Saturday, May 7, 2011

~Kentucky Derby Day~

For some it's all about the floral dresses,  hats and mint juleps.  For my DAD it was all about the horses.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Another Kentucky Derby, another last-minute change for jockey John Velazquez.

The scratch of Uncle Mo on Friday morning marked the third straight year Velazquez lost a major Derby contender less than a week before the race.

Velazquez had the mounts on Quality Road in 2009 and Eskendereya last year before they were withdrawn with injuries. He scrambled to find last-minute replacements, finishing 15th on 28-1 shot Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009 and 10th last year on the filly Devil May Care.
Once again, Velazquez didn't stay unemployed for long. Trainer H. Graham Motion quickly grabbed him to ride Animal Kingdom, winner of the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

Velazquez replaces Robby Albarado, who suffered a broken nose earlier this week at Churchill Downs when a horse bucked him off during a post parade, and then delivered a kick to the face.

"We made the decision this morning, before the betting opened, so the punters would have full knowledge of what the deal was," said Barry Irwin, whose Team Valor International owns Animal Kingdom.

Velazquez is 0 for 12 in the Derby. His best finish was a second aboard Invisible Ink in 2001.

Motion lost his top Derby contender earlier this week when Wood Memorial winner Toby's Corner was scratched Monday with a left hind leg injury.

"It's been a real emotional roller coaster for everybody," Motion said. "That is the nature of the game, and what you grow used to."

Today, coverage begins at 4 p.m., post time at 6:24 p.m.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Two Homes Raided In Pocomoke City

On the evening of May 5, 2011 officers from the criminal enforcement team conducted drug-related raids on two houses.

The raids took place between 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. on Thursday.

Investigation by the police is still on going and charging documents are being prepared. Officers of the criminal enforcement team are still investigating and charges against two individuals are expected.

The raids took place on Third Street and Clarke Avenue, Extd. in Pocomoke City.

Info from delmarva

Man Poses As Landlord To Collect Rent

Written By
Jennifer Shutt
Staff Writer
POCOMOKE CITY -- Soon after a Baltimore man moved to town, police say he began duping people into paying him rent to live in buildings he didn't own.

In addition, prostitution, forgery, making a false statement to a police officer and theft are charges the suspect, Robert Austera, also faces.

Austera, 57, of the 500 block of Moore Street in Pocomoke City, was charged after witnesses told police that Austera allegedly promised them places to live and took rent money from them for properties, a police investigation determined, that weren't his to rent.

Austera allegedly promised fraudulent rentals to at least two people. In the case that launched the police probe into Austera, one of the tenants was charged with fourth-degree burglary for attempting to enter a building he thought he was renting in the clear.

After James Motyka was charged with breaking into a building in the 420 block of Oxford Street, he showed police a rent receipt from Austera for $250, according to court documents. Motyka told police he had paid Austera that money as a down payment to move into a home on the 420 block of Oxford Street.

The men made an arrangement that Motyka could fix up other houses -- which Motyka believed Austera managed -- in exchange for his first two months' rent. Pocomoke City police say they intend to have the burglary charges against Motyka dropped.

Kacee Briddelle was also allegedly defrauded by Austera, according to court documents. Briddelle told police she paid Austera $700 to move into one of the properties he allegedly claimed he managed.
"Briddelle advised she found Austera's number and an ad offering to find affordable apartments for rent in Pocomoke City on Craigslist," police said.

After not being able to get hold of Austera for two weeks, Briddelle persuaded him to return $300 of her $700. Austera told her he could no longer help her find a place to live, according to court documents. He is alleged to still have $400 of Briddelle's money.

Efrem Phillips, who is reported by court documents to be the owner of the house Austera was allegedly renting out, told police he had never given Austera permission to create a lease or to write Phillips' signature on it.

In a separate incident, Austera is charged with prostitution, along with Kimberly Reeder, 44, of the 32000 block of Overholt Road in Pocomoke City. In March, Austera allegedly mentioned to one of his roommates that he sometimes paid to have sex with Reeder, according to court documents, and offered to introduce her to him. She allegedly offered the roommate sex for pay, but the roommate declined, according to court documents.

During the investigation, police learned Austera's 17-year-old daughter was living in his house along with a registered sex offender, Dale Kirk Audet. Audet, 38, was listed as living on the 500 block of Moore Street, according to the Maryland sex offender registry. On May 3, shortly after Austera's arrest, his registered address changed to the 210 block of Laurel Street. Audet has been convicted of third-degree sex offense, indecent exposure and violating his probation, according to Maryland case search. Austera's daughter was removed from the home by Worcester County Social Services for her safety, according to police.

Austera has been charged with more than 15 crimes since 1994, according to Maryland court records. He has been found guilty of motor vehicle theft, harassment through email, a continued course of harassment, telephone misuse through repeated calls and second-degree assault.


Pocomoke Crime Reports for the Month of April

If you have been wondering where the crime report for the month of April is? So have I.

I have been checking several times per day thinking that it might have been the crimereports website. But has not been updated for the month of April. Sorry.

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

I would like to clarify a few things for the anonymous poster who is a constant fountain of negativity.

Proposed New PD Building:
      Assessed value of the proposed new PD building:  $425,000.00 (from MD DAT website)
    Everyone knows that assessed values are considerably lower than actual market values and that commercial property has not declined as much in value as has residential property.
      This building last sold for $560,000.00 in 2009 (from MD DAT website)
    The proposed purchase price is $532,500.00, not $700,000.00 or $750,000.00 as posted by  “Anonymous the negative”.  We are proposing to borrow the additional money via a line of credit to facilitate remodeling that will be needed to make the building a functional police station.
    The building is currently fully insulated and the insulation is in good condition.  The previous proprietor took very good care of the building and overall it is in excellent condition.  We know this because council members, the city manager, the police chief and the current and former mayor examined this building extensively, prior to starting our discussion regarding the acquisition of the property late last fall.  During remodeling, additional improvements will be made to enhance energy efficiency.  Has “anonymous the negative” ever inspected the building?
    There is about one-half acre of additional parking in the compound behind the building.
Most of the above information was either available in the public records or was made public at the last council meeting.  As I mentioned in a previous post, there were no negative comments at that meeting.  Furthermore, every citizen that I have spoken with regarding this issue thinks it is a good idea and that it was about time we got the PD out of their substandard facility on Second St.

I know this is off the original thread of the conversation but I checked on this issue with Mr. Blake, when it was first raised last year.   Several cameras have been out of service at different times since installation, but only for a few days at a time.  One and only one camera was out of service for about a month due to issues with the contractor.  Mr. Blake finally advised the contractor that if they could not get any and all malfunctioning cameras back online within 48 hours, then we would find another contractor who could.  Since that time (which was last year) we have not had any further problems with extended outages.

Cameras are not turned off except when they are being serviced by the contractor.  It should also be pointed out that the cameras have been instrumental in solving several crimes and also saved the city from a lawsuit when a citizen erroneously reported that their car had been in a collision with a city vehicle.  A review of the camera data revealed that the accident was caused by a vehicle that was not owned by the city.

Just as a follow-up on this, I am going to check with the Chief to find out what the reliability percentage is for our cameras and how often they are serviced.

In the future, to save your readers time and to save space on your blog, I will not respond to posts that start out with opening lines such as “Have you heard…..” or “It has been reported that….”.  If readers wish to cite sources of information or offer proof, I will look into their concern, but I am not going to waste time on rumors, half-truths and innuendo.

Thank you for your consideration in these matters.
Rob Clarke
Councilman, Dist. 5

Virginia Offshore Drilling

Gov. Bob McDonnell is pushing anew to open waters off Virginia to oil and gas exploration, appealing to President Barack Obama and Congress to end a moratorium on East Coast drilling.

He's still waiting to hear from Obama, but the U.S. House did just that on Thursday, passing legislation that could return a vast area in the Atlantic to energy exploration. The bill's prospects in the Senate are uncertain.

McDonnell used the backdrop of a suburban service station and gas prices flirting with the $4 mark to forcefully argue for a "red, white and blue" U.S. energy policy that includes drilling off Virginia's coast. The Gulf oil disaster in 2010 delayed any East Coast drilling until at least 2017.

The Republican governor made that pitch to Obama in letter dated April 15 but has yet to receive a response.

"The pain at the pump is the result of many factors, one of which is the result of our ongoing dependence on foreign sources of oil," McDonnell said as vehicles streamed through the pumps behind him. He said the country should consider all domestic energy production, including nuclear power, wind, solar and biomass.

He added, "A key part of that effort should be the environmentally responsible development and production of oil and natural gas off of Virginia's shores."

McDonnell, who learned of the House's passage of the drilling legislation at the news conference, said the nation cannot ignore the consequences of ever-rising gas prices on the economy and consumers. He cited estimates that the average U.S. household will pay an extra $1,210 more on gasoline this year.

"That is money that could be spent by families on education, groceries and vacations," he said.

Even before his January 2010 inauguration, McDonnell has been promoting Virginia as a future "energy capital," and offshore drilling was a cornerstone of achieving that vision. Then the Deepwater Horizon accident occurred and the Obama administration shelved plans to open East Coast waters to drilling.

While McDonnell acknowledged that the Gulf spill was "unprecedented disaster," he said the nation should now move forward to expand oil and gas exploration.

"I know that the lessons learned over the last year will produce the new technology and safety standards to make sure we have the safest and highest standards before we explore and drill in Virginia," he said.

The government believes nearly 3 million acres off Virginia's coast could produce 130 million barrels of oil and 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Environmentalists have said that will provide the U.S. with six days of oil and 18 days of natural gas, based on current consumption trends.

Critics have said the return isn't worth the environmental risk to Virginia's tourism attractions, such as Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay, and its commercial and recreational fishery.

The House vote and McDonnell's news conference, which attracted a half-dozen protesters from the Sierra Club, sparked immediate criticism from the Southern Environmental Law Center.

"We agree with Governor McDonnell that America needs to increase its domestic source of energy -- but we strongly disagree that that should entail putting our coastal communities, fishing and tourism business at risk," Nat Mund, the center's legislative director, said in a statement.

The legislation approved by the House on Thursday would force the federal government to conduct three lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off the Virginia coast within a year, or by June 2012. Lease sales are the first step in a multi-year process that can culminate in drilling.


"All Night Soldier" Ready For Mud Action

Patrick Long, driver of "All Night Soldier" is certainly no stranger to the sport of mud bogging.  Knowing that he would only be making minor changes in his truck to accomidate his running in another class this season, Patrick participated in the first ever indoor mudbog held at the Salisbury Civic Center this winter. 
First run for Patrick in the "All Night Soldier" of the 2011 mudbogging season in  BIG TIRE SUPERSTOCK. "All Night Soldier" place 5th with a full run of 8.617 seconds.

This was only a 60 ft. run (out of 200 ft.) but Patrick and his truck placed second.

Next mudbog races will be held  Sunday, May 29, 2011 behind  the Elks Club  in Crisfield, Maryland.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Child Killer Slashed in Prison

CUMBERLAND, Md.- Authorities say a man serving two life sentences in prison for the  kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old Salisbury girl has been slashed by another inmate.
Thomas J. Leggs Jr., 31, of Salisbury, is being held in Western Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Cumberland. According to the Maryland Department of Corrections, Leggs was slashed three times in the head, neck and hand with a homemade weapon.  They say the fight happened in the dining area of the prison.  Police recovered the weapon, but do not know who attacked Leggs.

According to court records, on Dec. 23, 2009 Leggs kidnapped and killed Sarah Haley Foxwell. After a massive three-day search that involved hundreds of police officers and civilians, Sarah's burned body was found in a wooded area of Wicomico County on Christmas Day of 2009.

Authorities have said that Leggs- a convicted sex offender in Maryland and Delaware- had dated Sarah's aunt for a short time several months before the girl's kidnapping and death.

On March 29 of this year, Leggs appeared in Cecil County Circuit Court where he admitted his guilt in Sarah's death. Under the terms of a plea deal, Leggs received two life sentences without parole: one for first-degree murder and the other for first-degree sexual offense. He was also given 30 years in prison for kidnapping and 20 years for burglary. All sentences are to be served consecutively.

As part of the plea deal, which spared him a possible death sentence, Leggs agreed to give investigators additional details about Sarah's kidnapping and murder.


Lib Radio Talker: When Will the SEALs Kill George W. Bush?

From NewsBusters:
If any American with a patriotic pulse listened to the Mike Malloy radio show, they would have been shocked on Monday night when Malloy outrageously suggested that Navy SEALs should have shot former president George W. Bush, and not Osama bin Laden. (MP3 audio clip here.)
MIKE MALLOY: I have heard some commentators talk about the fact that, all the lives that have been lost in this war on terror, and now the summary execution of the person responsible. But as soon as I heard that, I thought, well, bin Laden really didn’t have anything to do — did he? — with Iraq. And I think his only relationship with Afghanistan was geographical.
But Iraq — all the death in Iraq was not caused by bin Laden. The death in Iraq was caused by George W. Bush. Five thousand Americans, tens of thousands permanently damaged and shot to pieces, a million Iraqis dead — that wasn’t bin Laden. That was George Bush. So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it’s called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn’t he, or am I wrong here?

NewsBusters, by the way, shows the absurdity of the one million deaths number.

Gov’t Thinking About Taxing You Based on How Much You Drive

The government is entertaining a new tax, one that’s based on how many miles you drive. And not only would you have to pay the tax, but you would also be required to install an electronic device in your car to track your miles, and the government would have to create a whole regulation office.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
From The Hill:
The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.
News of the draft follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.
Obama’s proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a “study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.”
According to the White House, the bill is not an official proposal and hasn’t been widely circulated.
“This is not an administration proposal,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told The Hill. “This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

SOURCE: TheBlaze

Reports Of Shots Fired Unfounded

POCOMOKE CITY — After receiving an anonymous 911 call on May 1 reporting shots fired in the area of Moore Street, Pocomoke City police have listed the incident as unfounded.

Police say they found no evidence of shots being fired after responding to the area around 10 p.m. Finding the call unfounded means police do not have any evidence or a potential suspect description to pursue the possibility someone was firing a gun in the downtown area.

Two officers who responded to the area almost immediately spoke to a few people on the street who were unable to give any significant information, according to police.

Source;|newswell|text|Worcester County Times|s

Pocomoke City Police Dept. Will Get New Location

Written By
Bill Kerbin
POCOMOKE CITY -- The Pocomoke mayor and Council took a major step toward a new home for the Police Department when they accepted a $700,000 loan from Shore Bank for the purchase and interior renovations of the former Delmarva Collision building on south Market Street.

They also gave approval for City Manager Russell W. Blake to request proposals for architectural services to design the interior of the building.

Citing some of the benefits of the new building over the present police headquarters, Councilman Robert Clark said it is an almost new building (only seven years old), which will be energy efficient.

The police are presently housed in the former National Guard Armory. He said that there is more parking, which is secured, and the building was constructed by a local contractor.

Mayor Bruce Morrison expressed his pleasure with the idea that the Police Department and the Fire Department will both be in one location.

Another construction project received approval when the Council voted to authorize City Manager Russell
W. Blake to request bids for the construction of a new restaurant between the Delmarva Discovery Center and the Pocomoke River.

The town presently has two grants totaling $650,000 for the construction of the building.

The Council approved a resolution for the application of $575,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding. If funded it would include $300,000 for housing rehabilitation; $50,000 for the demolition of the former fire station; $75,000 for the demolition of vacant, substandard houses or commercial buildings; and $150,000 for the resurfacing of Fourth Street and other streets in eligible areas.

Reporting of the disposition of last year's grants, the city manager said that all funds have been disbursed for housing rehabilitation; construction of the ambulance garage is under way; and engineering has been completed on storm drainage improvements for Eighth Street.

The Council voted to authorize the mayor to sign a memorandum of agreement between Pocomoke City and the Virginia Department of Transportation for sewer service to the Virginia information center just below the state line. The center is reported to have a failing wastewater system.

The city manager said that Virginia will pay to run the line to the end of the Pocomoke line near the Maryland-Virginia line and will pay the town for the service.

He added that the town's system will have no trouble handling the additional load.

The Council also okayed an agreement with some minor changes with the B'oosurf Broadband Co. for the installation of antennas on the city water towers. The use of the towers will be free unless the company moves outside of Pocomoke City or if it is sold to a profit-making company. It is presently a non-profit.

Under other business, the Council approved the use of the city tent by the Assateague Peoples for their annual powwow; authorized a proclamation for Municipal Clerks' Week; and passed a resolution making elected officials wait a year after their term of office expires to be employed by the town.


Sign Up For Marine Biology Summer Camp

Marine Biology Summer Camp

At the Delmarva Discovery Center.

Located on the Pocomoke River, the Delmarva Discovery Center provides campers the opportunity to learn marine biology through the exploration of their very own backyard. This camp is appropriate for campers aged 6 through 10.
Under the guidance of our expert staff, guests will receive a one of a kind experience, allowing them to learn through nature walks, crafts, live animal care, and our 16,000 square foot museum!
Your camper will be given the opportunity to dive right into marine biology, learning the care and knowledge it takes to keep our underwater residents alive and happy.
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Our Marine Biology Summer Camp runs from July 18 through July 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 410.957.9933 to register your camper now!
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Spielberg will film 'Lincoln' in Richmond, Petersburg

Written By: Olympia Meola
Hollywood directing icon Steven Spielberg will film his upcoming historical drama, "Lincoln," in the Richmond and Petersburg area.

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that the film, based on the book “Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, will begin filming in the fall. The movie is slated for release in 2012.

Academy Award-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field will play Mary Todd Lincoln.

The news is a score for McDonnell who has pumped up the state’s film incentive fund. The incentive package includes $1 million from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, $2.5 million from the Virginia Motion Picture Tax Credit program and $1.1 million in in-kind contributions, according to McDonnell’s office.

The amount of funding awarded to a project is based on Virginia workers hired and the purchase of Virginia based goods and services, according to the governor’s office.

“We are honored that Steven Spielberg, an award-winning and visionary film maker, has chosen the commonwealth for this important film. It is especially notable coming during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and emancipation,” McDonnell said.  “Steven is an exceptional storyteller who brings historic themes to life on screen, resulting in such important and influential films as 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Schindler’s List,' 'Munich and the mini-series 'Band of Brothers.'I have no doubt that 'Lincoln' will quickly join the ranks of those famous works.”

Spielberg said, in the news release, that “Virginia’s rich historic legacy, coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make Central Virginia the ideal location for this production.”


Back To Crisfield- Crisfield Mud Bog 2011

Onley Police Chief, Walter Marks To Run For Accomack County Sheriff

Former State Trooper and current Onley Chief of Police Walter Marks has announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Accomack County.

In an interview yesterday at WESR, Marks told us that his main aim as Sheriff would be to create more cooperation between different departments.

"I think it's time for a change. It's time for more cooperation between the departments where everybody is on the same page," explained Marks. "It makes for better safety for the citizens of Accomack County."

Addressing what seems to be a recent spike in violent crime around the Eastern Shore, Marks explained this cooperation would make the Eastern Shore a safer place to travel in the evening hours.

"Now as you know, at night time you can't go anywhere without hearing about shootings or fighting," said Marks, adding he wanted to be more proactive than reactive.

"As far as the drug problem goes, we do have a drug problem on the Eastern Shore. That needs to be addressed proactively also." He would increase patrols and use all police agencies to quell the Shores drug problem.

Marks also wanted to silence rumors that spread around during the last election regarding employment of current deputies.

"As far as the rumors that I'm going to clean house or I'm going to remove this one or that one, that's not so. It is just rumors that somebody has started. If I get elected Sheriff, everybody still has a job."

Marks has been a police officer for 38 years and has been a resident of the Eastern Shore since 1972. He began his career as an undercover drug officer and was a Virginia State Trooper for 35 years. He is an honorary member of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and an active member of both the Onley and Melfa Volunteer Fire Departments. Marks also is a combat veteran, serving a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. He currently resides with his family in Onley.

Marks has not yet filed papers, but plans to do so by the end of the week.

As of now, only Major Todd Godwin has filed paperwork to run for the Sheriffs seat.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Box Trailer Containing 3 Motorcycles Stolen In Ocean City

WBOC NEWS/Kyle Parsons
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police are investigating the theft of a box trailer containing two Harley Davidson motorcycles and one Iron Horse motorcycle.

According to police, the trailer was parked in the Tidelands auxiliary parking lot on the west side of Baltimore when an unknown suspect stole it sometime between 1 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., Monday, May 2.

The trailer, which is 16-feet long, is painted black. "S.R. Bressler" is painted on the side of
the trailer in white cursive lettering with "Welding and Fabrication" also painted on the
side in black and orange lettering. The wheels of the trailer are described to have tandem
wheels on each side.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (410) 723-6604. Anonymous tips may also be made via email to

~Birthday Today~


b. May 4, 1929  /   d. Jan. 20, 1993

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people."
 ~Audrey Hepburn~

Harmon Murder Trial Will Be Rescheduled

SNOW HILL -- A Worcester County Circuit Court Judge postponed the trial of murder suspect Skylor Dupree Harmon at the request of the defense.

Judge Thomas Groton granted the postponement request from defense attorney Denise Fried. The trial, which had been set for May 9-12, will be rescheduled.

"With the trial on Monday, with him facing the rest of his life in jail, we need time to prepare," Fried said.

Harmon faces first-degree murder charges from his alleged role in the May 2010 death of Virginia resident Reginald Jerome Handy Jr.

Alexander Crippen, 36, was originally charged with the crime, but the charges were dropped, and he was later convicted of trying to kill a different man. At the time, prosecutors said the forensic evidence that cleared Crippen of murder charges in Handy's death was also helpful in identifying Harmon as the suspect.

Fried told the judge she needed time to go through the transcripts from Crippen's case to study testimony of witnesses who might be testifying against Harmon. She also wants to transcribe the audio tapes associated with the case and to give Harmon the chance to listen to them.

Harmon was identified as the primary suspect in Handy's death in December. According to court documents, the night Handy was shot at 503 Laurel St. in Pocomoke City, a witness saw a flash of a gun go off beside 500 Young St., which parallels Laurel Street. A witness told police that immediately afterward, he saw Harmon near the flash. Police later found a .223 Bushmaster assault rifle between 500 and 502 Young St., which was determined to be the weapon used to killed Handy, according to court documents.

Fried said the postponement would also give her time to consult an expert regarding the bullet that killed Handy. She said the bullet could not necessarily be traced to the gun found at the scene.

In separate court cases, Harmon was also charged with resisting arrest, failure to obey law enforcement, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, disorderly conduct, making a false statement to a police officer, malicious destruction of property and obstructing and hindering.


Johnnie Edwards Mixes It Up With "In The Mix"

First run of the 2011 mudbogging season. 

Some of you may not know but the driver of "In The Mix" is no stranger to driving this jeep through any kind of mud.  Johnnie drove this same jeep years ago in Crisfield during the mud hop days.

With a new engine this year and new tires Johnnie and his jeep set out for their first run.  These guys that support this sport have a true love for mud.  That's just  my opinion, however.  Making mudpies is more my speed.

Mud conditions don't matter to this racer and his jeep.  And this isn't a complete pass.  But it is a taste of what will happen when he does.......and I'll probably mess my pants!


Johnnie Edwards - "In The Mix" 

Next time's the charm.

~ At The MarVa Theater This Weekend ~

Fri, May 6th   
Sat, May 7th 
Time: 7 p.m.  
Tickets: $5  

E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.
 Rated PG


Campaign Aims To Change Federal Gun Laws

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones on Monday joined relatives of gun-violence victims, including ones killed or injured in the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, in endorsing a campaign to close gaps in federal gun laws.

The Fix Gun Checks campaign was launched in February after the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., in which a gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

The campaign, sponsored by the bipartisan coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is calling for an updated national database of people who are legally prohibited from buying guns, as well as for background checks on every purchase.

Campaign spokesman Omar Samaha, whose sister, Reema, was among those killed in gunman Seung-Hui Cho's massacre at Virginia Tech in April 2007, said the measures would be a good first step. He said Cho was able to pass two background checks when he bought guns used in the rampage despite having been ordered by a judge to get mental-health treatment 16 months earlier.

"We are trying to make it at least more difficult (to buy guns), and we're not trying to create a public forum where felons, criminals and those adjudicated mentally ill are purchasing guns," Samaha said.

To reinforce its message, the campaign is traveling across the country with a billboard truck that includes a LED counter that's updated every 42 minutes to reflect the number of "Americans Murdered with Guns Since Tucson."

The tally, which is based on the national average of 34 people murdered in gun violence per day, showed 3,878 as the truck was parked along 10th Street by Richmond City Hall. Also endorsing the campaign were Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, and state Sens. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond and A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico.

About 20 supporters of the Virginia Citizens Defense League attended the news conference to express opposition to tightening gun laws.

The changes requested by Mayors Against Illegal Guns would do little to reduce crime and would infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners while also allowing the government to create a de facto gun registry, said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "Criminals have two guaranteed ways to get guns. They can steal the guns. ... They can simply do a straw purchase. ... There's no way to stop that."

The gun-rights advocacy group challenges the coalition's mainstream appeal. Van Cleave said Mayors Against Illegal Guns represents less than 7 percent of the more than 8,000 mayors of cities with populations of at least 30,000. He said about 75 percent of the membership comes from six states — New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and California.

But Lori Haas, whose daughter, Emily, was hurt in the shootings at Virginia Tech, said she doesn't understand the resistance. "If they're law-abiding citizens, then why don't they want to stop those criminals who give gun owners a bad name?"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Big Government. Small Brains. Dumb Laws

These dumb laws are still on the books. I like the one about spitting on a seagull, boy someone must of been a good aim. And the last one is a real doosy.

Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.
There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.
You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.
If one is not married, it is illegal for him to have sexual relations.
You may not have oral or anal sex.
Police radar detectors are illegal.
Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.
Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
It is illegal to tickle women.
 No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

City Laws in Virginia

No one may wash a mule on the sidewalk.
A person of color may not be oustide or within the city limits after 7 pm.
Any person who owns a pool risks a $2500 fine for not closing the gate to the pool when they get done swimming in it.
A special license is required for persons wishing to sell such items as tableware and coins.
Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated.
A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman’s derriere.
Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.
Prince William County
No person may keep a skunk as a pet.
It is illegal to cuss about another.
It is illegal to park a car on railroad tracks.

It is illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for a coffee.
Stafford County
It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm.
It is illegal to skate down the sidewalk of Main Street.
Virginia Beach
If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI’s.
It is illegal for a person to ride on the handlebars of a bike.
It is illegal to use profanity on Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk.
It is also unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue.
It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

About 14 to 16 months ago the Mayor and Council began an earnest search for a suitable building to house our police department.   There are many reasons this needed to be done.  The old armory that currently houses the PD is well over 80 years old.  The roof leaks, the furnace is unreliable, there is lead paint, asbestos and mold in the building.  Early 20th century lighting, wiring and public facilities are not adequate in a 21st century world, the jail is no longer serviceable and the building wastes energy like you would not believe.  Our police officers and the public deserve better than this.  We considered several buildings and finally settled on the one next to the PVFC on Market Street.  An older building had been considered, but we were advised that the cost of renovation would exceed one million dollars, which did not include the purchase price of the property.

When renovations are completed, we should have a new modern station for considerable less than one million dollars.  Some advantages of the new station in no particular order are:

      It will be ADA compliant, contained all on one ground level floor

      Much greater energy efficiency, resulting in savings for decades to come

      More parking for public and officers without having to cross the street

      Little or no environmental hazards in the building (lead, asbestos, mold)

      More visible location, easier to find for folks from out of town

      Better coordination with the PVFC due to being located next door

      7 year old building instead of an 85+/- year old building

      A fenced impound and prisoner transfer lot
    Officers will have the ability to transfer prisoner from patrol car to jail cell inside the building.  This will be safer for the officers, prisoners and the public.
    Prisoners will no longer have to be immediately delivered to Snow Hill for incarceration which will save on gasoline and wear and tear on police vehicles and keep officers in town.
    Original building was built by a local contractor which will make renovations easier and less costly.
    Building is already partially wired for computer communications and all other utilities are in place
    Plenty of room for evidence storage and processing
    Space to provide meeting room for joint task force operations with other law enforcement agencies
    Police will have much quicker access to US 13 and 113 where many of our traffic accidents occur
The building is a good deal for the city.  A building this size would cost over $750,000.00 to build not including the land which several of your readers have already pointed out.

We cannot know for sure what the utility savings will be, but we expect that the savings may offset between one half and two thirds of the annual mortgage cost, compared to the armory.

It is important to keep in mind that moving the station less than a mile from its present location will not affect policing anywhere in the city.  Officers do not spend much time in the station except for roll call and processing prisoners.  The Mayor, Council, City Manager and Police Chief will monitor policing activities as this process moves forward and take corrective action if needed.

Remember, we have not settled on the property yet, so this is all still in the planning stages.  More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.  My apologies for the length of this article, but I felt it was important to share this information.

I will close by saying that there was not one single negative comment regarding this issue at our meeting tonight.  Finally, God Bless and Protect our police officers and Thank God for the U. S. Navy Seals!

Rob Clarke
Councilman, 5th District

Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis Helps Boy After Mother's Suicide

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL linebacker Ray Lewis is helping a 10-year-old New York boy whose mother drowned herself and three children by driving a van into the Hudson River.

The surviving child, La'Shaun Armstrong, was to attend a Manhattan fundraiser of the United Athletes Foundation on Saturday night. Some of the proceeds will go to him, including scholarship money.

The Baltimore Ravens star says he reached out to the child as soon as he heard about the April 12 tragedy. The boy escaped through a van window after the car plunged into the water in Newburgh, N.Y., and was rescued by a passing driver.

La'Shaun's 25-year-old mother, Lashanda Armstrong, reportedly was distraught over an argument with her boyfriend.

La'Shaun told the Daily News that meeting the 35-year-old linebacker was "awesome."

Lewis says the boy needs mentoring from a father figure. His biological father, Todd Johnson, is in prison on a robbery conviction.

As soon as he heard news of the accident, "I was like, 'I need to find him,' " Lewis told the newspaper at a Manhattan bowling complex earlier this week, when the boy arrived with his grandmother and another relative to meet the NFL player and get some bowling tips from him.

"Nobody is supposed to walk through life alone with that, especially being 10 years old," said Lewis, who is vice chairman of the United Athletes Foundation.

The nonprofit was created in 2008 by a group of professional athletes whose aim is to improve the lives of athletes and their communities.

The president of the nonprofit, former NFL cornerback Reggie Howard, took La'Shaun shopping for clothes earlier this week.

The foundation plans to help La'Shaun well into the future.

"I don't want to come into his life for a phase," Lewis said. "I want to be in his life forever."


E-cycling focus of Earth Day Festival On Chincoteague

Saturday  May 7,  20ll   10:00 AM until  4:00 PM
At the Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park

 The Festival is sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance to increase awareness about the ways we can help protect the area we live in and the planet.

At last year's festival, over 7,600 pounds of household hazardous waste materials were collected, breaking all records on the Eastern Shore.

This year, the focus is on Electronics recycling. Any type of electronics may be recycled -- computers, keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners, TVs, gaming systems, MP3 players, iPods, cell phones, digital clocks, batteries, stereos, telephones, answering machines, etc. Donation of most items is free. The only charge will be $1 for old style computer monitors and $5 for televisions. Electronics discarded in our landfills release toxins and pollute our environment. While you are doing your spring cleaning this year, put aside any electronics you no longer need and bring them to the Mother Earth Day Festival for recycling.

Also Tidewater Recycling, which is the company that picks up on Chincoteague, will be on hand with educational information and displays to answer all your questions. There will be a 'Pledge Mural' that you and the kids can paint on and will be displayed around town.

In addition to the recycling events, live music featuring Men with Issues, Hemlock Hollow and surprise entertainers will play throughout the day. Over 20 artist/vendors will be participating, including a plant sale. This year's silent auction to raise funds to support future free CCA events features chairs designed by famous local artists. The entries are on display at Sundial Books on Main St.

For more information, please contact Megan at Egret Moon Artworks 757-336-5775 or e-mail


"Short and Sassy" Finishes In First Place

"Short and Sassy" finished in first place on Saturday April 30, 2011 on opening day of the Gumboro Mudbog.
This year the truck has a new 454 engine built by Roger Evans ("Odie's Garage") and fine tuned, I guess you could say, by Donald "Pencil Me In" Bowden. 

"Short and Sassy" won first place in the SMALL TIRE SUPER STOCK class with a 12.023.  Because of the conditions of the pits that's pretty good.

Due to camera difficulties I wasn't able to record the first and winning race but here is the video  of the second race.  Timing was unavailable.