Saturday, August 4, 2012

Armed Robbery Subject WANTED By the Ocean City Police Department

Ocean City Police Advising Citizens of Wanted Subject

Ocean City Police are advising residents and citizens about a wanted suspect who was involved in an armed robbery that occurred earlier today, August 3, 2012, at approximately 5 p.m. in the area of Rt. 50 and Rt. 589.  Charles Rich Conden fled from the vehicle in the area of 100th Street prior to the police apprehending the other four suspects.

The Ocean City Police Department has received information that Conden is armed with a handgun.  Conden is a white male, 19-years-old, 5”09, and 150lbs and has a clown tattoo with profane words under it.

Ocean City Police are advising citizens to use caution when coming in contact with Conden.  Citizens are advised anyone coming into contact with Conden not to approach this subject and should immediately contact the Ocean City Police Department at: 410-723-6600 or call 911.

The Great Pocomoke Fair

Great harness racing today at the Great Pocomoke Fair.

The Mayors Race
Current Mayor Bruce Morrison (far right) and Retired Pocomoke City Police Chief J.D. Ervin (far left) pose with the winning horse along with family and friends.

The Antique/Classic Tractor pull should be getting under way...

Lots of great vendors and rides!  And don't forget to visit the livestock barn! 



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Gabby Douglas' Proud Airman Father Has Watched Her From Afar

While Gabby Douglas has been preparing to capture American hearts in the London Olympics, her father has been serving in the Air Force.

The 4-foot-11, 16-year-old gymnast nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel” made history Thursday when she won the gold medal in the women’s all-around competition. Her father, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, who has served multiple deployments throughout her childhood, was not on hand. But he first saw in June what the world has witnessed this week in his talented and charismatic daughter.

“There’s an exuberance,” Douglas told the Des Moines Register in late June, after surprising his daughter at the Olympic Trials in San Jose. “There’s a feeling that you can’t describe.”

For much of the last several years, Douglas, who has done three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has made do with YouTube videos of his daughter’s routines as he served with the 203rd Red Horse civil engineering squadron, either in Virginia Beach or in Kandahar.

Although his last tour ended in October of 2011, when he showed up to see her qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, it was one of the rare times he has seen Gabby compete in person.

Gabby, who began training at age six, was just nine when her father was first called up. Two years ago, she moved from her family in Virginia Beach to live with a sponsoring family in Des Moines, Iowa, where she trained with Liang Chow, who previously coached Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist. But the girl who did perfect cartwheels at age 3 says praying for her father’s safety has been a regular part of her life, almost like her training regimen.

"I just had to pray to God just to keep him safe and tell the angels to keep my dad safe and come home," she told NBC.

On Thursday, Gabby tallied 62.232 points to win the all-around gold medal, besting Russian Viktoria Komova, who scored 61.973 points to win the silver. Earlier in the games, Douglas played a major role in helping Team USA clinch its first team gold medal in women's gymnastics since the 1996 games in Atlanta.

Even if Sgt. Douglas couldn’t see Gabby win the gold in person, the surprise visit to the trials, which marked the first time he’d seen her in nearly two years, resulted in a joyful reunion. Douglas held up an American flag with "Go Gabby Douglas, Love, Dad" on the front and his daughter had no idea he was in the crowd.

"I'm like, 'Who's calling my name?' And then I look up,” she told the Des Moines Register. “It was my dad and his friend, and I haven't seen him in a while," Gabby said later. "They were holding up the flag. And I almost felt like bawling. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, Dad!"

"I just missed her so much," Timothy Douglas told the paper. "It's just so thrilling what's going on."

Douglas’ mother, Natalie Hawkins, is in the process of divorcing Timothy Douglas. But both parents have supported the plucky superstar, helping to pay for her training and travel.

"I'm so happy for her, so thrilled," Hawkins told reporters in London after her daughter’s second gold performance. "I love her and I'm so proud of her."

As her father no doubt watched from afar and Gabby took her place atop the podium, her own feelings of national pride were stoked.
"That was awesome, seeing the flag raised and you're on top and the national anthem just playing," Douglas told reporters. "You feel like you’re in a concert. All these flashes ... I'm living on Cloud Nine."

Olympic fun fact: Gabby Douglas' last name unscrambled is "USA Gold."

In Case You Missed It: Change Maryland / Larry Hogan

A Tale of Two States MD vs. VA
Fox Business News / Lou Dobbs 7.31.12

"According to Change Maryland, 31,000 tax payers fled the state."

State losing more small businesses than its neighbors

The Daily Record 7.30.12

"University of Maryland economist Peter Morici said Maryland’s business environment is 'kind of a metaphor and encapsulation of what’s happening to the country.'"

The end of a bad O’Malley month

Monoblogue 7.30.12

"Jim Pettit of Change Maryland responds: Governor O’Malley is pursuing the Presidency – the last thing we want to see is a continuation of the same irresponsible fiscal policies pursued on the state level that would only cause further damage to our entire nation in the years ahead." 

Jackie Wellfonder - Raging Against the Rhetoric  7.30.12 

"I’m thankful that ChangeMaryland continues to be a thorn in the Guvnah’s side by pointing out the facts, which point out the many failures of O’Malley’s policies."

Red Maryland 7.30.12

"Remember, this argument started on ground of O’Malley’s own choosing."

Maryland's Tax Battle Continues

CNBC 7.26.12

"This has caused a huge war of words between Change Maryland and Governor O'Malley."

Report: Maryland Lost 10,000 Jobs in 2012

Fox Nation 7.26.12

"A report by non-partisan grassroots organization Change Maryland compiled with preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Maryland has lost a little over 10,000 jobs in 2012."

O'Malley Defends Job Loss 
Washington Free Beacon  7.26.12 

"Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley is now touting the state’s 1,200 job losses in 2012 as a strength in the face of a damning report tying tax increases to major job losses."

Maryland Governor Defends Taxes, Denies Job Loss

CNBC 7.25.12

"The report, by Change Maryland, sparked a firestorm in the state and prompted a vigorous defense by the state’s governor..."

Blame Game

Frederick News-Post / Marta Mossburg 7.25.12

"Unfortunately, blaming the bearer of bad news seems to be a trend with O'Malley."

Examiner Local Editorial: Sequestration looms over weak local job market 

Washington Examiner 7.24.12

"Larry Hogan, president of Change Maryland, points out that Maryland has lost 40,000 jobs since Gov. Martin O'Malley took office in 2007."

Maryland Job Losses Cause Partisan Tussle 

Chestertown Spy 7.24.12

"There is no question that the O’Malley team is sensitive about its performance on job growth, and particularly sensitive about charges from Change Maryland."

Maryland Leading the Nation in Job Loss in 2012
Bay Net 7.23.12

"A comparison frequently made on all sides of the political spectrum is between Maryland and Virginia.  Maryland's unemployment rate, at 6.9%, contrasts sharply with Virginia's 5.7%; it is the highest difference between the two states since Parris Glendening was governor."

Maryland lost 10,000 jobs in 2012, tops in U.S., feds say

Washington Times 7.23.12

“I’m deeply concerned that state government’s onslaught of taxes and fees is causing us to lose businesses, jobs and taxpayers at an alarming rate, " said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.

And the Beating Goes On

Global Rhetoric 7.23.12

"And although I’ve got no idea precisely why the Maryland Democratic Machine is doing this on O’Malley’s behalf, I must admit – it appears to be working. At least it is, if their goal is to destroy their man’s mission to be President."

American Legislative Exchange Council 

Taxpayers Flee Maryland  7.18.12

"The results from Change Maryland’s study confirm what ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States study has demonstrated for years."

Maryland Public Policy Institute 

Where do Maryland's Taxes Rank? 7.16.12 

"If we don’t do something to change, we’re likely to continue the disturbing trend documented by Change Maryland’s study."

Identity Theft Scam Targets Electricity Consumers - ANEC Users

From Vernon N. Brinkley
President/CEO, A&N Electric Cooperative

I am writing today to alert you to an identity theft scheme targeting electric consumers across the nation. A punishing heat wave, large utility bills, and a bad economy have given criminals a “perfect storm” of opportunity to prey on the suffering of others. The perpetrators have been marching across the country, making their way from state to state, persuading victims that a special federal government assistance program -- sometimes described as a bailout authorized by President Barack Obama's administration -- is available to pay their utility bills. Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they "register" by surrendering their Social Security numbers and other personal information.

There is no such utility payment assistance program, and the old adage still holds true -- if something appears too good to be true, it probably is. Never give out your social security number or bank account information to someone who calls you without verifying the call.


If you receive a phone call from a person representing themselves as an A &N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) employee and you suspect it is a scam, hang up. Do not give the caller any personal information. Be especially protective of your social security number, bank and credit card numbers, and driver’s license number.

Legitimate companies will not call or e-mail you asking for your account number or password, so keep your account information to yourself. You should also not assume that you can trust caller ID to let you know where a caller is located. Because scammers may use Internet calling technology, the area code you see may not reflect where they really are. Jot down the person's name, then hang up and call ANEC's main line at (757) 787-9750 to verify the call.

If someone appears at your door claiming to represent ANEC, you can call us at (757) 787-9750 to verify the visit. Never let anyone into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment or unless the person has proper identification. The ANEC logo should appear on hats, shirts, and vehicles. If you suspect someone is impersonating a ANEC employee, do not let them into your home and call the police or sheriff immediately.

Finally, please warn neighbors, friends and relatives who may be susceptible to these types of scams.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Accomack County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help

ONANCOCK, Va.- The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying an armed suspect wanted for holding up the Suntrust Bank in Onancock early Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Todd Godwin said that shortly after 12:30 p.m., his office received a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at the bank. When deputies arrived on the scene, they determined that the suspect had ran from the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. 

According to Godwin, the suspect is described as a black male with a light to medium complexion, medium build, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, wearing dark jeans, a long-sleeve light colored shirt and a black cap. 

Godwin said assisting his office in the investigation were Virginia State Police, the FBI, the Onancock Police Department, the Onley Police Department, Virginia Marine Police, the Northampton County Sheriff's Office and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at (757) 787-1131 or (757) 824-5666.

The Great Pocomoke Fair ~ Friday and Saturday

While you visit the fair stop by the livestock barn located on the fairgrounds  and checkout what the wonderful 4-H members have been doing!

PCVFC BBQ Chicken On Sale Saturday

"Save room for more chicken"

Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company
BBQ Chicken

Saturday   August 4th
Market and 14th Street

1/2 Chicken & Roll   $6.95

Chicken will be ready by 9:00 a.m.

August 2011 Chicken BBQ

Snow Hill's "Arts On the River ~ First Friday"

Blessing of the Combines is Saturday, August 4th

And since this weekend is all about combines dont miss this almost life like handmade combine across the bridge!

The straw combine was designed,  built and painted by the employees of Aurora Agronomy located  in Pocomoke City, Maryland.  They are: Mike Rew, Dean Brittingham and Barry Wise

Be sure to check out the combine after dark! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sun Trust Bank- Market Street In Onancock, Virginia Robbed Thursday

Carol Vaughn
ONANCOCK — A bank in downtown Onancock was robbed by a lone suspect early Thursday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to SunTrust bank at 62 Market St. about 12:30 p.m. and fanned out between the bank and the Onancock School looking for the suspect, who was described as a light-skinned black male wearing a tan top and tan boots.

An officer shortly before 1 p.m. reported finding an article of clothing that appeared to be the suspect’s shirt on the road near a cemetery in town.

Officers from Virginia State Police, the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and the town of Onancock are continuing the search for the robber.

Yellow crime scene tape marked the scene, where a sign on the bank’s front door alerted customers reading, “Sorry, we are closed due to robbery. This branch will open as soon as possible.”

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The Great Pocomoke Fair OPENS TONIGHT

Thursday  August 2, 2012
Fair Open 5:00 pm   until  10:00 pm
Admission:  $2.00

Thursday Schedule

5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All other Cake and Pie Exhibits received

5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Livestock Exhibits received – Gate 5

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Indoor Exhibits inside
Grand Stand open

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Poultry Judging, Livestock Barn

7:30 p.m. – til
Rabbit Judging, Livestock Barn

7:00 p.m.
Little Miss & Mr. Great Pocomoke Fair Pageant
– Grandstand Stage

8:00 p.m.
Jr. Miss Pageant – Grandstand Stage

For more information:

Pocomoke City, Maryland
Seaford, Delaware

~Mar-Va Theater This Weekend~

Friday  August 3rd
Saturday  August 4th
7 PM
Admission:  $5.00

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From The Office of the State's Attorney for Worcester County

Andre Kaczynski
"The Office of The State’s Attorney offered nothing in exchange for his admission of guilt...."

SNOW HILL – On Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 Andre Kaczynski was found guilty of all eleven charges filed against him by the Office of The State’s Attorney for Worcester County. Mr. Kaczynski admitted that he was responsible for crashing his full size pick-up truck into the rear of a vehicle occupied by Ann Marie DelRicco and her 18 month old daughter, Ava while impaired by PCP on December 16, 2011.

Mr. Kaczynski was found guilty of two counts of causing life threatening injuries by motor vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of possession of PCP, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, aggressive driving, reckless driving, negligent driving, failing to control speed to avoid a collision, speeding and possession of marijuana.

The Office of The State’s Attorney offered nothing in exchange for his admission of guilt to all charges and will be seeking the maximum sentence allowable by law. Sentencing will occur at a later time following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Mr. Kaczynski’s admission of guilt comes weeks after the General Assembly passed legislation to enhance the penalties associated with driving while under the influence of drugs. Commonly referred to as “Ava’s Law”, the legislation was championed by the Office of The State’s Attorney and passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate before being signed by the Governor. The law which was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley increases the amount of allowable incarceration from two years to three years and raises the fine from $3,000 to $5,000.

Following the sentencing of Mr. Kaczynski, State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby will hold a press conference at the Office of The State’s Attorney. Mr. Oglesby stated, “The Defendant admitting guilt to all charges without receiving any consideration from the State was the only acceptable way to proceed with this case without having a trial”.

Multiple Tornados Reportedly Touch Down Today on Eastern Shore

Photo/Stuart Mills: Near Saxis, Va. today.
Another tornado has reportedly touched down in Accomack County. At 1:52 PM, local law enforcement officers reported a tornado touched down on Rosecottage Rd in Onley. The road was blocked off by Virginia State Police on Wednesday afternoon.

There were also reports of confirmed water spout reported in the Guilford area and an unconfirmed water spout near the Wachapreague/Quinby area.

Some small but intense thunderstorms moved over northern Accomack County starting at about 11:30 AM and continued across the Northern Eastern Shore bringing isolated but intense rains to areas north of Bloxom, including Miona. As of 12:10 the areas or rain were moving East and Northeast over Atlantic, Greenbackville, Chincoteague and into Maryland.

Heavy rains were reported in the Withams, Bullbegger area, Miona and over much of Northern Accomack County.

Northampton County remained mostly rain free.


Rep. Steve King Defends the Right To Watch Dog Fighting

David Edwards
Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) is standing up for the rights of Americans who want to see dogs and others animals pitted against one another in fights that often result in the animals’ deaths.

During a tele-townhall event last week, King complained about an amendment to the farm bill that would criminalize attending organized animal fights and would impose additional penalties on people who bring children to the events.

“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that,” the Iowa congressman said in a video of the event that was published on Tuesday.

Think Progress’ Scott Keyes pointed out that King’s claim that lawmakers were hypocritical for not banning human fights didn’t make sense because “animals don’t have a choice in the matter.”

“Manny Pacquiao chooses to step into the ring,” Keyes wrote. “Michael Vick’s dogs did not. Similarly, when a human boxer loses a fight, he is not ritually executed after the fight. The same is not always true in dogfighting.”

Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle earlier this month said that new legislation was necessary because of loopholes that allowed fight organizers to continue to profit even though federal laws had been strengthened in recent years.

“Spectators are participants and accomplices who enable the crime of animal fighting, make the enterprise profitable through admission fees and wagering, and help conceal and protect the handlers and organizers,” Pacelle explained in a statement. “Federal investigators who raid large-scale animal fighting operations may soon be able to prosecute the entire cast of characters who sustain dogfighting and cockfighting.”



August 2012 Will Have Two Full Moons

NASA Photo
You're in luck if you've been waiting to spy a blue moon hovering in our skies. August heavens will be graced with two full moons, the first on Aug. 1, and the second Aug. 31, with this glowing sphere often labeled a blue moon.

If you miss this one, when is the next blue moon? You'll have to wait three years for the next blue moon, expected on July 31, 2015.

Earth's only satellite, however, will look like it normally does on any other night. Even so, August's second full moon is considered relatively rare, though two full moons in one month occurs on average every 2.66 years. [5 Mad Myths About the Moon]

Seat Belt Violation Leads OCPD To Recovered Stolen Vehicle and Wanted Fugitive

Jimmy C. Anderson
On July 28, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Ocean City Police Officers attempted to pull over a 2007 four-door Dodge Magnum with Texas registration in the 10 block area of 3rd Street near the boardwalk.

The vehicle fled police by going up the boardwalk and heading north. Numerous citizens who were on the boardwalk had to get out of the path of vehicle to avoid being struck.  Officers not wanting to pursue the vehicle on the boardwalk, maintained a line-of-sight on the vehicle as it travelled north on the boardwalk. 

Police travelled up the boardwalk in a marked police vehicle several blocks behind the fleeing car.  The suspect vehicle turned off the boardwalk at Surf Avenue, slowed down and three occupants of the vehicle bailed out of the car between the boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue. The police were able to detain the three passengers who bailed out of the fleeing vehicle.

Officers continued to follow the vehicle off the boardwalk, however, lost sight of it as it fled north on Baltimore Ave.   A description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast over the police radio, at which time another marked OCPD patrol unit spotted the vehicle on Baltimore Ave., in the area of 16th Street.   The marked patrol unit attempted to stop the vehicle and pulled behind the car.

The suspect vehicle again attempted to flee from police and went up on the boardwalk for the second time at 16th Street, and got off the boardwalk at 17th Street.

Aaron L. Canterbury
Once back on Baltimore Ave., the vehicle attempted to turn north and lost control of the car and crashed into the medium strip at 17th Street.   At this point the vehicle continued north in the southbound lane of Baltimore Ave. now being pursued by the OCPD vehicle patrol and turned west at 19th Street where he went across Coastal Highway to Dolphin Street and then north on Marlin Drive.  At the end of Marlin Drive the vehicle crashed through a fence and continued driving through a citizen’s backyard, at which point the driver ran out of the yard and stopped short of driving into the canal.  The suspect driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee police by jumping into the bay.  The suspect then swam toward 21st Street and Herring Way.  The suspect climbed out of the water onto the dock and was taken into custody by waiting OCPD officers.

The subsequent investigation by OCPD determined the vehicle had been reported stolen during a burglary that occurred in York, PA. 

The driver, identified as Jimmy Carl Anderson, 22, of New Park, PA, was a wanted fugitive from Pennsylvania.  Police also recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana and prescription drugs from Anderson.  Police also located additional CDS inside the stolen vehicle.

One of the three passengers who bailed out of the car on Surf Avenue identified as Aaron Lloyd Canterbury, 30, of York, was found to be in possession of marijuana, Ecstasy and CDS paraphernalia. He was also arrested and charged accordingly.

Anderson was charged with: Theft of motor vehicle, theft over $10,000, 2-counts of malicious destruction of property over $500, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 2nd degree escape, possession of schedule I, controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of schedule II, CDS, possession of schedule IV, CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and he also received 30 assorted traffic violations.

Canterbury was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on his own recognizance.  Anderson was also seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held without bond.

Ocean City Police Dept. News Release

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Were You Doing Earlier This Afternoon?

I hope that if  any of you were  out lounging by your pool in your birthday suit earlier this afternoon you reached over and found a towel to cover yourself with.
You just never know who will be watching.....

"Blessing of the Combines" ~ This Saturday....

The Blessing of the Combines

Collectible t-shirt for 2012  designed by Beth McGrath Cooper
Snow Hill, Maryland
Saturday August 4
Begins at 11:00 am

In preparation local farmers - Byron Hauck, Bill Figgs, Roger Richardson, Buster Powell, David Shockley, Virgil Shockley, George Lee Clayville, Jack Shockley and Lee Holloway - are shining up their combines for the Parade of Combines.

Steve Hales will introduce the keynote speaker, Delegate Mike McDermott.

Hundreds of folks gather for this annual celebration of agriculture, strolling Green Street’s booths, visiting Bank Street’s craft and food vendors, learning from Scales and Tales, checking out antique tractors and garden tractors, and taking a hay ride or a carriage ride.

Young people look forward to pony rides, the Children’s Tractor Pull, and games (and Lollipop) at the Children’s Barnyard on Pearl Street.

Adults await the Pie Eating Contest. All tap a toe to the music of The Country Grass, Rachel Allman, The Waters Family and Danny Jackson.

They head toward the Pocomoke River to admire The Wheels that Heal Car Show and "The Journey", a pontoon cruise boat. They are drawn to the sounds and scents of the Petting Barnyard’s horses, donkeys, sheep, alpaca, rabbits and chickens. They enjoy the hospitality of downtown eateries, shops, galleries and businesses.

These same folks stand silently as the Snow Hill High School Marine Corps ROTC color guard presents the American flag, Rachel Allman sings the national anthem, and Rev. Tina Whaley delivers a brief homily and then blesses the combines.

Collectible T-Shirts, designed this year by area artist Beth McGrath Cooper, are available at Snow Hill Flower and Gift Shop in downtown Snow Hill on Washington Street.

Event hours are from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Parade of Combines sets off at 11:15 am and will be on Green Street by 11:30 am.

For details contact Becky Payne at 443-783-1715, or email

UPDATE: Suspect Faces Murder and Other Charges In Crisfield Stabbing

Crisfield police have named the victim of the fatal stabbing that occurred over the weekend at the Pines Motel on North Somerset Avenue as 42-year-old Aaron Culbertson of 66 Somers Cove Apartments in Crisfield.

John Richard Hill, Jr.
CRISFIELD, Md.- A suspect is facing murder and related charges in connection with a weekend fatal stabbing that occurred at the Pines Motel on North Somerset Avenue in Crisfield.

At around 9:14 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Crisfield police officers responded to the Pines Motel for several 911 hangups and a possible stabbing. Police said that when officers arrived on the scene, several occupants of the Pines Motel were screaming that someone had just stabbed a man.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male wearing red pajama pants and a white T-shirt.

Officers located the suspect and took him into custody pending further investigation.

Other officers went to the aid of the victim. Police said the victim, who was lying on the second floor landing of the motel, sustained approximately two stab wounds underneath the arm pit area of his body.

EMS personnel responded to the crime scene and transported the victim to McCready Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 9:58 p.m. The deceased has been transported to the State Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The Maryland State Police Crime Lab processed the scene. The weapon used in the stabbing was recovered from the scene, police said.

According to police, an investigation revealed that there was an argument between the victim and the suspect that led to a fight, which led to the suspect picking up a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim.

The suspect in the stabbing, 39-year-old John Richard Hill Jr., of 220 East Main St., Apt. 1, Crisfield, was charged with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Hill is being held without bond at the Somerset County Detention Center.

This is the first murder in Crisfield since 2005, according to Police Chief Michael Tabor.


Virginia's August Sales Tax Holiday

Commonwealth of Virginia
August Sales Tax Holiday:
School Supplies and Clothing

When: First full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each year. This year the holiday will take place August 3-5, 2012.

What's Exempt: During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

For list of Exempt School Supplies and Exempt Clothing and Footwear go here

Virginia Fugitive & Sex Offender Arrested By Maryland State Police

Larry Wayne Gregory

DATE & TIME:  07/28/12 at 1413hrs.
Case # 12-96-004948

LOCATION:       Rt. 90 at Ocean Parkway Worcester County



DISPOSISTION: Transported to the Worcester County District Court Commissioner and held on NO BOND AWAITING EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS                   

On 07-28-2012 at approximately 1413 hours, Tfc Bringman observed a moped on Rt 90 in the area of 589. Tfc Bringman subsequently initiated a traffic stop on the Moped and subsequently identified the operator as Larry Wayne Gregory.  Mr. Gregory gave Tfc Bringman several false names until he was subsequently identified as Larry Wayne Gregory.

After further investigation it was discovered the Mr. Gregory is a registered violent sex offender and fugitive from Justice. Gregory has been working and residing in the area since April of 2012 after removing his ankle bracelet (GPS TRACKING DEVICE) and fleeing the area of Fredericksburg Virginia. VA State Police advised Gregory was homeless and failed to register when he became missing in April of 2012. Va State Police at this time made efforts to locate Gregory in various homeless shelters with negative results and placed a fugitive warrant for his arrest.

On 07/30/2012 the Duty Officer of the Maryland State Police Berlin Barracks contacted the VA State Police sex offender unit in Fredericksburg VA and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office sex offender Unit in reference to additional charges on Mr. Gregory for failing to register in Maryland as a sex offender.

Due to combined efforts from Maryland State Police Berlin Barracks, Virginia State Police and the Worcester County Sherriff’s Office, Mr. Gregory has been apprehended and will be facing additional charges. The Worcester County Sex Offender Unit will be continuing the investigation for further charges for failure to register in Maryland as a sex offender.

Event of the Season ~ Delmarva Discovery Center

Join us for the social event of the season
Stars, Soul, Rock & Roll

Featuring a special performance by:
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Dinner Theatre

The performers from the UMES Dinner Theatre 2012 are comprised of members of the UMES family including students, administrators and classified workers along with community members and area high school students from Washington High, Wicomico High
and Crisfield High. The band is a mixture of UMES students and professional community musicians who supplement and mentor the student musicians while preparing for the annual dinner theatre each spring. The musical numbers are a combination of selections from various past shows presented over the last decade during dinner theatre performances.

Make this exciting event your end of summer or employee appreciation celebration!
1. Online at our website
 2. Call us: 410-957-9933
3. Visit us: 2 Market Street Pocomoke, MD 21851

Would you like to see your business on this list?
Contact Brian Garrett
to inquire about sponsorship opportunities:

Thanks to our sponsors for making this exciting event possible!!!

Michael and Connie LeCompte
John Donohue and Ed Phillips
Coastal Style Magazine
Turner Sculpture

First Shore Federal
Worcester County Tourism
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Able Vacation Property Maintenance
Jane and Cuthbert Mandell
Taylor Bank
Burbage Funeral Home
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Maryland Loses 6,500 Small Businesses in Three Years

Annapolis - Change Maryland announced today that nearly 6,500 small businesses vanished or left the state since 2007 - more evidence of a sharp decline in the productive components of the economy.   As with other reports Change Maryland has produced, this publicly available data comes from government sources, namely the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Governor O'Malley says repeatedly the most important priority is 'jobs, jobs, jobs," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.  "If we are to hold the Governor accountable to the standard he set, then by every objective measure he has failed miserably."

This latest Change Maryland report draws on census bureau economic research that quantifies the number of firms from one to 99 employees during 2007 to 2010, the latest year for which numbers are available.  Confirming earlier Change Maryland findings, government data shows the state's ability to support business, produce jobs and maintain its tax base is eroding. This report comes on the heels of Maryland leading the region in job loss this year and in out-migration of tax payers from 2007 to 2010.

Since 2007, in addition to losing 6,494 small businesses, Maryland has lost 31,000 residents of tax-paying households and 40,000 jobs. "The pattern here is unmistakable," said Hogan. "In record numbers, taxpayers, jobs and small businesses are fleeing state government's big-spending, over-taxed, over-regulated, anti-jobs agenda.”

Maryland's loss of small businesses is statistically tied with Delaware as the worst in the region, as a percentage of such firms that existed in 2007.  Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia saw relatively smaller declines in a period of economic activity marked by pre-recession, recession and feeble recovery.   On a percentage basis of firms lost, Delaware lost 4.72%, Maryland 4.71%, West Virginia 4.51%, Virginia 3.66%, and Pennsylvania 2.64%, Washington D.C., on the other hand, experienced a 2.59% gain in small businesses.

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, in widely reported remarks this Spring, said, "thank God Maryland keeps raising their taxes."  Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell reminded Governor O'Malley in a joint appearance on CNN that “businesses and people are fleeing Maryland for Virginia because he’s raising taxes on just about everything that moves."

In a separate report this Spring , Change Maryland documented a record 24 tax and fee increases from 2007 to 2012 that remove an additional $2.4 billion from the economy annually.

"We are no longer able to compete in our region," said Hogan. "There should be no mistaking the fact that neighboring jurisdictions see our loss as their gain."

Change Maryland is the state’s largest and fastest growing non-partisan, grass-roots citizen organization with more than 18,000 Democrat, Republican and Independent members. It now has more than twice as many Facebook fans than the Maryland Democratic and Republican parties added together.