Salisbury’s crime rate decreases at rapid pace

If it seems like crime is down in Salisbury and the city is becoming safer, a new national report confirms that feeling. Saying he’s pleased that a study indicates Salisbury is becoming safer faster than any other city in the country, Mayor Jake Day this week credited Police Chief Barbara Duncan and her force. Salisbury […]

City Police Capt. Cheryl Rantz retires after 30 years

As she ended her career with the Salisbury Police Department, Capt. Cheryl Rantz signed off saying, “I’ve had 30 years. It’s been a pleasure … brothers and sisters stay safe.” She walked out of the police station with arms raised, forefingers pointed skyward, and was met by friends carrying bouquets of flowers and officers who […]

Wicomico Deputy makes arrest despite beating

Wicomico County Deputy Andrew Riggan is recovering from a broken elbow, abrasions and contusions to his knees, head, face and forehead after an altercation with a suspect who violently resisted arrest and ripped off the deputy’s body camera during the scuffle. Riggan, 39, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, will be out of work […]

Sheriff’s Office will be built in west Salisbury

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office will move from its present location on Naylor Mill Road, where it’s been since 1989, to a new, $10-million, modern, spacious building. Construction could begin by the end of the year on about 9 acres located about 10 miles from the current building in the Westwood Commerce Park. Naylor Mill […]

Services Thursday afternoon for Deputy Steve Ray

They say those in law enforcement, often stressed and facing danger, have an abridged lifespan. “It could be as much as 25 years shorter than the average person. Some of us make it to the finish line and some of us don’t,” a grieving Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said this week, as he talked […]

Abused horses removed from Quantico farm

As officials await results of necropsies of 25 horses found dead on a Quantico farm, about 100 more of the animals are being removed from the Barbara and Paige Pilchard Farm on Cherry Walk Road and taken to rescues in nearby states, where they will receive veterinary care. It will be a couple of months […]

Local drug and alcohol deaths showing a decrease

Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20 percent in Somerset County, 42 percent […]

Four suspects sought in Salisbury armored car robbery

Salisbury Police this week continued searching for men who robbed a  Loomis armored truck and bound the driver’s hands at an automated teller machine early Monday. Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the Salisbury Independent police are asking anyone who was in the area around 7:15 a.m. on Monday, and saw anything at the location of […]

Wicomico K-9 retiring after years of dedicated service

It’s likely there’s a steak in Uke Heath’s future. “He deserves it,” his handler, Wicomico County Deputy First Class Jeff Heath said about his partner, a 9-year-old K-9, who, this week, retired from law enforcement after nearly five years and will be rewarded for his dedication. The short-haired Belgian Malinois, with markings similar to a […]

Jamie Dykes sworn in as interim State’s Attorney

Jamie Dykes was sworn in Friday as interim Wicomico County State’s Attorney. The event was held in the formal Circuit Courtroom of the County Courthouse and attended by about 100 of Dykes’ friends, family and colleagues. She was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon, who accepted […]