The Poplar Hill Correctional Camp, already under scrutiny because of several escapes and incidents involving inmates, was the scene of yet another escape on Saturday. Three men who escaped from the Quantico Road medium security facility several weeks ago have since been accused of the mass murders of six family members in Georgia. The latest escapee is an 18-year-old robbery convict from Baltimore, who was missing when a roll call was taken.
Wicomico State’s Attorney Fulton P. Jeffers said local law enforcement agencies “welcome” the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that obscenity standards should be set by local communities. Jeffers said the ruling will help bring about “important steps in establishing an easier burden of proof” in court cases, as metropolitan areas may adopt one standard and rural communities may adopt another. Jeffers and Salisbury Police Chief Leslie J. Payne were recently named in a million-dollar lawsuit filed by a local adult bookstore owner who says the officials have harassed him.
The new parallel three-lane span that crosses the Chesapeake Bay at Kent Island is expected to open this week. Officials predict the new span will eliminate traffic backups that have plagued operations on the two-lane span named for former Gov. William Preston Lane.
The purchase of several properties on North Division Street and old Calvert Street by the Wicomico County Courthouse is expected to go to settlement on Monday, clearing the way for a new office building that will house the city and county governments. For the first time ever, several city and county departments would be under one roof, with the building being financed and operated by Wicomico County, with the city of Salisbury paying annual rent.
Salisbury State College has named an athletic director and tennis coach from North Carolina as an Associate Professor of Physical Education and tennis coach. Dean Burroughs, previously of Gaston College, is well known across the Southeast for his professional tennis play and continues to carry a high ranking in North Carolina tennis circles. Burroughs said he is excited to make the move to Salisbury, primarily because the area is known as such a strong tennis area.
Delmarva Power & Light Co. has appointed Jame V. Finneran as its Advertising Supervisor. A native of Chicago, Finneran is a graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he lettered on the football team. He previously worked as a news anchor and field reporter for WBOC-TV.
Salisbury’s Terry and Ladd Layton became state doubles finalists for the third time in five years on Sunday at matches held in Baltimore, but later lost the 16-and-under Maryland State Junior Tennis Championship. The Layton brothers, who are local tennis stars in Salisbury, fell to a Baltimore team, 6-4, 6-2.
Salisbury’s longest-serving and most-senior police officer, Capt. Raymond J. Roth, has reached the age of 65 and will officially retire. Roth began his career in June 1937, back when the department was headed by Chief N.H. Holland. Salisbury has a mandatory retirement age of 65 for its members, and Roth achieved that milestone on June 18. Sgt. Eldridge Hayman, with 29 years of service, now becomes Salisbury’s senior officer.