NEWS JANUARY 20-24, 2014
QAC public hearing on tax offsets set for Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28 there will be a public hearing in Queen Anne’s County to discuss proposed legislation to change tax offset payments between the county and the municipalities. The proposed ordinance would take into account services provided to the residents by the municipalities and would offset taxes paid to the county for these services. Commissioner David Dunmyer said that currently, the offset payments are a form of double taxation for the municipalities. The municipalities affected are Centreville, Queenstown, Church Hill, Sudlersville, Queen Anne, Barclay, Millington, and Templeville. The hearing is Tuesday at 6:10pm in the Liberty Building in Centreville.
Tinelli will run for QAC Registrar of Wills
Vito Tinelli III has thrown his hat into the ring to run for Registrar of Wills in Queen Anne’s County. Tinelli, who was born and raised in Chestertown is currently in the final year of a six year term on the Queen Anne’s County School Board.
QAC Commissioner Dunmyer to step down
Queen Anne’s County will be losing a commissioner as David Dunmyer has announced that he will not run for re-election in the First District. Dunmyer, who was elected in 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Commissioners and Chairman of the Upper Shore Regional Council, said that he never intended to make politics a career and feels that he can better serve the county and the Eastern Shore as a private citizen.
Man gets 10 years prison for Betterton attempted armed robbery
The suspect in an armed robbery attempt in Betterton has been sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence. 23-year-old Strom Thurmond Davis of Still Pond Neck received the sentence after an April armed robbery attempt behind Marzella’s in Betterton when the victim was stabbed and airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The robbery was characterized as a vicious act fueled by drug use and Judge Paul Bowman said he exceeded state sentencing guidelines due to the harm to the victim and nature of the crime.
Woman arrested for Queenstown Outlets theft
A Silver Spring woman has been charged with theft from the Queenstown Outlets. On Saturday, January 11, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s office arrested 47-year-old Yusety Rodriguez after she was found with a $155 pair of Ray Ban sunglasses from Sunglass Hut after a witness saw her stuffing something in a trash can. Police also recovered a pair of shoes from the Bass store and three other pairs of sunglasses, another from Sunglass Hut and two from the Guess store. After arrest, Rodriguez was released on her own recognizance.
Shore digging out from winter storm
The Eastern Shore is digging out from another snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow in our area. The snow was followed by freezing weather as a Wind Chill Advisory was in effect Tuesday morning. The snow closed schools Tuesay and also shut down government offices around the region Monday. In our region, around 3,000 flights were cancelled in airports out of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Two accidents in Maryland that killed three people were blamed on the weather.
Golts home damaged by fire
A home in Golts was damaged by a fire on Tuesday. Fire was reported at the house on Golts Caldwell Road in Eastern Kent County around 8:30am and firefighters from Millington, Kennedyville, Marydel, Sudlersville, Galena, and Chestertown in Maryland plus Townsend, Cheswold, Clayton, Smyrna, and Middletown in Delaware took about an hour to put out the fire. Damages were estimated at $30,000.
Waterfront task force disbands, incomplete report made public.
The Chestertown Waterfront Task Force is no more. In a Friday letter to mayor Chris Cerino, committee chairman John Moag announced that the remaining members all resigned on Thursday after the group was found to have violated open meetings laws. One member, Rebecca Flora, resigned from the group last month. The unfinished report has been made public. Moag said that he has no interest in briefing the report to the town council as requested by Mayor Cerino. In the letter, Moag brought up the $200,000 gift from Washington College to the town after the Armory purchase that the college suggested be used for a budget for the task force, which didn’t happen. The letter also stated that the task force was never informed by the mayor and town council of a resolution confirming the creation of the task force and had they known they were to be designated a public body, the task force would have been dissolved because confidentiality was needed to have candid dialogue with individuals they talked to. Moag also said that he and one other former task force member will pay for the unfinished work for the architectural firm of Ayers Saint Gross since it is unlikely the town will get the matching funds to pay for their share.
Fire destroys Stevensville home
An early Monday morning fire in Stevensville caused multi-millions of dollars in damages. The fire happened at 3:46am in the 900 block of Broadcreek Drive and firefighters from Kent Island, Grasonville, United Communities, and Queenstown responded to the fire. The 7,200 square foot, two story wood framed single family home was built in 1993 and investigators are still investigating.
Community service the keynote address at MLK breakfast
“What are you doing for others” was the message from the keynote speaker at Monday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Rock Hall firehouse. The keynote speaker was Joseph Morse, the editor of Delmarva African American Pride magazine and executive director of Delmarva Rural Community Development Corporation. The annual breakfast which also featured numerous musical performances and awards presented by the Vincent Hynson Scholarship Fund at Washington College, the Good Neighbor Fund, the Samaritan Group, and the Community Food Pantry is sponsored by the Chester Valley Minister’s Association and supported by the Kent County Arts Council.
Delaware Man killed in Millington during police chase
A Clayton, Delaware man was killed in a Saturday morning car crash in Millington. According to police reports, police from the Centreville barrack were dispatched to the accident scene near the intersection of Rt. 291 and Crane Street and found Delaware police already on the scene. 25-year-old Adam M. Hughes of Clayton, Delaware had refused to stop for police in Clayton after driving erratically and during a police chase, he eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a vacant house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.