Where Were You in ‘68?

Windows smashed.  Buildings ablaze, lighting up the night sky.  “Civil Rights Activists” ginning up the mob.  Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

What’s the net result?  For starters, black and immigrant owned businesses are gone.  Families, most likely African-American, are homeless.  The only winners are the race pimps, the agitators, and the mainstream media – whose ratings go up as we sit in front of our LCD screens and watch as “those people”, hundreds (or thousands) of miles away destroy a small city.

In 1968 I was a young kid living just across the Baltimore City line.  My father worked downtown at the old Fish Market (now Port Discovery).  Here is one of my memories:

What’s the biggest difference?  One photo is color and the other is black and white.

Businesses and homes were burned.  People lost their jobs.  People had no home to return to after the tumult.

Have injustices been addressed?  Yes.  Does more need to be done?  Yes.  However, I would argue that the non-violent actions of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Medgar Evers, and countless others did more to bring that about than any action by the likes of Rap Brown, Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton.  They also managed to encourage progress rather than destroy the lives of their fellow African-Americans.

Today we have the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder stating that he “doesn’t condone the violence”.  Missouri governor Jay Nixon refused to send in the National Guard until after a full night of burning and looting.  Back then Baltimore mayor Thomas L. J. D’Alesandro, III refused to ask Maryland governor Spiro Agnew to send in the National Guard until a great deal of damage had already been done and the riot had gotten out of hand.  At least Agnew, considered a moderate, “Rockefeller” Republican at the time, took a stand and demanded that the self-identified “leaders” of the African-American community lead and denounce the violence.  Most did not out of fear of reprisals from the more radical elements inciting the riots.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani last week demanded that our nation’s leaders denounce the violence in Ferguson.  Where are our elected officials?  Are they too afraid of the Al Sharptons of the world and how they will be portrayed on MSNBC?

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MAPP To Be Cancelled?

CAMBRIDGE, MD – The Star Democrat reports that the PJM Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee has recommended that the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) project should be cancelled.

PJM issued Wednesday the final results of its 2012 transmission analysis, Jubic said, and “due to factors including lower load growth from the sluggish economy, the installation of new gas-fired power plants and the increase in demand response programs, no reliability violations were identified within the transmission planning window.”

The PJM Board of Managers is set to meet Friday, Aug. 24, to make a final decision on the TEAC’s recommendation, Jubic said.

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Salisbury Man Murdered in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, MD – Cambridge police seek information on a homicide last night in the city. Officers said La’Bryan Deonte Jones, 21, of Salisbury died while en route to shock trauma from a gun shot wound to the head.

Police found Jones at about 10 p.m. near Park Lane and Willis Street. Officers treated him, then took him to Dorchester General Hospital, where he was stabilized and then flown to the trauma center.          

In a statement Tuesday, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley decried the act of violence and urged residents to call police with any information.

from the Star Democrat

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Bad Day for Aircraft on Delmarva

Monday was a bad day to be flying on Delmarva.  A U.S. Navy drone, flying from Pautuxent Naval Air Station in St. Mary’s County crashed near Bloodsworth Island.  A single engine plane crashed after landing in Delmar at approximately 1PM.

On Saturday, a small helicopter crashed near Whitehaven Ferry.

photos courtesy of the Star Democrat and the Daily Times

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Cambridge Primary Today

CAMBRIDGE, MD – Cambridge voters have the opportunity today to narrow the field to candidates for mayor and for the Ward 1 town council seat.  Voting takes place at Governors’ Hall in Sailwinds Park.

photo courtesy of the Star Democrat

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Current and Former Mayors to Battle for Seat in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, MD – Incumbent Cambridge mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley won’t be getting a free pass in this summer’s municipal elections.  Former mayor Cleveland Rippons and Cambridge PD Det. John Foster have filed to challenge Jackson-Stanley.  Four of the five incumbents on the Cambridge City Council had filed for re-election: Ward 1 Commissioner Kenneth Knox, Ward 2 Commissioner Donald Sydnor, Ward 4 Commissioner Gage Thomas and Ward 5 Commissioner Robert Hanson.

The primary election will June 12th.  The general election will be July 10th.  Candidates have until 4:30 PM Friday to file their candidacy.

photo courtesy of the Star Democrat

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore Continues to Suffer High Unemployment

WASHINGTON – Maryland’s Eastern Shore continues to suffer from high unemployment rates with three (3) counties having an unemployment rate of over 10% for the month of February (the last available month).

To see a table of the unemployment rates for each county, GO HERE.

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Another Police Shooting in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, MD – Cambridge police are looking for Demetrice D. Demby, of 706 Douglas Street in Cambridge, after Demby drove his truck at an officer and two police officers opened fire on Demby as he left the scene.  This is the second officer-involved shooting in Cambridge in the last three weeks.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., two Cambridge police officers stopped a 1995 Chevrolet truck for a traffic violation on Leonards Lane. Police requested a K-9 unit to come scan the truck for drugs.

During the search, Demby allegedly accelerated the truck and drove at one of the officers in front of the truck. That officer fired his department-issued .40-caliber Glock at Demby, police said.

A second officer also fired his pistol at Demby, police said.

The officer in front of the truck dove as it passed, and sustained injuries. Police do not know whether the officer sustained injuries from the truck or the fall, or both.

Police pursued, but lost, Demby. A short time later, police found the truck abandoned on Muir Street. The truck had damage consistent with gunshots and investigators saw what appeared to be blood inside. Police do not know if that is Demby’s blood, or if he was injured from a shot fired by police.

The injured officer needed medical treatment for injuries to his arms and legs, including a broken ankle. The other officer was not injured. Two other Cambridge police officers on the scene did not fire their weapons and were not injured.

The Maryland State Police are conducting an investigation of the shooting.

Source – The Star Democrat

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Dorchester County Council – February 21, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MD – The Dorchester County Council meets today at the Dorchester County Office Building.  The Council meets in closed session at 4:30 PM.  The regular session begins at 6:00 PM.  Today’s agenda is:

 

 

 

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O’Malley Proposal Would Curb Interest, Property Tax Deductions

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Buried within Maryland governor Martin O’Malley’s budget is a change in Maryland’s personal income tax structure.  Any individual with an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or more would lose a portion of their home mortgage interest, their state property tax, and their local property tax deductions.

Real estate agents throughout Maryland are voicing opposition to the measure, as are members of the Eastern Shore delegation:

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the proposal, though, is its timing, as many homeowners continue to struggle to pay mortgages that now exceed the value of the property and the housing market remains in a slump, said Del. Adelaide Eckardt (R-37B).

"I don’t think we’ll be able to see an improved economy until we get the housing issue addressed," she said. "If we’re talking about stimulating jobs and the economy, this is not the way to do it."

Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-37B) is concerned about the precedent O’Malley’s proposal sets:

One of the most troubling things about the proposal is it’s based on gross income instead of net income, said Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-37B-Talbot.

"So for a person who maybe has an LLC, if you have an LLC, you pay through your personal income tax the state is looking at your income before any business deductions. That person’s net income could be significantly less than their gross income."

The other thing that’s bothersome, Haddaway-Riccio said, is the proposal is a policy decision that has been placed in the governor’s budget.

"A lot of people don’t even know it’s being proposed because it’s in the budget and not a separate piece of legislation," she said. "The budget subcommittee will meet and have a hearing, but it’s not the same as having it in a policy committee and having a policy hearing."

Maryland Senator Richard Colburn (R-37) notes that O’Malley’s proposal targets those that are job creators:

"This would take money away from those most able to generate jobs," he said. "It would have a trickle down negative effect on job creation. It just takes us in the opposite direction of where we need to be going."

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Teacher Pension Shift Could Impact Eastern Shore Counties

SALISBURY, MD – Maryland governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to shift 50% of the cost of teacher pensions to the counties could have a sizable impact on the budgets of Eastern Shore counties.  Among those that could be hit the hardest are Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Worcester counties.

The Daily Times’ Brian Shane reports that Worcester County could be saddled with a $1 million addition to its FY 2013 budget and no help from the state to offset the costs.  While Wicomico’s burden would actually be larger, a state “disparity grant” would drop the actual FY 2013 to less than $800,000.  Somerset, Dorchester, and Caroline counties also qualify for “disparity grants”.

Because the final determination of the pension shift bill may not be known until April, it is unknown whether county governments are taking this into account when preparing their budgets for next year.  Proposed budgets are typically submitted to county councils or commissioners during the month of April.

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Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Eastern Shore Watermen

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Monday the US Supreme Court issued a ruling which prohibits police officers from installing tracking devices without a warrant.  While the specific case was about tracking GPS devices on suspects automobile, the ruling impacts Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) police and their ability to place tracking devices on watermen’s boats.  The high court has ruled that installation of such devices without a warrant constitutes a warrantless search and trespass.

Maryland senator Richard Colburn (R-37) and Delegate Mike Smigiel (R-36) had already introduced a bill in the legislature to ban the practice without a warrant after several Dorchester County watermen discovered tracking devices on their vessels.  While DNR Secretary John Griffin claims that his officers had obtained a judge’s approval, he has refused to release the name of the judge who approved the searches or even what county the warrants came from.

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Cambridge Man Held on Drug, Shooting Charges

CAMBRIDGE, MD – Lewis P. Dennis III, aged 22, was arrested Saturday night in connection with a shooting on Park Lane in Cambridge.  Dennis was pulled over by police after a report of shots being fired in the 800 block of Park Lane.  A search of Dennis’s car revealed a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, and marijuana.  He is being held on $300,000 bond.

photo courtesy of the Star Democrat

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Snow on DelMarVa

There are reports of snow falling throughout the mid-Shore and Lower Delaware:

Bridgeville
Seaford
Tilghman
East New Market Federalsburg

source – WBOC

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Trail Closes to Protect Bald Eagles

CAMBRIDGE, MD – The Marsh Trail at Dorchester County’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge closes today because of a pair of bald eagles nesting in the area.  While bald eagles are no longer considered an endangered species, they are federally protected.  According to Refuge officials, there are approximately 25 eagle nests within the refuge.

photo courtesy of WBOC

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Dorchester County Council Meeting Agenda – January 3, 2012

Call to Order

Regular Session

 

 

 

Executive Session 4:30 p.m.

Regular Session 6:00 p.m.

  1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Calls for Additions or Deletions to Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Approval of Disbursements
  5. Financial Report: Cash and Investments: $
  6. Categorical Budget Amendment Request-Board of Education 6:10 p.m.
  7. Executive Session Summary: four personnel item(s) and one economic development item(s)
  8. Public Hearing-Water and Sewer Plan Amendment-Town of Secretary 6:15 p.m.
  9. Public Hearing-Comprehensive Plan Amendment-Municipal Growth Maps 6:30 p.m.

Managers Comments 6:40 p.m.

  1. Request to Waive Bids-Dozer Undercarriage Repair-Public Works
  2. Possible Use of Homeland Security Grant Funds-Generator Purchase-Public Works/Emergency Management
  3. Telephone Poll Confirmations

Final Comments 6:50 p.m.

Public Comment 6:55 p.m.

Council’s Comments/Adjournment 7:00 p.m.

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State Picks Sailwinds Developer

CAMBRIDGE, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected the Jerome J. Parks Cos. to develop the 11.77 acre former Cambridge Marine Terminal property.  Parks plans to build a mixed-use development of residential and retail on the site along the Choptank River.

"It is the council’s hope that plans to redevelop Sailwinds will enhance Dorchester County as a destination and encourage economic development activities," Dorchester County Council President Jay L. Newcomb said. "We understand the developer selection process to date has been based on specific selection criteria and trust that the Parks Companies has expertise and experience to develop this waterfront property in keeping with the local community’s goals that showcases the county while preserving a public use venue and allowing public access (to) the waterfront."

The Parks Cos. and MDOT will hold a series of meetings over the next year to solicit input from area residents and businesses.  One key component of the development will be linking Sailwinds with Hyatt resort via a series of walking / biking trails.

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Maryland Receives Federal Crop Disaster Designation for 15 Counties

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley received approval from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack for Maryland’s request for a disaster designation for widespread crop losses due to extreme weather conditions this year, which included excessive heat, drought, and damage resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

“Because farmers throughout most of Maryland experienced significant crop losses, we requested a disaster designation and thank Secretary Vilsack for granting it,” said Governor O’Malley.  “It is our hope that the designation will provide relief to the farmers who need it and help them prepare for the next growing season.”

“From April through October, Maryland farmers experienced widespread crop losses due to a variety of extreme weather conditions ranging from excessive heat, drought and flooding,” said Buddy Hance, secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  “Farmers in the disaster designation areas experienced market value losses exceeding 30 percent.”

This designation makes farm operators in the 15 primary counties – Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester – as well as the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Harford, Prince George’s, and the independent city of Baltimore – eligible to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.  Farmers must have purchased crop insurance on eligible crops to quality for USDA disaster assistance programs.

This assistance includes USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses, security available, and repayment ability. SURE Program applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in 2012, when the 2011 farm revenue data required by statute becomes available.

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Hurlock Mayor Cleared of Wrongdoing

HURLOCK, MD – Hurlock Mayor Joyce Spratt and Town Clerk Kathy Clough have been cleared of wrongdoing by the Office of the State Prosecutor in relation to a $200,000 loan with the National Bank of Cambridge.  After complaints were filed that Spratt and Clough had misappropriated funds, the State Prosecutor initiated an investigation in April, 2010.

"Since no evidence of criminal wrong doing was established, the investigation is now closed," said State Prosecutor’s Chief Investigator James I. Cabezas in a Nov. 17 letter to Spratt and Clough.

The allegations center around a loan which was taken before Spratt became mayor.  Initially the town was making interest-only payments.  After Spratt came into office the bank asked that the principle be paid down.

"I was made aware of the note when I took office as mayor," Spratt said. "The bank came to us and told us they wanted the town to begin paying off the principal and the interest," she said. "We made a resolution to transfer the note to a four-year loan."

"It was a frivolous investigation," Spratt said. "I wasn’t worried because we account for every penny that comes into the town and leaves the town."

"What irritates me is this cost the town about $25,000 in taxpayers’ money for legal fees along with taxpayers’ money from the state," she said.

photo courtesy of the Star-Democrat

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Man Arrested for Threatening Firefighters

HURLOCK, MD – William Lloyd Tarbutton, 43, of Preston has been arrested and charged with 33 counts, including assault.  He was arrested after allegedly setting a field on fire near Hurlock and then threatening to shoot firefighters from Preston and Federalsburg when they responded to the blaze.

As firefighters began putting out the fire, Tarbutton, riding an ATV and carrying a shotgun, rode towards them at a high rate of speed.  Tarbutton shouted that the firefighters "had better not put one … drop of water on the fire" or he was going to "blow a hole" in them, troopers said. He then began driving around the field lighting several fires around the firemen and their trucks, according to charging documents.

Tarbutton is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center pending a $50,000 bond.

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Teacher Gets 18 Months for Sexual Abuse of Students

CAMBRIDGE, MD – A former teacher Cambridge – South Dorchester High School math teacher was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday.  However, all but 18 months of the sentence was suspended.  This was a result of a plea bargain with the office of the State’s Attorney for Dorchester County.

David Henry Lamparter was sentenced by Judge Brett Wilson to 25 years (all but 18 months suspended) for one count of sexual abuse of a minor.  He was also sentenced to a consecutive 25 year term for a second count of sexual abuse of a minor.  That sentence was suspended entirely.

Lamparter, 31, was indicted May 23rd on 15 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 13 counts of fourth-degree sex offense, 13 counts of second-degree assault and possession of both marijuana and illegal drug paraphernalia.

photo courtesy of the Star-Democrat

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The Sordid Politics of the Alcohol Tax

SALISBURY, MD – Mark Kilmer, Senior Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI), exposes the slimy, and balkanizing, politics of Maryland’s newly enacted increase on the alcohol excise tax.  His op-ed appears in this morning’s Daily Times.

While politicians in other states are called out for blatant “pay for play”, the Maryland General Assembly rewards its members for voting in favor of a tax hike by providing funding for new schools.  In the “Free State”, it’s obviously not a crime to buy off legislators with tax dollars.

The tax hike passed the General Assembly ignored people with disabilities and allocated most of the money to new school construction. This allocation was divvied up based on politics, not on need. Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County will receive $9 million each. The entire Eastern Shore will receive $1.25 million. In per-pupil terms, the Eastern Shore gets $27.07 for every student while Baltimore City gets $114.48.

Clearly, political factors were at play in this allocation. The legislators from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and Baltimore City, overwhelmingly supported this tax hike. On the Eastern Shore, only Del. Rudy Cane voted for it.

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Delmarva Schools Delayed by Fog

SALISBURY – Schools throughout Delmarva will be delayed 1 – 2 hours due to fog.

Accomack County Schools 2 Hours
Cape Henlopen School District 2 Hours
Caroline County Schools 2 Hours
Delmar School District 2 Hours
Dorchester County Schools 2 Hours
Indian River School District 2 Hours
Laurel School District 2 Hours
Milford School District 1 Hour
Queen Anne’s County Schools 90 Minutes
Seaford School District 2 Hours
Somerset County Schools 2 Hours
Sussex Tech School District 2 Hours
Talbot County Schools 90 Minutes
Wicomico County Schools 2 Hours
Woodbridge School District 2 Hours
Worcester County Schools 2 Hours

For a complete listing of all closings / delays, visit WBOC.com

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Fog Delays Eastern Shore Schools

SALISBURY, MD – Here is a list of schools delayed due to fog on Maryland’s Eastern Shore:

Wicomico County Schools 1 Hour
Worcester County Schools 1 Hour
Dorchester County Schools 2 Hours
Talbot County Schools 90 Minutes
Somerset County Schools 1 Hour
Queen Anne’s County Schools 90 Minutes
Caroline County Schools 2 Hours
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Sorry, No News Yet from Dorchester County

We’re sorry, but we haven’t posted any news from Dorchester County yet.  We’ve got plenty of news from the rest of DelMarVa.  Keep checking back.

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