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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Daily Times Editors Note ABOVE Campbell's Letter To The Editor Print Edition

“Editor’s Note:  The following is an opinion submission from Salisbury City Councilwoman Deborah Campbell.  As part of the routine city beat coverage, the reporter Campbell criticizes attended a Nov. 8 public meeting regarding the ongoing city charter petition effort; no “collusion” occurred.  Mayor Jim Ireton’s comments were part of a news release sent to all local media outlets.  The Daily Times stands by its Nov. 10 story and all subsequent reporting on the matter.”

Debbie Campbell's Original Letter To The Editor In Today's Daily Times That Has Been Removed

On Thursday the Daily Times published an article by Sarah Lake, “Black Friday Security in Jeopardy”. Ms. Lake writes that the city council received a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from Wal-Mart about providing police security on Black Friday. What Ms. Lake wrote was untrue. Worse, she was present at the meeting where this matter was discussed and knew it was untrue.

The meeting’s audio is available on the city’s website. Our discussion of the matter begins about 9 minutes into the recording. Any objective listener will understand that a majority of the council wanted to move forward with the matter. Unfortunately, contrary to Ms. Lake’s article, we never received a copy of the agreement between the city and Wal-Mart. At the time of the meeting, it hadn’t been reviewed by the City Attorney. When we asked if the agreement was the same as a contract already in place with the Centre at Salisbury, the administration’s response was that they thought so, but weren’t sure. It would have been irresponsible for the council to agree to a contract that we had not seen and that had not been approved by City Attorney.

Ms. Lake also included comments from Mayor Jim Ireton that the agreement would have gone through except that it was signed by Muir Boda. Mr. Boda has twice run for the Salisbury council. Again, Ms. Lake was present at the meeting. The only question that was raised was whether the local people at Wal-Mart could legally sign the document. This question was asked because in our agreement with mall, the city had to get a signature from the owner’s corporate headquarters. Again, Ms. Lake included something that she knew was false.

Anyone listening to the recording would also note that we discussed adopting a standard contract at a later date. This would allow the administration to enter into future contracts without having to get council approval.

Perhaps this could be chalked up to bad reporting on the part of Ms. Lake. Unfortunately, it goes deeper. On Tuesday, Ms. Lake participated in a “strategy session” with Mayor Ireton, Laura Mitchell, Shanie Shields, and others to discuss Ms. Mitchell’s petition drive to overturn our recent charter change.

Ms. Lake may deny this, but she foolishly sent me a copy of her notes of the meeting for me to comment on. Why would the Mayor and his political allies invite a reporter to a strategy session? To be the beneficiaries of a nice, flattering, front page article. What happened on Thursday? They were the recipients of a nice, flattering, front page article.

Unfortunately, there is not enough space available to refute the false and /or hypocritical charges leveled by Ireton, Mitchell, Louise Smith or Barrie Tilghman. Of course that’s what happens when a newspaper permits itself to be used as a propaganda tool rather than a deliverer of news. A previous op-ed by councilwoman Terry Cohen persuasively refutes their initial attacks on the charter change. Now they level a new set of charges / arguments because the first obviously did not ring true with voters.

It is my sincere hope that the publishers of the Daily Times have the honesty to retract both stories and apologize. Allowing a reporter to knowingly print falsehoods and collude with one political group against another violates every tenet of journalistic ethics. A newspaper should be an important part of the community. However if we cannot trust its coverage of something as basic as a council work session, what can we believe?

Publisher's Notes: With all due respect, I have personally asked the Mayor why he has refused allowing me to have access to any press releases and or invitations to events or press conferences. His reply to me was as follows. "You play nice with me, I'll play nice with you". Unless you are doing so you will have NO ACCESS. He went on to tell me that he cannot, in good conscience, work with me because I am a racist towards Obama. I tried to express that my Posts on Obama are from the Main Stream media. His reply, he doesn't care. The Mayor stated if I ever publish this he'll deny it.

You see Folks, IF we do NOT play nice with Mayor Ireton or even Mike Lewis, if we do NOT agree with them on any issue, we're cut off. All the more reason to follow Salisbury News. We do NOT lie. The last Mayor Tilghman pulled this kind of crap and even went so far as to sue me, she lost. She lost because I never once lied. I'll never forget just one part of her lawsuit. She stood before the Judge and they claimed I had published an article about her kids being raised in a Boarding School. The Judge asked me if this was true, I agreed. He then asked Mrs. Tilghman, were your kids raised in Boarding School. Her reply, yes. She then immediately went on to say, but he was suggesting I was a bad parent. The Judge replied, no he didn't, he simply stated the facts. 

There's are certain select group of people who only want one side of a story being told. Clearly the Daily Times "PLAYS NICE" but YOU are only seeing what they, (and other special interests) want you to see. The Daily Times has pulled this on line article from today's paper. We have NOT changed a single word Mrs. Campbell produced. I'm not even sure if they published the above letter word for word. Salisbury News ALWAYS publishes 100% of any press release, unlike the Daily Times. So how we can be told that we're now racists or nasty bloggers is beyond me. 

As our readers know, we do not tolerate gay bashing or racism of any form. On the rare occasions when an inappropriate comment slips through, as soon as we recognize it we pull it immediately.

Nevertheless, now you know what you're getting from the Daily Times referencing Laura Mitchell and Jim Ireton. Play Nice News.

I want it to be known that I requested an exact copy of this letter from Councilwoman Debbie Campbell provided to the Daily Times this morning.

Salisbury News Endorsements For Delmar, Maryland Election Tuesday

There's only one real choice in this election for Mayor. Carl Anderton is a man I have been speaking very highly of for the past 4 years. I have stated many times, this is the man to watch in local politics. Let me just say this, when I say local I don't just mean Delmar. I had hoped Carl would have thrown his hat into the ring when it came to running for State Delegate but Carl thought long and hard and decided he wanted to run for Mayor of Delmar instead.

His opponent Luther Hitchens is a fine gentleman but a man who has no accomplishments within local politics. Luther has been quoted many times saying he just wants to be Mayor for one term just to be able to say he was Mayor once. This is hardly a reason to run for Mayor.

Carl serves on the Maryland Municipal League and one thing I can tell you Folks, Carl is highly respected by his peers. Carl has also served as a Town Commissioner for many years in Delmar and is clearly the choice for the future of Delmar. In my honest opinion, Delmar is damn lucky to have this guy even considering the position of Mayor.

Two other gentleman that should be highly considered for Town Commissioner are Mike Gibb, (left) and Tom "Bunky" Luffman, (right). Again, I have known both of these gentleman for many years now and these are two men I am amazed would take the time to represent the Town of Delmar.

I can tell you that I have personally spent more time recently with these three gentleman than any other candidates in our past history. They are honorable men who absolutely love Delmar. Mind you, I know all of the candidates running and these are the candidates I support.

To our viewers in Delmar, please get out and vote this Tuesday. Salisbury News will be following this election closely and we'd like to be able to post a title stating Delmar, Maryland has a record voter turnout. I have seen far too many empty Commissioner seats over years past and Delmar finally has some great candidates to represent them well.

Troopers Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash

Location: Northbound DE Rt. 7 (Limestone Road) at Main Street, Stanton, DE
Date and Time of Occurrence: Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.                   
Stanton, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash in Stanton, DE. Initial information is that the crash involves a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer and that one subject involved is seriously injured.
Northbound DE Rt. 7 is currently closed and commuters are asked to find alternate means of travel around the crash scene.
The investigation into this crash is in its early stages.

Salisbury Police Department Press Release 11-13-11

On November 11, 2011 at approximately 8:55 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department were on routine patrol in the area of Smith Street and Newton Street and observed several subjects walking in the roadway and impeding traffic. The officers approached the suspects for contact and the below listed suspect fled on foot southbound on Smith Street. The officers pursued the suspect through a number of yards and over several fences.

Several of the yards that the suspect ran through had been posted against trespassing. During the pursuit, the officers observed the suspect discard an item beneath of a parked vehicle and soon thereafter caught and took the suspect into custody. The discarded item was recovered and was found to be a loaded .22 caliber revolver type handgun. The suspect’s age prohibits his possession of firearms and due to the seriousness of the charges the suspect was charged as an adult.

ARRESTED: Gerard Dawson Dennis, 17 years of age Salisbury, Maryland

Trespassing (4 counts)
Possession of a handgun
Possession of a regulated firearm
Altering a firearms identification number
Possession of a firearm under 21 years of age
Possession of regulated ammunition

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100044583

Found Dog: UPDATE

My daughter got a call tonight from the owner of the little dog she found. His name is Tiny Tim and he was terribly missed by his 88 year old owner  :)   Happy Ending!! Thanks again Joe!!

Hi Joe,
This evening around 5pm, my daughter found this little dog on our street. While we have lived here a long time and know most of the neighborhood dogs, this one is unfamiliar. It's a male, maybe a mini-pin? He's cute and friendly as can be. We live on Mar-Lynn Drive in Delmar. I hope you will post this and we can connect with his family. I am sure they are missing this little guy something terrible!!
They can call me at 443-359-0438 or my daughter at 443-359-1050.

Great News For Salisbury News, Bad News For The Daily Times

Salisbury News numbers for the day are out of this world. Its obvious the word got around today about the Daily Times removing the Debbie Campbell article because our numbers have simply skyrocketed for a Sunday.

This should also be great news for the Delmar Candidates as I'm sure that is playing a strong part of these unusually high numbers as well.

Nevertheless, welcome to Salisbury News Folks.


Found running at large on Rt. 13 N in and around the MD State Police Barracks and Pet Medical Center the morning of Sunday, November 13, 2011. Male Black Lab mix with white spots on rear feet and on chest. Coat has dandruff. No collar. Caught and brought by a great couple on their way to Williamsburg, VA. Will be held at Weeping Willow Kennels for a couple of days waiting for his humans. Will be transferred to Wicomico County Humane Society if not claimed. Please call 410-548-1515 if I belong to you.


Dear Joe,
I hope you can find this little lost dog's family.  Found on Foskey Lane Friday night Novemebr 4th.  We are Foster family for the next week only!  Please call Tina @ 443-365-6993 to claim ASAP.  Thanks!

Serious Accident On Rt. 50

There's been a serious accident with multiple injuries at Rt. 50 and White Lowe Road. One east bound lane is currently closed.

Daily Times Pulls Councilwoman Debbie Campbell's Letter To The Editor Today

Early this morning you could see Debbie's Letter to the Editor defending her position and lies created last week in the Daily Times. (We'll provide letter later today)

The Daily Times had it up at 6:30 this morning but has since yanked it from their on line edition. God Forbid the OTHER SIDE defend themselves and tell the TRUTH.

If you are a subscriber to this yellow journalism newspaper I strongly suggest you cancel your subscription immediately. Enough Is Enough.

Today's Survey Question 11-13-11

How do you view the decision by "Glee" to portray two teen couples having sex?
One of the couples is gay.

Teenage Mom Arrested In Death Of Her Baby

A teenage mother is arrested for the death of her baby.

Wilmington Police say Jacqueline Figueroa left her three-month old baby boy unattended and without supervision for several hours last night inside her home on on the 1,000 block of Kirkwood Street.

A family member found the baby unresponsive. The infant was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Head Of Delaware Military Mortuary Probe Panel Steps Down

The Pentagon says the doctor named to head a review of problems at the military's mortuary in Delaware is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate.

Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general, is leaving the review panel just one day after his appointment was announced.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says Carmona notified the Defense Department on Friday that he would not be serving.

Pacquiao Wins By Majority Decision Over Marquez

(CNN) -- Manny Pacquiao defended his WBO welterweight title at the sold-out MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, defeating Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision.

Both fighters went toe-to-toe throughout the 12-round fight Saturday night with neither getting knocked down on the canvas.

The fight went down to the Nevada judges' scorecards with Dave Moretti scoring it 115-113, Robert Hoyle 114-114 and Glenn Trowbridge 116-112.

After the decision, Marquez left the ring, apparently upset by the ruling.


Newt Gingrich Says Obama Correct To Kill American Accused Of Turning On U.S.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday agreed with the Obama administration's decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen who was accused of turning on the United States and recruiting terrorists for al Qaeda.

"The correct thing in an act of war is to kill people who are trying to kill you," Gingrich said.

Al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda, was killed by a CIA drone in September.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley asked the former speaker if he would have signed an executive order authorizing the killing of al-Awlaki.

Texas Judge Has Visits With Daughter Limited

McALLEN, Texas— A Texas family law judge seen beating his older daughter in a video she posted on YouTube has been placed under a temporary restraining order, and his ex-wife's attorney said Friday it effectively prevents him from visiting his younger daughter.

Under the order issued Thursday by another judge, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams is forbidden from visiting his 10-year-old daughter without getting permission from the girl's mother, his ex-wife. The order also says Adams can't disparage the woman or drink alcohol within 24 hours of seeing his child.


President Obama To CEOs: ‘We’ve Been A Bit Lazy’

For the second time in as many months, President Obama has taken the nation that elected him president to task for its own lackadaisical economic performance on the global stage.
Obama told a group of CEOs today that the United States has gotten “lazy” and that America lost its hunger in promoting itself in a global marketplace.

“We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,” he told the CEOs who are gathered on the sidelines of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which the United States is hosting this year in Hawaii.

Old Fart Football

An old married couple no sooner hit the pillows when the old man passes gas and says, 'Seven Points.'

His wife rolls over and says, 'What in the world was that?'

The old man replied, 'Its fart football.'

A few minutes later his wife lets one go and says,'Touchdown, tie score..!!'

After about five minutes the old man
lets another one go and says, 'Aha! I'm ahead 14 to 7.'

Not to be outdone the wife rips out another one
and says, 'Touchdown, tie score.'

Five seconds go by and she lets out a little squeaker and says,

'Field goal, I lead 17 to 14.' Now the pressure is on the old man.

He refuses to get beaten by a woman, so he strains real hard. Since defeat is totally unacceptable, he gives it everything he's got, and accidentally craps in the bed.

The wife says, 'What the hell was that?'

The old man says, 'Half time, switch sides.'

Dad of Missing Washington Boy Reportedly Losing Hope Son Is Still Alive

BELLEVUE, Wash. – The father of a Washington state toddler missing for nearly a week is beginning to lose faith his son will be found alive, after days of clinging to hope that he was safe.

Solomon Metalwala was convinced his estranged wife, Julia Biryukova, had hidden Sky Metalwala with a relative or a friend to spite him as part of a custody dispute, but now fears the two-year-old may be dead, The Seattle Times reported.


Arrest Made In Camden Fatal Stabbing

Defendant, Charges, and Arraignment Information:
-Aaron L. Johnson, 17, Dover, DE
-Murder 1st Degree
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony
-Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Arraigned at JP Court 7 and committed to the Stevenson House in Milford, DE without bail.
Camden, DE- Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives have arrested a 17 year old Dover youth in connection with an early morning stabbing death and assault that occurred in Camden.
Aaron L. Johnson, 17, of Dover, DE was arrested and charged with the above list of charges at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon after turning himself in to detectives. Johnson was arraigned at JP Court 7 and committed to the Stevenson House in Milford without bail.
Detectives were able to identify Aaron Johnson as a suspect in the murder of Tevin Perry and the assault of a 20 year old Dover man after conducting multiple interviews of witnesses. It is believed that this incident occurred as the result of an altercation between two groups of individuals who had attended a party earlier in the morning in Wyoming, DE. Detectives learned that the victim and three other individuals, who had attended the party, followed a second group of individuals, who had also attended the party, and confronted them when they reached the intersection of US Rt. 13 and DE Rt. 10 in Camden. It was further learned that victim, Tevin Perry, then exited his vehicle and confronted the subjects in the second vehicle. It was at this point that a physical altercation occurred between the two groups. During the altercation, Johnson produced a folding knife and stabbed both Perry and the 20 year old Dover man before fleeing.
This incident remains under investigation; however, no further charges are expected.

Fed To Conduct Round Of Bank Stress Tests

(WASHINGTON) — The second-ranking member of the Federal Reserve said the central bank will conduct a fourth round of stress tests in the coming weeks to determine if U.S. banks can withstand a recession.
Vice Chairman Janet Yellen said Friday that the tests are necessary to ensure a stable U.S. economy. She made the comments during a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.


Ex-Porn Star Reading To LA Students Causes Stir

Some parents have filed complaints with the Parent-Teacher Association after a former adult film star said she read to children in a classroom at a Los Angeles County elementary school.

Today's Weather- 11/13/11






Overnight Low