Monday, December 01, 2014

Taken At Just The Right Moment (Part 3 of 3)




Becker's School Supplies, Inc. Closing Six Locations, Retail Store Closing Sales Begin Friday, November 28

Retail store closing sales will begin at six Becker's Parent / Teacher stores in Pennsylvania and Delaware on Friday, November 28. In time for the holiday season, just about every item in every department at all retail store closing locations will be reduced.

Teachers, parents and students will receive significant discounts of 20% to 40% off the lowest ticketed price on thousands of items including school supplies, classroom decorations, arts and crafts, puzzles, games, toys, easels, curriculum materials, workbooks and much more. Store fixtures, furniture and equipment at all closing retail stores will also be available for sale.

Becker's School Supplies is currently in its 86th year of business. As a family-owned business, Becker's values tradition but also embraces change when it makes us a stronger company. In a recent announcement, company president George Becker stated that the company has made a strategic move to close 6 of its 7 retail stores.

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NYC Officials Misspent Nearly $200 Million Of Sandy Relief Funds

A recent government audit has found that New York City officials misspent $183 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds, using the money to cover salaries and fringe benefits for hospital employees — some of whom weren’t even working.

The funds, dispersed as part of a $4.2 billion disaster relief package passed in 2013, were given to the city-run nonprofit Health and Hospitals Corporation. In its own words, HHC operates the “public safetynet healthcare system of New York City.”

The audit, conducted by the Housing and Urban Development Department’s Office of the Inspector General, found that HHC spent the money on ineligible “salary, fringe benefits, and utility expenses incurred by Bellevue and Coney Island Hospitals,” both of which closed for significant periods of time after the storm.

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Bye-bye, U.S. fracking profits? By Ray Wallace

Oil has fallen to its lowest price since 2010. So why have OPEC nations decided not to lower their oil output?

To make it even more unprofitable for rival frackers in the U.S.!

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"The major strike is against the American market.”
-- Billionaire Russian oil baron Leonid Arnoldovich Fedun,
as quoted in
“OPEC Decision Likely to Crash U.S. Fracking Industry,”
by Anastasia Pantsios, at this November 27, 2014 EcoWatch site: 

This may be a mixed blessing for victims of fracking pollutions. When frackers lose profits, they expect corrupt, climate-ignoring U.S. politicians to force taxpayers to make up the difference.
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“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.
What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait 
til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
--Thomas Edison

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Prime Minister Says Iraqi Army Has 50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' On Payroll

Iraq's Prime Minister said Sunday that the country's army has been paying salaries to at least 50,000 soldiers who do not exist, the latest sign of corruption in a force that the U.S. hopes to help contain the Islamic State militant group.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the country's Parliament that the practice was revealed as part of a preliminary investigation, and that further probes would likely show "more and more" false names.

"Ghost soldiers" refer to people whose names appear on military rolls and who are paid salaries, but are not in military service. The Washington Post reported that the practice is often carried out by officers, who pretend to have more soldiers on their books then they really do and pocket the extra salary.

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A Better, Brighter Wicomico County?



The future of Wicomico County begins tomorrow!  At 11:30 AM, Tuesday, Wicomico County will witness the swearing-in of its second County Executive – Bob Culver.  While Culver can seize upon several opportunities, he faces a great number of steep hurdles.  Is he up to the task?  We hope so.

Show Me the Money

More than most places, the relationship between Wicomico County government and its citizens focuses on money.  We have the revenue cap.  Voters seem to believe that taxes can be cut, perhaps ad infinitum, with little or no impact on services.  As with most localities, the bureaucracy at the local Board of Education (WCBOE) equates quantity of money spent with quality of education.  For the last several years Wicomico’s county council has refused to cut spending requested by the outgoing county executive while that same County Executive has refused to trim the county payroll despite cutting back on services.  Rather than maintain its existing physical plant, the local Board of Ed wants to build more schools and the county government (both executive and council) have acquiesced.  Wicomico County keeps borrowing while debt and pension obligations keep growing.  Despite the wishful thinking of some, there are no easy solutions.

We would suggest Mr. Culver attack low hanging fruit first; while planning for the more difficult tasks ahead:
  1. Cut the Budget NOW!
  2. Require Accountability from the Board of Education
  3. Implement Zero-Based Budgeting
  4. Make Voters a Part of the Solution
  5. Pension Reform
  6. Grow the Local Economy
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Bucket List

MY BUCKET LIST FOR 2014,15,16...

We are getting old and our tickers aren't what they used to be... 
so here is Our Special Bucket List for 2014,15,16....

HERE IS ALL WE WANT....

1. Obama: Gone! And NO Clinton in his place!!!

2. Put "GOD" back in America !!! 

3. Borders: Closed! 

4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else.

5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW! 

6. Language: English only! 

7. Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! 

8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare! 

9. NO freebies to Non-Citizens! 

10. Balance the budget. 

11. Stop giving away our money to foreign countries! Charge them for our help! We need it here.

12. Fix the TAX CODE! 

And most of all.
13. "RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!" 

We the people are coming!

Obama Signs Executive Order Indicting Officer Wilson!

The White House has announced that President Obama will sign an Executive Order indicting Officer Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown. True to form, President Obama was quoted as saying “The hell with the Constitution, double jeopardy be damned!” This comes as no surprise given his total disregard for the Constitution of late and his willingness to act unilaterally more like a King, than an equal third of a government, designed to provide a system of checks and balances representative of all American’s.

President Obama boldly stated in his last State of the Union address that he had a pen and a phone and would act on his own in instances where he could not get the cooperation of Congress. With the full backing, support, and protection of the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, President Obama apparently feels he can now extend his Executive Powers into matters typically reserved for individual states, directing the Attorney General for the State of Missouri, by Executive Order, to arraign Officer Wilson on murder charges.

As if a move like this is not ludicrous enough, Eric Holder has already announced that this move by the President will not interfere with his ongoing civil rights investigation of Officer Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department. With Al Sharpton occupying more time in the ears of President Obama and Eric Holder than Valerie Jarrett of late, you can bet finding a way to make this about race is a top priority!


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What Does Jeb Bush do for a Living?

As speculation about whether a third Bush will run for president in 2016, people are starting to wonder what exactly it is that Jeb is doing now.

Bush, the former governor of Florida, has four businesses registered to the same address in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables that don’t appear to have conducted any business anywhere, according to an investigation by ThinkProgress. Bush also has a consulting firm, Jeb Bush & Associates, registered to that address.

But while the four companies’ purpose is a mystery, Bush’s other activities have been more public. Some of his business ties are with companies that might give him some of the same problems faced by Mitt Romney in his 2012 quest for the White House. Another company based at his Coral Gables office, Britton Hill Holdings, has a private equity deal with a Chinese company to acquire a firm involved in shale oil and gas shipping, according to Bloomberg.

Bush is also on the board of Tenet Healthcare, from which he has received more than $2 million in cash and stock since joining it in 2007. Tenet has “paid more than $1 billion over the last decade to settle a series of fraud, overbilling, kickback, and other allegations by its biggest customer: the federal government,” according to Don Michak of the Journal Inquirer in Connecticut.

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TWO OCPD OFFICERS TAKE FIRST AT MARYLAND STATE PISTOL CHAMPIONSHIPS


Reserve Officer Mark Doyle
(December 1, 2014) – Two Ocean City officers recently finished first place at the Maryland State Pistol Championships in Frederick, MD. Reserve Officer Mark Doyle and Police Officer 1st Class Daniel Jacobs finished first place overall as a two man team taking the State Champion title scoring higher than other competing municipal, state and federal law enforcement officers from across the state. To earn the title, RO Doyle and Pfc. Jacobs shot varying numbers of rounds from several positions at distances of 7, 15, 25 and 50 yards with semiautomatic and revolver handguns.

Police Officer 1st Class Daniel Jacobs
RO Doyle also took third place overall for the “distinguished semi-automatic” competition, third place in his class in the “open revolver” competition and first place in his class in the “open semi-automatic” competition. Pfc. Jacobs earned second place overall for the “distinguished revolver” competition, first place in his class in the “open revolver” competition and second place in his class in the “open semi-automatic” competition. In distinguished competitions, the firearm may not be modified whereas the open competitions allow modifications to the firearm.

Both officers are eligible to compete in the National Police Combat Championships in New Mexico. The event was hosted by the Maryland Police Combat Association and is registered through the National Rifle Association. For more information about the competition, visit www.ppc.nra.org.

STONE ON LBJ

Westboro Baptist Church Gets Punked With Thanksgiving Avian Flu Turkey Prank

Aw, poor Westboro Baptist Church!

The vehemently anti-queer group, which infamously protests the funerals of American soldiers and the concerts of super stars like Cher because it believes those events promote pro-queer sentiment, found itself the butt of a Thanksgiving prank.

The National Report, a satirical website, published a story earlier this month warning readers of a turkey recall due to avian flu.

"...It appears that the virus has recently developed the ability to move from bird hosts into humans... The results could be disastrous," The National Report stated. "The handling, preparation, and eating of these turkeys could infect millions of people during the Thanksgiving holiday," a CDC epidemiologist supposedly told the site, which cheekily bills itself as "America's #1 Independent News Source."

The site encouraged readers who were worried about their turkeys to contact the "Turkey Safety Hotline" in order to determine if their birds were affected by the recall. However, the phone number printed by The National Report didn't belong to a turkey hotline, it belonged to Westboro Baptist Church.

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Fredrick Wilson II is one smart young man!

Structure Fire In Salisbury

Fire units have been dispatched to 925 South Salisbury Blvd for a structure fire.  The original call was for an appliance fire at Popeyes.  Please use caution if you are planning to be in this area

The situation has now been placed under control

Md. officer charged with leaving accident scene

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- A Prince George's County police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Details of the Sunday accident weren't immediately released, but police say there were no injuries. Officer Mark Samuels-Thompson was arrested soon after the accident. Police say he was off duty at the time and in a non-departmental car.

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Hillary Clinton now commands $50,000 more than Bill for public speeches

And has a long list of demands including a backstage menu of diet ginger ale, hummus and fruit

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is now charging more for public speaking engagements than her husband - and has an extensive list of demands, it has emerged.

The 67-year-old reportedly charged a staggering $300,000 'special university rate' for a guest lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles on March 5, 2014.

This is compared to the $250,000 her spouse and former president, Bill Clinton, requested for his appearance at the same university in 2012, it is said.

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Ray And Janay Rice Confronting Public For The First Time Since Scandal


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ray Rice and his wife Janay break their silence after the former Ravens running back won an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Janay Rice gave an extensive interview to ESPN, published Friday, describing the night her fiancee, now husband, hit her in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel and casino.

“We got into the elevator and what happened inside is still foggy to me,” she said to ESPN. “The only thing I know—and I can’t even say I ‘remember’ because I only know from what Ray has told me—is that I slapped him again and then he hit me. I remember nothing else from inside the elevator.”

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Crowd capture ‘thief’ by wrapping him in clingfilm after he allegedly tries to rob an old man at knifepoint in Chile

A Chilean man who allegedly attempted to rob an elderly man at knifepoint ended up at the pointy end himself after he was spotted mid-thievery and caught by the crowd.

The alleged thief, named locally as Valentino Abeyta Barrera, was caught by bystanders, disarmed, stripped naked and tied to a lamppost.

Crowds gathered round as 32-year-old Barrera had his clothes torn off and his underpants pulled down, before he was wrapped in clingfilm during the incident in the Chilean capital Santiago.

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SPD Press Release - Shoplifting Arrests 12-1-14

BREAKING NEWS: 4 dead following 3 shootings in West Virginia, police say

If you know the whereabouts of this vehicle, do not approach, call 911 or WV State Police. (via Monongalia County Homeland Security Emergency Mangement Agency)

• Approximate 2011 Black Ford F150 Extended Cab
• Unknown type sticker in back window
• Black Tonneau cover over bed
• License Plate blacked out – unreadable
West Virginia state police launched a manhunt Monday for the suspect in three shootings that left four people dead, prompting schools to go on lockdown.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says two of the shootings happened in the Westover area and the other occurred in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County.

Baylous identified the two victims from the Cheat Lake shooting as 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover and 28-year-old David Frum of Maidsville.

911 director Mike Wolfe says police are searching for Jody Hunt in the case. Hunt may be driving a black Ford F-150 pickup, model year 2011 or similar, with a sticker in the window and a blacked-out license plate, authorities told The Charleston Gazette.

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MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE ALMOST $400,000 TO ESTABLISH NEW TELEMEDICINE HEALTH CENTERS ON THE EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) has awarded $390,115 to Crisfield Clinic, LLC, to establish new telemedicine health centers in six rural schools in Somerset County. The new telemedicine health centers in schools across the county will help connect kids and families in rural communities with quality health care.

“Schools in Somerset County help kids learn and grow. But when a student gets sick, it’s tough for kids to catch up, for parents to take off of work and for teachers to meet students’ needs,” Senator Mikulski said. “These funds in the federal checkbook combined with Maryland’s cutting edge broadband technology will help keep kids healthy, safe and learning in our schools. Through investments in telemedicine, we can provide quality health care directly to rural schools and communities keeping kids in the classroom and parents on the job.”

“No matter where you live, parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing their child can access quality healthcare at school,” saidSenator Cardin. “Projects like this shrink the divide between rural and urban. This innovative USDA-RD project helps overcome some of the unique challenges faced by rural schools seeking to ensure healthy lifestyles for their students.”

WCSO Press Releases December 1, 2014

Parks, LeslieParks, LeslieParks, LeonardParks, Leonard Incident: Child Neglect

Date of Incident: 30 November 2014

Location: 7000 block of Jersey Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: 1. Leslie Ann Pruitt Parks, 44, Salisbury, MD
               2. Leonard Joseph Parks, 62, Salisbury, MD
            
Narrative:    On 30 Nov 2014 a deputy arrested Leslie Parks and her husband Leonard Parks in connection with an incident that had been reported on 24 Nov 2014 at 11:14 PM.In this incident, deputies were called to a closed business for the report of two young children sitting on the front steps for some time. Upon arrival, the deputies met with the children, 9 and 12 years of age, and they told the deputy that they had been kicked out of the residence where they had been staying. The deputy learned that Leslie and Leonard Parks had been watching the two children on behalf of their mother when Leonard instructed the children to find the television remote within 15 minutes or he would kick them out of the residence.After the children were unable to find it, they told the deputy they were pushed outside, the door was locked behind them and the lights were turned off.

The children did not know anyone to call and waited outside the store where they were found for approximately two hours until the deputy stopped to check on them. The deputy attempted to get an answer at the door of the Parks residence to no avail.

Upon arrest both Leslie and Leonard Parks were processed at the Central Booking Unit and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained both in the Detention Center in lieu of $30,000.00 bond each.
 
Charges: Child Neglect and Contribute to the Condition of a Child




Peterson, EboniPeterson, EboniIncident: Assault

Date of Incident: 28 November 2014

Location: 300 block of Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Eboni Monique Peterson, 24, Salisbury, MD
            
Narrative:    On 28 Nov 2014 at 11:27 PM, a deputy responded to an apartment in the 300 block of Glen Avenue in Salisbury for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy met with a resident who advised that an altercation began with her adult daughter, Eboni Peterson that turned physical. According to the victim, Peterson began punching the victim in the face. During the investigation, the deputy observed signs of injury that corroborated the account.

The deputy placed Peterson under arrest and transported her to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the district Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Peterson in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree




Elzey, BarryElzey, BarryIncident: Violation of a Peace Order

Date of Incident: 26 November 2014

Location: 36000 block of Brittingham Street, Willards, MD

Suspect: Barry Demond Elzey, 32, Salisbury, MD
            
Narrative:    On 26 Nov 2014 at 2:35 PM a deputy arrested Barry Elzey following a complaint made to the District Court Commissioner. In this incident, it is alleged that Elzey entered onto private property in Willards in direct violation of the terms and conditions of a Peace Order that barred him from the property.

Upon arrest, Elzey was processed at the Central Booking Unit and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner.  After an initial appearance, the District Court Commissioner detained Elzey in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.

Charges: Violation of a Peace Order and Trespass



Incident: WCSO Activity 25-30 Nov 2014

Location: Wicomico County

1.      On 25 Nov 2014 a deputy arrested Torrie Keshanya Dupont, 23 of Salisbury, on an outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Dupontviolated the terms of her probation in a Harassment case. Dupont was detained without bond pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge
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2.      On 26 Nov 2014 at 12:15 PM a deputy arrested Kevin Werkheiser, 29 of Salisbury, on an outstanding District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Werkheiser failed to appear for a Driving While Suspended case. The District Court Commissioner released Werkheiser on Personal Recognizance.
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3.      On 26 Nov 2014 at 5:20 PM a deputy arrested Derrick Lewis Cline, 37 of Salisbury,on an outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued in a Child Support case. Kline was detained on a bond of $250.00.

4.      On 30 Nov 2014 at 4:35 PM a deputy arrested Derrick Eugene Rideout, 36 of Salisbury, on two outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrants. The warrants were issued after Rideout violated the terms of his probation following convictions for Assault 2nd Degree and CDS Possession. Rideout was detained on a bond of $50,000.00 pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.




Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 27 November 2014

Location: 500 block of Swan Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: David Craig Robinson, 55, Salisbury, MD
            
Narrative:    On 27 Nov 2014 at 11:24 AM a deputy arrested David Robinson following a complaint made to the District Court Commissioner. In this incident, it is alleged that Robinson assaulted a female subject and poured beer on her.

Upon arrest, Robinson was processed at the Central Booking Unit and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner.After an initial appearance, the District Court Commissioner detained Robinson in the Detention Center in lieu of $105,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree




Incident: Theft of Motor Vehicle

Date of Incident: 26 November 2014

Location: 600 block of Suffolk Court, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Tyanthony Grant Johnson, 18, Seaford, DE
            
Narrative:    On 26 Nov 2014 at 4:04 PM a deputy responded to the 600 block of Suffolk Court for the report of a stolen motor vehicle. According to the victim her grandson, Tyanthony Johnson, drove away from her residence in her vehicle without permission. At 8:53 PM, the deputy observed Johnson operating his grandmother’s vehicle on Parsons Road in Salisbury. During the ensuing investigation, the deputy discovered the victim’s credit cards in plain view along with recently purchased merchandise inside the vehicle. After examining the purchases, it appeared that after taking his grandmother’s vehicle, he used her credit cards to go shopping at the Centre of Salisbury, also without authorization.

Johnson was arrested and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Johnson in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.

Charges: Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Theft

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Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date: 1 Dec 2014

The Pope condemns ISIS attacks on Christians and calls on Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand

Pope Francis condemned ISIS attacks on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria during a speech in Turkey today.

The pontiff also reached out to Muslim leaders, by urging them to take a stronger stand against terrorists who use religion to justify their heinous actions.

As he landed in the capital of Ankara on Friday, the pope reaffirmed that military force was justified to stop ISIS, but called for greater dialogue between people of all faiths to end fundamentalism.

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Trailer Fire In Fruitland

Fire Units have been dispatched to the area of Brown Street and Skylar Drive for a trailer fire.  Several people have called into 911 dispatch to report flames inside the residence. Fire fighters on scene are now saying there is light smoke showing.

Fire fighters on scene have reported all occupants are out of the trailer. The fire started in a back bedroom

Sheriff Jones Recalls 40 Years of Law Enforcement Work in Somerset County

Robert (Bobby) N. Jones, Maryland’s longest serving sheriff, has been the long arm of the law in Somerset County for 39-years. Since starting his career working in an antiquated jail built for henhouse robbers, drunkards, horse thieves, and criminals from another era in 1975, he has devoted a lifetime of work to combating crime. He kept jailbirds behind bars, prowled the dark night looking for problems, chased reckless drivers, corralled troublemakers, and oversaw the development of a modern law enforcement agency, as the decades flew by. Although he recalls a different time, place, and era for policing in Somerset County, the very popular sheriff successfully bridged the gap.

Jones started in law enforcement almost by accident. Sheriff Thomas H. Foxwell, Jr. while out fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, caught a tub of Spanish Mackerel. “On his way home, the sheriff stopped by to offer the fish to the people at the Oyster shucking house where I worked. While he was there I asked him if needed any help,” Jones recalls. “It wasn’t too long before I got a call asking me to work some weekends and holidays as a deputy. When I started that December, I went over to a deputy’s house to pickup an old badge and gun.”

The county slammer was built in 1850 and rebuilt after a disastrous 1902 fire. The place, designed to handle 16 inmates, averaged about twenty prisoners a day at the time. “We often worked alone, and we had some dangerous prisoners, from the Western Shore and elsewhere. Murders, work release, you name it. If they were incarcerated in Somerset County, we had them. If you opened that cell door for whatever reason to move some of those inmates around, you wondered what might happen sometimes,” the sheriff recalls.

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Salisbury City Council PUBLIC NOTICE OF CLOSED SESSION

Obamacare May Be In Trouble

CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare after legal problems arise with 'wellness' programs

Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.

Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses.

A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don't.

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SFD Calls For Service 11-30-14

  • Sunday November, 30 2014 @ 19:43Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Sunday November, 30 2014 @ 18:14Nature: Appliance FireAddress: 805 E Church St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Sunday November, 30 2014 @ 17:46Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Sunday November, 30 2014 @ 14:49Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Sunday November, 30 2014 @ 14:27Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

Cops Beat Man, 7-Month Pregnant Wife then Deleted the Video…But it Survived on the Cloud!

White teen killed by black cop in Alabama mirrors Ferguson

A two-year-old case involving the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old white man by a black police officer is gaining attention on social media in the wake of this week’s protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

The circumstances mirror those of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in Ferguson.

A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict the officer ignited violence and looting in Ferguson and days of protests nationwide against racial injustice.

The discrepancy in the reaction to and coverage of the two grand jury decisions has not been lost on social media, where critics are citing the Collar case to counter those who say Brown was the victim of racism in both law enforcement and judicial system.

On Thursday, the website Conservative Tribune headline trumpeted the case: “Unarmed White Teen Gunned Down by Black Cop … Where’s the Outrage?”

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Christmas Boat Parade A Huge Success


Residents set off fireworks along the Wicomico River as members of the WYC dressed up their boats Saturday night and delivered Toys for the needy in Salisbury. 

Meet Devonte, the little boy with a big heart

A young boy who was born into a life of drugs, extreme poverty, danger and destined for a bleak future is defying stereotypes in the most remarkable way. And his latest encounter at a grocery store is bound to open your eyes, widen your mind and capture your heart.

To truly understand just how incredible this encounter was, you need to know some history.

Devonte Hart entered the world 12 years ago with drugs pumping through his tiny newborn body.

By the time he was 4 years old he had smoked, consumed alcohol, handled guns, been shot at, and suffered severe abuse and neglect.

He knew only a handful of words, including fuck and shit, and he struggled to identify with the names of food, body parts and every day objects. Devonte was a violent toddler and his health was weighed down by a heavy list of disabilities.

It was a life with little hope and a future that seemed over before it began.

That is until Jen Hart and her wife Sarah entered Devonte’s life and adopted him and his two siblings seven years ago.

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Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 13 at 10:00am

Maryland Veterans Cemetary
Hurlock, Maryland 21643

An annual event is upon us again. The 2014 edition of Wreaths Across America (WAA) is scheduled for Saturday, December 13th. Please come join us as we pay respects for our fallen Heroes at the Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, MD . Although WAA-National typically start their ceremonies at 12 noon nationwide, Let's all get together for this wonderful experience. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
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McDonald’s at mass? ‘McMass’ pushes to build restaurant in church

How about a Happy Meal with that sermon?

A McDonald's campaign group banking on churchgoers wanting a side of fries with their Word has kicked off a campaign to construct a restaurant inside a place of worship.

The “McMass” group says it’s a win-win for the company and for those of the faith. Its logic: More would attend church if only there was a chance to get a Big Mac during service, the Daily Mail reported.

Paul Di Lucca, a creative director at the church branding agency, Lux Dei design and a leading voice for “McMass,” said it’s high time for Christianity to “capture modern audiences,” the Daily Mail reported. He’s put out a page on the IndieGoGo fundraising site to raise $1 million to build a McDonald's church, the newspaper said.

So far, interest is minimal. The project’s only received about $104, the Daily Mail reported.

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ISIS SEEKS CONVERTS AMONG FERGUSON RIOTERS

Promises to send fighters to 'drink blood' of oppressors

The Islamic State looks at the rioting of black youths in the streets of American cities and sees red-meat – an untapped treasure trove of new recruits.

Within hours of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, members of the Islamic State, also called IS, ISIS or ISIL, started Tweeting messages directed at angry protesters. Some promised to send in soldiers to help, for a price:

Abu Hussain Al-Britani tweeted:

“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr and then we will shed our blood for you and send our soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage.”

“To a sane person it sounds ridiculous, but to an insanely angry person it is very tempting,” said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of New Destiny, a Los Angeles-based ministry that works to strengthen black families by building better fathers. “If they can pledge their allegiance to Louis Farrakhan then they can pledge their allegiance to ISIS.”

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Waller Road Transfer Station Going Solar


Quite a bit of progress has already been made on the new solar panel field on Waller Road. 

While this may be a good use for this property, do YOU feel as taxpayers it will be worth the investment?

WCSO Most Wanted 12-01-14


 Maurice Leshawn Harrison
• Black Male, 6’00” 160 lbs
• DOB 08/18/1989 24 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Harrison’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Harrison is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued in January 2010 for Violation of Probation on the charge of Telephone Misuse Repeat Calls
• The preset bond is $10,000
• Harrison should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION and has a history of being a DRUG USER SELLER

 
Gerald Allen Perry Jr.
• White Male, 5’08” 163 lbs
• DOB 01/04/1959 55 years of age
• Gray hair, Blue eyes
• Perry’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Perry is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in March 2014 on the charge of CDS Possess Not Marijuana and Paraphernalia
• The preset bond is $10,000
• Perry has history of DRUG ABUSE