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A 21-year-old Chestertown man re­port­edly swal­lowed four bags of co­caine Fri­day night when the Kent County Nar­cotics Task Force ar­rested him and four other Chestertown res­i­dents.

Lon­nie Paul My­ers Sr. was im­me­di­ately taken to Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospi­tal where he later vom­ited the il­le­gal drugs, ac­cord­ing to an as­sis­tant Kent County state’s at­tor­ney.

Charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine, My­ers is be­ing held in the Kent County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on $15,000 bond. *** Many wa­ter­men are com­plain­ing about new Coast Guard safety reg­u­la­tions they feel are im­prac­ti­cal and too ex­pen­sive.

The main reg­u­la­tion in dis­pute re­quires com­mer­cial fish­er­men to carry im­mer­sion suits to pro­tect them from hy­pother­mia if they fall over­board dur­ing the months of Novem­ber through May. The suits, which cost at least $300, must be worn by each mem­ber of the crew.

A Coast Guard press re­lease states, “Com­mer­cial fish­ing is one of the na­tion’s most dan­ger­ous oc­cu­pa­tions, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. De­part­ment of La­bor. Each year more than 80 fish­er­men die and some 200 ves­sels are lost.”

But those sta­tis­tics are based not only on coastal fish­eries such as the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, but ocean fish­eries as well.

“I think they are es­sen­tial for ocean go­ing ves­sels, that’s what they are de­signed for, not the small boat in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay,” said wa­ter­man Ge­orge O’Don­nell. * * * A few years age, she was lauded by the gover­nor for her ef­forts in health ed­u­ca­tion, Now, iron­i­cally, she is look­ing at an empty of­fice and an un­cer­tain fu­ture since Gov. Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer slashed the state bud­get and cost her her job.

Paula Wood­ward, health ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at the Queen Anne’s County Health De­part­ment, will be forced to leave her po­si­tion Fri­day af­ter a dras­tic cut in the state bud­get two months ago that has al­ready left thou­sands of state em­ploy­ees out of work. * * * Town com­mis­sion­ers have se­lected a long time Sudlersville res­i­dent as com­mis­sioner to re­place departing Com­mis­sioner James Or­ange.

Gay­land Clark was sworn in Mon­day, Nov. 25, at the Sudlersville United Methodist Church af­ter he was se­lected by Com­mis­sion­ers Sudler Good­hand and Hodge Cole­man. Clark was ap­pointed to re­place Or­ange who could no longer serve as com­mis­sioner be­cause he moved our of town lim­its. Clark’s term will end in May 1992. * * * Crime in the town of Centreville has in­creased 9 per­cent over last year, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics pro­vided by the Centreville Town Po­lice.

Sgt. Tracey W. Wil­liams at­tributes most of the in­crease to a bit of a crime spree in Oc­to­ber.

“There were 15 break­ing and en­ter­ings in a twoweek pe­riod,” Wil­liams said. “Two ju­ve­niles were ar­rested. We only have ev­i­dence to prove two cases, but since that time, the rate of crime is back to nor­mal.”

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