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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SBY Pinocchio Award

A Pocomoke Pinocchio

Upon listening to one go on and on when a simple “yes” or “no” would suffice; one often thinks of the phrase, “Thou dost protest too much”. Such was the case last night at the Pocomoke City Council meeting when Council member Diane Downing emphatically denied being associated with any decision to terminate the former Chief of Police. She went so far as to interrupt another who held the floor and then even denied knowing any of the many reasons why the Mayor and Council took these actions.

Perhaps it was a brain cramp…or selective amnesia…but with all due respect madam, “Where were you when the meeting was conducted and you voted ‘no’?” While all other council members listened and reviewed the situation, were you out to lunch? Daydreaming? Texting the chief?

No sir! Miss Diane had no problem distancing herself from her colleagues, while feigning contempt, all along knowing the multitude of problems associated with the former chief. To say you “disagree” with an action taken can always be respected, but to lie against the truth and deny any knowledge is reprehensible…even if you are playing to your church Sunday school crowd. The city and your district deserve better from you…even if you did not like the outcome.

For that, Ms. Downing earns herself 5 Pinocchio’s from the staff here at SBY News.

Note to the former chief: Instead of hiding behind your seemingly false charge of racism, how about you and your attorney provide a release to the city so the Mayor and Council could release any and all information concerning your termination? Perhaps we would all see how much nonsense and corruption actually lurks in the wake you left in the city...especially since you say there is “nothing there” and you “have no idea” why you were fired. Really chief? Really?

15 Clouds So Breathtaking You’ll Swear They’re Fake.

Remember as a kid laying down in the grass, looking up at the sky and placing shapes, animals and mythical creatures (dragons) with the passing clouds? Ya, you definitely remember… and it was awesome.

Well, our fascination may have come from our childhoods but clouds aren’t just a kid’s thing.

Photographers around the world are constantly striving to capture nature’s beautiful aerial phenomenon in a perfect shot. Whether it’s cirrus, cumulus, or the rare nacreous clouds… when a cloud is lit up at the perfect angle, it is simply breathtaking.


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SFD News Release 7-14-15

{WSW} Reminder: 11th Annual Ride for Awareness is this weekend!

Women Supporting Women's
11th Annual Ride for Awareness & Poker Run

Summer is in full swing and we are ready to celebrate by taking a ride with fellow supporters of our mission! Please forward this to your friends to help spread the word!
Registration is 9 am
at Texas Roadhouse, Salisbury
Last bike out at 11 am
Return by 2 pm   
$20 per rider
$10 for passenger
*Bikers receive a free t-shirt with registration. Available to riders for $10. Limited quantity. First come, first serve. 
Click HERE to register online.

Registrants are encouraged to purchase lunch at Texas Roadhouse, Salisbury after the Ride.

Photo shows cop car parked in handicapped spot at IHOP

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A picture of a police car in Indiana has garnered over a million views, after it was caught parking in a handicapped spot at an IHOP restaurant in Lafayette, reports CBS affiliate WTTV.

Lafayette Police Department Chief Patrick J. Flannelly in Indiana told WTTV that the image was brought to his attention on July 12. He said he immediately initiated an internal investigation to determine the circumstances of the photo.

The photo was originally submitted to Reddit on Monday by user TheToolMan with a caption reading,"My local police must be responding to a pancake emergency." According to TheToolMan, the officer was inside the restaurant eating breakfast.


Different Presidents, A Different Corps

Board of Education's annual reorganization tonight

In the Board of Education's annual reorganization tonight, Don Fitzgerald was elected President and Kim Hudson was...

Posted by Wicomico County Public Schools on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Annual Berlin Bathtub Races Scheduled For Friday; Entries, Sponsors Sought For Event

BERLIN – The Berlin Maryland Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of one of the town’s most highly anticipated events of the year, the Berlin Bathtub Races, for Friday, July 17.

The event kicks off with the parade of artfully crafted bathtubs beginning at 6 p.m. with races set to start at 6:15 p.m.

Each year local businesses are tasked with turning ordinary bathtubs into rolling masterpieces for a friendly yet competitive race through the streets of historic downtown Berlin. Beyond having the unique opportunity to design a racing bathtub on wheels, businesses get the chance to go head-to-head against one another while advertising their business at the same time.

The winning team and business will take home the illustrious “Winner Takes All Rubber Ducky” trophy along with highly coveted year-long bragging rights.


As a secret social experiment singing a gospel tune in the supermarket

First State to terminate animal control contracts throughout Delaware

STATEWIDE — A new state office has two months to take over animal control duties in Delaware after the board of First State Animal Center and SPCA voted to terminate its four animal control contracts for services across the state.

The nearly two-year-old state Office of Animal Welfare was poised to take over from First State as county and city contracts expired, but the First State board decided July 13 to cancel contracts as soon as possible. A clause in its contracts with each county and the City of Wilmington allows either party to end the agreement with 60 days' notice.

FSAC Executive Director Kevin Usilton said the decision to terminate contracts ahead of schedule came after the center's employees began seeking new jobs.


People Choose Free Candy Bar over Free 10 oz Silver Bar (Worth $150) in Experiment

Lost Cat 7-14-15

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MTV to Air ‘White People’ Documentary Hosted by Illegal Immigrant

MTV plans to air a documentary hosted by an illegal immigrant that explores “what it means to be young and white.”

“Many white people feel uncomfortable talking about race,” the trailer says.

“You say the wrong thing, then suddenly you are a racist,” one young man says.

“Let’s get uncomfortable,” the trailer says.

The film, which is set to air on July 22, is hosted by Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was raised in the Philippines.


Trump’s Defiant Response After Mexican Man Publicly Confronts Him on Illegal Immigration

After Donald Trump spoke in Vegas today, a man who said he’s from Mexico confronted him during his Q&A and said he’s “incredibly insulted” by what Trump has been saying about illegal immigrants and Mexico. He told Trump he’s being unfair to paint all illegal immigrants with a broad brush, but Trump piped up, “Did the government of Mexico ask you to come up and say this?” The man dismissed Trump’s comment and asked him if he would build walls around every U.S. state to keep out all the rapists and criminals who are already in the United States and cross state lines. Trump continued to stand by everything he’s said thus far on the matter, and right before they moved on, the man shouted, “Did you read the Statue of Liberty?”


127 Unaccompanied Alien Children Caught At Mexican Border Per Day In June

A large number of unaccompanied alien children continue to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border as 127 were apprehended per day doing so during the month of June, according to the most recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The latest apprehension report from CBP shows that 26,685 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the Southwest U.S. border so far in FY2015, which began on Oct. 1. Of those, all but 409 were from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

By the end of May the total number of apprehended UACs was 22,869, meaning another 3,816 children were caught after crossing the border during the month of June.


If Every American Saw This 3 Minute Video, Hillary Clinton Wouldn’t Stand A Chance

National Review just released a video compiling in less than three minutes some of the main reasons Hillary Clinton is not a trustworthy choice for the highest office in the land. The video, which is entitled Who is Hillary Clinton?, opens with various high profile Democrats offering their reasons why Clinton is the best choice for president. She is the “most qualified,” they all appear to mimic.


New York City reaches $5.9 million settlement in chokehold death case

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.

Eric Garner’s family in October filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.

Garner, who was 43, was stopped last July 17 outside a Staten Island convenience store because police officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed his arm around Garner’s neck to take him down. Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping “I can’t breathe!” 11 times before losing consciousness. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.


Top abortionist confesses: I sell dead babies

An undercover video released today shows Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how her organization sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions – a felony punishable by imprisonment – to harvest intact body parts.

In the video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Nucatola is at a business lunch with a man and a woman posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services division, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all PP clinics since 2009. She also trains new abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks, Life News reports.

Selling fetal body parts is a federal crime. The commercial trafficking of body parts from an aborted baby is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000.


Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Child Pornography Arrest

(Columbia, MD)Members of the Maryland State Police, Computer Crimes Section, Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrest Montgomery County individual on child pornography related charges.

The suspect is identified as Bradley C. Porter, 39, from Takoma Park, Maryland. He was arrested without incident. Porter was charged with for Distributing Child Pornography via a file sharing network, Possession of Child Pornography, and Visual Surveillance with Prurient Intent.

As a result of the investigation a search and seizure warrant was executed at Porter’s residence during April 2015 by a Maryland State Police Computer Crimes investigator and agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Porter was identified by investigators as the focus of the investigation. Execution of the search warrant resulted in numerous types of digital media seized including computers and external hard drives. These items were found to contain images of child pornography. Porter fled to Knoxville, Tennessee after the search warrant was executed. Investigators were able to make contact with an attorney representing Porter. Arrangements were made for Porter to return to Maryland. Porter turned himself in to investigators at the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack. He was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center and is awaiting a hearing by the District Court Commissioner.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

The 'Deadly' F-35 Strike Fighter

Incapable of defending itself or American troops on the ground

America’s military is being redefined but not by changes in strategy or evolutions of the threats we face. The redefinition is the unplanned result of budgetary constraints and bad choices of weapon systems we spend hundreds of billions of dollars to buy.

The two effects of this redefinition combine to make their sum greater than their parts. First, there are missions our forces are in the process of abandoning because their shrinking size doesn’t allow performance of them. Second, the ability to perform essential missions is being dangerously abandoned in the design of the most expensive weapons we are buying.

For example, the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (the LCS, known in defense circles as the “little crappy ship”) is supposed to operate in shallow coastal waters. But as the Defense Department’s Office of Operational Test and Evaluation said, it’s so lightly armed and armored it won’t survive in combat. Nevertheless, the little crappy ship is still being bought at a cost of about $475 million each.

The worst example is the F-35 joint strike fighter. Purchases of the F-35 fighter aircraft, the most expensive weapon system the Pentagon has ever bought, are being accelerated. It will cost more than $400 billion to buy about 2,500 of them and another $1 trillion to own and operate for the 50 years of their projected life. For that entire time, absorbing a huge chunk of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps budgets, the F-35 will be the fighter that ate the defense budget.

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WCSO Press Release 7-14-15

Incident: WCSO Warrant Arrests

Date of Incident: 10 July 2015

     On 10 July 2015 a deputy arrested Timothy Logan Elliott, 27 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Elliott violated the terms of his probation in a case where he had been convicted of providing a false identity to avoid prosecution. Elliott was detained on a bond of $5,000.00.

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    On 10 July 2015 a deputy arrested Melissa Margaret Windsor, 50 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Windsor violated the terms of her probation in a case where she had been convicted of Threats of Arson. Windsor was detained without bond.

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Incident: Flee and Elude / Resisting Arrest

Date of Incident: 10 July 2015

Location: Cornish Street, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Tawanna Nicole Walker, 42, Salisbury, MD

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Narrative: On 10 July 2015 at 7:32 PM a deputy observed a subject operating an unregistered motor vehicle operated by Tawanna Walker on Cornish Street in Salisbury. Upon attempting the traffic stop, Walker accelerated the vehicle and made other overt attempt to elude the deputy. Walker traveled down three separate streets while the deputy was attempting the traffic stop. After a short pursuit, Walker came to a stop on a nearby street in front of a residence that would later be determined where she lived.

Upon approach to the vehicle, the deputy observed four children that appeared to be under the age of eight years old sitting in the back seat without any seatbelts or in a child safety seat.  The deputy discovered that the registration on Walker’s vehicle had been suspended to failure to pay car insurance and failure to comply with equipment repair orders.

The deputy attempted to place Walker under arrest for attempting to flee but Walker refused to exit her car requiring the deputy’s assistance to do so. Walker was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Walker on $7,500.00 unsecured bond.

Charges: Resisting Arrest
                Attempt by Driver to Flee and Elude
                Operating an Unregistered Vehicle
                Operating an Uninsured Vehicle
                Displaying a Registration Plate Issued to Another Vehicle
                Transport a Child under 8 not in a Child Safety Seat


Incident: Warrant Arrest on a Traffic Stop

Date of Incident: 11 July 2015

Location: Ocean Gateway at Forest Grove Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect:  Artenas Lee Purnell, 29, Salisbury, MD

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                Edwin Lee Miller III, 26, Salisbury, MD

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Narrative: On 11 July 2015 at 1:24 AM, a deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on Ocean Gateway east of Salisbury and upon conducting a query into passengers in the vehicle, discovered two were wanted on outstanding warrants.

Edwin Lee Miller – was wanted on a District Court Bench Warrant that was issued after Miller violated the terms of his probation in a burglary and theft case and then failed to show up for the violation of probation hearing. Miller was detained without bond.

Artenas Lee Purnell – was wanted on two separate warrants. One was issued after he failed to appear for a Driving Suspended case. The second was issued after he failed to appear for a DUI case. Purnell was detained on a bond of $7,500.00.

Charges: Failure to Appear


Incident: WCSO Warrant Arrests

Date of Incident: 11 July 2015

   On 11 July 2015 a deputy arrested Shanna Elise Major, 22 of Richmond, VA, on a District Court Bench Warrant after discovering Major on a traffic stop on N. Salisbury Blvd. The warrant was issued after Major failed to appear for a Driving While Suspended case. Major was detained on a bond of $3,000.00.

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    On 11 July 2015 a deputy arrested Robert William Conaway, 23 of Willards, MD, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Conaway violated his probation in a case where he had been convicted in a theft case. Conaway was detained without bond.

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Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 12 July 2015

Location: Mt. Hermon Road at Walston Switch Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Amanda Brooke English, 22, Salisbury, MD

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Narrative: On 12 July 2015 at 6:16 PM a deputy responded to a domestic related complaint that occurred in a vehicle on Mt. Hermon Road in the area of Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. According to the complainant in this case, he became embroiled in an argument with his girlfriend, Amanda English, when English reportedly punched the complainant in the side of his head. During the investigation the deputy observed signs of injury to the complainant that corroborated his account.

Both the complainant and English reside together.

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

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree


Incident: Burglary

Date of Incident: 12 July 2015

Location: 400 Prince Street, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: 1. Male Juvenile. 12, Salisbury, MD
               2. Male Juvenile, 14, Salisbury, MD
               3. Male Juvenile, 12, Salisbury, MD
               4. Male Juvenile, 8, Salisbury, MD
               5. Male Juvenile, 11, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 12 July 2015 at 8:06 PM a deputy responded to Prince Street Elementary School for the report of juveniles on the property forcing entry into a portable building on the property. During the investigation, the deputy met with a witness who reported seeing the juvenile responsible leave the area on foot. During a check of the area, the deputy located the involved juveniles on an adjacent street and after further investigation, identified them as the ones responsible for this incident.

All five of the juveniles were transported to the Sheriff’s Office where they were processed and subsequently released to parents or guardians. A request for juvenile charges will be submitted to the Department of Juvenile Services.

Charges: Burglary 2nd Degree
                Malicious Destruction of Property
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  14 July 2015


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Congressman Andy Harris’ Statement on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, DC: Today, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in response to President Obama reaching a deal with Iran and ending current economic sanctions.

“This deal will immediately harm the national security of our allies in the Middle East and eventually threaten the United States at home.

“While President Obama is trying to assure us that Iran will halt its creation of nuclear weapons, I find it hard to believe that a nation that has repeatedly delayed and deceived the international community by continuing to pursue nuclear weapons is now going to play by the rules. How are we supposed to trust the very people who have continued to advocate for the death of Americans and the ultimate destruction of Israel?

“Lifting sanctions only gives more power to a country that has a proven record of state-sponsored terrorism, religious extremism and human rights abuses, and which poses a grave danger both to the United States and our allies overseas.
“Congress will work diligently to review every piece of this deal to ensure the United States’ best interests are represented and that the concerns of the freedom-loving people of Israel are taken into account, and I hope Congress will reject the deal if not. At this point, I have no faith that Iran will hold up their end of the deal.”


OCEAN CITY, MD – (July 14, 2015): The Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division’s Narcotics Unit recently completed multiple drug enforcement buy-bust operations. The buy-bust operations took place at various locations throughout Ocean City during the month of June in an effort to remove drugs from the community. These undercover operations led to 23 drug transactions and 37 drug distribution arrests.

During the undercover operations, detectives seized numerous drugs including marijuana, cocaine and other fake controlled dangerous substances. Detectives also seized four weapons and nearly $3,000 in U.S. currency.

The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) would like to thank the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team (CET) for their assistance in the drug enforcement operations. The CET consists of members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police. Narcotics Unit detectives were also assisted by the OCPD Special Enforcement Unit, Major Crimes Unit and Patrol Division.

Citizens are reminded that undercover officers continue to conduct drug enforcement operations throughout the year to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Drug activity often leads to more serious criminal incidents and the OCPD Narcotics Unit is dedicated to keeping the citizens of Ocean City safe.

Scott Walker — The Status Quo’s Likely Foe

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. That lies at the center of the attraction of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as he announces his campaign for the Republican nominee for president in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Of the soon-to-be 15 announced GOP presidential primary candidates, Walker stands alone in having a recent record of textbook Republican Platform positions that have been animated into policy. He’s got a winning record on the campaign trail that is equally matched with policy victories. Let’s size him up based on that record, which, strangely enough, seems to match his rhetoric.

First, the “average guy” persona is not merely a poll-driven mirage created by a major consulting firm. Walker is, as the Financial Times noted, the “Everyman.”

Born in Colorado Springs to Patricia and Llew Walker, Scott Walker was raised in a Christian working-class home by a bookkeeping mom and a dad serving as a Baptist minister. On the church minister’s moving circuit, the family moved to Plainfield, Iowa, in 1970 then to Delavan, Wisconsin, in 1977 when Scott was 10.

As a young man, Walker worked and attained Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, and volunteered in the gubernatorial campaign of Wisconsin’s Tommy Thompson in 1986 — the same year he graduated from Delavan-Darien High School and entered Marquette University. His college years featured an interest in student government, serving as a student senator, average academic achievement, and a job working for IBM.

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