Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, March 7, 2019

Sunday, March 7, 1993 —

  • Four people were declared heroes after they helped rescue a Brittingham Square Apartments resident who drove his car into a nearby pond. Kathy Moratin, Jack Campbell, Chris Wilgus and Maurice Fields Jr. all jumped into the freezing water to free Russell L. Howard, who suffered a seizure and drove off the road, through a fence and into the pond. The four rescuers were able to free Howard just seconds before the Honda Civic sank in 8 feet of water.
  • Detective Scott Brent Jr. of the Salisbury Police Department is disputing his colleagues’ claims that he is a “super cop.” Brent, 33, solved 206 of the 214 cases he was assigned last year, thereby assuming the top-cop designation. That’s a 95 percent success rate. “It’s teamwork that makes us successful,” he said.
  • Former bookkeeper Judy Lynn Bonar faces up to 30 years in prison after her guilty plea on two counts of felony theft. She had faced more than 140 felony charges of theft, uttering false documents and forgery in three cases against her — all in connection with the theft of $319,557.50 from her former employer, Aqua City Renovators. Her husband, WBOC-TV news anchor Dave Bonar, faces trial March 16. He is accused of receiving $198,502.77 from his wife.
  • Charles E.M. Kolb, General Counsel for the United Way of America, will be returning to his hometown of Salisbury to present the keynote speech at the annual meeting of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. A Princeton University graduate, Kolb most recently served as a Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush. His late father, S. Denmead Kolb, was a Salisbury Realtor and businessman. UW President Jon Sherwell will provide the annual report, Marty Neat will give the nominating report and a special award will be given to Jay Mason, the Immediate Past President.
  • Kristin Heath scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to lead four players in double figures in Parkside’s 62-44 win over North Harford in the Region IV Class 2A girls state semifinals. Courtney Urban had 14 points and Jill Livezey and Trish Wescott scored 13 each.The 19-1 Rams will now play Wicomico Senior High for the championship; the 20-1 Indians earlier beat Edgewood 49-31.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union issued another warning to the city of Salisbury that it will file a lawsuit if the city doesn’t soon end its policy that allows nonresident property owners to vote in elections. ACLU attorney Deborah Jeon sent a formal letter to City Attorney Bob Eaton demanding an update to the ACLU’s request filed last summer. The group cited a 1986 decision in which a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional to allow nonresidents to vote in municipal elections. Eaton recently advised the City Council that the nonresident voting law would probably be overturned, should the ACLU file a lawsuit. Mark Nasteff, an attorney in Eaton’s office, said the city “would not be forced into a knee-jerk reaction” by ACLU threats.
  • Frank Daniels, a retired Salisbury salesman, is seeking permission from city and county officials to open an off-track betting parlor in the financially troubled Salisbury Mall. Daniels said he needs the local governments’ support before he can take his request for his business — to be called Sports Palace — to the Maryland Racing Commission. If ultimately approved, Sports Palace would be the first off-track betting facility in Maryland.

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

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