church Hill bank robbery
A suspect has been arrested in the December robbery at a Church Hill bank. On Friday, Daniel Patrick Welch of the Crumpton area was arrested after Queen Anne’s County police conducted a search and seizure warrant at a residence on Deep Landing Road. During the search, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was seized and Welch faces drug charges as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also had an active bench warrant from Cecil County due to a traffic offense. Welch was accused of robbing the Church Hill branch of the Queenstown Bank on Friday Dec. 13
Teens charged in Sudlersville town office arson
Two teenagers have been charged with a December arson fire that damaged the Sudlersville Town Office. A 13 year old boy from Centreville and a 14 year old boy from Sudlersville were charged with second degree arson, first degree malicious burning, and second degree malicious burning after a Dec. 30 fire on 200 South Church Street in Sudlersville. Permanent markers, toilet paper and body spray were used for the fire that did about $5,000 damage to the town office. The two youths were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services and released to their parents.
Chester River Bridge maintenance scheduled for Thursday
The Chester River Bridge will be undergoing more maintenance this Thursday according to the State Highway Administration. Work will be done from 9am to 3pm and the bridge will be open for the length of time it will take for a boat to pass through. More maintenance is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19.