Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, March 28, 1983

Monday, March 28, 1983 —

  • A Wicomico County jury reversed a decision by the state’s Compensation Commission and ruled the city of Salisbury must pay benefits to an ambulance driver who was injured in a 1981 training accident. The driver was not technically at work but was taking a voluntary unpaid training course when he fell from a rope device while attempting to scale down the Downtown Salisbury Parking Garage. His attorney, Herman E. Perdue, argued that the man fractured his skull “in the course of his employment” — and the jury agreed. Perdue said the man will indefinitely receive two-thirds of his weekly $302 salary and the city will pay for all of his medical bills.
  • Victor W. Rayne, Chaplain for the American Legion Post No. 64 in Salisbury, was presented with a Lifetime Membership by Post Commander William Whayland. Meanwhile, 39-year-old Salisbury stockbroker Paul Rendine, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorbike accident in Bermuda last year, has issued a public thank-you to the hundreds and hundreds of Salisbury-area residents who have sent him thousands of phone calls, cards and letters during his yearlong recovery.
  • Baseball coach Geoff Smoot used four pitchers to secure James M. Bennett’s first win of the season, a 6-4 victory over Crisfield. Brian Crockett opened the game but was replaced by Bob Kellam in the 4th inning. Tom Caine came in to pitch in the 6th, before being replaced by Rob Brem. Despite giving up a run, Brem was awarded the win when JMB stormed back with two runs in the 7th. Bennett’s Rob Lewis went 3-4.
  • At Bogart’s Restaurant & Lounge in the Goliath Shopping Center, musical acts appearing this week included “The Velvetones,” “Steve Gemini and Fate” and “The Shoremen” with Lenny Grazier on piano. At the Ponderosa Steak House near Tony Tank on South Salisbury Boulevard, two Sirloin Strip Value Meals were available (with a coupon) for $5.99. The dinners include rolls, baked potato and all-you-can-eat salad.
  • Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes said he has decided the new state prison complex proposed for several areas across the state will be built in Somerset County. “There are a lot of people in Somerset County who want the prison,” the governor declared. Delegate Timothy Maloney of the House Appropriation Committee blasted the governor’s announcement and said Cecil County is still the leading contender of the prison.
  • A Baker Street resident was acquitted in state District Court of stealing cable television service. Bruce E. White tried to plead guilty to running a wire from his neighbor’s downstairs apartment to his own upstairs room, but Judge Robert D. Horsey ordered the plea changed after White said he “didn’t do it” while under questioning. In what was regarded as an unusually strong action, Storer Cable Communications filed the theft complaint. The wire was found when a technician visited the downstairs apartment on an equipment repair call. Local Storer Manager W. Curtis Vickers said the company will continue to seek arrests in “blatant” cases of tampering with cable lines.

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

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