Sunday, August 09, 2015

Man, 42, missing after sailboat sinks near Bay Bridge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Police say one man is missing after a 17-foot sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the boat ran into trouble around noon on Sunday. She says it sank so fast that the two adults and four children on board didn’t have time to put on life jackets.

Thomson says another boater nearby came to their aid and pulled one man and four children from the water. The children range in age from 5 to 13.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has died. He was 84.

In a statement released by NBC News on Sunday, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes that morning. His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC’s “Today.”

A versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize, Gifford went on to a successful second career as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football.”

Gifford was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the New York Giants to a league championship.

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Ed Klein: Bill Clinton Had Hand in Trump-Fox Brouhaha

Former President Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, manipulated Donald Trump into running for president on the GOP ticket because he believed it would weaken the party and hand the election to his wife, Ed Klein writes on his website, EdwardKlein.com.

"Bill Clinton is rubbing his hands with glee and taking full credit for Donald Trump’s mounting problems — his belligerent handling of Fox’s Megyn Kelly and his refusal to rule out a third-party bid," Klein wrote.

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Salisbury City Council Agenda & Packet For 8-10-15

PUBLIC NOTICE OF CLOSED SESSION

SBYNews Poll Question

If the Presidential Election was held tomorrow, who would you vote for?

Murder of Wicomico County Teen Under Investigation.


THE RIVERS EDGE PROJECT IS A JOKE FOR ARTISTS: Long Read But Very Interesting


My experience applying for "starving artist" 

My experience has been a complete nightmare and run around to only be a waste of time as a starving artist trying to get an apartment at this complex.

1st experience: I went to see the apartments as soon as I was given the news article from May 15th by Jeromy Cox in the Daily Times and was greeted with a very young women that was just rude and mean. She had said some pretty nasty things to me a couple of times after asking some questions. Clearly she didn't want to talk to me. So I went over to a couple of ladies that were interested artist and went on the tour and asked her questions. She told me that the apartments were nice but very small and that they will not tell you anything and its like its all a big secret. We were standing at the three boards with the layouts to the complex. Next to the layouts was a door to the outside patio so I went out the door to look at the complex from there and this young girl comes out the door and says to me " you have to leave right now" . With a very shocked face I looked at her and asked "oh my what is wrong did I do something wrong? She says " this is private property and you are not allowed to be here on the grounds and you have to leave right now " . I then came in the door and apologized if I had done anything wrong and there were no signs on the doors to state otherwise so I'm sorry. she says again " you have to leave" with that I had had enough of her rude self. My daughter was with me and she left because she just knew I was really upset how she was talking to me. My daughter is a very professional calm and collected person and she had to leave because this girl was just sooooooo nasty. At that time I said to the girl " why are you talking to me like this? I have done nothing wrong and you have talked to me like a dog since I came in the door? Her reply was "my feet are killing me and I'm tired and it's been a busy day". Really!!!!!!!!!! Spoke to the manager but did ask her not to say anything because maybe she is having a bad day but management needs to police her associates. We are coming here as potential tenants and this girl is very rude.

2nd experience: went in for the tour (which by the way is on second floor) apartment. I told Mr. Ward that I was terrified of steps but he was very nice and helped me. While on tour I noticed a young black gentleman with his little boy pulling a cooler across the grounds. Lady with our tour noticed him and ask him as he was entering a 1st floor apt. "do you live here"? "yes, I live with my grandmother". Light bulb went off in my mind! Then as we went around the grounds I noticed another very young black gentleman going down stairs with his baby on his hips. I continue with tour and then I got the application packet and went on my way. Excited that I as and artist will have a new place to live and share with other "starving artists".

JUST IN: Shooting In Sailsbury 8-3-15

From SPD Shooting invest underway 600 block of Baker st

This is being reported as a fatal shooting.  
One victim with multiple gun shots.

3 MEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF WICOMICO TEEN

BREAKING NEWS: WalMart Dumps TOXIC Chemicals Into Storm Drain In Fruitland



While most of you are sound asleep at night, there are some people hard at work trying to maintain high traffic businesses. In this case, WalMart.

The images above were exclusively sent to Salisbury News this morning from a professional flooring company owner who became outraged when they learned what WalMart is doing. 

When this individual confronted the manager of the Fruitland WalMart they as much as dismissed his complaint. Then along came the flooring person who admitted right then and there that she was "trying to make it to the storm drain" but had a problem and knew it would make it down the parking lot and into the drain. 

What you are seeing as a liquid in the above pictures is STRIPPER. Now this chemical has to be potent enough to strip basically plastic off the floors. It can burn you and it is most definitely toxic. The last place this chemical should be going is down a storm drain and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. When my friend confronted them they did at least try to cover it up with sand.

The proper authorities have been contacted, including the Coast Guard in Baltimore. You have to wonder Ladies & Gentlemen, just how many WalMart stores are dumping these chemicals into the Bay and WHY a Rain Tax was even proposed in the state of Maryland. 

Yeah, it's the Farmers fault, NOT!

A Letter To The Editor: Fox News Debate

I want to make a comment that's sure to stir the proverbial sh**. 

I am a long time fan of Fox news - that is until last night. 

To me, fair and balanced means exactly that. But I saw a side of Fox News last night on the debate that opened my eyes. The most significant thing about it is that I almost fell for it. After the debate I went to bed changing my mind from one who supported Trump to one who was disappointed in his performance. I had converted to a position that maybe Trump wasn't educated enough on the issues to be POTUS. But as I laid in bed considering the debate there were things that didn't rest well with me that I couldn't put my finger on. I woke up at 4:00 am like I always do and made coffee to start the day. As the cobwebs cleared, my thoughts drifted back to last nights debate and again the things that troubled me as I was drifting to sleep last night resurfaced. 

As I compared the questions in my mind that were posed to Trump and compared them to those posed to other candidates it hit me! It was the way the debate was structured from the beginning that bothered me. The underlying effort of this debate was designed to discredit Trump in order to eliminate him early as a viable candidate. 

From the very first question fox news decided to exploit an honorable trait (telling it like he sees it) in order the put him on the wrong side of the voters. And for many it was successful. It may be that Trump is unpolished as it relates to debates but he is a quick study and you never have to wonder where he stands on an issue. In my opinion fox news has exposed itself as a Republican Party hack. They can talk about the liberal main stream media all they want but the way they picked, chose, and created questions geared toward insulting and discrediting Trump and literally singling him out for ridicule in a public forum clearly shows that they are pro Republican Party- not neutral. Certainly not fair and balanced. 

In my opinion, after looking past the actual questions and answers it became painfully obvious that the media - to include fox news, are puppets to political parties via party supporters who advertise with them or have powerful positions with in their corporate structure. Fair and balanced? No. But now that I've opened my eyes I can see the transparency as plain as day. We need someone like Trump to negotiate our way back to a respected global superpower. I don't think there is anyway to bring us back from the debt created by Obama but if there is a way, Trump will find it.

Dad shoots down drone hovering over sunbathing daughter

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- A dad in Kentucky says he did what he had to do to protect his teen daughter's privacy. He says he noticed a drone with what looked like a camera, hovering over his daughter. So he ran inside, got his gun and shot it down.

"I didn't shoot across the road, I didn't shoot across my neighbor's fences, I shot directly into the air," William Merideth said.

That's when he says four men cam onto his property.

"They asked me, 'Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?' and I said, 'Yes I am,'" he said. "I had my 40 mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, 'If you cross my sidewalk, there's gonna be another shooting.'"
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Who Won The Republican Debate?


Rumors & Lies Part III


Last week the EBT Blogger took it upon himself to publish an extremely defaming article about an innocent woman he claimed was abusing and hoarding horses. Of course he never investigated if the information he received was factual or true and his sources have even gone so far as publishing pictures of a minor child on Facebook. One of the sources is a Wicomico County Sheriff's Deputy, all of which could be facing legal troubles for their actions.



Nevertheless, I want ALL of you to read the next paragraph.

"State Veterinary from Maryland Department of Agriculture along with the Wicomico County Animal Control visited Tuesday, August 4. All horses in satisfactory condition, no sign of infectious or contagious diseases. ACTION RECOMMENDED: NONE."

Based on the trouble these Idiots brought on, the State got involved and brought in an independent Veterinarian from Frederick and determined there was absolutely no wrong doing and the horses are perfectly fine. They reviewed veterinarian documents proving these horses were under veterinarian care and gave a clean bill of health, case closed.

To the Idiots who brought this on, get some good lawyers because your going to need them. You went too far with your BS lies and used a bottom feeder to expose them. Shame on ALL of you.

Donald Trump Promotes Tweet Calling Megyn Kelly A ‘Bimbo’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shared a tweet calling Fox News host Megyn Kelly a “bimbo,” just hours after she pressed him about disparaging comments he’s made toward women.

Shortly after the debate ended, the business magnate took to Twitter to tear into Ms. Kelly, saying she “bombed” and was “the biggest loser” in the debate.

Among his tweets was a post sharing a supporter’s message that called her a “bimbo.”

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Fox News & Megyn Kelly Get Blasted By Conservatives After A Horrible Debate Performance

I like Fox News and generally have little other than good things to say about them, but they did a terrible job in the first debate.

Fox made it perfectly clear that they hate Donald Trump by hitting him with vicious below the belt question after question, but that wasn’t all there was to it. Fox also spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get the candidates to fight each other instead of the Democrats. Eventually, they succeeded in getting Rand Paul and Chris Christie to scream at each other. Undoubtedly Fox will gleefully replay their spat all day tomorrow. Is that good for Fox’s ratings? Maybe. Is it good for the Republican Party? No way. Is it good for the conservative movement? Absolutely not.

I’ve never seen as much venom aimed at Fox News and Megyn Kelly on social media as I did last night and honestly, they deserved every bit of it and then some. Here is a small, but representative sample of the comments from conservatives aboutFox that appeared on social media last night.

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‘PIG’ Written on Cop’s Order Gets Taco Bell Worker FIRED

Who the hell does this- to ANYONE? This is an outrageous incident in which someone who thinks they deserve $15 an hour is writing nasty, grade school insults on wrappers for food. What a major jerk:

Employee gets the boot.

Via The Blaze:

After a Kansas police officer and his fiancee picked up their to-go order from a Taco Bell in Newton on Saturday night, the couple experienced quite a shock.

The word “PIG” was penned in what appears to be black marker on at least two of their items.

The couple told KAKE-TV they called and spoke to the manager on duty, who said they could bring back the five soft tacos and get new ones. When the couple told the manager they couldn’t return since they were both working, she said she would arrange to get their money refunded and food remade.

But on Sunday Taco Bell told KAKE they’ve done one better and fired the employee who left the nasty notes.

“We do not share the same belief or view as the employee whatsoever,” Jeff Graves, senior director of operations for Taco Bell, told the station. “Our company, Taco Bell, has always been pro-law enforcement, military. We’ve always supported the police in our community. Many of our restaurants give police discounts when they come in and eat.”

Graves added that he’s been in touch with the couple.

“We’ve of course apologized to him, all the Newton Police officers and, in fact, everyone in the community,” he added to KAKE. “In fact, I’ve even met with the lieutenant with the Newton Police Department this morning, and we’re even going to plan a community event working with the Newton Police officers within the next week just to show our support for the officers and the community.”

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WCSO Press Releases August 3, 2015

Incident: Theft / Possession of Heroin

Date of Incident: 2 August 2015

Location: 200 block of Cherry Way, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Liviu Andrei Costica, 24, Hebron, MD
                               
Narrative: On 2 August 2015 at12:10 PM a deputy responded a residence in the 200 block of Cherry Way in Salisbury for the reported theft of a paycheck. The victim identified the suspect as an individual known as Liviu Costica of Hebron. According to the victim, the paycheck was removed from the victim’s wallet while it wasunattended and subsequently cashed by Costica.

The deputy found Costica about an hour later sitting in the parking lot of aconvenience store in Salisbury. During that encounter, the deputy discovered what was identified as a syringe and heroin in Costica’s possession. Costica stated he took the paycheck in an effort to obtain cash that he could use to purchase Heroin.

The deputy placed Costica under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Costica on a bond of $12,000.00 in the Detention Center. That bond was raised to $25,000.00 at a bond review on 3 August 2015.

Also, Costica was wanted on four outstanding warrants:
1. Violation of Probation - Unauthorized Removal of Property
2. Violation of Probation – Unauthorized Removal of Property
3. Failure to Appear – CDS Possession
4. Failure to Appear – CDS Possession

Total Bond for warrants: $75,000.00.

Charges: Theft, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
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Incident: Vandalism / Reckless Endangerment

Date of Incident: 30 July 2015

Location: 100 block of Main Street, Mardela Springs, MD

Suspect: Roger Dale Wilson, 31, Delmar, DE
                                 
Narrative: On 30 July 2015 a deputy arrested Roger Wilson in connection with a complaint that he drove by a residence in Mardela Springs and shot out three windows with a pellet gun.  During the investigation, the deputy learned that Wilson reportedly had some animosity with the subject who resided at that location and that this had been part of an on-going problem.

The deputy applied for and obtained a warrant for Wilson’s arrest. Upon arrest, the deputy transported Wilson to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Wilson in lieu of $5,000.00 bond.

Charges: Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Endangerment

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High gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds

American journal expedites publication of study in wake of navy yard shooting that debunks belief guns make a nation safer

Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare.

Their findings, published Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least.

The journal has fast-tracked publication of the study because of the shootings at the Washington navy yard. It was originally scheduled for later this week.

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CDC: High school classes should start later in the day

WASHINGTON — There’s a renewed push to start school later for local teenagers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged school districts throughout the country to start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later. Nationally, 83 percent of middle school and high school classes begin much earlier. The average start time is 8:03 a.m., based on data from the 2011-12 school year.

The CDC recommendation follows similar guidance last year from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and marks one of the few times the CDC has issued a wake-up call to educators on a lifestyle issue that can have a huge impact on adolescent health.

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Many Wonder How Rivers Edge Has 4 Stories And No Elevator?

ADA Standards for Accessible Design

The Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, "2010 Standards." On March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards was required for new construction and alterations under Titles II and III. March 15, 2012, is also the compliance date for using the 2010 Standards for program accessibility and barrier removal.

The 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, printed as Appendix A of the title III regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations, July 1, 1994 could be used for new construction and alterations under Titles II and III until March 14, 2012.

The Department has assembled an official online version of the 2010 Standards to bring together the information in one easy-to-access location. It provides the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36).

The Department has also compiled Guidance on the 2010 Standards from the revised regulations for Titles II and III. This explanatory information from the regulations addresses the scoping and technical provisions of the 2010 Standards.

If you have questions about the ADA Standards and want to talk to a Department of Justice ADA Information Specialist, go to the ADA Information Line page for the Department's toll-free telephone numbers and times of operation.

Proposed Worcester facility passes Stadium Authority vote

An indoor/outdoor sports complex to be located somewhere within the county has cleared the Maryland Stadium Authority by unanimous decision and now progresses to the state legislature for another approval.

Details of the project first emerged in January, although there had been some communication between Hat Trick consultants, the Texas-based firm with a hockey focus and Economic Development Director Bill Badger beforehand.

Hat Trick consultants have an ownership interest in a minor league hockey franchise, and would like to see a facility here that could house it or another hockey team, plus other events or sports teams. The Worcester County Commissioners added outdoor facilities to the proposal for what was originally an enclosed structure.

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Federal judge rules Va. can recall Confederate flag plates

A Federal Judge officially issued a ruling Thursday that will allow Virginia to begin recalling license plates with the Confederate battle flag.

Judge Jackson Kiser granted Attorney General Mark Herring's motion to dissolve an injunction that forced Virginia to put the Confederate flag on certain specialty license plates.

Because the injunction has been dissolved, DMVs in Virginia will begin the administrative process of recalling and replacing existing license plates with ones that comply with Virginia law.

A 2001 injunction allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the Confederate flag on certain license plates in Virginia.

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Hebron Savings Bank Robbed Again


Hi Joe! 

Think the bank just got robbed again. Cops flying up and down Riverside Dr for a bit. Some went back towards Camden. Will keep you posted! Drive thru is closed.

Publishers Notes: I just received a phone call. The Police have the suspect in custody, guns drawn and we're told the woman had a shotgun in the back seat of her get away vehicle. 

‘We Have to Start Putting Them in Body Bags’: Firefighter Stuns Community With Social Media Posts About Police Officers

A Virginia firefighter is on paid leave while his reported social media posts encouraging violence against police officers are investigated.

Khalil Abdul-Rasheed, a 15-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, allegedly responded to a Facebook post about police encounters by declaring, “We have to start putting them in body bags…” WTTG-TV reported.

He also reportedly wrote, “stop filming and rally to your fellow citizen. Pull the cops off, lay on the individual, form a circle or throw punches” and urged, “do something… they cant massacre a mob. If ur on the hi way pull over and show force.”

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These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland

Maryland is a pretty fantastic state, overall. There are some of the most underrated beaches on the east coast here. The western side has some awesome mountains and scenery. And Baltimore, is well, Baltimore. At least the Ravens are always contenders, and the O’s have proven they can contend in the AL East.
But is it all great in the Old Line State? Of course not. Just like every other state, Maryland has its trouble spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities in Maryland are the least desirable to live in.
Of course, you’ll most likely disagree if you see your town atop this list. But nonetheless, according to science, these cities are the worst places you could possibly live if you make Maryland your home. These places need a big hug right about now.
After analyzing 191 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,000 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Maryland:
  1. Elkton
  2. Salisbury
  3. Cumberland
  4. Hagerstown
  5. Cambridge
  6. Lansdowne
  7. Ocean City
  8. Robinwood
  9. Cockeysville
  10. Middle River

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Do You Believe Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good?

WHY?

Frustrated Salisbury Business Owner

I am not one to post negative stuff, but I was highly annoyed today when I went to my store and had a citation from the City of Salisbury for grass in the cracks of the Unrepaired city sidewalk.....Seems to me with the crime rate as it is, the city might want to invest more money in law enforcement, instead of city code enforcement......

Rep. Cummings: ‘Black Lives Have To Matter To Black People’

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The nonstop spike in crime from month to month has one of Maryland’s top congressional leaders begging for an end to what he calls “black on black” violence.

Marcus Washington with more on Congressman Elijah Cummings’ emotional call for peace.

It’s not often we see a man beg publicly, but that is what’s happening when it comes to the homicides and shootings in Baltimore. Congressman Cummings is not alone, as he is begging for it to stop.

It’s the constant tragedy that is becoming normality in Baltimore City. Each month, city police are recording some of the highest homicides per month in decades.

“And so I’m begging you–put your guns down–put your guns down and allow people to live,” said Congressman Elijah Cummings.

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Town’s leaders defend firing of first black police chief

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Leaders of a small, predominantly black town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are defending their decision to fire the town’s first black police chief and call for healing racial tensions that have divided the community.

“You’re looking for answers. … I’ve been wanting to bust loose and say what I want to say, but I can’t,” Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison told representatives of a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, which on Monday evening asked the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former police Chief Kelvin Sewell.

“This act has destabilized our community and now brought about division,” the Rev. Ronnie White of the House of Love Christian Center said.

Morrison, who is white, said he was willing to work with the group.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: I'm Not Going To Resign

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined 98 Rock's morning show Justin, Scott, and Spiegel Tuesday morning.

Listen to the full interview below:



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Louis Farrakhan: If the Federal Gov’t Does Not Intercede, ‘We Must Rise Up & Kill Those Who Kill Us’

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called late last month for black Americans to “rise up” and “kill those who kill us” if the federal government fails to “intercede in our affairs.”

The call for violence came during a July 30 speech the radical leader delivered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami.

“The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says, retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breaths of those whose children have been slain,” Farrakhan said.

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Firing of Town's First Black Police Chief Leads to Turmoil

Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting.

Two local pastors, representing a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, called on the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former Pocomoke City police Chief Kelvin Sewell.

"The integrity and reputation of our community is our utmost concern, and we feel has been greatly compromised, ... " the Rev. Ronnie White of the House of Love Christian Center said. "This act has destabilized our community and now brought about division."

Mayor Bruce Morrison said he was willing to work with the group to help heal the predominantly black town, which has been torn by racial tension, but Sewell would not likely get his job back.

"I don't see that happening, bringing Chief Sewell back," Morrison said.

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Wicomico Co. Homicide Under Investigation

(SALISBURY, MD) – A search is underway for a suspect as Maryland State Police continue their investigation into the murder of a Wicomico County man who was shot late this morning in Salisbury, Md.

The victim is identified as Dommeir D. Deshields, 21, of the 700-block of Church Street, Salisbury, Md. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. today, officers from the Salisbury Police Department responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area near the intersection of Anne and Baker streets in Salisbury, Md. Responding officers found the victim lying in the street and determined he had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was requested to respond and take the lead on this investigation. Additional assistance is being provided by State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators, as well as detectives, officers and deputies from the Salisbury Police Department and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. State Police crime scene technicians processed the shooting scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was walking on the street when a suspect approached and shot him with an unknown type of firearm. A suspect description is not known at this time.

Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and residents in the area throughout the day. Crime scene evidence has been transported to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime laboratory for analysis.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101, or Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. Callers may remain anonymous.

JUST IN: Jindal cuts off state Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has canceled a contract that provides Planned Parenthood with state Medicaid funds.

Medicaid, the joint federal and state health insurance program for the poor, represents a major source of the group’s government funding, at about 75 percent nationwide.

In a statement, Jindal said that under his state's contract with the pro-abortion rights organization, “either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice.”

The state says it has given 30 days notice to Planned Parenthood, which is under fire after a series of undercover videos showing officials from the group discussing fetal tissue.

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Biden For President? Allies Mulling Clinton Challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president.

Recent conversations between Biden’s associates and Democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation that Biden will challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination, and individuals close to Biden have started looking into the options that might be available to him if he were to run, such as potential staff in Iowa and the filing deadlines for entering the Democratic field.

But the people close to the vice president say his launching a White House run remains uncertain. Biden is expected to make a final decision as soon as early September, according to those familiar with his plans.

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Mayor Ireton Promised You'd Be Able To Swim In The Wicomico River...

Did you ever believe him?

A Maryland Town Fires Its Black Police Chief, Exposing a Racial Rift

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. — Kelvin Sewell figured he had landed his dream job in 2010, when he retired as a Baltimore police officer to help run the tiny 16-member force in this little riverfront city, which calls itself “the friendliest town on the Eastern Shore.” A year later he became its first African-American police chief.

Blacks and whites have coexisted, sometimes uneasily, in Pocomoke for centuries, but Chief Sewell, with his easygoing manner, quickly fit in. He prodded officers to patrol on foot, pleasing business owners. He helped poor students fill out college applications. Crime, everyone agrees, went down on his watch.

But the chief’s abrupt dismissal in June, without explanation, by a white mayor and majority white City Council that voted along racial lines, has torn Pocomoke asunder, wrecking old friendships and exposing a deep racial rift in this community of roughly 4,100 people, split almost evenly between black and white.

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Publishers Notes: This New York Times article, (to me) seems somewhat unfair. It strongly suggests the issue at hand is a racial one, it is not. If they had found the right source they would have at least learned there is far more to this story then meets the eye. 

Now, I will say that probably no one will go on the record and or can give them first hand information and their job is to deliver the facts. However, suggesting it is a racial matter is not factual, it's suggestive and it  is the easy route. The article, (like most papers today) desperately goes after the wow factor. It suggests that the Town is still radical towards blacks and that it is run by whites. 

Well, blacks have every right to run for office and that has been proven in Princess Anne. It's a shame our Main Stream Media feels the need to continue a divide. No, there will not be a follow up story in the New York Times about WHY this Police Chief was let go when all is said and done. I can tell you however, there are numerous reasons for his dismissal and they are NOT racially motivated.

Finally, IF that were the case he would have never been chosen for the job, yet too many people dismiss that fact. They are stirring the national pot and continuing the racial divide in America and in my opinion is out of line. Let this run its course and let's stop the assumptions until due diligence is complete. 

Sprinklers, and added cost, now universal in Maryland

OCEAN CITY —The final stroke of state sprinkler requirements could dampen single-family construction in the resort area, as the now-mandatory fire safety devices continue what many describe as long trend of added regulatory expense.

As of the first of this month, Maryland jurisdictions, including municipalities and counties, are no longer able to exercise an opt-out from the state fire safety code requiring sprinklers in all new construction, including single-family homes.

“When you talk about how poor Worcester County is, with the exception of Ocean City, you’re saying people who are already struggling to build a home now have an additional cost that may prohibit them from building a house,” said Reese Cropper, president of Insurance Management Group.

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Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho has not been shot

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was taken Sunday morning.

A statement from the authority said Jericho “is still alive and being monitored” by Brent Stapelkamp, who is following Jericho’s movements with the help of a satellite collar on the lion.

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Small earthquake recorded in Maryland

Here’s a new one. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.2 magnitude earthquake in Crownsville, Md., at 10:07 p.m. Saturday.

The quake, in Anne Arundel County, was about 8 miles north west of Annapolis.

Virginia has become accustomed to minor aftershocks since the 5.8 magnitude Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake that struck in Mineral, leaving some damage in the D.C. area, including the Washington Monument, National Cathedral and the Lake Jackson dam in Manassas. Since then, there have been hundreds of aftershocks, the latest on June 27.

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