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Sunday, June 08, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: 2 officers killed in Las Vegas shootings

Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, have died after being ambushed inside a local restaurant.

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Police Officer Dead After Las Vegas Restaurant Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- A police source reports one Metro officer is dead following a double shooting at a pizza restaurant Sunday near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

According to police, two people walked into a Cici Pizza restaurant at 309 North Nellis and appeared to target two Metro officers who were eating at the restaurant. One person shot one officer in the head. The second person shot the second officer. There is no word on the officers' conditions.

Police say witnesses told them the suspects took the police officers' gear and, as they were walking out of the restaurant after the shooting, they said, " tell the police the revolution has begun."

The two suspects then left the restaurant and went into the Wal-Mart store across the street. Police have surrounded the Wal-Mart.

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UPDATE: Police source: 2 officers dead, following shooting near Nellis and Stewart
 

Fire At WalMart North


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A fire started in the mulch at WalMart North and has now caught two vehicles on fire. It's been some 30 MINUTES and NO Fire Department has shown up. 

UPDATE: The Fire Department finally showed up. 

Fatal Accident On Route 50

Fatal Accident On Route 50 

Maryland State Police are reporting a fatal accident claimed the life of a 22-year-old Prince George's County man this morning. 
The press release read the, "single vehicle motor vehicle collision that was reported to have occurred on US Route 50 west of Riddle Lane in Worcester County. When troopers arrived it was determined the vehicle had been occupied by the driver only who was ejected during the collision event. The driver was identified as Ryan Young Hatton aged 22 yrs of Glenn Dale, Prince George’s County, Maryland. Hatton was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Through the investigation it was determined Hatton was traveling westbound on US Route 50 west of Riddle Lane when he lost control of the 2000 Toyota he was driving. The vehicle traveled through the median, across the eastbound lanes of US Route 50 and struck a traffic signal support pole at the intersection for one of the entrances into Walmart/Home Depot. The vehicle overturned during the collision event subsequently ejecting Hatton.

Eastbound US Route 50 was shutdown for several hours during the investigation and debris cleanup. Assisting at the scene was Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies, Berlin Fire Department, and SHA."

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured after Fleeing Bridgeville Police Traffic Stop

Bridgeville - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash involving a motorcycle that has left a 33 year old Greenwood, DE man dead after refusing to stop for a Bridgeville Police Officer, early this morning.

The incident began on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at approximately 2:20 a.m. as a Bridgeville Police Department Officer on routine patrol northbound Sussex Highway (US13) in Bridgeville, observed a 2012 Yamaha R6L motorcycle traveling northbound on Sussex Highway above the posted speed limit. The Bridgeville Officer activated his vehicle’s emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a vehicle stop for the traffic violation.

The operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Melvin O. DeShields-33 of Greenwood, DE, refused to stop and accelerated away from the officer at a high rate of speed, turning eastbound onto Redden Road (SR40). The motorcycle continued traveling eastbound on Redden Road at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a moderate curve in the road, traveling off of the south edge of the roadway striking a bridge guardrail. After the impact, DeShields was ejected from the motorcycle onto the roadway. Preliminary investigation indicated that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Melvin O. Deshields sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

Redden Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash. All inquiries as to the events that occurred prior to the crash can be directed to the Bridgeville Police Department.

Judge Jeanine Pirro: Bowe Bergdahl Fiasco Cries Out for Obama's Impeachment

Two Killed in Head-on Crash Halltown Road, Marydel

Marydel - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that has left 2 Marydel, Delaware men dead on Halltown Road last evening.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at approximately 10:12 p.m. as a 1999 Ford Escort, operated by Estanislao Lopez-Berduo-27 of Marydel, DE was traveling westbound on Halltown Road (SR8) west of Enss Road, Marydel. For unknown reasons, Lopez-Berduo’s vehicle crossed over into the eastbound lanes, into the path of an eastbound 2000 Pontiac Sunfire being operated by Zachary T. Rogers-18 of Marydel, DE, resulting in a head-on collision.

Estanislao Lopez-Berduo-27, the operator and sole occupant of the Ford Escort sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigation has determined that alcohol is suspected as a factor on the part of Lopez-Berduo.

Zachary T. Rogers-18, the operator of the Pontiac Sunfire was properly restrained in the vehicle, sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 2 female passengers in the Sunfire, Avianna Walker-Lane-17 and Mikeshia A. Stewart-19 both of Dover, DE were transported by Delaware State Police Aviation Helicopter to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries. Treatment status and disposition are unknown at the time of this release.

Halltown Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash.

SEN. INHOFE: FORCING MILITARY BASES TO SHELTER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THREATENS NATIONAL SECURITY

President Barack Obama's administration is forcing a military base in Oklahoma to shelter illegal immigrant children whom officials in Texas cannot handle, and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, thinks that will only encourage more illegal immigrants to flood into the country and create national security concerns.

After the Obama administration informed the Fort Sill military base in Lawton, OK, to expect about 600 illegal immigrant children to be sent to its facilities this weekend, Inhofe noted that the Obama administration is making military bases care for illegal immigrants while Obama is "drastically reducing defense spending funds at a historically rapid rate."

"Our nation has an immigration problem and a national security crisis, but I don't believe the answer is for our military facilities to be transformed into a center that houses, feeds, and cares for illegal immigrants," Inhofe said in a statement. "This only encourages parents to send their children unaccompanied over the border and, with the average-aged child being between 13 and 17, it exposes our military facilities to unknown security concerns."

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SFD Calls For Service 6-7-14

  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 21:56Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 20:45Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 19:48Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 18:06Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 18:06Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 15:35Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 15:18Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 14:01Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 13:34Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 13:29 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: 361 Tilghman Rd Salisbury, MD 21801 
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 13:29 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: 361 Tilghman Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 13:00Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 13:00Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 11:38 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: E Church St & Truitt St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 09:35Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 07:06Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 06:26 Nature: Automatic AlarmAddress: 2702 N Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 02:13Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 01:59Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Saturday June, 7 2014 @ 00:08Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury

A HUGE EYE OPENER ABOUT THE SALISBURY FIRE DEPARTMENT?


Wicomico's Residents Being Squeezed - County Council Votes to Raise Property Taxes AGAIN!

Last night - the Wicomico County Council voted to increase Wicomico's residents real property taxes yet again.  By a vote of 5-2 - the County Council voted to raise the real property tax rate, and, approved the 2014-2015 Fiscal Operating Budget.  The two dissenters that voted against the proposed operating budget were County Councilman - Joe Holloway, and County Councilman Bob Culver.

Despite Wicomico's Per Capita Net Taxable Income decline - the majority of  your elected officials voted to approve the Pollitt Administration's latest fiscal budget - (see chart below)As one can clearly see - Wicomico's residents are bearing the brunt of a run-a-way political system.  From when the recession began - Wicomico's per capita net taxable income (disposable income) is down by almost $2000.  Logical income/spending reasoning would have been for the County's proposed operating budget to have declined - instead - it increased onto the backs of Wicomico's citizens

Population - Per Capita Net Taxable Income

FY 2000 - $11,940
FY 2001 - $11,779
FY 2002 - $11,666
FY 2003 - $12,245
FY 2004 - $13,906
FY 2005 - $14, 637
FY 2006 - $14,994
FY 2007 - $15,417
FY 2008 - $13,695
FY 2009 - $12,898
FY 2010 - $13,134
FY 2011 - $13,028
FY 2012 - $13,520

Our Editorial staff sincerely hopes that the citizens of Wicomico County will be spurred into action as a result of a run-a-way political system.  From our perspective - your Local Government spending is Out of Control.    

See How Quickly It Took Detroit’s Neighborhoods to Change in Then-and-Now Photos From Google Street View

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Everyone knows the economic downturn drastically impacted Detroit, but few things can demonstrate what such a decline looks like than a comparison of Google Street View images over just the last few years.

Alex Alsup has been pulling together before-and-after images using Google Street View, which has the ability to search back to images taken in past years, and showcasing them on his Tumblr blog GooBing Detroit. Alsup has also used Bing’s street-view tool, a rival to Google’s, said on the blog he is only using Google’s product at the moment.

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Qualified?

Maryland Constitution

Article IV - Judiciary Department

(http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/43const/html/04art4.html)

"SEC. 2. The Judges of all of the said Courts shall be citizens of the State of Maryland, and qualified voters under this Constitution, and shall have resided therein not less than five years, and not less than six months next preceding their election, or appointment, as the case may be, in the city, county, district, judicial circuit, intermediate appellate judicial circuit or appellate judicial circuit for which they may be, respectively, elected, or appointed. They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their election or appointment, and shall be selected from those who have been admitted to practice law in this State, and who are most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge."

Within the framework of the Maryland Constitution, which Judges are sworn to uphold, who is the best candidate for Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge?

The only argument put forth by the Sarbanes campaign is his "judicial temperament." He may have temperament (whatever that is), but he also has :

No experience as lead counsel in a jury trial.

No experience in Circuit Court criminal matters.

No experience as lead counsel cases involving complex civil matters.

No experience in child custody cases.

No experience in child visitation cases.

Are we being asked to believe that "judicial temperament" trumps experience? That "judicial temperament" is more important than actually having been there?

To the Sarbanes campaign I ask..... are we to just trust the Governor that this is the most qualified candidate..... (the old "trust me, I'm from the Government" line)? Is this the candidate that is most distinguished for his/her integrity, wisdom, and sound legal knowledge? How does one become wise and gain sound legal knowledge without ever having been in the arena?

I am reminded of the line from President Ronald Reagan "trust, but verify".

No, Governor, we will not just take it on your word alone. We look, we see, we analyze, we make our decision on the facts.

Really, Seriously?

And they call Ocean City a "Family Resort"!

Half The Country Makes Less Than $27,520 A Year And 15 Other Signs The Middle Class Is Dying

If you make more than $27,520 a year at your job, you are doing better than half the country is. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can check out the latest wage statistics from the Social Security administration right here. But of course $27,520 a year will not allow you to live “the American Dream” in this day and age. After taxes, that breaks down to a good bit less than $2,000 a month. You can’t realistically pay a mortgage, make a car payment, afford health insurance and provide food, clothing and everything else your family needs for that much money.

That is one of the reasons why both parents are working in most families today. In fact, sometimes both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Over the years, the cost of living has risen steadily but our paychecks have not. This has resulted in a steady erosion of the middle class. Once upon a time, most American families could afford a nice home, a couple of cars and a nice vacation every year. When I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was middle class. But now “the American Dream” is out of reach for more Americans than ever, and the middle class is dying right in front of our eyes.

One of the things that was great about America in the post-World War II era was that we developed a large, thriving middle class. Until recent times, it always seemed like there were plenty of good jobs for people that were willing to be responsible and work hard. That was one of the big reasons why people wanted to come here from all over the world. They wanted to have a chance to live “the American Dream” too.

But now the American Dream is becoming a mirage for most people. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t seem to achieve it.

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Cautious Optimism For ‘Takeover’ Event In Ocean City; Charities Pull Raffle Vehicles For Weekend

OCEAN CITY – While businesses are advised to conduct business as normal during “College Takeover Beach Week” this weekend, the event and its troubled past is on the minds of many.

In previous incarnations in other resort destinations, thousands of attendees of this organized event have caused major problems, including in the Oceanfront area of Virginia Beach last April when an estimated 40,000 college-aged individuals gathered and there were multiple stabbings, shootings and robberies. Videos of the riot-like situations have led to many concerns in Ocean City.

“In response to a number of calls and questions regarding the upcoming unsanctioned event scheduled to take place June 5-8, we want to assure our citizens that the Ocean City Police Department is fully prepared for the influx of visitors that this event and the weekend may bring to our town,” Police Chief Ross Buzzuro posted on OCPD’s Facebook page last Thursday. “We know there is potential for a group of college-aged visitors, which we historically see throughout the month of June and always prepare for accordingly. Like many of our other events in Ocean City, both formal and informal, we are planning and preparing for this event and any incident that may arise. We have a very comprehensive strategic plan ready that includes increased enforcement and high visibility, as well as assistance from our allied agencies.”

Buzzuro furthered business owners should staff accordingly and employees should be prepared for a busy June weekend. OCPD encourages all businesses to conduct their operations as usual.

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A Letter To The Editor: "principal kissing the pig"

To whomever this May concern, 

My child attends Delmar elementary school and as I'm sure your probably aware (since there have been a lot of complaints) there is an issue I would like addressed. I just wanted to share my concerns about the whole "principal kissing the pig" assembly that is scheduled for this afternoon. My child, as well as many others, has completed her monthly reading incentive not only for the required last three months but for every month for the entire school year. The principal kissing the pig is all I've heard about every night for the last few months since the whole incentive was proposed to begin with. In my opinion denying the children the incentive after they have put In their hard work and completed their part is very discouraging and, quite frankly, sends the wrong message to them. I do not believe anything productive will come from taken this opportunity away from the ones who deserve it because others children who did not. All this is achieving is showing them that it doesn't matter how hard your work or how responsible you are for your own actions you will always pay the price for those who were too lazy or lack motivation. No wonder this is the outlook we as a society has, it's being imbedded in their minds from the beginning. I'm sure in some of the classes that reached their percentage to receive this incentive there are children who didn't even participate one month, let alone all three, yet they still get the reward because enough of their classmates cared to make an effort. This doesn't sound like a very good message to me. I understand that sometimes this whole class participation incentive idea works and can even encourage children to do better however this was based on an INDEPENDENT reading incentive that was to be done AT HOME with a parents signature. There is not a darned thing anyone could have done to actually make those kids read besides the parent so why are the classmates being punished for their laziness or lack of parenting?? Way to encourage effort and hard work!!!

Fruitland Police Department Press Release 6-6-14

The Fruitland Police Department and City of Fruitland would like to announce that they have extended their contract with Brekford Corp. through June 1, 2017.

Extension discussions were complex as the Maryland legislature was debating SB350, also known as the "Speed Monitoring System Reform Act of 2014," which became law on June 1, 2014. Among other revisions to the original 2009 legislation authorizing cameras statewide in Maryland, the Act states that a presently existing obligation, contract, or contract right may not be impaired in any way and that the Act does not repeal any current obligation, contract, or contract right in existence before the effective date of the Act through June 1, 2017.

About Brekford Corp.

Brekford Corp. provides state-of-the art public safety technology and automated traffic enforcement solutions to municipalities, the U.S. military, various federal entities and other public safety agencies throughout the United States. Its services include automated speed and red light camera enforcement programs, parking enforcement citation collections and an end-to-end suite of technology and equipment for public safety vehicle up-fitting. Brekford's combination of up-fitting services, cutting-edge technology, and automated traffic enforcement services offers a unique 360-degree solution for law enforcement agencies and municipalities.

The Company is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, and its common stock is traded on the OTC Bulletin Board and the OTCQB under the symbol "BFDI".

The City of Fruitland and Fruitland Police Department will continue to operate their Speed Monitoring System in accordance with Maryland law and the parameters of SB350.

JUST IN: Perry Hall Teacher Struck With Bat By Student's Father After Texts Found

A Perry Hall High School student's father struck his daughter's teacher with a baseball bat after the family found "several dozen" text messages between the male instructor and 15-year-old girl, police said.

Police said the incident happened after the teacher showed up at the girl's family's home. Authorities did not identify the 42-year-old male teacher or the father. Neither has been charged with a crime.

The 15-year-old girl's family called police after finding the messages, which police said "described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student."

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EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad, fraternized with Taliban captors, secret documents show

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.

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Spice Company McCormick Is Considering 4 States For Its New HQ

McCormick & Co. Inc. has opened its headquarters search up to the entire mid-Atlantic.

McCormick is considering sites of between 300,000 and 350,000 square feet in Maryland, Delaware, southern Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia, according to real estate documents obtained by the Baltimore Business Journal. The search area is well beyond the scope of options CEO Alan D. Wilson discussed in March.

McCormick, a spice company with $4 billion in revenue, is one of Baltimore County’s largest employers. It employs between 600 and 700 workers spread across four buildings in Sparks and Hunt Valley. The company wants to move office workers — not factory — into a new headquarters by April 2018.
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SFD Gets Donation From Home Depot

The Home Depot Store # 2561 in Salisbury, MD. and Manager Matthew Burrior graciously donated $680.51 in Specialty Rescue Equipment to the Salisbury Fire Department. The Specialty Rescue Kit is the first of its kind on the Lower Eastern Shore of Delmarva. It will be used for rapid deployment on Industrial Accidents, Farm Machinery Accidents, and Machinery/Entanglement incidents.

The Salisbury Fire Department wishes to sincerely thank the Home Depot Store and Mr. Burrior for their generosity and dedication to the SFD, City of Salisbury, and Wicomico County by their donation.

The SFD membership will train on the Specialty Rescue Kit over the next few weeks and the equipment will be placed on Rescue 16 to better serve the SFD and surrounding community.



A Viewer Writes: WMDT OFF of Directv

Just FYI, at midnight this AM, all ABC affiliates were removed from DIRECTV - WMDT & CW (on the night of Game 1 of the NBA Finals - which means it is intentional, b/c basketball is no longer on TNT with the Finals starting tonight).

DirecTV states that it is a problem with ABC's company (a money deal could not be reached - ABC wanted more for Free over the air programming).

If you want to watch 47, and you are on DirecTV, better go find your old antenna.

Bad Boys Metro- Following the Salisbury Fire Department

Salisbury Fire Department

The Salisbury Fire Department would like to thank Jacob Widgeon for taking the last four months and following the SFD. Jacob is a student at Salisbury University and a Volunteer Firefighter in Worcester County. Jacob and Salisbury University approached the SFD about the documentary. Excellent Work !!

What Do You Do When You Learn A County Council Member Is Flat Out Delusional?

Last night Councilman John Hall made some statements quite frankly I must respond to. 

Mr. Hall tried to IMPLY that Wicomico County taxes are less than Sussex County, Delaware. He even stated that they have a street light tax and that the Schools are more expensive. 


The image above is our home in Delmar, DE. Sussex County. We have 7.5 acres of land, a very decent size home, a huge barn, blah, blah, blah. For those of you who have never heard me mention this, the last time the taxes went UP in Sussex County was SIXTY FOUR YEARS AGO. 

We pay $1,205.00 a year for property taxes on 7.5 acres of land. 

Now, Mr. Hall, our Grandson goes to school in Sussex County and our taxes have not gone up. I will add, we live less than a quarter of a mile from the Maryland line and IF we were to pick up this home and place it on land in Wicomico County, (I'm guessing) I'd expect to be paying around $6,000.00 to $7,000.00 a year. 

How many of YOU are paying around $2,000.00 a year, (PLUS) in Salisbury or Wicomico County and do NOT have 7.5 acres of land or a home as large as the one above?

To try to IMPLY that the citizens of Wicomico County can afford a tax increase because it's so cheap to live in Wicomico County is just plain NUTS. Or should I say delusional?

We also own a home in Worcester County. Two acres on the water. The home is a two story, four bedroom home. Our taxes there are, (get this) $800.00 a year!

I guess if enough people feed you enough bullsh!t, eventually you are going to believe it. NOT ME! 

Wicomico County is RAPING you. I am selling everything I own in that County because I have had enough. I have many friends who have placed their homes on the market and are taking major losses just to get out.

When I heard Mr. Hall make these statements, even with a broken hand, I could NOT resist taking the time to peck at the keyboard to produce this story. Why, BECAUSE WHAT I AM TELLING YOU IS THE TRUTH AND NOT A FLAT OUT LIE. 

A Letter To The Editor: Shots fired on Princeton Ave In Salisbury

I live on Princeton Ave in Salisbury. There were shots fire at around 11pm June 3rd. The police are still at the scene doing investigations. One boy got grazed by a bullet. I witnessed it all.

Wicomico County Council Passes FY2015 Operating Budget

The Council voted to approve the $128.7 million budget for FY2015 by a 5-2 vote. County Executive Rick Pollitt thanked the County Council for their due diligence and extensive collaboration with staff. The adopted budget will take effect on July 1, 2014.

Read the entire Press Release by clicking HERE 


Report: Bowe Bergdahl Left Note Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

National security adviser Susan Rice recently claimed that Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held by the Taliban for five years, served with "honor and distinction." That report, however, seems to have been turned on its head Tuesday, when Fox News' Jennifer Griffin said Bergdahl left a note in 2009 renouncing his U.S. citizenship, Twitchy reported.

"Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC - new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship...developing," Fox News anchor Jenna Lee tweeted.

Twitchy acknowledged that more information is needed, but the report is adding fuel to the criticism being leveled at the administration. Last weekend, Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban detainees, two of whom are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes.

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As Attendance Dwindles At Some Tracks, It's Time For NASCAR To Blow Up Schedule

Kyle Larson lingered near his car waiting for the race to begin at Dover International Speedway when British television presenter Cherry Healey joined him on the concrete. Kneeling next to a rear tire, Healey snapped a selfie with NASCAR's newest star.

Selfies are all the rage in every age group, and in NASCAR, where fans can rub elbows with their favorite driver minutes before the start of the race, the ability to snap a shot with the stars is just another perk in the fan-friendly sport.

A snapshot of attendance shows a wider problem that social media can't fix.

Dover had swaths of empty seats on Sunday, continuing the trend of declining attendance at the Delaware race track that primarily serves Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington. Longtime observers said the crowd was the smallest in years, something CEO Denis McGlynn seemed to hint was coming in the pre-race driver meeting.

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A Letter To The Editor: Mr. Executive, Don't Piss On Me And Tell Me It's Raining

Joe, your recent post about county and BOE employees spending perked my interest, I have begun to review the Wicomico Counties web site for expenses, one item that I found that is most interesting is that last year Rick Pollitt went to Taiwan. 

On 8/27/13 Pollitt received a $500.00 dollar cash advance for his trip and on 9/27/13 he returned $400.00. OK so no big deal right, however news reports prior to that trip stated that his trip would not cost the taxpayers of Wicomico County one dollar and that was expressed very clearly by Mr Pollitt. 

The Daily Times reported on May 23rd 2014 that Mr Pollitt used the county credit card to purchase personal items at Wal Mart ($117.55) and then paid the county back the next day again no big deal. 

The Daily Times also reported that other county employees had used county credit cards for personal items that had also been refunded. Should county credit cards be used for personal use ? Never, is everything that is being purchased for personal use being reimbursed we may never know. 

These practices only show the arrogance that some elected officials and government employees have. Pollitt stated in the Times report that he will drill down on his staff encouraging a frugal mindset. This is why I must ask, is that because he got caught?

Publishers Notes: Regardless of how much has been borrowed, spent and or allegedly returned, the Taxpayers should never have to be placed in this position as to ask where the balance of $100.00 is and why Pollitt hasn't returned that money. 

I'll add, just what the hell is going on that the County Executive doesn't have the $500.00 spending money to make such a trip out of his own pocket.

Spend your own money and then come to me WITH RECEIPTS and you'll be paid back when you return. IF the Executive would have sent someone else he would have given them a spending allowance. Looks like Rick got the extra large plan. 

Wicomico County: Don’t Be Fooled By That Sitting Judge “Endorsement”

Maryland’s statewide “bar association” has once again endorsed all the incumbent circuit court judges who are running in this year’s election, which include Spyros J. Sarbanes . He is trumpeting that in his campaign as if it were a very significant approval based upon serious evaluation of his qualifications and those of his opponent, M. J. Caldwell, but it is nothing of the kind.

If O’Malley had appointed Mr. Caldwell, then he would have been endorsed by the state lawyers group, which for many years has followed the policy of giving a blanket endorsement to the “sitting judges” who are running in order to remain on the circuit court as required in the election immediately after being appointed and every so often thereafter. That endorsement means nothing except that O’Malley didn’t appoint someone else.

Despite Protests, Baltimore City Council Passes Curfew Bill

The Baltimore City Council votes to toughen up curfews for Baltimore’s youth. City leaders say it will take kids out of harm’s way. But others argue it’s too strict for young people and their parents.

Christie Ileto has more on the controversial policy that’s become reality.

One of the toughest youth curfew bills in the country is days from being signed into law.

And for Ramone Garcia, Monday means his summer just got sour.

“It’s like (hurtful) because I like to play outside and be free, so I guess I have to be home. That sucks,” he said.

Despite protests, Baltimore City Council passed a bill 11-2 Monday evening that will require kids under 14 to be home by 9 p.m., those between 14 and 16 inside by 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.
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BREAKING NEWS: Moses And Messick Get Massive Awards From E.E.O.C. And Demand Fredericksen And ALL Employees To Go Through Sexual Harassment Training

In February of 2012 we brought you the following stories...

It turns out the E.E.O.C. agreed with these two women, (good for them) and from what I have been told, one of them received $100,000.00 more than the other. I do not know the totals but as we have been trying to say for years, John Fredericksen should have NEVER been allowed to serve another term. You have to wonder, will the rest of the so called Press publish this information?

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Bid To Overturn Maryland Transgender Rights Bill Fails

A conservative group trying to force a referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall did not get the required signatures needed to bring the issue to a vote.

The group MDPetitions.com was attempting to get 18,500 signatures by midnight Saturday to get the issue on the November ballot, but said on its website it was about 1,000 votes shy.

"It is difficult to come this close and then fall short, and yet we know that it was only through this effort that people became aware of the effects of this bill," Washington County Del. Neil Parrott, a Republican who chairs MDPetitions.com, said in a letter on the group's website.

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Salisbury News Delivers Investigative Reporting On HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT: Part 8

Tuesday night at 6 pm the Wicomico County Council will be voting on the 2015 budget. Rick Pollitt has proposed a 4.3 cent property tax increase. Looks as if Mr Pollitt and his cronies needs more of your money to dine on. There are thousands of these charges folks stay tuned... 

County Executive's food cost for Aug. and Sept of 2013 

8/19/13 Food Lion $12.70 
8/23/13 Food Lion $10.58 
8/15/13 Wawa $ 7.21 8/9/13 
Market street Inn $107.80 
8/15/13 Market Street inn $ 33.39 
8/15/13 Main Roots Coffee $5.15 
8/23/13 Red Door Sub Shop $ 70.20 
8/21/13 Red Door Sub Shop $ 70.21 
8/21/13//Red Door Sub Shop $ 61.25 
8/30/13 Arby's $ 10.04 
8/31/13 Bay Country Meals $5.88 
8/31/13/ Roadie Joe's $ 31.47 
8/31/13 Market Street Inn $ 89.65 
8/31/ 13 Goin Nut's Cafe $ 41.85 
8/31/13 Market Street Inn $ 33.64 
8/31/13 Arby's $ 13.63 
8.31/13 Taylor's BBQ $ 45.99 
9/30/13 Food Lion $ 6.36 
9/20/13 Food Lion $ 10.58 
9/20/13 Food Loin $ 65.21 
9/20/13 Wal Mart $ 5.84 
9/20/13 Wawa $ 5.74 
9/20 13 wawa $ 4.28 
9/20/13 Wawa $5.74 
9/30/13/ Lone Star $ 82.04 
9/13/13 Market street Inn $ 59.40 
9/13/13 Market Street Inn $ 23.85 
9/13/13/ Mojo's $ 30.00 
9/13/13 wawa $ 4.68 
9/20/13 Market Street Inn $ 92.40 
9/20/13 Market Street Inn $ 25.85 
9/27/13 Red Door Sub Shop $ 44.24 
9/27/13 Market street Inn $ 40.65 
9/30/13 Sobo's $ 58.75 
9/30/13 Main Root's Cafe $ 7.16 
9/30/13 Market Street Inn $ 30.55 
9/30/13 Back Street Grille $ 29.36 

Sheriff's Dept 

9/20 13 Greene Turtle $ 72.87 
9/20/13 Harborside Bar @ Grille $71.31 
9/20/13 Fratelli's $ 98.84 
9/27/13 lombardi's $43.91 
4/26/13 Dairy Queen $ 4.55 
4/26/13 Back street Grille $ 20.87 
4/26/13 Greene Turtle $ 83.35 
4/26/13 Jimme & Sook's Cambridge Md $ 145.73 
4/30/13 Back Street Grille $ 56.90 

Wicomico Board Of Ed, as we said last week these following charges could have been done on the orders of supervisors 

7/21/11 M A Yiannouris Domino's $106.75 
8/10/11 M A Yiannouris Back Street Grille $ 43.53 
12/20/11 M A Yiannouris Catus Taverna $213.00 
2/28/12 M A Yiannouris Back Street Grille $36.14 
10/17/11 Margo Handy My Turn To Cook $ 416.00 
10/27/11 Margo Handy Georgia House $ 66.19 
1/27/12 Margo Handy Brew River $ 32.60 
8/20/12 Margo Handy Back Street Grille $ 257.35 
12/10/12 Margo Handy Goin Nut's Cafe $ 228.28 
1/30/13 Margo Handy The Olive Garden $ 42.79 
4/27/11 Maria Curtis Acorn Market $ 14.47 
4/27/11 Maria Curtis Devage's $ 4.16 
5/4/11 Mariia Curtis Acorn Market $ 42.58 
5/13/11 Maria Curtis acorn Market $ 54.90 
5/27/11 Maria Curtis Acorn Market $39.54 
6/8/11 Maria Curtis Acorn Market $ 59.57 
6/20/11 Maria Curtis Acorn Market $ 84.85 
6/20/11 Maria Curtis Devage's $ 4.93 
5/16/12 Maria Curtis Goin Nut's cafe $ 214.65 
8/22/12 Maria Curtis Goin Nut's Cafe $198.16 
6/8/11 Melva Wright Brew River $ 912.00 WOW

Baltimore Poised To Enact Strict Youth Curfew

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council is poised to pass new curfews to keep children off the street late at night. If passed, it would be among the strictest in the country.

Champions of the bill argue that an earlier curfew would help prevent Baltimore’s youth from falling victim to, or committing, violent crimes, and help identify children suffering from neglect. Critics say the stringent bill could unfairly target African American children and teenagers.

The new law would require children under 14 to be home by 9 p.m. Teenagers between 14 and 16 would have to be home by 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends. Parents whose children violate the curfew would have to undergo family counseling or pay a $500 fine.

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Delaware Closes I-495 Bridge Because Of Column Tilt

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials on Monday ordered the emergency closure of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington after discovering that four support columns are tilting.

The 4,800-foot bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day on I-495, which diverts traffic around the city of Wilmington and toward the Port of Wilmington. The route parallels Interstate 95, which runs through downtown Wilmington.

"We understand that there will be a significant impact to the traveling public," said state Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt.
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SFD Calls For Service 5-31-14

  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 23:33Nature: Emergency UnknownCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 23:14Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 21:20Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 20:42Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 20:24Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 19:32Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 19:23Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: Tilghman Rd & E Salisbury Pkwy Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 19:22Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: E Salisbury Pkwy & Tilghman Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 19:14Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 19:09Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 17:13Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 16:13Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 14:56 Nature: Pro Qa FireAddress: 715 S Schumaker Dr Salisbury, MD 21801 
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 14:53 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: Beaglin Park Dr & Glen Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 14:53Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: Beaglin Park Dr & Glen Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 14:16 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 714 Booth St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 14:02 Nature: ElectricalAddress: N Salisbury Blvd & Priscilla St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 12:31Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 11:54Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 11:50Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 11:11Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 11:11Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 10:29Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 09:12Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 08:12Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 04:09Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 03:38Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 00:32Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday May, 31 2014 @ 00:23Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

Veterans Affairs superiors allegedly punished employees?

The Office of Special Counsel is looking into allegations that Veterans Affairs superiors punished employees who tried to report patient mistreatment. Thirty-seven workers across the nation say managers retaliated against them, often by threatening to suspend them without pay or reassigning them to lesser jobs. The employees had gone to officials or the inspector general with stories about improper scheduling and coding procedures. One tried to blow the whistle on colleagues who used patient restraints, violating VA rules. These new complaints come on top of 49 others that the office is already investigating, for a total of 80 claims.