Bayside Gazette 10031 Old Ocean City Blvd.
Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-0039
Fax: 410-641-0085

News

News - Articles


Police investigate possible double murder, suicide

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) The remains of both Marvin Wilmer Purnell, 78, and his daughter, Karen Purnell, 53, were found in the family home on Groton Road in Pocomoke Monday after an apparent hour-long standoff with relative Marvin Desmond Purnell, 46, that ended with his suicide. What started with a routine welfare check, initiated by a friend of Karen’s who had not seen her in some time, ended in unusual circumstances and with the grisly discovery. The unidentified friend paid a visit to the home before contacting authorities, and while receiving no answer at the door, told police she noticed a “very strong disturbing odor” from the residence. Upon arrival, deputies found the house secure from the outside, without signs of forced entry. As the deputies attempted to make contact with the occupants, police say they heard a male voice in the house. “Deputies asked the male to open the door and the male failed to comply with commands to open the door,” a Marylan...
» Click here for the full story.

East Coast bikers to ‘Ride to Sturgis’

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) In contrast to last week’s mention of Snow Hill as one of Maryland’s most peaceful towns, this week’s “Ride to Sturgis” event has the potential to knock the county seat off that list, if only for a little while. As the OC BikeFest, Delmarva Bike Week and Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally roar onto the shore, town economic development consultant Michael Day said adding a motorcycle event focusing on Snow Hill and the Pocomoke River was all part of the plan. “The town needed more signature events to draw different kinds of people here,” he said. “This is all based on my previous work in Berlin.” Sturgis Park, situated along the southern bank of the Pocomoke River and easily accessible from both Snow Hill Road (Route 12) and Business 113 (Market Street) is walking distance from downtown. The town is also a stop on the AARP Poker Run motorcycle event this weekend. With a guaranteed quantity of riders at least passing b...
» Click here for the full story.

Demolition derby comes to Pocomoke City on Saturday

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Anyone seeking to vent his or her vehicular frustrations might find a safer and more economical remedy to destroying a personal car by watching others destroy theirs during the annual Pocomoke Demolition Derby. The event is scheduled for this Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Pocomoke Fairgrounds off Broad Street. Tickets are $5 each for spectators aged 7 and older. Otherwise, entry is free. The demolition derby is the start of fundraisers for the annual Great Pocomoke Fair, which will return next August. Organizers said more events to support the fair would be made public soon. This year, the derby event will begin with a drag race – assuming enough eligible racers sign up.     “This is one of those things where we don’t know who is going to show up,” organizer Gloria Smith said. “Some of the guys participate in the demolition derby at the Delaware State Fair, and it just depends on whether or not they can get th...
» Click here for the full story.

Route 113 to be detoured, Thursday night into Friday

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) The next phase of the stormwater management project that has closed and caused detours on Route 113 during the past couple of months will proceed again tonight, forcing the road to be detoured overnight between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday. Another closing due next week should complete this set of crossings, Bob Rager, spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said. The reason, Rager said, is that the infrastructure for stormwater management currently under the road is designed for a two-lane, not a four-lane, highway. The new fixtures should ensure effective drainage, Rager said. This work will install two 60-inch drainage pipes under the highway. “The big one comes next week — a 72-inch diameter pipe,” Rager said. “This is a little farther south, so the detour will be Cedartown Road to Basket Switch Road.” However, as many as six additional crossings need to be made as Route 113 is converted to a dual highway. Gov. Larry Hogan ...
» Click here for the full story.

Berlin council vote adds haste to Flower St. repairs

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Cannery Village continues to be a source of headaches for residents in Berlin. Most recently, Councilman Elroy Brittingham brought up the Flower Street development during a mayor and council meeting Monday evening. “I keep harping on this one. I don’t want us to forget about it, because there is a problem there – that’s Cannery Village,” Brittingham said. Cannery Village broke ground last May, but a number of delays caused construction to last well over a year, with some work still being done. Recently, the town spent $90,000 to help mend fences – literally and figuratively – with residents on Flower Street who said the development and its residents were encroaching on their properties. Now, Brittingham said the entrance to Cannery is playing havoc with roads in the area, including a portion of Flower Street that the town has had to patch several times because of potholes. “They know it’s an issue. We̵...
» Click here for the full story.

Police Briefs

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Crash kills one Police responded to a crash on Sheephouse Road near Buck Harbor Road in Pocomoke City last Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and discovered a 2013 Toyota had left the road and struck a tree, trapping both the driver and passenger. The driver, Timothy Gingrich, 18, of Greenbackville, Virginia was extricated and taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Gingrich was later transferred to University of Md. Shock Trauma in stable condition. As of Tuesday, his condition was listed as “fair.” The passenger in the vehicle, Logan Moloy, 21, of Fruitland, Maryland was pronounced deceased on the scene, according to police. Moloy was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Both alcohol and the vehicle’s speed were factors in the crash, police reported. The investigation is being conducted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit.  Pedestrian struck Early Monday morning, stat...
» Click here for the full story.

More national recognition for town of Berlin

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Berlin continues to receive national recognition, this time from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program and from American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP). During his comments at Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams highlighted both instances.   Last month, Berlin received a four-page spread in AMPlifier, a publication put out by AMP, that touted the town’s sustainable practices and the reliability of its electric company. Williams said AMP held its board of directors meeting in Berlin in June. “The profile was just very gratifying, very positive,” he said. “They gave a very concise, but very informative overview of the Berlin electric utility. They made note that Berlin’s electric utility was recognized for its reliability as one of the most-reliable municipal electric utilities in the nation.” He said the average outage in Berlin was 17 minutes, and that the top 25 ...
» Click here for the full story.

Pines committee nears finish line with online survey

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) A draft survey of the community is close to complete and four members of the Ocean Pines Association Comprehensive Planning Committee have tested its questionnaire using the online SurveyMonkey tool. With that accomplished, it appears that the committee has recovered after having spent the better part of the year regrouping a falling out with a previous contractor hired to create, implement and analyze a similar study designed to gather data for a new comprehensive plan. During a meeting on Sept. 8, the committee fined-tuned several survey questions based on recommendations from Facilities Manager Jerry Aveta. Committee members also went over a sample of a presentation to the board of directors, but Aveta suggested they greatly streamline it. He said he had recently tried to brief the current board in detail on the project and was “cut to the knees in two minutes.” “I’m beseeching you to communicate with the board very simply and very c...
» Click here for the full story.

Ocean Pines posts general manager ad online

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Looking to fill the general manager slot following the dismissal of Bob Thompson in late August, the Ocean Pines Association posted a want ad for the position on its website last week. The job is described as a “full-time onsite management position,” indicating that Ocean Pines would not pursue hiring a management company, as some candidates had suggested during the recent election and as Board President Tom Herrick theorized during a public meeting earlier this year. In January, Herrick introduced a motion to “investigate and provide information relative to the feasibility and value of employing a professional community management firm to provide executive management of our association.” That motion fell, 4-3. “All I’m asking for is information at no cost to the association,” Herrick said at the time. “Any information is a benefit to the board. Why any board member would want to turn a blind eye to information an...
» Click here for the full story.

Allen has successful trip to Philippines and Indonesia

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) After spending several weeks overseas, Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen back at it on Monday, sitting in her usual seat on the top right corner of the dais during a mayor and council meeting in Town Hall. Of course, she brought slides to show off to the audience. Allen had been visiting the Philippines and Malaysia as part of a U.S. State Department program with the International City/County Management Association. Earlier this year, that same joint program had sent two women, Crisanta Rodriguez and Zalikha Wan Zaharuddin, to Berlin. “President Obama created [the program] to bring closer ties to the United States and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia,” Allen said. She spent the majority of her time in the Philippines, where she said she was warmly received. When Rodriguez and Zaharuddin came to Berlin, officials greeted the two women with a “welcome to Berlin” sign. Allen received a similar greeting overseas. “We could tell...
» Click here for the full story.
Older Posts Newer Posts