SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are identifying a Delaware man fatally shot during a traffic stop.
Police say Wilmington police contacted Maryland authorities for help finding 25-year-old James Norris, who was wanted on handgun charges. Police say Norris was fatally shot Monday in Salisbury after troopers tracking him stopped the car he was traveling in.
When a trooper spoke to Norris, he put both hands in his jacket pockets. When the trooper told Norris not to, police say Norris said one of them would die, prompting the trooper to pull his gun.
The United States Specialty Association says it will return to Salisbury to host the 2013 Softball World Series.
WBOC-TV reports that the association made the announcement Monday. The group's vice president, Bill Dowell, says the decision was based on Salisbury's infrastructure, as well as support from hotels, restaurants, businesses and sponsorships.
It will be the seventh year that Salisbury has hosted the event.
There’s a seven hour work session set for today during which the Salisbury City Council will take up the controversial charter amendment that would increase minority representation on the council.
By a 3-to-2 vote the Council told the City Attorney Mark Tilghman to draw up a measure that would expand the majority-minority district to two at-large council members while leaving a second at-large district with 3-members.
In addition, the proposal would eliminate the staggered elections for the council members and the Mayor.
The controversy over Salisbury's legal budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year will come up for scrutiny at night's City Council meeting.
The Council is set to take a second and final vote on a measure that would add $30,000 for the City Attorney.
However, at an April 16, meeting, Council members Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields received a spread sheet showing that an additional $100,000 is needed to cover legal bills for the rest of the fiscal year.
Local landlord Stuart Leer of L&M Rentals has filed a lawsuit against Salisbury after the city’s Historic District Commission denied his request to modify a historic Camden Avenue home.
He charges that the Commission did so after the 45 day window allowed for such a denial had passed.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the law says the failure by the Commission to act within that time frame constitutes automatic approval unless the two parties reach a mutual agreement for an extension.
During its work session tonight the Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a measure that would impose fines on problem properties.
The legislation is the Three Strikes provision of Mayor Jim Ireton’s rental legislation.
The nuisance law would allow the city to recover a portion of the costs connected with repeated calls for service to either the Salisbury Police Department or the Department of Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance.
Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants the Salisbury City Council to consider at-will status for the city administrator and department heads, giving him sole hiring and firing power.
Ireton argued that because the council had changed the city charter to give them sole authority over the city Attorney his office should be given that same power over the city administrator and department heads.
The Council also has sole oversight of the City Clerk’s office.