Saturday, May 19, 2012
I was just informed they found a body floating in the Nanticoke River in Vienna. More to come on that later.
United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba was in Joplin Friday to announce that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation is donating $5 million to Mercy Hospital for a pediatric section and the development of a neonatal intensive care unit, a first for the Joplin hospital.
Mercy was one of the most prominent of 8,000 buildings destroyed in the May 22 twister. The towering structure was left little more than a shell after the EF-5 tornado cut a wide swath through the southwest Missouri community. The hospital was knocked 4 inches off its foundation. Every window was blown out. Several people inside were killed or injured.
The booklet, which was distributed to "business colleagues" in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.
It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White--which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.
Date of Occurrence: Friday, May 18, 2012
Defendants, Charges, and Arraignment Information:
Theresa Tolomeo, 53, Millsboro, DE
Conspiracy 3rd degree
Possession of a Non-Controlled Prescription Drug
Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic Prescription Drug
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $3000.00 unsecured bail
Vincent Tolomeo, 50, Millsboro, DE
Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin
Possession of a Narcotic Schedule II Prescription Drug
Possession of a Non-Narcotic Schedule II Prescription Drug (2 counts)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $36,000.00 secured bail.
John J. Ford, 57, Milford, DE
Conspiracy 3rd degree
Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic Prescription Drug
Arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $750.00 unsecured bail.
Millsboro- The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Sussex County Governors Task Force, as well as the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at a Millsboro residence following a several month long investigation into illegal drug sales in the area.
On Friday, May 18th, members of the State Police Sussex County Drug Unit executed a search warrant at a home located in the 200 block of Long Neck Circle in the development of The Pines of Long Neck. Two residents of the home, Theresa Tolomeo and Vincent Tolomeo, as well as John J. Ford were taken into custody at the residence. During the search of the home, detectives located approximately 20 mg. of heroin packaged for sale, (2) Oxycodone 30 mg. pills, (8) Endocet 10 mg. pills, (81) Oxycodone 10 mg. pills, (4) Alprazolam 1 mg. pill, (44) Oxycodone 5 mg. pills, (1) Tramadol 50 mg. pill, and approximately $49,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds.
Theresa Tolomeo, Vincent Tolomeo, and John J. Ford were arrested and charged with the above list of crimes. Theresa Tolomeo was arraigned and released on $3000.00 unsecured bail. John Ford was arraigned and released on $750.00 unsecured. Vincent Tolomeo was arraigned and then committed to the Department of Corrections after failing to post $36,000.00 secured bail.
The relationship between Vincent and Theresa Tolomeo is unknown.
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Case # 12-0117
LOCATION: West Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland
CRIME: Multiple Counts of Theft, Theft Scheme
VICTIM: Ocean City Humane Society
ACCUSED: Meggin Lynn McKnight, White Female, 7/10/1978
CHARGES: Multiple Counts of Theft, Theft Scheme
NARRATIVE: Over the course of the past five months, Detectives from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation have been conducting multiple investigations into the activities of Meggin Lynn McKnight, the former director of the Ocean City Humane Society.
In February, 2012, the Ocean City Humane Society reported that someone had been removing nominal amounts cash from a cash box in the office. Through a covert investigation, Meggin McKnight was identified as the person responsible and was charged with four counts of Theft less that $100 and Theft Scheme under $1000.
In the second case, a fund raiser was held at the “Crab Alley” restaurant in West Ocean City. The benefit raised approximately $230.00 as well as various supplies to assist with the running of the shelter. The money and supplies were given to McKnight, however only the supplies were ever given to the shelter. Meggin McKnight was charged with Theft less than $1,000.
In the third case, fundraisers were held in October and December of 2011 at the “Paws and Claws” store in West Ocean City. Again, the funds, approximately $240.00, were given to McKnight who never turned the funds over to the shelter. Again, McKnight was charged with one count of Theft less than $100, one count of Theft less than $1,000 and Theft Scheme less than $1,000.
McKnight was employed by the Ocean City Humane Society for approximately four years.
All three cases are currently active in the District Court of Maryland.
If anyone in the community has information which may relate to these cases, please contact the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation at (410) 352-3476.
Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, is pleading with the state to help him pay for child support, citing the fact that he earns minimum wage. Hatchett made national news in 2009, when his tally stood at 21 children.
“I had four kids in the same year," he said. "Twice.”
“This was a disappointing month of job creation in what remains the best quarter of private sector job growth since 1999, and our second best quarter since BLS started measuring in 1990. Maryland's businesses are in the midst of their best start of the year for new job creation in over a decade, creating 15,700 since January.
"Maryland has now recovered 74 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession (compared to 42 percent for the nation overall). On balance we have seen private sector job growth in eight of the last 12 months with an average monthly gain of 3,167 jobs. As our workforce continues to grow, our unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.7 percent, but stands nearly 20 percent below the national average."
"The most important job we create is the next one. With a steady reduction in new unemployment claims and steadily declining numbers of families needing temporary assistance, we're hopeful that the positive trends we've seen in job creation over the last 12 months will continue. But there is still more work to be done. Maryland continues to recover stronger than most states because of the choices we make together to create jobs and invest in innovation."
It quotes a “senior military official in Israel’s northern command” saying that, while Hizbullah may not want another war with Israel, Iran would order it to attack Israel in case of an Israeli strike on Iran. In that case, says the official, the Israel-Hizbullah clash would go “much faster” than the 2006Second Lebanon War.
That conflict, which lasted 34 days, ended with Hizbullah somewhat shaken by the prowess shown by Israel’s air force, mainly in the war’s opening days when it took out Hizbullah’s long-range rocket launchers in Beirut.
On its website, one member of the The ClownBloq said the group "is both a joke and NOT a joke."
Police agree, with sources telling WBBM-TV that the group is one of the more radical protest organizations, who peel away layers of clown clothing during protests to avoid detection.
Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on COURT OF APPEALS OPINION RECOGNIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGES PERFORMED IN OTHER STATES
“Today’s unanimous decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals confirms that the policy of recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages that we have implemented in the Executive Branch is valid and consistent with the law. To treat families differently under the law because they happen to be led by gay or lesbian couples is not right or just. Today’s decision is another step forward in our efforts to ensure that every child is protected equally under the law. As a free and diverse people, the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all; for the human dignity of all.”
And Buffett said Thursday he may buy more newspapers. “Any time we can add properties we like, to management we like, at a price we like, we're ready to go.”
The newspapers, in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida, would be combined with the Omaha World-Herald Co. into a new Berkshire Hathaway Inc. division called BH Media Group. They would be managed by World Media Enterprises, a new sister company of The World-Herald.
In the video here, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) spokesman Kris Hermes says Chicago cops broke down an apartment door and arrested activists without a warrant.
Arizona's Secretary Of State Threatens To Keep President Obama Off The Ballot Unless He Sees A Birth Certificate
Talking Points Memo this morning pointed to this interview yesterday between Arizona conservative radio host and Secretary of State Ken Bennett. In the interview, Bennett said it would be "possible" that he keeps President Obama off the Arizona ballot in November unless he receives "confirmation" from the state of Hawaii that Barack Obama was born there.
We've reached out to Bennett, but haven't heard back yet.
Bennett insisted in the radio interview that he's not a "birther," the term that has become synonymous with the conspiracy theorists purporting that Obama was not born in the United States.
"I believe that the president was born in Hawaii. Or at least I hope he was," Bennett said.
He just wants proof. So, about eight weeks ago, he said, he contacted authorities in Hawaii for confirmation. He said he only wants an email.
Date of Occurrence: Friday May 18, 2012 at approximately 9:03 a.m.
Operator and Vehicle: Matthew A. Kondash, 28, Laurel, DE 1982 Yamaha motorcycle
Pedestrian: Eleanor B. Pusey, 78, Laurel, DE
Laurel, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a pedestrian fatality involved in a crash with a motorcycle.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:03 a.m. this morning as Matthew A. Kondash, 28, was operating his 1982 Yamaha motorcycle on Sycamore Road traveling east bound toward Beaver Dam Branch Road east of Laurel. Kondash was approaching a sharp right curve, while just ahead of him, was a vehicle traveling in the same direction in the process of negotiating the same curve. This curve was marked with a solid double yellow line indicating a no passing zone. Kondash closed in on the vehicle and maneuvered his motorcycle into the west bound lane, while still negotiating the curve, and began passing around the vehicle. As the motorcycle exited the curve, he switched back into the east bound lane of travel. At this same time, Eleanor Pusey was walking from Epworth Church/School, which was located on the north side of the road, to the south side of the road where the school children were participating in a field day event. Ms. Pusey was then struck by the motorcycle in the roadway and later pronounced dead at the scene.
Matthew Kondash was thrown from the motorcycle. He was flown from the scene by LifeNet to Christiana Hospital for serious injuries he sustained in the crash.
The children and other staff where well off the south side of the road at the time of the collision and were not injured.
The roadway was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared. The investigation into this crash is continuing and charges are pending.
It is with deep sadness that Chief Bernadette DiPino and the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department must announce the passing of retired police officer and former Ocean City Council member, James (Jay) Hancock.
“Our prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Chief DiPino. “Jay served this agency faithfully for more than three decades. This is a tremendous loss for both the community and our OCPD family.”
Jay served as an Ocean City Police Officer from May 24, 1971 until his retirement on October 1, 2002. He served in many capacities within the department. Early in his career, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, working various shifts, protecting the streets of Ocean City.
Later in his career he worked in the Services Division. He performed front desk duties, supervising the detention facility and the communications area in the former Dorchester Street facility.
Jay served the agency in his most visible capacity as a Public Information Officer. He handled all media duties and served as the face of the department for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the National Information Officers Association. While on the city council, he also served as a member of the Police Commission.
Prior to joining the OCPD, he served in the U.S. Armed Services. He also earned his degree from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in 1970.
Funeral arrangements will be announced as we learn them.
The investigator tells The Blade in Toledo the baby girl suffered head trauma at a home near Beaverdam in northern Allen County on Thursday evening. He says the attack apparently lasted only seconds.
He says the girl's parents were in a different room and said they didn't hear noises from the dog or the infant.
Jason Barron, 21, of the 300 block of South Baylis Street in Baltimore was charged on Thursday with two counts of possessing and two counts of distributing child pornography. If convicted, Barron faces up to 30 years in prison and/or $55,000 in fines.
In January, a trooper assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began the investigation after identifying a computer on the Internet that was offering pornographic videos of children for others to download. Troopers were able to trace the computer back to Barron.
Early Thursday morning, state police investigators executed a search warrant at Barron’s Baltimore residence. The search yielded several computers and multiple data storage devices. A preliminary analysis of the seized computers led to the discovery of child pornography. A complete forensic examination of the computers will be conducted which could lead to additional charges.
Barron was arrested and transported to the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. He is being pending an initial appearance before a Court Commissioner.
Police urge anyone with information relevant to Barron’s possession of child pornography, to call the Computer Crimes Unit at 410-953-8200. Calls will remain anonymous and confidential.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.
This is what photographer Tadas Černiauskas exposed his willing subjects to as a partner aimed a leaf blower at their faces.
“It was meant to give some good laughter to the viewers and participants,” Černiauskas wrote in an email to The Blaze. ”It turned out to be more than I expected, and that is why I like what I do today — every day is full of pleasant surprises.”
According to police, the student was walking in the 200 block of W. Fayette St., a block north of the First Mariner Arena, before 4:20 p.m. when he said he was attacked from behind by an unknown male. Nine other juveniles joined in as he tried to defend himself, and his phone was taken during the attack, he told police.
About $16,000 in heroin was uncovered about 4:30 p.m. Monday when police pulled over a Lincoln on Frederick Douglas Street because it didn't have a front license plate.
Officers said they discovered the driver, 20-year-old Deon Matthews, had a suspended license. Police said his passenger, Demarrow Williams, 20, had three bench warrants out for his arrest, and they also found drug residue and bogus painkiller prescriptions in the car.
Here is excerpt from UK's Daily Record;
'Fears were fuelled by claims that banknote printers De La Rue have drawn up contingency plans to print drachmas in case the country pulls out of the euro.'
Today, Obama is meeting at Camp David, Maryland G-8 Summit with Greece & Spanish officials to discuss debt crisis. Yet our nations press is virtually silent!
Here is another report coming out of Spain - Source: Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
'Investors, fearful that Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy will follow Greece's path, would then pull their money out of those countries as well. That would likely be disastrous for the global economy, although it is so unprecedented that nobody really knows.'
Rankin Paynter, who runs a jewelery exchange in Winchester, told WLEX-TV he was at the superstore two days before it was set to shut its doors. Wondering what was going to happen with everything left on the shelves, he got an idea: Buy it all and give it to those in need.
Four cash registers and six-and-a-half hours later, Paynter walked away with a $200,000 haul — even renting a building to store everything.
A Baltimore County delegate said Wednesday that the governor should send in the Maryland State Police to control "roving mobs of black youths" at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, prompting a colleague to label the message "race-baiting.
"Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican whose district includes part of Harford County, distributed a news release with the headline: "Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays."
In it, McDonough said he had sent a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley urging him to use the state police to help prevent attacks and to declare the Inner Harbor area a "no-travel zone" until safety can be guaranteed.
McDonough's message, which came on the last day of a General Assembly special session, offended some colleagues who thought it gratuitously highlighted the issue of race.
Well, some reporters. Others just chuckled.
A Google search today of reports on the story found Fox News conspicuous in its absence. Also missing in action were CNN, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and others.
A number of recent violent events in and around downtown Baltimore prompted a suburban delegate to call for action, accusing city officials of a cover-up concerning violent attacks by "roving mobs of black youths."
Delegate Pat McDonough, R-District 7, whose district encompasses portions of Harford and Baltimore counties, has called on Gov. Martin O'Malley to enlist Maryland State Police to help curb the violence.
"When you have 100 youths in the middle of Calvert Street (at) 9 o'clock in the evening, fighting and battling, and there's no police there at all, you've got a problem," McDonough said.