Berlin, utility argue over hospital electricity
Berlin officials and representatives from Delmarva Power and Light Co. will go to Worcester County Circuit Court this month to decide who will supply electricity to Atlantic General Hospital. The hospital, expected to open next spring, will be built on about seven acres of land at routes 50 and 113 in Berlin.
Berlin wants to supply electricity to AGH because, Mayor Ronald L. Birely said, the site is on property that has been annexed into the town limits. However, the electric company maintains it has the right to serve the hospital because it is within the company's boundary, set by the Public Service Commission.
Charge increased to first-degree murder
William Thomas Warren, the 32-year-old Berlin man accused of killing his mother-in-law, Mildred Louise Williams, 55, last year, has been charged with first-degree murder. When arrested in December, he was charged with second-degree murder, but a Worcester County grand jury changed the charge April 30 after it heard a presentation by prosecuting attorney Joseph Moore.
First-degree murder could indicate the crime was premeditated. First-degree murder carries a maximum possible penalty of life in prison, unless the state seeks the death penalty. Mrs. Williams was reported missing in July.
In December police discovered parts of her body buried under a shed on her property.
Ocean City to sponsor boating safety course
The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor a basic boating course at Northside Park, 125th Street and the Bay. Anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must get a certificate of boating safety education before he or she may operate a numbered or documented pleasure vessel in Maryland.
The course will be given from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 19-21. The cost is $5. Call (410) 250-0125.
Worcester officials preparing budget
The Worcester County Commissioners are continuing to work on the budget for fiscal year 1992-93. Last week, they heard comments from county residents at the annual public hearing. ++ The requested budget is $52.4 million. The final budget is expected to be passed when the commissioners meet May 19.
Berlin to renovate park on Flower Street
Berlin town officials will use about $35,000 from the town's reserve fund to renovate a park on Flower Street in Berlin. The money will be replaced as state Project Open Space funds become available.
The council made the decision after Councilman Mark Bowen, representing the Eastern District, said the park is deteriorating and that youths need a place to go to keep out of trouble. Renovations will include putting up swing sets, basketball courts and volleyball courts.