50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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