RABID RACCOON CAPTURED NEAR TEAL CIRCLE

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The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed that a raccoon recently captured in the area of Teal Circle in Ocean Pines has tested positive for the rabies virus.

Anyone who was exposed to this animal, either by bite, scratch or contact with its saliva, is asked to contact the Worcester County Health Department at (410) 352-3234. Exposures also include direct contact between your pet and the rabid animal.

The County reminds residents of important rabies prevention guidelines:

  • IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND PETS, YOU SHOULD:
    • Check to make sure all your pets have CURRENT rabies vaccinations, contact your veterinarian.
    • Avoid feeding pets outdoors. This will draw wild and stray animals to your property. If you must feed outdoors, do not leave food outdoors overnight or allow spillage onto the ground or your deck.
    • Do not let your pets roam free, or leave cats outdoors overnight. This increases the possibility of contact with sick wildlife.
    • Cover garbage cans securely.
  • IF YOU SEE SICK ACTING ANIMALS OR WILD ANIMALS BEHAVING IN A THREATENING MANNER
    • Bring pets and children indoors and report immediately.
    • Contact the Ocean Pines Police Department at 410-641-7747.
  • IF YOUR PET HAS HAD CONTACT WITH A WILD ANIMAL: (FIGHT OR CLOSE FACE TO FACE CONTACT)
    • Do not touch your pet with bare hands, use gloves or other barriers, such as plastic grocery bags.
    • Isolate the pet from other pets/people.
    • Immediately contact the Ocean Pines Police Department so the suspect animal can be obtained and made available for rabies testing.
    • Consult your veterinarian if your pet is injured. The Worcester County Health Department will determine the appropriate management for your pet.
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PUBLIC NOTICE – DISTRICT 5 COUNCIL MEMBER VACANCY

PUBLIC NOTICE – DISTRICT 5 COUNCIL MEMBER VACANCY

Due to the resignation of District 5 Council Member R. Hardy Rudasill, there will be a vacant seat on Salisbury City Council. Below is information on candidate requirements and how to be considered for appointment.

Requirements: Shall have resided in the City of Salisbury for at least one year immediately preceding the date of vacancy; reside within the boundaries of District 5 on the date of application and will continue to reside therein during the term to which appointed (term expires November 5, 2019); must be at least 21 years of age; and shall be a qualified registered voter of the City of Salisbury.
(Salisbury Charter §SC2-2).

To be considered for appointment: Submit a letter of interest and resume to: Office of the City Clerk, City of Salisbury, 125 N. Division St., Room 305, Salisbury MD 21801. Must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2019 and received by the City Clerk (410-548-3140) no later than noon on February 4, 2019 whether mailed, emailed at knichols@salisbury.md, faxed (410-548-3781) or hand delivered. EOE

Berlin Police Department 2018 Award List

49172820_2237560312932551_4128243039300747264_o2018 Awards and Honors

• Senior Police Officer Edward Carmean Ten Years’ Service

• Senior Police Officer Christopher Bireley Twenty Years” Service

• Senior Police Officer Christopher Bireley Meritorious Service 2017 K9 track which lead to a felony arrest for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

• Lt J.D. Lawson Meritorious Service for 12/2017 Barricade Situation (Domestic Related)

• Senior Police Officer Joseph Kerr Lifesaving Commendation 12/2017 saved a subject who was attempting suicide (hanging)

• Senior Police Officer Claude Holland Lifesaving Commendation 5/2018 for rescuing a mother and two children from a flooding vehicle

• Sgt Michael O’Connor Lifesaving Commendation 11/2018 saved a subject who was actively cutting herself

• Patrolman Kevin Lloyd Lifesaving Commendation 12/2018 saved a subject who was actively cutting herself

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

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NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

Date:   January 16, 2019

Time:  8:55 a.m.

Location / Address:  503 Douglas Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:   Split level two story wood frame single family dwelling

Owner / Occupants:   Jordan Usilton

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $90,000                      Contents: $20,000

Smoke Alarm Status:  Present, activated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a

Arrests(s):   None

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury Fire Department

# of Alarms:   1    # Of Firefighters:   30

Time to Control:   40 minutes

Discovered By:  Neighbor

Area of Origin:  Chimney

Preliminary Cause:   Accidental

Additional Information:  

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CHINCOTEAGUE POLICE DECEMBER ARREST REPORT

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CHINCOTEAGUE POLICE
NEWS
DECEMBER ARREST REPORT
According to Chincoteague Police Department Chief James R. Mills, the
following arrests were made for the month of December:
• On December 6, 2018, a Quinby, VA man was arrested for
driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to take a
breath test (misdemeanors). The arresting officer was Pfc.
David T. Gladding.
• On December 15, 2018, an Atlantic, VA woman was
arrested for being drunk in public (misdemeanor). The
arresting officer was Pfc. Jeffrey F. Stevens.
• On December 23, 2018, a Chincoteague woman was
arrested for being drunk in public (misdemeanor). The
arresting officer was Sgt. Tyler L. Greenley.
• On December 24, 2018, a Gywnn Island, VA man was
arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
(misdemeanor). The arresting officer was Pfc. Jeffrey F.
Stevens.
• On December 26, 2018, a Chincoteague woman was
arrested for being drunk in public (misdemeanor). The
arresting officer was Pfc. David T. Gladding.
• On December 27, 2018, April Lynn Pruitt of Wallops Island,
VA was arrested for possession of cocaine (felony)
possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of
alcohol and refusal to take a breath test (misdemeanors).
The arresting officer was Pfc. David T. Gladding.
• On December 29, 2018, Chincoteague man was arrested for
driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to take a
breath test (misdemeanors). The arresting officer was Pfc.
David T. Gladding.
• On December 31, 2018, a Chincoteague man was arrested
for driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to take
a breath test (misdemeanors). The arresting officer was Pfc.
Jeffrey F. Stevens.

Phone Scam Alert

A Queen Anne’s County resident reported that they had received a call from an individual claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The individual claimed they had attempted to reach the resident numerous times and due to the failed attempts, a federal lawsuit had been filed against the resident. The individual added that if the resident paid a fee of $6,421, the lawsuit could be settled.
Please be mindful that this is a scam.

Additionally, it is important to know that the IRS:
• Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
• Never insists on a specific payment method to pay tax obligations (e.g. google play cards)
• Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.

Other characteristics of these scams include:
• Scammers using fake names and IRS badge numbers. Scammers generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
• Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
• Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
• Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
• Victims can hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
• After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

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