25 YEARS AGO
Police now say the 12-yearold boy accused of carrying a vial of suspected crack cocaine at school last month wasn’t carrying crack after all.
A recent lab report from Maryland State Police shows the contents in the vial tested negative for crack.
The contents may have been pieces of dried soap intended to look like crack, according to Cpl. Gerald M. Kreiner, who investigated the case for state police. The case no longer is being investigated, he said, and “it’s life as usual” for the boy.
School officials at Stevensville Middle School learned Nov. 11 that the boy was showing off the vial to other students while on the school bus going to his home in Chester. The next morning, they seized the vial and turned it over to the state police.
*** Two days after Centreville waterman Christopher Scott Leager apparently drowned while diving for oysters off Kent Point here, the investigation and speculation on how the 23-year-old professional diver lost his life continue.
George O’Donnell, president of the Maryland Diver’s Association, said Wednesday that he and other members of his group are concerned about the safety of diving in the area where Leager drowned.
O’Donnell thinks Leager may have been diving around the artificial fishing reef place there around seven years ago.
O’Donnell said the reef, which he described as demolished concrete and steel remnants of an old bridge from Tunis Mills in Talbot County, was not placed in deep enough water.
*** Mid-Shore clammers who suffered through a disastrous harvest this year may soon be eligible for financial assistance from the federal Small Business Administration disaster program, according to Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, who said he expects Governor Schaefer to sign the required certifications.
“Gov. Schaefer is going to sign the necessary papers,” Gilchrest said Friday. “We were told that he has agreed to do it.”
Earlier this week Gilchrest said once Schaefer declared this year’s clam harvest a disaster the SBA would “move quickly to dispatch loan officers to the Mid-Shore to assist clammers in applying for emergency loans.”
*** MedEvac helicopters could become more than just a rescue operation according to a “radical” proposal that Eastern Shore officials are considering.
Under the proposal, a MedEvac helicopter pilot from Easton could transport a top business executive to a meeting in Ocean City as another pilot from the northern tip of the Shore carries a feeble cancer patient to Delaware while yet another pilot in Centreville sends an accident victim to Shock Trauma.
The scenarios could fall under a proposal that Eddy L. Teak of Zak Aviation Services is taking to local officials that combines the traditional rescue operations with commercial ventures in an effort to create a self-sustaining emergency service. *** Christmas cards bring a little bit of warmth and good cheer with their arrival. There’s a special joy in being remembered by our friends and family. It’s not what the cards say as much as the idea that someone thought of you enough to take the time to send you one.
That’s what has Cloverfields resident Annette Lavelle so upset.
Last Wednesday as she opened a newly arrived Christmas card, Lavelle found three pictures of herself which had been taken the day Eastern Shore residents went to the governor’s house to protest his outhouse comments.
Wondering who had sent her the pictures, Lavelle read the card’s inscription. It read: Don Schaefer, Governor.
“It flipped me out when I opened up the card and saw the pictures of myself. It was really eerie,” said Lavelle. “Then, when I saw who it was from, I almost fell over.”