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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Troopers Investigating An Attempted Robbery, Rehoboth Beach

Location: Church Street in front of YMCA, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Date of Occurrence: Monday August 6, 2012 at approximately 11:25 p.m.

Victim: 23 year old male

Black male, 16 – 19 years old, 5’09” – 5’10”, 150 lbs., wearing a red hooded sweat shirt with white lettering across the front, black baggie shorts, white sneakers with white socks up to his knees. Armed with a silver handgun.

Rehoboth Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating an attempted robbery of a victim walking in the area of the YMCA.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. Monday night as a 23 year old male was walking southwest on Church Street near the YMCA. A black male, who was walking in the opposite direction, approached the male victim and pointed a handgun at him. The suspect then demanded the victim’s money. The victim was able to push the suspect away and ran toward Coastal Highway where he was able to reach safety. As the victim looked back, he saw the suspect running toward Rehoboth Ave before he lost sight of him. The victim was not injured in this incident.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 ext. 211 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Troopers Investigating Tractor Trailer Crash, Georgetown

Location: South DuPont Boulevard (US113) southbound at Kruger Road, Georgetown, DE

Date of Occurrence: Tuesday August 7, 2012 at approximately 10:08 a.m.

Operator and Vehicle Information:

Operator #1: 16 year old male from Georgetown, DE
Vehicle #1: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado

Operator #2: Mae J. Sirrell, 70, Townsend, DE
Vehicle #2: 2000 Lincoln Town Car

Operator #3: Randall J. Dreeszen, 60, Iowa City, Iowa
Vehicle #3: 2012 International Prostar tractor trailer (fully loaded with glass masonry jars)

Georgetown, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a crash involving a tractor trailer and two vehicles on US113 southbound in the area of Kruger Road south of Georgetown.

The incident occurred around 10:08 a.m. this morning as a 16 year old male was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and was stopped in the cross over of US113 at Wood Branch Road. The operator was attempting to cross over US113 northbound and travel eastbound on Wood Branch Road when he failed to yield to a 2000 Lincoln Town Car that was traveling northbound on US113. The Silverado struck the rear of the Town Car, which was being operated by Mae J. Sirrell, causing it to spin out of control and into the center median before it stopped in the southbound lanes of US113. A 2012 International tractor trailer being operated by Randall J. Dreeszen, was traveling southbound in the right lane of US113 when he attempted to avoid the car in the road and applied his brakes. The tractor trailer, which was fully loaded with glass masonry jars, struck the front of the Town Car with the rear tires of the tractor portion of the rig which caused the truck to overturn and land on its side partially in the right lane and shoulder of the road.

Mae Sirrell, who was properly restrained, was trapped in the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes before being extricated by Georgetown Fire Department. She was flown to Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) where she is currently admitted in stable condition.

Randall Dreeszen, who was properly restrained, was not injured in the crash. The 16 year old male, who was uninjured, was charged with Failure to Yield the Right of Way, Inattentive Driving, and No Proof of Insurance.

Traffic in the area of US113 southbound at Kruger Road was impacted for over 4.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Two New York Men Apprehended After Christiana Mall Jewelry Store Robbery

Zales Jewelry Store, Christiana Mall, 311 Christiana Mall Road, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Monday, August 6, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

Four female employees

Defendants/Charges/ Bond Information:
Phillip A. Collier-40 of Brooklyn,NY (photo attached, white shirt)
Robbery First Degree (4 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (4 counts)
Kidnapping Second Degree (4 counts)
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
Receiving a Stolen Firearm
Conspiracy Second Degree
Committed to HRYCI on $978,000 Cash Bond

Andre Lynch-40 of Brooklyn, NY (photo attached, red shirt)
Robbery First Degree (4 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (4 counts)
Kidnapping Second Degree (4 counts)
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Receiving a Stolen Firearm
Conspiracy Second Degree
Committed to HRYCI on $978,000 Cash Bond

Newark-Delaware State Police apprehended two Brooklyn, New York men shortly after committing an armed robbery at the Zales Jewelry Store in the Christiana Mall, yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred on Monday, August 6, 2012 at approximately 2:17 p.m. as a male suspect later identified as Phillip A. Collier-40 of Brooklyn, NY entered the Zales Jewelry Store and approached a female employee and asked to look at engagement rings. After looking at several rings, Collier reached into his waistband, produced a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the female employee, demanding that she put jewelry into a “tote” style bag that he also produced. Collier also ordered the three other female employees at gunpoint to assist in filling the bag with jewelry. After loading the bag with the merchandise, Collier ordered all four female employees into a bathroom/office inside of the store. Collier then fled on foot from the store and into the Macy’s store located adjacent to the Zales. After Collier fled the store, one of the Zale’s employees contacted a Christiana Mall Security Officer and advised him of the robbery and was able to provide a description of the suspect. The Christiana Mall Security dispatch centered issued a general broadcast to its officers with details of the robbery and suspect description. A second Christiana Mall Security Officer spotted a suspect matching the description exit the Macy’s store and get into a brown Ford Expedition with Georgia registration, and exit the mall onto I95. The suspect vehicle information was immediately relayed to the Delaware State Police Communications Center, and a general broadcast was issued for the suspect vehicle.

A Delaware State Trooper, working a special duty construction assignment on I95 near the Christiana Mall, observed the Ford Expedition traveling I95 northbound from the Christiana Mall and began to follow it. After being joined by several other Troopers, a vehicle stop was conducted at approximately 2:36 p.m. on I295 eastbound in the area of RT9, New Castle. The vehicle’s operator, later identified as Andre Lynch-40 of Brooklyn, NY was taken into custody without incident. Collier was found to be lying in a prone position in the rear seat of the vehicle. After being removed from the vehicle it was discovered that Collier was laying on top of a fully loaded Sig Sauer 9mm handgun, reported stolen from Virginia Beach, VA in January of 2010. The jewelry taken, valued at over $160,000, was recovered inside of the vehicle.

Collier and Lynch were arrested and charged with the above crimes, arraigned and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Center on $978,000 cash Bond each.

Troopers continue to investigate this incident. Surveillance footage of the incident is not available as the investigation continues.

Museum of Endangered Sounds: Phil Hadad, Marybeth Ledesma, and Greg Elwood Explain Their Project

Maybe you remember the sound of a cassette rewinding, a payphone's "We're Sorry" message , the sweet sounds of Tetris on a Gameboy, or even the clicks when dialing on an old rotary phone. If you don't, you're still in for a treat, since the trio from the Museum of Endangered Sounds has preserved these treasures for all to enjoy. We interviewed Phil Hadad, Marybeth Ledesma, and Greg Elwood -- three recent graduates from VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, Virginia -- about their project, and their answers are below.


States Passing Fewer Immigration Laws, Report Shows

State legislatures passed 20 percent fewer immigration laws in the first half of this year than at the same time last year, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lawmakers in 41 states enacted 114 bills and 92 resolutions that dealt with immigration between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, compared with 257 such laws enacted during the same time period last year, according to the report released on Monday.

States delayed immigration legislation in part as they waited for the Supreme Court to rule on the states' authority to enforce immigration laws, said John Watkins, a Republican state senator in Virginia who co-chairs the conference's Task Force on Immigration and the States.


Greece: 6,000 Detained During Raids on Immigrants

Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion.

Greece has long been Europe's main entry point for illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa seeking a better life in the West. But Greece's severe economic problems and high unemployment are making the problem worse than ever.

Police said Monday that 6,000 people were detained over the weekend in Athens in a massive operation incongruously named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, Zeus Xenios.


Safe American toys for kids

There are many American companies in many different industries there the entire line of products is American-made, and I enjoy writing about them precisely because of that fact. But what’s particularly comforting (and pleasantly surprising) is when you discover a major U.S. company that fulfills that description and does so in a category like toys – a category in which the majority of the competition is producing overseas.

That’s exactly the case with American Plastic Toys, Inc.

Since 1962, American Plastic Toys has been manufacturing safe, durable, and quality toys in United States, and the company currently operates five facilities in Mississippi and Michigan. Their expansive product line includes over 125 different items ranging all the way from a simple sand pail to an entire play kitchen.


NUGENT: Whacky Harry Reid Talks Trash About Romney

You have to know that times are desperate in the Obama campaign when Sen. Harry Reid is trotted out to contend that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade.

Never one to let facts get in the way, the Democratic Senate majority leader offered no damning public statement regarding his views on Mr. Obama’s tax cheat czar Timothy Geithner a few years ago or good old leftist buddy Tom Daschle’s failure to pay his taxes. Then there is my favorite, Rep. Charles Rangel of “what me worry, who me, what taxes?” fame.

Where has Mr. Reid been on the subject of dozens of staff members of the Obama administration who are delinquent in paying almost $1 million in taxes? What say you about this, you old watchdog, Mr. Reid?


Court Rules DOJ Politicized Black Panther Case

Judicial Watch has been confident for some time that the evidence shows that political appointees at the Holder Department of Justice (DOJ) were involved in the decision to abandon the DOJ’s own voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party. And we’ve also been concerned that at least one high ranking DOJ official lied about it under oath.

In a major victory for Judicial Watch, a federal court seems to agree with our analysis of this continuing scandal.


3 Charged With Parking-Fee Thefts At Smithsonian

Three parking lot attendants at the Smithsonian's Air and Space annex in Chantilly have been charged with stealing at least $400,000 in parking fees.

The three were arrested at the end of their shifts at the Udvar-Hazy Center Saturday. They face charges in federal court in Alexandria that carry up to 10 years in prison.


Dr. Doom on London Olympics: Total ‘Economic Failure’

If you’re anything like us, and we know we are, you were somewhat taken aback by the British press‘ overreaction to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about London’s Olympic security preparations.

“The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” Romney said during an NBC News interview, adding that the reported security issues were “disconcerting.”


Taxpayer-Backed Free Lunch Program Feeds Controversy in California

Every summer across the U.S., more than 3 million children eat for free at more than 30,000 sites, from schools to recreation centers to migrant worker camps. It's a valuable resource for families who are struggling, and, critics say, a nice freebie for those who aren't.

The "Summer Fun Cafe" in Northern California and others like it are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in areas where at least half the children qualify for free lunches during the regular school year.

But come summer, anyone 18 and under can pull up a chair to Uncle Sam's table.


Occupy Delaware Folds Up Tents

After nine months protesting economic injustice in Wilmington's Spencer Plaza, activists with the Occupy Delaware movement have folded up their tents.

The last protesters vacated the plaza Sunday afternoon. Under a settlement with the city, they had agreed to leave by Sept. 10, a week before the city starts a $1.2 million renovation of the plaza.


Obama Administration Paves the Way for Sharia Law

The most terrifying danger Americans face from a second Barack Obama term isn’t the economy, which is scary enough.

The most harrowing prospect is the Obama Administration’s passivity in the face of attempts to introduce aspects of sharia law into our legal system.  Now there is strong and open evidence of the Obama administration collaborating with Islamist activists to ensure the path toward sharia law is accelerated.

Just last week, Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, was asked this question by Trent Franks (R-AZ), a member of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution: "Will you tell us here today that this Administration's Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?"

Perez refused to answer. Four times


Coming Soon: The Next Generation Of Cruise Ships

The current generation of new cruise ships -- designed before the 2008 economic bust but not delivered until 2010 or later -- is just starting to feel comfortable to many of us. But a whole new generation of vessels designed after 2008 and reflecting the new economic realities is right around the corner.

These next-generation ships will start arriving as soon as April 2013, with three cruise lines introducing new models by June. These new ships are bigger than average, but not the biggest, and their facilities are somewhat more compact. But most importantly, they embody a new ethos, striving to provide the kind of cruise experience that gives passengers what they want but still keeps the cruise lines profitable.

These new cruise ships will fit more passengers into ship sizes that used to feel pretty roomy. But the new “snug fitting” designs don't necessarily mean ships will feel overly crowded. After a few design generations, the cruise lines now seem to have a handle on maximizing the efficiency of space. In an automobile analogy, we may be losing the bench seats and tail fins, but we are getting bucket seats and computer-aided entertainment centers.


Obama's 2nd-Term Plans For Your Paycheck Exposed

An explosive book released today documents how progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second-term plans for the federal government to determine the “value” of individual jobs in the private sector instead of allowing employers to pay what they want.

Other second term “economic fairness” plans include concentrating more power with the federal government to rectify “bias” and “discrimination” in the workforce regarding salaries for “equivalent” – but not necessarily equal – jobs in the private sector.

This is in addition to the enactment of a “living wage” that would force all employers to increase the salaries of the nation’s workers to meet “basic needs” such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, health care and recreation.


WCSO Press Releases 8-7-12

Incident: Assault / Reckless Endangerment
Date of Incident: 5 Aug 2012
Location: Wilson Street, Hebron, MD
Suspect: Jeremy Dalton York, 21, Hebron, MD

Narrative: On 5 August 2012
at 1:20 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported altercation on Wilson Street in Hebron. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that two female subjects were driving through Hebron when they were followed by Jeremy York in a separate vehicle. The deputy learned that York intentionally struck the women’s vehicle, cut them off and forced them to stop on the roadway at which time York exited his vehicle to confront the women. York is accused of removing his cowboy boot and utilizing it to strike at the passenger window of the women’s vehicle until it shattered. The deputy learned that the altercation was the result of a situation that began earlier in the evening at a party in the Hebron area.

The deputy placed York under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained York in the Detention Center in lieu of $30,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Reckless Endangerment
Malicious Destruction of Property

Incident: Protective Order Violation
Date of Incident: 5 Aug 2012
Location: 7200 block of Sixty Foot Road, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: Brian K. Cooper, 46, Laurel, DE

Narrative: On 5 August 2012
at 2:06 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 7200 block of Sixty Foot Road in Pittsville for a reported violation of a Protective Order. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that Brian Cooper entered an apartment without permission and announced he was going to use the shower. After showering, Cooper left the residence and was on a nearby front porch when the deputy arrived. The deputy confirmed that a valid and current protective order barred Cooper from entering the residence in question. When confronted about the order, Cooper informed the deputy that he was unaware of the active order.

The deputy placed Cooper under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Cooper in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.

Charges: Violation of a Protective Order
Burglary 4th Degree

American Sikhs A Small, Misunderstood Community

Ever since they arrived in the U.S. as farmers and lumber mill workers in the late 19th century, Sikhs have struggled with how little Americans knew about the faith.

In 1907, a mob in Bellingham, Wash., who called Sikhs "the Hindus," ran them out of town. (Bellingham officials apologized formally 100 years later.)


Perryville Casino Asking State To Take Back 400-500 Slot Machines, Citing Lost Business

The manager of the Hollywood Casino in Perryville is asking the state to take back 400 to 500 video lottery terminals, saying it has lost 40% of its business since Maryland Live! opened in June at Arundel Mills.

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BREAKING NEWS: Arizona Gunman Pleads Guilty

Jared Loughner pleads guilty to killing six and wounding 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty.

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Attacking Sheldon Adelson: Obama's Dog Whistle to Anti-Israel Left

Mitt Romney has many wealthy donors who have contributed millions to super PACs favorable to his candidacy. But Democrats and the Obama campaign have consistently targeted Las Vegas Jewish -- and pro-Israel -- casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Obama needs to keep every part of his base rapid and mobilized to turn out for him in the fall, and the anti-Israel left makes up a part of that base. These voters are attracted to organizations like Media Matters and others funded by the likes of George Soros. And singling out Adelson -- by painting him stereotypically as a wealthy, nefarious, shady, behind-the-scenes puppet master -- serves as a dog whistle to keep these groups engaged.


There‘s a New ’Epic’ Hack That Uses Only Two Easily Found Pieces of Information — And Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Security flaws by both Apple and Amazon has Matt Honan describing in a blog post on Wired’s GadgetLab the “epic hacking” that happened to him within the space of an hour over the weekend:
First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

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Setting Cheerios On Fire Outside General Mills Office Is Maybe Not The Best Way To Voice Opinion On Same-Sex Marriage

Whatever your opinion on same-sex marriage (and the companies whose executives may oppose or support it), you certainly have the right to express your beliefs. However, we are pretty sure that only bad things can happen if your protest involves an attempt to ignite a bowl of Cheerios in public.

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7 Olympic Athletes VANISH

Seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon have mysteriously disappeared from the athletes' village in London ... in what appears to be an effort to abandon their home country and seek asylum in the UK.

The head of mission for Team Cameroon said the athletes in question -- 5 boxers, a swimmer, and a soccer player -- all have visas that will allow them to remain in Britain 'til at least November.

The soccer player -- a reserve goalkeeper for the women's soccer team named Drusille Ngako -- was the first to disappear, followed by swimmer Paul Edingue Ekane.


Obama’s College Classmate: ‘The Obama Scandal Is at Columbia’

I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia.

Obama and his infamous strategist David Axelrod understand how to play political hardball, the best its ever been played. Team Obama has decided to distract America’s voters by condemning Mitt Romney for not releasing enough years of his tax returns. It’s the perfect cover. Obama knows the best defense is a bold offense. Just keep attacking Mitt and blaming him for secrecy and evasion, while accusing him of having a scandal that doesn’t exist. Then ask followers like Senator Harry Reid to chase the lead. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader appears to now be making up stories out of thin air, about tax returns he knows nothing about. It’s a cynical, brilliant and vicious strategy. Make Romney defend, so he can’t attack the real Obama scandal.


Reminder: Even If Michael Phelps Says He Pees In The Pool Doesn’t Mean You Should Let Loose

It turns out Michael Phelps is one of those 20% of adults who pees in the pool — but that doesn't mean you should go relieving yourself at the public swimming facilities on your way to emulating Olympic legends. After all, you probably aren't on the road to athletic glory and can probably find the time to jump out and find a toilet in between games of Marco Polo.

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Ohio Hospital Gun Victim Was In Disabled State

A woman whose husband of 45 years is accused of shooting her in the head in her hospital bed in a possible mercy killing had been in the intensive care unit in an extremely disabled state, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Barbara Wise was incapacitated before John Wise stood at her bedside and shot her on Saturday with a handgun, Akron assistant city prosecutor Craig Morgan said.

John Wise entered his wife's room at Akron General Medical Center and fired at least one round from the handgun, police said. One shot was fired, hospital officials said.


Armed Robbery

LOCATION: West Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland
CHARGES: Armed Robbery
First Degree Assault
Use of Handgun in the Commission of a Felony
Theft Over $1,000

NARRATIVE: On August 3, 2012
, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at the Lids, located at 12741 Ocean Gateway, Unit #844, Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland. Upon arrival, Deputies observed that the clerk was on the floor of the store, and the doors to the business were locked. The clerk had been tied up. Deputies made entry to the store, and made contact with the clerk, who informed them that he had just been robbed at gunpoint and beaten. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was contacted to respond and continue the investigation.

Upon arrival, Detectives interviewed the victim, who advised that when he was taking out the trash a light skinned black male with dreadlocks dressed in all black clothing placed a gun in his back and ordered him into the store. Once inside the store, the victim advised that the suspect forced him to lock the door and bound his hands and feet together and beat him repeatedly. Once incapacitated, the suspect then stole cash and numerous hats from the store before exiting.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation is currently actively investigating this case. Any information related to this case may be forwarded to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation at 410-352-3476, or to the Lower Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

Baby Boomers Bamboozled: Social Security Fades Into A Dreamtime Haze

As recently as 1985, workers at every income level could retire and expect to get more in benefits than they paid in Social Security taxes, though they didn't do quite as well as their parents and grandparents. Not anymore. A married couple retiring last year after both spouses earned average lifetime wages paid about $598,000 in Social Security taxes during their careers. They can expect to collect about $556,000 in benefits, if the man lives to 82 and the woman lives to 85, according to a 2011 study by the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. ... The shift among middle-income workers is happening just as millions of baby boomers are reaching retirement, leaving relatively fewer workers behind to pay into the system. It's coming at a critical time for Social Security, the federal government's largest program. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: If we work hard, government will take care of us.

Free-Market Analysis: Social Security is gradually fading away for most Baby Boomers. What the '60s generation in both Europe and America doesn't understand is that government isn't here to help them. Modern regulatory democracy is supposed to give way to global governance. That's obviously the plan.

Social Security started out well enough, of course. The first person to receive a check was Ida May Fuller who paid Social Security taxes for three years that came to a total of $24.75. Her very first monthly check in 1940 was for $22.54. And since she lived to be 100, she collected $22,888.92.

The Roosevelt administration made a big deal out of Fuller and the benefits she received. But in reality, Social Security was just like any other big government program. It was built to fail.


Homeless High Risk Tier III Sex Offender Notification

Anthony L. Corbin, 45, Delmar, DE
5’06” tall, 165 lbs.
Black hair, brown eyes

Delmar, DE- Anthony L. Corbin is not wanted. This is a Homeless Sex Offender Public Notification. Corbin is a high risk Tier III sex offender who has registered as homeless in Delmar, DE. If you have information that Corbin is occupying a residence please contact 302-739-5882. Tips may also be submitted through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips may also be submitted through the use of your cellular phone by texting keyword “DSP” and then your message to 274637 (CRIMES) or through the internet at

Obama Taps Hollywood For Campaign Cash To Match Romney’s Haul

Beaten in the money chase by Republican challenger Mitt Romney for the third straight month, President Obama on Monday turned again to one of the Democratic Party’s most lucrative and reliable sources of campaign cash — Hollywood.

But instead of flying all the way to Southern California, the president settled for a shorter trip Monday evening to the $15 million beachfront Connecticut estate of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for a $35,800-per-person fundraiser with a guest list that included screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin and actress Anne Hathaway, star of the new Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises.” Mr. Obama also planned a larger campaign event for about 500 people at a hotel in Stamford, Conn., where tickets start at $500 each.

The quick trip was projected to raise about $2.5 million for the president’s re-election fund and for other Democratic Party campaign war chests.


MBRG Report

Roll Call:
McDermott Scores 100% from MBRG
(Maryland Business for Responsive Government)

Delegate Michael McDermott (R-Dist. 38-B) was recently recognized as receiving a 100% rating from the MBRG. This marks the second consecutive year that Del. McDermott has received the highest rating as a legislator who is supporting business and a business friendly climate in Maryland.

To determine an accurate picture of the Maryland legislature's attitudes toward business, jobs, economic growth, and investment in the state, MBRG's 30-member State Advisory Council selects votes from the last regular and special General Assembly sessions that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce. Before introducing or voting on legislation, the MBRG encourages legislators to consider the following questions:

1. Will the legislation increase or decrease the cost of doing business for companies in Maryland? If the answer is increase, will the added costs of the legislation and subsequent regulations exceed the added benefit to Maryland's residents?

2. Will the legislation and subsequent regulations be more or less stringent than, or contradictory to, federal law and regulations; or will it give Maryland a competitive advantage or disadvantage with other states?

3. Will the legislation encourage or discourage companies from adding new jobs or keeping current jobs in Maryland?

4. Will the legislation encourage or discourage individuals and businesses from investing and building?

5. Will the legislation promote or impede the competitive market by removing or imposing legal, economic and/or regulatory burdens, taxes, or costs?

6. Is there another way to solve the problem or address the issue without legislation; or is there existing legislation addressing the matter?

7. Will introducing the bill send a positive or negative message about Maryland's business climate?

Here’s how the rest of the lower shore delegation rated with business in 2011 and 2012:

2011 2012
Sen. Richard Colburn-R 100% 100%
Sen. James Mathias-D 45% 63%
Del. Rudy Cane-D 10% 9%
Del. Norman Conway-D 20% 20%
Del. Adelaide Eckardt-R 100% 100%
Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio-R 100% 93%
Del. Michael McDermott-R 100% 100%
Del. Charles Otto-R 100% 100%

Cold Hard Facts On Gun Bans: 'The Cost Of Liberty Can Be Measured In The Loss Of Life'

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

While anti-gun advocates put forth every argument under the sun for why you should not be able to own a “high capacity” magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, or that you shouldn’t be able to buy ammunition online, or that police should stop going to work until guns have been completely banned, the evidence for disarmament of law abiding citizens as a failed policy is overwhelming.

In Chicago, where guns have essentially been banned for personal defense, the murder of innocents has risen so sharply in recent months that Mayor Rahm Emanual has been left with no other option but to call on criminals to look to their morals and values to stop the carnage. Washington D.C., which bans the carrying of concealed weapons, has maintained one of the highest gun crime murder rates in the country for over three decades – since the legislation was passed in 1975. As the Washington Post notes, the disarming of local residents has been wholly ineffective noting that the “guns kept coming, and bodies kept falling.”

These localized examples of the detrimental effects of restrictive gun policies are nothing, however, when compared to what’s happened in Australia, where the government implemented a “buy back” program in 1997 that completely banned gun ownership for the general population. While Australia’s politician promised a lower crime rate once the ban was in place, the disarming of its citizens has led to exactly the opposite effect.


Armed Robbery With Arrests - Delmar

Armed Robbery
August 6th 2012
Chestnut Street Delmar, Maryland 21875

On August 6th 2012
Delmar Police Department responded to the area of Chestnut Street in Delmar for an armed robbery. Delmar Police made contact with the victim, a 35 years of age Hispanic male, who was robbed at gunpoint. The victim was robbed by two white males who brandished handguns. The suspects made off with the victim’s wallet and U.S. currency. The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation. The two male suspects were identified as Branden Waltemeyer and Robert Waltemeyer of Delmar. Detectives also learned that two female suspects were also involved and were identified as Christina Frey and Jessica Waltemeyer both from Delmar. A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence where the victim’s stolen property was recovered. All four suspects were arrested and released to the Wicomico County Detention Center.

•Christina Frey white female 21 years of age from Delmar, Maryland
•Jessica Waltemeyer white female 18 years of age from Delmar, Maryland
•Robert Waltmeyer white male 20 years of age from Delmar, Maryland
•Branden Waltmeyer white male 22 years of age Delmar, Maryland
•*include first/middle/last names, age, race, city or town of residence

Armed Robbery/1st Degree Assault
Currently under investigation.

Lost Dog 8-6-12A: UPDATE

My sisters dog got out this morning and can not be found please post this. He is a brendal pitbull very friendly his name is Guci please contact brooke burbage 443 493 0058 if you see him we live in the Hebron area.

Lost Dogs 8-6-12: UPDATE


I found 2 small dogs last night in the North Division area. Can you post on your site for anyone who may have lost their dogs please. I believe they may be from the same home but not sure. They were both seen earlier in the evening together so that is why I am assuming they are from the same home.

Romney’s July Cash Haul Brightens GOP Mood

Erasing all doubts about his fundraising abilities, Mitt Romney on Monday announced that he and his allies raked in $100 million for the second straight month, again topping President Obama and handing the Republican a much-needed public relations boost as he prepares to accept his party’s presidential nomination this month.

As recently as January, when the candidate was in the middle of a bruising primary, Mr. Romney’s fundraising was giving Republicans pause. But since acquiring enough nomination delegates, the former Massachusetts governor has been unstoppable.



“The basic scam in the Internet age is pretty easy even for the financially illiterate to grasp. It was as if banks like Goldman were wrapping ribbons around watermelons, tossing them out fiftieth-story windows, and opening the phones for bids. In this game you were a winner only if you took your money out before the melon hit the pavement.”
- Matt Taibbi – Griftopia

“The truth is that banks are the last feudal kingdoms, their rulers omnipotent, divine warlords. Their key lieutenants are ‘ronin’ (wandering mercenary samurai) who roam financial markets ready to ally themselves to any warlord for a share of plunder. This is not the place to apply the latest management theory.”
― Satyajit Das – Traders, Guns & Money

Will We Have To Wait For A 21st Century Peasants' Revolt Before Seeing Any Real Change

While everyone from Tony Blair to Nouriel Roubini is debating whether or not bankers should be hung, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg provide some fascinating historical context.

The journal's Jason Zweig reports:

Financial criminals throughout history have been beaten, tortured and even put to death, with little evidence that severe punishments have consistently deterred people from misconduct that could make them rich.

The history of drastic punishment for financial crimes may be nearly as old as wealth itself.

The Code of Hammurabi, more than 3,700 years ago, stipulated that any Mesopotamian who violated the terms of a financial contract – including the futures contracts that were commonly used in commodities trading in Babylon – “shall be put to death as a thief.” The severe penalty doesn’t seem to have eradicated such cheating, however.


Caption This Photo 8-7-12

Today's Fill In The Blank 8-7-12

My next vehicle will be a ____.

Change Maryland, O'Malley Square Off About Data

O'Malley Administration officials attempted to dispute key findings on tax migration, job loss and businesses leaving or shutting down altogether. According to the Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census, Maryland lags the region in all three metrics.

Below is Change Maryland's response to the Administration's letter in the Washington Times.

O'Malley Cherry Picks Jobs Data 8.3.12"

Losing 6,500 businesses, 40,000 jobs and 31,000 taxpayers is not “making headway.” - Change Maryland Chairman Larry


Maryland Making Jobs Headway 8.1.12"

Maryland’s job market is not the worst in the nation, as a recent article in The Washington Times claimed." - O'Malley Administration economic development, labor secretaries

How Many Dependents?

I just received my tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!! They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: "How many dependents?" I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Central America; 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate and 1 useless President. Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.


Police Use Taser On Deaf Crime Victim

TACOMA, Wash. — KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help.

Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges.


Today's Advertiser Of The Day 8-7-12

70 Facts About Our Economy Obama Probably Doesn’t Want You To See

A stunning collection of 70 facts about the U.S. economy just posted on the web is probably not going to make it into the next campaign ad from the folks at Obama for America. However, you might want to read it.

TheBlaze has culled 10 from the list of 70 here:

The price of gas – When Obama took office, a gallon of gas cost you $1.85. Today, it’s up to $3.59 per gallon (July’s rise was 17 cents a gallon).

71% of small business owners believe we’re still in a recession — Despite government claims that the recession actually ended years ago, a majority of small business owners feel very differently.
You have to work 107 days each year just to pay Federal, State, & Local taxes – That means you don’t earn a penny until April 18th.

More than 30% of unemployed Americans have been out of work for more than a year – In 2007, that number was 10%.

Low income America – According to NBC News, virtually half of all Americans are considered to be “low income” or living in poverty.


Trump Renews Push To Unseal Obama Records

Donald Trump is calling on Obama to release his sealed records in exchange for Gov. Mitt Romney’s tax returns, declaring it would be “a wonderful trade.”

“I’ve said it a lot, that if Obama opened up his records, maybe Mitt should give his returns,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “That would be a great trade. I guarantee it would be a really wonderful trade.”

Trump offered a list of sealed documents he believes Obama should present for the deal.


Employers Beware: What You Need To Know

Government Tramples Individual’s Rights in Indiana

In Armour v. City of Indianapolis, (No. 11-161 6-4-12) the Supreme Court again decided to ignore the Constitution and side with the government on very unsteady ground. At issue was whether the City had to pay back to certain homeowners money it had collected for a sewer assessment that it was later able to obtain funding for (through bonds). While the plaintiffs in this case paid the entire assessment (some $9,000 up front), the other homeowners who elected to pay the assessment over time had the amounts remaining due forgiven. While this would seem to violate the Equal Protection Clause with the government favoring one group of citizens over another, the court disagreed. Because the right at issue was economic rather than a “fundamental” right, the court applied the “rational basis” test. In other words, did the City have a rational basis to make the distinction between the homeowners who paid the assessment up front and the homeowners who chose to pay it over time.

The City’s “rational basis” was that it was inconvenient to issue the refunds.
To his credit, Chief Justice Roberts indicated in his dissent that: “The Equal Protection Clause does not provide that no state shall ‘deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, unless it’s too much of a bother.’” Only Scalia and Alito joined the dissent, leaving this the current law of the land as stated by a majority of 6. Your economic rights can be trampled on by government. One can only dream of the time when the American public wakes up and starts electing libertarian officials to dismantle the non-working nonsensical unconstitutional parts of our government and demand that the Constitution be followed in a logical consistent way and that the rights given to individuals in the Constitution are resuscitated.


Today's Survey Question 8-7-12

Will you be buried or cremated?

Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament At Salisbury University

Professional-level tennis returns to Salisbury August 15 - 19 with the Jack Purnell-Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament at Salisbury University

Some of the world’s top tennis pros mingle with local amateurs and families during the ninth annual Jack Purnell-Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament at Salisbury University.

The event opens with Community Tennis Night from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, at the SU tennis courts on College Avenue. Guests of all ages are invited to meet this year’s players in person and watch them compete in events including fastest and most accurate serve competitions. SU tennis coach Randy Halfpap hosts a free Junior Tennis Clinic for players ages 18 and under beginning at 4:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., local amateurs also will have a chance to play with the professionals during the tournament’s second annual pro-am challenge. The entry fee for amateur players is a $50 tax-deductable contribution to Coastal Hospice, the tournament’s beneficiary. Space is limited, and advance sign-ups are recommended.

The pro-am may be a welcome diversion for some players, who will compete for $30,000 in prize money during the five-day men’s open doubles and singles tournament, Wednesday-Sunday, August 15-19.

Many professional players ranked as high as 150 in the world will enter the draw. Some take advantage of the proximity of this tournament to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City as a warm-up and practice for the Open. The court surface and weather conditions, including heat and humidity are similar to those the players experience in the Big Apple the week following Purnell-Thomas. Veterans of the tournament have been the focus of international attention at Wimbledon and, more recently, at the Summer Olympics in London, where they represented their countries.

In addition to the pros and amateurs, local television personalities battle for bragging rights at this year’s tournament during the second annual Coastal Hospice Challenge 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. Doubles teams from WBOC and WMDT are expected to pick up the rackets in this friendly winners-take-all competition.

The tournament is named in honor of two late local tennis players. Born in 1929, Purnell was an avid baseball player and went on to become the youngest general manager for a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds before working in the public relations office of the National Baseball League. After returning to Salisbury he operated his family’s business, Kuhn’s Jewelers, and took up tennis and golf. He was a community advocate and founding board member of Coastal Hospice prior to dying of cancer in 2002.

Thomas grew up in southern New Jersey and Salisbury. A natural athlete, he was a graduate of SU, where he was a member of the men’s tennis team. He left the East Coast in 1980 to work as a tennis pro in Hawaii and Guam. He returned to the area in 1981. Admission to the Purnell-Thomas Tennis Tournament is free and the public is invited. Play is continuous daily from 10 am – 9: 30 pm.

New Tunnel To Be Constructed Under Rockville Pike

The Defense Department has given Montgomery County a $40 million grant to safely link two major federal facilities separated by a six-lane highway. County officials will construct a tunnel under Rockville Pike so people can walk or bike between the National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Medical Center. NIH is on the southbound side of the Pike, where the Metro station is. Walter Reed is on the northbound side. Until the tunnel is built, it's a death-defying crosswalk. The Metro station will also get new elevators.

Accused Killer Fights Extradition From Del. to Md.

A Sussex County man accused of killing a fellow church worker is fighting extradition to Maryland.

A justice of the peace in Georgetown denied a defense request Monday to stay the extradition of 28-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro pending the filing of a habeas corpus petition in Superior Court.

But after the petition was filed, a Superior Court judge ordered that Burton remain in the custody of Delaware prison officials pending an Aug. 16 hearing on his extradition challenge.


Help Support The Main Street Gym

The Main Street Gym and the people that run it try to hold fundraisers every so often to keep the Gym up and running.

Hal and Nancy Chernoff, (along with an incredible group of friends) provide an incredible environment for young children in Salisbury to get off the streets and get them involved in exercise programs.

While I consider these people good friends, they never overwhelm me with, hey Joe, can you help us with this or that all the time. Instead, when they do come to me they ask if I can put something up on Salisbury News to help promote their fundraisers.

In this case they're offering a full day charter fishing trip for $10.00 per ticket. They'll do the drawing this Saturday in Ocean City. Here's how I personally see it. If you buy a ticket you're giving back to your community. If you win, well, you are in for one heck of a day, let me assure you. I know the boat owner and let me assure you, this guy does everything first class.

If you'd like a ticket please give Hal a call at 410-430-6687 or stop by the Main Street Gym in the evening. I think you all know, if I don't like a certain group I won't push to help them. This is a very special group and I'd like you to help them. In fact, if you've never been to the Main Street Gym, I highly recommend you stop in and see their facility. It will blow you away.

Thank You For Your Support

Upcoming Jaycees Event

Saturday 8/11
3rd Annual Super
Soap Box Spectacular
Garage Downtown
Noon to 3pm
Spectators welcome!
$10 entry fee per racer.

They Are NOT There For Your Safety

I read the article below and my first thought was, this is how riots start. Read it for yourself, I recommend you do so on an empty stomach because if you don’t you might be wearing your last meal.

Incidents like this, the incident in Anaheim that has sparked Disneyworld to resemble a warzone and the elderly man tasered inside his own home for not going to the hospital, are seemingly more commonplace than ever. This may only be a perception due to the availability of info on the internet, but instead of using that statement as a scapegoat to be dismissive of the issue, we should be using it to address the situation. The police are not there for your safety.

Lesson to be learned: There is an increasing likelihood that you will regret seeking help from a police officer, therefore do so at your own risk.

I personally don’t want to sub-contract my safety to a third-party. I want to be able to protect myself and my family as I see fit. I don’t want/need the men in blue to kick in my door or my neighbors door for “our own good.” I don’t support the idea of a monopolistic police force (publicly funded or not) that is essentially above the law. Who watches the Watchmen?

Mayor Bloomberg grandstanded in the wake of the Aurora Massacre that the police should “go on strike” until the public as a whole give up their firearms. I am starting to work on an article about this very topic. There are many good police officers out there and I know it would be quite painful to deal with traffic accidents and domestic disputes with no public police force available. But with the current police force out there today and all the normal abuses and terrorism we as the public are forced to endure from them along with the paramilitary and military trajectory they are on would we be better off if the police took Mayor Bloomberg’s suggestion? And then we didn’t give into their demands? If it’s a package deal which would you choose?

It would be far from painless, but safety can’t be guaranteed no matter how many rights are given up and what is going on today is simply unsustainable, eventually something much worse is going to happen.


OGE Missed Signs Of GSA Ethics Violations, Memo Says

A memo by a government watchdog group finds the General Services Administration's ethics program received high marks in a November 2010 study from the Office of Government Ethics. The OGE report was released one month after GSA threw the lavish Las Vegas conference that led to the firings of top officials, the resignation of Administrator Martha Johnson and a slew of congressional hearings.

The review by OGE said GSA's ethics program appeared "effectively administered and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies." In addition, OGE said GSA had developed "model practices" for ethics procedures.

But, Cause of Action said OGE missed obvious warnings in its review of GSA's ethics program.


Patriot Golf Tournament To Benefit Wounded Warriors Project

On Friday, August 10, 2012, a golf tournament will be held to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project at the Ocean City Golf Club - Newport Bay in Berlin, MD. Registration is at Noon and shotgun is a 1pm. There will be an awards banquet and pig roast at 6pm. Registration is $100 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with cart included, box lunch and pig roast at the Awards Banquet, "Believe in Heros" gift bag and many great prizes. For more information contact Ruth Jones at 410-860-1494. Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week

Don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity to go shopping for qualifying clothes and apparel tax-free. Beginning 12:01am on Sunday, August 12 through midnight on Saturday, August 18, Marylanders making qualifying purchases will not have to pay the state's 6 percent sales tax. A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller's Website at

Small Farm Bus Tour in Late August

A small farm bus tour offers a variety of educational stops over a two-day period in late August. Back by popular demand, the tour will allow participants to "Explore New Farm Income Opportunities," on Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28. Tour participants will depart from the Richard A. Henson Center on the UMES campus at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The next 48 hours will provide them with many opportunities to experience successful and innovative farming ventures in Delaware and Pennsylvania and to explore alternatives and possibilities that will help the average farmer increase his or her bottom line and implement sustainable practices. The tour will end as the bus returns to the Henson Center around 6:30 p.m. on August 28. The registration fee, which covers bus transportation, hotel accommodations for one night, educational materials and light refreshments, is $25 per person. To register online, visit All registrations and payments must be received by Thursday, August 23.

Joplin Mosque Razed In Fire; 2nd Blaze This Summer

A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.

No injuries were reported, but the Islamic Society of Joplin's building was a total loss after the blaze, first reported at about 3:30 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. As of late Monday, nobody had been arrested in connection with the fire.


Chamber To Host Job Fair

Find your next employee at the 7th Annual Fall Job Fair, hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Job Market. This year's job fair will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Centre at Salisbury mall from 3:30 to 7:00 pm. Booths will be set-up throughout the main corridors. The event is open to any business seeking employees in the Lower Shore area. Booths are only $100 for a 10 ft. space. Again this year, the Resume Doctor will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions to applicants and evaluate their resumes. For more information or to register your company for a booth, contact Shannon at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce at 410-749-0144 or

Lost Black Pomeranian: UPDATE

I just wanted to update and let everyone know that Kali was found this morning around 7:30 am. She is doing good and the Pet ER did a thorough health check. My family is so touched by everyone's generosity. Thanks to all the vets and techs along with their friends helping us search all morning and night. Thanks to the owner of this site for being so kind as to post and share this info. I could go on and on..

We've had our dog for 7 years, and on vacation at the beach she got sick. We took her to Pet's ER in Salisbury and while they were taking her to the bathroom, she ran off.

My wife and I got a call in the middle of the night telling us and we've been looking ever since. Worst thing about all of this was that we also owned her mom whom just passed away about 2 months ago from old age. Please help and post this.

I sincerely appreciate anything you can do for us!

Where's The Outrage From Young Americans About Obama's Health Reforms?

President Obama’s 2010 health reform law has been heralded by its supporters as strongly beneficial for young Americans. After all, the ACA decrees that all health insurance plans that offer any dependent coverage must offer coverage to enrollees’ “adult children” (the terminology used in the law) until age 26, even if the adult child no longer lives with his or her parents, is not a dependent on a parent’s tax return, or is no longer a student … even if the adult child is married. And the uninsured rate for those between 19 and 26 has indeed decreased.

So what’s not to like about the health law for young Americans? The under-appreciated truth is that the ACA has serious adverse impacts on young Americans, far more significant and longer lasting than temporary eligibility to remain on a parent’s insurance.

Health insurance costs are now dramatically shifted onto the backs of younger, healthier adults. Proponents of the ACA claim that those shunning insurance are responsible for shifting massive costs to insured Americans, thereby raising insurance prices significantly without the ACA’s individual mandate. This is factually false. Generally, the population at whom the mandate is directed – those who voluntarily do not buy insurance and are not eligible for current government insurance – tend to be younger, healthier, and use far less medical care, on average about $850 and only $56 per year in emergency care. Based on both household survey and provider data, uninsured health care shifts only 0.8% to at most 1.7% of expenditures toward those already insured.


Iris Society Plant Sale

The Eastern Shore Iris Society will be holding their annual iris plant sale at Boscov's Department Store, in the Lawn and Garden Department, at The Centre at Salisbury, on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Many lovely varieties will be on sale for $2 - $5. Come and beautify your garden!

Sellers Say Tax Driving Big Boats Out of Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Hamilton Chaney lost a customer last week.

Dr. Richard Rende, a 60-year-old orthopedic surgeon from Steamboat Springs, Colo., told Chaney his 48-foot sailing catamaran would be departing early from Herrington Harbour North, the marina Chaney's family owns in southern Anne Arundel County.

On June 25, he arrived at the marina, where he pays $1,000 a month to dock. He has spent $30,000 in Maryland _ mostly on boat work with different companies, but also at local restaurants and hotels.

But Rende is leaving for Delaware to avoid Maryland's vessel excise tax, which would force him to pay 5 percent of the value of his boat if he stayed in the state longer than 90 days this year.


Anthony Brown

I consider myself fortunate for a number of reasons: the privilege to serve the people of Maryland, the ability to make a real difference in the lives of families, and the opportunity to move our great State forward through difficult economic times.

I am also fortunate that I have had a true partner in governing from the day I took office – your Lieutenant Governor, and my friend, Anthony Brown. Anthony is an outstanding public servant, and I have seen first-hand the results we’ve achieved becaused of Anthony’s leadership on efforts to create jobs, improve healthcare, and make college more affordable for more families.

No matter what lies ahead for Anthony in public service, I know that I will be with him 100 percent, because I believe that our State, our communities, and all Marylanders will benefit greatly with Anthony bringing people together to work for our shared priorities.

As Lieutenant Governor, Anthony has pushed hard to get our economic initiatives passed to protect our investments in education and job creation. He is nationally recognized for his leadership on behalf of our veterans, and he has developed groundbreaking new laws to protect victims of domestic violence.

The challenges facing Maryland have not been easy, and our progress would not have been possible without Anthony’s leadership and determination. Together, we’ve made the largest investment in our State’s history in public education, and Maryland’s public schools have been ranked number one in the nation four years in a row. Together, we have been able to maintain Maryland’s Triple A bond rating. And together, we’ve been able to recover 65 percent of jobs lost during the Great Recession and keep our unemployment rate more than 15 percent below the national average.

Throughout all of these challenges, Anthony has been by my side every step of the way. He has taken the lead on some of the most difficult measures our administration has pursued, from expanding and improving the delivery of health care and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid, to strengthening Maryland laws protecting neglected children, to taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. He has leveraged legislative experience, consensus-building skills, and intelligence to pass many of our most critical priorities.

We have to work hard to make sure this progress continues well into the future, and that our State continues to move forward. For these reasons and more, I urge Anthony to continue his public service and pursue the greatest possible level of public responsibility. He has been my partner day in and day out, and he understands what needs to be done to make sure our state moves forward, not back.

After nearly six years of working together, I know that Anthony understands better than anyone how our government works, and more importantly, how to ensure it works best to improve the lives of our citizens. More than any other public official, Anthony Brown has my complete trust in his ability to serve the best interests of Maryland.

Over the coming months, I will be working hard to make sure Maryland benefits from Anthony’s continued leadership and that the progress we have made together continues well into the future. I hope you will join me in supporting Anthony in his commitment to build on the progress we’ve made in the years to come.


Martin O’Malley

P.S. Please take the time to visit to learn more about Anthony’s story, his family, his military service, and the hard work he’s doing every day to move Maryland forward.

UK bank, Iran accused of scheme that left US financial system 'vulnerable to terrorists'

A British bank schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from 2001 to 2007, leaving the United States' financial system "vulnerable to terrorists," New York's financial regulator charged Monday.

State Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky signed an order that requires London-based Standard Chartered Bank to answer his questions following an investigation into "wire stripping," the practice of removing crucial identifiers in financial transactions.

The state agency called the bank a rogue institution and quoted one of its executives as saying: "You (expletive) Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we're not going to deal with Iranians."


Delaware State Police Explorers Receive National Award At Colorado Explorers Conference

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

July 16, 2012 thru July 21, 2012

Award Earned:
3rd Place - Arrest and Search Scenario

Delaware State Police Explorers attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado the week of July 16, 2012.

During this week long conference Delaware State Police Explorers competed against Explorers from other Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies around the country in team and individual competitions. Bomb Threat Response, Crisis Negotiations, Police Physical Performance Test, and Non-Emergency Vehicle Operation Course are to name a few of the competitions.

This year’s conference was attended by over 2700 participants who along with competing in competitions, attended courses of instruction and demos in tactical training. At the conclusion of the week the State Police Explorers Post #2930 out of Troop 3 in Dover attended closing ceremonies and received a 3rd Place award in the Arrest and Search Scenario out of 324 teams competing. During the competition they were judged on the approach to the scene, entry into the scene, arrest of the two suspects, location of evidence, and team work. (See Attached Photo from left to right: Derek Glover – Harrington, Sean Hastings – Magnolia, Kelli Janocha – Magnolia, Lamar Chandler – Dover, Xavier Moore – Dover, Jordon Ford - Dover)

State Police Explorers Post #2852 out of Troop4 in Georgetown also received recognition scoring in the top 10% in the Crime Prevention Scenario. (See Attached Photo from left to right: Cpl/2 Cheryl Arnold – Headquarters, Emily Bergman – Dagsboro, Patrick Gaskin – Seaford, Julius Young – Milton, Troy Bowden – Georgetown, Josh Baker – Gumboro, Samantha Deleon – Milford, Paul Whaley – Ocean View, Mason Chambers – Georgetown, Cpl/3 Mark Justice – Troop 4)

For those not familiar with the Delaware State Police Explorers group they are comprised of young people ages 14-20 years of age. Most of the students involved have an interest in making Law Enforcement a career choice.

Explorers have monthly meetings throughout the year and are provided courses of instruction related to Bomb Threat Assessment, CPR, and Burglary in Progress, Community Service, Domestic Dispute, Collision Investigation and conducting traffic stops to name a few. The explorers not only receive classroom instruction but also hands on application of subjects studied.

Explorers can be noticed at community service events throughout the state involving Camp Barnes, Delaware State Fair, Special Olympics and Punkin Chunkin.

Qualification requirements are: mature, clean cut, clean shaven, 2.0 and above GPA students who have no criminal arrest history. This is not a discipline program. There is a Post at every Troop. Contact your local State Police Troop to find out more about this program and how you could join!

Trayvon Martin's Parents Seek Money From Fla. Fund

Trayvon Martin's mother has asked for an undisclosed amount of money from a state fund set up to help crime victims with things like funeral expenses and counseling, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The documents, obtained through a public records request, show Sybrina Fulton applied for the compensation benefits after her son was fatally shot last February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. It was not immediately clear how Martin's family would use the money.


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Refinery Fire Fully Contained But Continues To Burn

A diesel leak that quickly erupted into a large fire at the Chevron refinery Monday evening forced people for miles around to shelter in their home. The fire was contained four hours later but it caused the refinery, the largest in Northern California, to shut down all production, which is expected to cause a spike in gas prices in days to come.

The fire began at 6:15 p.m. in the No. 4 Crude Unit at the Richmond refinery. Officials say workers noticed a leak and called for an inspection team. They realized it was a serious problem so they evacuated the unit and that's when the leak ignited.


14 AGs Oppose Maryland Appeal Of Gun-permit Ruling

The attorneys general of Virginia and 13 other states have filed an amicus brief urging the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the ruling of a federal judge in Baltimore, who found that Maryland’s requirements for carrying a concealed weapon violate the Second Amendment.

The 4th Circuit last week expedited Maryland’s appeal of that ruling, under which the state would be forced to drop the requirement that a permit applicant show a “good and substantial reason” for carrying a concealed weapon.

The 4th Circuit said it would hear argument in the case in late October and, meanwhile, the permit requirements can stay as they are.

The case is Woollard v. Gallagher, US4th No 12-1437.

Click here to view the amicus brief.