Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Dec. 20, 1968

Saturday, Dec. 20, 1968 —

  • Joseph James Bartholemy, the 21-year-old murderer of Wicomico Sheriff Samuel Graham and Jail Turnkey Albert L. Kelly will learn in 10 days whether he will be sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. State’s Attorney Alfred T. Truitt confirmed Friday that he had been instructed to appear in Charles County Circuit Court in La Plata for the sentencing. A jury there deliberated for about five hours on Oct. 8 before finding the Wicomico jail escapee guilty of first-degree murder.  
  • Maryland State Police have stepped up their efforts in finding the murderer of Rosemary Moon McIntire, 22, of Ocean City. The former Rosemary Moon, the victim grew up on Whitman Avenue in Salisbury and was found brutally stabbed to death this week near Berlin. Her car was found parked in Route 50 near Willards. Police have been flagging down vehicles on Route 50 in an attempt to find witnesses who may have seen the young woman around her car sometime Wednesday.
  • Salisbury Police Chief Leslie J. Payne said the number of reported shoplifting is running “about average” for the holiday season, but police have seen a spike in the number of purse thefts inside stores. Payne said when women are putting their purses on counters to look at items in display cases, assailants have been sliding up quietly and removing the purses. Payne there there has also been an increase in Christmas packages being stolen from parked cars, which he said are rarely even locked.
  • Thomas Gravenor of Kaywood Drive and Robert P. Hall of Richwil Drive have been selected to attend the fifth Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Linda Perdue of Salisbury, who graduated in May from the University of Maryland in College Park, has completed her first six months of service as a Stewardess with Pan Am Airlines. Based in Miami, she has already flown several times to South America, Asia and Europe, as well as all over the Caribbean.
  • John Mason has resigned his position as Head Professional at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club to assume duties as Golf Director at the new Hunt Valley Golf Club now under construction in Cockeysville, Md. While at Green Hill, Mason developed one of the top junior golf programs in the state. One of his products, Greg Shreaves, was granted a four-year, $8,000 to the Ohio State University.
  • A 28-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, Lt. Edwin McGee, 53, will become Commander of the Lower Eastern Shore effective Dec. 24, taking up professional residence in the Salisbury barrack. Sgt. Maj. Walter H. Dobson will become second-in-command. Additionally, Calvin C. Jones of the Salisbury barrack is being promoted to 1st Sergeant and becomes the No. 3 man. McGee is a Pocomoke City native.
  • Wicomico roads officials said they have completed improvements to Cedar Lane In Fruitland. The road has been widened to 28 feet from its original 16 feet and has been curbed and guttered. The narrowness had long generated complaints that passing accidents were often narrowly avoided and the road was unsuitable for school busses.

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

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