'Sonny' Shegan, former deputy police chief, dies [Old Town Laurel]

Former city police officer Milan "Sonny" Shegan passed away April 26, 2013, at his home in Trout Creek, Mich. Originally from McKeesport, Pa., and a veteran of the Marine Corps, he served as a sworn officer in the police departments of Forest Heights, Bladensburg and, finally, Laurel. He was part of the team tasked to provide security when then Alabama Governor George Wallace was critically wounded while campaigning in Laurel on May 15, 1972. He retired in 1988 as Laurel's deputy chief of police.

After sitting empty for more than two years, 302 Main St., the former home of Laurel Jewelry Store, has a new tenant. Qui-Luu, who owned and operated Whitney Jewelry Store in the Laurel Mall for eight years, announced the new store's opening with a bright banner above the front door. Open for business since April 8, L&W Jewelry promises custom-made jewelry, repair and stone setting among other services. In a brief conversation with the owner, he said that he'd hired two employees, both of whom live in Laurel.

Richard Futrovsky, owner and operator of Camelot Liquors,passed away recently after a brief illness. While he and his brother, Charlie, were partners in the business, Richard handled the day-to-day operations. The fate of the store, which opened circa 1971, remains uncertain, but for now, it is open, thanks to the dedication of loyal employees.

Birthdays include PNC Bank teller Dorett Lelma, May 12, and my lifelong friend Barbara Seger Lammers, May 16. Barbara shares her big day with Old Town natives Freda and Treva Ratcliffe. Lauren Holloway's birthday is May 25.

My sister, Ruth Ann, celebrated her 60th birthday with a surprise party hosted by her son and daughter on May 11. "Sissy" reached the milestone on May 13.

Born on Mother's Day in 1953, she was, until another sister was born in 1961, the only surviving girl among a slew of rough and tumble brothers. I can tell you from personal experience she could handle anything we threw her way, be it a baseball, football or a curt remark.

If there is such a thing as an angel on earth, she has been mine. I have never known a more loyal friend or protector than she. Happy birthday Sis; 60 never looked so good!

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