25 YEARS AGO
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.”