One On One, July 16, 2020: Deputy SA Billy McDermott

In a special interview this week, Wicomico Deputy State’s Attorney William McDermott discusses prosecutors’ formation of a Prosecution Integrity Unit to review criminal cases — all in an effort to ensure public confidence in the actions of local police officers and State’s Attorneys officials. McDermott recently authored a column for Salisbury Independent detailing the unit’s […]

SU graffiti prosecution resulted in justice

In the fall of last year Salisbury University was thrown under a national microscope. The spotlight of America’s media was suddenly focused on our little hamlet. And people from every corner of this great country wondered – had we forgotten the triumphs of the civil rights movements or the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin […]

Hidden evidence at center of Salisbury police probe

Dual investigations into the conduct of officers in the Salisbury Police Department and a prosecutor in the Wicomico State’s Attorney’s Office that could unravel more than 600 criminal cases have their roots in an electronic device that vanished nine years ago.  According to documents filed in state District Court, three officers assigned to a 2011 […]

State’s Attorney wins backing for 3 more hires

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes has received County Council approval to hire two lawyers and an investigator to wade through cases related to possible evidence mishandling in the Salisbury Police Department. The council agreed last Tuesday to amend the county’s classification and pay plan by adding two new prosecutor positions and one new special […]

State’s Attorney: Community has an opportunity to heal

As we process some of the recent events that challenge our community, I am reminded how important it is for us to keep perspective. Even now, as I write this letter, I am keenly aware that I do so not only as your State’s Attorney, but as a wife and mother of two young boys. […]

Dykes beefing up State’s Attorney’s Office

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes has hired William McDermott as Deputy State’s Attorney and will add two or three more lawyers to fully staff the office. She has also hired former Maryland State Police Lt. Mike Daugherty as an investigator. “I am grateful Bill McDermott is here with us. I have full confidence in […]

Jamie Dykes wins State’s Attorney’s battle

The election for State’s Attorney was probably decided the day Jamie Dykes publicly announced for the office. Up against suggestions she might be a “light weight” given her experience prosecuting highly emotional cases in the child advocacy arena, as well as the typical sexist suggestions that a woman couldn’t be strong prosecutor, Dykes, a Republican, […]

Voter Guide 2018: Wicomico State’s Attorney

The Wicomico State’s Attorney’s race pits a court-appointed attorney, Jamie Dykes, against a well-known and longtime Salisbury defense attorney, Seth Mitchell. This is a brief narrative summarizing the contenders’ experience and positions. A PAC 14 “One On One” interview is attached through YouTube.

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 […]

Wicomico County lawyers provide pro bono help to needy

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, reported that in the past 12 months, 13 Wicomico County lawyers provided free legal services to Maryland residents, helping to bridge the justice gap in the state The lawyers’ names are listed below. If a volunteer accepted more than […]