Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, March 2, 1970

Monday, March 2, 1970 —

  • All 1,300 students at Wicomico Junior High School were dismissed after a fire in the school’s boiler room sent heavy black smoke through the building. Assistant Superintendent Sheldon Dawson said buses were dispatched as soon as possible, but that hundreds of students milled around in front of the school for more than an hour.
  • Salisbury City Housing Inspector Henry P. Wojtanowski is cracking down on rundown properties, primarily in the city’s Westside. On Lake Street, Rose Street and Stewart Place, some 26 houses have been marked with “Danger” signs by city inspectors. Most of the homes are two-story frame houses and owned by landlords. Wojtanowski said the owners will be ordered to either repair the homes or tear them down. Two homes were razed last week.
  • Even though the filing deadline is four months away, the contestants field for Wicomico County Sheriff is filling up. Donald Scott, a 39-year-old Salisbury auto dealer became the latest entrant; he previously served as Special Deputy under Sheriffs Jesse Pollitt and Samuel Graham. Already in the races are Oliver “Bob” Simpson, the service station and tow truck operator. And William C. “Bill” Shockley, a part-time deputy in the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Salisbury Mayor Dallas Truitt donned a large party hat and entertained for more than 100 volunteer workers and patients at Deer’s Head State Hospital’s daylong carnival. Party booths were set up in the hospital auditorium, where singers and dancers performed.Event Chairman George H. Paulos said that more than 15,000 hours were served last year by volunteers.
  • A 32-year-old Eden man was fined $391 on four traffic charges arising from a collision on Tony Tank Bridge. Roy Delbert Shahan, through his attorney, Walter D. Webster, pleaded innocent to failing to stop after an accident, driving with a revoked license, displaying tags issued to another vehicle and driving in an intoxicated condition. Judge Thelma C. Duffy found Shahan guilty on all counts and warned the man she could have fined him $2,600 and sentenced him to four years in jail.
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