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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Small City Moves To Opt Out Of Calif. Sanctuary Law

The city council in Los Alamitos, Calif., voted on Monday night to exempt itself from the state's so-called sanctuary law, which limits cooperation between local enforcement and federal immigration agents authorities.

And in the process, the Orange County city of fewer than 12,000 is aligning itself with a harder line on immigration than the more liberal policies adopted elsewhere in California.

The state's sanctuary law, Senate Bill 54, took effect on Jan. 1. And with a 4-1 vote, the Los Alamitos councilapproved an ordinance to opt out of it.

The council's chambers were packed with people supporting both sides, as the Los Angeles Times reports:

"About 160 people showed up to Monday's regular City Council meeting, a monthly event that rarely draws enough people to fill the 40-seat chamber. Speakers lined up late into the evening to address elected officials, who eventually voted 4 to 1 to approve the ordinance.

'Sometimes things are bigger than we are,' said Mayor Troy D. Edgar.

Cheers erupted inside the chamber after the vote, with some shouting 'Patriots!' and 'This is a win for America!' as others waved pro-Trump flags."


Amazon may buy some Toys R US Stores Inc. has looked at the possibility of expanding its retail footprint by acquiring some locations from bankrupt Toys “R” Us Inc., according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The online giant isn’t interested in maintaining the Toys “R” Us brand, but has considered using the soon-to-be-vacant spaces for its own purposes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Such a move would let Amazon quickly expand its brick-and-mortar presence, coming on the heels of buying Whole Foods Market Inc. and its more than 450 locations last year. The Seattle-based company also has opened its own line of bookstores and a convenience-store concept.


FedEx to place 500 locations in Walmart stores

FedEx Corp. FDX, +0.95% said Tuesday that it will put 500 FedEx Office locations in select Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.57% stores over the next two years. Customers will be able to pack, ship and print from the locations. Customers can also send packages to any Walmart-based Fedex Office location to store for up to five business days. The two companies piloted the program in 47 locations in six states. The effort is part of an expansion of the FedEx network. FedEx shares are up nearly 30% for the last year while Walmart shares are up 25% for the period. The Dow Jones Industrial AverageDJIA, +0.47% is up 17.7% for the last 12 months, outpacing the S&P 500 indexSPX, +0.15% which has risen 14.3% for the period.


BIPARTISANSHIP ALERT: Additional Tax Relief For Retirees

Governor Hogan Thanks Members Of General Assembly For Taking Action To Provide Tax Relief For Retirees

“During my campaign for governor I pledged to work hard to provide well-deserved tax relief for our state's retirees. I said that I wanted to eventually reach the point where we could do away with income taxes on all retirement income, just as many other states have done - that is still our goal. And I pledged to start heading toward that goal by repealing taxes on the pensions of our brave men and women who risked their lives for us." - Governor Larry Hogan, November 9, 2017

A Priority For Governor Hogan This Session Is To Further Reduce And Eliminate State Taxes On Retirement Income For Military, First Responders And Correctional Officers

Governor Hogan Legislation To Eliminate State Taxes On Military Retirement Income; Proposed Legislation Eliminates State Taxes On Military Retirement Income Received As A Result Of Military Service. “The first $15,000 of the military retirement income received by an individual during a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017, but before January 1, 2019; 75% of the military retirement income received by an individual during a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2018, but before January 1, 2020; and all of the military retirement income received by an individual during a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2019.” (“Senate Bill 312,” Maryland General Assembly, 1/22/18)
Governor Hogan Introduced Similar Legislation To Eliminate State Taxes On Military Retirement Income In2015 And In 2017.

Governor Hogan’s Proposed Hometown Heroes Act Of 2018 Is Expanded To Include Correctional Officers; Proposed Legislation Eliminates State Taxes On The Retirement Income Of Correctional Officers, Fire, Rescue, And Emergency Services Personnel. “In the case of a retired correctional officer, law enforcement officer, or fire, rescue, or emergency services personnel of the United States, the State, or a political subdivision of the State, the amount included under subsection (b) (1) of this section… For any taxable year beginning after December 31, 2019, may be subtracted only if the resident is at least 50 years old on the last day of the taxable year and includes all of the retirement income that is attributable to the resident’s employment as a correctional officer, law enforcement officer, or fire, rescue, or emergency services personnel of the United States, the State, or a political subdivision of the State.” (“Senate Bill 299,”Maryland General Assembly, 1/22/18)

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Sham Trade Barriers US Exporters Face

Lest American’s doubt that the playing field for international trade is fair they need look no further than our allies – the ones politicians say Trump’s new tariffs shouldn’t apply to. In a moment reminiscent of when Dorothy looked behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz and found he was a sham, the CEO of the world’s largest automobile company Volkswagen recently uncomfortably questioned the wide disparity between import duties imposed on U.S. cars (10 percent) headed to the Europe versus what the U.S. imposes on German cars (2.5 percent). And U.S. made pickup trucks and work vans face 25 percent tariffs! Even while this unexpectedly candid German executive was stating the obvious, the European Union continued rattling its saber and threatened retaliatory duties on U.S. goods to punish America for imposing “unfair” tariffs on steel and aluminum.

The United States has been losing on international trade issues to our competitors for years. To most Americans this is obvious and undoubtedly contributed to Trump’s election. In all but a handful of sectors primarily associated with either Defense or the Internet (whether it be autos, information technology, aviation, semiconductors, electronics, etc., etc., etc.) American business, specifically manufacturing, has systematically lost market share to overseas competition and American workers are worse off in relative terms. Analysts frequently point to the obvious failures of Detroit and the dramatic decline in the domestic auto industry, but are American business executives incompetent in almost every other business sector that competes on the international playing field?


Pruitt Pushes For Transparency In Science

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will soon end his agency’s use of “secret science” to craft regulations.

“We need to make sure their data and methodology are published as part of the record,” Pruitt said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Otherwise, it’s not transparent. It’s not objectively measured, and that’s important.”

Pruitt will reverse long-standing EPA policy allowing regulators to rely on non-public scientific data in crafting rules. Such studies have been used to justify tens of billions of dollars worth of regulations.

EPA regulators would only be allowed to consider scientific studies that make their data available for public scrutiny under Pruitt’s new policy. Also, EPA-funded studies would need to make all their data public.



March 21st 2018 Worcester County

The Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack in conjunction with local agencies and the State Highway Administration are implementing the Snow Emergency Plan for Worcester County effective as of March 21st, 2018 at 1930 hours. This plan is to assist the State Highway Administration in snow clearing operations throughout the county.

Once the snow emergency plan goes into effect, all vehicles on the roadway must be equipped with snow chains or snow tires. In addition, a parking ban is imposed on all snow emergency routes in the County. All vehicles left on the shoulders of these routes will be towed at the owner’s expense.

A press release will be sent out advising when the snow emergency plan has been lifted. Motorists with questions can contact the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack at 410-641-3101.

"Total Witch Hunt" - Trump Slams Mueller's Bias As Probe Pivots To Obstruction

Update: After going one whole day without tweeting (an increasingly rare phenomenon), President Donald Trump broke his silence to exhort his followers to check out Sean Hannity on Fox and Friends...

...Unsurprisingly, Hannity appeared on Trump's favorite show to argue that the only evidence of collusion was between Hillary Clinton and the US.


Mohammed Abdul Charged After Car Ramming Attack on Nightclub Crowd in Gravesend

21-year-old Mohammed Abdul, of McMillan Street, London, has appeared in court on charges of attempted murder after a car was driven into a crowd outside a nightclub in Gravesend, Kent.

Abdul is thought to have smashed into revellers in a Suzuki Vitara at Blake’s, Queen Street, injuring 13 people, KentOnline reports.

18-year-old Gravesend resident Elena Napoliello described how she and a friend were “standing in front of the bar in the marquee, waiting for our coats to be taken to the cloakroom [when] all of a sudden, I saw multiple people falling backwards onto us, and so I was confused as to what was happening.

“Then, I saw the headlights of the car coming towards me and my friend and we got pushed backwards by one of our friends to get us into safety.


St. Catherine's University Cancels Conference Because Too Many Speakers Were White

St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota, canceled a leadership conference last fall because too many of the scheduled speakers were white.

According to a report from the Star Tribune, details are emerging on why St. Catherine’s University canceled a leadership conference that was scheduled to take place last fall. The university published a statement last week acknowledging that the conference was canceled because the speaker list was not sufficiently diverse.

“We did not feel the list [of speakers] adequately represented the St. Kate’s community or fulfilled the objective of lifting up the voices of all women,” the statement read. “While this was a tough decision, we believe it was an important one.”

St. Catherine’s President, Becky Roloff, acknowledged that the decision was made due to the lack of diversity in an email that was sent to the campus community back in December.


Long Island cops dig up skeletal remains that may belong to woman missing since 1966

Police investigating a 52-year-old missing person cold case have found skeletal remains beneath a home in Long Island’s wine country.

The remains are believed to be those of Louise Pietrewicz, who was 38 in 1966 when she disappeared, leaving behind an 11-year-old daughter, The Suffolk Times reported.

Suffolk County homicide detectives on Monday dug up a burlap bag wrapped around the remains in the basement of a North Fork home that once belonged to Pietrewicz’s married boyfriend, the weekly paper reported. William Boken, a former Town of Southold cop, died in 1982. He was the prime suspect in Pietrewicz's disappearance.


Ultimate Indicator Shows US Never Recovered From The '08 Great Financial Crisis

The ultimate indicator of personal economic confidence is the determination to perpetuate the species and have children. The chart below shows annual US births from 1910 through 2017 and it is estimated there were 3.84 million births in 2017, nearly a hundred thousand fewer than in 2016.

The 2017 figure is also nearly a half million fewer than the late 1950's baby boom era peak and likewise below the subsequent mid 2000's double peak. The 2017 figure is also nearly six hundred thousand below the Census estimates provided as recently as 2000 and 2008.


Rep. Harris and Rep. Kaptur to Receive Lajos Kossuth Award

WASHINGTON, DC: On Wednesday, March 21, the American Hungarian Federation and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will present Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) with the Lajos Kossuth Award. This award is granted in recognition of Dr. Harris and Ms. Kaptur’s support in strengthening U.S. relations with Hungary and of democracy and human and minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Harris and Ms. Kaptur are currently Co-Chairs of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus.

The award will be presented at an open-press public reception on Wednesday night.

Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: 2060 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

For further information about the event, please visit the American Hungarian Federation’s event page.

Schweizer: We Need Legislation to Disclose Deals Between Family Members of Politicians, Foreign Governments

Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” author and Breitbart senior editor-at-large Peter Schweizer discussed his new book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends”.

After discussing Hunter Biden’s $1.5 billion deal with China, Schweizer said, “There is no disclosure. That has got to change. There has to be legislation says if your family members are doing deals with foreign governments American people need to know it.”

Schweizer said, “In the case of Mitch McConnell, Elaine Chao his wife her family is in the shipping business. If you look and dissect the shipping business they are completely dependent on the good graces of the Chinese government. In this case, Elaine Chao’s father gave a gift of 5 to $25 million dollars to Mitch McConnell, so they are direct beneficiaries.”


Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder, turns himself in

The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in July was charged with murder Tuesday after he turned himself in when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday in connection with the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, his attorney confirmed.

Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charge for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act while showing a "depraved mind." The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges he acted with "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk."

Damond was shot July 15, minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. The 40-year-old life coach’s death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on body cameras.


McDonald’s customer turns violent after receiving wrong breakfast order

Police in Glendale, Wis., are currently seeking the public’s help in identifying an irate McDonald’s customer who assaulted a teenage employee after receiving the wrong breakfast order.

The suspect and a friend reportedly pulled up to the drive-thru of the McDonald’s just before 11 a.m. on March 18, where they placed an order for a breakfast sandwich with bacon, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But upon receiving a breakfast sandwich with sausage instead, the woman became angry.

“What the [expletive] is this? I didn't order no sausage biscuit,” said the woman, who then threw the food back at the drive-thru operator.

A manager replaced her order with another sandwich, but she and her friend soon returned — this time entering the dining area — and claimed that the order was still wrong.


100-year-old runner, a World War II vet, sets 5 new world track records

A 100-year-old Texas man says he's on “the top of the world” after breaking five world running records for his age group during a championship meet in Maryland last weekend.

Orville Rogers, a Dallas resident who trained bomber pilots during World War II, is proof age is just a number after his record-setting performances at the USATF Master Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“I have a total of 18 world records and I’m very grateful that God has blessed me with the ability and the motivation to run well,” Rogers told Fox & Friends Tuesday.

The centenarian entered his first race when he was 90. He competes in the 100 to 104 age group.

Rogers explained his secret for living to 100.

“I’m a Christian and God promises a long life,” he said. “I have a wonderful wife who died 10 years ago. I have a great family. I have lots of friends and I keep active mentally, physically and spiritually.”


Stand Your Ground enhancement becomes law in Wyoming

Republican Gov. Matt Mead chose not to veto a measure expanding protections in cases where defensive force may be used and allowed the bill to become law without his signature.

Mead, a former federal prosecutor who has stumped to bring gun industry to the state, stood aside on HB 168, a popular bill that widens areas where no duty to retreat exists and provides immunity from civil liability in aftermath of a reasonable use of force. While the proposal’s sponsor welcomed the move, Mead said in a statement he did not feel the change was needed.

“I believe existing law adequately addresses the concerns raised in the Stand Your Ground Bill,” Mead told as the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.


Pit bull bites 7 children in Charlotte school

Seven children were bitten and scratched Monday afternoon after a stray male pit bull got into a southeast Charlotte elementary school and began chasing students as they fled for cover.

All seven victims suffered minor injuries, but an ambulance was not called, officials said.

The incident happened at Lansdowne Elementary School shortly before 1:30 p.m. The school, located between Providence and Sardis roads, is for children in kindergarten through grade five.


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What Do They Know That We Don't? DC Officials Flock To Doomsday Camps

Washington D.C. government officials are flocking to doomsday camps around the country. Which of course begs the question: what do they know that we do not?

According to the Washington Examiner, a building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse),or virus attack. Dubbed Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a year’s supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker with preparations for a SHTF scenario. What’s more, until a crisis strikes, the doomsday camps are being used for prepper training and vacations.

One of Fortitude Ranch’s members from the Baltimore area said that he and others joined after “waking up” to the potential of a national crisis from an attack, financial meltdown, or political violence. “For most of us, something rattled our cages and woke us up,” he said.


Exclusive -- Peter Schweizer: Mitch McConnell’s Family Fortune Dependent on Chinese Government's ‘Good Graces’

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, highlighted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) financial ties to the Chinese government as an example of how politicians monetize political influence while evading financial disclosure regulations.

Schweizer joined Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight for an interview with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak to discuss McConnell’s linkages to China, as detailed in his latest book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends.


Exclusive--'Smash and Grab': Schweizer Explains How Obama Weaponized Regulations to Enrich His Buddies

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, joined Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight to discuss revelations in his latest book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, including how former President Barack Obama’s “smash and grab” strategy allowed friends to buy up various companies for “pennies on the dollar” following market devaluations resulting from the Obama administration’s regulatory policies. Some of the ill-gotten funds later found their way into the Obama Foundation.

Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour asked Schweizer to explain Obama’s “smash and grab” policy. “Tell us about this thing with Obama because I’m looking at all the characters on your cover here of your book. … Tell us about Obama and his best friend and what they did.”


Judge Ignores SCOTUS, Tells Tennessee to Fund Federal Refugee Program

A March 19 federal court decision requiring taxpayers in Tennessee to fund the federal government’s refugee program ignores a 2012 Supreme Court decision, says Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center.

The judge’s 43-page decision on the refugee program “is filled with appealable issues,” Thompson told a Tuesday event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “Our view is that we should appeal it” at no cost to state taxpayers, said Roberts, who is the lead pro-bono lawyer in the case.

“We would relish that … this case could very well end up in the Supreme Court,” he said.

A Supreme Court majority ruled in 2012 that the federal government cannot force states to fund federal programs, so “the judge basically backed off because it was too controversial and ruled on the basis of standing,” Thompson added.

The case is important for many states because the federal refugee program forces state taxpayers and governments to fund most of the welfare, aid, and education costs of federal government’s policy of dropping refugees and their children in the states, he said. If states balk at paying the costs, the federal government can threaten to cut their share of federal funding for the Medicare program, he said.

In Tennessee, the federal Medicare program funds one-fifth of the state budget, or $7 billion per year.


Former Employee: ‘Horrifying’ Misuse of User Data Was Routine at Facebook

Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook platform operations manager, claimed the company’s “horrifying” misuse of user data was routine, and that Facebook preferred to have “no idea” what third parties were doing with the freely available data.
In their report, the Guardian noted that “hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica.”

“My concerns were that all of the data that left Facebook servers to developers could not be monitored by Facebook, so we had no idea what developers were doing with the data,” claimed Parakilas. “It has been painful watching… Because I know that they could have prevented it.”

“Once the data left Facebook servers there was not any control, and there was no insight into what was going on,” he continued, adding, “Facebook was in a stronger legal position if it didn’t know about the abuse that was happening.”

“They felt that it was better not to know. I found that utterly shocking and horrifying,” Parakilas declared, also estimating that “a majority of Facebook users” probably had their data used by third party companies and developers.


Obama Imposes Strict Media Ban on New Zealand Trip

Former President Barack Obama has imposed a strict media ban and gag order on his events this week in New Zealand, Newshub reports.

Members of the media can attend the events but can't report on them from inside; live streaming, tweeting or posting is explicitly banned; media can't ask questions; attendees are not allowed to record anything.

It's all locked down.

"Whenever President Obama undertakes private engagements, one of the conditions is that they're closed to public reporting," organizers from Air New Zealand and the NZ Council told Newshub.


Google Launches $300 Million 'News Initiative' to Combat Fake News

Alphabet Inc.'s Google is launching the Google News Initiative, to weed out fake news online and during breaking news situations, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google said it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to improve the accuracy and quality of news appearing on its platforms.

The changes come as Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. face a backlash over their role during the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.

In a separate blog post, Google said it was launching a tool to help subscribe to news publications.


FLASHBACK: Facebook COO Wanted to Help John Podesta Elect Hillary Clinton

As Facebook faces a crisis related to a user data scandal and the 2016 election, it seems appropriate to reflect on Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg telling Clinton campaign manager John Podesta that she wanted Hillary to “win badly.”

In a May 2015 email thread, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta offered his condolences for the sudden death of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg. Sandberg thanked Podesta for his kind words, then affirmed her desire to “help” Clinton win the 2016 election. She mentioned a home visit where Clinton interacted with her children. “I still want HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] to win badly,” she wrote. “I am still here to help as I can. She came over and was magical with my kids.”

Previous batches of leaked emails revealed that Sandberg offered to put Podesta in contact with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, stating that Zuckerberg was interested in influencing policies relating to “social oriented objectives (like immigration, education or basic scientific research).”

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Gibson, Beloved Guitar Maker, Faces Crushing $560 Million Debt

Like the blues giant Robert Johnson, whose mastery of a Gibson guitar was said to be the result of a deal with the Devil, the company has come to a crossroads.

After 116 years, the Devil’s knocking on Gibson’s door. Debt of as much as $560 million is due this summer, and investors are whispering that Chief Executive Officer Henry Juszkiewicz has got to go.

Juszkiewicz traded a slice of Gibson’s soul in an attempt to become more than just the maker of the world’s most beloved guitar. He bought pieces of consumer electronics companies to relaunch Gibson Guitars as Gibson Brands Inc., a “music lifestyle’’ company. It didn’t work out as planned.

Elvis Presley changed history on a Gibson J200. Eric Clapton’s famous solo on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps’’ was played on a Gibson, and when young B.B. King fled a burning building and realized he’d left his Gibson behind, he risked his life by going back inside to retrieve it. The fire had been accidentally started by two men fighting over a woman, and King gave his hollow-body guitar her name — Lucille.

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Broward County’s School Leniency Program Part of Larger Obama-Era Plan to Force School ‘Equity’

The Broward County, Florida, school leniency program that was likely the inspiration for the Obama administration’s plan to shrink the “school to prison pipeline” is part of a larger Obama-era plan to force school “equity.”

Nikolas Cruz, who could face the death penalty for the alleged murder of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was never arrested for prior reported violent acts and threats of violence, a likely reason why he was able to pass a background check and purchase the firearm he used in the shooting rampage.


Fourth Nor'Easter Of The Month Could Paralyze North East (Again)

Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC., warns of the fourth nor’easter this month — expected to slam into the North East on Wednesday:

“Another coastal storm will take shape Tuesday off the eastern seaboard. Intermittent snow and mixed precipitation will impact the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday then spread into New England Wednesday. Snow will be heavy at times Wednesday into Wednesday night, allowing it to periodically accumulate on roadways despite the higher March sun angle. Snow may impact morning commutes in Baltimore and DC, then impact evening commutes from Philadelphia to Boston Wednesday with low visibility and snow covered roads.

Coastal flooding, gusty winds, and heavy, wet snow is expected which, in tandem, may lead to power outages in some locations. Snowfall will wind down from southwest to northeast Wednesday night.”


Ocean City Police Release 2017 Annual Report Highlighting 13% Decrease in Crime

OCEAN CITY, MD – The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) has released their Annual Report for 2017, highlighting a third consecutive year of historic low crime rates.

In 2017, the OCPD experienced an average decrease of 13 percent in serious crime in comparison to the previous five years, and a 2.5 percent decrease from 2016. The report also shows that there were significant decreases in burglaries, thefts, and simple assaults. Additionally, officer-initiated calls for service increased by over 10,000 calls. This is due in large part to the heightened number of seasonal police officers, the expansion of the public safety aide position, and the proactive nature of the Patrol Division.

“In 2017, we continued to see the lowest crime rates we’ve seen in over a quarter century,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “This is a true testament to the hard work of the men and women of this department. Our personnel are dedicated to the safety of everyone in this city and that is proven by the stories and statistics within this report.”

In addition to crime and enforcement statistics, the Annual Report highlights the OCPD’s renewed focus on community engagement in 2017, such as the Coffee with Cops events, an opiate addiction awareness event, and the first edition of trading cards featuring the OCPD Mounted Unit. The accomplishments of each of the three divisions of the OCPD are also highlighted in the report.

To view the entire 2017 Annual Report, visit

Dems Defend Rather Than Denounce Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the famously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, is a repulsive figure on the fringes of American politics. But he’s not as much on the fringes as he should be. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a resolution in the House formally condemning Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger” aimed at Jewish Americans and Judaism, and condemning “all manifestations of expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance.” It was a politically shrewd move, because so many Democrats just can’t bring themselves to denounce Farrakhan. Indeed, as our Arnold Ahlert wrote last week, the entire Democrat Party is slouching towards anti-Semitism.

That became even more clear Monday when Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network led a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill not about denouncing Farrakhan’s racism but to block Rokita’s resolution condemning it. Instead, these rabble rousers want a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his perceived racism.

Gary Bauer noted the sad truth in the form of some questions: “Did they lobby for criminal justice reform? Better school safety measures in the inner cities? Expanding enterprise zones to boost economic opportunity in black communities? Sadly, their presence on Capitol Hill had nothing to do with any of those causes.” Instead, they’re defending a reprehensible man.

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Liberals Hate The Truth

Not wearing seat belt prompts cops to seize $92,000

Wyoming takes action to torpedo 'bizarre' law

The issue of rules that allow law-enforcement agencies to confiscate cash or other property during an investigation has drawn attention recently.

Such confiscations are often allowed even if no criminal charges are ever filed, and those losing the property must go to court to get their property.

For lawmakers in one state, however, those laws have gone too far.

The Institute for Justice is reporting lawmakers in Wyoming have banned the practice by officers of “badgering” drivers stopped on traffic infractions to sign pre-written waivers transferring title to property, including cash.

The bill, “Roadside waiver of property rights prohibited,” was signed recently by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.


Gun Rights A Hot Topic At Congressman’s Town Hall Meeting

BERLIN – Citizens shared concerns over gun rights, renewable energy and immigration at a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Andy Harris last week.

With little preamble Friday evening, Harris, Maryland’s 1st District congressman, jumped straight into answering questions from his constituents at Stephen Decatur Middle School. Early on, it was obvious that gun rights would be a hot topic.

Berlin resident Gail Jankowski told Harris her family owned guns but supported a ban on assault weapons.

“Why did you vote for and help to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which will allow people from other states with other rules to bring those kinds of weapons into Maryland?” she asked.


Cat Rescue Update In Salisbury Maryland

So, hundreds of horses are dying on a local farm and officers are out removing cat shelters and water bowls during the dead of winter. Letting horses die and letting cats freeze to death... what is wrong with Wicomico county!!??? The water bowl the officer is holding was chained to a tree out of the public view. We have permission to be there. I do clean up daily yet they leave trash behind while taking cat shelters! This must change and I will see that it does!

Wicomico County Schools To Close 2 Hours Early Due To Weather

No PM Pre-K, no after school or evening activities.

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Breaking News: A suspect in the series of deadly bombings in Austin, Tex., died after he blew himself up in his car as he was being chased, the police said

A suspect in the series of bombings that have terrorized the city of Austin, Tex., died early Wednesday after he blew himself up in his car as he was being chased by the police, the authorities said.

So True

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Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex Opening Day

Due to the forecasted rain/snow, the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex Opening Day has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver invites you to a special opening day event to celebrate the completion of the expansion project at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

Thursday, April 5
Opening Ceremony at 2 p.m.
Wicomico County High School Baseball & Softball Games at 4 p.m.
Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex
711 W. Naylor Mill Rd.
Salisbury, MD 21801

Following the opening ceremony, baseball and softball teams from Mardela, Parkside, WiHi, JM Bennett, Stephen Decatur and Washington will be available for interviews. This is a great opportunity speak with our local teams.

We hope to see you there!

Teaching Your Child How To Use 911

Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services Offers 9-1-1 Education To All 2nd graders In Wicomico County…

2nd Grade Students across Wicomico County will be learning how to dial 911, when and when not to dial 911 and what to expect when calling 911 during emergencies. Wicomico Department of Emergency Services will be using the 9-1-1 for kids program. The presentations will take place during the months of March, April and May. 

Monica Dietz- Training Coordinator for Wicomico Department of Emergency Services 911 Center states “ We are very excited to provide 9-1-1 education to this age group again this year, successful public education programs often begin in schools with students carrying what they have learned home to family members, neighbors, friends and new acquaintances. It’s a great opportunity to educate and let kids know that we (the call takers) will be there to help them during an emergency and not to be scared. “ 

For more information on the program contact Monica Dietz – Training Coordinator Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services 911 operations at .

Which Would You Prefer?

Is It Hillary or Jim Ireton???

Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act

Governor Hogan Thanks Members Of The Maryland Senate And House Of Delegates For Passing Important Legislation To Prosecute Repeat Sexual Offenders

“We all know sexual predators follow patterns of behavior, and that a single victim is often not the perpetrator's only victim. We have reintroduced our Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act, which will allow a court to admit evidence of a defendant’s prior history of sexual assaults during prosecution for subsequent sexual offenses. Our proposal will ensure that prosecutors have the tools needed to bring these criminals to justice.” - Governor Larry Hogan, March 14, 2018

Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act

Governor Hogan's Proposed Legislation, The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act, Would Allow A Court To Admit Evidence Of A Defendant’s Prior Sexually Assaultive Behavior During Prosecution For Certain Sexual Offenses Under Specific Circumstances. “The court may admit evidence of sexually assaultive behavior if the court finds and states on the record that: The evidence is being offered to: Prove lack of consent; or Rebut an express or implied allegation that a minor victim fabricated the sexual offense; The sexually assaultive behavior was proven by clear and convincing evidence; and The probative value of the evidence is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.” (“Senate Bill 298,” Maryland General Assembly, 1/22/18)
Legislation Sponsored By Senator Jim Brochin, The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act Of 2018 Includes A Similar Provision As The Bill Introduced By Governor Hogan.“The court may admit evidence of sexually assaultive behavior if the court finds and states on the record that: The evidence is being offered to: Prove lack of consent; or Rebut an express or implied allegation that a minor victim fabricated the sexual offense; The sexually assaultive behavior was proven by clear and convincing evidence; and evidence meets the requirements of Maryland Rule 5-403.” (“Senate Bill 270,” Maryland General Assembly, 3/14/18)

Legislation Sponsored By Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act Of 2018 Includes A Similar Provision As The Bill Introduced By Governor Hogan. “The court may admit evidence of sexually assaultive behavior if the court funds and states on the record that: The evidence is being offered to: Prove lack of consent; or Rebut an express or implied allegation that a minor fabricated the sexual offense; The defendant had an opportunity to confront and cross-examine the witness or witnesses testifying to the sexually assaultive behavior: The sexually assaultive behavior was proved by clear and convincing evidence; and The probative value of the evidence is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.” (“House Bill 301,” Maryland General Assembly, 3/13/18)

Similar Legislation Has Been Introduced For Over A Decade; Receives Strong Bipartisan Support