Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Nov. 2, 1978

— Thursday, Nov. 2, 1978 —

  • The county’s Beaglin Park Drive scandal spilled into the headlines when Wicomico officials posted a “dissolution bond” in Circuit Court to address a $39,000 judgment against the county. Lawyer William G. Duvall had public funds held in four local banks “frozen” until his client, former school board president and retired veterinarian Dr. Rufus Johnson was paid $39,000 that he was awarded by Judge Richard M. Pollitt last month. Duvall attached all of the county’s cash assets, as well as the contents of the Government Office Building, to his legal challenge. With the county’s assets frozen, any checks it might write would bounce. Duvall and Johnson claimed the money was owed as part of a secret payment for land used to build Beaglin Park Drive. The county had offered Johnson $65,000 in 1973, but only paid him $25,000, and did that in secret. It initiated condemnation proceedings in May to avoid paying the $39,000.
  • William Dotson, the Republican candidate facing Democratic incumbent Sheriff William E. Shockley in Tuesday’s election, said he would re-institute a Criminal and Narcotics Division within the Sheriff’s Office. Dotson said since Shockley was elected sheriff, the office has never filed any criminal or drug charges against any offenders. Shockley maintains such charges are processed by Salisbury City and Maryland State Police; Dotson said the rising crime rate has overloaded those agencies.
  • Parkside High School Principal Anthony Sarbanes was promoted to the rank of colonel by the U.S. Army 97th Reserve Command. Sarbanes served on active duty as an Infantry officer from 1959-1961. A qualified military parachutist, he he has been awarded the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal twice.
  • Hess Apparel donated more than 100 coats to the Salisbury Salvation Army as part of a winter coat drive. Hess gave discounts to customers who turned in their old winter coat when purchasing a new one. Hess mall store manager Carl Ternullo and Hess Downtown Plaza manager Richard Rosenholtz personally presented the coats to Salvation Army Capt. Richard T. Ulyat.
  • Newton W. “Skip” Carey Jr. was named the Salisbury Fire Department’s Officer of the Year. It was the first time in the department’s history that it had recognized a single firefighter for his commitment and service. Carey received the first-ever Wilson S. Taylor Memorial Award and his name will be the first on a plaque that will remain at the Downtown Headquarters. Some 245 firefighters and their wives attended the event, held at the Salisbury Elks Lodge.
  • Philip L. Bradshaw was named Vice President of Business Development for Union Trust Bank in Salisbury. Bradshaw, who joined Union Trust in 1954 as a teller, was named an assistant vice president in 1976 and more recently held the title of manager of the Eastern Shore Credit Department. The bank has four Salisbury offices.

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

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