Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday Oct. 29 1958

  • A campaign to stem a tide of juvenile delinquency began with a five-hour public forum on the subject, held in the People’s Courtroom. George Fitzgerald, head of a committee on youth activities, said the county offers recreation programs and has good organizations such as the Boy Scouts, but still too many youths are not participating in a structured non-school organization.  Beatrice Pryor said children in foster homes lacked programs for them. Virginia Nicoll testified there are no satisfactory accessible mental health programs. The Rev. Howard Gordy said local churches were already doing all they could to “provide family strength” to young people across Salisbury. Police Chief William Chatham the youths that they take into custody are either sent to Cambridge for mental evaluation or released to their parents; there was no consensus on whether the city and county should build a separate youth jail.
  •  City ambulance driver Victor Brittingham was being congratulated for his quick thinking on Tuesday when he veered to a side street to avoid being slowed by a passing train. In attempting to get accident victim Edward Allen Reynolds to Peninsula General as fast as possible, Brittingham took a side street to avoid the Salisbury Boulevard crossing and headed for the Division Street crossing. The train operator saw Brittingham’s quick action, and was able to slow the train before it reached Division Street. Reynolds, tragically, died later at the hospital.
  • Robert Douglas Bruce, 17, of Salisbury, will receive a new murder trial after the state’s Court of Appeals ruled Circuit Judge Rex Taylor allowed the main witness, teen-ager Jimmie Lee Davis, to impeach himself in testimony against Bruce, who is accused of shooting to death Noland “Moose” Willey on the corner of Locust Street and Locust Terrace. State’s Attorney Hamilton P. Fox Jr. said the appellate judges — who were unanimous in their ruling and heavily critical of Fox’s prosecution — were wrong, and that Davis’ testimony only helped Bruce’s case. Bruce has been serving a six-year sentence in the Reformatory For Males.
  • Mrs. Lottie Bunting Hayes, 62, of London Avenue in Salisbury was awarded $2,000 for injuries she sustained when she was hit by a truck in a pedestrian accident on North Division Street. The defendants were Salisbury plumber John Smullen and his employee, Ralph Pruitt, who was driving the truck. Hayes was seeking $75,000 in damages. Pruitt said Hayes walked into the road from between two vehicles parked at a market near London Avenue. Hayes was hospitalized for 28 days with broken ribs, a concussion and internal injuries.
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