Friday, July 1, 2016

Wicomico County States Attorney Matt Maciarello Selected To Be Next Circuit Court Judge By Governor Hogan

There is not a better individual for this job than Matt. Very few people have the kind of true moral character of Matt and he will serve the County well.

Wicomico County Sheriff Press Release

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 30 June 2016
Location: 600 block of S. Westover Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Dalonte Marquez Waters, 21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 30 June 2016 at 2:06 PM a deputy responded to a residence in the 600 block of S. Westover Drive for a reported altercation. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that Waters had engaged in an argument with a female subject that turned physical. It was alleged that Waters assaulted this subject and that was supported by signs of injury that were observed by the deputy.
The deputy also learned that Waters had entered the residence uninvited prior to committing the assault.. The deputy placed Waters under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Waters in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Burglary 3rd Degree.

Dereik Michael Stephens
Incident: False Identity on a Traffic Stop
Date of Incident: 28 June 2016
Location: 1100 block of Shawnee Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Dereik Michael Stephens, 21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 28 June 2016 at 7:11 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Dereik Stephens after observing that Stephens was not wearing a seat belt. Upon making contact with Stephens, he provided a different identity to the deputy. During the stop, the deputy would discover the duplicity and learn Stephen’s true identity.
The deputy placed Stephens under arrest for providing a false name on a traffic stop. At one point during the arrest process Stephens tried to push himself away from the deputy.
The deputy discovered that Stephens’ driver’s license was suspended once he ran a query on the correct name.
The deputy transported Stephens to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Stephens in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond.
Charges: False Identity to Avoid Prosecution, Hinder and Obstruct, Resisting Arrest and Driving While Suspended.

Ruark, Elizabeth
Incident: Disorderly Conduct / Hinder and Obstruct
Date of Incident: 29 June 2016
Location: N. Salisbury Blvd. at Zion Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Elizabeth Jane Ruark, 51, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 June 2016 at 3:42 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Elizabeth Ruark for a registration violation. After stopping Ruark the deputy attempted to ascertain information from Ruark about the current status of her vehicle’s registration, but instead she began to get upset and began throwing things around inside her vehicle. During the stop, the deputy requested that Ruark exit her vehicle but she refused to follow the deputy’s request, actually replying at one point with “EXPLETIVE you.” The deputy attempted to assist Ruark with the exit, but Ruark resisted that assistance, holding on to the inside of her vehicle.
The deputy did manage to get Ruark from the vehicle at which point she was placed under arrest and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. During the arrest process, Ruark continued to be both uncooperative and verbally abusive to the deputy. These actions included hitting and kicking the inside of the deputy’s patrol vehicle while being taken back to the Sheriff’s Office.
Ruark was processed at the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Ruark was detained in the Detention Center until being released on Personal Recognizance the following day.
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Hinder and Obstruct

Wicomico County States Attorney Matt Maciarello Selected To Be Next Circuit Court Judge By Governor Hogan

There is not a better individual for this job that Matt. Very few eople have the kind of true moral character of Matt and he will serve the County well.

Wicomico County States Attorney Matt Maciarello Selected To Be Next Circuit Court Judge By Governor Hogan

Salisbury Kennel C;ub Donates Oxygen Masks For Animals To Dorchester Emergency Services

Today representatives from the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club made a visit to RFC and donated oxygen mask kit for animals to our company. Pictured here is Chief Willey and the kennel club representatives.

Salisbury Public Works Getting Things Ready For Red White And Boom In Salisbury

Old mall area

Crisfield Residents Be Sure Enjoy These Events This Weekend

Veterans Charity Loses Appeal to Overturn Cease and Desist Order

Veterans Charity Loses Appeal to Overturn Cease and Desist Order
Victory For Those Misled by Organization

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced a final decision was issued in the case against the Southern Maryland Veterans Association and its director, Daniel T. Brashear. The final decision upholds multiple violations of the Maryland Solicitations Act, including misleading potential donors to a charitable organization, using false and misleading advertising in connection with a solicitation, and failing to register with the Secretary of State before soliciting, all of which Mr. Brashear must adhere to.  

“A charity that cannot show it operates within the law will not be permitted to solicit charitable donations,” said Secretary Wobensmith. “This decision is a victory for those who were misled and mistreated by this organization.”  

“I applaud the Secretary of State’s final decision in this case,” said Attorney General Frosh. “This case highlights why strong enforcement is needed to safeguard the generosity of Maryland donors and legitimate veterans charities.”

The final decision follows a lengthy administrative review process to determine whether the charity could continue soliciting the public for charitable donations to run its programs. 

Earlier this year, Secretary Wobensmith issued a cease and desist order against the charity, its principal, Daniel T. Brashear and an alleged former associate, Norman Randolph McDonald. Both Mr. Brashear and Mr. McDonald requested hearings to overturn the order, which were held March 9-10, 2016 before the Office of the Secretary of State.  

On April 19, 2016, proposed decisions upholding the cease and desist order against both Mr. Brashear and Mr. McDonald, as well as the charity, were issued by the Secretary of State’s designated hearing officer, Kathleen Smith.  Mr. McDonald did not object to the proposed decision, which became final on May 5, 2016. 

Mr. Brashear and the charity objected to the hearing officer’s proposed decision.  On June 7, 2016, Mr. Brashear presented his objections in person before Secretary Wobensmith at an exceptions hearing.  As explained in the final decision announced today, Secretary Wobensmith decided to uphold the cease and desist order against the charity and Mr. Brashear. 

The charity had been a visible presence outside grocery and retail stores in Southern Maryland prior to the cease and desist order. In response to multiple complaints, an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Charities and Legal Services Division, aided by the Office of the Attorney General, showed that the organization was allegedly not assisting with the housing needs of veterans as claimed in marketing materials distributed at these various locations. The charity was also not registered with the Secretary of State. 

The Office of the Secretary of State registers and regulates charitable organizations that solicit charitable contributions in Maryland.  The Office works to ensure that charitable contributions made by Marylanders go to qualified charitable organizations and are used for the intended purpose.  

Anyone who is solicited by this organization, or any representative on behalf of this organization, is encouraged to contact Michael Schlein, Investigator, Charities and Legal Services Division at 410-260-3879. To check if a charity is registered or to report other suspected violations of charitable giving law, please call 410-260-3879 or 1-800-825-4510. More information on charities can be found on the Secretary of State’s charity home page:



Worcester County Sheriff's Department Bids Farewell To Chief Deputy Dale Smack Who Is Retiring

Wicomico County Sheriff Press Release

Bailey, Julius and Howard, Karl-Louis
Incident: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute  
Date of Incident: 28 June 2016  
Location: U.S. 13 Northbound, Salisbury, MD  
Julius R. Bailey, 26, Philadelphia, PA
Karl-Louis A. Howard, 28, Philadelphia, PA    
Narrative:  On 28 June 2016 at 4:08 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Julius Bailey after clocking Bailey at 100 mph on the U.S. 13 Bypass. Upon approaching the vehicle Bailey was operating, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of that vehicle. During a subsequent search the deputy discovered what was identified as marijuana hidden behind the dashboard. Also discovered hidden with the marijuana was a bottle of what would be identified as codeine. Due to the amount of marijuana seized and the manner it was packaged indicated intent at distribution.  
During the encounter, the deputy would also discover that Bailey’s passenger, Karl-Louis Howard, provided a false identity supported by a fraudulent PA driver’s license.  
The deputy also determined that Bailey was driving the vehicle without a valid license.  
The deputy placed both Bailey and Howard under arrest and transported them to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Bailey was detained by the Commissioner in lieu of $50,000.00 bond. Howard was released by the District Court Commissioner pending a future trial date.        
Charges: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Speeding, Driving Without a License and Negligent Driving

Marshall, Jordan
Incident: Harassment / Telephone Misuse  
Date of Incident: 28 June 2016  
Location: 1000 block of Adams Avenue, Salisbury, MD  
Suspect: Jordan Lee Marshall, 19, Salisbury, MD    
Narrative:  On 28 June 2016 at 8:37 PM a deputy arrested Jordan Marshall following a complaint of harassment and repeated phone calls. It was alleged that Marshall repeatedly called and texted a former girlfriend when she attempted to end the relationship. Some of the messages threatened to cause trouble for the complaint in this case.  
Following arrest Marshall was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, Marshall was detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond.      
Charges: Telephone Misuse: Repeated Calls and Harassment

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson               Date:  29 June 2016

Bicycle Accidents On Local Roads Have Claimed Too Many Lives Please Use Caution.

In the past week at least 2 bicyclist have been struck by vehicles with one claiming the life of Jake Schertz near 60 foot toad. I urge all motorist to be extra vigilant  and look for bicycles as many time people forget to watch for them.

City of Salisbury Accepting Development Bids for Lot 10

Local Fireworks Schedule

BERLIN, Md. – Sunday, July 3 - Burley Oak Brewing Co. will be hosting an all-ages family friendly event during the Town of Berlin’s fireworks display July 3, from 6-11 PM. Burley Oak will be offering 20 different beers at $5 a glass, along with Burley’s new “Burley Beverage Line” that includes cold brew coffee, nitro coffee, root beer, rotating flavored sodas, as well as kombucha and other handcrafted nonalcoholic beverages. There will be live music, and a variety of children's games and activities, including a bounce house. Parking will be available at The Maryland Coastal Dispatch, Berlin Falls, and a small handicapped lot will be available at the brewery as well. For more information contact Nicky Chavis or call (443) 513-4647.

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Monday, July 4 on the Waterfront. They will be visible from both Long Wharf Park near High and Water Streets and Great Marsh Park near Somerset Avenue and Hambrooks Boulevard. For more information visit The City of Cambridge’s website.

CRISFIELD, Md. – Saturday, July 2 - Freedom Fest July 2, 2016 5 - 9pm Somers Cove Marina Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County - Eastern Shore. Come to Somers Cove Marina at 5:00 p.m. for a family event with food, arts and crafts, a military veteran slideshow, patriotic music, kids activities, games on the beach, and finally, a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free, but it is recommended that you bring your own lawn chair. 410-968-2500 - More Info

SALISBURY, Md. – Monday, July 4 - Fireworks will follow the 6:35 PM Delmarva Shorebirds game vs the Lakewood Blueclaws at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

SALISBURY, Md. – Monday, July 4 - Red, White, and Boom Fireworks Show at the Wicomico County Stadium, across from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center at dark. Fireworks start at 9:15 PM.

SNOW HILL, Md. – Sunday, July 3 - Family Fun for Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2016 5-10pm Snow Hill, Maryland. Come to Snow Hill's Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd from 5-10:00pm, which will showcase a fireworks display at Sturgis Park on River Street. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day Fireworks Display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets will be sold. - See more at:

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Wicomico County Chicken House Discussion From Planning And Zoning


In accordance with §SC2-4 of the Salisbury City Charter, a majority of the City Council have called for a Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 for the purpose of approving the following:
 Resolution No. 2639 – accepting the submission of RFP 09-16 Re-bid from Salisbury Development Group, LLC for the redevelopment of the Port of Salisbury Marina
The Special Meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room 306 of the City/County Government Office Building (125 N. Division Street). The public is invited to attend.
The regularly scheduled Work Session will immediately follow the adjournment of the Special Meeting.
The Council reserves the right to convene in closed session.
Posted: 6/30/16
Kimberly R. Nichols, CMC
City Clerk

Professional hockey league eyes Salisbury for expansion team

The Federal Professional Hockey League is eyeing Salisbury as a potential home for an expansion team.  Including the NHL, there are only 5 professional leagues in the country, and the FHL is a single A league. In April, Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill allowing the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center to apply for a liquor license.

It did, and with alcohol set to be sold at future events, it has made the Civic Center a more attractive landing spot for the professional hockey team.  For months, County Executive Bob Culver has been "putting out feelers" for hockey teams to come as he stated in an interview with 47ABC in April.  Those efforts coming to fruition with the FHL, whose Vice Commissioner Andrew Reynolds says Salisbury is a good fit due to its geographic location.  With teams from New Hampshire and Vermont, stretching down to North Carolina (whose team will have their inaugural season this year), Salisbury's location "work's out pretty good" according to Reynolds.

While their is certainly interest on both sides, Normandy Arena may be a great home for the expansion team, but 47ABC is told one of the tougher parts of expansion, is filling the arena with fans.

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Delmarva Power warns of scammers demanding payment

Delmarva Power announced recently it has been alerted to an uptick in scam activity in Delaware. Information from law enforcement officials and other utilities has indicated that scammers are targeting not only residents, but also commercial businesses, the company said. It has been reported that scammers are telling business owners that the location's electric service account is delinquent and it will be shut off for nonpayment unless the business purchases a Green Dot MoneyPak for a specific amount dictated by the scammer from stores including CVS, Rite Aid, Wawa, and supermarkets.

Victims are then given instructions to call a scammer telephone number with the card’s account number and pin. Once the scammer gets the card’s identifying information, the value is then downloaded, swept and stolen, Delmarva Power said, and these transactions are untraceable.

Many companies, including Delmarva Power, will contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent a company, whether the company is Delmarva Power or another entity, it is important that customers take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate payment, Delmarva Power said.

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Hazel Center, Salvation Army could break to save program

A community discussion about the survival of a financially strapped youth center on the predominately black West Side of Salisbury has prompted talks about removing the Richard Hazel Youth Center from under the auspice of the Salvation Army.

What is certain, vowed Wicomico County and City of Salisbury top brass to a room-full of thunderous applause, is that the center which has provided summer camp and winter after-school programs for hundreds of children for 15 years, will remain open.

The Wednesday, June 29 discussion on the fate of the Hazel Youth Center attracted parents of youth club members, area clergy and many among the who's who in state, county and city politics, community and agency leadership and philanthropy to St. Paul AME Zion Church on Delaware Avenue.

While frustrations about a financial shortfall and questions regarding the allocation of program funding by the Salvation Army consumed some of the discussion, moderator Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, D-37B-Wicomico steered the roughly two-hour session toward finding a financial solution to the center's dilemma.

The Salvation Army recently drew sharp criticism after the non-profit religious organization announced that come fall, the Hazel Center would close permanently if funding wasn't raised to plug an average $150,000 annual shortfall to operate the facility off Jersey Road. The youth center structure with a swimming pool is owned by the Salvation Army, yet occupies land behind the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park that is owned and operated by Wicomico County's Recreation and Parks.

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Lots Of Big Stories Happened While I Was Away

The Cecil County States Attorney was arrested in Ocean City for indecent exposure and a local Doctors Office Peninsula Internal Medicine was raided by the Feds.

Let Me Start By Saying I'm Sorry

8 years have come and gone and I have been running this website from the time It was known as the salisburygrinch to it's current title since 2011 lowereasternshorenews. If you all are familiar with my initial start in 2008 it was begun to give another side to combat Joe Albero and sbynews. It seems so long ago to me now after all these years. Joe and I have battled for years and years until one day I realized I needed to follow my own advice. Let me explain.

As stated when I started it was just open warfare between Joe and I that entertained people watching our trains crash into each other. It wasn't until Sarah Foxwell was taken and found on Christmas that I had my initial realization that some things are way more important than petty fights between Joe and I. We continued to battle over the years following but being at war with him became secondary to trying to actually help people and share news of what was happening around them.  I'm speaking the honest truth here when I tell you that you have to watch how much hate you let enter your heart whether you are right or wrong, because it spiderwebs and grows to so many other areas.

When I started it was maybe 5 people that I had issue with, but I noticed how quickly 5 became 20 became 50 became 100 etc etc. Before long you find yourself disliking so many people and things that it's hard to see positive because you fill your day with hate. The things I did enjoy just didn't even bring me joy anymore because I was consumed with revenge or hate or disgust over something or someone .

Helping people was the only thing that made me feel that what I was doing had been worth it at all, but then I found even trying to do that would add more and more people to my shit list. My friends in Crisfield, many good people in Pocomoke all added to my list of hate. My list had gotten so big I honestly thought there were maybe only 10 people in the area I didn't despise. I am not always right I know that, but I am passionate about any cause I get involved in and that takes away my objectivity alot of the time.

When my Dad passed away it really made me reflect on everything I had been doing with my life the past 7 years and I realized that I had changed and not in a good way. I allowed my hate to consume me and make me a bitter person. I realized that I was telling people who didn't like me to stop visiting and I was know what in this case Joe Albero was right. I'm telling others to stop visiting if they dislike me and yet for the past 6 1/2 years I had visited sbynews which pissed me off. It was from that day I stopped reading his site and now almost a year later I haven't been back. I found I felt happier not reading stuff that I didn't have to in the first place. Joe is entitled to do what he wants even if we don't like it, the choice we make is whether we want to visit or not.

A few years ago I bought my first quadcopter and learned to fly it, and after getting good at it I updated to a better one that allowed me to do aerial photos and videos. I feel so at peace when I am out flying, getting to see things only birds and pilots do. It's like a whole new world. The peace doing that made me to not want to get back into this site because I only associate it with drama and stress, so I began taking more and more time away until I got to the point I just didn't care about it anymore.

I still wanted to help people but so much had gone astray since I started this site that I didn't know how to start fresh and truly try do things right. I contemplated just shutting it down and walking away, but then I had many people reach out in support that I just kind of took some time to think about it. I love helping people and everyone knows I am passionate about helping solve missing and unsolved cases. I decided that this was the best thing to do just be forthright and honest with everyone.

I want to honestly apologize to everyone over the past 8 years that I have offended or attacked personally. I am sorry that my hate for a few grew into hate for almost all and allowed me to become a hateful bitter person. I honestly have no ill will to anyone even old enemies or political foes. We all are just trying to live our lives to the best of our ability and that is what I am going to try to do by trying this with a reset button. There are some that won't accept my apology and that is fine I understand, I just know that I am sincere and clear minded  when I offer everyone this apology.

Obviously when you report the news someone isn't going to like what you report from family members of arrested people to politicians that don't like an outcome, but I can say nothing will be done with malice from me. I ask that you join me in this new journey as I begin to do things the right way.

Thank You
Jonathan Taylor

Thank You Letter For All Who Helped Battle Chesapeake Boats Fire


As most citizens of our community are aware, on Monday June 27th, a local business was destroyed by fire. I would like to thank all of the community that came together during this major incident at Chesapeake Boat and Lumber Yard. 100 fire and ems personnel and 50 pieces of apparatus from 18 companies in Somerset, Worcester, Wicomico, and Accomack Counties were on the scene of this massive blaze. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to all of these personnel, along with the law enforcement agencies, State Highway Administration, The Red Cross, and all of those businesses and individuals in our community and communities as far out as Dorchester County for bringing & serving foods, drinks and ice. I wish that I could thank you by name, but there are too many to name and I would hate to leave anyone out, as we appreciate ALL of you! Your support was well needed, and it is groups of people like yourselves that make our jobs a little easier in wake of an emergency. On behalf of every fire and ems provider serving on this incident, we THANK YOU, and are always here to protect and serve our community. We do this with great pride!


Chief David Evans, Sr

Marion Fire Department, Sta.3

Disgraced Cecil County State's Attorney Edward Rollins withdraws from judgeship consideration

ELKTON — Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D. E. “Ellis” Rollins III has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates seeking a vacant Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship in the wake of his arrest last week in Ocean City.

Rollins told the Cecil Whig late Thursday afternoon that he had contacted Robert Scholz, counsel for the Maryland Office of the Governor, earlier that day and informed him that he would no longer be seeking the open judgeship.

It was a stunning turn of events for the beleaguered state’s attorney who was seen as the frontrunner for the position, earning praise from colleagues, just weeks ago. Rollins was one of three applicants who made the “short list,” after going through a nomination process, and Gov. Larry Hogan was scheduled to interview all finalists individually next week in Elkton — breaking from the longtime practice of governors conducting those judicial candidate interviews in Annapolis.

“I do not want my present circumstances to be a distraction to this critical judicial appointment,” Rollins said, reading from a copy of the notification he had sent to the governor’s office.

Rollins then emphasized, “This is not a concession that I am guilty, but this frees me up to fight this thing.”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maryland State Police Arrest Somerset Co. Man For Child Pornography

Maryland State Police News Release

Maryland State Police Arrest Somerset Co. Man For Child Pornography

(Princess Anne, MD)  Maryland State Police investigators from the Maryland Internet Crimes Section, Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested a Somerset County man yesterday on child pornography related charges.

The suspect is identified as Bryan Evans, 34, of the 11000 block of Somerset Avenue, Princess Anne, MD. Evans was arrested without incident and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography and other related charges.

Earlier this year, investigators with the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force developed information about the potential distribution of child pornography over the Internet. As a result of the subsequent investigation, Evans was identified as the suspect and a search warrant was served at Evans’ residence shortly after 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning, by Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit investigators, state troopers from the Princess Anne Barrack, agents from Homeland Security Investigations, Somerset County Narcotics Task Force deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Princess Anne Police Department.

Service of the search warrant resulted in the recovery of various digital media storage devices.  Evidence will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Lab for analysis. Evan was transported to the Somerset County District Court Commissioner’s Office for processing and a hearing before a District Court commissioner. Evans was held on a $300,000 bond.

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.


Bryan Evans

Bryan  Evans

Monday, June 27, 2016

Huge Fire Chesapeake Boat Yard 413 SOMERSET County

On Hiatus For The Week..

It is increasingly more difficult to find time to spend doing this site by myself with so many other thing happening right now. I don't have the desire or passion for it anymore either so that doesn't help. Just so many more enjoyable things out in the world than dealing with the same stuff all the time on here.  

Next week I'm going to try something new see if it helps me stay interested

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Anyone Want To Contribute

Always looking for someone to come onboard and contribute thoughts and ideas to the site me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Powellville area Tornado Indicated Doppler Radar

Quarter size hail

Governor Larry Hogan Announces David Craig as the Executive Director of the Maryland World War I Commission

Governor Larry Hogan Announces David Craig as the Executive Director of the Maryland World War I Commission
Wendi Peters Will Succeed Craig as Secretary of the Department

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced he has appointed David Craig as the executive director of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. Craig, who is the secretary of the Department of Planning, will be succeeded by Wendi Peters, who currently serves as deputy secretary of the department. 

“I would like to thank David for his service at the Department of Planning and wish him well in his new leadership role of this historic commission," said Governor Hogan. "Over the past 18 months, David has built a strong foundation for the department, and I am confident that Wendi will continue to effectively lead the department in her new position."

In his new role, Secretary Craig will be responsible for developing and executing plans for projects and activities recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I. The World War I Commission, which was established on November 11, 2015 and consists of up to 11 members, will present an action plan to the governor by June 30, 2017. Secretary Craig has a background in education spanning more than 30 years, 15 of which was spent as a history teacher. An avid historian and published author, Craig developed a love of World War I at an early age.

“I was both honored and humbled to serve as the secretary of Planning,” said Secretary Craig. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Hogan administration by helping the governor recognize Maryland’s significant role in World War I.”

Prior to her position as deputy secretary, Peters was a paralegal at Ober Kaler. Additionally, Peters was elected to the Mount Airy Town Council in 2004, the first woman to serve two terms when she was re-elected in 2008. Peters has a history in both public and community service, including involvement in several groups such as the Mount Airy Main Street Association and Mount Airy Historical Society.  

“Wendi has been an active leader and volunteer in her community for more than two decades,” said Governor Hogan. “Her current position as deputy secretary, in addition to her experience in her hometown of Mount Airy including roles involving planning, business development, and fiscal issues, has given her the necessary skills to successfully lead the department.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Maryland under the leadership of Governor Hogan, and I am excited and humbled to have this new opportunity,” said Deputy Secretary Peters. “I look forward to continuing our work at Planning as we do our part to help change Maryland for the better.”