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First look at new Berlin PD station

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing and architect Tim Crosby of Crosby & Associates led a tour of the new town police station on Monday. Taking the half-hour walk-through were Mayor Gee Williams, councilmen Thom Gulyas, Zack Tyndall, Dean Burrell and Troy Purnell and town staff.  Unlike the cramped confines of the current station adjacent to Town Hall on William Street, the new space, near the corner of Flower Street and Assateague Road, will include separate spaces for each officer. Downing highlighted the still in-construction areas that will eventually become rooms for processing, interrogation, evidence, dispatch, record keeping and training. The building will include separate cells for adults and juveniles, as well as a full-service kitchen, training room, gym, and lockers for each officer. In the current quarters, the room for juveniles is used for multiple purposes, including service as an interview/interrogation room, Downing said. The building is ...
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Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn elected in Pines

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Incumbent Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn were elected to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors at its annual meeting, Saturday. After finishing ninth in a field of 11 last year, Parks received the most votes, 1,912, since Jack Collins received 2,257 in 2013. Horn finished second with 1,647 votes. Both earned three-year terms on the board. Parks had served for one year as an appointed director, while Horn, a practicing psychiatrist, was a political newcomer in Ocean Pines. Former director Marty Clarke received 1,579 votes to finish third and business owner Nicole Schafer Crosariol earned 1,470 votes. “I’m thankful that so many people believed in my approach to things,” Parks said. “Right now, rather than celebrate, its more along the lines of looking at what we have going that are open issues that we need to address, where do we take some things and get rid of them, meaning we’re going down the wrong path, and the other thing...
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Annual meeting in Ocean Pines does not lack in drama

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Saturday’s annual meeting of the Ocean Pines Association was not without its moments. It saw Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn elected to the association board of directors, featured the removal of one man by police, another attempt to remove interim General Manager Brett Hill from that position, and the farewell of longtime director and outgoing Board President Dave Stevens. Stevens called the meeting to order at about 10 a.m., but the clock ticked away until a quorum of homeowners signed in, as the expected heavy turnout failed to materialize on schedule, possibly because of the torrential rains. About 10 minutes into the meeting, resident Ted Aranow proposed that a motion to remove Hill be added to the agenda. Director Slobodan Trendic attempted to add a similar motion to the agenda of a regular board meeting last month. Stevens said Aranow could make a motion from the floor at the appropriate time, but that it could not be officially added to the agenda. &...
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Bobby Cowger takes reins as new Pocomoke City manager

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Bobby Cowger, a lifelong resident of Pocomoke, has been named city manager, Mayor Bruce Morrison announced during the council meeting on Monday. Cowger, who has served multiple terms as Worcester County Commissioner and had run the now defunct county Department of Liquor Control, said he sought the position for both professional and personal reasons. “I was born and raised in Pocomoke,” he said. “I’ve been here all my life.” Cowger, whose first day on the job is Aug. 28, takes over for former City Manager Ernie Crofoot who left office on July 5. After graduating from Pocomoke High School in 1976 Cowger worked with his family’s construction business, Cowger Brothers Ready Mix Concrete and Asphalt Paving, for nearly two decades. “I stayed into that until the mid ’90s and then we sold out to a company across the bay,” he said. Although the buyers, Aggregate Industries, kept Cowger on board for a bit, he balked whe...
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Feathers ruffled by loud music at Chicken Man

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Noise complaints surrounding late-night carousing at the Chicken Man Food Store in Snow Hill was the basis for a spirited discussion during a Town Council meeting last Tuesday. Mark Nixon, a business owner adjacent to Chicken Man’s West Market Street location, said he has spoken previously to town officials about the hours of operation and conduct of patrons. “Chicken Man stays open until midnight,” he said. “I think my main complaint is he should shut down at 10.” Nixon went on to explain that a small percentage of Chicken Man’s clientele listen to music at high decibel levels when they visit the food store. “During the day it gets a little bit out of hand when I’m sitting in my office and they’re vibrating the windows in the shop,” he said. “One guy rides around in a silver vehicle … that’s got external speakers and that’s just crazy. He turns them on when he walks in Chicken Man....
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Pines resident recovering in Baltimore after accident

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Ocean Pines resident Kim Poole is continuing to recover at Shock Trauma in Baltimore following a near fatal car crash last Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 12 in Snow Hill. Maryland State Police said Poole was critically injured after her white Ford Focus was struck by a blue Doge Durango driven by Brittani Lee Selert, 24, of New Church, Virginia. Police said Selert was heading south on Route 113 at approximately 2 p.m., when she drove through a stoplight and ran into Poole’s vehicle as she was preparing to enter the highway from Route 12. Poole, who suffered the most severe injuries, was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma, while her passenger, Gloria Lambert, was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Also injured were Selert and her three passengers: Nicole Annetta Parks, a 9-month-old infant and nine-year-old child. All four were taken to Atlantic General Hospital for injuries, according to police. Poole suffered a ruptu...
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Bizarre attempted murder/suicide in Willards, Saturday

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Maryland State Police continue to investigate a bizarre incident that occurred Saturday, apparently perpetrated by Evan Gottlieb, 25, of Berlin. According to police, Blair Ranneberger, 65, of Willards was at home with his wife Saturday night when the couple saw Gottlieb’s Volkswagen Jetta pull into their driveway. Gottlieb apparently exited his vehicle and knocked on the Rannebergers’ door. Both of the Rannebergers responded to the knock, when Gottlieb brandished a handgun and demanded the keys to the Ford F150 parked outside. Gottlieb allegedly told the Rannebergers the police were chasing him. The couple told him the keys were inside the vehicle, according to police, and Gottlieb responded by opening fire, striking Blair Ranneberger four times, according to published reports. He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, which does not comment on the status of crime victims. State police confirm Ranneberger survived the shooting, as of Wednesday...
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Handful of people show up for Pines’ historic vote count

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) An underwhelming crowd of four, including one reporter, joined members of the Ocean Pines Elections Committee and two workers from B. Donald Kimball Inc. on Friday for the first public counting of election ballots in association history. The tiny contingent of observers contrasted with the dozens of people who gathered in the administration building lobby last year to protest the practice of counting during closed sessions. Some candidates did try to catch a glimpse of the action by peering into the boardroom through its large, glass window. Apparently, there was not much to see, as John Connell, from B. Donald Kimball, sat at a laptop while another worker fed several thousand ballots into an old Scantron ballot-counting machine. Members of the elections committee observed, but did not take part in the actual counting, and sipped coffee while chatting with the sparse audience. Two candidates, Dr. Colette Horn and Nicole Schafer Crosariol, were there for close to ...
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Miller resigns, forms adult pool workgroup

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Gary Miller, who had been a two-term member of the Ocean Pines Association Aquatics Advisory Committee, announced his resignation from that group during a meeting on Monday. Miller said his reasons for resigning were twofold. “During the last board meeting, it was made apparent that I was not appreciated on the committee,” he said. “Secondly, which is more important, I am going to be working to form a working committee to raise money and get an outside attorney’s recommendation on how to turn the yacht club pool back into adults only. And that would totally be inappropriate for me to do so if I was still on the [aquatics] committee. “For those reasons, I’m resigning immediately,” Miller added. During a board meeting last month, Director Dave Stevens proposed a motion to remove Miller from two advisory committees: clubs and aquatics. According to Stevens, the intent was to remove Miller from the clubs committee because of ...
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Berlin Bikeways to pedal forward

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved two aspects of the Berlin Bikeways project: a memorandum of understanding for an easement with the Maryland & Delaware Railroad Company, and a contract for design and engineering work to be done by Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc. Planning Director Dave Engelhart credited Mayor Gee Williams for the idea of connecting Berlin Falls park to downtown. Engelhart said the town applied for a grant through the Maryland Department of Transportation Bikeways program in 2016, and later met with officials from the railroad to discuss a 14-foot-wide easement along the tracks. He said the ideal bikeway was 10 feet of paved surface and two feet of gravel on either side. “[The railroad] loved the idea,” Engelhart said. “Elsewhere in the state where they have abandoned railroad tracks, you have ‘rails to trails.’ This is the first that would be in the region [with] rails and trails, because the rails will be...
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