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WBOC's Year in Review 2014

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As 2014 gets ready to say goodbye, WBOC takes a look at some of the top Delmarva stories that made headlines in the past year.

  January

- Winter-weather leads to record-breaking snowfall in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

- JCPenney announces it will close 33 "underperforming" stores across the country, including its location at the Centre at Salisbury mall in Salisbury, Md. The store shut its doors in May.

February

- The town of Berlin, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is named "America's Coolest Small Town" in a contest by Budget Travel.

- A fire heavily damages Fratelli's Italian restaurant on South Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury. Owners of the popular restaurant later announce plans to reopen at a new location on Snow Hill Road in January 2015.

- Another popular dining spot on Delmarva, Kirby and Holloway Family Restaurant in Dover, Del. is destroyed in a fire that authorities rule accidental. 

- A Delaware jury convicts former Sussex County pediatrician Melvin Morse of waterboarding his companion's daughter by holding the child's head under a faucet. 

March

- Maryland State Police arrest Brooks S. Perry, who is  accused of shooting at troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop in Talbot County. 

-  Another trooper-involved shooting results in the death of Winfield C. Fisher III, who authorities say struck and dragged a trooper with his car at the Maryland State Police barrack in Salisbury.

-  Edwin Fletcher of Salisbury is charged with attempted murder following accusations that he used his pickup truck to assault three police officers trying to arrest him in Wicomico County. In October, Fletcher later enters an Alford plea in the case. 

April

Organizers of the annual Delmarva Chicken Festival announce that this year's event would be the last. In August, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce announces it might step in to salvage the festival.

- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signs a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, starting Oct. 1. 

- In a tragedy that shocked the community, Milford Central Academy's principal and 10-year-old daughter die in a car crash

May

- Seventeen-year-old student Jocori Marece Scarborough is arrested and charged with raping a 15-year-old female student in a hallway at Parkside High School in Salisbury. Scarborough is convicted of rape in October.

- A tornado damages about a dozen homes and injures two people west of Camden in Kent County, Del. 

June

-Incumbent Maryland Sen. Richard Colburn  loses the Republican Senate primary race  to Del. Adelaide Echardt, who goes on to victory in the November general election.

- The four-day Firefly Music Festival is held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., bringing with it thousands of fans and plenty of traffic to the area to the area. A study later finds the festival contributed more than $68 million to the local economy.

- The sex abuse trial of former Delaware state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser ends with a hung jury. Prosecutors vow to retry the case. 

-  A Delaware State Police trooper is wounded and a suspect is killed in a Magnolia shooting

July

- In the first of a possible 62 individual trials, a jury convicts Tonya Bundick of arson in connection with an Accomack County, Va. arson spree that happened from November 2012 to April 2013.

- The 89th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim draws thousands of spectators to Chincoteague Island, Va. 

- On July 15, WBOC celebrates its 60th anniversary of broadcasting on the air to Delmarva. 

- An accidental fire destroys historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md.

- A  tornado rips through Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort in Cape Charles, Va. on July 24, killing a New Jersey couple and injuring dozens of people, including the couple's 13-year-old son. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe visits the damage scene a day after the incident. Less than three weeks later, the New Jersey couple's son  dies from injuries sustained in the tornado.  

August

- The cremated remains of nine victims of 1978's Jonestown Massacre turn up in a former funeral home in Dover, Del., prompting an investigation that later finds no foul play suspected.

- Embattled Delaware state treasurer Chip Flowers announces he is ending his re-election campaign, days after his former deputy filed a harassment complaint against him. In September, Flowers is cleared of the harassment allegations. 

- Fears of the Ebola virus spreading from West Africa to other parts of the world, including the U.S., prompt safety and travel precautions, including on Delmarva.

- Prominent Delmarva restaurateur and chef Matt Haley, founder and CEO of Matt Haley Companies, dies from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Leh, India. He was 53. 

September

- Two weeks after being placed on administrative leave in a case that sparks controversy over the content of books he authored, Cambridge, Md. school teacher Patrick McLaw speaks to WBOC while law enforcement officials provide more details as to why McLaw was suspended from the job. 

- Ray Rice is let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video is released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. 

- A rap music video shot in Cambridge featuring what appears to be drugs and guns being waved at the camera, captures the attention of community leaders. 

- The Baltimore Orioles win their first AL East crown since 1997 but go on to be swept by the Kansas City Royals in the AL Championship Series. 

October

- Just seconds after liftoff,  an Antares rocket explodes at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

- To the surprise and disappointment of many - including participants who had already signed up for it - the annual Punkin Chunkin event is canceled for 2014. Prior to the cancellation, this year's event was moved from Sussex County to Dover International Speedway in Kent County, Del.

- Organizers announce a major three-day country music festival is coming to Kent County, Del. in summer 2015.

- The annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers' Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

November

- Republicans have a lot to celebrate after GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan wins the race for governor in heavily-Democratic Maryland. 

- In a surprising upset, 28-year incumbent Maryland Del. Norm Conway loses the general election to GOP challenger Carl Anderton, mayor of Delmar, Md.

- Ken Simpler becomes the first GOP statewide non-incumbent elected in Delaware in two decades when he wins the state treasurer's race in the general election. 

- Bayhealth announces it will build a $250 million medical facility in Milford, Del. 

- Months after being released by the Baltimore Ravens for punching his fiancee, now his wife, Ray Rice wins the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

December

- Former Delaware state Rep. Clifford G. "Biff" Lee, who represented the 40th District (Laurel), dies after a battle with cancer

- After a troubled first year, Maryland's calls its revamped health care exchange a success

- WBOC's DelmarvaLife program surprises the winner of "Delmarva's Neediest Roof" contest with a brand new roof.

- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch appears in a Delaware court for a protective order hearing following his ex-girlfriend's allegations that he assaulted her at Dover International Speedway in September. 

- Another major country music festival, featuring Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, is announced for Kent County, Del. in the summer of 2015. 

- One Salisbury family gets a very special Christmas surprise by a group known as "Santa's Angels." 

- St. Paul's-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church holds a Christmas Eve service in its parish sanctuary, the first service at the church since a fire damaged part of the building a year ago.

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