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Ocean Pines man gets 50 years for abuse of infant son

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Prosecution says baby boy suffered multiple fractures, but was able to recover By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer Connor Paul Kelly, 32, of Ocean Pines, was sentenced to 50 years in prison in Worcester County Circuit Court last Friday for the abuse, assault and neglect of his infant son in 2021. On March 15, a jury… Read more »

Protocol mixup delays skate park decision at Town Council

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Tony Weeg was excited Monday morning for what promised to be a landmark day, with Stephen Decatur Park set to be approved for the long-awaited town skate park at the mayor and Town Council meeting that evening. “Tonight at council meeting, I’m going up to get (the… Read more »

Short-term rental properties still long-term predicament


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Roughly a year later, Berlin still has a short-term rental problem. At issue now are property owners that officials from both the Planning Department and the Berlin Police Department allege are operating “under the radar.” Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart said Monday during the Berlin Mayor and… Read more »

Plans for new Berlin Beer Company approved

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Brewery slated to be town’s second after commission gives developers green light By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 18, 2023) The Berlin Planning Commission gave a unanimous green light on May 10 to a pair of businessmen looking to open a new brewery on Broad Street. Adam Davis and Glen Davis appeared before the commission… Read more »

Cruisin’ Berlin rumbles back into downtown this Saturday


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 18, 2023) The familiar rumble from the engines of a mass of classic hotrods and roadsters will return to downtown Berlin as the Cruisin’ Berlin car show revs up on Saturday. Starting at 6 a.m., Main Street and adjacent streets, including Broad, Pitt and Commerce, will be shut down… Read more »

Town budget still leaves workers short


Council concurs it needs  to do better for employees By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 11, 2023) The Town of Berlin presented its FY2024 budget proposal at the mayor and Town Council meeting on Monday, and the hour-long discussion revolved almost entirely around what it does for the town’s employees. Or as some councilmembers might… Read more »

Police seek help with speeders

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Traffic cameras would be effective, but residents should still report persistent problems By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 11, 2023) It may seem like a futile act after the fact, but the Berlin Police Department is still urging residents to call its non-emergency line when they see vehicles speeding through their community. Mayor Zack Tyndall… Read more »

Motor vehicle crash claims woman’s life in Ocean Pines

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 4, 2023) Ocean Parkway was closed near the South Fire Station Monday morning following a motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian, according to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office reported Tuesday that around 9:23 a.m. Pamela Shellenberger was walking across Ocean Parkway at… Read more »

Snake buster

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Who you gonna call? Russ Lederman, that’s who, for snake removal By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 4, 2023) Snake charmer? Snake whisperer? Russ Lederman prefers snake rescuer when you talk about what he does. Lederman markets his free services as a snake rescuer on the Nextdoor app. He knows there are many people who… Read more »

Mailloux charged in Knupp hit-and-run case

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Four felonies lead 17 total violations listed, summons issued in July ’22 incident By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (May 4, 2023) About 10 months after a dark Mercedes drove away after hitting and killing 14-year-old Ocean Pines resident Gavin Knupp on Grays Corner Road, 22-year-old Tyler Mailloux, of Berlin, was charged as the driver. Worcester… Read more »