Tomorrow at 1pm is the Downtown Salisbury Egg Hunt which to me is one of the best events of the year. I have been every year since it started and I will be there tomorrow as well. Be sure to go to http://downtownsbyegghunt.com/ and sign up.
Come join Remedy Church in Downtown Salisbury for the 3rd Annual (FREE) Downtown SBY Egg Hunt! Last year over 800 kids hunted down 20,000 eggs. This year we aiming for 30,000 eggs filled with coupons and special offer from SBY businesses, candy, and prizes. Come enjoy a day in Downtown Salisbury with bounce houses, food, and games...not to mention the Egg Hunt!!! What Remedy Church and their sponsors do for the Community at this event is amazing. It really is part of a Revitalized Downtown feeling with the Plaza packed with kids and parents. These were some of the pictures from last year to give you an idea of how amazing it is. http://www.lowereasternshorenews.com/2014/04/remedy-church-2nd-annual-downtown.html
Bob Culver being a dictator today fired a Wicomico County Employee for being part of a facebook page made for county employees to raise questions they are concerned about with Bob's proposed Personnel Manual changes. This is pure intimidation on Bob's part to try to quell any pushback from employees. He may be in tough legal waters as well as this may have been a violation of the employees rights
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With little or no fanfare, the county’s Board of Education has unveiled a proposed fiscal 2016 budget that increases expenditures by 5.85 percent over the current year, for $10.58 million in additional spending.
If approved with no chances, the school system would spend $191.38 million for the fiscal year.
The school board is asking for $43.11 million from the Wicomico County government, a $2.79 million or 6.73 percent increase over the current year’s allotment.
County education officials are expecting just over $132 million from the state in support of operations and a $12.1 million contribution from the federal government.
Officials don’t like to include the federal number when discussing the budget, because federal monies are directed toward federal initiatives and local educators have almost no discretion on how that money is used.
State funding would increase $4.1 million; federal would rise $2.1 million. The school system also expects it own self-generated revenues to total around $4 million, a $1.57 million increase.
The numbers are by no means final. Several public hearings on the budget are planned; the County Council isn’t expected to announce the county’s appropriation until May 29.
The new budget takes effect July 1.
School board members approved the spending plan on March 10 and the document was submitted to County Executive Bob Culver on March 13.
During the first week of June, schools officials will be reworking the budget, based on recommendations from the executive. That final plan will go before the school board for a final vote.
In an open letter directed to Culver, the County Council and the public, Superintendent John Fredericksen and board President Ron Willey said workforce recruitment and retention made up “the lion’s share” of the requested additional funding.
The pair also pointed out that additional money will be needed to fund negotiated contracts with the system’s four employee bargaining units.
Those negotiations — which the school system regards as confidential — are under way and have to be completed by June.
The figure that seems to generate the most local contention each spring is the amount the the county gives the Board of Education.
The county’s contribution to school spending was $36.79 million in 2012. It had risen to $40.52 million in 2014, but dropped slightly to $40.38 million this year.
Calculations under the state’s Maintenance of Effort, which use formulas to essentially mandate local contributions to public education, show the count would need to hand over at least $38.07 million for the next year.
SPD COLD CASE CONVICTION: CHRISTOPHER GIBBS JR. CONVICTED OF RAPE 2nd DEGREE AND RELATED CHARGES
On March 23, 2015, Christopher Gibbs Jr., age 52, of Salisbury, Maryland, was convicted of Rape 2nd Degree and related charges. The charges against Gibbs arose from an incident that occurred on July 22, 1999, in the area of Isabella Street, Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. As the victim was coming home from work on the evening of July 22, 2009, Gibbs forced her into her apartment at knife point. Gibbs ordered her to the bedroom and committed a sexual assault. Before Gibbs left the apartment, he cut the phone cord from the wall and stole the victim’s purse and keys. Police were called and the crime was investigated by the SPD City Investigation Division (CID). The victim was taken to PRMC for treatment and DNA evidence from the case was sent to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. SPD could not identify a suspect at that time, however, the victim’s attacker’s DNA was uploaded onto the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In 2014, the CODIS unit notified the Salisbury City Police that the DNA standard of Christopher Gibbs Jr., matched the DNA collected during the investigation on July 22, 1999.
A Pre-Sentence Investigation has been ordered by the Court and sentencing will occur on a later date. The Defendant has a significant criminal history that includes burglary, theft, and drug offenses.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Salisbury City Police, and investigating officer, Det. Matthew Thompsen, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Maciarello also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz who prosecuted this case.
For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at (410) 548-4880 or go to www.wicomicosao.com.
Renovation Work has Started on the Washington Hotel in Downtown Princess Anne!
Allen and Shariff, of Columbia, MD, has started the renovation work on the Washington Hotel at 11784 Somerset Ave. in downtown Princess Anne.
The hotel, when it opens, will have guest rooms, a bar, and a restaurant. It will be operated by Ian Fleming of Fleming Homestead, who also owns the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD.
The hotel is expected to be the anchor of Princess Anne's downtown revitalization efforts. The Town has been fortunate enough to have been the recipient of several state and federal grants which, coupled with private investment, has made this project possible.
Main Street Princess Anne Partnership
Valerie Mann, Executive Director
Worcester County Health Department continues to sponsor the Lifestyle Balance Program, National Diabetes Prevention Program. Lifestyle Balance is a FREE, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program proven to PREVENT diabetes and other chronic diseases. It is a year long program that initially meets once/week for 16 weeks and then once/month for the remainder of one year. Participants receive education, group support, incentives, and engage in physical activity. Each participant has their own CDC trained "Lifestyle Coach" who works with them one on one to establish healthy behaviors and overcome barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.
With funding made possible by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene- Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Worcester The Worcester County Health Department will be sponsoring a Lifestyle Balance Program at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church,409 Oxford Street, Pocomoke starting Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5pm.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, please call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056.
(TAYLORS ISLAND, MD) – Maryland state troopers on the scene are reporting there were no injuries to the two people on board a private helicopter that landed in the water just off the Dorchester County shore late this afternoon.
The two on board the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter are identified as the pilot, Vincent T. Giglio, 45, of New Jersey, and his passenger, Ronald F. Lopes, 61, of New York. Neither reported any injuries.
At about 5:30 p.m. today, Maryland State Police from the Easton Barrack began a search for a possible downed aircraft in or near the water in the southern part of Dorchester Co. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office had been notified by Patuxent Approach Control of a distress call from an aircraft in that area. Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 6 launched and began an aerial search.
While troopers were en route, additional calls came in providing information on the actual location of the aircraft, which was in about four feet of water off the 500-block of Hoopers Neck Road, in Taylors Island. The crew of Trooper 6 located the scene and landed nearby. Troopers arrived and made contact with the pilot and passenger. Both had exited the aircraft without assistance and walked to shore.
The preliminary information indicates the pilot may have experienced some type of mechanical problem with the helicopter. He radioed a distress call, then made a hard landing as close to shore as possible.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. No further information is available.
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PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – Maryland State Police and University of Maryland Eastern Shore Police are searching for those responsible for the murder of a studentof injuries sustained when he was assaulted during an apparent altercation on the Somerset County campus.
The victim is identified as Edmond A. St. Clair, 21, of Severn, Md., who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury
Three unidentified suspects are being sought by police at this time. They are described only as African American males in their late teens or early twenties.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was contacted by University of Maryland Eastern Shore Police Department Interim Chief Kenny Collins, who requested State Police respond and conduct the investigation. In addition to campus police officers, State Police homicide investigators are being assisted by troopers and criminal investigators from the Princess Anne Barrack and crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a campus police officer was parked in her patrol car in the parking lot of the “Pavilion” on College Backbone Road, when a male, later identified as the victim’s brother, came running to her police car and reported his brother had been stabbed. The officer responded to the nearby scene and found the victim lying on the roadside next to his girlfriend’s car.
The officer saw the victim had sustained injuries to his upper torso. EMS personnel were summoned to the scene and the victim was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Investigators have learned the victim was apparently a passenger in his girlfriend’s Honda that was being driven by his brother. Another male passenger was in the rear of the vehicle. Neither the victim’s brother nor the other male are students at the university, but both were visiting for the weekend.
According to witnesses interviewed so far, the three were driving through campus when they encountered three or four people walking in the street. Some type of altercation ensued and the victim was stabbed with an as yet unidentified weapon.
Police have no reason at this time to believe this was a random assault. The motive appears to be the result of an argument or ongoing dispute. State Police are continuing to conduct interviews and serve search warrants as the investigation progresses. Anyone who witnessed this crime or has information is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack at 443-260-3700. Callers may remain anonymous.
University students were warned of the crime through their campus security alert system. Students have been provided a number to call, 410-651-8484, if they have questions or concerns.