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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Salisbury City Council Agenda & Packet for 6-19-17

Lost Dog 6-18-17 UPDATE


He's a really sweet dog. My back porch door was cracked open I was just outside with him no more then 5 mins before he disappeared. 443-614-4530

NR 6-17-17 Third Suspect Arrested in Salisbury Fire


Third Individual Arrested in Salisbury Fire

     WICOMICO COUNTY,  -  The ongoing investigation involving an arson fire at Friendly Food Store located at 900 N. Salisbury Blvd in Salisbury of Wicomico County has lead to a third arrest. Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office have arrested Mayank R. Kothari (37) of Salisbury for his involvement in the intentionally set fire which originally occurred on June 16th. Kothari, who was an employee at the Friendly Food Store, has been charged with Arson Second Degree. Kothari was transported to Wicomico County Detention Center where he is being held pending his initial appearance.
     Mohammad Adeen (39) and Timothy E. DeMent (42) are also being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center pending their initial appearance. 
     Anyone with any further information in reference to this fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, Lower Eastern Region Office at 410-713-3780.

Happy Father's Day

There's Always One A-Hole In The Crowd

Romper Room Anyone?

Julia Glanz
Salisbury City Administrator
By Thornton Crowe

Has City Hall become a who's who edition of Teen Beat Magazine? At this point, we don't know but its sure looking that way, isn't it?

Well, it's nice to see City Administrator Julia Glanz is putting her contacts to work for us. She's now appointed two 10-year-olds to City government under the guise of Deputy City Administrators. Neither looks like they're old enough to have a driver licenses, let alone sit on a barstool next our Boy Mayor and his little buddies.

This is what happens when you put chickadees in charge of the hen house; you get a bunch of kiddies running around doing nonsense instead of having true change agents working to make Salisbury a better place to live for all its residents.

Alison Pulcher
Alison Pulcher looks like she hasn't run a comb through her hair since about 2000 and is a stranger to the make-up counter at Macy's. Meanwhile, Andy Kitzrow looks like he just got into long pants about three days ago and doesn't even shave but once a week. These are leaders for a city? They're a sideshow clown car joke which has become the moniker for the whole Jake Day Administration?

Just how did these two wow them at the interview? Bring cupcakes and designer, free-range fed cow milk or dance to the latest Katy Perry tune?

Holy Batman Capers, I'd hope we'd be able to do a bit better than this!

While I'm sure these two youngsters are nice people, nice doesn't get changes done to the city that benefit folks of all ages. Instead you can expect more free smoke detector/hot dog raids and other such insidious balderdash that amounts to Third Fridays 24/7.

Hence, this will not bring JOBS back to Salisbury -- which everything from jobs creates all the things we love like entertainment choices, solid infrastructure and wide variety in housing options.

Andy Kitzrow
Instead, we get the hood with cupcakes at the helm. And what will this get us? Absolutely nothing. Actually, no, I'm wrong, it will get us worse than we've experienced in the past.

Sorry, kids, but it's looking more and more like this whole Julia Glanz experiment is a just a big fat bust. Clearly, she's not qualified to do the job she's in, much less hire competent, qualified people for other local government positions.

Was she really our only option to replace her predecessor? A hipster from Long Island? Really? Do you think she knows anything about Salisbury from her vast 8 years living here? The only thing she's good at is 'sucking up' in all the right places. Other than that, she's a dismal disaster of a nightmare in her current position as we can attest given her recent hires.

Doesn't Salisbury deserve better than this three-ring circus of lunacy? Don't you want to leave something for your kids besides a dilapidate shack with zero market value in one of our illustrious Smallsbury slums?

It's your call, folks... but hey, I'm just a man asking questions...

Tired of Footing the Bill?

Salisbury's Riverwalk Current Condition

By Thornton Crowe

Over the last week, the handrail situation on Riverwalk has become a source of hot debate here on Salisbury News. It all began when the handrails which used to line both sides of the river, running from the hotel down to Market Street Inn.

Riverwalk Handrails
After they fell in disrepair, the rails were removed because Jake Day and his band of City Hall clowns didn't want to pay for the costly repairs needed to reenforce the rusting iron and faulty joints. Therefore, under the guise of some 'renovation' they removed the rails altogether rather than fixing issues.

A week ago, a reader's comment was published where many debated the pros and cons of putting those rails back. Most commenters saw no need to do so, citing other places didn't have them. Then, last Friday, the City got it's first fatality when the police found a drowning victim floating near the hotel. Now that somebody's dead, it means major damage control for City Hall as now, the caution has turned into reality.

Let the on-purpose mishap damage control begin!

Where do you think the money will come from? Certainly not out of Day's paltry yearly salary; it will be coming out yours - Salisbury residents and businesses' to rectify the situation. Is this responsible governance? Creating big problems through sloth and then expecting taxpayers to foot the bill for said neglect or outright ignorance?

Common sense would dictate, handrails were installed to avoid such mishaps - or at least, give some insurance no matter how weak or they wouldn't have been installed in the first place. Now with this death, the City's liability insurance is sure to go up due to the conditions being favorable of incidents where people could injure themselves. Who pays? You do, of course.

Remember, given the fact that Salisbury University has gobbled up a lot of the city properties to make room for Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach's great academic society - meaning less properties on the tax rolls; residential and business taxes has risen to off-set the deficits it created. Meaning property owners, the landlord class and businesses alike will have to foot yet another bill.

When will the bleed end?

One smart solution would be to tap local corporations, civic groups and churches to sponsor for the purchase, installation and continual maintenance of these handrails (which could've been done with the original railing had anyone bothered to think for a change). By getting companies like Perdue, First Baptist Church and Gillis Gilkerson to kick in with sponsorships, this would eliminate any need to raise taxes to cover the expense, plus give a nice little PR boost for sponsors. It's a win-win all the way around. Yet, this is seldom the way folks like Day solve problems costing the City money!

After Day's "Renovation"
However, Liberal knee jerk reaction is to immediately raise property and business taxes instead of going to their donor class for relief on a feel-good project such as making the river's edge safe for the kids. If our illustrious mayor had any business sense and governance savvy, he would know these types of sponsorships would actually make him look like a hero - even more so than bringing folk festivals to the area, which will provide a temporary win for the City, but no long term one for residents!

So there you have it, folks. Another self-inflicted crisis brought to you by City Hall where you will be on the hook once again as you have for decades to pay for someone else's bad judgement calls. When will you get sick of paying for amateur hour and elect a Mayor and city government which knows how to conduct business and get results for you instead of line their pockets while using your backs to step on in order to get to the next level in their political ambitions?

Aren't you sick of footing the bill for foolishness and incompetence?

You Can't Put Lipstick on this Pig!

By Thornton Crowe

In response to A Viewer Writes: Not the same town I grew up in:

Before ECI was built, many residents raised caution about having a maximum security institution in the area but all the legislators yammered about more jobs for the community. Look what element it brought with it. You have the inmates' families and 'homeys' coming down from large cities to be close for 'visitors' days' and then you wonder why things fell apart? Really? Seriously, were the jobs really worth the headaches brought to the area? You be the judge.

Salisbury residents were also warned in the Eighties by an economics professor (whose name escapes me) at Salisbury State University (at the time) about the price the area would pay should local government continue to not foster businesses in the area and encourage new business. This is around the time when many companies in town experienced strikes which led to many losing their jobs (lifelong in some cases with nice pensions until...) He said in his op-ed that Salisbury couldn't just depend on one or two big businesses, but must keep companies like Chris Craft and others because they were the bedrock of our community. Yet, nobody listened.

He warned should landlords continue to foster mass rentals in the City limits, the rental class would slowly dissolve the neighborhoods and then the town. The reason was because there is a vast difference between renters and homeowners when it comes to pride and care for one's dwellings. This we've seen is abundantly clear should you walk down College Avenue between Camden and Riverside Drive. How many times have you seen garbage cans sit out on the street for days because no one from Rinnier comes by and pull the trash dumpsters back to the side of their rental houses where four to five college students live? How many times have you seen broken beer bottles liter the sidewalks after they've had parties or had your front light destroyed in retaliation for turning the noisy students into the college for discipline?

The same economist also warned about becoming a retirement community for the Northern folks who could come live here much cheaper would come with their demands for equal infrastructure to those cities, would literally break the City's bank. Why? Because while these new residents pay taxes for property, they don't have income taxes like young workers. Hence, he warned the tax revenue would go down while tax paid demands would escalate. And as we've seen, he's absolutely correct.

Now, you have the young professionals moving away right after graduation because the area has high rent (due to landlords raping them while in college with said rents requiring four to five people living in a house), no jobs in the area of merit and a dilapidated infrastructure City Hall refuses to address, while opting for fancy plans about low income housing in the downtown area. Hence, you lost your most promising wage earners under the guise that progress was being made for the area when in fact, you scared them away!

Therefore, Salisbury was warned that should it take certain paths it would lead to the city's destruction. The leaders at the time chose to ignore it and just careen towards these end results with eyes wide shut. You voted for these leaders election after election without paying any attention to the metamorphous of their legislative and attitude changes which didn't happen overnight.

Whose fault is it really? The City Council? Past Mayors? Residents? Or all of the above?

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel Responds To Bed Bug Accusations

To our valued guests and Facebook followers, please let us set the record straight. Let us assure everyone that there is no bed bug infestation at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.

Due to a negative review regarding a bed bug issue, late last night we took down our page in order to calm the wave of responses to that review, and to formulate our response. These are the facts:

From reading Ronda Miller’s review, one gets the impression that this incident occurred recently, when in fact it occurred on February 18, 2017. Ms. Miller checked into a room with adjoining accommodations on February 17, 2017. On the afternoon of February 18, she alerted the front desk that she had found a bed bug. After initial inspection by our Director of Housekeeping one adult bug was found. We moved Ms. Miller and the guest in the adjoining room to other rooms, and took the charge for one night off those bills. We had a licensed pest company inspect the rooms. They also determined that the bug was an adult, and that there was no evidence of any other bed bug activity found in either room. The Health Department was notified and they also inspected and confirmed the same, that there was no bed bug activity in either room. Ms. Miller and the other guest stayed another two nights.

Upon check out, Ms. Miller expressed to me that she wanted her whole stay at no charge (which we refer to as “comped.”) I explained to her that the one night comp per room was given for the inconvenience but that she stayed on another two nights without incident. A short time after her departure, we received communication from Ms. Miller’s attorney which we forwarded to our insurance company.

When the guest review was posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017, there were many who also reviewed us citing their own bed bug situations; however, when we researched these names, some as far away as Alaska, none of those posters have ever stayed here.

To our knowledge, there is still an impending law suit, which prohibits us from further comment about this particular case.
The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel always strives to exceed our guests’ expectations. Our rooms are treated and inspected twice a year by a licensed pest control company using canines trained in bed bug discovery. Our staff is also trained by this same pest company regularly, and as a preventive measure, we use bed bug covers on our mattresses. Unfortunately, bed bugs are hitchhikers. They move from place to place with travelers, which is how they get into hotel rooms. This doesn’t mean the travelers are doing anything wrong; it’s just how the bugs move.

Again, let us assure everyone that there is no bed bug infestation at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.

We appreciate our loyal guests commenting and posting about the Clarion Resort in a positive light. Thank you for standing by us.

Clarion Resort Ownership and Management

City Welcomes New Deputy City Administrators

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day and City Administrator Julia Glanz are proud to announce that Alison Pulcher and Andy Kitzrow will be joining the City as its new Deputy City Administrators. In line with the Mayor’s recently adopted FY18 budget which mandates reorganization in some areas of City government, the formerly singular Assistant City Administrator job title has been reimagined to better handle a growing workload.

“The Assistant Administrator position came into being as part of the FY ’07 budget,” said the Mayor, “and it has been the office where the rubber meets the road on our most important fiscal and planning documents ever since. As we have taken on more and more event planning and production, with all that is laid out in our Master Plan and with the National Folk Festival now a very big reality for us, the position’s scope of responsibility has become large enough that a second person is needed as we move forward.”

City Administrator Julia Glanz said, “We set a high bar for this group of applicants, and there were some very strong interviews. It’s a unique situation to have to search for two ideal candidates to fill matching positions like this, but we were fortunate enough to have met a couple of interviewees who really ‘wowed’ us.”

Has Wicomico County become a Banana Republic?

By Thornton Crowe

From last Monday night's legislative session, it would seem so...

In the session, the Wicomico Council convenient to adopt the Amended budget after their prior 'rush' job to get the original passed last month. In both instances, John Cannon and fellow council persons failed to adhere to the County's charter which states, the department heads are expected to be invited to defend their line items on the budget should cuts be considered for those areas.

In calm verbal discourse, Councilman John Hall (District 4) raised objections to the budget and amendment; not because of any particular line item with it but the process for which they came to their conclusions. Citing their lack of cooperation with the Executive branch, he pointed out that unlike before, the procedure mentioned above was not followed.

Retorting with nonsensical banter, Cannon fired back that the 'open work session' was posted on the website, indicating this was to be construed as an invitation for County Executive Bob Culver and other department heads to come and negotiate. However, is this the truth?

Cannon may be correct it was listed on a website, which people may or may not visit, but no invitation was proffered to Culver or other departments to attend the work session, nor were they every consulted on the cuts to the finalized version. The end result for the Department of Corrections will be devastating, yet no one was there to respond nor defend the need to continue offering promotions to corrections officers.

Cannon is becoming a repeat offender

As I mentioned a week or two ago, Cannon is a stranger to ethically run government when he pulled a failure to recuse during the cut in the county property taxes. This, my friends, is yet another example of many where he plays footloose with policies. As per the charter, Hall is absolutely correct; nothing should be cut from any budget with the appropriate discussion by persons in the know. This is common sense which seems to be a stranger in Cannon's world.

The thing most disturbing in this situation is Cannon appears to be painting himself as some kind of oath keeper but in fact, he's breaking rules, while attempting to paint Culver as the one whose inept or incompetent. Playing politics at taxpayers' expense is just unacceptable to the residents who voted for both him and Culver.

Councilman John Hall (Dist 4)
Buried deep among the superfluous facts and numbers of the Independent article, Culver states he was more than available to Cannon and the council to go over line items; however, it was not going to be a tit for tat session, but rather a meeting to maintain the County's Charter for such procedures. A mere message on a website makes not for a proper invitation -- and furthermore, not allowing those to speak who do attend, is not one either.

There are imperative reasons why Legislative and Executive are separate - it provides checks and balances without a monopoly of power being given to one over the other. Therefore, doesn't this demonstrate Cannon's inability to play well with others in the government sandbox when he plays dodge n' lie? He seems to have a penchant for throwing sand on everyone, then feign he's the injured party? Are we absolutely sure he's not a liberal because his behaviors and ideology certainly indicate as such!

Just remember, folks, you are the one who elect both these branches into office, hence, you have to ask yourselves, is Cannon doing his due diligence to represent you or just winding you up for his next election?

And just where was the Local Media in all this?

I find it also interesting that Cannon was the one interviewed on camera about this incident - as well as featured in the Independent piece; however, Hall and Culver didn't enjoy the same on-air time to retort.

Is the biased that blatant? Or is it the fact that the Cannons have long history with WMDT and WBOC?

We all remember Cannon worked as a cameraman for both local stations and his sister, Sally Cannon, was the face of the Eastern Shore in the Eighties as the main anchor on WBOC; therefore, does his prior employment ties curry him favor above others serving our community?

But hey, like I've said before, I'm just a man asking questions...

Should Delaware have a 'Barack Obama Day?' State lawmakers think so

Legislation that, if signed into law, would declare August 4, 2017 as "Barack Obama Day" in Delaware, has cleared the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 27, sponsored by Senator Robert Marshall and Representative Charles Potter, was introduced on Wednesday, June 7, and immediately put to a vote in the Senate that passed with 16 in favor.

The legislation highlights President Obama's accomplishments during his eight-year presidency, and upon passing would designate August 4, 2017 as "Barack Obama Day" in Delaware, which coincides with the former commander and chiefs 56th birthday.


I'll have what he's having...

By Thornton Crowe

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know the scene from When Harry Met Sally; it's all I've heard in my head since reading this honey dipped, fabrication piece in the US News called: Can Salisbury and Small Urban Enclaves make Rural Cool?

You really must read the whole article to fully grasp the syrupy sweet confection that makes your teeth just rot reading it as Jake Day gives the reporter sound bytes of blather tinged with the ever so whimsical cotton candy ending. It was so fantastical, even the reporter interjects, "...the plan is aggressive and maybe unrealistic..."

More comical prose are Day's rendition of The Jerk's "I was born a poor black man on the wrong side of town..." ode with:

"There were moments when, as a 9-year-old living in Salisbury, I was thinking I really want to be mayor in this town..."

Surely, the reporter had no idea Day ran unopposed for his $25K per annum dream job but that's just too inconvenient a truth to expect from our rose-colored glasses wearing Mayor. He reminds me of Mr. Kite from the badly made Peter Frampton/BeeGee remake of Sgt. Peppers & the Lonely Hearts Band from the seventies. A tale of homespun mystical elixir unlike no other:

"The biggest thing for us has been arts, entertainment and culture," Day explained. "Recognizing that those things can be more than an ancillary benefit, but a driver has been big for us." 

What? Really, Jake? That's the biggest thing Salisburians need right now is jute joints and dog playing poker picture exhibits? Surely you jest. But no, he said this in a serious interview.

Oh but my dear readers, it gets oh so much better! Day goes on to explain that

"The problem is that we're just not adding people at the same rate that we're adding jobs..." 

Interesting he should say this because just today, I was talking Mr. Albero about this very issue. Jobs are not in high quantity here in Splitsville. In fact, we have such a hard time with that area, large placement companies like Manpower closed up shop and left the area never to return! Oops!

Shall we continue?

Another humdinger is Jake claiming that we're like Frederick. Ah. Fun. A suburb of DC. Well, considering we're a good two-hour drive to DC on a non-summer, non-tourist day, being compared to Frederick is like being compared to Los Angeles. All of it sums up to Jake Day living in another alternate universe for which he is stands alone.

The only thing that likens us to Frederick or any other urban suburb is the traffic. Why? Because no one has a job here. They all drive all day long, trying to find a job.

All I can say is even though Salisbury has 33K residents, those who can vote should serious re-think this whole Day Dreamer experiment, because it's not working out so darn hot.

His fairy tale de jour was too tempting to not write something when it was sent to me from a reader. It proves my theory that we a have a delusional mayor of Simpleton whose living in a world which is unlike the one you and I experience.

And you think Day is really connected with his voter base or the woes in this community?

Ummm, Alrighty.

Breaking News: Brooke Mulford Passed Away Early This Morning 6-12-17

At 1:04 am Brooke went from my arms into the arms of Jesus...
Sweet Brooke you were the most amazing person I ever met. Your smile lit up my heart and the whole world. It was my absolute privilege and honor to be your mommy. I miss everything about you already. I love you to Heaven and back...

OCPD Arrests Two Baltimore-Area Men for Serious Weapons Charges

OCEAN CITY, MD – (June 16, 2017): Two Baltimore-area men have been arrested after witnesses reported shots fired in the 100-block of Wicomico Street Thursday night.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, at approximately 9 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue after receiving reports of a man with a rifle and shots fired. Witnesses provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle. Patrol officers quickly located the suspect vehicle northbound on Baltimore Avenue and stopped the suspects with assistance from the Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit who were conducting a crime suppression detail in the downtown area at the time with the support of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team and a Maryland State Police special enforcement team. The suspects were identified as Christopher M. Thomas, 20, and Tarik R. Purcell, 18, of Gwynn Oak, MD. The two were arrested without incident. During a search of the vehicle, officers located two Hi-Point 9mm carbine pistols.

After investigation, officers determined that Thomas and Purcell had gotten into a verbal altercation with another group before firing two rounds into the air in the 100-block of Wicomico Street. At that time, both parties fled the scene. Two spent shell casings were located in the area. No victims were reported during this incident.

Officers have charged Thomas with possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a handgun, handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, reckless endangerment, and discharging a firearm within city limits. Purcell has been charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a handgun, handgun in a vehicle and operating a vehicle with unauthorized window tinting. Thomas and Purcell are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

SPD's new vehicle: Kubota RTV-X1140 police package

Breaking News: The Virginia shooting suspect was an opponent of President Trump and "wasn't happy with the way things were going," his brother said

The suspect, James Thomas Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., died in a Washington hospital after a shootout with the police.

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Martin O'Malley Tweets On Virgina Shooting And He's "PISSED"

Oh boy O'Malley is pissed what shall we do. 

Maybe he should talk to the Democratic Governor of Virginia to see if they can toughen those gun laws in that state.  Since they have worked so well in Baltimore!

He doesn't seem to care about all the people that are getting shot and killed in Baltimore.  No snarky tweet about that can be found on his twitter feed. 

I wonder how he will try to spin the fact that the shooter was a Bernie supporter.   He was probably hoping that shooter was clinging to their bibles and praising President Trump.  Sorry O'Malley you lose again!  

Frosh, DC Counterpart Sue Trump Over Business Ties

The attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland have filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, both Democrats, discussed the suit in a press conference at the former's Washington office. The suit was filed in federal district court in Greenbelt.

Frosh said Americans every day have to ask themselves whether Trump takes a particular action for the benefit of the United States or for the benefit of his businesses.


Salisbury MSP Press Release - Prostitution Sting 6-15-17

BREAKING NEWS: Rise Up Coffee Roasters SU Cafe Closes

“The reception and support by the campus community for the Rise Up SU Cafe was simply unbelievable, and its beyond my ability to fully convey my appreciation. As the owner of Rise Up Coffee, these results rank near the top of all we’ve accomplished in our 13+ years in business. As a proud alumnus of SU, this partnership has been a thrill of a lifetime. That said, our business philosophy has always been “Quality Backed By Quality People”. In defense of both, and though seemingly COMPLETELY avoidable, we were forced to conclude that we could no longer continue this partnership." - Tim Cureton

Democratic Congressman: ‘Every racist in America voted for Donald Trump’

During House proceedings Monday evening, Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York declared that “every racist in America voted for Donald Trump.”

While delivering a speech on the House floor, Jeffries began ranting about white supremacy and hate crimes being perpetrated under Trump’s presidency.

“We’re wondering why were so many people who worship at the altar of white supremacy drawn to Donald Trump’s campaign.” Jeffries said. “What was it about this individual that so many folks dripping in hatred flocked to his candidacy?”


I Saw This On A Local Salisbury Facebook Post

I hate ringing people up for garbage when I'm sure my tax dollars are paying for him to have redbull and some junk food! 😡
Not against stamps and govt help but this to me is abusing the system! Oh and he bought all this at midnight. Healthy young man no physical ailments.

As Seen On Facebook: Do not stay at Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD!

When I stayed here recently I woke up with bites all over my back. I picked up the mattress and found a bed bug. The supervisor came up to our room, collected the bug in a cup and never even apologized. All they offered was to move us to another room. When we checked out, the General Manager wouldn't even come out to talk to us or refund our money. The front desk refunded one night and I had to dispute the rest of the charges with my Credit Card company which were refunded when they saw my medical bills and pictures. When I finally talked to the General Manager on the phone, he said he didn't see that we were inconvenienced. I went to patient first and was treated with steroids and antibiotics, had to strip my whole family of clothing and throw things away. After the incident, I found multiple reviews online that said there were bitten by bedbugs and management responds denying.

BREAKING: BB&T In Salisbury Robbed 6-17-17


JUST IN: Ocean City Receives Advice Letter from Attorney General on Matter of Toplessness

Ocean City, Maryland – (June 15, 2017): The Worcester County State’s Attorney has received a letter of advice from the Office of the Attorney General about the application of Maryland’s indecent exposure law. The letter, which was requested when the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office received a request from a woman who believed it was her constitutional right to be bare-chested on Ocean City’s beach, states that “it is our view that Maryland courts would hold that prohibiting women from exposing their breast in public while allowing men to do so under the same circumstances does not violate the federal or State Constitution.

Ocean City officials, who passed an emergency ordinance on Saturday, June 10, to prevent female toplessness in public areas, were delighted about the letter. “We are pleased to see the Attorney General’s Office has advised that prohibiting topless women sunbathing is not a violation of equal protection,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan. “We have a responsibility to protect the rights of thousands of families who visit our beach and Boardwalk each summer season, and the letter of advice agreed with our position.”

Also satisfied with the advice was Worcester County States Attorney Beau Oglesby. “The Office of The Attorney General has provided me with a well-reasoned and comprehensive analysis of this legal question,” commented Oglesby. “This issue has statewide implications and unfortunately has created division and unrest in our community during our busiest time of the year. Individuals on both sides hold passionate and sincere beliefs in their positions. However, having reviewed and considered the Advice Letter, I agree with its conclusions. My Office will continue to work with the Ocean City Police Department and the Town of Ocean City as this issue develops further.”

The advice letter mentions numerous court findings where the constitutionality of indecency statutes applied to topless women, but not men, on the grounds that there are “real physical differences” between men and women. Further, it noted (United States v. Biocic) “the important government interest is the widely recognized one of protecting the moral sensibilities of that substantial segment of society that still does not want to be exposed willy-nilly to public displays of various portions of their fellow citizens’ anatomies that traditionally in this society have been regarded as erogenous zones. These still include (whether justifiably or not in the eyes of all) the female, but not the male, breast.

Wicomico County Crime Clearly On The Rise


Governor Terry McAuliffe “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence”.

REMINDER: Comey's Termination Papers

Here's a refresher for everyone to read for themselves to understand Trump's Tweet:

See the third memorandum.

The Documents:

The (lack of) affordable housing issue catering to SU students and not permanent residents

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Breaking News: The Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile was acquitted of all charges

His girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath in 2016.

Had he been convicted, the officer, Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department, would have faced up to 20 years in prison for second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm.

JUST IN: Court Rules For White Marlin Open In Prize Money Dispute

OCEAN CITY — After roughly 10 months of legal wrangling and a nine-day trial in May, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled the winner of the white marlin division in the White Marlin Open was not entitled to the record $2.8 million payout after opining the angler, captain and crew were indeed deceptive on post-tournament polygraph exams.

Last August, tournament officials discovered a potential rules violation that would ultimately disqualify the winner in the white marlin division, a 76.5-pounder caught by angler Phillip Heasley on the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla. Heasley’s 76.5-pound white marlin was awarded a tournament-record $2.8 million in prize money because the Kallianassa was entered across the board in all added entry levels and the fact it was lone qualifier.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Bennett ruled Heasley and the Kallianassa should be disqualified because of the apparent deception on the required polygraph exams.

“Ultimately, this Court concludes that Mr. Heasley’s arguments are without merit,” the judge’s opinion reads. “The White Marlin Open complied with its obligations and did not breach the Tournament Rules contract as a matter of law. Consequently, Mr. Heasley’s performance under that contract was not excused. By failing to satisfy the Tournament Rules’ polygraph requirement, Heasley himself failed to perform under the contract and is not entitled to the prize money.”