Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, July 26, 1991

Friday, July 26, 1991 —

  • It took a Wicomico County jury six minutes to convict accused murderer John F. Thanos of kidnapping Salisbury cab driver Milton Marsey. Thanos still faces three first-degree murder charges. Judge Alfred T. Truitt immediately sentenced Thanos to 30 years in prison, to run concurrently with a previous 50-year sentence Thanos was handed in March for several assault and robbery convictions.
  • WSCL-FM 89.5 will remain off the air for several more days while broadcast tower repairs are made and its transmitter is replaced, said General Manager Fred Marino. Lightning struck the station’s antenna in Seaford last week, literally melting the radio transmitter. Station secretary Carolyn Wolfgang has been patiently answering several hundred phone calls each day from listeners wondering what happened to the station’s popular programming. Station Development Direct Ken Basile said the transmitter was protected by lighting rods, but the bolt apparently hit “in the right place at the right time” and damage couldn’t be prevented.
  • Rosko’s Grille took over first place in the Wicomico County Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League B Division with and 8-7 victory over Grumman. Ken Carey, Ron Barlow, Wayne Culp, Rick Cooke and Curtis Meadows led the way with two hits apiece.
  • Salisbury City Police said they have no choice but to crack down on an excessive number of pet dogs running all over town. Two recent attacks involving pit bulls have police officers and Wicomico County Humane Society officials on edge. Steve Shores, a shelter attendant and animal patrol officer, said problems concerning vicious and and unattended dogs would decrease if the dogs’ owners acted responsibly. Police said they’ve received about 50 calls this year. Police Lt. Wayne Smith said the fine for a first-time loose dog offender is $10.
  • The Wicomico County Council was on hand to dedicate the new concession stand at the Wicomico Athletic Complex on Naylor Mill Road. Cutting the ribbon were Salisbury Mayor Paul Martin; Eastern Shore Baseball League President Mike Hynes; Council President Henry S. Parker and council members Edgar Morris, Julia Foxwell, Kenneth Matthews and Rudy Cane; and county Recreation Commission Chairman Anthony Sarbanes. The concession stand building also features new restroom. More than 100 baseball games and more than 200 soccer games are held at the complex each year.
  • Five members of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee attended the state Republican Convention in Ocean City. They are: Blan Harcum, Bob Caldwell, Ann Suthowski, George Whitehead and Chairman William Russell.
  • Peninsula Bank President Hugh W. Mohler, Vice President Jeffrey F. Turner and Office Manager/Loan Officer Daphne Hayman announced the opening of a regional mortgage office that will generate and service real estate mortgage and construction loans across the Lower Shore. The office will be located inside the bank branch at Civic Avenue in Salisbury.
  • Victims of and witnesses to crime in the city of Salisbury now have a 24-hour-a-day hotline to City Police. Callers can also seek information on stemming alcohol and drug abuse, as well as receiving information on where to apply for social services. According to Officer Paul Simon, the hotline’s director, said the service has been operating since early July and is fielding 15 to 20 calls per day.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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