Declared candidate Dykes appointed State’s Attorney

Already an election candidate for the post, Jamie Dykes has been named interim Wicomico County State’s Attorney, to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming resignation of State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon. Dykes will take over Dec. 1. She was appointed this week by judges of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County and will remain in […]

Ella Disharoon bows out of State’s Attorney’s race

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon has decided not to run for election, choosing instead to spend her remaining 15 months in office, prosecuting and keeping the community safe. She said she will determine her next career move at some point while continuing to serve until January 2019. The election is in November 2018. So […]

April Jackson’s assault case date moved to Oct. 18

A state District Court hearing for Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson, scheduled for this past Monday, has been postponed until Oct. 18. In mid-August, Jackson, who represents District 1 in Salisbury, was charged with second-degree assault, following a fight in a local park. Later, she told the Salisbury Independent she won’t resign and will let […]

Salisbury councilwoman faces assault charge

A hearing is scheduled in state District Court on Monday, Sept. 18, for Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson, who was charged Sunday with second-degree assault. The first-term District 1 council member was charged after an incident at the Billy Gene Jackson Park off Lake Street. The county park is named for Jackson’s late father, a […]

City’s 7th murder of year triggers alarm

Six days after the city launched weekly police briefings to keep citizens current on matters including recent murders, a seventh person died from violence in 2017. At about 10 p.m. Monday, 31-year-old Arthur William Smith Jr. of the 800 block of Gettysburg Avenue, was shot to death there, bringing this year’s number of murders to […]

PNC Bank robbery suspect dies in county custody

A 52-year-old Salisbury man charged with robbing a bank last week – and who was working for the County while on a pre-release jail program – was found dead from hanging. Erland Edward Roessler III was found in his cell at the Wicomico County Detention Center last Friday, after being arrested and charged with robbing […]

Trooper tries to stop shootout; two men killed

An off-duty Maryland state trooper working security interrupted an apparent shootout between two men, one of whom who is believed to have just shot the other on the parking lot of a Wicomico County restaurant early this morning. The two deceased are identified as Michael T. Ward, Jr., 27, and Jaquan M. Griffin, 21, both […]

10 people arrested in Wicomico prostitution sting

Ten people face criminal charges after a prostitution sting at a Salisbury hotel, Maryland State Police said. Troopers said complaints from residents and business owners in Wicomico County led to an investigation that resulted in multiple arrests for prostitution solicitation. On June 15, troopers assigned to the Salisbury Barrack conducted an undercover operation out of […]

Two additional arrests made in June 10 murder

Maryland State Police homicide investigators have arrested two additional suspects believed to be involved in the murder of a Wicomico County man early Saturday, June 10. John Schoolfield III, 17, of Salisbury, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony crime, first-degree […]

Basement pot plants trigger family altercation

Two Salisbury women were in the Wicomico County Detention Center charged with controlled dangerous substance violations and assault after a relative who called 911 was jumped by his sister and kicked by his mother, who later fled from deputies, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Elizabeth Waybright, 54, and Britani Nikole Elburn, 19, were […]