Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, July 13, 1980

Thursday, July 13, 1980 —

  • More indictments were handed down in what the U.S. Secret Service has called the largest counterfeiting scheme ever cracked on the Eastern Shore. Robert C. Twilley of Salisbury, president of the Salisbury Advertiser Commercial Printers on Snow Hill Road; Joann Finnin of Eden; and Phillip G. Hotton of Salisbury, an instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College; join an indictment list that includes William A. Reid and Greenwood Lewis, both of Salisbury. Treasury officials have thus far confiscated $45,000 in counterfeit $20 bills. They believe the Advertiser’s printing equipment was used to manufacture the fake money.
  • The Wicomico County Humane Society ordered 13-year-old W. Joseph “Joe” Smith of Zion Church Road to turn over his pet raccoon, “Coon,” after the animal bit Smith’s sister, Tammy, 12. When Joe’s mother, Nancy Booth, said that when she informed Humane Society officials of the incident, she expected the pet to be quarantined like dogs and cats. She appealed to several state agencies, hospitals and the University of Maryland Animal Health Laboratory — all agreed the animal had to be killed and tested for rabies.
  • Robert Douglas, Pupil Services Director for the school board, said suspensions were down in the 1977-78 school year. He said 1,374 students were suspended, compared to 1,442 last year and 1,748 in 1975-76. He said most suspensions were related to smoking in school, tardiness and absenteeism.
  • Former Maryland Transportation Secretary Harry Hughes of Denton, a Democratic candidate for governor, will address the Knights of Columbus on July 19 at their hall on Emerson Avenue. Hughes has based his campaign on state unity as opposed to regionalism.
  • Robert David Jones, 32, enjoyed only about two hours of freedom when he ran into a cornfield and escaped from the Poplar Hill Correctional Camp in Quantico. Sheriff’s Deputy Hans Thompsen found Jones, who was serving 18 months for breaking and entering, lying face down among the corn rows.
  • David Grise pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11 as the Lions defeated the Optimists, 5-1, in E. Sheldon Jones Baseball League action. Keith Phippin knocked in two runs and scored twice.

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

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