ELKTON — Black leaders urge denial of Klu Klux Klan parade
Black community leaders are hoping to persuade the Elkton Town Commission not to permit a Klu Klux Klan parade down Main Street on the April anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination.
"It's a slap in the face asking for April 4, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated," said Bernard James, president of the Cecil County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The Town Commission will consider the Klan's request for a permit Wednesday.
About 50 people rallied in protest of the parade at Wright's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Elkton Saturday. "People are upset about this," Mr. James said.
Elkton Mayor James Crouse said the commission must approve each request on its merits.
"The welfare of this community is the most important thing in my mind," he said.
Police arrest four on marijuana charges
A Worcester County couple and two men from Orlando, Fla., were arrested during the weekend in connection with an alleged marijuana distribution operation run out of a home in Bishopville.
State police said members of the Worcester County Narcotics Lead Team raided the home on Shellville Lane Saturday night to culminate a three-month investigation, seizing two pounds of marijuana and $3,700.
The suspects, arrested on marijuana charges a short time after the raid, were identified as Steven Charles Loughrey, 36, and Sharon Priscilla Loughrey, 26, of Bishopville; and Jeffrey Adam Deree and Robert Michael Klum, both 30, of Orlando.
Cab driver is shot in robbery attempt
A 26-year-old cab driver was listed in critical after being shot in the stomach yesterday morning when he apparently refused to give money to two robbers.
Police said that Amadin Eshasona, a Diamond Cab driver, was making a telephone call in the 2500 block of Greenmount Avenue about 2:30 a.m. when two men approached him and demanded money.
"We was told to give it up," said Lt. Larry Leeson, of the Northern District police station.
"He said, 'Give what up?' They said, 'If you don't give it up, I'm going to blast you.' "
Truck workers remain in serious condition
Two trucking company employees who were overcome by fumes while cleaning a tank containing liquid nitrogen fertilizer remained hospitalized yesterday, listed in serious condition.
Martin Wirtz, 44, and Milton G. White, 40, both of Hydes, were admitted to Sinai Hospital Saturday after collapsing at Farmington Freight Inc. in the 5100 block of Hydes Road.
One of the men collapsed while cleaning a tank containing a mixture of 30 percent liquid nitrogen and 70 percent molasses, and the second man passed out while attempting a rescue, officials said.