Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jake Day Leading Salisbury Into The Future

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day continues to shape Salisbury' s Future

Having been around a long time and seen some inept leaders like Jim Ireton who made Salisbury a laughing stock with his daily drama act, Jake Day has now set the bar for how to lead a City.

Jake has done some incredible stuff in the short time he has been Mayor. More businesses are coming to town, Downtown is being revitalized and this week it's gonna be a big announcement about making our Marina a showcase for all to see.

This is what happens when you have good leaders and Council that work together for betterment of all. Council President Jack Heath and Vice President Muir Boda have done a great job keeping things moving forward and allowing the City to grow.

I am excited for the future of our City

Missing Teen Salisbury

Monday, April 24, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Suspect Arrested In Overnight Murder In Worcester County

Suspect Arrested In Overnight Murder In Worcester Co.April 21, 2017

(POCOMOKE CITY, MD) — Maryland State Police troopers arrested a suspect early this morning who was wanted in connection with the murder last night of a man in Worcester County.

The victim is identified as Deontre’ L. Bailey, 23, of Pocomoke City, Md.  He was pronounced dead last night after being transported from the scene to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The suspect is identified as Darryl K. Wise Jr., 26, of Pocomoke City, Md.  After consultation with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, State Police investigators applied for and obtained an arrest warrant charging Wise with first degree murder, second degree murder, reckless endangerment, first degree assault, second degree assault, and handgun violations.

Just after 10:00 p.m. yesterday, the Pocomoke City Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a person was lying in the street in front of a residence in the 100-block of Fourth Street.  Responding police officers found the victim, who had sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper torso.  Emergency medical services personnel transported the victim to the hospital.

Police Chief William H. Harden Sr., contacted the Maryland State Police and requested the Homicide Unit assume the investigation.  State Police Homicide Unit investigators responded, as did crime scene technicians from the State Police Forensic Sciences Division.  Troopers were assisted throughout the night by investigators from the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the Maryland State Apprehension Team, the Worcester Criminal Enforcement Team, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, the Pocomoke City Police Department, the Worcester County Sheriff’s office and state troopers from the Berlin Barrack.

The preliminary investigation indicates Wise came to the home in the 100-block of Fourth Street shortly before 10:00 p.m. yesterday and was talking with a resident there on the front porch, when several individuals, including the victim, also came to the home and stood on the porch.  Witnesses told investigators one of the men, later identified as the victim, threw a bottle at Wise and struck him in the upper torso.  An argument ensued that ultimately resulted in Wise shooting Bailey with a handgun.  Wise fled the scene on foot.  A motive is unknown at this time.

After obtaining the arrest warrant, investigators called in the Maryland State Apprehension Team was to search for the suspect.  The fugitive search team located Wise shortly before 6:30 a.m. today and arrested him without incident.  He will be processed and taken before a court commissioner for an initial appearance later today.

The investigation is continuing.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Does Anyone Recognize This Person

in company of a black lady and pregnant white woman driving a white jeep liberty

Shopliftting suspect from dicks sporting goods at centre of salisbury

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arrest Made In Somerset Murder

State Police Make Arrest In Somerset County Homicide

April 18, 2017
(Salisbury, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators arrested a Wicomico County man in connection with the murder of Walter Whitehead in Somerset County.

The accused is identified as Marquel Brumskin, aka ‘Flat’, 26, of Salisbury. Police located Brumskin at a residence in Salisbury last night at 8:00 p.m.  He was apprehended without incident.  Brumskin is charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment. He was transported to the District Court Commissioner in Somerset County for his initial appearance.

The victim, Walter Whitehead, 22, of Salisbury, Maryland was found dead in the backyard of a residence in the 32,000 block of Flower Hill Church Road in Eden on the morning of Friday, April 14, 2017. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner notified State Police investigators that Whitehead’s death was caused by gunshot wounds.  The manner of his death was determined to be homicide.

Police believe Brumskin used to live in the 32,000 block of Flower Hill Church Road in a home, where Whitehead’s body was found in the backyard, about five houses down. Brumskin’s home is believed to have been vacant at the time of the murder. Further investigation indicates Brumskin and Whitehead were involved in an alleged altercation earlier in the afternoon of the murder.  Based on additional information received, evidence collected, and consultation with the Somerset County State’s Attorney, Brumksin was charged with the murder of Walter Whitehead.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m. last Friday, the Princess Anne Barrack received a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who observed the victim’s body lying in the backyard of a neighboring residence.  Troopers from the barrack arrived on scene and located him deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division and Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continue to actively investigate this case. Police do not believe this was a random act of violence.

If anyone has information relevant to this case, callers are urged to contact Trooper First Class Sears at Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101. Callers may remain confidential.

Marquel Brumskin, aka ‘Flat’

CONTACT:    Elena Russo

Office of Media Communications


Monday, April 17, 2017

Second Arrest In Winks Campaign Sign Burnings

Second Arrest for Fire Involving a Billboard Sign

      SOMERSET COUNTY, April 17, 2017 - An ongoing investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office and Princess Anne Police Department has lead to a second arrest in reference to a fire involving a billboard sign. The incident occurred on April 14th in the area of 12138 Carole Lane in Princess Anne of Somerset County. On Saturday, April 15th, Joy M. Shuford (19) of Owings Mills, voluntarily turned herself in for her involvement in the incident. Shuford was taken into custody at the Princess Anne Police Department and subsequently charged. She was charged with Second Degree Arson, four counts of Second Degree Malicious Burning, six counts of Second Degree Malicious Destruction of Property, Trespassing, Obstruction & Hindering, and the Commission of a Hate Crime. Shuford was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond. 

       The initial incident caused damage to a billboard sign identified as a campaign ad for President Trump. The fire spread to vegetation in the immediate area but was quickly controlled by the Princess Anne Fire Department. Damages due to the fire are estimated to be $800.


Maryland Fire Marshal Investigation


Date:   April 17, 2017

Time:  1:55 a.m.

Location / Address:  28121 Riverside Drive Extended, Fruitland, Wicomico Co.

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:   40’ x 50’ wood frame barn

Owner / Occupants:  David Johnston

Injuries or Deaths:  See below

Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $60,000                      Contents: $5,000

Smoke Alarm Status:  n/a

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a

Arrests(s):   None

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Fruitland

# of Alarms:  1     # Of Firefighters:  35

Time to Control:  15 minutes

Discovered By:  Owner

Area of Origin:  Interior

Preliminary Cause:  Under Investigation

Additional Information:  As a result of the fire, 8 livestock perished.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Update: Victim Identified In Somerset County Death Investigation

April 14, 2017
(EDEN, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have positively identified the victim in the Somerset County death investigation.

The victim is identified as Walter Whitehead, 22, of Salisbury, Maryland.  He was found deceased in the backyard of a residence in the 32,000 block of Flower Hill Church Road in Eden this morning.  Cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m. this morning, the Princess Anne Barrack received a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who observed the man’s body lying in the backyard of a neighboring residence.  Troopers from the barrack arrived on scene and located him deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division and Maryland State Police Homicide Unit are actively investigating this case. Police do not believe this was a random act of violence.

There are no further details at this time. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Walter Whitehead Identified As Person Found On Flower Church Road

Investigation is continuing.

Dreamland Amusements Back In Town

At the Maryland delaware line

Death Investigation In Somerset County

State Police Conducting Death Investigation In Somerset County

April 14, 2017
(EDEN, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators are conducting a death investigation this morning in Somerset County.

The victim has not yet been identified.  He was found in the backyard of a residence in the 32,000 block of Flower Hill Church Road in Eden.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m. this morning, the Princess Anne Barrack received a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who reported seeing a body, lying in the backyard of a neighboring residence.  Troopers from the barrack arrived on scene and located the body of a man.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

State police set up a perimeter to secure the scene.  Investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division and Maryland State Police Homicide Unit are currently on the scene. There are no further details at this time.

The investigation is active and ongoing

Body FOUND on flower hill church road

No more info at this time

Crisfield Police Press Release On yesterday's Activity

Thursday, April 13, 2017

City Announces the First SBY Marathon

Contact: Mayor’s Office

City Announces the First SBY Marathon

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that the City will host the first SBY Marathon on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles in the community and showcase both the City’s natural and revitalized beauty, Salisbury and its partners have developed a 26.2-mile course which is ideal for runners looking to set a PR—almost completely flat.

The race will begin at the City Park and make its way along the Urban Greenway, and then out to the pastoral countryside just outside City limits.  After making a quick pass through Salisbury University, the course will follow Riverside Drive for a flat, straight out-and-back.  The runners will make their final push along Camden Ave., before ultimately crossing the finish in the heart of Downtown Salisbury.  A post-race celebration featuring live music and local craft beer will be held at Headquarters Live!

Mayor Day said, “Salisbury is home to a vibrant, enthusiastic community of runners who have a ton of options for 5k races, 10k races, even a beloved 10-miler with the Tim Kennard.  A marathon in Salisbury is the ultimate draw—not just for local runners, but anyone who might be looking for a fast course. And this is a fast course.  So fast, in fact, that we are working right now to get the SBY Marathon certified as a Boston Qualifier.

“The potential for tourism impact is massive.  I’m excited to announce yet another event which will bring people into our beautiful city to stay in our hotels, shop our stores and boutiques, and eat in our restaurants.”

To view the course and register, visit www.SBYmarathon.com.  Find the SBY Marathon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sbymarathon, and on Twitter at @sbymarathon.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MSP press release

Salisbury Barrack
2765 N Salisbury Blvd
Salisbury MD 21801


Type of Incident:  Burglary
Date and Time:  4/11/2017 @ 0941 hrs
Location:  Joe Morgan Rd, Sharptown, MD 21861

On the above time and date, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack responded to an address on Joe Morgan Rd for the report of a burglary.  The suspect pictured below, captured on the residence’s security camera forced their way into the residence and stole several items from inside the residence.  The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival.  A neighborhood check revealed that a blue late model sedan was seen parked at the residence.  Neighbors advised troopers they did not recognize the vehicle, but noticed it was parked at the residence between 9:15-9:30 a.m.  An additional witness stated that they saw a blue passenger car on Joe Morgan Rd in the area of the residence heading out of town around the same time. 

If you have any information or know the identity of the subject pictured below, please call the Maryland State Police, Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101, or you can email tips to the attention of TFC Shelter to msp.salisbury@maryland.gov.  All tips can remain anonymous. 

Investigating Trooper:  TFC W Shelter
Phone Number: 410-749-3101


MSP Salisbury Barrack “E”
2765 N. Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, Maryland 21801


Type of Incident: Traffic stop resulting in four criminal arrests, handgun/CDS violations
Date and Time: 04/11/2017 @ 1:34 a.m.
Location: Broad St. @ Poplar Hill Ave., Salisbury, Maryland

Accused: Frederick L. Strobel, 3rd, 20 years old of Berlin, Maryland
                 William A. Berges, 19 years old of Berlin, Maryland
                 Ja’Bril R. Waters, 24 years old of Salisbury, Maryland
                 Jeremy A. Giordiano, 22 years old of Coxsackie, New York

Charges: CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute
                 Multiple Handgun Violations

Disposition: All subjects were taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center for their initial
                      appearance with a Wicomico County District Court Commissioner

     On 04/11/2017 at approximately 0134 hrs, a trooper from the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack was on routine patrol in the area of Broad Street and Poplar Hill Avenue in Salisbury, Maryland. The trooper observed a black Honda Accord driven in a manner to commit a traffic violation. The black Honda was occupied with four males and during the interaction with the occupants the trooper requested the assistance of a K-9 unit.  A deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit responded to assist. During the course of investigation it was revealed all occupants in the vehicle were in possession of contraband. The contraband was identified as marihuana more than 10 grams, oxycodone and alprazolam prescription pills.  The pills were not prescribed to any of the vehicle’s occupants. Both the marihuana and the pills were in sufficient amounts with packaging conducive to the intent to distribute. Two semi-automatic handguns were also found in the vehicle. None of the subjects in the vehicle were permitted to be in possession of a firearm. All four subjects were taken into custody and charged with the various criminal offenses. Members of the Wicomico Narcotics Task Force assisted in the investigation.

MSP Incident Number: 17-MSP-014975
Investigating Trooper: TFC B. Smith

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Letter To Governor Hogan Regarding Issues At ECI

Governor Larry Hogan
100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925

Dear Governor Hogan,

I am writing this letter to you to bring awareness on the most absurd and deceitful treatment I've received regarding the separation of my Maryland State position on June 13, 2013 from two State of Maryland Agencies, Eastern Correctional Institution and The MD State Retirement And Pension System. It appears that I have written you a story. Well, its more of a nightmare that I have endured going on for 4 years with no positive remedy for me in sight. This nightmare has stripped me of my almost 12 year career that I took pride in with the Division of Corrections and has kept my early disability retirement benefits from being granted to me so I no longer have any medical benefits. I emailed all Maryland Delegates and Senators making them aware of the treatment I have received but it appears this is acceptable as I have gotten little response and no help from them. So now I am writing you and anyone else that will listen as you will see who I have CC on this letter. The positive changes you have made for the state demonstrates you are a fair and reasonable man and I want to thank you for that. I'm hoping after you read my letter you will be able to grant me either my career back or my early retirement benefits.

I was a proud State of Maryland Employee for almost twelve years at ECI. One year as a Correctional Officer and eleven years as a Correctional Case Management Specialist II (CCMS II). I was injured on the job on June 12, 2012 while filing paperwork in inmates basefiles when a filing cabinet fell against me and the third drawer struck me with such force that it injured my beck and back. Case managers in the office had been expressing concerns about the filing cabinets in the Case Management office because they were very old and worn out and a lot of times the drawers would fall off the tracks and you would have to struggle to open them and close them at times. One particular CCMSII Bill Caton had repeatedly voiced his concerns over them during our Case Management department meetings which would be notated in our department meeting minutes. He said we either needed new filing cabinets or the existing ones needed to be restored or someone is going to get injured. Our concerns were ignored and then I got injured from one of them. I was out of work for almost one year receiving treatment and physical therapy from my orthopedist and pain manager Doctors. I was cleared to return back to my position by my treating orthopedist on June 4, 2013. My treating orthopedist and pain management Doctors both placed permanent work restrictions on me to work a sedentary position only based on the results of a functional capacity evaluation that my orthopedist had me take- see attachment A & B. I reported back to work, was on ECI's payroll, but could only work limited light duty and I could not have any inmate contact during that time from June 4, 2013 through June 11, 2013. On June 11, 2013, I was informed by Eastern Correctional Institution's Personnel department that they would not accommodate my permanent work restrictions for a sedentary position on a permanent basis which resulted in ECI separating me from my position on June 13, 2013-see C.

I applied for ordinary and accidental disability retirement benefits on April 18, 2013 which I wouldn't have continued to pursue if ECI had let me continue to work my position when returning to work in June. I did that because its a known fact that ECI does not accommodate any permanent medical restrictions because Correctional employees must be medically cleared for full duty to work inside the prison and around inmates. I've seen ECI separate many employees for medical restrictions such as mine during the years I was there. Therefore, I began the process of applying for disability retirement benefits early. When ECI would not allow me to work there anymore, I sent MSRPS a copy of my separation letter so it would further support my pursuit for early disability retirement benefits. On October 29, 2013, MSRPS denied me for both ordinary and accidental disability retirement benefits because the medical board felt I could still continue to perform my normal job duties - see D.

I wrote MSRPS a letter for reconsideration informing them again that I was separated from my job due to permanent medical work restrictions for a sedentary position only that ECI would not accommodate and I could no longer perform my normal job duties if ECI would not allow me to report to work there. I also retained legal representation from attorney Robert Silberman for my appeal. On July 15, 2014, I was denied for a second time for both ordinary and accidental disability retirement benefits by the MSRPS.

After my second denial, I met with Mr. Silberman to prepare for my administrative hearing. He informed me, the reason why I was denied again at the reconsideration level was because MSRPS wrote to ECI for more information on my job duties. ECI Personnel Associate Paula Brittingham issued a memo on April 4, 2014 informing MSRPS that 95% of my job duties were sedentary. The same permanent work restriction that I had been cleared to work that ECI said they would not accommodate-see E. She also falsely states my job duties do not require me to act as a Correctional Officer in time of emergency. My former position is included in the list of mandated classifications that has daily contact with inmates - see F. I can be asked to perform security, custody, and control functions within the Correctional setting and was required to complete mandatory Correctional training certified by the MD Correctional Training Commission so I could do so - see G showing the mandatory training requirements of a Correctional Officer and Classification Counselor also known as a CCMS. Therefore, I could be asked to perform Correctional Officer duties in an emergency and myself and other CMSIIs have done so in the past which you will see that I testified that I did later in this letter. I have also seen CCMS help out many times before in the housing units with cell searches during mass shakedowns. Those kinds of duties falls under "performs all other related duties as assigned" which is stated in the job specs for a CCMS II - see H. Finally, Ms. Brittingham makes a statement that they were advised on the QT that I was currently working in another sedentary position. At the time of her memo I was not employed. Her statement alludes as if I wouldn't work my sedentary job at ECI but was working a different sedentary job with a different employer when in fact I had no choice in the matter the reason why I was no longer working at ECI.

At the advice of my lawyer, I met with ECI's Personnel Director Christi Seman to see why they would not accommodate my medical restrictions for a sedentary position but afterwards issued the memo to MSRPS stating my job duties are 95% sedentary. She explained to me that since I'm not medically cleared for full duty, I can not work around inmates or have contact with inmates in a Correctional facility because the state is not going to be liable for me if I got injured inside a hazardous Correctional environment. My job duties states that work is performed in an adult Correctional environment and involves frequent contact with convicted felons who may become violent - see I. My job description also states that CCMSII must pass a physical examination per standard for Correctional training that are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations I. In that regulation it states the applicant must be able to perform duties of the mandated position for which the applicant is applying as determined by correctional unit - see J. Well ECI, the Correctional unit, has determined that I am no longer able to perform my duties of the position. She referred me to contact Karen Murphy, Executive Director from Human Resources Services Division for the Department of Public Safety for more information. I emailed her for more information. Ms. Murphy said ECI separated me from my position appropriately because my position is included in the list of mandatory classifications and is considered to be institutional support staff-see K. Per COMAR, institutional support staff means a mandated employee who performs one or more of the duties of a Correctional Officer, but whose primary duties are other than a Correctional Officer, Classification Counselor, Parole and Probation Agent, or monitor-see L. COMAR also establishes the standards for mandated employee training for classification counselors which includes training in security, custody, and control of inmates also in attachment M. She also states that the employee is required to interact with inmates and must be certified by the training commission. This brings us back to COMAR in regards to being able to perform the duties as determined by a Correctional unit- see J. During a labor management meeting from 3/16/10, Warden Green states when we have emergency exercises we do use Case Management. Then Assistant Warden Dryden states that during a riot at WCI Case Management was needed- see N. All this information contradicts what Ms. Brittingham said in her memo when she stated as to my duties, that I would not be required to act as a Correctional Officer in a time of emergency. If that was true, then why is it mandatory that we receive training like a Correctional Officer and why have CCMSIIs been ordered to do Correctional Officer duties in the past to meet the needs of the institution? If that's not allowed then CCMS should file a complaint on having to do those duties and putting them in danger.

On November 19, 2015, I had an administrative hearing on my case in front of Administrative Law Judge David Hofstetter. At that time I removed my request for accidental disability retirement benefits and pursued ordinary disability retirement benefits. During my hearing, I testified that ECI would not allow me to have any contact with inmates after I returned to work during that short period that I was on limited light duty before I was separated- see O. The Assistant Attorney General Jill Leiner gave me examples of CCMS duties and asked me why I couldn't perform them and I repeatedly answered her that I could but ECI would not let me- see P. I testified that during the time I returned back to work, ECI secluded me in an office and would not allow me to have contact with inmates - see O again. I also testified that I had been ordered to work as a Correctional Officer in the past where I had to stand feeds during chow and help pat search inmates as they returned back to their housing units which is a primary duty of a Correctional Officer - see Q. Judge Hofstetter did not include any of that testimony I gave in his report on his decision.

Then the state called my former Correctional Case Management Supervisor, Jon Scramlin as a witness. He testified against me stating Case Management duties are 95% sedentary and that CCMS are never required to act in the capacity of a Correctional Officer-see R. However, he then states that there was this one occasion where we were asked to assist. I remember that day very well. It was the morning of Friday, August 5, 2011. Facility Administrator, Darryl Webster ordered Mr. Scramlin to send two CCMS to work inside the control center of a housing unit that was being searched during a mass shakedown at the Eastern Correctional Institution-Annex. Working inside the control center of a housing unit is another primary duty of a Correctional Officer. FA Webster wanted us to work inside the control center to free up the the Sargent and the CO who was working second in control so they could help out with the cell searches that were being done. No case managers wanted to do it but Mr. Scramlin said he needed 2 volunteers or he would have to pick two to send down. So Case Manager, xxxxxxxx  said he would go down and then an office secretary xxxxxx  said she would go down with him. Those were the two people he sent down to the housing unit to work inside the control center. Mr. xxxxx, the CCMS II that worked inside the control center is permitted just as I had testified when I said that case managers can be used to perform Correctional Officer duties in a time of an emergency. However, Ms. xxxxxx, the Office Secretary II that he sent to work inside the control center in the housing unit is an unauthorized non-Correctional employee who is not permitted to work inside any control center within the institution. Allowing an unauthorized non-Correctional employee such as an office secretary clearly violates Division of Correction policy because a non-Correctional employee is not to perform security, custody, and control functions within the Correctional setting. Not only is this a serious violation of DOC policy but a huge risk to all staff, inmates and most of all to public safety. It wouldn't had been any different if someone off the street had been allowed to walk inside the control center and control the housing unit. She does not have the required training for that. That afternoon, Facility Administrator Webster emailed all the staff in the Case Management Department including Mr. Scramlin, Mr. xxxx and Ms. xxxxx thanking us for helping out that day in the housing unit-see S. Later Facility Administrator Webster came in the Case Management department and walked around in a circle pointing in an intimidating manner to each and every one of the Case Managers in the office including me asking who reported to the union that an office secretary worked inside the control center earlier. Warden Kathleen Green was made aware of that violation as well but instead of someone being disciplined for it, it was quickly brushed under the rug. A violation like that could have quickly blown up into a serious hostage situation like Delaware experienced last week if Ms. Xxxxx  had opened the wrong door in the housing unit either allowing inmates to get out of where they were being held during the mass shakedown or worse if she had opened the door to the control unit to allow an unauthorized person like herself inside or an inmate that could have taken control of the unit. Therefore, Mr. Scramlin not only allowed a CCMSII to work as a Correctional Officer and lied under oath stating they are never required to but he also allowed a non-Correctional employee to work as a Correctional Officer when that is not permitted.  Ms. Leiner used his testimony in her rebuttal argument-see T.

Now as if I didn't have enough state opinions from ECI and MSRPS regarding my job but now I also have the state Dr, Dr. Hanley's opinion during my administrative hearing. He states that my termination from ECI was inappropriate and that they fired me-see U.

Administrative Judge Hofstetter gave a lot of weight to Mr. Scramlin's false testimony and Dr. Hanley's testimony to also recommended denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits-see U.

My hearing in front of the Board of Trustees was on October 18, 2016 where Mr. Silberman represented me and requested that I be granted ordinary disability retirement benefits. I thought the Board of Trustees would use common sense to see that I returned back to work as soon as the Dr. cleared me to and I wanted to continue working my CCMS II position at ECI but was separated so I could no longer work there and that they would grant me ordinary disability retirement benefits. I am extremely disappointed in Board of Trustee Sheila Hill who served as a Correctional Officer for more than 25 years. She out of all people should know that you can't work in a Correctional Institution if not medically cleared for full duty. I was hoping she would provide insight to the other Board of Trustee members so they would at least grant me ordinary disability but I received my decision on October 24, 2016 that the Board of Trustees also denied me for ordinary disability retirement benefits for my fourth and final appeal-see V.

Before my workplace accident, I was an outstanding State of MD Employee at ECI. I was awarded Employee of the Quarter during the first quarter of 2009 and had a great working relationship with the staff and administration especially former Assistant Wardens of Programs and Services Ronald Dryden and Mary Cooper-see W. I was nominated for Employee of the Year and received outstanding performance evaluations for almost the whole time while I was employed there. I attached two of my outstanding evaluations I received and one of them being from Mr. Scramlin that I received before my injury. I volunteered for and performed extra duties while I worked as a CCMS II. I also filled in and carried out Supervisor duties for Case Management Supervisors during their absence for years including for Mr. Scramlin. I find it very disheartening that the state of MD would treat myself or any state employee in a manner such as this after their position has been stripped away from them at no fault of their own. Outside of work I was also a responsible person who always paid my bills on time and had excellent credit. This ongoing battle has caused me to let a lot of my bills go which has negatively impacted my credit and has caused me many bouts of depression.

This is why I am writing you. The MSPRS has failed me after ECI won't allow me to report for work anymore. How is this fair to me? Two state of MD agencies and even the state Doctor all have issued contradicting decisions in regards to my position and my job duties all with negative outcomes for me. ECI won't allow me to work there anymore to protect the state from being liable for me and the MSRPS won't grant me ordinary disability retirement because they find that I'm still capable of doing my normal job duties that ECI won't allow to me perform anymore. Then on top of it all the state Doctor testifies that I was wrongfully terminated. It is absolutely disgusting that the state can protect themselves from liability and then penalize me out of a job and my early retirement benefits so I don't have any financial protection or any medical benefits in the process. I am left with absolutely nothing to show for almost 12 years of outstanding service I have with the State of MD. Due to the limited amount of state jobs on the Eastern Shore, it's very difficult for me to find another state job especially one that pays a grade 16 as I had. This loophole needs to be addressed and fixed so this doesn't happen to any other Correctional State Employees in the future. The current policies need to be written differently to state that Correctional Employees who are mandated to work in a Correctional setting need to be medically cleared for full duty. The lack of this information on the CCMS II job description allows MSRPS to interpret it to their advantage to deny Correctional Employees their early disability retirement benefits as they have

I hope as you are reading this that you are as appalled as I am with the lack of common sense used in determining all four denials for ordinary disability retirement benefits in my case. MSRPS has focused solely on my job duties being sedentary but have completely ignored the fact that I must be able to have contact with inmates daily to carry out those sedentary duties. Seeing inmates is my main job duty that I can no longer perform because of my permanent medical restrictions. If I am not allowed to have contact with inmates as Ms. Murphy stated in her email than all my other job duties are irrelevant. During my administrative hearing, Mrs. Leiner stated it was unfortunate that I lost my job but it wasn't MSRPS's responsibility to provide me with disability retirement benefits because my job duties are mostly sedentary. The MSRPS and medical board needs to be notified of the fact that a Correctional employee must be medically cleared for full duty to work inside a Correctional facility and that my primary duty of my job is having contact with inmates. They should have a duty to recognize that fact and grant me ordinary disability retirement since I can no longer work in that hazardous environment. How long can the state of MD have it both ways? More importantly, how can ECI have it both ways? I'm tired of the games that ECI has been playing with me on my case. Their foolishness needs to be stopped and Personnel and Mr. Scramlin need to be held accountable for their false information they purposely provided in regards to my job duties that caused me to lose my case. Just goes to show you that it's not only Correctional Officers and inmates who are corrupt inside that institution as they were exposed recently by the federal investigation.  It's very interesting that in a different administrative case OAH No.: MSDE-BE-01-200100010, there was a Maryland State Employee who was found incompetent of her teaching job. She was separated from her job and was approved for ordinary disability retirement benefits but she declined to submit the paperwork to receive her benefits because she wanted to be approved for accidental disability retirement benefits. If she wasn't approved for accidental disability retirement benefits, then she wanted to be allowed back to her job as a Teacher. My administrative hearing Judge, Judge Hofstetter was the same Judge for that case. In his report he states the Appellant advances two contradictory positions and that she can not have it both ways-see W. So how can two state agencies give two contradicting positions in regards to my job? Why can an incompetent State Employee get approved ordinary disability retirement benefits but an outstanding State Employee is discriminated against receiving ordinary disability retirement benefits? Furthermore, isn’t ECI in violation of the attached Secretary’s directive 02-98 which is the implementation of executive order 01.01.1995.19 code of fair employment practices-see X. Article V under accommodations A., it states reasonable accommodation shall be provided for all qualified applicants for employment and state employees with disabilities, consistent with the requirements of federal and state law. ECI is the biggest Correctional Institution in Maryland. Personnel could have accommodated me so I could have worked in a different department with no inmate contact but they chose not to. Again because of that I should be entitled to ordinary disability retirement benefits which would continue to provide me my medical benefits.

I included a copy of the closing arguments from my administrative hearing and I ask you, do I deserve this? I appreciate any time given to this matter. I know you are familiar with CCMS duties and how they are similar to those of Correctional Officers since house bill 1438 was approved by you last year to include CCMS in the Correctional Officers twenty year retirement system. When CCMS first pursued legislature changes to include them in the Correctional Officers retirement system in 2007, a few of them testified on the duties that CCMS have to do in a Correctional setting- see Y. No Correctional employee within the State of MD should ever have to endure the “unfortunate” circumstances as I have as Mrs. Leiner stated. Thank you.


Joy Tyler

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jackson Apologizes, Wicomico County Councilman Larry Dodd singled out for a 2015 Post

A tearful April Jackson apologized for a Facebook Post last week that we Reported First.  There were many individuals present at the City Council meeting to support Ms. Jackson along with others who initially came to criticize Jackson but wound up accepting her apology and forgiving her.

Time will tell if she learns from this and if she can be an effective leader.  One mother of a child with Downs Syndrome met with Councilwoman Jackson privately and then asked that any recall petition be stopped.

One Salisbury resident, Jermichael Mitchell, brought up a similar incident from 2015 where Wicomico County Councilman Larry Dodd posted this on Facebook about a developmentally disabled child and the media did not report on it:

Dodd has been known to post insensitive items and occasionally makes outrageous comments.  His social media pages have been cleaned up but there is likely still something out there.