City of Salisbury to Lend Hand to Employees Affected by Government Shutdown

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day has announced that the City of Salisbury will defer water and sewer utility billing, and will not disconnect or charge any late fees for employees of any closed federal agencies during the Trump shutdown.

The exact number of federal employees and contractors affected by the shutdown in the City of Salisbury is unknown. There are currently 296 federal employees in Wicomico County, including federal contractors. As of Wednesday, January 16th, the shutdown has reached its 25th day, with no end in sight.

“Citizens should not have to worry about basic life necessities like water,” said Mayor Day. “It is my sincerest hope to provide some small relief during this uncertain time.”

In order to qualify, citizens will need to verify their employment with a closed federal agency. Beginning Thursday, January 17th at noon, the online application will be available at

Across the nation, restaurants, corporations, and local and state governments are providing extra support to help their customers weather the shutdown. Mayor Day is encouraging local utilities, mortgage companies, and landlords to look at ways to lessen the impact of this shutdown on federal employees and contractors.

For more information on billing deferment for furloughed federal employees, please call 410-548-3115.


Eligibility: Any property owner who is a federal employee (or has a tenant that is a federal employee) Bills with “Bill Date” or “Due Date” during the shutdown period can be deferred for 6 months after the shutdown.

Interest: No interest or penalties will be charged

Cut Offs: No cutoffs due to unpaid bills during the shutdown period








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On January 15, 2019, Zamere Dashawn Purnell, age 19, of Liberty Street, Salisbury, Maryland, was convicted by the Honorable Kathleen L. Beckstead, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, of one (1) count each of first degree murder, second of degree murder, robbery, first and second degree assaults, theft under $100 and two (2) counts of reckless endangerment, after a two day trial. Sentencing was postponed pending a mandatory presentence investigation. The Office of the State’s Attorney is seeking a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

On March 17, 2018, during early morning hours, Purnell entered the home of Pierre Louis located in the 500 block of Priscilla Street, where Mr. Louis, 67 years of age, was home in bed with his two (2) year old son. Purnell attempted to rob Mr. Louis in his home. Purnell inflicted twenty-two (22) stab wounds to Mr. Louis which resulted in his death. Purnell then poured bleach throughout the crime scene and fled the residence with the victim’s cell phone.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes commended investigators of the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) and Maryland State Police (MSP) Homicide Unit for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. SA Dykes specifically thanked Detective Caton, SPD, and Sergeant Kennard, MSP, the lead investigators. SA Dykes also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz, who prosecuted this case along with SA Dykes.

For more information or for an interview, please call the Office of the State’s Attorney Public Information Officer S/I Carsten Wendlandt at (443) 497-1787.

PRESS RELEASE: Salisbury Fire Department Receives Port Security Grant for SONAR and FLIR Systems


Contact: Salisbury Fire Department



Salisbury – The Salisbury Fire Department has been awarded an FY 2018 Port Security Grant in the amount of $42,577.00 from the Department of Homeland Security for enhanced maritime operations.  The grant covers two projects which includes a Side Scan SONAR system and a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) RADAR system. 


Side Scan SONAR is a device that is dragged underwater behind or alongside a marine vessel.  It is able to provide an understanding of the differences in materials and texture type of the riverbed.  It is commonly utilized to detect debris items and other potentially hazardous obstructions which can’t be seen from the surface. It may also serve to find wrecks, bodies of drowning/near drowning victims, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) devices, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and is often utilized in evidence collection, such as weapon or drug searches.


Forward Looking Infrared RADAR (FLIR) cameras utilize sensors to detect infrared radiation typically emitted from a heat source to create an image assembled for video output.  FLIR is utilized by boat pilots to steer their vessels at night, in fog, or in any reduced visibility situation. 


The Port of Salisbury falls under the command of the Port of Baltimore Sector which identified vulnerability gaps in its Port-wide Strategic Risk Management Plan (SRMP).  The projects will allow the Salisbury Fire Department to enhance its marine operational capabilities to provide protection to the Port of Salisbury; especially with regard to nighttime domain awareness, and will be available to provide assistance to fire departments in the surrounding region.  The individual units will also provide assistance to the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) and Natural Resources Police when requested.


The equipment allows the SFD to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents through its capability to “see” into the darkness to find victims of accidents and/or criminal suspects (when requested by Law Enforcement).  It also allows the Department to meet NFPA 1925:  Standard on Marine Firefighting Vessels. 


The $42,577.00 award represents 75% of the project’s total cost and the equipment is expected to be installed and in service by March of 2019. 


State Fire Marshal Investigation


Date:   January 15, 2019

Time:   9:00 a.m.

Location / Address:  509 Booth St., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:  Two story wood frame single family dwelling

Owner / Occupants:  Melvin and Bernice Williams

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $50,000                      Contents: $15,000

Smoke Alarm Status: Unknown

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: n/a

Arrests(s):  None

Primary Responding Fire Department: Salisbury Fire Department

# of Alarms:  1   # Of Firefighters:  25

Time to Control:  45 minutes

Discovered By:  Passerby

Area of Origin:  Foyer/Sitting room

Preliminary Cause:  Accidental, electrical

Additional Information:  The American Red Cross is assisting.  Two pets perished in the fire.

Wicomico County Sheriff Press Release

Bryan M. Carter
Incident: Vehicle Break-In Arrest
Date of Incident: 4 January 2019
Location: 30000 block of Willis Way, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Bryan M. Carter, 38, Bridgeville, DE
Narrative: On 4 January 2019 a deputy arrested Bryan Carter following an investigation into the breaking into of vehicles in the 30000 block of Willis Way. During the investigation, it was discovered that gift cards were removed from the vehicle. During the investigation, the deputy was able to learn that the stolen gift cards were used at an area McDonald’s. Subsequent investigation to that revealed Bryan Carter as the individual presenting the purloined gift cards.
The deputy obtained a warrant for the arrest of Carter and he was apprehended on 4 January 2019 and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Carter in the Detention Center a bond of $6,000.00.
Charges: Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, Theft $100.00-$1,500.00, Rogue and Vagabond

Richard James Liddle
Incident: Fugitive from Virginia
Date of Incident: 8 January 2019
Location: 7600 Gumboro Road, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: Richard James Liddle, 41, Pittsville, MD
Narrative: On 8 January 2019 at 4:00 PM, a deputy arrested a wanted fugitive from Accomack County, VA, Richard Liddle, at a residence in Pittsville, MD. Liddle was being sought by Virginia authorities on a warrant that was issued after Liddle failed to serve court ordered incarceration.
Liddle was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Liddle in the Detention Center without bond pending extradition back to Virginia.
Charges: Fugitive from Virginia

Christopher A. Layton
Incident: Possession of Crack Cocaine
Date of Incident: 9 January 2019
Location: 1000 block of W. Isabella Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Christopher A. Layton, 25, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 9 January 2019 at 4:30 PM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Christopher Layton for a moving violation. Upon making contact with Layton, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. During the subsequent investigation, the deputy recovered a small amount of marijuana but also discovered a bag of what was identified as Crack Cocaine in Layton’s possession.
The deputy placed Layton under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Layton on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of Crack Cocaine

Giovonte K. Fields
Incident: Vehicle Break-In Arrests
Date of Incident: 9 January 2019
Location: Rustic Acres, Salisbury, MD
1. Giovonte K. Fields, 19, Salisbury, MD
2. Male Juvenile, 16, Salisbury, MD
3. Male Juvenile, 16, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 9 January 2019 at 5:00 AM, a deputy responded to report of subjects running behind a house in the Rustic Acres neighborhood of Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputy observed a taxi cab leaving the neighborhood at a rate in excess of the speed limit. Upon stopping the taxi, the deputy began an investigation into the three passengers, Giovonte Fields and two sixteen year old males. After learning that none of the three lived in the neighborhood and could not provide a reason for being there the deputy began to suspect the trio were in the neighborhood for nefarious reasons.
During the investigation, the deputy learned that cars in the neighborhood had been ransacked.
The three individuals were found to have a large amount of change on them but that paled with regard to a loaded .45 semi-automatic handgun found in their possession. The deputy discovered that the change and handgun were stolen from unlocked vehicles.
All three subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. The two involved juveniles were charged as adults. Following their initial appearances, all three were detained without bond pending a District Court Bond Review.
Charges: Theft of a handgun, Handgun on Person, Possession of a handgun by a Prohibited Person, Theft, Rogue and Vagabond

Kyle Christopher Shrieves
Incident: Burglary Arrest
Date of Incident: 9 January 2019
Location: 2300 block of Marvel Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kyle Christopher Shrieves, 33, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 9 January 2019 at 12:30 PM, a deputy responded to a reported residential burglary in the 2300 block of Marvel Road in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputy observed signs of forced entry through a window. According to the victim, a lap-top was missing from the residence.
During an investigation, a subject identified as Kyle Shrieves was seen on the property prior to the discovery of the burglary. The deputy located Shrieves on an adjacent street and took him into custody. During a subsequent interview, Shrieves admitted he had entered the residence.
The deputy transported Shrieves to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Shrieves on unsecured bond.
Charges: Burglary 3rd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, Theft
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson Date: 10 January 2019

Saint Fleur, Amando
Incident: Assault, Resisting Arrest
Date of Incident: 01-11-19
Location: Rt 13 and E William St, Salisbury
Suspect: Saint Fleur, Amando; 18, of Salisbury
Narrative: On 1-11-19 at 1:13 Am, a Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Amando Saint Fleur. During the stop, the Deputy saw and smelled evidence of CDS. The Deputies attempted to detain Saint Fleur. St Fleur resisted being handcuffed, and assaulted two Deputies. After a struggle, St Fleur was arrested and transported to Central Booking.
Charges: 2 counts of 2nd Degree Assault, Resisting arrest