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Sunday, August 31, 2014

5 Injured In Ocean Pines Boat Explosion

OCEAN PINES, Md. (WUSA9) -- Five people have been hospitalized after a boat explosion that happened at Ocean Pines Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the explosion involving a 24-foot vessel happened around 2 p.m. as the boat was pulling away from the dock.


Local News

At approximately 2:00 AM this morning Berlin Fire/EMS were dispatched to the area of Libertytown Road for a reported motorcycle accident where they struck a large dog in the roadway. Upon arrival two subjects were lying in the roadway ejected from the motorcycle. Both patients were stabilized and transported to PRMC with non life threatening injuries.

Ocean Pines Fire/EMS are on the scene near the north gate, Boatswain Court. There is a boat on fire with multiple burn victims. MSP Trooper 4 has been requested.

BREAKING NEWS: Islamist group reportedly has 'secured' US Embassy in Libya

Islamist militia group says it has 'secured' a US Embassy compound in Libya's capital, the Associated Press reports.

SFD Calls For Service 8-30-14

  • Saturday August, 30 2014 @ 22:42Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday August, 30 2014 @ 21:26Nature: Appliance FireAddress: 802 East Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday August, 30 2014 @ 20:57Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday August, 30 2014 @ 19:42Nature: Smoke InvestigationAddress: 1305 S Division St
  • Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday August, 30 2014 @ 19:35Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

Bob Culver: A Total Class Act

Ladies & Gentlemen, Mr. Bob Culver has just informed me that out of respect for the Harris Family and the Funeral this weekend of Andy's Wife Cookie he has chosen to cancel his Fundraiser tomorrow.

While this was Mr. Culver's largest fundraising event, I tip my hat to this man for doing the right thing. Stay tuned Ladies & Gentlemen because I'm confident Bob will reschedule it for another time in the very near future. 

"In Two Years, Fifteen (15) EMT/FF Will Be eligible To Retire" "No Strings Attached"

These quotes were a RESPONSE to impress upon the Council the FD would have no problem keeping these 12 Firefighters on without it costing the City Taxpayers, (no strings attached) any additional funds. 

You see Folks, when the TRUTH comes out, (and ONLY SBYNews delivers such) the Firefighters come back attacking my Wife and Family. 

There it is, firmly DOCUMENTED once again. 

If You're A Parent Of A Student At Beaver Run, YOU SHOULD KNOW!!!

Yesterday there was NO WATER PRESSURE at Beaver Run Elementary so NO ONE can use the bathroom.

TODAY, they have LOW WATER PRESSURE and they are bringing in portable potties and telling Teachers to limit Anyone's use of bathroom facilities. 

If you'll recall, last year they had major issues with the quality of water, (or the lack thereof) and they provided bottled water instead so no one would drink from a fountain.

TODAY the water is "blood orange" and not drinkable. 

Last year they also had serious MOLD issues because they refused to constantly run the A/C units during the summer. Many have said the school was built on similar soil they are currently working with on the new Bennett School in which you are just asking for mold issues.

Nevertheless, PARENTS should be aware of the CONDITIONS in this school and demand it be shut down until they get it up to speed and HEALTHY.

Moment of silence at 10:00am on August 25th, Monday,in memory of Michael Brown

Micheal Brown, the unarmed 18 year old African American young man whose life was cut short on August 9, 2014 at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown's funeral will be held on Monday, August 25th at 10:00 AM Central Daylight time.

The Maryland State Conference of NAACP, its 24 branches, Youth and College Division and supporting organizations ask all NAACP members, family, friends and the general community in Maryland to stop wherever they are and join the NAACP at 10:00 AM in a moment of silence.

Mary Ashanti
Wicomico County NAACP

Salisbury City Council Picks Jack Heath

Jack Heath was chosen as the replacement for former Council Member Terry Cohen's seat. 

On another City note, Mayor Jim Ireton is NOT going to support a plan to move forward to spend City funding/money on the 12 Firefighters at this time. 

The positions were NOT guaranteed and or permanent and the Mayor has made a solid and firm decision on this matter. 

Wicomico County Labor Continues Downward Spiral - Marks 19th Consecutive Monthly Decline - Unemployment Spikes Again to 7.70%

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its latest Labor Report Card for the nations Counties and Municipalities.  Once again, Wicomico County continues to experience a decline in its workforce.  In July - Wicomico posted another loss of 563 jobs compared to July of 2013.  The labor force has now shrunk for 19 consecutive months and has declined in 25 of the past 31 months.  This is happening while the population is simultaneously growing in Wicomico County.  This does not bode well for residents as the workforce numbers should be linear in relationship to population growth.  In order for a local economy to sustain itself - it is imperative that adequate job generation is created.  This is not happening in Wicomico County and hasn't been happening for a very long time as almost three years have now elapsed with no gains. 

Folks, we are not making this stuff-up, one can check out the numbers and clearly see that Wicomico needs an 'economic shot of mammoth proportions'.  The economic engine for this County has been off track for a very long time.

Downtown Trolley Comes To Salisbury

The City of Salisbury, Shore Transit, and Salisbury University are proud to announce a new service available to Salisbury University students and the community! Starting its loop in front of the Perdue School of Business, the Downtown Trolley will shuttle passengers from the University to the downtown shops and restaurants. The trolley will run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am and fare will only be $1 for the evening. This exciting project has been partially funded by a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Transit Administration as part of the effort to link Salisbury University students with the businesses in Downtown Salisbury. “As part of the ongoing renaissance of Downtown Salisbury, we are seeking to deepen the connection between our university students and downtown businesses. With the Downtown Trolley, we are literally bringing this audience to local business owner’s doorsteps” says City Council President, Jake Day.

Please join us at 5:30 pm on August 28th in front of the Perdue School of Business for a ribbon cutting and remarks about the Downtown Trolley. After the ceremony, the Downtown Trolley will make its first loop and City officials will be on board to answer any questions from the public or media. Once we arrive back at Salisbury University, the Downtown Trolley will commence its recurring service loop.

For further information or to see a map of the route, please visit or contact

A Letter To The Editor: Salisbury Trolly

Wondering how many riders the WASTE OF MY TAXPAYER DOLLARS trolley took to the bars and/or none-existent or not open stores last night. Any idea?

Secret Service are searching for car linked to threat against President Obama

The U.S. Secret Service and Connecticut State Police are searching for a car in connection to a possible threat made against President Barack Obama.

Federal and state officials are on the hunt for a silver 2014 Volkswagen Jetta with Connecticut license plates, The Hartford Courant reported.

According to police, the vehicle is believed to be driven by a man who may have threatened the life of the president.


UPDATE: New Photos Have Surfaced: A Letter To The Editor: Local supposed homeless man


This a pic of the homeless man that begs in front of walmart north, getting it in at station 7 luarel His pockets are full of money. He is buying drinks for any lady who will smile at him. He has also ordered food twice. This was before he handed someone his car keys and said dont hit any curbs because he just got new rims!

Today's Survey Question 8-29-14

Do you think it's proper that Beaver Run Elementary remains open when the water quality fails human consumption standards?


The Department of Justice has announced that it is suing the small town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, after a two-year investigation into the town's denial of a permit to create an Islamic cultural center.

The DOJ claims that the north Minneapolis town broke a federal law when it rejected the center in 2012.

"An injustice has been done," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said on August 27. "I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws."


Thank God Its Friday 8-29-14

What will you be doing this weekend?


This morning a white male around 5'8" claiming to be working for Comcast tried entering my home. After calling comcast no technician was scheduled to work in our neighborhood. The Salisbury Police has requested for anyone who experiences this same situation to immediately call the Police!

JUST IN: Joan Rivers Rushed To Hospital, In Critical Condition

Joan Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai hospital in New York Thursday morning in critical condition, a source close to the situation tells FOX411.

Police would not confirm Rivers' identity but told FOX411: "An 81-year-old female was transported Mount Sinai in critical condition... at 9:39 a.m."

They said she was "unconscious and unresponsive."

The New York Fire Department told FOX411 the person transported was in cardiac arrest.


Black activists explode over ‘racist’ help for Ferguson cop

Notorious Obama aide demanding end to fundraising efforts

A group founded by former Obama aide Van Jones and former activist James Rucker is calling on the Internet fundraising platform to take down its “Support Officer Darren Wilson” page, accusing the company of “profiting from racially motivated donors.”

The Color of Change, founded by Jones and Rucker in 2005 to “strengthen the political voice of Black America,” says on its website that donors to officer Wilson are “celebrating Michael Brown’s death” and that GoFundMe should take down the police officer’s fundraising page and return any profits it has generated.

The fundraising campaign for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has exploded over the past nine days, raising more than $234,000 in the original GoFundMe page, as first reported Aug. 19 by WND.

Now Wilson’s supporters have started a second page raising more than $176,000 in six days from nearly 4,000 donors, with the goal of reaching $250,000.

“Every donation, kind word and prayer are deeply appreciated,” the supporters write on the GoFundMe page. “This page will replace the previous ‘Support Officer Wilson’ page, so that donations will be tax deductible through ‘Shield of Hope,’ a certified charity, and the official non-profit organization accepting donations for Officer Wilson at this time.”


Does Salisbury City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell Plan On Double Dipping?

Did you know that there's nothing in the City or County Council that says you can't serve on BOTH the City and County Council at the same time?

Well, I've looked at both Charters and there is NO language that says someone can't. 

Not that I think she'll win. In fact, once we publish what we have I'm absolutely confident that even the Liberals won't vote for her. 

Police: Man Found Passed Out With Woman's Underwear In Lap

A Georgetown man faces charges after police say they found him passed out on a woman's bed with several pairs of her underwear in his lap.

A woman returned home at 5:41 p.m. Aug. 26 to her apartment in the 100 block of North Race Street and found Miguel Mercado, 33, of Georgetown passed out in her bed, said Lt. Lawrence Grose of the Georgetown Police Department.

Grose said Mercado had several pairs of the woman's underwear bunched up in his lap, his zipper was down and he was exposed.


UPDATE: Self Defense Alleged In OC’s Weekend Fatality; State’s Increased Bail Request Denied

SNOW HILL — Less than 24 hours after the arrest of two local men for their alleged role in the death of a Pennsylvania man found unconscious in a downtown hotel parking lot early Sunday morning, one of the suspects had his bond set at $400,000 during a hearing on Wednesday afternoon, and the groundwork for a self-defense approach has already been laid out.

Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Ocean City police officers responded to the parking lot of a hotel on 2nd Street to assist Ocean City EMS with an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, OCPD officers found the victim, later identified as Justin D. Cancelliere, 37, of North Whitehall, Pa., unconscious and unresponsive. First responders from the OCPD and the Ocean City Fire Department initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to AGH where he was later pronounced deceased. An autopsy was performed on Monday, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has ruled the nature of Cancelliere’s injuries as head and neck trauma and the cause of death a homicide.

After an investigation, OCPD detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Ave. The two suspects, identified as Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, of Ocean City, and Christopher Blake Kendall, 22, of Ocean City, had entered the Fat Daddy’s restaurant around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday and ordered food.


Before You Get Screwed This Weekend...

While the Gordy Tiger Marts gouge their customers this holiday weekend, other gas stations are following by raising their prices this weekend.

Currently most stations are charging $3.38 a gallon but RIGHT NOW you can get gas at Sam's Club for $3.27 a gallon.

Don't waste any time filling up because once they catch on they just might up their prices as well. 

Oprah Winfrey 'hires $15K water tankers to hose the garden of her 40-acre estate' amid rising California drought restrictions

In an effort to reduce her bills from the Montecito Water District - which have increasingly surged over the last three years as a record drought continues to cripple California - Oprah Winfrey has reportedly been sending a fleet of water tankers to her 40-acre Santa Barbara property to maintain her gardens.

The well-to-do residents of Montecito - the wealthiest suburb in Santa Barbara county - were warned in November that, without a 30 percent reduction in water at each home, the town would effectively run dry.

But rather than let their manicured grounds desiccate, locals like Winfrey have found other ways to keep the grass green.

Tankers carrying 5,000 gallons of water have been seen arriving at the gates of the former TV titan's $87 million palace, neighbors have told Politico.


BREAKING NEWS: OC Council Votes 4-3 To Restrict Smoking On Beach, Boardwalk

The Dispatch

BREAKING NEWS: OC Council Votes 4-3 To Restrict Smoking On Beach, Boardwalk
After a presentation this afternoon at City Hall, the Ocean City Council voted 4-3 to move to ordinance form smoking regulations for the beach and Boardwalk. The plan would be to create designated smoking areas year-round starting May 1, 2015. Council members Brent Ashley, Mary Knight and Margaret Pillas voted to oppose, while Doug Cymek, Dennis Dare, Lloyd Martin and Joe Mitrecic were in favor. Ashley, Knight and Pillas were opposed because they wanted to ban smoking altogether on the Boardwalk. The public will have the opportunity to address this during the requisite two readings of the ordinance in the near future. Full story coming tomorrow.

Wicomico County NAACP Branch: Police with military weapons

Mary Ashanti

Wicomico County NAACP
P.O. Box 1047
Salisbury, MD 21802

Chuck Hagel: Suspend the Weapons Transfer Program that is Militarizing Police

Michael McPhearson
Saint Louis, Missouri

Sign Michael's petition

Our police officers are not our military. Yet military weapons meant for battlefields like the ones I served on as an Army Officer in the Gulf War are being transferred to local police departments around the country. Put simply, these weapons are not intended for local policing and often result in escalating - not solving - situations. 

We’re seeing this right now in Ferguson, Missouri.

Many of the weapons being sent to small police departments are coming directly from the Pentagon through the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program. Since its creation, at least $4 billion worth of equipment has been distributed to local police departments through this program.

Thankfully, the Senate Armed Services Committee is reviewing the Weapons Transfer Program to evaluate how these weapons are being used. However, there’s no reason to continue sending weapons through the program while it's under review. So I’m calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to temporarily suspend the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program - something he has the power to do. 

When local police departments have access to armored personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, M-4 rifles, assault rifles, rubber bullets and pepper spray rounds - we’re clearly seeing the militarization of local law enforcement. But police officers are not at war with American citizens - they are here to serve and protect us. But it only makes sense that if we arm them like soldiers going into battle, they will act like soldiers.

As a veteran and executive director of Veterans For Peace, I don't want to see our police militarized here at home. And I know many other troops and veterans agree. 

The program has been suspended before in 2012, when some states actually lost track of military equipment. You read that correctly, these battlefield weapons have actually gone missing before. Yet the program was quietly restarted in 2013. It’s clearly time for a moratorium on the 1033 program while it is under review.

Congressional Black Caucus Members Push Police Czar Idea

Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement.

“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”

In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Department to monitor and oversee local police departments that receive federal funding.


$55,000.00 Towards Lions Club Goes To Generator

Lions Club, Fall Out Shelter? Well, that's how Norm Conway and Jim Mathias were able to get them the $55,000.00.

Mind you, just around the corner is an almost brand new Elementary School that could easily be used for a shelter, yet in typical liberal form this guy will screw the taxpayer and use YOUR money to buy votes. 

Over the next few months I'll be delivering a TON of information you the voters had NO idea Conway and Mathias have been blowing YOUR money and sending it to other Counties. Oh, you'll be absolutely shocked. 

Family Thinks Otterbein Assault May Have Been Hate Crime

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police confirm the suspect arrested for a violent attack Thursday night on a young man in the Otterbein neighborhood near Federal Hill is now a suspect in a similar attack just one night earlier in the same area.

Derek Valcourt talked to the father of the latest victim and has more on the attacks.

Three attacks in less than a week in Federal Hill. We have a first look at the injuries from the most recent attack—and why the victim’s family thinks this might have been a hate crime.

It will take plastic surgery to properly fix the injury suffered by the 25-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified by name. It happened Thursday night when three African-American teenagers attacked him, throwing a rock at his face as he walked down Montgomery Street after leaving his lifeguard job at the nearby Otterbein Swim Club. Police say one of the suspects, 19-year-old Sidney Joyner, tried to stab him with a pocket knife; the victim dodged the blade.


Will there be a boycott?

Burger King faces backlash as it confirms plans to move HQ to Canada with purchase of coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons

Burger King has agreed to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons to create the world's third-largest quick service restaurant group, with sales of about $23billion.

The corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada, which may also help Burger King lower its taxes.

Such tax inversions have been criticized by President Barack Obama and Congress because they mean a loss of tax revenue for the U.S. government.


12 People Applied To Fill Empty Council Position

Here is the list of the 12 people that have applied to fill the vacant position on the Salisbury City Council.
  • Muir Boda
  • Don Cathcart
  • Sarah Halcott
  • Therese Hamilton
  • Millicent Handy
  • Jack Heath
  • Don Hughes
  • Kevin Lindsay
  • K. Nathan Long
  • Seth Mitchell
  • Chad Pavlekovich
  • Tom Welsh

Ferguson Protestors Say If Looted Stores Don’t Return, “It’s Gonna Be Hell to Pay.”

More White House Officials At Michael Brown’s Funeral Than Thatcher’s

The White House sent three officials to attend Monday's funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis -- three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral last year.

The administration's handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two.

For Monday's funeral, the White House sent two officials with the White House Office of Public Engagement as well as Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force.


Ferguson Officer Wilson Has Received More Online Donations Than Brown's Family

Online donations to the Ferguson police officer responsible for shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown have surpassed the amount of donations to Brown's family.

Supporters of Darren Wilson, the police officer, have raised about $350,000 on two GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns for Wilson and his family. The first of those campaigns, launched on Monday, raised $234,910 before ending. A second crowdfunding campaign has so far raised more than $129,000 with three days to go.

In comparison, a crowdfunding campaign on the same site for Brown's family raised just over $220,000 at the time of this writing.


Bacon Advertisement Removed After Muslim Resident Offended

WINOOSKI, Vt. — A pretty clever sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning, when the bistro owners took it down.

It was placed there as part of “Operation Bloom.” The city program launched the initiative to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses contribute to the gardening, they can post an advertisement at the location, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a diversity discussion on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.

It started with a post claiming the sign was insensitive to those who don’t eat pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by the sign which encourages the consumption of bacon.

Hey NAACP, Looks Like We'll Need A Whole Hour Of Silence Tomorrow.

42 Shootings in Chicago Since Friday; 6 Dead Include Toddler, 2 Teens

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At least 42 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon, and the six who died include a three-year-old child and two teenage boys, one of them 14 and the other 16, WBBM-TV reported on Monday.

The CBS station reported that the three-year-old was accidentally shot by his father; the two teenagers were shot in separate incidents by other young men, and at least one of those attacks may have been gang-related; and three adults died in shootings at different locations by assailants who fled.

"Additionally, two males were fatally shot by Chicago Police during separate incidents Sunday night," WBBM reported.



BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard responded to a 40-foot boat taking on water Sunday with five people aboard in Wicomico River near Taylor’s Island.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from the boat's operator at approximately 5:20 p.m., stating the boat was taking on water.
Sector Baltimore issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II (RB-S) crew from Station Saint Inigoes.
A good Samaritan arrived on scene and took three people aboard, while the two remaining boaters stayed aboard to dewater the boat.
The RB-S crew dewatered the boat and escorted the boaters to White Point Marina in Kinsale, Virginia.
Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790. 
The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future.

Obama Has Created A Scenario For The Destruction Of The United States

So now even our Secretary of Defense is warning American citizens that The Islamic State is coming for them and is preparing to attack the United States in a major way. He tells the American people to Be Ready.

Excuse me, but I thought the number one responsibility of the President of the United States was to protect the American public and, as Commander in Chief, defeat our enemies. That is what the Constitution calls for; but that is not the agenda of this president, our Dear Leader. Rather, President Obama has created a scenario for the destruction of the United States.


Salisbury News Delivers Investigative Reporting On HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT: Part 20

As of this posting, Wicomico County has yet to post any financial information since May 2014. So much for transparency. 

Wicomico County Board of Education -- in this posting, we will report on only one vendor, "My Turn To Cook" These expenditures were made in a two year period. Remember while reading this, when asking for budget increases, the taxpayers are told..... "it's all for the kids." 

9/8/11 $ 320.00 
8/17/11 144.00 - oops, school's out! 
10/20/11 130.00 
9/21/11 240.00 
8/2/11 200.00 - school's out 
6/15/11 240.00 
8/11/12 200.00 - school's out 
7/9/12 209.00 - school's out 
6/6/12 270.00 
8/28/11 100.00 
8/17/11 144.00 - school's out 
8/17/11 56.00 
9/811 144.00 
8/11/12 800.00 
8/11/12 800.00 -- no mistake - this is twice today 
7/17/12 160.00 
7/9/12 1,440.00 
5/17/11 168.00 
8/18/12 440.00 
8/17/11 400.00 
7/9/12 1,440.00  
7/24/11 136.00 
6/12/11 180.00 
6/3/11 180.00 
4/14/11 360.00 
4/14/11 200.00 - no mistake - two charges for this date 
8/20/12 225.00 
10/18/12 800.00 
5/4/11 360.00 

Theses are the charges that were done in a two year audit period. 

Pay attention to the dates for these charges & ask yourself, who was eating on the taxpayers dime? We do know that "My Turn to Cook" is a Laurel, DE company. 

Do they have some connection to someone at the BOE? Inquiring minds want to know!

A Comment Worthy Of A Post 8-25-14

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Attn: Sheriff Mike Lewis & The Local Main Stream M...":

Anonymous August 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM - “At least Sheriff Lewis is a strict constitutionalist in public.”
That statement is pure crap. Sheriff Lewis and several of his deputies violated my First and Forth Amendment rights.

Below is only a portion of the complaint I filed with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office (yeah right, do they even care, probably threw it in the trash).

Wicomico County Sheriff Deputy Corporal Howard Hatton Phillips proceeded to asked me to provide him with my identification. I informed the Corporal Howard Phillips that I had no identification with me; my wife informed the Corporal Howard Phillips that I had left my wallet home and didn’t have any ID on me. Corporal Howard Phillips repeatedly demanded (in a very terse manner) for me to show him my ID. I repeated that I didn’t have any ID with me. Then Corporal Howard Phillips asked “what is your name?” I informed Corporal Howard Phillips that I did not believe I need to tell him my name.

I then asked Corporal Howard Phillips if he could get any of his superiors to respond to the scene. Corporal Howard Phillips ignored my request.

Corporal Howard Phillips then ordered me to tell him my name or I would be arrested. He did not tell me that I am required to provide my name by law prior to being arrested. Corporal Howard Phillips handcuffed me saying “I am arresting you”. I asked “what are you arresting me for”? Officer Phillips did not tell me why I was arrested or what the charges are against me.

After being handcuffed, Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies began searching through my all of my pockets of the clothes I was wearing without informing that they were going to do so. I had just been placed into handcuffs as the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies began reaching into my pockets, I asked / said “don’t you need a search warrant”. When being searched there were at least 5 or 6 Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies completely surrounding me and Officer Phillips was shouting at me.

The actions of the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies were NOT one of merely “patting me down” for checking if I might have any weapons. I believe the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies were looking for identification. The actions of the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies was searching, pulling everything out of my pockets and even placing contents of my pockets back into my pockets.

The Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies began making arrangements for my transport to the sheriff’s office. With their hands on me, we walked over to a parking lot where they pointed to a police car and told me that is the vehicle they were going to be using.

They opened the rear passenger side rear door and began placing me in a position to be seated on the back seat. I said “hold on, wait a second” (because I have a prior and permanent injury to my right knee and wanted to be careful with getting into the car) and one of the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies began yelling “I told you to get into the car, or I will TASER you.” I said “what? You’re going to taser me”? As I began to sit down, I said “hold on, wait a second, there is something in my back pocket.” The same Wicomico County Sheriff Deputy again yelled “I told you to get into the car, or I will TASER you.” One of the Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies reached in my back pocket and removed its contents. I then sat down onto the back seat of the police car.

Salisbury News Salutes Sheriff Mike Lewis For His Views On the Second Amendment

The fight over gun control is just beginning in this country. Those of us who respect the Constitution will continue to embrace the right to bear arms, while the liberals will continue to try to take them away from us. This fight has been raging for decades, but we will not surrender.

Attacks on the God-given right to bear arms are coming from all directions. Senate Democrats have already introduced a gun confiscation bill. The United Nations wants to enforce a universal gun control treaty on us. But the American people will not let that happen. Both law enforcement and citizen gun-rights groups are fighting this tooth and nail. Here’s how:

A popular sheriff has called for regular Americans to fight crime by carrying their legal weapons. Pro-gun groups continue to win support in states across the country, achieving victories against gun control at the state, local, and federal levels. We will continue to hold close our arms and fight for the constitutionally granted freedoms that we still have.


Ferguson in D.C.: Protesters fill District's streets

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of protesters gathered in the streets between Mount Vernon Square and Chinatown Saturday to demand justice for an unarmed teen killed by police in Missouri.

Several groups organized the rally and march to demand the arrest of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer accused of shooting and killing Michael Brown.


No Joke: Florida City Makes It Illegal to Wear Your Pants Too Low

Do we really need to make this illegal?

A city in Florida passed an ordinance “prohibiting pants more than two inches below the waistline,” according to Fox News’ Orlando affiliate. Those who keep their pants slung a little too low face a “penalty of up to a $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail.”

“We are tired of seeing young men of all descriptions, white, blue, green, black and orange walking around with their pants down and their underwear showing,” said Ocala, Fla., City Council member Mary Rich.


Singer Chris Brown 'shot at' and hip hop boss Suge Knight hit twice

Singer Chris Brown 'shot at' and hip hop boss Suge Knight hit twice as violence erupts at glamorous pre-party in Los Angeles for tonight's Video Music Awards

Music producer Suge Knight has been injured during a shooting at a glamourous awards show party in a Los Angeles nightclub hosted by singer Chris Brown, it has been reported.

Witnesses said 25-year-old singer, who is still on parole following his recent release from jail, had been the target of shots fired at the 1OAK club in West Hollywood, where he was hosting a pre-party for tonight's Video Music Awards.

Brown was thought to be unhurt, but three other victims - among them Death Row Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight, 49, were reportedly taken to the city's Cedars Sinai hospital.


Build Better Teachers

The most important factor in a student’s success is the quality of the teacher.

For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 “Nation at Risk” report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics.)

Reformers have urged — depending upon
 where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers, and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning; new math; cooperative learning; and so forth. The No Child Left Behind reform focused on testing. There have been proposals to repeal teacher tenure and to provide every child with a laptop. And always there are fights over curriculum — the Common Core being the controversy du jour.

But perhaps the most promising thinking about education arises from the discovery of economist Erik Hanushek that the most important factor in student performance is the quality of the teacher. Not class size. Not spending per pupil. Not even curriculum.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Consenting To Sex Could Require A Text

A bill has cleared California’s state legislature that would redefine what constitutes a “rape” on college campuses and encourage universities to expel accused students without any proof that a sexual assault occurred, critics say.

Senate Bill 967, which is sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk waiting to be signed into law, could become a model for the nation as the U.S. Department of Education pushes states to tighten their rules regarding campus rapes.

The California bill would flip the meaning of “consent” in a sexual encounter.

Instead of the traditional “no means no,” the bill would require “affirmative consent.” That means the two parties would need to agree to each level of physical contact, starting with touching and kissing. The bill’s vague wording has critics worried that, absent written consent, it would be virtually impossible to fend off a false accusation of rape.

Obama Going On Democratic Fundraising Trifecta

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in New York and Rhode Island, instead of overnighting in New York as originally planned.

Earnest said Obama himself made the decision to return to the White House and that it was unrelated to any current events.

“He can sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family” before traveling back to Westchester County in New York on Saturday afternoon to attend a private event.


Sheriff Joe: Terrorists Know How To Get Into U.S.

Worldwide news coverage of America’s porous southern border, says Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has effectively tipped off terrorists on exactly how to get enter the U.S. undetected.

“The border is still not secure and probably never will be 100-percent secure,” Arpaio told WND in an exclusive interview. “I’ve been working there 34 years on both sides, and anything can happen. Anybody can cross that border, whether they’re Central American, Middle Eastern or terrorist.”

Arpaio confirmed he’s seen Middle Eastern illegal immigrants pass from Mexico through his Maricopa County area, and he’s worried constant television coverage of how easy it is may inspire terrorists from Middle Eastern countries to follow suit.

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question: When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?

The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad's regime.

Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad's army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.

But if the folly of attacking Assad's army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?

Consider the rest of Hillary's record. Her most crucial decision as Senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.

She voted against the surge in 2006, but confided to Defense Secretary Bob Gates that she did so to maintain her political viability for 2008.

This is statesmanship? Not voting your convictions about what is best for your country at war, so as not to antagonize the liberals in the Iowa caucuses?


Plane With Unconscious Pilot Breaches D.C. Airspace, Then Crashes Into Atlantic

The pilot of a small airplane apparently lost consciousness while flying Saturday afternoon and flew into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C. before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean, federal officials said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday at 3:17 p.m. about 50 miles southeast of Wallops Island, Virginia, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.


‘We don’t have a strategy,’ Obama says after ISIS death march video surfaces

As ISIS militants were bragging about their latest mass execution, President Obama admitted that he has no plan for combatting the bloodthirsty terrorists.

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said in a Thursday news conference.

The startling — and troubling — admission came hours after videos surfaced showing the militants marching at least 150 Syrian soldiers through the desert — stripped to their underwear and barefoot.

The troops were then executed, their bullet-riddled and slashed bodies arranged in a crescent moon that stretched across the desert.

“Yes, we have executed them all,” an ISIS fighter told Reuters.


Don't Answer ANY Calls From This Number!

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a new phone scam involving fake IRS agents who try to scare callers into paying fake tax liens by claiming they will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately.

The number 202-609-7070 has been listed in several complaints filed in August. The callers are reportedly using other numbers with a Washington, D.C., area code as well.

As KTVI-TV reports, the call usually goes something like this:
The phony agent usually has a heavy accent and tells the victim they owe money to the IRS. They say that if they don’t pay immediately then they will be arrested.


CIA expert: Obama switched sides in war on terror

'America has moved toward its Muslim enemies'

It’s an explosive charge, one that puts the president’s motives into question.

A former CIA agent bluntly told WND, America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama.

Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have confided to WND in private, but declined to say on-the-record.

She said the global war on terror had been an effort to “stay free of Shariah,” or repressive Islamic law, until the Obama administration began siding with such jihadist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates.

Why the switch?

Lopez explained, when the so-called Arab Spring appeared in late 2010, “It was time to bring down the secular Muslim rulers who did not enforce Islamic law. And America helped.”

And why would Obama want to do that?


Ocean City Uses Federal Grant To Install New Radio System

OCEAN CITY — Thanks to a hazard mitigation grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Department now has a new FM emergency advisory radio system.

The FEMA-sponsored Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures.

Ocean City’s HMGP grant award to install the new FM Emergency Advisory radio system is $55,000, with a Federal Share of $41,250, and a non-federal share of $13,750.

“We received a very generous grant that will help us better communicate to our residents and visitors during times of emergency,” said Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald. “We were also very fortunate to receive two licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and had our extraordinarily talented Electronics Services Manager, Robert Dimaio, and staff to build the station from scratch.”


Obama About to Fire His Smoking Gun Again

Those who think that either the Constitution or possible negative consequences to the Democratic Party will deter President Obama from acting unilaterally on immigration policy probably still don't understand what makes this man tick.

The main things that drive him are his own interests — whether political or legacy — and his own ideological goals.

The Washington Post is reporting that both Democrats and Republicans "are in a state of high anxiety" over the possibility that Obama will issue an executive order allowing millions of people who entered the country illegally to stay in the United States in contravention of Congress, which clearly hasn't authorized this move.

The Post says both parties, for different reasons, fear that such an action by Obama could negatively impact their prospects in November's midterm elections. Obama's threat — and that's what it is, a threat, because there's nothing positive about his acting lawlessly again, especially for such a nefarious purpose — brings back more un-sweet memories.


More Tram Advertising Expected Next Year

If you’ve taken notice of the Boardwalk’s new “McTram,” there may be more, and hopefully different, tram advertising coming next season.

Last week, the city began piloting the idea of advertising on the Boardwalk trams by installing backlit signs atop the rear car of the single vehicle.

Although Direct Media, the contractor who markets advertising on city-owned vehicles, apparently solicited a number of business contacts for opportunity, the most aggressive response and highest bid came in from McDonald’s.


Why We Like ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws More Than Unions

As another Labor Day rolls around on Monday, a new Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes about the labor movement shows that just 53 percent still approve of unions and their goals – while the vast majority favors so-called “right to work” laws that have greatly accelerated the decline of private-sector union organizations.

Labor unions once had enormous political and economic clout in this country, but their influence and support have waned in the private sector while growing more robustly in the government sector.

Indeed, public approval of the labor movement once was as high as 75 percent in the 1950s, when giants such as George Meany of the AFL-CIO and John L. Lewis of the United Mine Workers dominated the movement.


Democratic Del. John Wood Endorses Larry Hogan For Governor

Democratic Del. John Wood has broken party ranks to announce his endorsement of Republican Larry Hogan for governor. Wood was honored by St. Mary’s County Democrats in May to recognize his retirement after 28 years in office. Hogan’s opponent is Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Wood is no stranger to supporting Republicans. He was a supporter of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Hogan was a member of Ehrlich’s cabinet. Wood also endorsed Tommie McKay in the Republican primary in the race for his replacement for the District 29A delegate’s seat.

Wood told the Bay Net that he has known Hogan for 20 years and he thinks he is a good choice. Hogan attended Wood’s Golf Tournament and Bull Roast at Breton Bay Golf and Country Club on Tuesday along with his wife Yumi.


BREAKING NEWS: Michael Sam released by St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted by an NFL team, has been released by the St. Louis Rams.


In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants

(Reuters) - When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis.

"I'm supposed to do this in 30 seconds?" he joked, noting the issue's complexity. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, "between now and the end of this Congress, I'm a little less sanguine about it."

It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in "town hall" district meetings punctuated - and sometimes dominated - by concerns and angry outbursts over immigration policy and the crisis caused by a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border in recent months.

Those summer town halls have provided lawmakers a first-hand glimpse of growing discontent among Americans over U.S. immigration policy. Seventy percent of Americans - including 86 percent of Republicans - believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July.



As summer vacation comes to an end, the Ocean City Police Department would like to remind motorists to be cautious while traveling as Worcester County students return to class September 2. Motorists should do their part to keep children safe and be aware of school busses during busy commutes.
School bus pick-up and drop-off times may vary, however; citizens can generally expect to see busses on the road between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. then again between 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Citizens are reminded that all drivers traveling in all lanes on the same side of the highway as a school bus are required to stop when the flashing red lights are activated.
“Additional OCPD patrols are continuously assigned to enforce school bus safety each school day,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Drivers are reminded to take extra time to look for children at intersections and always stop for a school bus that has activated it’s flashing red lights, no matter what lane your in.”
Worcester County parents are also encouraged to remind their students to stay off the street while waiting for the bus and always wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.

Obama’s Immigration Policies Are So Popular Democrats Are Begging Him to Delay Them Until After the Election

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that President Obama may postpone his sweeping executive actions on immigration until after the midterm elections. Why? Because Democrats are begging him to:

The two-step plan would bow to the concerns of Democratic lawmakers running in Republican-leaning states who have expressed opposition to Obama’s plans to act unilaterally on the hot-button issue. Some Democratic senators have said he should wait for Congress to pass legislation.

Wait. Why would they want to do that? Aren’t the policies Obama is proposing on immigration wildly popular? That’s what they keep telling us, anyway. “I promise you, the American people don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs,” he said earlier this month. If Democrats would simply stand with the president, then surely voters will reward them. Right?


Amusement Park Seeks Civil Suit Dismissal

OCEAN CITY — Trimper’s Rides is seeking the dismissal of a $1 million civil suit filed in late July that alleges negligence against the iconic Boardwalk amusement park following a June 2012 incident when a child was allegedly run over and dragged by a ride.

On July 22, a Virginia family filed suit in U.S. District Court against Trimper’s and its associated companies alleging negligence during a June 2012 incident during which a child was allegedly hit by a miniature vehicle of the Hampton I ride at the Boardwalk amusement park and slammed to the floor, causing a fracture to his skull. The suit seeks $1 million in damages for current and future medical expenses, diminution of quality of life, disability, mental anguish and pain and suffering.

Last week, however, Trimper’s attorneys filed a formal answer to the complaint, seeking its dismissal on a variety of grounds. The answer includes a paragraph-by-paragraph denial of much of the alleged facts in the case spelled out in the complaint. The answer also asserts the minor plaintiff and/or his parent or guardian assumed the risk and were in part “contributorily negligent.”


Sylvia "Cookie" Harris

It is with deep sadness and regret that we pass on this personal announcement from the Office of Congressman Andy Harris.
Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, beloved wife of over 30 years to Congressman Andy Harris, devoted mother of five and grandmother of two, and a devout catholic, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, August 28. The family is thankful for the thoughts and prayers that so many have offered already and appreciates privacy during this time.
We offer our sincerest condolences to the Harris family.

Missouri Public School Thwarted From Filing Bogus Charges Against Homeschool Family

The Home School Legal Defense Association foiled a Kansas City public school’s attempt to issue a former student spurious truancy charges when his parents turned to homeschooling.

In some states, parents who choose to homeschool must go through certain legal measures before removing their child from public school. But even though the family followed the law, that still wasn’t enough for their child’s former school.

HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy group that defends homeschooling families’ right to teach their children without government intervention.


How New York’s New Gun Control Law Is Working Out (Hint: Not Great)

Which state has the largest National Rifle Association chapter in the nation? No, it’s not Texas. As a matter of fact, it’s not located anywhere near the Wild West or the south.

The answer is New York.

In just one year, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association saw its membership almost double – from 22,000 to 41,000. The National Rifle Association credits the increase to the “Safe Act” (Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act), one of the strictest gun control laws in the country, hurriedly pushed through by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature in 2013 following the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.


Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 8-30-14

Taneesha Nicole Milbourne of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 8-11-14 for disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable order from police, and obstructing/hindering. Milbourne was released on signature pending court actions.

Jeffrey Lamore Jones Sr. of Salisbury, arrested 8-13-14 on a warrant for contempt. Jones was held on a $50,000 bond.

Tyrell Ke’Trae Harris of Princess Anne, arrested 8-13-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Harris was held on a $250.00 bond.

Marquis Timothy Cotton of Princess Anne, arrested 8-13-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Cotton was held on a $500.00 bond.

Rodney Burke of Crisfield, arrested 8-14-14 on two warrants for failing to appear in court. Burke was later released after posting bond.

George Alfred Cephas of Princess Anne, arrested 8-14-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving on a suspended driver’s license, failure to stop at a stop sign, and eluding police.  The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies in the area of Somerset Ave, and Broad Street, Princess Anne. Deputies attempted to stop Cephas for traffic infractions, when Cephas fled  finally stopping in a driveway on Antioch Ave. Cephas was administered, and failed field sobriety tests after deputies detected a strong of  alcohol on his person. Cephas was issued citations, and later released on signature pending court actions.  

Courtney Zickafoose of Crisfield, arrested 8-15-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Zickafoose was held on a $250.00 bond.

Patrick William Waggoner of Princess Anne, arrested 8-15-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, possession of suspected marijuana, and driving an uninsured vehicle. Waggoner was released on signatures pending court actions. Deputies came into contact with Waggoner while directing  traffic at an accident scene.  Deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol from Waggoner’s breath and person, where he later failed field sobriety tests.

Jonathan Edward Benton Sr. of Fruitland, arrested 8-20-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Benton was held on a $500.00 bond.

Anita Jo Waller of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 8-20-14 for 2nd degree assault. Waller was released on signature pending court actions.  

James Kenneth Nealy Jr. Of Princess Anne, arrested 8-22-14 and charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault, child abuse, and reckless endangerment. Nealy was held on a $200,000 bond. Deputies responded to the area of 11526 Somerset Ave, Princess Anne regarding a suspected child abuse investigation. Deputies later learned that Nealy had “spanked” his two children with a cell phone charger leaving cuts and bruises.

Angela Elizabeth Collins of Princess Anne, arrested 8-22-14 on a civil body attachment. Collins was held on a $250.00 bond.

Lawrence Littleton Howard Sr. of Fruitland, arrested 8-26-14 on a warrant for burglary, and theft. Howard was held without bond.

Gregory Wright of Princess Anne, arrested 8-28-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court, and criminal contempt of court. Wright was held on a $500.00 bond.

Jeannie Mae Wingfield of Princess Anne, arrested 8-28-14 on a warrant for violation of probation. Wingfield was released on personal recognizance.

Dafe Samson Ukaivbe of Princess Anne, arrested 8-29-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol,  consuming alcohol in a vehicle, and driving while impaired by alcohol. Ukaivbe was later released on signatures pending court actions. Deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle in the area of the Car Wash on Mt. Vernon Rd, where they came into contact with Ukaivbe who had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and person, and an open alcohol container in the vehicle.