50 YEARS AGO
Warrants have been issued for two men from the Arlington, Va., area with orders to appear for trial on Sept. 21 on the charge of assault and battery on James Irving Robinson, manager of the Acme Super Market in Stevensville.
Last Saturday afternoon around 2 o’clock, Robinson was in his car entering the Kent Island Shopping Center from the eastern end. As he rounded the corner, he encountered a car that was improperly parked and obstructing traffic. Robinson stopped and asked the two men, who were the apparent occupants, if they would move their automobile.
Becoming angry, the two men asked asked the Acme manager if he were a policeman. He said no and other words followed. He then started to return to his car and both men attacked and began to beat him.
••• A record number of Queen Anne’s County voters have the opportunity to cast ballots in Tuesday’s Primary Election. There are 8,128 names on the election books.
While the political pot took some time to heat up, meetings and discussions have brought it to a boil in the past week. A tremendous amount of interest has been generated by interviews given to the Record-Observer for all offices.
Headquarters have been busy and the candidates hand out literature and talk to citizens about their qualifications.
Political contributions amounting to more than $6,600 were reported by the Circuit Court in accordance with the a new law which requires full financial disclosure of polical receipts and expenditures one week before a primary or general election.
••• Traffic volume on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge over the Labor Day weekend was 86,964 vehicles.
It was necessary to make the bridge one-way five times over the weekend for a total time lapse of two hours and 14 minutes. One of these occurred on Friday evening, one Sunday afternoon and three on Monday afternoon.
“The five one-way operations,” John B. Funk, chairman/director of the State Roads Commission, said, “are significant because traffic volume was relatively light for a holiday weekend. The present bridge is apparently incappable of handling even this moderately heavy traffic.”
The largest amount of heroin and cocaine for Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties was seized last Thursday night by the CarolineQueen Anne’s County Drug Task Force. Luis Rodriguez, 49, of Ridgely, and Wilma Kathleen Fitzgerald, 27, of Denton were arrested Thursday night culminating a six-week investigation. The pair was arrested when Maryland State Police Tpr. Edmund Buswell stopped a 1986 Chevy van driven by Rodriguez.
A K-9 unit serched the vehicle and police recover 35 packs of suspected heroin, 31.1 grams of suspected cocaine and $241 in cash.
••• No major problems were reported on the Bay Bridge this Labor Day weekend, according to Jim McBee of Toll Facility Traffic Control. McBee reports, “It was a very smooth weekend.”
According to McBee, 266,752 cars traveled the Bay Bridge between Friday and Monday.
••• A shooting that injured five men in Chestertown erly Saturday morning is the result of an ongoing rivalry between Grasonville and Chestertown gangs, Chestertown police said.
Police are looking for William “Billy” Beach of Grasonville, who allegedly fired a small caliber gun during a pavilion dance on the Chestertown waterfront about 1 a.m. Saturday.
••• After receiving recent complaints from Queenstown residents, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Charles F. Crossley Jr. said last week that he would look into the possibility of beefing up patrols to help curb some of the nuisance problems.
However, Crossley added that his department had limited manpower.
During the town commission meeting last week, Crossley said the number of police calls throughout the county has increased from an average of 500 to 600 per month to 800 to 900.