Thursday, June 30, 2011
There is alot of speculation in Worcester County regarding the nature of this strange case unfolding regarding the body found in the burned car. If you look at the possible scenarios it is obvious the likelihood of a homicide is there. It is unlikely this is a natural death and only a small percentage that it was a suicide so we must begin to wonder what happened. I haven't heard any reports of missing people yet but it is something that I'm sure is being looked into.
I will keep following up on this bizarre case.
UPDATE: The remains have been identified as Brian Paul Wickes and police are saying they believe it was not foul play.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 05:05:00 PM
You know for someone who acts like they know everything Terry Cohen seems to have forgotten something, and that is the fact that almost every week since she has been Council President she has been late getting the agenda to the clerks office. This week is no exception the meeting is Tuesday and here we are 5 days from the meeting and the agenda isn't even out to the Council members. How are they supposed to have time to discuss with so little time and actually hear from their "constituents"
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 04:50:00 PM
Today is the final day of Davis Ruark's employment with the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office. It is the end of an era and one that many are happy has come. I want to try to be as fair as I can be to Davis as he is existing stage right but we have to also hope he learns from his mistakes.
Davis Ruark is a good trial attorney I have never heard anyone say otherwise so kudos to Davis for his skill in the Courtroom. The problem with Davis Ruark was never his job performance (although there are many cases I felt like he could have done better, however it ultimately is up to the jury.)it was his lack of Administrative skill which was more evident as time went on.
Thank God Wicomico County had Sam Vincent while it did, as many times he is the only thing that kept that Office from spiraling out of control. Matt Maciarello inherited an Office full of bitterness and untrust which he had to deal with immediately to get the Office back on course. The problems of course became public with Davis Ruark's arrest for DUI.
I'm doing Davis a last favor by not going into the issues he was having at the time in his personal life that finally pushed the situation over the top but it was the best thing that probably happened for all parties involved, us the Taxpayers and himself. It allowed him to get a grip as things were out of control for him, and for us so we could begin thinking about what we wanted out of our State's Attorney.
I had a working relationship with Davis and that was about it in all my time Blogging. I wasn't like some other people that had to call him when someone looked at them wrong and waste his time. That is one thing that Davis made a huge mistake in however and that was entertaining certain local bloggers. I know Davis claims he wasn't but the facts are he still kept taking call after call, email after email from certain people(I know this because many times I was included in these private emails)and never once putting his foot down and saying "ENOUGH OF THE BS!" Davis felt it better to try to appease which is a big mistake with certain individuals.
I had actually thought Davis might be able to recover from his DUI issues and for a short period it looked like he might, however the final straw was an event nobody could have foreseen. Obviously I am talking about the death of Sam Vincent this time last year which shocked the entire area. I was going to support Sam in the election and had already added a Sam Vincent for State's Attorney thing to my site because I felt Sam was the man for the job and had been the glue holding the place together and was the one everyone universally loved.
We will never really know what the logic was in Davis Ruark's mind the weeks prior to this sad event, but they were things that I can tell to this day bother him. Davis in my opinion got uber pissed when he found out Sam was planning on running against him, and knowing full well Sam would crush him in the election decided to get petty by putting out a memo saying anyone that was planning on running for office would have to tender their resignation. I sent Davis a scathing email after this telling him I thought he made a huge mistake by not just letting the voters decide and deciding to get petty about it. He responded the memo was "misconstrued" My thoughts were BS but I knew there was no need to continue the debate with him.
Then tragically the very week all hell breaks loose because of the memo incident Sam Vincent on his way home from the State's Attorney Conference in Ocean City is killed in an Auto Accident. I think just about everyone was disgusted with Davis at that point, and a few months later when he lost the primary to Seth Mitchell of all people, it showed how people felt about him after all this drama he had brought to the Office of the State's Attorney.
I do see real regret in Davis now when I see him. I talked to him when Matt was sworn in and then was just with him last Saturday at Sam's pavilion dedication. I could really tell he felt bad about how things had went down with his friend the week prior to his death. The morale inside the State's Attorney's Office has jumped back up with the new leader and staff he has brought in, and with the cutting of some who were perceived to be problematic. These were things Davis should have dealt with so Matt didn't have to come into a job of chaos but I honestly don't think Davis could see the rotting from within.
I appreciate the service Davis has given to the community but at the same time it was past time for him to move on in his life. I know he is joining a law firm as a consultant and I can tell you he will do well there not having to deal with administrative matters. While you and I were never what I would call friends Davis and I do dislike many things you have done or said I do wish you luck and prosperity in your new endeavors.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 03:01:00 PM
Keshawn White shown above has pled guilty to attempted second degree murder of Brooks Sheldon who was killed last year while sitting on his front steps on Charles street.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 01:00:00 PM
Well if the hornet's nest wasn't already stirred up with anything and everything Board Of Ed related we get the news that any after School activites will now be reinstated to make up for the shortage in the County budget. The fees are shown below
- Football: $45
- All other sports: $40
- Cheerleading: $30
- Marching band/band front: $20
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 11:00:00 AM
It what was good news for the employees that were laid off at planning and zoning due to County budget issues they were rehired at public works with a raise so that's a win for them.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 10:00:00 AM
It seems the Holiday Inn Express has been dealing with issues of homeless with drug problems using their bathrooms for doing drugs. The location is right on the riverwalk where sadly most of out local homeless congregate. It is very hard for a hotel to know who is and isn't with a party that is checked in and hence the problem with this issue.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 09:00:00 AM
Ok so who is actually having fireworks this year and who has the best. ?
WBOC has added the listing of the local places doing fireworks this year as of yesterday afternoon.
- Cambridge: Monday, July 4, at 9:15 p.m., near Great Marsh Park
- Chesapeake: Sunday, July 3 at dusk at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
- Chestertown: Monday, July 4 at dusk, at the waterfront
- Crisfield: Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 p.m., Somers Cove Marina
- Easton: Monday, July 4 at dusk, Marlboro Road/ Route 33, behind the Target store
- Elkton: Monday, July 4 at dusk, Meadow Park, Delaware Avenue
- Hebron: Monday, July 4 at dusk, on the carnival grounds next to the fire house
- Ocean City: Monday, July 4 at 9:15 p.m. at two locations. Location one: uptown, 127th Bayside; Location two: Downtown, North Division Street and the beach
- Ocean Pines: Monday, July 4 at 9 p.m., Showell Park
- Oxford: Sunday, July 3, fireworks at dusk
- Rock Hall: Sunday, July 3 at 9 p.m., Rock Hall Harbor; Rain date is Monday, July 4. Fireworks can be viewed from the Bay.
- St. Michaels: Sunday, July 3 at dusk, at the Miles River Yacht Club
- Salisbury: Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 at the Shorebirds Stadium. Fireworks follow games which start at 6:05 p.m. Admission by ticket.
- Snow Hill: Friday, July 1 at dusk, at Sturgis Park on River Street.
click here for WBOC listing of Delaware Fireworks
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 6/30/2011 08:29:00 AM