Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Aug. 20, 1976

Friday, Aug. 20, 1976

  • Two men were found shot to death in a drainage tile along the northbound Route 13 Bypass after a holdup and kidnapping at the South Division Beer & Wine store. Police said the men — George Whayland, 45, of Allen Drive and Louis Conti, 61, of Highland Drive — were abducted after $687 was stolen from the store’s cash register and were take on a ganglanstayle ride . A manhunt was under way for a chunky-built man with black shoulder-length hair, who was driving a late-model Ford Cobra. Police said it appeared the bodies had been dumped from along the highway, about 1 mile south of Route 50, and rolled 30- to 50 feet down the embankment.
  • Police were looking for a man who entered the Trailways Bus Terminal on East Main Street and fired a pistol containing blanks toward a group of people waiting for a bus. Police said the man entered the station on crutches, then left the building, where he got into a car driven by another person and fled. Police said they believe the incident was some sort of prank.
  • Police were hunting in western Wicomico County for a man who robbed the Horner Brothers Store in Bivalve of cash at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
  • The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a resolution opposing a congressional effort to force the divestiture of 18 of the nation’s largest oil companies. In a separate measure, Chamber leaders also formally signaled their approval for offshore oil drilling off Ocean City. Harry Patton, chairman of the Chamber’s Energy and Environmental committees, said he would be drafting the appropriate letters to elected officials in Washington and Annapolis.
  • Judge Richard M. Pollitt sentenced Lawrence H. Moates of Mount Street to 18 months in jail for petty theft and uttering. An employee at GLC Contractors on Baker Street, Moates was convicted of stealing a company file cabinet and cashing a company check for $182.81 at a local supermarket .
  • Brian Deel his a three-run homer as Delmarva Evangelistic defeated Trinity Methodist 16-1 in a Church League Playoffs game. Dwight Johnson also knocked in four runs. Roger Johnson was the winning pitcher.

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