Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Sept. 8, 1968

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1968

  • Salisbury businessman S. Norman Holland Jr. was chosen foreman of the 23-member grand jury that will decide possible charges against Salisbury Police Detective Jerry Mason. Eight witnesses were scheduled to testify in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Kenneth Henry, 22. The racially charged case has garnered national attention and been the subject of public demonstrations. Henry, a deaf-mute, was shot by Mason when the officer was responding to a burglary call.
  • On the order of the City Council, a county administration official has lost his reserved parking space on Calvert Street. Councilman David Rodgers said a citizen complained to him that if the city can reserve parking for a county official, it should do the same for any taxpayer who asked. Mayor Dallas Truitt agreed, saying he has to feed a city meter to park; Council President W. Paul Martin declared the city “isn’t in the parking business.” The result is that County Administrative Director Max Rolih Jr. will have to find alternative parking for his county-provided car.
  • Wicomico County will celebrate a first on Monday with the opening of the school system’s first kindergarten class. Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey said there are about 1,000 of the 5-year-old students; about half of the children will attend class in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Forty teachers have been assigned to kindergarten duty. There is no lunch period, but a snack is provided, as is bus transportation.
  • Small-caliber guns, power tools and clothing were among $861 in items stolen in a weekend burglary at the Montgomery Ward store on South Salisbury Boulevard. Salisbury Police Chief Leslie Payne said a glass door was smashed to gain entry.
  • Greg Shreaves, a 17-year-old Wicomico High School Senior and Green Hill Yacht & Country Club member, won the annual Feldman Brothers-Wyatt Wholesale Golf Championship at the Salisbury Elks Club. Shreaves had started the day in a four-way tie with Green Hill’s Charley Muir, the Elks’ Howard “Butch” Waller, Green Hill’s Harry Todd and of Carl Haglund Cambridge. Muir finished second after Shreaves shot 73.
  • A Salisbury man was charged with shooting a soldier who just recently returned from Vietnam. Michael Ray Trzaskowski, 22, was accused of shooting Sgt. Donald R. Adams, 40, in the arm with a .38-caliber revolver. The incident occurred in Ruth’s Bar. Adams, who just served 14 months in Vietnam, was treated at Peninsula General Hospital and released.
  • Dr. Walter Smith, the new president of Salisbury State College, held a reception for faculty Friday in the President’s Residence. About 200 people attended.

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

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