Monday, November 07, 2011
Date of Incident: 5 November 2011
Location: 23000 block of Marsh Road, Mardela Springs, MD
Suspect: Kevin James Kolb, 34, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 5 November 2011 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office investigated the theft of prescription medication from inside a business establishment. The deputy learned that a man later identified as Kevin Kolb was present for the purpose of cleaning the carpets inside the building. After Kolb left, prescription medication turned up missing. A review of the surveillance video inside the establishment showed Kolb pick the medication up from the counter and put it in his pocket.
The investigating deputy obtained a warrant for Kolb’s arrest and located him the following day. Upon arrest, Kolb was taken to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, Kolb was released on Personal Recognizance.
Date of Incident: 5 November 2011
Location: 23000 block of Ocean Gateway, Mardela Springs, MD
Suspect: Dustin E. Walker, 30, Mardela Springs, MD
Narrative: On 5 November 2011 at 6:15 PM a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded for a problem at a residence in the 23000 block of Mardela Springs. Upon arrival the deputy learned that Dustin Walker had been involved in an altercation with his parents inside the residence when Dustin allegedly exited from the kitchen brandishing two knives and asked his father if he wanted to “say something now.” According to the father, he took defensive action to prevent himself from being cut with the knives. During this, Dustin’s mother attempted to call 911 but Dustin grabbed the phone from her hand. When she attempted to use another phone, he also grabbed that phone and tore the cord out.
The responding deputy placed Dustin under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Dustin in the Detention Center in lieu of $74,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 1st Degree
Assault 2nd Degree
Date of Incident: 5 November 2011
Location: 2700 block of Church Street, Whitehaven, MD
Suspect: David M. Sisk, 49, Whitehaven, MD
Narrative: On 5 November 2011 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office investigated an act of vandalism that occurred in Whitehaven the previous evening. The deputy met with a victim who showed the deputy a broken out rear window and a punctured tire on a vehicle. The victim recounted to the deputy that the victim had been involved in a verbal altercation with a neighbor just prior to the infliction of the damage. The deputy interviewed the neighbor, David Sisk, who ultimately admitted to causing the damage.
The investigating deputy obtained a warrant for the arrest of Sisk who was arrested the following day. Upon arrest and transport to the Central Booking Unit, Sisk was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Sisk on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Malicious Destruc
tion of Property (2 counts)
The woman, Sharon Bialek, is the fourth woman who has accused Cain of sexually inappropriate behavior in the late 1990s and the first to go public with her charges. She outlined her story at a high-profile New York City press conference at the Friars Club.
Ron Paul won another Republican straw poll this weekend, in Illinois this time.
It’s starting to become routine for Mr. Paul, points out The State Column, an online source of state political news:
“Paul has consistently demonstrated his ability to rally his supporters to straw polls throughout the nation. Paul took second place in the Ames Straw Poll in August, finishing just 1 percentage point behind Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Paul won a Values Voter Summit straw poll in October and a California Republican Party straw poll in September. On Saturday, October 22, Paul garnered 53 percent of the votes to win an Ohio GOP poll. Last weekend, Paul won an Iowa straw poll at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies in Des Moines, Iowa with 82 percent of the votes.”
Prosecutors maintained there was no home invasion and Tracey Richter, now 45, killed Dustin Wehde to keep him quiet about his role in a convoluted plot to frame her ex-husband. They said Richter lured Wehde to her home in Early in December 2001, had him write in a pink notebook that her ex-husband hired him to kill her and her son and then shot him nine times with two guns.
Joining officials from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Worcester County Health Department, Berlin Police Department and Assateague Coastal Trust/Coastkeeper, a total of 205 lbs of unused and expired medications was collected in Worcester County alone.
Operation Medicine Drop, which took place on October 29, 2011at six different locations in Worcester County, was part of the Fall National Drug Take Back Day. The bi-annual event, which last took place in the spring 2011, is a federal program which unites the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with state and local law enforcement to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their prescription drugs.
“Operation Medicine Drop is a great opportunity to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of people’s cabinets and off of the streets,” commented Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. “Not only does this event provide the public with an opportunity to safely dispose of unused medications, but it also keeps unused prescription drugs out of the hands of persons who shouldn’t have them, as well as out of
Maryland coastal bays and waterways.”
The October 29th event, which was the second local effort in Worcester County, saw an increase of over 70 pounds of unused pharmaceuticals since the spring 2011 event.
Worcester County’s “Operation Medicine Drop” partner agencies and groups look forward to a spring event in 2012 and will announce the date and locations as soon as a spring 2012 National Drug Take Back Day is announced by federal agencies.
For the last couple or so decades the universities and colleges where I have taught – and by all accounts, most of them in the USA – have had two mutually exclusive social objectives. (Yes, Virginia, higher education is now mostly embarked upon pursuing social policies, not so much educating students.) These two are equality and diversity.
On the one hand, there is a big push toward eliminating any kind of inequality in the way students are being regarded and treated. Everyone is equal, just as Barrack Obama's Vice President Joseph Biden insisted in one of his rallying cries. As he put it in the course of a moving eulogy for his mother (according to the Associated Press), "My mother's creed is the American creed: No one is better than you," he said. "Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. My parents taught us to live our faith, and to treasure our families. We learned the dignity of work, and we were told that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough."
Of course, Mr. Biden didn't mean we are all equal today or will be tomorrow. What he meant is that in a rightly ordered world, one ruled by him and his associates, there would be total equality among human beings, on the model of, say, ants in their colony (excepting the chief ant, of course, just as this would be and has been the case with any large-scale egalitarian experiment). I am not exaggerating. Just go and read Vice President Biden's comment in full (here) and check out the many very prominently published books on the issue denouncing such dastardly inequalities, among others, as being more beautiful than someone else. Take, for example, Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth from the 1980s and the recently published work of Deborah L. Rhode, The Beauty Bias (2010).
But at the same time that the push for full equality among people is carried out with official support, we also find widespread academic support for the idea of diversity – an idea that assumes, of course, that people aren't the same at all but quite different – so our various prominent institutions must be inclusive of widely different people.
Little-known federal database helping crooks profit from deceasedISAAC WOLF and THOMAS HARGROVE, Scripps Howard News Service
WASHINGTON — A little-known but widely used federal database meant to protect Americans from fraud has itself become a major source of mischief and misery.
Crooks are pocketing fraudulent tax refunds after filing returns with personal information about recently deceased people found in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, which is widely available on the Internet, federal authorities and consumer experts say.
The Internal Revenue Service — citing data it is making public for the first time at the request of Scripps Howard News Service — estimates that tax filers improperly submitted 350,000 returns on dead Americans this tax season, improperly seeking $1.25 billion in refunds.
Parents who recently lost a child are increasingly targeted by these thieves, experts say. Armed with the deceased child’s Social Security number and other personal information, the crooks falsely claim them as dependents and have the refunds routed to them.
Among the victims is Matt Pilcher of Potomac, Md., who still grieves over the 2010 death of his daughter, Ava, from lung disease following her premature birth. Pilcher’s 2010 income tax filing was rejected by the IRS because someone else claimed Ava as a dependent.
“All we really have is her memory and her name,” Pilcher said. “For someone to try to take that, to steal that, to appropriate that for themselves — it’s beyond reprehensible.”
The Death Master File contains the names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of more than 90 million deceased Americans. It is updated every week and can be accessed for free at several genealogy websites.
“We were able to go on a website and found all her information there. The Death Master File is where they (crooks) got that information,” Pilcher said.
A relic of simpler times, the death file was created in 1980 under the new Freedom of Information Act at the request of U.S. businesses seeking a tool against identity theft. In that post-Watergate and pre-Internet era, it seemed like an open-government solution to the rising problem of consumer fraud.
But serious problems stemming from the Death Master File recently have come to light. The Social Security Administration, as part of an investigation by Scripps Howard, acknowledged in June that it accidentally lists about 14,000 living Americans each year in the death database.
People who are inaccurately listed as dead frequently fall into an Orwellian nightmare in which they have trouble getting jobs, opening bank accounts, buying cars, renting apartments, or even purchasing mobile telephones.
But the discovery that the database also has become a major source of tax fraud is an especially troubling wrinkle for federal authorities and consumer protection experts.
There is little grieving parents can do to protect themselves if thieves decide to take their dead child’s name, birthdate and Social Security numbers. Identity crooks need only file for a tax refund before the family can.
“Criminals have found the perfect loophole,” said Joanna Crane, former manager of the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Program. “It doesn’t give the IRS time to detect that something is wrong. By the time they do, the money is already out the door.”
It’s especially embarrassing that a federal anti-fraud database enables the crimes.
“This is such a mess,” concluded Nikki Junker, a victim adviser for the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center. “Identity theft is growing very quickly. It’s just insane, all of these public sites that are posting this information.”
The Social Security Administration says it is powerless to act.
“The information that is released via the public (Death Master File) is the information that must be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act,” Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle said. “Congress would need to amend FOIA laws in order for us to limit the amount of information that we are obligated to make public under the law.”
Other federal authorities question whether the law forces the agency to remain so passive.
“If the SSA feels it must ask the court that entered a consent judgment in a 1980 FOIA case to modify the judgment, it should do so,” said Nina Olson, head of the IRS’ internal watchdog office.
The database poses a dilemma for major genealogy firms.
“We understand that there is some sensitivity around this database, which is why we only disclose information provided by the Social Security Administration that has already been made public,” said Heather Erickson, spokeswoman for Ancestry.com, which claims to be the world’s largest genealogy site.
Officials at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) said the federal government does not allow them — or others — to redact Social Security numbers they post on the site they administer, FamilySearch.org.
“By contract, the records received from the Social Security Administration must be posted in their entirety,” said Chief Genealogical Officer David Rencher in Salt Lake City. “This same subscription service is also used by organizations including banks, credit unions and credit bureaus to protect against identity fraud.”
Without directly responding to Rencher’s comment, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Commerce, which distributes the death file, provided a copy of the agreement users must sign. It says users must make regular updates to the “full file” so that it is “up to date with SSA’s records.”
For years, watchdogs have railed on the Death Master File. In a scathing 2008 audit, Social Security’s Inspector General’s Office urged the agency to:
– Wait at least a year before posting private information about deceased Americans. Such a delay would improve the accuracy of the information and decrease its usefulness to tax cheats.
– Limit the amount of information released in the list, especially to “explore alternatives to inclusion of the full” Social Security number.
The audit also addressed concerns about the 14,000 living Americans whose names and SSNs are released each year, saying the agency breaks federal law by releasing that private information. In these cases, the report called on the agency to notify living Americans of the mix-ups.
Social Security officials asked the Inspector General to keep its report secret since it “highlights the issue” that the Death Master File can be used for fraudulent purposes and “could encourage misuse.” The agency agreed to consider the recommendations, but so far, has not enacted any of them.
“While we believe that wider notification (to people at risk) is a piece of that protection, we also believe that narrowing the range of information included in the public release, delaying the public release to allow for corrections, and similar actions are at least as important,” Assistant Inspector General Jonathan Lasher told Scripps Howard.
Lasher said his office earlier issued a new review this year criticizing Social Security for not acting on its recommendations which “are based on concerns that more can be done.”
Pilcher, the Maryland dad, wants policy changes — and justice. Although federal authorities refuse to provide any details about who claimed Ava on their tax return — the IRS says it cannot divulge private information about anyone’s tax filings — Pilcher vowed to find the culprit.
“I don’t care how long it takes,” he said. “I’m going to find out who did it!”
Magic has three meanings. There’s the supernatural magic of fairy-tale spells, magic of the kind that can turn a frog into a prince or a pumpkin into a glittering conveyance to his ball. There’s stage magic — conjuring — which is nothing but clever tricks and illusions. And then there’s the magic of a thunderstorm over Grand Canyon, of the Milky Way on a cloudless night far from light pollution or of a scanning electron micrograph of an ant’s face. Or, for that matter, the magic of a lover’s kiss.
Joe Flacco was handed the ball 92 yards away from the end zone, with 2:16 left, needing a touchdown to win in Pittsburgh.
That’s a situation the Steelers defense would gladly sign up for every time.
On this latest Sunday night classic between the Ravens and Steelers, Pittsburgh wasn’t up to the task. The Ravens won 23-20 on Torrey Smith’s 26-yard score with 8 seconds left.
Paterno might have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said, "but somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child."
In accordance with §SC2-4 of the Salisbury City Charter, a majority of the City Council have called for a Special Meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. for consideration of a resolution authorizing the mayor to take all action necessary to settle the MTBE litigation, including the execution and delivery of documents and certificates.
This special meeting will be held in Conference Room 306 of the City/County Government Office Building (125 N. Division Street).
(CareerBuilder.com) -- It's that time of year when the weather gets colder and people start missing work because of illness.
Or because of bats in the hair. Or deer bites. Or from back injuries sustained while chasing a beaver. Yep, these were just some of the excuses people used when calling in to their boss to say that they'd be out for the day.
From Fox News
Continuing discussion of Board of Zoning Appeals procedures – Paul Wilber/Bill Holland/Tom Stevenson/Jack Lenox
Continuing discussion of rental inspection program – Tom Stevenson
General discussion/upcoming agendas
Unfortunately, I just took the above business images minutes ago showing two more businesses closing their doors. From what I could see, the Bike Shop is already gone, unfortunately.
Look, if you want to consider WBOC Delmarva's News Leader, well, you go right ahead. In my opinion they're clueless at the top. It's a shame to see this happening in Salisbury but it is reality.
Have you ever wanted to own a lock of Charles Manson's hair? Or a painting by John Wayne Gacy?
Probably not, but for those who have, there are six websites in the United States currently selling "murderabilia," or murder memorabilia, from almost any killer imaginable.
Mayor Earnestine Pittman told MyFoxAtlanta that she is trying to help residents who can't afford a major rate increase.
"I stand with the people when the city errs, and in this instance they have made a great error," she said.
While most, (if not all) of you were unaware the City was participating in a class action lawsuit, one well in the City that was shut down in November of 2010 had a reportable level of MTBE. 20 Cities across the country participated in the class action suit against Big Oil Companies in which they added a chemical, (MTBE) to gasoline. Mind you, every one of you should be aware that while there was a reportable contamination level in just one well, the numbers were hardly something to be afraid of.
If a person drank 2 liters of water containing 2 parts per billion (ppb) of MTBE every day, it would take 46 years to consume one drop of MTBE. The City well that was shut down only supplied 33% of the drinking water in the City.
The cause was based on underground storage tanks as service stations and contaminated groundwater throughout the United States. The City has in place new filters that will trap the MTBE's and are adding to their filter system with funds from this lawsuit.
Although the settlement was for $900,000.00, the City's portion after attorney fees will be $700,000.00. To prove his confidence in the new filtration system, Mayor Ireton took a glass and filled it with water directly from the well at the Zoo and Ben's Red Swings and guzzled it down without hesitation.
The long and short of this is, your drinking water is safe and the City got on a free roller coaster ride and walked away with $700,000.00 and in my honest opinion, I'm proud of Wilber and Ireton for taking advantage of a good situation to relieve taxpayers while providing even more safety measures for the City's drinking water.
From Fox News
The work session will be held in Conference Room 306 of the Government Office Building (125 N. Division Street) for continuing discussion of 1) Board of Zoning (BZA) procedures and 2) rental inspection program.
Multiple #OccupyDC Protesters Hit by Car: DC Police Admit They Only Interviewed Two 'Non-Involved' Witnesses
Many thanks to Adam Green for getting this video together.
I was at this press conference last night with the Assistant DC Police Chief.
The Sippel Family, two mothers, one pregnant and their 13-year-old son in from Dayton, Ohio were mowed down by a driver near a Koch brothers protest at their Americans for Prosperity conference in DC on Friday night. They were taken to the hospital where they were issued citations (while being wheeled into a CT scan) for going against the "don't walk" sign and obstructing an intersection. The driver of the car was let go with nocitations at all.
TULSA, Oklahoma -- One of Oklahoma's own has taken body art to a new level. Ron Jones turned his skin into a walking billboard of sorts for the Mother road.
"My first tattoo was the Route 66 shield with part of the highway running through it. What the second was, I couldn't tell ya. After you get so many you lose track," Ron said.
It seems that the insurance company that provided all the "so-called" benefits to the teachers was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher's union. Since the outfit was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers, and the State had to pay for it (not the teachers) the insurance company was increasing annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state. Then the company was donating millions and millions of dollars to its favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union's outrageous costs. In other words, the insurance company was a "pass through" for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the democrat politicians.
Nice racket, and this is the racket that is going on in every single State that allows collective bargaining. No wonder the States are taking it away. Now the State of Wisconsin is free to put the insurance contract out for bids and, lo and behold, they have saved so much money it has turned deficits into surplus amounts. As a result, none of the teachers had to be laid off, everyone got a raise, etc., etc., and the taxpayers of Wisconsin don't have to pay more taxes to fund the union's political ambitions.
If you weren't aware of the reasons Gov. Walker was fighting to take away collective bargaining, it gives you an idea of the problem the Republican Party has. Outside of one or two, none of them know how to speak up and explain properly what the problem was. We could sure use a Ronald Reagan now, someone who could explain things for people to understand, since we know that people don't like to read anymore.
Here is the article: http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/07/wisconsin-schools-buck-union-cut-health-costs
GEORGETOWN — At least one Sussex County councilman wants to amend the performance bond process that ensures developers finish infrastructure work and amenities.
At the Nov. 1 meeting, Councilman Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, introduced an ordinance that would allow developers to construct improvements without a bond under the condition that no building permits or property transfers be issued until all work was completed. In addition, if a developer had completed only part of the improvements, they would have the option to obtain bonding to complete the work so lots could be sold and building permits issued.
If you went you enjoyed a full evening of fights with exciting results. The Main Street Gym is one of those quiet gems in our community. Fernando and Alex Guerrero were there coaching these young men and women.
Give credit where credit is due. Pohanka and Robinson's Family Businesses were the key sponsors to this event and it couldn't have been the success that it was without them.
• Nothing is “free.” Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free” health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.
• Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for - literally.
• A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York , while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn’t evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.
• There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you.
High-speed train plan draws little enthusiasm as California costs soar