Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1969

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1969 —

  • Joseph James Bartholemy was convicted today and now faces the death penalty for murdering Wicomico Sheriff Samuel Graham and turnkey Albert Kelly last December during an escape from the County Jail. In a trial moved to La Plata, Md., a Charles County Circuit Court jury deliberated for five hours before handing down the guilty verdict. Bartholemy’s attorneys had argued their client was insane when he committed the shooting murders, but Judge J. Dudley Digges rejected that defense.
  • The state Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to rent space in the Salisbury Shopping Center on Cypress Street for a new automobile registration, and drivers licensing and testing center. DMV will pay Pas Realty of Salisbury $7,000 per month for 5,000-square-feet of office space on the north side of the center. The office will be one of three satellite locations under the direction of former Delegate E. Homer White Jr., who gave up his General Assembly seat to accept a high-ranking job with the DMV, which is based in Glen Burnie.
  • Liaison representatives of Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel’s office, former Wicomico resident George E. Burnett Jr. and his colleague, Joseph Anastasi, appeared before the County Council to promise improved communication between the county government and governor’s office. Council President Richard S. Wootten said the county is too often ignored when it asks questions and seeks help. He cited the state’s continued inability to keep the county informed on how much income tax revenue he might expect. Councilman George E. Burnett Sr. told his son and Anastasi that the county has communication problems with the State Roads Commission.
  • The Greater Salisbury Committee, Delmarva Hospitality and the Delmarva Advisory Council told a gathering of the region’s top business and government leaders that Wicomico needs to concentrate on four major initiatives: enlarging the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, improving the the Salisbury-Wicomico Airport, attracting “the right kind of industry,” and developing a local pool of skilled labor. Speakers at the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce annual economic luncheon agreed Wicomico will have a population of 100,000 people by 1980, which Salisbury retailer Lewis Hess predicted “would be a real mess” if officials don’t engage in better planning..
  • Salisbury wood carver Dan Brown won five major awards at the Midwest Decoy Championship conducted in East Rockwood, Mich. His winning carvings included depictions of a bufflehead drake, a pintail drake, a preening pintail, and a shorebird snipe. Brown will next compete in the annual Atlantic Flyway Carving & Arts Exhibition scheduled later this month in Salisbury.
  • A group of Park Avenue youngsters have raised $51.97 for the United Fund. Mike Seidel, 13, Mack McKinney, 13, and Barbara Payne, 14, held a neighborhood carnival on Sept. 26 to raise money for the nonprofit. The youngsters sold hot dogs and drinks, and organized games to generate the cash.
  •  Trooper William E. Mitchell of the Maryland State Police has been honored by the Salisbury Jaycees as its first-ever Law Enforcement Officer of the Month. Mitchell was saluted for his pursuit and apprehension of two men who robbed the Pantry Pride supermarket in July. The monthly award will go to an officer who “renders the most-outstanding act of service in the performance of his duties.”
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