NEWS MAY 12-MAY 16
Kent County To Take Over County Website
At Tuesday’s Kent County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners voted to take over the county’s website. The commissioners voted to end their association with website provider Chesapeake Bay Internet Associates and used $55,000 from the contingency fund to purchase the rights to the site and bring it under the control of the county. The commissioners also approved a contract to allow use of property near Fairlee to be used as a fundraiser for the Battle Of Caulk’s Field reenactment. The fundraiser will be held at the Caulk’s Field House on June 28 while the reenactment will take place on the weekend of Aug 30 and 31, 200 years after the original battle.
Comptroller Visits Chestertown
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot spoke to a group of local business leaders at Chestertown Town Hall on Tuesday. He offered some memories of his predecessor, Louis Goldstein who gave out gold coins and he spoke of his association with Washington College and presented college president Mitchell Reiss with a Comptroller’s Medallion. He mentioned previous visits to the town including former mayor Margo Bailey shopping at Stam Drugs and his visit to Benchworks whom he praised as a model for other businesses settling in smaller communities. He also talked about the state budget which he said is balanced but on a precarious foundation due to being built on capital gains and gambling revenue which are volatile. He expressed a fear that the state property tax would have to be doubled due to house prices not increasing.
Shoremen Men's Lacrosse Move Into Final Four
On Wednesday night, the Washington College men’s lacrosse team moved on in the NCAA Division III playoffs with a quarterfinal win over defending champion Stevenson. The 5th ranked Shoreman got the win with 22.5 seconds left in the game as Senior attackman Jim Cusick scored his game leading fifth goal to take the win 12-11 over the host Mustangs. The Shoremen had a 7 to 3 lead at the half but Stevenson tightened the game with a strong second half before Cusick’s winning goal. This was the first NCAA tournament loss for the Mustangs in ten games since opening their Mustang Stadium facility. The Shoremen are now 18-1 on the season and move on to the Division III semi-finals this Sunday to play second ranked Salisbury and will try to avenge their only loss of the season as the Shoremen lost to the Seagulls in the War On The Shore game in Salisbury. Top ranked RIT play sixth ranked Tufts in the other Sunday semi-final.
Stinton Wins Sophie Kerr Award
Alex Stinton of Whitman, MD and a graduate of St. Michael’s School is the winner of Washington College’s Sophie Kerr Prize. Tuesday night at the awards ceremony at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Stinton who came to Washington College on a Sophie Kerr Scholarship and an invitation to join the Presidential Fellows won the $61,382 prize as part of a posthumous gift from Washington College graduate Sophie Kerr from Easton who later became managing editor of Woman’s Home Companion. One juror said that many of Stinton’s poems “evoke a strong sense of place, most often the Eastern Shore”. His thesis was on “The Eternal in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats”. The Sophie Kerr prize is the largest U.S. undergraduate literary award and is awarded to the Washington College senior who shows the most “ability and promise for the future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor”.
Rock Hall Mayor Claims Not Receiving Report On Water Clarifier
The water clarifier project in Rock Hall was discussed again at Thursday night’s mayor and council meeting with mayor Bob Willis bringing up a preliminary engineering report from March 2013 that the mayor claims that he nor the town council members received. He said that due to not having the chance to review the report, he would not sign anything related to the clarifier project. Town manager Ron Fithian was absent from the meeting and councilman Brian Nesspor said he expected a simple explanation for not receiving the report with vice mayor Brian Jones saying he would check with Fithian for more information. In an e-mail to the media, including WCTR, town manager Ron Fithian provided documentation of the clarifier report from McCrone Engineering. Issues with the drinking wells prompted action as Well Number five has corroded and no longer works with the iron pipe and pump needing replacement, The mayor and council voted unanimously to spend $18,363 to fix the well with a new pump and PVC pipe.
AAA Mid-Atlantic Reports Increase In Pothole Damage
AAA Mid-Atlantic says that this past winter has increased pothole damage to automobiles. According to an e-mail from AAA Mid-Atlantic, calls for flat tires from January through April were 22% higher this year than last year with 120,000 service calls and the number of potholes this past winter is the highest since the winter of 2009-2010 when the storm known as Snowmagedden hit our area.
Manhunt For Suspects In Grasonville Home Invasion
Queen Anne’s County police are looking for two Grasonville men wanted for assault and battery charges connected with a Friday home invasion on Sherman Way. Residents at an apartment reported that two men with baseball bats entered the apartment through a back window shortly after 1am and one of the adult men at the residence was struck by a bat. He was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center for a possible concussion and head trauma. Another male resident attempted to take the bat away from the man but fled when the second suspect appeared. There were also two adult women and two children were also living in the apartment and the women identified the suspects as 29-year-old John Henry Gant and 28-year-old Richard Jay White, both of Grasonville. White is the father of the two children and made threatening statements to the mother according to the victims. The suspects were last seen leaving the neighborhood on foot. White is an African-American male listed at 5-9 and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Gant is a white male at 6-2, 230 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair that is often worn in a ponytail. He also has extensive neck and face tattoos. Update: John Henry Gant is in custody. He was located at a relatives residence in Grasonville by deputies around noon Tuesday.
Major Drug Bust In Rock Hall
Local and state police are announcing a major drug bust in Rock Hall that wrapped up last week. An investigation by Rock Hall police in cooperation with the Kent County Narcotics Task Force arrested two suspected Kent County drug dealers and seized suspected heroin, cocaine, cash and a motor vehicle. Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Joseph Wachowiz, Jr. and 20-year-old Trehquan Jamel Blake and both are being held in the Kent County Detention Center. Both were arrested after traffic stops, Blake in March and Wachowiz last week, and a search uncovered the suspected drugs plus cash.
Campaign Signs Vandalized In QAC
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff and other political candidates in Queen Anne’s County have been experiencing the vandalism of some of their campaign signs. Sheriff Gary Hofmann tells WBOC Channel 16 that six of his signs and signs from other candidates have been found spray painted with profanity or damaged and destroyed. The sheriff also says this is not the first time he has experienced this as his signs were vandalized for his first two campaigns. According to state law, defacing or damaging a political campaign sign can lead to a $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail. Sheriff Hofmann says that he will use his own money to buy cameras to monitor his signs as well as other candidates’ signs.