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Monday, February 24, 2014

Comments Worthy Of A Post At Election Time 2-24-14

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "County Executive Rick Pollitt Filed TODAY For Re-E...":

10:51...well, answer my questions then. How do you supply services....schools, more police, roads etc. to a county with a growing population with a restrictive measure like the cap to keep from having the money to supply the services. How do you attract businesses with roads and schools in shambles. How???? I am NOT a democrat, I am a republican but I also am smart enough that it takes money to do the things that government is supposed to do. Where is all the fat that VOICE talked about??? Find another county around with the population that we have that has a budget as low as ours. Stop the name calling and be part of the solution. You can't do it. You all have your worn out phrases but have no real solutions to the problem. The county doesn't have a spending problem, it has a revenue problem.....2:32....look at the total operating budget and look at the population. Look at how many schools we have to maintain, students that will fill them and the number of miles of roads. Tell us how to keep our house in order to attract the businesses that we all need to come here. Why don't you all start putting forth some real solutions instead of bantering and name calling. It speaks a lot to your character.


We all know that the Council at that time mad a very bad decision to raise taxes that much. What got the county into trouble was the unwillingness for previous councils to realize and act to raise taxes, which got the county to a point that a large increase was needed. When in the previous years of that bad decision did the county ever raise taxes measurably? Voice made a knee jerk reaction and we are living with the results. How are the things that you...yes you as a main proponent of VOICE, working out? We have a county that has schools that are falling apart and roads that are doing the same. The cuts that the state passed down made the perfect storm. My your own admission, income taxes are not a large part of the budget because of low incomes. Does that mean that we all don't still need the services that we expect local governments to provide? Super right wingers like Joe Holloway and Bob Culver that are NO people are like the councils leading up to the one that made the bad decision for failure to act responsibly. Acting responsibly is realizing what government is supposed to provide and making sure that they do it. What are Joe and Bobs great ideas to get business here? Do they realize that business looks at the community before deciding to invest in it? If the community is unwilling to invest in itself, why should a business? Let's hear ideas...let's hear about all the fat....let's hear how well both of your ideas are working for you. Our County is in such good shape thanks to a revenue cap and executive form of government. That is what is pissing you off. Truth hurts don't it?


 Betty White at home with her dog in 1952
 An iceberg photographed in 1912 bearing an unmistakable mark of black and red paint.  
It is believed that this is the iceberg that sank theTitanic.

Obama's War On Coal Hits States He Won Hardest

Twenty-one coal-fired power plants are slated to close in 2014, and the majority of those are located in states that voted for President Obamain 2008 and 2012, according to analysis of an Energy Information Administration report.

Twelve out of the 21 closing coal plants -- nearly 60 percent -- are located in states Obama carried in his presidential elections: Delaware,Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A total of 40 coal-powered generators are being retired.


Ousted Piers Morgan Shoots Off One Final Warning to the NRA

His CNN show is ending, but Piers Morgan warned the National Rifle Association on Monday that he’s “not done” with them.

“I wouldn’t get too excited @NRA – I’m not done with you yet,” Morgan tweeted.

CNN confirmed that “Piers Morgan Live” is going off the air after suffering perennially low ratings, though has not said when the final show will air. The New York Times reported it will end “probably in March.”

The Investigators: Dashcam Video Clears NJ Man; Cops Now Indicted

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault.

Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken exclusively with the 30-year old DJ who was looking at years in prison.

It was quite a turnabout, all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter have been dismissed, and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports, and one of them, for assault.


What the Austin Police Chief Said In the Wake of the Viral Jogger Arrest That Had Him Apologizing the Next Day

Austin police chief Art Acevedo apologized Saturday for a controversial remark he made earlier while defending the controversial actions his officers took against a jaywalker Thursday.

In a widely-circulated video, Austin police were seen detaining and ultimately arresting Amanda Jo Stephen, 24, after she crossed an intersection at a red light while jogging. Wearing headphones and sporting a pair of toe shoes, the 24-year-old initially failed to obey orders from an officer after he saw her jaywalking.

Acevedo appeared to trivialize the viral arrest Friday, defending his officers for their actions and contending that what they did wasn’t too bad, considering the things other officers from different departments allegedly do while on duty.

Detroit Files Plan To Restructure Debt, Leave Bankruptcy

Detroit's emergency manager filed a plan Friday to restructure the city's $18 billion debt by making cuts to pensions and creditors while offering a blueprint for emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

An early draft of state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's plan called for city pensioners to receive $4.3 billion in payments and bondholders about $1.1 billion during the next 40 years. That draft also detailed plans to help pensioners keep more of what they are owed by using state and private funds to protect against the sale of city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

"My advisers and I have now expended many months in negotiations, including within Bankruptcy Court-mandated mediations, with all classes of creditors to get to this point, and we are satisfied with the progress made thus far," Orr said in a statement. "However, there is still much work in front of all of us to continue the recovery from a decades-long downward spiral. We must move swiftly to emerge from bankruptcy so that the financial distress harming the City can end.


JUST IN: Holder Says State Attorneys General Don’t Have to Defend Gay Marriage Bans

Washington — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states banning same-sex marriage are discriminatory are not obligated to defend them.

Mr. Holder was careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but his position, which he described in an interview with The New York Times, injects the Obama administration into the debate over gay marriage playing out in court cases in many states.

Six state attorneys general – all Democrats – have refused to defend bans on same-sex marriage, prompting criticism from Republicans who say they have a duty to defend their state laws, not just the ones they agree with.

Apple’s Security Breach Should Scare You More Than Target’s Did

Apple’s security protocol breach is nearly as bad as handing your credit card straight to a hacker rather than making them steal the information through the magnetic stripe readers.

The flaw in Apple’s iOs and OS X platforms essentially allows a hacker to get in between the initial verification “handshake” connection between the user and the destination server, enabling the adversary to masquerade as a trusted endpoint. This means the connection which is supposed to be encrypted between you and your bank, email server, healthcare provider and more is open to attack.

Cancer Victim Silenced By Rep. Gary Peters Speaks Out

Democrats attack Michigan cancer victim after being featured in political ad

Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient who was kicked of off her health plan due to Obamacare, lashed out at Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) on Saturday after lawyers for his campaign demanded that Michigan broadcasters cease airing ads featuring her story.

Boonstra, a Michigan resident, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. She was recently kicked off of her healthcare plan due to regulations passed as part of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Peters voted in favor of.

After relating her story publicly in an ad produced by the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Peters dispatched lawyers to prevent the spot from running on local television stations.


Gives New Meaning To "Built Ram Tough"!

Now here's a hard core drinker and one tough Dodge truck. The driver hit and sheared off the light post, and then kept driving about 2 miles to a bar, where he stopped for more
How impaired do you have to be to NOT notice that you are carrying a stop light?
(I wonder if the light was green?)
The truck was towed about 2.5 miles to the towing yard,
With the light still pinched between the two tow hooks and the bumper bent around it.
It took several good hard pulls with a backhoe to get the pole free.

Obama - Continuing The 9/11 Cover-Up

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I couldn’t get the rainbow in one frame, but it was Friday night and was the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen.

Lost Dog 2-24-14

POKY is MISSING from the Union Church Rd area of Salisbury, Md. She is a 16 year old Lhaso Apso wheat in color. She does not see or hear very well but is very sweet. Last seen Sunday 2/23 at about 9am. 443-859-8204. She has a micro chip. Please help!


Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.
Mann arrest photo
Buoyed by Dr Ball's successes, journalist and free-speech defender,Mark Steyn has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similar SLAPP suit filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg. Ball's countersuit against Mann seeks "exemplary and punitive damages. " Bishop Hill blog is running extracts of Steyn's counterclaim, plus link.

Mann’s chief undoing in all such lawsuits is highlighted in a quote in Steyn’s latest counterclaim:

“Plaintiff continues to evade the one action that might definitively establish its [his science’s] respectability - by objecting, in the courts of Virginia, British Columbia and elsewhere, to the release of his research in this field. See Cuccinelli vs Rectors and Visitors of the University of Virginia...”


Rice Says No Regrets On Benghazi, Leaving McCain ‘Almost Speechless’

National Security Adviser Susan Rice insisted Sunday she used “the best information we had at the time” when she described the deadly Benghazi attack as a spontaneous protest in 2012 — but Sen. John McCain wasn’t buying it.

The Arizona Republican said he was “almost speechless” after learning of Ms. Rice’s comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” which marked her first interview on a Sunday talk show since her disastrous September 2012 appearances to discuss Benghazi.

“I’m almost speechless, because it’s patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program, she had no involvement in it [Benghazi],” said Mr. McCain on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

State Senator Ron Calderon Surrenders To Authorities On Bribery Charges

LOS ANGELES ( — State Senator Ron Calderon surrendered to federal authorities Monday prior to his arraignment on bribery charges.

The Montebello politician and his 59-year-old brother, former California State Assembly member Tom M. Calderon, were indicted Thursday on 24 counts of public corruption, Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

According to the 24-count indictment (PDF), Calderon was indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

Dash-Cam Video Reveals What Really Happened When Cops Arrested Man During Traffic Stop

New Jersey prosecutors have dropped all charges against a man accused of assault, eluding police and resisting arrest following the release of new dash-cam video that proved his innocence.

Marcus Jeter, 30, was facing years in prison and says he would have been convicted had the video not surfaced. Now, it’s the officers seen in the video striking Jeter — clearly not resisting and with his hands up — who are facing face charges.

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No, Jeannie Haddaway Is Not Dropping Out As David Craig’s Running Mate

There have been rumors online this weekend, most of them spread by supporters of a specific gubernatorial candidate and an anonymous smear merchant masquerading as a blog (allegedly not affiliated with any supporter of that same campaign), which have been spreading a falsehood. The falsehood, spread in hushed tones as if it’s a conspiracy theory, is that because campaign emails, press releases, and the campaign website all feature banners with just David Craig and not Jeannie Haddaway that Haddaway is dropping out as Craig’s running mate. The truth is much more innocuous.

If you’ve actually read anything about the way the campaign has been going this year on both sides of the aisle, you know there have been a lot of news stories, and even a lawsuit on the Democratic side of things, related to fundraising prohibitions for candidates who happen to be Maryland General Assembly members while the House and Senate are in session.

That’s exactly what is going on here. The Craig campaign is acting out of an abundance of caution to avoid getting hung up by those laws.

Here’s what a Craig campaign spokesman told me tonight:

It’s because of State Board of Elections requirements on delegates participating in fundraising during session. We will put on the Craig-Haddaway banner for press releases after sine die. If the press releases have the joint banner, someone else in the campaign might use that for e-mail blasts that have a donation link.

Another source close to the Craig campaign points out that the Brown-Ulman campaign is doing the exact same thing. It has to be done because it would be considered coordination.

There’s no conspiracy – just people talking out of their ass with no facts to back up – something that’s all too common from those involved. Maybe instead of spreading lies and libel about people, they should just shut up and get right with God and their personal liability carrier.

Maryland Has Achieved Its Health Insurance Enrollment Goal, Thanks To A Research Error

For months, it looked like Maryland would barely meet, or even miss, the first enrollment goal for its new health insurance exchange. But it turns out the goal was based on flawed data, and the state’s new goal is one that it has already beat.

Instead of signing up 260,000 Marylanders for private plans or Medicaid during the first enrollment period, as was the original goal, the state is only expected to get 160,000, according to a letter the exchange’s interim executive director received from researchers Friday. So far, sign-ups tally nearly 190,000.

It’s a convenient correction for a state that’s home to one of the lowest performing exchanges in the country, one that is so technically flawed that state officials say they might soon abandon all or part of a system that cost tens of millions dollars to build.

5 Police Beat Unarmed Man To Death Outside Movie Theater

VUU Student Fatally Shot

RICHMOND -- Authorities this morning identified the victim of a fatal shooting on West Graham Road as 20-year-old Kahron M. Lee, a sophomore computer information systems major from Woodbridge.

"The Virginia Union University family is shocked and saddened at the senseless murder of Virginia Union student Kahron M. Lee," VUU Police Chief Carlton G. Edwards said in a statement. "He was a well-liked person who was active in the campus community."

Edwards said university officers were working with Richmond police to solve the case.


US Killer In Israeli Prison Shot Dead In Gunbattle

SHARON PRISON, Israel (AP) -- Israeli special forces raided a prison in central Israel Sunday after an inmate stole a gun, shot several guards and barricaded himself inside the compound, killing the notorious prisoner who was serving time for a gruesome murder carried out in the U.S.

Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering another man in Maryland in 1997 and whose case sparked a high-profile row between the two allies.

Police special forces rushed to this prison in central Israel after Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards, wounding two of them seriously. He then barricaded himself inside the compound where a standoff ensued, with counter-terrorism units dispatched to the scene. The inmate then opened fire again, wounding three more guards, before the forces shot him dead, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release 2-24-14

FROM: Sheriff Reggie Mason

WHO: Maryland Chiefs of Police and Maryland Sheriff’s Association

WHAT: Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s opposing legalization and decriminalization of marijuana

WHEN: February 25, 2014 - 11AM

WHERE: Lawyers’ Mall, Annapolis

Senate Bills 364 and 658 Opposed by MCPA and MSA

Senate Bill 658, “The Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act,” would essentially legalize marijuana which is now a controlled dangerous substance. Senate Bill 364 would decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana changing Maryland law to enable the possession of 10 grams or less and alter the penalty to a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Chiefs and Sheriffs, representing the Maryland law enforcement community, understand the basis of the legislation but nevertheless are adamantly opposed. Maryland law enforcement executives believe, if enacted, this legislation will have a potentially crippling effect on public safety, highway safety and, most troubling, will negatively impact children.

A wide range of studies and verifiable facts clearly show that the recreational use of marijuana is not only controversial but produces psychological and physical problems particularly injurious to the health of adolescents. Traffic accidents, particularly fatalities, are often caused by drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. Marijuana is notably responsible for an increase in such accidents in states where decriminalization has occurred. The detect ability of marijuana in drivers presents troubling difficulty for law enforcement and prosecution. Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana will also negatively impact our police officers’ ability to detect and interdict other illegal drugs which surely hurts public safety and may contribute to violence and other crimes. These are just a few of the many reasons why marijuana decriminalization is bad public policy and injurious to public safety.

Collectively, as partners who represent Maryland law enforcement, and as advocates for the safety of every citizen and visitor of Maryland, MCPA and MSA are opposed to SB 364 and SB 658. We invite members of the media to discuss this legislation and learn of the negative impact should it become law. Please join us at Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11AM.

Last Chance To Vote For Berlin In America's Coolest Small Town 2014

Today is the last day to vote for America's Coolest Small Town 2014. Berlin is currently in the lead. Lets help keep it that way!

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Army historian says report on deadly Afghan battle was altered to absolve faulty gun

Survivors of bloody battle report M4 jams

A former Army historian who chronicled the infamous Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. soldiers died after their M4 carbines jammed, tells The Washington Times that his official account was altered by higher-ups to absolve the weapons and senior officers.

M4 critics have long pointed to the Afghanistan battle on July 13, 2008, as evidence that the rifle’s design was flawed. They cite reports from soldiers on the ground that their guns overheated and jammed that day.

But the gun’s supporters have pointed to a single sentence in the official Wanat history issued in 2010 by the Army’s Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. It blamed the gun’s sustained rapid fire that day, not its design, for the malfunctions.

“This, not weapons maintenance deficiencies or inherent weaknesses in weapons design, was the reason a number of weapons jammed during the battle,” the sentence read.


Maryland Announces $20M In Utility Bill Help

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced $20 million in additional help for low-income Maryland residents to pay higher utility bills from colder weather.

The governor announced Monday the assistance will be made available to all income eligible households that apply for the Electric Universal Service Program in fiscal year 2014.

The administration says households that have already been approved for assistance as of July 1 will see the benefit automatically post to their account.

Applications are still being accepted for residents who qualify for the program but have not yet applied. The supplemental benefit was made possible by a higher than anticipated award from the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and an increase in proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Obama To Raise Cash For Dems, Travel To Minnesota

President Obama this week will step up his efforts to get Democrats elected, squeezing multiple campaign events in between speeches on the economy.

Obama on Tuesday will speak to Organizing for Action, the campaign group headed by his former staffers, and will headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington on Friday.

The president is expected to take an increasingly active role in promoting Democrats ahead of the2014 midterms, trying to give an edge to progressives while not endangering centrist candidates in states where his approval ratings remain dismal.


3 Things You Don’t Know About Obamacare That Could Hurt You

Nearly one in three Americans have little familiarity with Obamacare, and the ramifications are playing out in the media. Since each day brings headlines highlighting Americans who are surprised by changes in their health care situation because of President Obama’s signature achievement, The Heritage Foundation compiled three Obamacare items that might surprise you:

1. Your doctor could be outside the network of your Obamacare exchange plan. This could be true even if the insurer said that physician is in its health care provider network. The California state exchange, called Covered California, has had a systemic problem with this issue. Earlier this month, the exchange pulled its physician directory for the second time because of all the errors.

Since the health plans took effect January 1, many Obamacare enrollees in California have complained that doctors won’t take their insurance, despite being listed as part of the plan’s network. Insurance expert Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow in Heritage’s Center for Health Policy Studies, says it’s a combination of insurers rushing to get information to the exchanges and the exchanges not updating their directories quickly enough.

Harrington Man Arrested For A 4th DUI After Sideswiping A Police Car

Location: Railroad Avenue north of the Commerce Street intersection, Harrington, DE

Date of Occurrence: Sunday February 23, 2014 at approximately 1:35 a.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

Thomas J. Lepera, 47, Harrington, DE (Photo Attached)
4th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Careless Driving

Arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $4,025.00 secured bond.

Harrington, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Harrington man for DUI after he crashed into the side of a Harrington Police Department vehicle.

The incident occurred around 1:35 a.m. Sunday morning as an officer from Harrington Police Department was parked on the southbound side of Railroad Avenue just north of the Commerce Street intersection. Thomas J. Lepera was operating a 2005 Hyundai Sante Fe southbound on Railroad Avenue and as he was passing the fully marked patrol car, the right side of the Sante Fe sideswiped the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria on the left side. The Hyundai continued southbound before turning onto Commerce Street where it came to a stop after the officer activated his emergency equipment to have the vehicle pull over.

A Letter To The Editor: Improving Salisbury

What is the major difference between Salisbury and all the little Eastern Shore towns that main streets seem to be making it. I will be sending a series of suggestions in the following days that I hope will help.

I have heard all the negative and all the impossible I thought I would give it a go.

The first thing that comes to mind is everything on the plaza needs to be taken out.

No Monuments , no trees in the middle of the street (and I'm a tree lover) and 2 way driving returned.

Every small town on the eastern shore that is making an improvement for the better (such as Berlin) has parking and 2 way traffic.

The monument can be moved in front of a building or set in a much more appropriate place. I myself, would just sell it for scrap metal and use the money to start all the new and wonderful
renovations that I have in mind.

Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbusters' Star, Dies At 69

Comedy legend Harold Ramis, best known for his classic role in the “Ghostbusters” films, has died, his wife told the Chicago Tribune. He was 69.

Ramis suffered from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that causes swelling in the blood vessels, and died from complications of the illness, surrounded by his family.

A graduate of the famed Second City comedy theater, Ramis got his start in show business writing films like “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Ghostbusters,” which he also acted in.


Plans for a huge expansion of the world's largest windfarm, the London Array in the Thames Estuary, have been scrapped. The consortium running the project blame the abandonment of an additional 65 giant turbines on "various factors", but especially the requirement for a 3-year study on the potential impact on birds. The Thames estuary site is a designated environmental Special Protection Area.

The decision represents a major blow to the coalition government's renewable energy goals. Not least as it is the fifth major UK windfarm project to be scrapped or scaled back in just three months. In November 2013 the Atlantic Array, a project for 240 turbines off the North Devon coast was scrapped. That was followed in December by the abandonment of the 300 turbine Argyll Array due to "uncertain costs". Since then plans for 350 turbines covering two windfarms off the Lincolnshire coast have also had the plug pulled.


Obama’s News Police

The Obama administration is planning to send what critics characterize as government spies into the newsrooms of the nation’s media outlets.

This unprecedented assault on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms is part of the Community Organizer-in-Chief’s political war against the few pockets of media resistance he has encountered at Fox News and in the world of talk radio. Sending federal bureaucrats to meddle in newsroom affairs by conducting an alleged “study” will chill news coverage and make government-licensed broadcast media think twice about airing stories that place the Obama administration in a bad light.


Uninsured Patients Get Better Care Than Insured

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – According to a recent study, severely injured patients are less likely to be transferred to a trauma center if they have health insurance.

Researchers from the Stanford University of Medicine found that patients with insurance are less likely to get the best care than those who do not have insurance. They found that insured patients taken to non-trauma hospitals were 13 to 15 percent less likely to be transferred to trauma centers than uninsured ones.

“Insured patients may, ironically, get worse outcomes because they are taken care of at a center where there’s a lower volume of resource for critically injured patients,” Dr. M. Kit Delgado, a former Stanford emergency medicine instructor, and the study’s lead author said in a press release obtained by HealthDay News.


WCSO Press Release 2-24-14

On 19 Feb 2014 at 1:00 PM a deputy arrested Kristen Lynn Fitzgerald, 23 of Fruitland, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Fitzgerald failed to appear for a sentencing in a CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute case. Fitzgerald was detained without bond.

 On 19 Feb 2014 at 3:55 PM a deputy arrested Arlie Ralph Kiser III, 39 of Salisbury, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Kiser violated the terms of his probation following a conviction in a Robbery case. Kiser was detained without bond.

On 19 Feb 2014 at 5:13 PM a deputy arrested Jared Anthony Adams, 33 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant that was issued after he violated the terms of his probation following a conviction in a CDS Possession case. Adams was detained on a bond of $5,000.00.

On 20 Feb 2014 at 10:00 AM a deputy arrested Darnell Wesley Dupont Jr., 23 of Salisbury, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Dupont violated the terms of his probation following a conviction in an Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangering Case. Dupont was detained on a bond of $10,000.00.

On 20 Feb 2014 at 10:48 AM a deputy arrested Randy Darnell Cooper, 39 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant that was issued after Cooper violated the terms of his probation following a conviction for stealing another’s credit card. Cooper was detained on a bond of $10,000.00.

Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 19 February 2014

Location: 700 block of East Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Peter Reynold Battle Jr., 28, Fruitland, MD
Narrative: On 19 February 2014 at 8:25 PM a deputy arrested Peter Battle in connection with an assault he allegedly committed the previous evening. In this incident Battle stands accused of engaging in a physical altercation with girlfriend. Battle reportedly pushed her and took the phone from her when she tried to summons help. During the investigation, the deputy observed signs of injury.

Battle was gone upon the arrival of the deputy so an arrest warrant was subsequently obtained.

Upon arrest Battle was presented to the District Court Commissioner. Battle was detained on a bond of $25,000.00.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree

Incident: Disorderly Conduct / Possession of CDS

Date of Incident: 21 February 2014

Location: 700 block of Rose Street, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Khristine E. Hubbard, 23, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 21 February 2014 at 6:46 PM a deputy responded for a reported disturbance in the 700 block of Rose Street in Salisbury. During the investigation, one of those involved, Khristine Hubbard began doing cartwheels and jumping around in the middle of the street while yelling profanity towards neighbors and the deputy. After observing that Hubbard’s behavior was causing a distraction, the deputy placed her under arrest for Disorderly Conduct.

Post arrest Hubbard was found to be in possession of what was recognized as marijuana.

The deputy transported Hubbard to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance the Commissioner released Hubbard on unsecured bond.

Charges: Disorderly Conduct
                 Possession of Marijuana

Incident: Wanted Fugitive Arrest

Date of Incident: 20 February 2014

Location: Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Suspect: Lauren Michelle Richardson, 26, Tracy’s Landing, MD
Narrative: On 20 February 2014 the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted fugitive, Lauren Richardson, was on board a commercial flight from Florida to BWI airport and would be landing there shortly. The information was passed to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who took Richardson into custody upon her arrival at the airport. A deputy responded to the airport, took custody of Richardson and transported her back to Wicomico County.

The Circuit Court Bench Warrant was issued back in October 2013 after Richardson violated the terms of her probation following a conviction in a theft case.

Richardson was detained without bond pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.

Charges: Violation of Probation

Incident: Resisting Arrest / Wanted Subject

Date of Incident: 22 February 2014

Location: 500 block of E. Elizabeth Street, Delmar, MD

Suspect: Travis Aaron Foskey, 21, Delmar, MD
Narrative: On 22February 2014 at 10:08 AM a deputy received information that a subject who was wanted by the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant was standing in a back yard in the 500 block of E. Elizabeth Street in Delmar. Upon entering the yard the deputy spotted Foskey who attempted to flee on foot. The deputy pursued Foskey into an adjacent yard where he was taken into custody.

The warrant was issued after Foskey violated the terms of his probation in a 1st Degree Burglary case.

Foskey was detained without bond pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.

Charges: Violation of Probation
                  Resisting Arrest

Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 24 February 2014

Location: 8000 block of Arden Drive, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Lisa Diane Caroll, 39, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 24 February 2014 at 12:14 AM a deputy responded for a reported dispute at a residence in the 8000 block of Arden Drive in Salisbury. Upon arrival the deputy learned that that one of the residents, Lisa Caroll was involved in an argument with her daughter who was moving out when the argument became physical. According to the daughter, Caroll struck her in the head with an open hand.

During the investigation, the deputy observed signs of injury that corroborated the account.

The deputy placed Caroll under arrest for the assault. After an initial appearance in front of the District Court Commissioner, Caroll was detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree

CNN To End Piers Morgan's Show

CNN President Jeff Zucker has decided to bring an end to Piers Morgan's low-rated primetime show, network sources told POLITICO on Sunday. "Piers Morgan Live" could end as early as next month, though Morgan may stay with the network in another role.

Morgan, a former British tabloid editor, replaced Larry King in the 9 p.m. hour three years ago, prior to Zucker's tenure as president. His show earned consistently low ratings, registering as few as 50,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 year-old demographic earlier this week.

Morgan told The New York Times on Sunday that the show had "run its course" and that he and Zucker "have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.” Sources who spoke to POLITICO said the decision to end the show was Zucker's.

GUN NUTS: "Your 2nd Amendment Is Outdated!"

Probation Officer Reunites Stolen Puppy With Owners

Thanks to a probation officer--with a little help from social media--a stolen puppy has been reunited with his owners.

Monday started like any other day: 6-month-old Chunk accompanied his owners to their job at Pawn Spot on North Murray in Colorado Springs. At some point, the shop got swamped with people, and that's when Joe Miller says Chunk was taken.

"Our beloved puppy was stolen from our store....we have camera footage of them taking our pup," Joe wrote on the 11 News Facebook page earlier this week. "However we cannot positively ID the people. ... Our family is devastated! I have attached our "lost dog" flyer that we have been circulating."


Snow Wednesday? Bummer!

Snow during the morning will give way to partly cloudy conditions during the afternoon. High 37F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snowfall around one inch.

New Obama Initiative Tramples First Amendment Protections

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.

The initiative, known around the agency as "the CIN Study" (pronounced "sin"), is a bit of a mystery even to insiders. "This has never been put to an FCC vote, it was just announced," says Ajit Pai, one of the FCC's five commissioners (and one of its two Republicans). "I've never had any input into the process," adds Pai, who brought the story to the public's attention in a Wall Street Journal column last week.


Military Families Use Record Number Of Food Stamps

The use of food stamps by military families, military retirees and others who have on-base privileges has tripled since 2008.
Military families, military retirees and others with shopping privileges on military bases redeemed nearly $104 million worth of food stamps at commissaries in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That's a 5 percent increase from 2012 and the highest it's ever been.

According to CNN Money, food stamp usage at military commissaries has more than tripled since the Great Recession in 2008.

That outpaces the growth in food stamp use by the general population, says CBS MoneyWatch.

"I'm amazed, but there's a very real need," Thomas Greer told CNN. Greer is a spokesman for Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that provides financial and emergency assistance to some of the country's lowest-paid service members.

Greer said that in 2013, Operation Homefront received 2,968 emergency requests for food help, nearly three times the number in 2008.


Virginia Medicaid Dispute Is A Shutdown In The Works

If the high stakes of a fractious Medicaid expansion debate that threatens a state government shutdown weren't clear before, they were after marathon legislative debates ended Thursday with one side of the state Capitol accepting the idea and the other rejecting it.

Sharp divisions between the Republican House of Delegates and the Democratic Senate - highlighted by the day's action - set up the potential for a protracted staring contest that could delay approval of Virginia's proposed two-year, $96 billion budget to fund an array of public programs.

Virginia's next budget cycle starts July 1. Reaching that date without an approved spending plan could force the state to shutter operations.


UPDATE: Suspects Arrested After Fatal Attack On ODU Student Near Campus

Norfolk, Va. – Two people have been arrested after an ODU student died Sunday after an attack near campus.

Police say Paul Johnson, 20, was hit in the head around 1 a.m. Sunday while walking in the 1000 block of W. 48th Street. He was a block from his apartment when he was attacked.

The suspects, David Grimm Jr., 21, and Christopher Johnson, 20, have both been arrested.



The jihad terror-trainings compounds in the U.S., a news story I first broke back in 2007, are growing. And now I have obtained exclusive information showing that one of them has placed members on local police forces, ensuring that nothing is done to stop or even monitor their activities.

PJ Media reported, “Federal Bureau of Investigations documents detailing a 22-site network of terrorist training villages sprawled across the United States. According to the documents, the FBI has been concerned about these facilities for about 12 years, but cannot act against them because the U.S. State Department has not yet declared that their umbrella group, MOA [Muslims of the Americas]/Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

The Texas compound is called “Mahmoudberg,” located in south Texas’ Brazoria County on County Road 3 near the town of Sweeny, which has a population of about 4,000. Jamaat ul-Fuqra was the jihad terrorist organization that murdered journalist Daniel Pearl – he had gone to try to interview its leader. According to an informed source, one of Pearl’s murderers now lives at Mahmoudberg.

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Week 7 Field Notes By Delegate Michael A. McDermott

Observations and Reflections on Legislative Activities

Week 7 February 17-21, 2014

Monday Evening Session:

Bills introduced on First Reader

The House heard an oratory presentation by Delegate Keifer Mitchell (D-Baltimore City) commemorating President George Washington’s Birthday.

Tuesday Morning Session:

Bills on First Reader of House Bills 1459-1453.

Bills on Second Reader.

Third Reading Calendar (House Bills) #4

A Letter To The Editor 2-24-14

For everybody that drives in Delaware and lives in Maryland: my daughter received a ticket in Delaware in 2013, paid it 4/2013. In November 2013 was stopped in Maryland for speeding, the officer told her that her license was suspended for a ticket in Delaware. Through meeting with Maryland DMV she was told her license was suspended in August 2013 for failure to pay for the ticket in Delaware (the ticket she paid in April). She was never notified by Delaware or Maryland that her license was suspended. She went to court last week, where she was going to explain this to the prosecutor. Bob Marvel, a very nice attorney, helped her before she could (she is not very familiar with court procedures, she is actually an amateur at it). She paid her speeding fine, which she admitted to, and had the paper work stating her license was reinstated. When they called her name since her license was ok and her fine paid, she signed some papers and was good to go. 

Since her job is by appointment only she had to miss a day of work. She was still in Maryland's eyes guilty of driving on a suspended license. She was told by DMV that Delaware is infamous for telling them about a ticket, but doesn't let them know when it's been taken care of. 

The moral of this story: if you get a ticket in Delaware, keep a check on the status of your license in Maryland, it just might be suspended for no reason! Also if you need a great attorney call Bob Marvel.


Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff

Suspects in taking an employee's cell phone while in Burger King @ Kent Town last night at about 7PM.

NFL's Instituted Gun Policy Won't Be In Effect At Cowboys' AT&T Stadium

According  to CBS DFW, the NFL has a policy that bans off-duty police officers from bringing their guns into all NFL stadiums next year. All but two.

AT&T Stadium and Houston's Reliant Stadium are exempt from the policy because a state law overrides NFL policy. Officers are allowed to take their guns in as long as they check in at a specific gate and tell security where they're sitting.


REMINDER: Coffee With Your Council Tomorrow At 6:30 PM

Troopers Arrest Man After He Attempts To Hire A Hit-Man

Location: Wawa parking lot, 690 Middletown Odessa Road, Odessa, DE

Date of Occurrence: Thursday February 20, 2014

Victims: Two male attorneys

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

David T. Yarborough, 28, Bear, DE (Photo Attached)
Attempted Assault 1st (2 counts)
Criminal Solicitation 2nd (2 counts)
Stalking (2 counts)

Arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $130,000.00 cash bond.

Odessa, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a man after he attempted to hire a hit-man to do harm to two attorneys.

Detectives began their investigation on Wednesday February 19th after receiving information from a concerned citizen that David T. Yarborough wanted him to find someone to do harm to some people. A detective, posing as the hit-man, called Yarborough in order to gather more information on what he would like done. While speaking with Yarborough, he confirmed he wanted a subject killed but later changed his mind and stated he wanted the person seriously injured to the point they would never walk again. A monetary agreement was made between Yarborough and the undercover detective and he agreed to make half the payment before the hit was conducted and the other half would be paid upon completion of the job.

Detectives phoned Yarborough again on Thursday February 20th to confirm the previous arrangements and establish a meeting location. Yarborough informed detectives that one of the intended victims was an attorney who recently represented him on various criminal charges. He was able to provide the detective with an address where the attorney lives and stated he had been watching the victim’s movements, knowing when he left his house in the morning and when he returned home at night. At approximately 3:20 p.m., Yarborough met with the undercover detective in the parking lot of the Wawa located on Middletown Odessa Road west of Odessa, where the money exchange took place as well as information on the intended target was given. At that time, Yarborough also provided the detective with another attorney’s address and information of whom he also wanted harmed. This victim was determined to be a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office. Yarborough then rode with the undercover trooper to the two intended victims residences located nearby. After Yarborough showed the detective the two residences where the victim’s lived, he was brought back to the Wawa where members of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Team (SORT) took him into custody without incident.

David Yarborough was transported back to Troop 3 where he was arrested for two counts of Attempted Assault 1st, two counts of Criminal Solicitation 2nd, and two counts of Stalking. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to JTVCC on $130,000.00 cash bond.

Locals Texting Support On My Behalf Against Mini Parks In Downtown Salisbury

Haha you're awesome! I couldn't agree more about the stupid parks.. Maybe when we stop losing jobs and turn our local economy around.. We will never recover until our leadership turns over to people who actually know how to run a business instead of using our local tax money for parks we can't take care of.. Keep up the fight!

Hey Joe, I know people are giving you grief about "attacking" a 7 year old, who happens to be Ryan Weaver's son, I agree with you that its not a smart move. We need viable businesses down there, not dreams of a 7 year old that officials are taking serious. What are we paying people for? My business is downtown, not my wish or dream! I'm glad people are taking in interest, but we need to be thinking of actual viable businesses.

Missing American Soldier Alive In Vietnam

Baltimore's People Of The Woods: Inside The Hidden Homeless Camps Made Of Milk Crates, Wooden Doors And Tarps On The Outskirts Of Town

A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.

On the edge of Baltimore's woodlands, dozens of the city's transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.

Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, 'The Camps', documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland's people of the woods.


BREAKING NEWS: Longest-Serving Member Of Congress To Retire

Rep. John Dingell , D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress, to retire at the end of his term.

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Feds: Medicaid Fraud Reached ‘Epidemic Levels’ In D.C. Region

Federal prosecutors said Medicaid fraud has reached “epidemic levels” in the nation’s capital, as they announced charges Thursday against 25 people accused of making claims based on fake symptoms and personal home care that was never performed.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said agents fanned out across the D.C. region to make arrests and seize six luxury vehicles and 49 bank accounts, capping off a multiyear investigation that prosecutors deemed the “largest health care fraud takedown” in the city’s history.

“An astonishing amount of money was stolen from the American taxpayer,” said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.


On ‘Face the Nation,’ O’Malley Sidesteps A Question About Facing Hillary Clinton in 2016

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) sidestepped a question on national television Sunday about whether he will pursue the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 if Hillary Rodham Clinton gets in the race.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” O’Malley told host Bob Schieffer that he is “looking at” a White House bid but would not engage on the question about Clinton.

“I think the most important question for any of us who feel that we have something to offer for our country’s future is to offer those ideas and to put those ideas out there and most importantly to ask the right questions, questions like, ‘What will it take to make sure that our middle class is growing again so we can grow our economy?’ ” O’Malley said. “And that’s what I’m going to be doing. And what the other candidates may or may not do is their choice.”

Michelle Obama: 'Young People Are Knuckleheads'

On the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, First Lady Michelle Obama explained that it was more important than ever for young people older than 26 to sign up for health insurance.

"A lot of young people think they're invincible, but the truth is young people are knuckleheads," she laughed, pointing out that they often cut themselves while cooking or injure themselves by dancing on bar stools.

Obama added that thanks to Obamacare, coverage for young people was much cheaper.

"Now young people can get insurance for as little as $50 a month, less than the cost of gym shoes," she explained.



After extensive consultations with the State’s victim and chief witness, the State will dismiss the case against David Nettles (State v. Nettles, K-12-0650) on February 24, 2014.  While the victim continues to maintain the truthfulness of his allegations against the Defendant, he has advised the State’s Attorney’s Office that he does not wish to testify against the Defendant in a third trial.  The victim/witness has previously testified in two criminal proceedings against the Defendant.  These two trials ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury, i.e., the juries could not agree upon any verdict by the required unanimity.  The victim/witness has also participated in several administrative proceedings relating to this matter. The State respects the victims’ position and will enter a nolle prosequi (a dismissal of all charges) once the case is called this morning. 

As in all criminal matters, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless the State satisfies its burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at (410) 548-4880 or visit

BREAKING NEWS: Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Ukraine President

Ukraine's acting Interior Minister says that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych.


BREAKING NEWS: Egypt's Military-Backed Government Resigns

Egypt's interim Prime Minister has announced that the country's military-backed government has resigned.

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SFD Calls For Service 2-23-14

  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 22:35:44Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: 2702 N Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 22:16:32Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 19:31:47Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: 2645 N Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 19:12:15Nature: Medical AssistAddress: 304 Glen Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 19:12:15Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 18:03:47Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 15:15:43Nature: StrokeCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 15:10:31Nature: HemorrhagingCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 13:56:58Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 12:27:46Nature: Pi AccidentCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 11:41:46Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 08:37:23Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 04:35:17Nature: Medical AssistAddress: 239 E Ruark Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 04:27:09Nature: Maternity PatientCity: Salisbury
  • Sunday February, 23 2014 @ 02:24:17Nature: InjuryCity: Salisbury

Arizona Passes Law Allowing Discrimination

The Arizona legislature sent a bill to the Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk Thursday that would carve a massive hole into state law allowing business owners to turn away gay and lesbian customers, employers to deny equal pay to women, or individuals to renege on contract obligations–as long as they claim to be doing so in the name of religion.

Brewer, a Republican who vetoed similar legislation last year, has not said whether she will sign the bill. Ann Dockendorff, a spokesperson for the governor’s office, said in a statement that “It is the governor’s policy to not comment on legislation until she’s had a chance to review it. Monday would be the earliest she would take action, assuming it’s transmitted by the Senate by then. She’ll have five days to act once she receives it.”