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The Washington College and Chestertown community is mourning the loss of long time Washington College athletic coach Donald M. Chatellier who passed away Tuesday night...

 

The Washington College and Chestertown community is mourning the loss of long time Washington College athletic coach Donald M. Chatellier who passed away Tuesday night, August 14. Chatellier, known as “Chatty” was 89. He spent 35 years as a head coach at Washington College beginning as head men’s track and cross country coach in 1955. He coached the track program until it was discontinued in 1982 and coached cross country until 1987. He won several Mason-Dixon Conference and Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference championships. After the end of the track program, he coached the men’s rowing program until 1990. He also served as Assistant and Associate Director of Athletics under Ed Athey and helped develop the school’s intramural sports programs for men and women students. He also served as the head coach of the College’s junior varsity basketball team and was a physical education instructor. He was inducted into the Washington College Hall of Fame in 1989 and received the Edward L. Athey ’47 Award in 2004 for his impact on Washington College Athletics. The “Chatty Track” that circles Kibler Field is named in his honor.

A Monday fire destroyed a mobile home in Caroline County and investigators are still investigating the cause. Shortly after 11pm on August 13, fire crews were called in to fight the blaze at the vacant home on Jackson Lane in Goldsboro. 35 firefighters from the Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company took about 35 minutes to extinguish the fire. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $8,500. Anyone with information is urged to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-822-7609.

A Middletown man led police on a Saturday night chase through Kent County that ended when the driver jumped into a pond in Chestertown. 41-year-old James Edward Dixon of Middletown was charged with over thirty traffic and drug offenses by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department after a chase began around 10pm, August 11 when a deputy attempted to stop his Chevy S-10 that was allegedly traveling 70mph on Rt. 291 west of Rt. 298. After the chase began, the driver tried to get away at speeds up to 90mph and caused other vehicles to pull over to let him pass. The driver then failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of Rt. 291 and Rt. 213 in Chestertown and then drove over the concrete median in the roundabout at the intersection of Rt. 291 and High Street and continued speeding down High Street and running red lights in downtown Chestertown. Near the foot of High Street at the Chester River, he tried to drive through a fence at the Custom House owned by Washington College. Dixon then left the truck and ran across a wooden foot bridge before jumping into a pond and attempted to swim away. He then swam back to shore and surrendered to police. No injuries were reported in the incident. Police searched Dixon’s vehicle and found suspected heroin and paraphernalia. He is being held without bail at the

The future of the Rock Hall Fireman’s Festival may be in jeopardy after concerns about the event were introduced at Kent County Detention Center and his trial is set for Oct. 1.

the August 9 Rock Hall mayor and council meeting. Plans for the event, scheduled for Sept. 15, are on hold after Councilwoman Beth Andrews suggested the town vote on whether to approve the event. She and Councilman Tim Edwards voted against with mayor Brian Jones voting to move ahead and Brian Nesspor abstaining until he gets more information. Councilwoman Rosalie Kuechler was absent. The idea for the festival came from Kent County Community Marching Band music director Travis Hayman who presented the idea as a fundraiser for the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company. The festival was also supposed to feature a 5K run/walk that has already been canceled, along with a parade and food or craft vendors. Andrews expressed concerns to council about the event after the Rock Hall Volunteer Company backed off their support due to liability issues of use of their name since it was going to be advertised as the Rock Hall Firemen’s Carnival. Hayman said he is trying to find another beneficiary for the event. Also Kent County Sheriff John Price was there to promote their Kent Goes Purple campaign in September to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in the community. Mayor Brian Jones said he will participate and Rock Hall Police Captain Bill Dempsey will look to find ways to light the town’s municipal building purple for the campaign.

The Rock Hall Police Department is investigating a Friday night accident involving the town’s tram service and a bicycle rider. The incident happened just before 6pm, August 10 on Bayside Avenue at Bay Drive when a bicycle operated by 60-year-old Cynthia Joan Sullivan of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey was hit by a Jeep Wrangler towing the 12 passenger Rock Hall Trolley being driven by town employee, 67-year-old John A. Groves of Rock Hall. The tram was attempting to make a left turn onto Bay Drive when the tram stuck Sullivan in the leg and knocked her off the bike. There were passengers on the tram at the time of the accident. The Jeep and tram are registered with the town of Rock Hall. Sullivan was taken by ambulance from the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company to Shore Medical Center in Chestertown where she was treated for a broken arm and then released. Sullivan and her husband have a boat that is docked at one of Rock Hall’s marinas according to Rock Hall Police. No charges have been filed.

The Delaware State Police is looking for a female suspect with ties to Millington and Church Hill in connection with a series of June home burglaries in Hartly, Clayton and Dover. 25-year-old Destiny Thomas, who is believed to have ties to the Millington, Church Hill, Clayton and Dover areas, is wanted on various burglary, theft, and criminal mischief charges. Her brother, 32-year-old George Thomas III was arrested in Queen Anne’s County on Tuesday, August 14 in connection with the robberies. If anyone has information, they are urged to call Delaware Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or go to Delaware.Crimestoppersweb.com.

The Chestertown Police Department is investigating a Friday night fight with shots being fired in the 100 block of North Lynchburg Street. Chestertown Police do not know if anyone was injured in the incident. The incident happened around 11:50pm on August 10 and the Chestertown Police Department asks if anyone has information about the incident to contact Det. Wilson at 410-778-1800. This comes after an August 4th incident where two males, ages 17 and 20 were shot and injured in the same neighborhood. Both victims were treated and released from the hospital. Police say no one has come forward with information on that incident.

On Monday, August 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced they will hire a new Wildlife Refuge Specialist for the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall. The decision means that the refuge, which was under consideration to be closed due to budget cuts, will remain open. The position will work with volunteers and Friends of Eastern Neck to support the refuge which includes operating the visitor center. Currently, staff from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge drive two hours to work at Eastern Neck.

Queen Anne’s County has received two grants from the State Board of Public Works that will be used for land conservation. The grants were awarded on August 1. The first grant was Rural Legacy Funds worth $423,844 that will be used to purchase 99 acres along the Arnold II Property Easement that will be co-held by the county and the Department of Natural Resources. This land will protect productive agricultural and forest lands that provides habitat of migratory songbirds and raptors. The second grant from the same fund is worth $1,694,356 to acquire 398.67 acres on the Marylor Property Easement which will also protect productive agricultural and forest lands.

The Maryland Association of Counties got an earful from the Kent County Commissioners at the Tuesday night Commissioners’ meeting. Three representatives from MACo were at the August 7 commissioners’ meeting to update the county on what they called “big issues” in the last year including getting state highway revenue back to the counties and 911 call centers. Commissioner Bill Short said that MACo is not working hard enough on returning highway revenue back to the counties claiming that the state stole $3 million from the local citizens. Short said MACo should ask to get counties money back for education saying that the counties don’t have to use the money solely for road repairs. Commissioner William Pickrum said MACo needs to work harder on rural healthcare solutions while Commissioner Ron Fithian said he was not happy with MACo’s response on debris flowing through the Conowingo Dam a few weeks ago saying they sought opinions from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and not from the Clean Chesapeake Coalition claiming that the CBF has been wrong on the issue for the last 40 years.

The Chestertown Mayor and Council approved a bond issue for Heron Point at their Monday, August 8 meeting. The bond hearing issue for the retirement community was held before their regular meeting, and Lindsey Rader of Funk & Bolton presented the terms of the bond issue in accordance with federal regulations. She said the town would assume a pass-through status which would allow Heron Point to get more favorable rates and the town would not have any liability for the bonds that could total over $26 million. The bonds would be tax-free due to the town’s sponsorship and the terms would be no longer than 30 years. Town Manager Bill Ingersoll said the town has done similar arrangements in the past with Heron Point and Washington College and cites this as being a good neighbor to the institutions. Town councilman Marty Stetson asked if the town should get a fee for facilitating the deal and Town Manager Bill Ingersoll said such a fee should be arranged in advance. Mayor Chris Cerino said the town should ask for a fee in future agreements.

The October 1 Centreville town council election has been cancelled due to an uncontested race. Incumbent council member Tim McCluskey was the only candidate to file by the August 6 deadline. This will be McCluskey’s fourth term and will officially start with the town’s reorganization meeting in October. McCluskey is currently the president of the council

A Queenstown woman was arrested on Wednesday after an attempted armed robbery in Easton. According to the Easton Police Department, the incident happened at the 7/11 on Washington Street on August 8 when 44-year-old Cathy M. Wright of Queenstown allegedly went into the store claiming to have a gun and demanding money. She also made a motion toward her hip as she made the claim of having a gun. Police said she unsuccessfully tried to get into the registers and then ran from the store. Easton Police later arrested her on charges of attempted robbery and theft.

An Easton man has received an 18 year prison sentence in connection with two burglaries at the Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville. On July 31 in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court, Scott Adam Hall was sentenced to 18 years with no time suspended in connection with the November and December 2017 robberies. In May, Hill pleaded guilty to second and fourth degree burglary along with malicious destruction of property over $1,000. Along with the prison term, a monetary judgment of $6,494 was awarded against Hill for damages to the church. Hill was tied to the robberies after a tip from his estranged wife in January 2018 about her husband burying a safe at their Easton residence that contained credit cards and a key belonging to the church.

The Chestertown Police Department is investigating an early Saturday morning shooting incident in the Calvert Heights area. Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker told the Chestertown mayor and council at their Monday night, August 6 meeting, that the incident happened around 1am on August 4 in the grassy area at the back end of the 700 block of High Street near North Lynchburg Street and in the Calvert Heights parking lot accessed by Hawkins Drive. Chief Baker said two people were injured; a 20-year-old male from Chestertown and a 17-year-old male from Cambridge. Both were treated and released from the Chestertown hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chief Baker said at the meeting that “people were intentionally shooting at people”. Police do not know the motive for the shooting, nor how many shots were fired and are seeking information. If anyone has information, they are urged to call Chestertown Police at 410-778-1804 and ask for Lt. John Dolgos or Det. Clifford Wilson. The incident prompted Chestertown town councilman Ellsworth Tolliver, who represents the ward where the shooting incident took place, to call for residents to find more productive ways to resolve disputes.

A Chestertown woman was arrested on Friday and charged with multiple counts of drug possession with intent to distribute in a school zone. On August 3, 38-year-old Mimi Monique Smith was arrested after a search and seizure warrant was served at her residence on the 100 block of North Lynchburg Street at 3:20 am and suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, and capsules of a suspected mix of fentanyl and heroin were seized. Her residence is near Garnett Elementary School. She is being held without bail in the Kent County Detention Center as she awaits a preliminary hearing on August 29.

Queen Anne’s County’s drug overdose death toll is now up to eleven for the year, which is more than twice the number of deaths last year. On Monday, August 6, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office received toxicology reports from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office which added four more drug overdose deaths in the county during the month of July. There were five drug overdose deaths in Queen Anne’s County last year and the county reached five in June of this year. The Medical Examiner’s report said that 43-year-old Gary Quesnel of Grasonville, 45-year-old Eric Thomas of Stevenville and 19-year-old Timothy Stevens III of Stevensville who all died on July 7, died of cocaine and fentanyl intoxication. Alprazolam also contributed to Stevens’ death. A fourth person, 39-year-old Myung Ki Kim of Chester died of fentanyl intoxication on July 27.

The Chestertown Pizza Hut has closed after a 40 year run. The final day of business in the 900 block of Washington Avenue on the north end of town was Sunday, July 29 and the franchise owner told the “Kent County News” that low traffic flow, less business and a decline in sit-down dining experiences were the reasons for the closing. The current franchise owner said the ownership of the franchise is changing and the new owners will reopen it at a different location. The current building is for sale. The original Chestertown Pizza Hut opened at the Kent Plaza in 1979 and it moved to 903 Washington Avenue in the late 1990s. The staff, which numbered 13 employees, knew about the closing in advance and are being taken care of according to the franchise owner.

Main Street Chestertown is looking for designers and artists to submit logo ideas for the organization and the winning designer will be paid $1,000 for the design. The logo design should promote a sense of Chestertown through a recognizable visual interpretation which includes typeface and any other visual elements. The words “Main Street Chestertown” must be a part of the design. Submissions are due on Monday, September 3 by noon and can e-mailed as digital files or dropped off at Town Hall at 118 N. Cross Street. More than one design can be submitted. Judging will be done anonymously. For more information, contact Kay McIntosh at kay.chestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-2991.