Justice By The Numbers

I picked up my Sunday copy of the Daily Times and thought that I had fallen into a copy of Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers .  The white liberal guilt oozed from the paper’s lead editorial.  If truth in advertising applied to the media, Look Closer at Arrest Patterns would be more fairly titled Arrest By the Numbers

Are African-American’s arrested in higher numbers on the Delmarva Peninsula?  I have no doubt.  I’m not accusing reporters Vanessa Junkin and Rachel Pacella of lying.

However, the published numbers demand that additional questions be asked.  Are African-Americans being falsely arrested?  If so, shouldn’t the prosecutors responsible for these cases demand better, more just, work by their respective police forces?

Yet, we see no evidence from the paper’s reporting that this is the case.  Sure, some folks are unjustly arrested.  Some may be black; some white, some brown.  I have no doubt that this happens and hope that the police will clean up their act when it does occur.  I even believe that some innocent people are unjustly convicted.  I also believe that this is the exception rather than the rule.

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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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Racist Cops?

Salisbury’s Daily Times feels the need to stir the pot of racial animus on Delmarva.  African-Americans are arrested in proportionally higher numbers.  What is new about that?  This is a sad fact.  We should all wish that the crime rate were lower.  However, I don’t believe that victims of crimes are particularly concerned about the race of the criminals.

Is anyone accusing law enforcement officers of NOT arresting white criminals?  Is anyone accusing prosecutors of NOT trying white criminals?  If so, I missed that part of Vanessa Junkin’s and Rachel Pacella’s article.

Instead, such reporting merely serves as an excuse for certain “community leaders” to spout off about non-existent ills within our community.  Mary Ashanti, president of the Wicomico branch of the NAACP, compared the criminal justice system to an ante-bellum plantation:

“The statistics of the over-representation of blacks arrested in Wicomico County, Maryland, represent an ongoing contradiction since the end of chattel slavery," part of her emailed statement reads. "That contradiction being that slavery never ended, it was just legally maneuvered to justify its existence by way of punishment through the courts and as a viable economic entity.

"The gross disparity in the incarceration rates between blacks and caucasians will only widen until every able-bodied young black male has been herded into the concentration camps of the American prison-industrial complex.”

At Tuesday’s Wicomico County Council meeting Ashanti spoke eloquently against racial profiling.  She served herself, and the constituency she claims to represent, well.  But to compare the arresting of criminals to slavery serves no one other than the tiny minority who make their livings from fomenting racial hatred – both black and white.

It is obvious that Gannett’s motivation behind such race baiting was to sell papers.  They admit that this series of articles is an attempt to tie local news in with the unrest in Ferguson, MO.  They would probably like nothing better than a nice, bloody riot to help boost their bottom line.

As for me, I hope that every law enforcement officer in the country is like Accomack Sheriff Tod Godwin:

"We don’t see race, we don’t see gender.  We see probable cause for an arrest."

It’s odd no one mentioned that Sheriff Godwin is African-American.

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Obama’s Lack of Understanding

WASHINGTON, DC – While people were literally dying in southeast DC yesterday, President Barack Obama launched a partisan attack against Congressional Republicans.  Even media outlets such as MSNBC – the OFFICIAL Obama network – is outraged.

From FOXNews:

More than three hours after news broke of the Navy Yard shootings, President Obama opted to proceed with a partisan attack on Republicans over a looming budget impasse. Obama asked if the GOP was really “willing to hurt people” while police were still searching for suspects in the killings. Obama also touted his own re-election win, slamming Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s ineffective opposition to Obama’s 2010 health law. All the networks, including MSNBC, eventually abandoned coverage of the president’s remarks and returned to breaking news from the scene.

Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney why the president went ahead with “what became a series of attacks on Republicans.” Carney responded saying the president’s comments were “entirely appropriate.”

Is the President and his staff so tone deaf that they can’t understand there are certain lines you don’t cross?  Can you imagine the reaction if a Republican occupied the White House and did the same thing?

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Tragedy at SU

SALISBURY, MD – A murder / suicide at the 100 block of Onley Road has left two men dead and a young woman severely wounded.  The Daily Times reports that the crime was related to a domestic violence incident:

Police said they are still trying to piece together the details of what they believe to be an incident of domestic violence. At least one other person who was in the home was being questioned about what had occurred, police said.

Late Tuesday, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis confirmed the man killed by the shooter was former Salisbury University student Charles Abbott of Hebron. Next of kin has been notified of the tragedy, he said.

The wounded woman, whose name has not been made public, was receiving medical treatment in the Shock Trauma unit of a Baltimore hospital, Lewis said earlier during an 8:30 p.m. news conference outside the crime scene.

The shootings occurred at about 6 p.m., authorities said.

One victim was a student at Salisbury University.  One victim was a former student. Our prayers go out to the families of the victims.

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Liberal Group Suspected in Bugging of GOP Senate Leader’s Office

LOUISVILLE, KY – Progress Kentucky, a liberal group with a history of attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has emerged as a suspect in the bugging of McConnell’s DC office.

It was reported earlier this week that Mother Jones magazine had published an article based the illegal recording and highlighted comments made by McConnell and staffers regarding the potential candidacy of actress Ashley Judd against McConnell in 2014.

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Can Marylanders Afford Martin O’Malley’s National Ambitions?

Billions in spending increases.  Billions in tax hikes.  Same-sex marriage.  Repeal of the death penalty.  “Green energy” subsidized by taxpayers.  A state with already limited gun rights transformed into one of the most restrictive states in the nation.  These are just a few examples of Martin O’Malley’s political “accomplishments”.

When O’Malley first ran for governor he was hailed as a “moderate” and “pragmatist”.  Kennedyesque – more John than Teddy.  O’Malley wouldn’t touch issues such a gay marriage or more restrictive gun control with a ten foot pole.

While he never hid his disdain for the death penalty, he attributed this to his Roman Catholic faith.  I sympathize.  I too am opposed to the death penalty – because of my pro-life beliefs.  Sadly, O’Malley doesn’t allow the Church’s teachings to interfere with Democrat orthodoxy.

What happened?  Barack Hussein Obama.  In 2008 the Democrat party abandoned the center-left compromise which delivered two terms to Bill Clinton.  National Democrats became more radical than in 1972.  O’Malley, who has never hid his personal ambition and has always demonstrated fluid political and moral compasses, moved farther to the left.

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Senate Office Bugged by Left

WASHINGTON, DC – For those that believe only Republicans would engage in things such as illegal wire-tapping, fear not.  It appears that the left doesn’t bother with legal niceties when it suits their purposes either.

Mother Jones has published an article based, in part, on illegal recordings made of Sen. Mitch McConnell discussing the possibility of a challenge from actress Ashley Judd.

While Judd has announced that she will not run in 2014, her response to the illegal act sounded and awful lot like a candidate:  “This is yet another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C.”

The mainstream media’s response seems to be more concern about McConnell “digging up dirt” on Judd rather than the fact that an illegal act had taken place.  We can only assume that ABC News has never heard of opposition research.

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Rep. Andy Harris and Sheriff Mike Lewis Host Town Hall Meeting on Gun Rights

Monday evening a crowd of over 500 people showed up at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center to hear some of their elected officials discuss current federal and state initiatives to curtail Marylanders’ right to keep and bear arms.  The meeting, hosted by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis featured the two hosts, Del. Mike McDermott (R-38B), Wicomico State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello, Worcester Sheriff Reggie Mason as well as Sheriff’s (and their representatives) from around the state.

Each speaker emphasized the individual’s God-given right to bear arms, not just for hunting and sporting purposes, but for the protection of one’s person, family and community.  Another common theme was the fact that pending federal and state legislation do nothing to stop gun crime, but will make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.

Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis spoke and acted as the moderator for the evening’s event.  He emphasized the importance of our second amendment rights.  He was obviously torn over the potential consequences of pending state legislation.  Lewis noted that he swears an oath to protect and uphold the constitution of the United States, the state of Maryland and to enforce the laws of the state;  given that most county Sheriff’s believe that this legislation strips Marylanders of their rights to keep and bear arms.  Lewis provided an excellent analogy from the infamous Dred Scott decision – Slaves could not bear arms, because they are not citizens.

Congressman Harris made a moving argument regarding the consequences of attempts to strip citizens of their guns:

Many of you already know my story.  My parents escaped from communism in the Ukraine right after World War II.  In communist regimes, the first thing they do is disarm the citizens.

Harris also demonstrated the hypocrisy of claims that more gun control is about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals:

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Delmar Man Charged with 70,000 Chicken Deaths

DELMAR, MD – Joshua D. Shelton, 21, of Delmar has been charged with the deaths of 70,000 chickens.  Shelton is believed to have turned off the electrical power to a chicken house while drunk.  The estimated cost of property crime is $20,000 plus the cost of clean-up.

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Waterboarding Pediatrician Gets Bail

GEORGETOWN, DE – Dr. Melvin Morse, the Sussex County pediatrician accused of abusing his daughter – including waterboarding – has been released on bond.  Morse is out on $14,500 secured bond, while his wife, Pauline Morse, is out on $14,500 unsecured bond in connection with felony endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.  The Morse children are in the care of the Delaware Division of Family Services.

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Milford Man Arrested for 5th DUI

from the Cape Gazette

A 40-year-old Milford man faces charges after he led police on a high-speed chase Aug. 11 on Route 1 near Milton before crashing into a fence.

An officer tried to stop Josephi Anastasi at 11:22 p.m. for speeding while he drove southbound on Route 1 near Sylvan Acres Road, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Anastasi refused to stop and swerved through traffic at high speeds before turning onto Reynolds Road, Fournier said.

Anastasi lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a construction sign and fence before coming to a stop, Fournier said.

He ran into a cornfield where the officer arrested him. Police charged Anastasi with his fifth driving under the influence charge, resisting arrest, disregarding a police officer’s signal, driving while suspended, speeding and other charges.

Fournier said Anastasi previously was arrested for DUI in 1992, 1999, 2003 and 2005.

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $11,759 cash bail.

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Maryland Chick-Fil-A Vandalized

FREDERICK, MD – A Frederick-area Chick-Fil-A restaurant was vandalized Saturday night.  The criminals sprayed glue on the windows and pasted “Marriage Equality” messages as well as an image of the “gay pride” flag.

At least two other Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country have been vandalized after the company’s president, Dan Cathy, told the Baptist Press he did not support gay marriage. The comments caused an uproar that included a day of support in which thousands of customers clogged drive-throughs and dining rooms at restaurants across the country and held same-sex kiss-in day at some locations.

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Country Singer Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated … and Naked

DALLAS – Country singer Randy Travis was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Grayson County, approximately 60 miles north of Dallas.  In addition to being intoxicated, Travis was naked.  He was also charged with threatening highway patrol officers.

"Travis had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication," according to a statement from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office. "While Travis was being transported, Travis made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case."

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Virginia Board of Elections Takes a Pass on Voter Fraud Allegations

RICHMOND, VA – The State Board of Elections (SBE) has decided not to pursue allegations of voter fraud against the George Soros – funded Voter Participation Project.  The SBE received numerous complaints when mailings from the Washington-based group began arriving addressed to already-registered voters, as well as to children, non-citizens, the deceased and family pets.

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Burton Challenging Extradition

GEORGETOWN, DE – Matthew Burton, the accused murderer of Nicole Bennett, continues to challenge his extradition to Worcester County.  Judge Howard Mulvaney III of Delaware’s Justice of the Peace Court number 3 signed Burton’s extradition order Monday.  However, Burton will continue to be held in Delaware pending a habeas corpus hearing in Delaware Superior Court on Thursday.

If the Superior Court concurs with his extradition, Burton will be transported to Snow Hill, MD for arraignment and then held at the Worcester County Detention Center.

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DC Back as Hot Bed of Corruption

WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of economic progress and a relative lack of scandal, the District of Columbia is back to “enjoying” a reputation as one of America’s most corrupt and financially mismanaged cities.  One city councilman is serving a three year prison sentence while another awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to federal charges of falsifying mortgage documents.  A campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent Gray has admitted that Gray was elected in 2010 with help of over $600,000 in illegal campaign contributions.  All three officials are Democrats.

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County Executive to Stand Trial

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold (R) will stand trial for four (4) counts of official misconduct and one (1) count of misappropriation of taxpayer dollars.  Retired Circuit Court Judge Dennis Sweeney refused to grant Leopold’s motion to dismiss all charges.

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Bay Shore Community Church Issues Statement Regarding Bennett Murder

GUMBORO, DE – Bay Shore Community Church, the church homes of the families of Nicole Bennett and the man accused of her murder, has issued a statement:

"We pray that justice will be done with respect to this tragic event," reads the statement from Bay Shore Community Church outside Gumboro.

"Bay Shore continues to cooperate fully with the authorities with respect to this investigation while also supporting and ministering to Nicole’s family," the July 7 statement reads. "When we became aware that [Burton] had a criminal record which had not been previously disclosed, he was informed that his contract would be terminated. Mr. Burton’s work for Bay Shore Community Church ended on June 14, 2012."

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Church Custodian Arrested in Murder of Nicole Bennett

from WMDT.com

WHALEYVILLE, MD – A Dagsboro man has been arrested in the murder of Delaware woman Nicole Bennett. Bennett’s body was found in Worcester County last month. Maryland State Police arrested 28-year-old Matthew Burton Friday night during a traffic stop in Rehoboth Beach. Burton is reported to be a custodian at Bennett’s Church, Bay Shore Community Church. Officials are still searching for a motive in the case, but say Burton is being charged with first and second degree murder.

Maryland State Police have remained tight-lipped about the case before Burton’s arrest. They are now saying that Bennett’s cause of death was asphyxiation. Authorities are also saying that she was already dead when her body was left in the embankment off of Swamp Road in Worcester County. Bennett is survived by her husband Kevin and their three young children.

Family members told WMDT earlier this week that the family is staying strong. They still attend the church, where Nicole was last reported to be the night before she was found dead. Before the arrest, Bennett’s Father-In-Law Bob Bennett said, "It’s our faith and we’re not questioning God. It’s an evil world, evil things happen to good people and we have to be protective. I think we’re more protective than ever."

Maryland State Police say the investigation is ongoing and they are still trying to determine the actual crime scene in the case. Burton is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution pending extradition to Maryland.

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Drowned Man Found in Wicomico River

SALISBURY, MD – The body of William Alfred Cole Jr., 72, was found floating in the Wicomico River yesterday afternoon near the US 50 bridge.  Salisbury police are continuing to investigate.

photo courtesy of the Daily Times

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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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Occupy Movement Proud of Violence

SAN FRANCISCO – The Occupy Movement, endorsed by the likes of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, has pulled the plug on their “peaceful” façade.  The above video was posted on the AnarchaLA’s YouTube account.

From denying their violent action to showing pride in them, the Occupy Movement is now beginning to more closely resemble the SA, circa 1932.

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Marital Confidentiality in a Digital Age

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Priest and penitent, doctor and patient, lawyer and client, husband and wife – communications between these parties have always been considered inviolate in America’s courts.  Or are they, in our new digital age?

This is the basis for an appeal filed by convicted former Virginia delegate Phil Hamilton.  During Hamilton’s trial last year for trading legislative favors for a consulting contract, Federal district court judge Henry Hudson allowed into evidence e-mails between Hamilton and his wife Kim.  The emails were sent from Hamilton’s work computer.

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State Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver

TILGHMAN, MD – At about 3 PM Thursday a vehicle travelling east on Rt. 33 at Camper Circle an unknown driver hit Samuel Douglas Lynn, 51.  Lynn was walking along the shoulder of the road.

The Maryland State Police are asking anyone with information to call 410-822-3101.

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George Zimmerman Attorney Receives “Credible Threat”

SANFORD, FL – On the same day that the special prosecutor’s office delivered its discovery packet, Mark O’Mara, attorney for accused killer George Zimmerman, was also informed by police that a “credible threat” had been made against him (O’Mara).  Zimmerman remains in hiding due to threats against his life.

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Former Caroline Teacher Arraigned on Sexual Assault Charges

DENTON, MD – Kevin Garfield Ricks, a former Federalsburg teacher serving 25 years on federal child pornography charges, was arraigned Tuesday in Caroline County Circuit Court.  Ricks is charged with multiple counts involving the sexual assault of a teenage boy when Ricks lived in Caroline County.

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BREAKING NEWS – Hostage Situation at Parkside Apartments in Salisbury

SALISBURY, MD – A hostage situation is underway at the Parkside Apartments at the intersection of Glen Avenue and Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury.

UPDATE – the perpetrator was hit with tasers and has been taken into custody.

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Lost Cell Phone Leads to 30 Year Prison Sentence for Child Pornographer

DALLAS –  Prosecutors say the discovery of a misplaced cellphone with child pornography images has led to 30 years in prison for a North Texas man.

A federal judge in Dallas on Tuesday sentenced 26-year-old Gary Lee Jackson of Garland. Jackson in December pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and to possessing more than 1,000 such images.

Police say an individual contacted officers last August about child porn images on a cellphone that Jackson left in the person’s car.

Jackson told police that he has a history of exploiting children. An officer testified that Jackson described how in 2007 a woman named Amber Schmidt "bought" him a 12-year-old girl for his birthday. Jackson says he molested the child.

Schmidt in January pleaded guilty to transporting and shipping child porn. She awaits sentencing.

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College Party Turns Ugly

SALISBURY, MD – A large party turned nasty Saturday night as police and Sheriff’s deputies were forced to use pepper spray on a large crowd at the Cedar Crossing housing complex north of Onley Road in Salisbury.  Police were dispatched to control a disorderly crowd of approximately 1,500 college-aged persons.  While police attempted to disperse the crowd, some individuals began to throw bottles and cans at the officers.

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Wi-Hi Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Student

SALISBURY, MD – Former Wicomico High School coach Steven Mark Kiggins pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a minor in Wicomico Circuit Court on Monday.  Kiggins, 43, of Hebron, had a two year sexual relationship with a Wi-Hi student.  The judge sentenced Kiggins to nine years in prison, five of which were suspended.

Kiggins taught at Wi-Hi as well as coached girl’s volleyball, tennis, and indoor track.

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State Official Arrested for Marijuana Possession

BALTIMORE, MD – Carl O. Snowden, director of the Office of Civil Rights for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler was charged last Friday with possession of marijuana.  At the time of his arrest Snowden was on probation for a previous drunk driving conviction.  If convicted on the marijuana charge, Snowden faces 60 days in jail (in addition to any penalty for the marijuana charge) for the probation violation.

On the same day his court appearance on the marijuana charge Snowden announced a voluntary leave of absence from the the AG’s office to pursue a lawsuit against Anne Arundel County and County Executive John Leopold.

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Zimmerman Released from Seminole County Jail on $150,000 Bond

SANFORD, FL – George Zimmerman, accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, has been released from the Seminole County jail after posting $150,000 bail.  Zimmerman will where an electronic monitoring device and will have a 7 PM – 6 AM curfew.  Where Zimmerman will be living is not known and the judge has approved Zimmerman to leave the state provided law enforcement officials are notified.

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Kiddie Solicitation Case Against Former State’s Attorney to Proceed

DENTON, MD – The case against former Caroline County State’s Attorney Robert Greenleaf will proceed after Judge J. Frederick Price denied motions to dismiss the case.  Greenleaf is charged with two counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and showing obscene matter to a minor.

According to charging documents, Greenleaf allegedly communicated at various times between March 8, 2010, and Jan. 21, 2011, with a male police officer believing the officer was a 14-year-old girl from a computer at or near 17003 Wolf Road in Henderson.

According to the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, Greenleaf tried to solicit the "girl" to leave her home for an illegal sexual encounter and to engage in the production of a visual representation that would have depicted a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

The information also said Greenleaf solicited a visual representation from the "girl," believing it would have depicted the minor as a subject of sexual conduct, and he tried to show the minor an item principally made up of the depictions of illicit sex.

Those alleged communications happened while Greenleaf served as chief deputy clerk of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s second-highest court. Greenleaf left that position in March 2011.

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Salisbury Man Charged With Defecating in Neighbors’ Yards

SALISBURY, MD – Kelly James Ervin, 48, has been charged with illegal dumping after admitting that he defecated in the yards of his neighbors in the Deer Harbour subdivision when taking his early morning run.  The Daily Times reports:

"After running approximately two miles, Kelly (Ervin) advised that he has to have a bowel movement and brings toilet paper with him on his run," read charging documents filed in Wicomico County District Court. "Kelly (Ervin) advised that he defecates wherever his two mile mark is."

"This is a very weird situation," said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis. "I’ve been in law enforcement going on 24 years and I’ve never heard of anything quite as bizarre as this incident."

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City Official Accused of Stealing $30 Million from Small Illinois Town

DIXON, IL – The comptroller of a small town in Illinois has been accused of embezzling $30 million to finance her horse breeding operation.  The town of Dixon has an annual budget of only $20 million.

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Murder of Cummings’ Nephew Still Not Solved – Family Asks for Help

NORFOLK, VA – Old Dominion University student Christopher Cummings, nephew of Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), was murdered last June.  His killing remains unsolved.

Yesterday, James and Rosa Cummings (Christopher’s parents) and Rep. Cummings held a press conference in Norfolk.  They asked for the community’s help in helping to solve the murder.

"There is a person – or persons – who brutally killed my nephew and James and Rosa’s son," Rep. Cummings said. "We cannot begin to express the pain we still feel."

Rep. Cummings and Norfolk police Sgt. Wayne Handley asked that anyone with information, no matter how small, contact the police. Callers can leave tips at Crime Line, 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Investigators "follow every lead that comes in, without fail," Handley said, adding that some have been working almost exclusively on the Cummings case.

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State BOE Overturns Suspensions of Two Easton HS Lacrosse Players

EASTON, MD – Last spring two Easton High School lacrosse players, Graham Dennis and Casey Edsall, were suspended from school because a pen knife and a cigarette lighter were found in their lacrosse bags.  Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Education overturned the ruling of the Talbot County BOE and ordered the local board to expunge the records of the two young men.

The knives and lighter were used to maintain and repair the players’ lacrosse equipment.  Despite this reason, Dennis was suspended from school for 10 days and Edsall was suspended for one day.  In addition, Dennis was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.  The Talbot County State’s Attorney later dropped the charges.

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Off-Duty Police Officer Commits Suicide After Chase on Route 50

EASTON, MD – An off-duty Montgomery County police officer ended his own life after a traffic stop and police chase which ended near the Easton airport.  The Star Democrat reports that Jed R. Bylsma, 30, of Gettysburg, PA was stopped by a Maryland state trooper near Skipton Creek early Monday morning.  The trooper suspected that Bylsma was driving under the influence.  When he returned to his car to call for back-up, Bylsma fled the scene, heading east on US 50.

Maryland State Police deployed stop sticks near the Easton Airport.  Bylsma’s car came to a stop in a ditch.  The police found Bylsma in his car, dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

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Illegal Immigrant Faces Deportation After Accomack Hit-and-Run

ACCOMAC, VA – A 34 year old illegal immigrant faces deportation after he serves a four month sentence for a hit-and-run accident on US 13 north of Accomac.  Geraldo Bravo Soto, of Greenbush, rear ended a car in front of the Perdue plant.  After fleeing the scene, Soto’s car was found in a ditch.

Circuit Judge W. Revell Lewis III sentenced Bravo Soto to three years in prison, suspending all but four months.

"When your sentence is completed, you will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities," he said.

Other undocumented immigrants who faced deportation from the Shore in recent months included several involved in car crashes, one convicted of unlawful wounding and one convicted on a drug charge.

Soto has lived in this country illegally for 17 years and was employed as a painter

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Father Charged in Son’s Shooting

HEBRON, MD – Jamal Woolford, Sr., 29, has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of his four year old son, Jamal Woolford, Jr.  The child accidentally shot himself earlier this month with his father’s handgun.

Woolford faces numerous charges, including manslaughter, reckless endangerment and drug trafficking.  He is being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center without bond.

Source – WBOC

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Much Ado About Nothing

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – It appears that the only folks being held hostage in Oyster Point Park Tuesday were the dozens of people like me that were barred from leaving while the Newport News police resolved a “hostage crisis” on Thimble Shoals Blvd.  While I’m sure the police acted in good faith, four hours of being locked down in a parking lot was a tad frustrating, especially since I had to stay another night in Newport News to finish my business down here.

The Daily Press reports that the SWAT team entered the building but could not find the alleged perpetrator or hostage.  The hostage was supposedly being held office of attorney Robert Lawrence.

A woman at scene claimed to be a relative of Lawrence and that the hostage being held was Lawrence’s son, who works in the attorney’s office.  She stated that Lawrence was not in the office Tuesday.  Today’s Daily Press article confirmed that the elder Lawrence was not in the office and that the police knew the identity of the “hostage” but could not locate him.

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Stuck in a Hostage Situation

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA – I came down to Newport News last night to take of a few things for the in-laws.  The day started plainly enough.  I dropped my in-laws off in Hampton for my father-in-law’s cataract surgery.  I then left to run some errands for my mother-in-law.  Now I’m sitting in Oyster Point Park, blocked in by the Newport News police while they resolve a hostage situation.

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So far we’ve seen police evacuate people from the Yeatts Building at 728 Thimble Shoals Blvd.  The police are letting cars out of the lot next door to the Yeatts Building but are keeping us blocked in.

I’ll post again when the situation is resolved.

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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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EMS Personnel Attacked in Accomack

HALLWOOD, VA – An EMS crew dispatched to a traffic accident on US 13 near Hallwood was attacked by an accident victim early Sunday morning.  Bradley Colas, 23, of Virginia Beach became irritated with EMS workers who attempted to assist him after he ran off the road and struck a tree.  Colas began fighting with the EMS personnel and stabbed two of them.  Colas then pulled out a gun and began shooting.

The EMS personnel managed to subdue Colas, who was taken to Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.  Colas is being held in custody at the hospital and is under observation.

SOURCEWBOC

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Another Coach Arrested for Unlawful Contact with Minor

LEWES, DE – Jordan Thomas, the JV Girl’s basketball coach at Cape Henlopen High School, was arrested March 1st after it was reported that he kissed a 15 year old student while giving her a ride home.  Thomas has been suspended from all coaching duties.

photo courtesy of Cape Gazette

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Federal Grand Jury Investigates Virginia Senator in “Pay for Play”

RICHMOND, VA – While a brewing scandal didn’t prevent Virginia senator John Miller (D-1) from winning re-election last year, a federal grand jury is now hearing evidence as to whether Miller traded a job for his sponsorship of tax breaks.

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

The Pilot reported last week that federal agents have been conducting interviews about Miller, a Newport News senator, and his employer, Tempus Jets, formerly Orion Air Group, as part of an inquiry into lobbying for legislation in 2011 that gave the company a temporary exemption from the state aircraft sales and use tax.

Shortly after the tax break took effect in July, Orion hired Miller as its director of community relations.

This scandal follows on the heels of former delegate Phil Hamilton (also of Newport News) being convicted of similar charges.  Hamilton traded his support of a state-funded center at Old Dominion University for a consulting contract.

photo courtesy of the AP and the Virginian-Pilot

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Baltimore Police Will Not Check Residency Status

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed an executive order which prohibits police inquiring into the citizenship or residency status of individuals.  This is in response to an announcement by the the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement division that it will begin checking into the immigration status of all persons booked in Baltimore area jails.

Maryland is estimated to have the 10th highest illegal immigrant population in the nation.

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Man Assaults Mother Over Sandwich

MARDELA SPRINGS, MD – A 24 year old Mardela man punched his mother because she ate his sandwich.  Patrick Earl McCready was arrested Sunday after Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies responded to his home for a domestic assault call.  McCready is being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center in lieu of $1,000 bail.

photo courtesy of the Daily Times

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Atlantic Man Arrested in Shooting

ACCOMAC, VA – One man has been arrested and another remains at large after a man was shot early Sunday morning.  Jakori Krishawn Evans, 18, of Atlantic was arrested Sunday and was charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm at an occupied building.  Mark Smith, 35, of Parksley remains at large and is wanted for the same charges.  The incident occurred early Sunday morning near Fisher’s Corner when the unidentified victim was killed in an exchange of gunfire stemming from a fight which took place at a party.

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