Saturday, July 18, 2009

Why Crime Is So High?

Here’s a little story to give everyone an example of why crime and drugs are rampant here and other places in Wor. County.

I was in court for the preliminary hearing for the person that broke into and burglarized my home. That was a wasted few hours because he didn’t have to show up and I was not notified.

While I was there I was surprised to see so many drug cases that were just dropped (noel prosque) by the DA, one in particular that really got under my skin was a young man that had been stopped for a DWI, he was driving drunk on a suspended license and found to have drugs and charged with several drug charges a few that I remember were,
1) Possession of CDS,
2) Possession with intent to distribute
3) Possession of a dangerous controlled substance
4) And possession of a HAND GUN!!

There were more but I can’t remember all of the drug charges, the DA dropped ALL charges (including the HAND GUN) BUT the DWI and driving while suspended.

He was also late for the hearing by about ½ hour.
WHT? If the legal system wont punish these dealers/users they have nothing to lose and they know it

The Ten Commandments According to Obama

I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.) SOURCE

II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore. SOURCE

III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama. SOURCE

IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy. SOURCE

V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money. SOURCE

VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby. SOURCE

VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed. SOURCE

VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you've been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives. SOURCE

IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian. SOURCE

X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet. SOURCE

Operation Bait and Hook Arrests

Task Force Still Searching For 13 Suspects

CHESAPEAKE – A lengthy and meticulous investigation resulted in the arrest of 33 individuals by the Eastern Drug Task Force following a successful round-up on Thursday, July 16, 2009. The round-up, dubbed Operation Bait and Hook, was the result of a fourteen-month long investigation involving the distribution of illegal narcotics on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The probe resulted in more than 50 Circuit Court indictments from Accomack and Northampton Counties.

Approximately $79,000.00 worth of marijuana, ten firearms and $2,800.00 in U S Currency was seized during the operation.

The arrests took place throughout Accomack County and Northampton County in the early morning hours. More than 75 law-enforcement personnel were part of the special, joint operation.

The Eastern Drug Task Force was formed in 1989 and is compromised of members from the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

For this operation, a combination of collective resources was involved in the capture of the wanted suspects:

Participating Agencies:

· The Virginia State Police
· Accomack County Sheriffs Office
· Northampton County Sheriffs Office
· Drug Enforcement Administration
· Exmore Police Department
· Virginia Marine Police
· New Jersey State Police
· Trenton, New Jersey Police Department
· Onancock Police Department

The following subjects have been arrested on charges:

Fredrick Bull, Raven Copes,
Anthony Duffy, Otha Godwin,
Patricia Johnson, Phillip Justice,
Craig Lipscomb, Carolyn Mears,
Oleisha Mears, Justin Scarborough,
Dennis Taylor, Anthony Turner,
Larry Turner, Carlos Pitts,
Jaron Watts, Corey Baines,
Marcus Carter, Patricia Chandler,
Martez Doughty, Germaine Collins,
Steve Giddens, Omar Giddens,
Charles Johnson, Larry Jones,
Tina Moses, Randy Myrick,
Kenneth Upshur, Mike Walker,
Lonnie Wiggins, Scott Wivel,
Herbert Young, Rodney Spady

The following subjects are still WANTED: Leonard Brooks of Cape Charles, Virginia
James Hall of Machipongo, Virginia
William Reid of Nasswadox, Virginia
Upshur Ayres of Onancock, Virginia
Wendy Beauchamp of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Justin Walker, address unknown
Charles Collins Jr. aka “Stank” of Painter, Virginia
Raul Dorleans aka “Wahoo”, address unknown
Valice Ray Harmon of Horntown, Virginia
Anthony Johnson of Wattsville, Virginia
Fairdale Johnson of Withams, Virginia
Kenny Simpkins aka “Chunks” of Greenbush, Virginia
Lykeford Stanley of Salisbury, Maryland

[Click Here for Photos of the Wanted]

Any information in relation to the location of the above individuals, please contact Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 757-787-1131 or the Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 757-678-0458.

Anyone wishing to provide information related to drug activity on the Eastern Shore of Virginia may contact the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force at 757-414-0746.

Any further questions please contact Sgt. Michelle Cotten at 757-746-2557

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Outburst results in White apology

Town Commissioner Dennis Williams on Tuesday accepted an apology from board President Frank White following a boisterous exchange between the two elected officials at the close of this week's town meeting.

White has been embroiled in controversy since he assumed the role as top town executive in February upon the sudden departure of former town manager Jay Parker. White's use of Parker's town-issued credit card -- charging above $8,500 that included spending at hotels and restaurants -- was documented in a recent Daily Times article, raising questions among townsfolk about possible abuse of power and misuse of town funds.

At Monday's meeting, Williams recommended that elected officials on town business spend their own money, then submit an invoice and documentation for purchases for which they want reimbursement.

"Expenses should be documented -- when, where business was discussed," he told the audience of about 25 residents crowded in the community room at the Princess Anne Townhouses. "Then, they can bring in (documentation) for reimbursement. I say this in a spirit of cooperation."

Williams also called it uncommon for a Town Commissioner to have a town-issued credit card and vehicle.

Shortly after, bystanders watched as White, in an outburst, shouted and made hand gestures at Williams, who hurriedly moved back toward a police officer who had attended the session. White stands about 6 feet 2 inches and weighs about 250 pounds. Williams is about 5 feet 10 inches and is much lighter in weight. Town Public Works Director Tracy Grangier had watched the feud and went to Williams.

Outside the meeting room where a crowd had gathered word circulated that Williams had contacted police. They wondered if he had filed a formal assault complaint against the Town Commissioners president.

"I went up to (Public Works Director Grangier), and she was in tears," said resident Scott Kerton. " 'Frank lunged at Dennis' is what people were saying; I don't know what's going on. I'd love to see (White) out of office."

Contacted Tuesday, Williams said the encounter was unnerving, and described what happened: Just after the meeting adjourned, Williams approached White to comment about the tone of the meeting. "(White) was very upset, and I felt the best thing to do was to go to a neutral corner," Williams said in a telephone interview. "I didn't want anything untoward to happen. But (White) called today and apologized.

"I told him, 'let's move forward,' " Williams continued.

White could not be reached Tuesday to comment and was not at Town Hall when a reporter attempted to contact him there.

Despite the apology, Williams said he wants fellow commissioners to evaluate the expense-reporting process, and intends to request that a discussion is on the July 27 town work session agenda.

Town Commissioners Vice President Garland Hayward told the audience that White has since returned the town vehicle he used after Parker's departure. He did not mention the credit card.

Hayward and Interim Town Manager Brenda Benton indicated Tuesday that they were unaware whether White still had the town credit card.

"You will have to ask him," Benton said while leaving Town Hall.

At Town Hall on Tuesday, Hayward said his concern was whether a town credit card was misused. He also said that he, too, had a town-issued credit card during a period when he was president of the Town Commissioners.

"The issue is anything was inappropriately done," Hayward said. "We have not seen any improprieties."

Constituents have been up in arms since Town Commissioners in June voted unanimously to raise the property tax rate by 11.7 percent, a hike that in view of the credit card spending, led a group of residents to circulate a petition drive for a budget referendum. On Monday, Benton told residents that the petition lacked at least 20 percent of the total voter signatures because 50 of them were invalid.

A group of residents led by John Nicholson on Friday formally requested a legal review of ethics violations. At Monday's town meeting, town attorney Mark Tilghman acknowledged that he had received the request and would review concerns and report findings.

Nicholson told commissioners on Monday that his group also intends to review the list of invalid names.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Controversy Over Street-Legal 'High' in Ocean City

Ocean City leaders are drafting a letter to state lawmakers supporting legislation to restrict salvia, which can be found in some boardwalk stores.

The letter will be sent this week, according to Ocean City Town Councilman Doug Cymek.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency says salvia, which can be chewed or smoked, can cause hallucinations, slurred speech and dizziness.

A bill to ban the street-legal substance died in the Maryland General Assembly in this year's session.

Tal Hodara is a manager in one of the stores on the boardwalk that sells the dried green herb.

"When you smoke it, you're laughing, [and] you're tripping out a little bit," he said. "Sometimes you see a little bit of hallucinations, more or less."

Hodara sells small cap-fulls of the herb for about $200, depending on the potency. Hodara said it is safe, if used in a safe environment. Supporters also say the herb is not addictive.

The DEA considers the substance a "drug of concern."

"I'd be concerned too," said Ocean City visitor Julie Brincko. "If you lose control of anything for any length of time, I don't think it should be allowable. "

Either way, town leaders want the substance banned, as right now it is not regulated by the federal or state governments.

Jane Dickerson does not sell the herb at her boardwalk store, and is not sure if it actually does get users high.

"If you have the illusion that you are high, that's not a good thing," she said. "If you give a young person something, and they smoke it, and they think they got high off of it, they're going to do things not in a normal character."

State Del. Jim Mathias, D-38B, said he plans to resubmit legislation to restrict the substance.

Sorry For The Lack Of Post Lately

I have been under the weather for about a week and really have not been able to research and post any stories for the last few days.
Hopefully we can get back in the swing of things again now.

If anyone would like to be a contributor the TPPE to keep the site active in times of my absents, or just random post, please send me an email it's not hard and if you can read and write you can do it.


Phillips sentenced in Pocomoke stabbing

Silence shrouded the courtroom as Judge Thomas C. Groton III read aloud the state medical examiner's report outlining the victim's fatal injuries, including a litany of cuts, bruises and shoe prints on his head and neck, and how the knife was thrust into the victim with enough force to bruise the skin.

"You stabbed, beat and stomped the life out of Mr. Nibblett," Groton told Charles Robert Phillips of Pittsville in Worcester County Circuit Court yesterday. "It was deliberate, it was depraved and it was unbelievable."

Groton sentenced Phil-lips, 29, to life in prison for the first-degree murder of William Nibblett in the victim's home.

Phillips was convicted in April. His sentence also includes a consecutive 20-year term for armed robbery.

Phillips assaulted and stabbed Nibblett on March 5, 2008 -- one day after being released from the Wicomico County jail. He was there for four months awaiting trial on assault charges. When Phillips's accuser didn't show for court, Phillips was released. He also has a history of arrests in Wicomico County.

A well-liked local plumber and handyman, Nibblett was found dead at his Pocomoke-area home -- lying on the floor with a knife sticking out of his chest -- by his two grown daughters. They had come to check on him after he uncharacteristically failed to show for an early-morning job.

Killed two weeks shy of his 78th birthday, the man known as "Nibs" was remembered in court Monday for his extraordinary generosity.

Melinda Bagwell, a friend for 25 years, said he helped hard-up clients by making free repairs and that he'd quit smoking and drinking "to be with his children and grandchildren."

Phillips also stole $400 from his victim. At trial, Deputy State's Attorney Mike Farlow said Phillips sought to rob Nibblett, for whom he'd made home repairs a few months earlier, because he was a feeble old man known to keep lots of cash handy. Phillips later confessed to spending the money on a lavish dinner, Farlow noted Monday, knowing that police would soon track him down.

"I wish I could go back and change the whole day," Phillips told the judge. "I have to live with my mistakes the rest of my life."

"You chose to do this," the judge replied. "Mr. Nibbett did not choose to have this done to him. You've wasted another life. It was a horrendous crime. You have stolen from the Nibblett family the last years of Mr. Nibblett's life."

Defense attorney Arch McFadden said in court that his client's actions were "out of character" and that his reputation was not one of a violent person. Family members spoke on Phillips's behalf, saying the father of eight would be missed by his family.

"Charlie's kids, they're living without a daddy, too," said his uncle, Mike Revel, as his family and friends quietly wept. "I don't think Charlie realizes just how much he's hurt both families. I hope he does."