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Monday, July 09, 2012

Mom accused of poisoning 2 kids to get back at cheating husband

A city schoolteacher, convinced her cop husband had cheated on her, allegedly murdered their two kids — poisoning them, then sealing their Bronx apartment’s windows with plastic before turning on the gas, sources told The Post yesterday.
Lissette Bamenga, 29 — who slit her wrists in a suicide attempt during the Thursday horror — believed Officer Trevor Noel had gotten another woman pregnant, and she allegedly wanted to punish him by killing 5-year-old Trevor Jr. and Liliane, who was just 4 months old, the sources said.

The children were declared dead at the scene. Bamenga was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, where she remained in stable condition.“You got what you wanted,” she allegedly wrote in one of two suicide notes. “Me and the kids are in a better place now.”


Muslims: 'Wipe Christianity From Face of Earth'

A Muslim group has released its plan to “wipe Christianity from the face of the earth,” Islamize the West and establish an Islamic system of world government – placing those who resist “under a police state.”

The 23-page booklet, “The Global Islamic Civilization: The Power of a Nation Revived,” is the brainchild of the United Muslim Nations International, a group led by Sheik Farook al-Mohammedi. The document outlines a plan for Muslim world domination and the re-establishment of the Caliphate.

Al-Mohammedi leaves no doubt about his view of Christianity.


Romney Victory Effort Raises $106.1 Million In June

Today, Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee announced fundraising totals of $106.1 million in June. The campaign and RNC have approximately $160 million cash on hand.

Announcing the numbers, Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said, “This month’s fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington. Voters of all stripes – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – have made it clear that President Obama has not lived up to the promises of his last campaign. Mitt Romney’s message of restoring economic security and rebuilding our middle class is clearly resonating across the country. In the months to come, these resources will be crucial to highlighting the difference between President Obama’s broken promises and Mitt Romney’s plan to get America on the right track again.”


ABC’s Terry Moran Caught Laughing As Obama Surrogate Trashes Mitt Romney

ABC’s Terry Moran was caught on-screen Sunday laughing as Barack Obama surrogate Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) bashed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

When the Nightline host filling in for This Week’s vacationing George Stephanopoulos realized he was on camera, he tempered his glee and put on a more serious face (video follows with transcript and commentary):


Obama Poised for New Fight With G.O.P. Over Tax Cuts

With a torpid job market and a fragile economy threatening his re-election chances, President Obama is changing the subject to tax fairness, calling for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000.

Mr. Obama plans to make his announcement in the Rose Garden on Monday, senior administration officials said. The ceremony comes as Congress returns from its Independence Day recess, and as both parties and their presidential candidates head into the rest of the summer trying to seize the upper hand in a campaign that has been closely matched and stubbornly static. 


Here Is a List of Global Taxes Proposed by the United Nations Last Week

According to Reuters, The U.N. World Economic and Social Survey has determined that the needs of developing countries are not being met, and new taxes will help fight dilemmas like “climate change” and the “record of broken promises” by donor countries.

Though the United Nations has no authority to enforce global taxes at the current time, its propositions hold sway and are not unlike schemes proposed by American politicians.


Iran Named to Group Overseeing U.N. Arms Treaty Conference; ‘Like Choosing Bernie Madoff to Police Fraud’

Iran has been chosen as a member of the “bureau” overseeing a month-long United Nations conference in New York aimed at finalizing a controversial global “arms trade treaty.”

The move, which came as the conference got underway last week but received virtually no attention, is the latest example of Iran taking up leadership positions at the United Nations despite its defiance of Security

Council resolutions relating to its nuclear program.
Furthermore, according to an expert panel monitoring U.N. sanctions on Iran, Tehran continues to flout a Security Council ban on exporting its weaponry, with Syria the main recipient.


Mexican Army Finds Clandestine Smuggling Tunnel Under Arizona Border

Mexico’s army has uncovered a 755-foot (230-meter) clandestine tunnel running under the Sonora-Arizona border that was used to smuggle drugs into the United States.

The Yuma Sun reports the tunnel had been used for more than six months to smuggle drugs northbound and weapons and cash southbound, according to Gen. Raul Guereca Valenzuela, head of the local military station.

Mexico’s defense secretariat says the tunnel linked a soon-to-be-opened ice and purified water business in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora to a business in San Luis, Arizona.


Feds: Airlines Must Let Passengers Fly With Pigs for 'Emotional Support'

Pot-bellied pigs must be granted passage on airplanes if they are used for “emotional support” by their owners, states the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) draft manual on equity for the disabled in air travel.

The DOT published its “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Draft Technical Assistance Manual” in the Federal Register on July 5, providing guidance that allows swine on airplanes if they are determined to be service animals.

The manual is designed to "help carriers and indirect carriers and their employees/contractors that provide services or facilities to passengers with disabilities, assist those passengers in accordance with" the Air Carrier Access Act. The manual open for public comments until Oct. 3.


Obama's 'Missing Year' at Columbia Found?

Two separate database reports from the National Student Clearinghouse last year that contradicted President Obama’s claim he attended Columbia University for two years added to the intrigue generated by Obama’s unwillingness to discuss his time at the Ivy League institution, his block on the release of educational records, and the many political science students and faculty there in the early 1980s who say they don’t remember him.

Swirling amid the black hole of information are a host of theories about Obama’s whereabouts – particularly during the 1981-1982 school year – including speculation he was working for the CIA in Pakistan.


‘Firmly Committed’: Obama Reportedly Invites Egypt’s Islamist President to the United States

The Obama administration has invited Egypt’s new Islamist leader Mohammed Mursi to visit the United States in September, according to an Egyptian official, clearly reflecting Washington’s changing view of Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Jerusalem Post explains [all emphasis added]:
Washington, long wary of Islamists and [a former] ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi’s win…


Black Mobs Terrorize 1 of 'Whitest Big Cities'

It has been called one of America’s “whitest big cities” – with 66 percent of residents describing themselves as non-Hispanic white in the 2010 census – but it is not immune to black-mob attacks on a pregnant woman, veterans, the elderly, young people, homosexuals, Asians and others.

Seattle has “fewer problems with racism than other cities,” said the blog So Seattle. “Ethnic tensions … seem less tangible.”

While Seattle may not have the day-in, day-out racial violence of a Chicago, or the peculiar racial lawlessness of small-town Peoria, more and more, people are paying attention to the increasingly visible and brutish mayhem black mobs are visiting on their victims.


Sorry I Missed You

Hi Joe,

I drove down to your office on my lunch hour to get a couple of t shirts but the doors were locked. Sorry I missed you. What would be the best time to visit?

I stepped out of the Office for a little while today, sorry. Man, I feel bad. Nevertheless, game on Mayor.

Officer Texting While Driving

Do as I say, not as I do. A viewer sent this into me and it's only fair that I state, Police officers go through special multi tasking training and are exempt to such laws.

Jeremiah Wright: America‘s Elite Colleges Infect Black People’s Brains With ‘White Racist DNA’

It wasn’t your typical Sunday sermon, but then again, Jeremiah Wright isn’t exactly your typical reverend.

Speaking just miles from the White House at the 100th anniversary of Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, Rev. Wright accused some of America‘s most prestigious academic institutions of infecting black people’s brains with “white racist DNA,” POLITICO reports.

He started by using the Book of Isaiah and its message of the value of foundational stones as a metaphor, imploring parishioners to teach their children the real African-American history and not the one taught by “our enemies” who “distorts our history, disses our history.” He then reportedly rattled off a list of some of the most important black figures in all of history, including Nat Turner, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Zora Neale Hurston and others and said their stories must be passed on.


Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals

WHO is happier about life — liberals or conservatives? The answer might seem straightforward. After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking. And it was the candidate Barack Obama in 2008 who infamously labeled blue-collar voters “bitter,” as they “cling to guns or religion.” Obviously, liberals must be happier, right?

Wrong. Scholars on both the left and right have studied this question extensively, and have reached a consensus that it is conservatives who possess the happiness edge. Many data sets show this. For example, the Pew Research Center in 2006 reported that conservative Republicans were 68 percent more likely than liberal Democrats to say they were “very happy” about their lives. This pattern has persisted for decades. The question isn’t whether this is true, but why.

Many conservatives favor an explanation focusing on lifestyle differences, such as marriage and faith. They note that most conservatives are married; most liberals are not. (The percentages are 53 percent to 33 percent, according to my calculations using data from the 2004 General Social Survey, and almost none of the gap is due to the fact that liberals tend to be younger than conservatives.) Marriage and happiness go together. If two people are demographically the same but one is married and the other is not, the married person will be 18 percentage points more likely to say he or she is very happy than the unmarried person.


3 Boys Drown in Federalsburg Creek

Maryland Natural Resources Police say three boys drowned in Marshyhope Creek in Federalsburg Sunday.

Two 12-year-old cousins and an 8-year-old friend were last seen playing basketball in the parking lot of the First Church of God around 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon.


Postal Disservice

A GROUP OF concerned citizens paid us a high compliment the other day — by showing up to picket outside our doors. Nice to know our words are provocative enough to protest. Community and Postal Workers United was calling attention to what its members consider consider our unduly stringent view of the need for the Postal Service to restructure, especially by reining in the labor costs that account for 80 percent of its overhead.

In particular, the protesters repeated the oft-made argument that the Postal Service would be just fine, financially, if only Congress would relieve it of an annual $5.5 billion retiree health fund pre-payment. This deserves a respectful reply that fortunately can be brief. Postal Service data clearly show that the agency would still lose several billion dollars per year over the next half decade even without the pre-payment.


Police: Hug Triggers Officer's Gun, Kills Woman

A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officer's service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother.

Adaisha Miller would have turned 25 on Monday, according to her mother, Yolanda McNair.
The shooting happened at an outdoor social gathering about 12:30 a.m., said police Sgt. Eren Stephens. It happened on the city's west side.

According to Stephens, the woman "embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidently discharge." The bullet punctured Miller's lung and hit her heart, and she died at a hospital.


If America Were A Corporation, Would You Let This President Keep His Job?

Suppose in this bad economy you were trying to keep your highly visible job as president of a nationwide organization and this is what the public and press knew about you:

• The Supreme Court has just ruled that your principal product and service to be unconstitutional as you portrayed it. But you were allowed to force the public to buy it and pay for it thanks to a legal argument that acknowledges your acts of misrepresentation and false advertising.

• Unemployment among the users of your products, services and policies is at the highest level in modern history of any president in your position who was lucky enough to win a second term. And that joblessness is particularly high for members of minority groups and young people.

• By the end of next year, the debt you accumulated since you took office is projected to exceed the amount of 43 of your predecessors.

• Your organization’s credit rating has been downgraded an historic two times (by Standard & Poor’s and Egan Jones). These agencies are concerned that your debt load is “unsustainable” and that your economic policies are not stable, predictable or effective.


Rt. 13 Flooded

Rt. 13 by Isabella is flooded. Brown Street and Railroad Ave. is flooded. There are many areas typical of flooding in Salisbury are pretty bad. Rt. 13 near Main Street is flooded as well.

Dogs To Wed in $250,000 Ceremony

Think you've been to some lavish weddings? This one could put those to the dogs.

Pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond is giving her dog, Baby Hope, away in marriage to a dog named Chilly, whose owners run an advanced animal hospital in Richmond.

Chilly, the tie-dyed poodle, was chosen from a long list of potential grooms for Baby Hope.


4 Signs A Sexual Predator Could Be In Your Child’s Life

The only thing harder than discovering molestation is realizing you missed the warnings.

Her voice was low, steady, and unfamiliar:

“Mrs. Robinson?”


“We haven’t met. I know you just moved in not too long ago. You have a boy about ten, is that right?”

With a rapidly growing concern swelling in the base of my throat, a hesitant “yes” was all I could muster.

“He’s made friends with [the boy that lived behind us]. I’m not going to say too much. But please don’t let him play inside their house.”

With little else said, she hung up. There really wasn’t much more to say. She articulated the unspoken message quite well. I took her advice without any further questions.

Our kids learned about “stranger danger” beginning in grade school. We followed up at home by making it a point to tell them that we would never send someone they didn’t know to pick them up — for any reason.

We also took the experts’ advice and established a secret code word for safety. I worried about, and took many deliberate precautions against, abduction.


Heat Blamed For More Than A Dozen Deaths In Maryland

The nearly 2-week long heat wave is blamed for more than a dozen deaths in Maryland. 

State health officials report 13 people have died in Maryland from heat related causes.

Most of them...but not all...were in their 60s or older. 


A Personal Invitation To Greg Basset

Dear Mr. Bassett,

I read your editorial this morning on Downtown Salisbury. I also notice one headline mentioning someone CONSIDERING a run for City Council in Ocean City.

First of all, I think it's pretty clear by now that I too intend to run for Mayor in Salisbury, yet you have ignored my intent completely.

That being said, I'd like to personally invite you to come visit me at 300 W. Main Street to discuss my own vision of Downtown Salisbury.

Just because we have our differences doesn't mean these ideas won't make the Downtown area a better place to live and enjoy.

Not long ago you promised your readers that you would be more fair and balanced. In fact, you insisted this would be the case from here on out. Mr. Bassett, are you a liar? Are you a man who will say anything just to save your hide?

I'll add Mr. Bassett, allow me to educate you just a little bit more. While I do have a proposal for revitalizing Downtown Salisbury, it is simply that, a proposal. Mayor Ireton presented HIS proposal to the Council and they turned it down. There's nothing saying the City Council won't turn mine down as well. The Mayor's job is to bring such IDEAS to the Council for their consideration.

Should I be so honored to become the next Mayor of Salisbury I would respect the Council's position on such matters. I will NOT reach out to the public and encourage such hate or belittle the very people the MAJORITY of citizens elected.

Mayor Ireton's petition drive will fail for numerous reasons. Most citizens who voted for him voted for a very different kind of man. What they have received is NOT what they expected, so his small amount of followers will not be enough support to change the minds of the Council majority.

Your attempt to sway the public through your newspaper WITHOUT being fair and balanced is why YOU are sinking in sales. Many want to point the finger at Joe Albero or Salisbury News for your major drop in circulation but in reality all we have done is open the minds of those people willing to at least view each topic the way the citizens actually see it.

IF the Daily Times wants to make the attempt to actually prove you are fair and balanced you'll take the time to express OTHER points of view. What your newspaper has done to me recently with employees allegedly breaking every rule in your so called ethics book not only makes me sick to my stomach, it put YOU in the position in which YOU should be held accountable. When YOU came out with a list of things you'd be following to prove to your readers you would in fact prove to be better and now you refuse to be balanced, your paper deserves to get shut down.

You may not like me personally as a competitor but as a possible candidate for Mayor with a very strong chance of actually winning, YOU should take more time to put those differences aside to PROVE the Daily Times actually gives a darn about Salisbury.

Then again, we have seen the kind of hissy fits the former and current Mayor are capable of and quite frankly your scared. Don't worry Mr. Bassett, I'm not a violent man. Either show you are a man of your word or shut down that newspaper. You know how to reach me if you'd like to discuss my visions.

BREAKING NEWS: Justice Unseals Indictment Charging 5 With Border Agent Brian Terry's Death

Department of Justice releases indictment charging 5 with Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death and offers up to $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects.

From Fox News

Saving Your Pet With CPR

Is Union Busting To Blame For Power Outages In DC?

On Thursday, 15,091 Washington, D.C.-area residents were without power for the sixth day in a row, according to utility company Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal. As D.C. residents face record heat waves, many are upset and attribute the lack of power to incompetence on Pepco's end. However, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900 members claim the failure to restore power outages is due to chronic understaffing and Pepco's shift from hiring union utility workers to non-union temporary contractors.

"We have half the linemen we had 15 years ago," says IBEW Local 1900 Business Agent Jim Griffin, whose union represents 1,150 Pepco workers. "We have been complaining for a very long time. They have relied for a long time on contractors. They are transients, they don't know our system, and we typically have to go behind them to fix their mistakes. It's very frustrating. We take ownership in our work, we make careers out of this."


All Bills Lead to Jobs in Latest Spin in Congress

With so many Americans looking for a job — or worried about keeping the one they have — lawmakers looking for an edge on Capitol Hill are increasingly labeling their proposals “jobs” bills.

Tax bills, road projects, agriculture spending — they’ve all become “jobs” bills.

In the 18 months since the 112th Congress first met, about 90 bills that promise to create or preserve jobs have been introduced — about three times the previous two-year congressional cycle and seven times more than the Congress before that.


Nonprofit Groups Shield Millions In Political Gifts From Big Business

American Electric Power, one of the country's largest utilities, gave $1 million last November to the Founding Fund, a new tax-exempt group that intends to raise most of its money from corporations and push for limited government.

The giant insurer Aetna directed more than $3 million last year to the American Action Network, a Republican-leaning nonprofit organization that has spent millions of dollars attacking lawmakers who voted for President Obama's health care bill — even as Aetna's president publicly voiced support for the legislation.

Other corporations, including Prudential Financial, Dow Chemical and the drugmaker Merck, have poured millions of dollars more into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a tax-exempt trade group that has pledged to spend at least $50 million on political advertising this election cycle.


More Public Schools Splitting Up Boys, Girls

Robin Gilbert didn't set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.

But that's exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over whether single-sex learning should be continued. Under pressure, single-sex programs have been dropped at schools from Missouri to Louisiana.

"It doesn't frustrate me," Gilbert said of the criticism, "but it makes the work harder."


Analysis: Congress’ Power To Tax Still A Contentious Issue

Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion that the penalty for not buying health insurance in the Affordable Care Act is a tax helped spike a revival of the old chestnut: “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” It was also a reminder that the power of Congress to directly tax the citizenry was one of the most hotly debated provisions of the new Constitution as the states considered whether to ratify it back in 1787 and 1788.

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Today's Fill In The Blank 7-9-12

I have ___ days of sick leave.

WCSO Preslease 7-9-12

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 29 June 2012
Location: 1000 block of East Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Yasmine Renee Collick, 19, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 29 June 2012
at 5:00 PM, a deputy responded to a reported disturbance at the rental office at an apartment complex on East Road in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputy met with the complex manager who advised that a tenant came in agitated over her pending eviction and started yelling at the manager. The manager alleged that this tenant, Yasmine Collick assaulted her and then dumped a red slushie all over her desk.

Collick was gone upon the arrival of the deputy, but the deputy observed what appeared to be red slushie all over paperwork on the manager’s desk.

A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Collick and she was taken into custody on 3 July 2012 at 12:45 PM. Upon arrest, Collick was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance the Commissioner released Collick on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Malicious Destruction of Property

Check Your Vehicles


Check your cars and belonging around South Kaywood development off of Mt Herman Road.
Your site is the best place to put information on the internet, especially regarding our community. Last night around midnight my roomate saw a young buzz cut blond boy in my wife's SUV going through the glove box. By the time my roomate put his shoes on and opened the door, this boy and his accomplice were making their way down S. Kaywood Drive toward Mt Herman road. My roomate attempted to engage the theives, and they proceeded to run into the corn field heading North East evading him. They managed to make off with my wife's Garmin Nav system, but the stupid kids cant ever use it bc of the security lock enabled on the device. Please post this info so people in this area can check to make sure they weren't victims of these thieves also.

Today's Advertiser Of The Day 7-9-12

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Pushes Tax Hike

President Obama will urge Congress to pass a tax increase on American households earning more than $250,000. Watch live on Fox News and at 11:50 a.m. ET

From Fox News

They Want WHAT???

...and they want 12 years of Romney's tax returns???? THIS should be on billboards all over our nation!

Route 50 Buckles Under Excessive Heat

A section of Eastbound Route 50 buckled early Sunday afternoon leaving several vehicles disabled.

The buckle happened on Route 50 EB between routes 197 and 301 in Bowie, Md. Highway engineers are on the scene and say that temperatures higher than 100 degrees likely contributed. It's described as a large crack across the eastbound side of the highway.

State Highway Administrators have blocked the through lanes, though traffic gets by using the right merge lane.



Thank you, George Chevallier, for reminding us that a few years ago the DT's offices and plant were relocated away from downtown Salisbury. Now the editor of the “newspaper” would have its few remaining readers believe that it is a big backer of downtown.

Greg Bassett has never learned that you can't fool everyone.

Today's Survey Question 7-9-12

Have you ever had your identification hacked or stolen?

Troopers Investigate Fatal Bicycle Crash, Harrington

Location: Jackson Ditch Road east of Rachel Drive, Harrington, DE

Date of Occurrence: Saturday July 7, 2012 at approximately 9:55 p.m.

Operator and Vehicle Information:

Operator #1: Marilene Shelton, 32, Harrington, DE
Vehicle #1: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S430


Donald C. Beach, 60, Harrington, DE

Harrington, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist.

The incident occurred Saturday evening at approximately 9:55 p.m. as Donald C. Beach was riding his bicycle westbound on Jackson Ditch Road just east of Rachel Drive near Harrington. At the same time, Marilene Shelton was also westbound on Jackson Ditch Road operating a 2001 Mercedes-Benz S430 when she struck the rear of Beach’s bicycle causing him to be thrown onto the grass on the north side of the roadway. Shelton was able to come to a controlled stop shortly after the collision.

Beach was initially transported by EMS to Kent General Hospital, but was later transferred to Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Shelton, who was properly restrained, was not injured in the crash.

The investigation is continuing into the cause of the crash and the roadway was closed for approximately one hour as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Who’s Bailing on Obama? Just About Everybody

Today, let’s look at the polls — all of them. To start with, health care: Just 6 percent of Americans think health care is the most pressing issue, according to the latest Gallup poll. Why? Because lots of those Americans don’t have jobs or are underemployed — the real jobless rate nationwide is more like 14.9 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

So savoring his big win on health care is most definitely a waste of time for President Obama, and he knows it. After less than a week of spiking the football (a relatively short time for America’s most narcissistic president ever), the president is back on the campaign trail. What’s striking is where he’s going: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa — places he won in 2008.

Why? Simple. All the latest polls show he’s losing … well, everyone. He’s down 13 points with voters ages 18 to 25, nearly half of whom think he’s done a mediocre job, according to Students for Life of America. The healthy young don’t really care about health care, but they do care about jobs — and nearly 2 million 20- to 24-year-olds are unemployed.


New Castle Man Arrested For 6th Offense DUI

Location: New Bridge Road (Rt. 141), Wilmington, DE

Date of Occurrence: Saturday July 7, 2012 at approximately 11:51 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

Michael A. Taggart, 52, New Castle, DE
6th Offense DUI
Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 counts)
Possession of Marijuana
Driving While Suspended
Failure to Have Insurance in Possession

Wilmington, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a New Castle man after he was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol for the 6th time.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:51 p.m. last night as a trooper on routine patrol was running radar in the area of New Bridge Road (Rt. 141) and Old Barley Mill Road near Wilmington. The trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit and conducted a traffic stop. The Trooper could immediately smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. A DUI investigation ensued and Michael A. Taggart was subsequently taken into custody. A search of Taggart’s vehicle yielded (21) Xanax pills, (1) M. Amphet Salts pill, and 16 grams of marijuana.

Taggart was transported back to Troop 1 where a computer check revealed he had five previous DUI convictions (7/12/94, 12/4/95, 7/19/99, 10/1/05 and 7/2/10); this arrest would make #6.

Michael A. Taggart was formally charged with Felony DUI along with Driving While Suspended, Failure to Have Insurance, Speeding, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana. Taggart was arraigned at JP11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $34,000 secured bond.

Having Trouble Getting Online? Call Your Provider

Having trouble getting online?

Some may find their smartphones working overtime because the family computer couldn't seem to connect to the Internet Monday morning.

You may be one of thousands across the United States who waited too long or simply didn't believe the warnings, and your Internet may have shut down just after midnight because of malware that took over computers around the world more than a year ago.



Hey Joe,

As for the Theresa Gardiner thing; sounds like you’ve opened another WWTP Can Of Worms! More points for Open Government Truth Serum. Congratulations on another step towards being the next Mayor.

As for T-shirts, I’ve decided to get one and wear it even if I’m not a T-shirt person. Reason? I have a suggestion. I don’t go to Third Friday, either, but if you “suggested” one 3rd week that everyone who owned an Albero T-shirt would wear them to 3rd Friday, we would probably run Liarton off the street! This would be so much fun, and I would be a definite “show” for the occasion.

What say you?

See you Tuesday or Wed.

Congressman Barney Frank Marries Longtime Partner

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank has tied the knot with his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Frank spokesman Harry Gural says the 72-year-old congressman married 42-year-old Jim Ready in a Saturday evening wedding at the Boston Marriott hotel in Newton. Gural says more than 300 friends, family and colleagues attended.


7th Annual Wicomico NAACP BackTto-School Rally Aug. 2

The Wicomico County Branch #7028 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its Back-To-School Rally at Salisbury Middle School on Morris Street in Salisbury from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Every summer for the past seven years, families of Wicomico County students have had a chance to get “pumped up” at the NAACP Back-to-School Rally. The NAACP Back-to-School Rally is an event meant to encourage both students and parents to realize the fundamental value of education. Children from Prek through eighth grade in the public school system are encouraged to begin the school year with a commitment to attend classes and succeed in all their course work and activities.

Mark Thompson will be the master of ceremonies of the program, which includes an inspiring presentation and entertainment.

The NAACP thanks Pepsi Bottling Venture of Salisbury, Delmarva Power, Salisbury
Westside Revitalization Partnership, Inc., Delta Sigma Omega, AKA, Inc., Hebron Savings Bank, M&T Bank, First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Association, Richard L. Polin, Karen Davis' State Farm Insurance, Queen City Elks Lodge #1051,and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Salisbury for their monetary donations to support the Back-to-School Rally.

Additional monetary donations and/or contributions of school supplies (pencils, spiral notebooks, paper, pens, tissue packs, hand sanitizer, etc.) are still needed. The goal is to provide 300 students with a bag of school supplies.

Contributors may bring supplies to Sojourner-Douglass College, 408 Coles Circle, Suite D, Salisbury or make checks out to Wicomico County NAACP and mail to PO Box 1047, Salisbury, MD 21802. Contributions are only tax deductible if donation is used as a promotional advertisement.

Please call 410-543-4187 for information.

Question For Mr Albero

Hello Sir,

Viewing a series of email I have gotten I have a question that I would like to find an answer to. On the on line petition currently bombing (not real news I know) I would like to see what names are on it. I ask because at one time in a fly by conversation ireton (not worth a capital) said thanks for signing my petition. I have not signed anything he has ever circulated about, I get his emails but I like a great deal of people don't follow his ADHD led mind set.

To cut this short is the list public?

Thanks and I hope you and those around you are comfortable and well in the heat.

Publishers Notes: Sir, While I do have a Facebook Page, I rarely ever go to it. Perhaps someone who follows Facebook more often can answer that question for you in comments.

Troopers Investigate A Fatal Crash, Marydel

Location: Mahan Corner Road north of Westville Road, Marydel, DE

Date of Occurrence: Sunday July 8, 2012 at approximately 10:26 p.m.

Operator and Vehicle Information:

Operator: Shawn M. Bates, 33, Marydel, MD
Vehicle: 1996 Lexus ES300

Marydel, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred late last night.

The incident occurred around 10:26 p.m. on July 8, when Shawn M. Bates was operating a 1996 Lexus ES300 southbound on Mahan Corner Road, north of Westville Road. Bates was attempting to negotiate a left hand curve at an apparent high rate of speed when the Lexus left the west side of the roadway. The vehicle then re-entered the roadway and crossed both lanes of travel before striking a tree on the east side of the roadway.

Bates, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The roadway was closed for approximately two hours at the crash was investigated and cleared. The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation.

Plane Sinks Into 'Soft Spot' at Reagan National

A U.S. Airways flight got stuck in the tarmac at Reagan National airport Friday.

The intense heat of the day apparently softened the asphalt enough that the wheels sank into it.

The 35 passengers and three crew members on board had to get off so a tow vehicle could budge the jet out of its rut.



(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – A driver who refused to stop for police took his life and a Maryland state trooper was injured after his car was rammed by that driver during a pursuit last night in Somerset County.

The driver is identified as Alvin D. Melvin, 45, of the 12000-block of Somerset Avenue, Princess Anne, Md. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The injured trooper is identified as Trooper First Class D. Tebbins, a K-9 trooper assigned to the Princess Anne Barrack. TFC Tebbins was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was treated and later released. His dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian center as a precaution, where he was treated and released.

At about 8:30 p.m. yesterday, a Maryland state trooper assigned to the Princess Anne Barrack was patrolling in an unmarked patrol car on West Post Office Road near Beechwood Street in Princess Anne, when he saw a 1998 Ford car in which the passenger was not wearing a seat belt. The trooper activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the car but the driver, later identified as Melvin, refused to stop and accelerated away.

A pursuit began which traveled through Princess Anne. TFC Tebbins was in the area and joined the pursuit, as did two patrol cars from the Princess Anne Police Department. The pursuit continued onto northbound Rt. 13 and TFC Tebbins, who was driving a marked patrol car, assumed the lead car position among the pursuing police officers.

TFC Tebbins was traveling in the fast lane of Rt. 13 and Melvin was in the slow lane when the trooper attempted to pull alongside Melvin’s car. The investigation indicates Melvin then swerved his car into the patrol car, causing TFC Tebbins to lose control. The patrol car traveled into the median, struck several trees, overturned and immediately caught fire. A Princess Anne police officer immediately stopped and assisted TFC Tebbins and his dog out of the burning patrol car.

After ramming the police car, Melvin apparently lost control of his car and crashed into a ditch on the slow shoulder of Rt. 13, south of Loretto Road. A trooper and Princess Anne officers stopped behind the car and implemented felony stop procedures, which include staying at their cars while giving verbal commands to the occupants of the suspect vehicle.

The passenger immediately got out of the car and complied with police directions. The driver, Melvin, failed to exit the car and did not comply with directions from police. While they continued to give commands to the driver, police heard what sounded like a gunshot from Melvin’s vehicle. Police could then see Melvin no longer appeared to be moving.

Police approached the car and saw Melvin had sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. A .40 caliber pistol was in his lap. Emergency care was provided and EMS units were summoned. Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car Melvin was driving is registered to his wife. A search of the vehicle will be conducted after a search warrant is obtained. The gun he had is not reported stolen and investigators are researching its origin.

The passenger in Melvin’s car is a 16-year-old male from the county. He was not charged and was released to the custody of his parents.

A motive for Melvin’s actions is not known at this time. The investigation by the State Police Princess Anne Barrack Criminal Investigation Section is continuing. A member of the Somerset County State’s Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and has been kept updated on the investigation.

Petition Demands Pepco Bury Power Lines

WASHINGTON - Since the derecho knocked out power to over a million customers in Washington region, there have been more calls to bury power lines. Now a fed up Pepco customer has started a petition.

The online petition is directed at Pepco CEO Joe Rigby. It asks the utility to spend some of its annual profits to bury power lines, which the petition says would make them more reliable and safer.

The petition says Pepco made $68 million in profit in the first three months of 2012 and the petition asks the utility to commit to a five-year plan to bury power lines.


Salisbury Police Department Press Release 7-9-12

July 6, 2012 at approximately 10:50am, officers and detectives responded to the Emergency Room of Peninsula Regional Medical Center for a female subject that was being
treated for a gunshot wound.

It was learned from the female victim that she was seated in the living room of her residence located in the 1000 block of Bayshore Court. The victim’s spouse was in an adjoining room removing papers from a security box which also contained the spouse’s personal firearm. The spouse went to unload the firearm, a .38 Special revolver, and in doing so unintentionally fired a round that went through a door, a wall, and a entertainment center before striking the victim in her lower left leg. The victim was transported to the Emergency Room by her spouse.

After interviewing the victim, her spouse, the ER physician and meeting with the crime scene investigator, detectives determined that the firing of the firearm was unintentional.