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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pork In The Park Opening Day Photos Part 1

















Pork In The Park Opening Day Photos Part 2















Washington High School ROTC Teacher Update

The Washington High School ROTC Instructor at the center of the investigation is a James McGee. I'm not allowing comments here since the investigation is still underway, but wanted to inform the public to stop some of the speculation as to the identity.









UPDATE TO Erik Emely Article


Erik is not currently employed with the paving company but is expected to be in June. Erik assured me he has abstained from anything that could be a conflict

Pork In The Park Begins Today!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

City to Cooperate With Fire Information Requests from Wicomico County, Look Forward to Beginning to Solve Fire Service Impasse Next Week



Salisbury - Mayor James Ireton, Jr. today announced that the City has received a letter from County Executive Bob Culver enumerating a slate of questions the County would like answered in order to begin their own analysis of the Fire Service Agreement. The Mayor responded immediately to the County Executive’s office, letting them know that the City is eager and willing to provide these answers as soon as possible.

County Executive Culver expressed his belief in the importance of having all available information at hand when the City and County sit down to begin discussion on April 28th, and Mayor Ireton agrees unequivocally. To that end, the Mayor has instructed Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to begin gathering the requested data immediately. It is the Mayor’s expectation that this information will be in the hands of County leadership by close of business tomorrow, April 24th, 2015.

“It is imperative that this process remain as transparent to the taxpayers as possible,” said the Mayor. “We have full confidence in the data we have compiled using the County’s 911 Computer Aided Dispatch system, and we look forward to having an open, thorough discussion about it.”




MSP Princess Anne Press Release


Steel Is Up At New Crisfield Library






Follow the link provided below for the latest video of Chaska and her baby bear


Follow the link provided below for the latest video of Chaska and her baby bear. Credit: Salisbury Zoo. Please feel free to download, broadcast, and redistribute.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/02m2svdvg80wnyy/bear%20for%20city.mp4?dl=0



JEREMIAH TOWNSEND CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER 2nd DEGREE AND HANDGUN OFFENSE


JEREMIAH TOWNSEND CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER 2nd DEGREE AND HANDGUN OFFENSE



On April 17, 2015, Jeremiah Townsend, age 19, of Salisbury, Maryland was convicted of Attempted Murder 2nd Degree and Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Violent Crime. The charges against Townsend arose out of an incident that occurred of January 21, 2014, in the area of Hammond Street, Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. Townsend and others were in a home in the area playing dice. Townsend and the victim became involved in a verbal altercation and Townsend shot the victim in the abdomen area. The victim was transported to PRMC where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

Townsend was sentenced in the Wicomico County Circuit Court to twenty (20) years active incarceration on Attempted Murder 2nd Degree. Townsend was also sentenced to twenty (20) years suspended on the firearm offense; that sentence is to be served consecutive to the Attempted Murder. Townsend was placed on 3 years of supervised probation.

Townsend is currently serving an eight year sentence in Delaware on gun charges. Townsend will have to serve the eight years in Delaware prior to beginning his Maryland sentence.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Salisbury City Police, and investigating Officer, Dean Popovich for his 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.

If Taxes Were Cut In Half In The City Would You Consider Moving Here?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Washington High School ROTC Teacher Suspended With Pay Pending Investigation Of Alleged Inappropriate Contact With Students


Do You Feel Salisbury Is Safer ?


Crime Stats say you are safer, do you as a citizen of Salisbury feel that way when you are out and about?

Easton Police Press Release


April 22, 2015
On April 20, 2015 Jason Nelson Tomlinson, 32, of Clinton, MD, Dakota Dylan Gerard, 22, of District Heights, MD and David Allen Moody, 24, of Suitland, MD were charged with theft under $1000. Officers responded to the Safeway for a theft that had just occurred. Three people had filled a shopping cart and were leaving the store without paying for the merchandise. The three left in an orange car and were located not far from the store in the car with the stolen property. All were released by the court commissioner.
On April 21, 2015 Paul Spence, Jr., 51, of Easton, MD was charged on an arrest warrant with 2nd degree burglary, two counts of 4th degree burglary, theft under $1000 and attempted theft - $1000 to under $10,000. A search warrant was served on Spence's residence earlier in the month. Police recovered property that was taken during a burglary that occurred on Elizabeth Street in September 2014. Spence was already incarcerated on other charges and remains in the custody of the Talbot County Detention Center on an additional $5,000.00 bond as set by the court commissioner.
On April 21, 2015 Kevin Algie Sampson, 51, of Hurlock, MD was charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault. Officers responded to Wawa for an assault that had just occurred. The victim reported that there was an argument that began at Target. The argument turned physical when Sampson began assaulting the victim with his cane and and his hands. The two entered Sampson's vehicle and the assault continued. Sampson drove the victim to Wawa where the argument continued and again turned physical. A witness to the assault called police. Sampson had left the area but was located by officers in Hurlock. Sampson was taken into custody and returned to Easton where he was charged. Sampson was held on a $5,000.00 bond by the court commissioner.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SPD det invest reported robbery/stabbing


SPD det invest reported robbery/stabbing in 1100 block e. church st, 2 susp, vic has non life threatening injuries..




THREE KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH ON MD 404

THREE KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH ON MD 404


(Queen Anne’s, MD) – State police are investigating a crash which claimed three lives early this morning, after one of the vehicles drove into oncoming traffic along Route 404 in Talbot County, Maryland.

The people involved are not being identified at this time, pending confirmation of their identities and notifications to next of kin. All were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel from Talbot County. Their bodies have been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies. Investigators are able to confirm the deaths of two male drivers and one female passenger. The occupant of the third vehicle was not injured.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team, with the assistance of troopers from the Easton Barrack, indicates that just before 7:00 a.m. this morning, the driver of a tractor trailer was traveling westbound on MD 404 in the area of Church Lane. For reasons unknown at this time the vehicle crossed the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane, side swiping another tractor trailer. The westbound tractor trailer continues in the eastbound lanes and struck another tractor trailer head on.

After the second collision, both vehicles came to rest on the eastbound side of the road. At that time the tractor trailer burst into flames and became fully engulfed. The driver of the vehicle was unable to exit the vehicle to safety. The driver and passenger of the westbound tractor were unable to get out of their vehicle.

After receiving the 9-1-1 call, troopers from the Easton Barrack responded along with members from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency medical personnel were contacted and responded to the crash to assist. Talbot County Fire Department was immediately called and responded to handle the fire.

Due to the severity of the crash, MD Route 404 from U. S. 50 east to Church Lane continues to be closed at this time. The Department of the Environment has responded to address the spill of diesel fuel. Canines were called to the scene to search the area for additional victims. Road closures and detours are being handled State Highway Administration personnel.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper First Class Gore at the Easton Barrack at (410) 819-4753.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Link To My WGMD Segment Yesterday Morning



http://wgmd.com/lower-eastern-shore-news-report-3/

First Female Blue Angels Pilot to Perform at 2015 OC Air Show


First Female Blue Angels Pilot to Perform at 2015 OC Air Show

Maryland Native Katie Higgins to fly C-130 “Fat Albert” for hometown crowd




OCEAN CITY, Md. – The first female pilot ever to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be flying for hometown fans at the OC Air Show on June 13-14, 2015 in Ocean City, Maryland.



Marine Capt. Katie Higgins, a third generation military aviator, is originally from Severna Park, Md., and she is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She then went to Georgetown University for a Masters in International Security and later started flight school training in Pensacola, Fla., in 2009.



She is one of three Blue Angel pilots who fly the C-130 Hercules, known as “Fat Albert”, and Higgins will be taking the controls during the Ocean City show. The cargo plane carries all the necessary personnel and supplies for the Blue Angels performance and performs a demonstration for the crowd on Saturday and Sunday during the air show as well.



Katie has flown almost 400 combat hours in support of numerous operations and exercises in Afghanistan, Djibouti, France, Greece, South Sudan, Spain, and Uganda. Katie joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. She has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours. Her decorations include five Air Medals, and various unit and personal awards.



“We are excited to welcome Katie to Ocean City and we know all of Maryland is proud of her,” said Bryan Lilley, President of the OC Air Show. “She will add even more excitement to this amazing lineup with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Breitling Jet Team, and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team. Those are three of the biggest acts in the air show industry, all performing in the same year.”



Save 25 percent off day-of admission pricing by purchasing in advance through May 15th. Saturday’s VIP Penthouse tickets are already sold out so please hurry and buy your tickets today. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ocairshow.com or call (877) 722-2927.


Crisfield Residents Need To Join Together And Save This Historic Landmark

Salisbury Police Department Will Be Getting Body Cameras


The Salisbury Police Department is going to get body cameras it is only a matter of time. A few things need to be worked out but it has council support so it's gonna happen.  I recommend Salisbury do like Seattle and post all videos on youtube. As soon as they are implemented I will be FOIA requesting them to show the public

Monday, April 20, 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR NORTHERN DELMARVA UNTIL 10PM.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR NORTHERN DELMARVA UNTIL 10PM. A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA


Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to Discuss Lack of Fire Service Agreement at Monthly Mayor’s Roundtable




Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to Discuss Lack of
Fire Service Agreement at Monthly Mayor’s Roundtable

Salisbury - Mayor James Ireton, Jr. is pleased to announce that Chief Rick Hoppes will give a presentation on Fire Service in the City and County at the monthly Mayor’s Roundtable discussion, to be held tomorrow, April 21st, at 6:00 p.m. in room 306 of the Government Office Building, Downtown.

Promptly at 6:00, Fire Chief Hoppes will discuss the current lack of a ratified, functioning Fire Service Agreement between the City and Wicomico County, and potential solutions already put forth by the City.

In addition to an update on the Fire Service Agreement, attendees will hear a brief presentation on renewable energy initiatives from SolarCity.

Citizens and members of the press are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the Mayor’s office.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office reports most recent arrests

Mason Dale Wolfe, and Daniel Wayne Wilson of Worcester County, arrested 4-13-15 on warrants regarding theft over $1,000 and theft scheme. Both subjects were later released on a unsecured bond. The arrests were the result of a theft investigation reported by the Westover Scrap Company.

Lavernea Khasjia Michell Hodge of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 4-3-15 for 2nd degree assault. Hodge was later released on signature pending court actions.

Bill Hughes Kennedy of Westover, criminal summons served on 4-6-15 for two counts of malicious destruction of property, and trespassing. Kennedy was later released on signature pending court actions.

Vicente Leonardo Hernandez of Princess Anne, and Shauntice Darlene McCorkle of Suitland Maryland, arrested 4-7-15 for underage possession of alcohol, and furnishing alcohol to someone under the age of 21. Both subjects were later released on signatures pending court actions. The arrests were the result of a patrol check in the area of Raccoon Point.

Victor Vaughn Armwood Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 4-7-15 on warrants for failing to appear in court. Armwood was later released to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated warrants.

John Nelson Price of Westover, arrested 4-7-15 on a warrant for 2nd degree assault, and trespassing. Price was later released on personal recognizance pending court actions.

James Joseph Miskimon of Westover, criminal summons served for malicious destruction, and trespassing. Miskimon was later released on signature pending court actions.

Stephen Wayne Carey Jr. of Eden, arrested 4-9-15 on a warrant for violation of probation. Carey was held on a $20,000 bond.

Nilton Aquino Gonzalez of Baltimore, arrested 4-9-15 on a warrants for violation of probation. Gonzalez was later held without bond.

Thomas Huston Craige 4th of Princess Anne, arrested 4-11-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Craige was held on a $500.00 bond.

Deondre Lamont Dyson of Capital Heights Maryland, arrested 4-12-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Dyson was held on a $25,000 bond.





Susie Stiltner Still Missing






This is the bike Susie had at time of her disappearance









Susie used to also hang around with this gentleman above Robert Bruce Wilhelmi who now lives in Hurlock, so if you know anywhere they used to frequent may be of help as well


Tonya Bundick The Convicted Accomack County arsonist enters Alford Plea to remaining 61 counts. Sentenced to 17.5 in prison

SPD To Discuss Body Cameras At Work Session Today

The Salisbury Police Department is moving forward with implementing a body camera program for it's Officers, one I personally think is a mistake and a waste of funds. Body cameras do have use and occasionally come in handy, but the cost and use of them have many unconsidered consequences. Reading up on the use of these cameras nationwide I have seen a trend of varying problems that have arisen. I wanted to share a few screenshots and a link to several I read. The two below are from the department of justice website  here



Below part of an article from Yahoo talking about the costs


http://news.yahoo.com/police-body-cameras-big-costs-loom-storing-footage-174207101.html

I urge the Council to consider the long term costs associated with this move, as again believe this is a knee jerk reaction to a small number of complaints.

Salisbury Police Department Turning Into A Politically Correct Shell Of It's Former Self


The Salisbury Police Department under the leadership of Barbara Duncan or because of the influence of Mayor Jim Ireton has become a place where political correctness is the law of the day. Officers are now criticized for the way they speak to people, or if they weren't nice enough to a family member at a scene or if Duncan felt like the situation could have been deescalated.

They will of course tell you that's not the case, but if you ask the rank and file they will tell you it is fact. It seems every call is looked at from a stand point of will the NAACP, ACLU or Luke Rommel be ok with the stop, and if there is even a question the charges will be modified or dropped. The Salisbury Police Department has allowed the wave of anti police sentiment to change the way they enforce laws. It seems these days the SPD should trade in their guns and nightsticks for pizza and teddy bears. Let the Officers enforce the law and stop micromanaging every action, it lessens their ability to do their job and puts their lives at risk having to think about if Duncan or Ireton will be ok with split second decisions.

The public needs to be aware this is what is happening and I don't care who it pisses off