NEWS JULY 21-31
Three Named To Washington College Board Of Visitors And Governors
Washington College has named three new members of their board of visitors and governors. Two of the appointments were made by Governor Martin O’Malley which include DuPont executive William J. Harvey and New York attorney Jayne Conroy. Also appointed was Washington attorney Bern Rein. Harvey is the president of DuPont Packing & Industrial Polymers in Wilmington, DE and he is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia where he earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his masters degree at the University of Virginia. He has also completed courses at the Harvard Business School. Conroy is with the New York based law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy and has represented plaintiffs in high-profile cases such as the BP oil spill, Toyota safety issues and the 9/11 attack. She is a native of Woburn, MA and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the New England School of Law. Rein is a founding partner of the Washington based law firm Wiley Rein LLP and is a leading antitrust and commercial litigator and was appointed by the board to fill a six year term. He received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a law degree from the Harvard Law School. At one time he was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court justice John M. Harlan.
Caroline County Residents Arrested After Drug Trafficking Ivestigation
Seven Caroline County residents have been arrested after a multi-state drug trafficking investigation. According to a July 25 Maryland State Police press release, suspects from Denton, Ridgely, and Greensboro have been charged with various possession and distribution charges for heroin, cocaine and other drugs. Arrested were Kentral Carter, 29, Lexi Whiteley, 23, and Emily Hill, 20, of Ridgely; Charles Outland, 33, of Denton; and Adam Hutson, 21, Jason Bowen, 32, and Drew Brelia, 23, all of Greensboro. These follow the June arrests of three Denton residents charged with being drug kingpins in during the same investigation. The June arrests include Byron S. Drummond, 27, Joseph C. Dean, 25, and Taylor E. Gibson, 22.
Washington Avenue Residents Meet With Town Officials Over Washington College Disturbance Issues
A Washington Avenue neighborhood association meeting last Tuesday was a heated affair attended by Chestertown mayor Chris Cerino as well as town Zoning Administrator Kees deMooy and police chief Adrian Baker. Many residents are concerned about loud parties, public drunkenness and public urination associated with college students in rental properties in their neighborhoods. The meeting was also attended by Xavier Cole who is the vice president of student affairs at Washington College along with about 20 residents of the recently formed group neighborhood group who are concerned about what they cite as chronic disturbance issues. Mayor Cerino lives on Campus Avenue and said that he can sympathize with the neighborhood group as his neighborhood has had similar issues in the past. Some of the suggestions included putting tighter controls on absentee landlords as well as tighter enforcement of the town’s noise and nuisance ordinances.
Drug Overdose Deaths Up In Maryland
For the first quarter of the year, Maryland has a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report on Thursday saying that the increase in drug overdose deaths is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin. From January through March, 252 drug overdoses were reported with 148 related to heroin. There’s also been an increase in heroin-related emergency room visits and last month, Governor Martin O’Malley created a state Overdose Prevention Council and he has set a goal of reducing overdose deaths by 20 percent by next year.
QAC Man Gets Nine Year Sentence On Drug Charges
A Queen Anne’s County man was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug charges. On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court judge sentenced 33-year-old Warren Troy Gibson, Jr. of Stevensville to a nine year prison term for conspiring to distributing narcotics. According to a plea agreement, Gibson conspired with others to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base in Queen Anne’s County from June through August 2012. A search warrant was executed on his residence on August 23, 2012 and police seized powdered cocaine and reasonably foresaw that 500 grams to 2 kilograms of cocaine would be distributed from the cache.
Sen. Hershey Must Stop Using "Hershey Bar" Campaign Signs
A judge has ruled that State Senator Steve Hershey cannot use campaign signs or materials that mimic the look of the famous Hershey’s chocolate bar. In a decision last Thursday, federal Judge William Quarles issued a preliminary injunction against the use of the signs suggesting that the Hershey Company is likely to win a lawsuit against the Senator. The company filed a trademark infringement suit back in June. Senator Hershey has argued his signs which feature a background of the Maryland flag in brown are different enough from the company logo to be allowed.
Chestertown Mayor And Council Meeting Highlights
At Monday night’s Chestertown Mayor and Council meeting, the council voted to fund a trip to the Six Flags amusement park for kids who are performing street cleanups in the Calvert Street neighborhood as a part of the 400 Block Kids Work Program. Town councilman Sam Shoge told WCTR on our Talk Of The Towns program that the cleanup efforts came out of community meetings over the drive by shooting in the neighborhood. The Six Flags trip will cost $923.49 and will happen after the end of the program on Aug. 15. In other town business, Town Manager Bill Ingersoll reported on bids for a solar array for the town’s wastewater treatment plant and a power purchase agreement. Ingersoll said that all of the bids are very good and all of the bidders in the power agreement are offering lower electric rates than what the town is currently paying. Downtown Chestertown Association president Kristen Owen made suggestions on the town’s move to unmetered parking in August including friendly messages on the bags covering the meters thanking people for shopping in town. She also said the town should remind downtown employees about the Cannon Street parking lots and that business owners should not park in front of their stores. Utilities manager Bob Sipes said that the Shore Medical Center will have a presentation on their proposed use of Ivey-Sol for the oil spill cleanup and the demonstration will be on Monday, July 28. Sipes also confirmed that the Chester River Brewing Company does not need an additional water and sewer allocation which is subject to review if the company uses more than 30,000 gallons in a quarter. Owner Kevin Shertz says he hopes to open by the end of the year.
Fatal Rock Hall Area Fire Ruled Accidental
The July 14th fire that resulted in the death of an elderly Rock Hall area woman has been ruled an accident. The fire last Monday that killed 85-year-old Hester Louise Wright was caused by a sparking air conditioner cord according to a Monday report by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office. According to investigators, Wright was sleeping on her living room couch around 4am when she discovered the fire and notified her daughter who was asleep in an upstairs bedroom. The daughter tried to lead her mother out but was unsuccessful. Hester Wright died of smoke inhalation and burn injuries while her daughter was treated for minor burns and then released from the Shore Medical Center in Chestertown. The home did not have a working smoke alarm.
Chester River Brewing Company Gets Water Hook Up Fee Waived
The request of the Chester River Brewing Company for the town of Chestertown to waive a $16,000 water hookup fee was granted. The company announced on their Facebook page, that the waiver was granted by a unanimous vote by the mayor and council at Monday night’s meeting. Earlier this month, the Town Of Chestertown requested a $16,000 fee for hookup to the town’s municipal water supply for use as a microbrewery. The property located just out of town limits is already hooked up to the town’s water supply and in the letter dated July 8, owner Kevin Shertz said the $16,000 fee had not been mentioned in previous conversations with the Chestertown Utilities Commission and that the current hookup to the town’s water was already approved. The letter went on to state that the proposed $16,000 fee was based on the creation of a brewery but Shertz wrote that the business is actually a microbrewery which, by state law, is limited in the volume of product they can produce.
Reed Kisses Pig At The Kent County Fair
Saturday evening, July 19 at the Kent County Fair saw 10 Kent County office holders or candidates compete in the Kiss The Pig contest in order to raise money for Kent County 4-H and renovations to the Kent County Ag Center. The contestant who raised the least amount of money had to kiss the pig and the honors went to Kent County School Board member Jeff Reed. Reed posted on his Facebook page that he was the one who had to kiss the pig and jokingly claimed he was set up. Reed went on to say that over $6,000 was raised.
Elderly St. Michael's Man Drowns.
An elderly St. Michael’s man drowned over the weekend after going rowing. Around 6:15am Sunday, July20, the body of 76-year-old Allen Myers of St. Michael’s was found in Broad Creek in Talbot County. Maryland Natural Resources Police began the search for Myers after he failed to return after going out rowing on Saturday morning. The search went on for most of the day on Saturday and resumed Sunday morning after the search was suspended during the overnight. Myers was not wearing a life jacket when his body was found and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.