Saturday, September 8, 2012

Six People Arrested After Large Boardwalk Fight

On September 2, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 709 South Atlantic Avenue in reference to a large fight, involving a subject with a knife.

Uniformed officers arrived at the scene and observed several persons actively fighting in the area directly outside of Davey Jones Locker Room restaurant. As officers began to break up the fight, several of the combatants fled into the Inlet parking lot. One suspect, later identified as Carl Ross Perry, 47, of Berlin, was wearing a t-shift indicating that he was an employee of Davey Jones Locker Room. Perry continued to actively fight, despite attempts by several employees of Davey Jones Locker Room to restrain him.

Uniformed officers at the scene attempted to have Perry stop fighting and ordered him to the ground, however, Perry did not comply and actively fought four officers until taken into custody.

Officers located five additional suspects involved in the altercation, who fled the scene in various locations in the Inlet parking lot.

The five other men who were actively fighting with Perry were identified as: Deve St. Fleur, 24, from Immokalee, FL, Jermaine Lacorey Phillips, 24, of Fort Meade, FL, William Sherman Freeman, 33, of Fort Meade, FL, Michael Fitzgerald Smith, 45, of Fort Meade, FL and Valen Joseph, 23, Legigh Acres, FL.

During the subsequent investigation, police recovered a backpack belonging to St. Fleur. The backpack was found to contain several baggies of suspected marijuana, as well as other evidence that indicated the marijuana was being sold. After the arrest of Carl Ross Perry, officers recovered an amount of Marijuana from his persons that was packaged identically to the items recovered from the backpack belonging to St. Fleur.

Witnesses told police that Perry was outside with the five suspects, but at one point went back into the restaurant and returned with an object that was later determined to be a knife. Perry threatened the suspect, at which time the fight began. The investigation concluded that the confrontation between Perry and the five additional suspects was as the result of a dispute during an illegal drug transaction involving Perry.

Based on the evidence, Ocean City Police charged the suspects as follows:
  • Carl Ross Perry: common law affray, disorderly conduct, three counts of 2nd degree assault on three police officers, resisting arrest, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS paraphernalia, two counts of 2nd degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.
  • Deve St. Fleur and Jermaine Lacorey Phillips: common law affray, disorderly conduct, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS paraphernalia, possession with the Intent to distribute CDS (marijuana).
  • William Sherman Freeman: common law affray and disorderly conduct.
  • Michael Fitzgerald Smith: common law affray, disorderly conduct and possession of CDS (marijuana).
  • Valen Joseph: common law affray and disorderly conduct.
As a result of the altercation and arrests, three OCPD officers sustained injuries. Two officers were treated at the scene by OC EMS and one officer was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

All six of the suspects were arrested and seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. Perry was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Phillips and St. Fleur were both held on $10,000 bond and transferred to the Worcester County Jail. Freeman was held on $3,500 bond and transferred to the Worcester County Jail. Smith and Joseph were both released on their own recognizance.

Ocean City Police Department News Release

Accomack County's Most Popular Sport? Drag Racing??

Sunday after Sunday this occurs on one of the two most popular traveled roads in this part of  Accomack County.  Sadly, this afternoon event has been allowed to continue  over the past few years... And it isn't always motorcycles....sometimes there are cars.
Staging for the event on this Sunday took place on Saxis Road at around 3:00 in the afternoon.

Maybe what so many people fail to realize is the fact this type of gathering can cause great danger to anyone in the area at the time. 
Many of us that use this road pay taxes and that alone should assure us access to roads without delay- with the exception of emergencies and farming.  That's where it should STOP!

NO ONE should have to WAIT for this on a public road !!!

I'm not concerned about WHO these people are.....I'm concerned about those that drive this road in an attempt to GET somewhere. 
Families are still leaving churches at this time of day, some have errands to run.  And let's not forget that within a few miles from this point is a very popular camp ground that has hundred of visitors in the area trying to enjoy their vacations and trying to get to the highway to perhaps shop or visit many of the tourists attactions in the area.
  Traffic gets BLOCKED in both directions.

So be sure to use caution as you drive Horsey Road, Saxis Road - any  stretch of it.......

Calls to the Accomack County Sheriff's Office only gets  the racing canceled for the day...

TIME MACHINE Preview ... 1915 Article Recalls Vanished Glory Of Eastern Shore Cooking.

The year is 1915 and Dr. Fulton, who travels the peninsula, laments the fact that some old Eastern Shore cooking favorites are disappearing. "A number of dishes are almost lost in oblivion."
Read about it this Sunday on the Pocomoke Public Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two or more if you wish. Your name won't be used unless you ask that it be. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

CONGRATULATIONS !! ~Pocomoke Elementary School~

Written by
Brian Shane
Staff Writer
POCOMOKE CITY — Pocomoke Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, the only school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to receive the designation.

“We have been waiting for this exciting news,” Principal Michael Browne said Friday. “Our entire school family has worked so hard to prepare our students for success; they are phenomenal.”

The schools are recognized on the basis of rigorous state and national requirements for high achievement and dramatic improvement.

Tests showed 100 percent of Pocomoke Elementary’s third grade students were “proficient” in mathematics, with 78 percent deemed “advanced.” Also, 97.4 percent of third graders were “proficient” in reading, with 41 percent “advanced.”

In January, the school was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School for having a track record of high student achievement, as measured by the Maryland School Assessment tests.

Shortly after receiving the state designation, the Maryland State Department of Education submitted Pocomoke Elementary School for national consideration.

“In order to earn the National Blue Ribbon School designation, a school must believe that every child can and will achieve and that every child can successfully rise to meet new challenges,” said Worcester Schools Superintendent Jerry Wilson.

Pocomoke was among six Maryland schools nominated to receive the honor, and all of them received the national award.

They include: Crofton Meadows Elementary (Anne Arundel County), Woodholme Elementary (Baltimore County), Ring Factory Elementary (Harford County), Rachel Carson Elementary (Montgomery County) and Whitehall Elementary (Prince George’s County).

“All six of these schools stand as shining examples of Maryland public education, and we’re proud to share their work with the rest of the nation,” said State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery. “We congratulate the students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members of these outstanding schools.”

The winning schools next will be invited to Washington to be honored by national officials.

Past Worcester County recipients of the National Blue Ribbon award include Ocean City Elementary, Showell Elementary, Snow Hill Elementary and Stephen Decatur Middle School.

According to Worcester County Schools spokeswoman Barb Witherow, Pocomoke Elementary was honored in 2011 as a National Title I Distinguished School for sustained student achievement.

It’s also the only school in Maryland to be recognized as a Panasonic National School Change Award Winner, demonstrating exemplary growth in overall student academic achievement for 2010, Witherow said.

Don't Miss This!! Hartley Hall FALL BENEFIT BASH !!

Help STOP Dogfighting !

Pocomoke City Mayor and Council Meeting

7:30 p.m., Monday, September 10, 2012
City Hall
  1. Call to Order, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

2.  Review and approval of minutes from meeting of August 6, 2012.

3.  Review and approval of bills to be paid.

4.  Authorize Mayor to issue proclamation for American Legion Month in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Post 93 in Pocomoke City.

5.  Second Reading of Ord. No. 410 regarding Ethics.

6.  Discuss recommendations from Planning and Zoning Commission:
  1. Annexation of Hertrich Ford property on US Rt. 13 at Sheephouse Road
  2. Site Plan for proposed improvements at Buchanan Subaru on Market Street Extended
  3. Site Plan for Coastal Commodities project to construct new grain elevators on Quinn Avenue south of railroad tracks

7.  Res. No. 466 to authorize the City Manager to sign certain forms on behalf of the City regarding purchase of a new trash collection vehicle.

8.  Review proposal from Bozman Paving Co. for patching several street cuts and openings and for repaving at Cypress Park.

9.  City Manager and Water/Sewer Superintendent to recommend purchase of used generator.

10.  City Attorney to discuss proposed ordinance to regulate bulk item collections.

11.  Discuss letter from Major East requesting approval to hunt on City property on Dunn Swamp Road with bow and arrows.

12.  City Manager to discuss recently approved state grant for sidewalk repairs on Willow Street and Clarke Avenue.

Comments from the Audience.

Mayor and Council Items.



NASA's GLOBAL HAWK Mission To Begin.......

NASA Wallops Aircraft Office
The first of two NASA Global Hawk UAS arrived today to support the HS3 mission. The second UAS will arrive later in September. Mission flights are scheduled to begin next week studying hurricane formation and intensification in the Atlantic basin.

Global Hawk NASA 872
Photo/ NASA Wallops Aircraft Office

NASA'S Global Hawk Mission Begins With Flight
 to Hurricane Leslie

WASHINGTON -- NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia. With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the U.S. East Coast.

The Global Hawk took off from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday and landed at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., today at 11:37 a.m. EDT after spending 10 hours collecting data on Hurricane Leslie. The month-long HS3 mission will help researchers and forecasters uncover information about how hurricanes and tropical storms form and intensify.

NASA will fly two Global Hawks from Wallops during the HS3 mission. The planes, which can stay in the air for as long as 28 hours and fly over hurricanes at altitudes greater than 60,000 feet, will be operated by pilots in ground control stations at Wallops and Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The mission targets the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change. The aircraft help scientists decipher the relative roles of the large-scale environment and internal storm processes that shape these systems. Studying hurricanes is a challenge for a field campaign like HS3 because of the small sample of storms available for study and the great variety of scenarios under which they form and evolve. HS3 flights will continue into early October of this year and be repeated from Wallops during the 2013 and 2014 hurricane seasons.

The first Global Hawk arrived Sept. 7 at Wallops carrying a payload of three instruments that will sample the environment around hurricanes. A second Global Hawk, scheduled to arrive in two weeks, will look inside hurricanes and developing storms with a different set of instruments. The pair will measure winds, temperature, water vapor, precipitation and aerosols from the surface to the lower stratosphere.

"The primary objective of the environmental Global Hawk is to describe the interaction of tropical disturbances and cyclones with the hot, dry and dusty air that moves westward off the Saharan desert and appears to affect the ability of storms to form and intensify," said Scott Braun, HS3 mission principal investigator and research meteorologist at NASA1s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

This Global Hawk will carry a laser system called the Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL), the Scanning High-resolution Interferometer Sounder (S-HIS), and the Advanced Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System (AVAPS).

The CPL will measure cloud structure and aerosols such as dust, sea salt and smoke particles. The S-HIS can remotely sense the temperature and water vapor vertical profile along with the sea surface temperature and cloud properties. The AVAPS dropsonde system will eject small sensors tied to parachutes that drift down through the storm, measuring winds, temperature and humidity.

"Instruments on the 'over-storm' Global Hawk will examine the role of deep thunderstorm systems in hurricane intensity change, particularly to detect changes in low-level wind fields in the vicinity of these thunderstorms," said Braun.

These instruments will measure eyewall and rainband winds and precipitation using a Doppler radar and other microwave sensors called the High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler (HIWRAP), High-Altitude MMIC Sounding Radiometer (HAMSR) and Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD).

HIWRAP measures cloud structure and winds, providing a three-dimensional view of these conditions. HAMSR uses microwave wavelengths to measure temperature, water vapor, and precipitation from the top of the storm to the surface. HIRAD measures surface wind speeds and rain rates.

The HS3 mission is supported by several NASA centers including Wallops; Goddard; Dryden; Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. HS3 also has collaborations with partners from government agencies and academia.

HS3 is an Earth Venture mission funded by NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Earth Venture missions are managed by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder Program at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The HS3 mission is managed by the Earth Science Project Office at NASA's Ames Research Center.

For more about the HS3 mission, visit:

For more information about NASA's Airborne Science Program, visit:


On August 24 and August 30, 2012, OCPD patrol officers discovered two different OceanCity boardwalk businesses selling smoking devices fashioned in a manner to smoke controlled dangerous substances.

At the time of the discovery the items were seized.  At the “Shore Side Shop” (106 South Atlantic Ave) on August 24th the suspected CDS smoking devices were discovered by police in a box on the floor behind the counter.   On August 30th, at the “NY Piercing” (409 Atlantic Ave) the suspected CDS smoking devices were observed in a large glass case.   At the time of this discovery, the suspected contraband was found in the proximity of various items that promoted the use of Marijuana such as: ash trays, t-shirts and statues all displaying Marijuana leaves.

The business owners are identified as: (Shore Side Shop owner) – Benjamin Darmony, 48, of Berlin, Maryland and (NY Piercing owner) – Claude Darmony, 23, of Ocean City.

During the investigation, Ocean City Police consulted with the Worcester County States Attorney and determined the items were in violation of the Maryland Criminal Law Article prohibiting the sale of such items of CDS Paraphernalia.

On August 30th and 31st, OCPD officers made application for charges for these two business owners with the Ocean City District Court Commissioner and received charges for possession and distribution of CDS Paraphernalia.

Ocean City Police had previously met with both men in June 2012, and furnished them with a 15-page packet containing the Maryland Criminal Law Article governing CDS Paraphernalia, with explanations and examples of what constituted CDS paraphernalia.

The Ocean City Police Department will continue its strict enforcement of all laws related to the illegal possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance and associated paraphernalia.  Persons and or businesses involved in the use, sale or possession of these illegal substances, will be charged with these violations and prosecuted.

Ocean City Police Department New Release

Legislative Updates From Delegate Mike McDermott

Taking Back the Truth-"thoughts on the democrat convention"

Taking Back the Truth
by Delegate Michael A. McDermott

I always got a chuckle out of the “Honest Abe” commercial where Mrs. Lincoln asks her husband the age old question, “does this dress make me look fat?”  Fast forward to this past week when Governor O’Malley was asked, “Can you honestly say that Americans are better off today than they were 4-years ago?” O’Malley gave an Honest Abe response...”No, we’re not better off...”

The reaction by his party, and his subsequent efforts to take back those words, offer a revealing look at the Democratic leadership. When your man is the President and has not moved the country “forward” as promised, you have two options: lie, or take responsibility. Their choice is quite clear.

Ironically, within his party, the governor’s only sin was stating the truth. The governor would spend days walking back the truth to the satisfaction of those who wish to live in an alternate universe where good is evil an evil is good.

The president’s policies have not led us “forward”. On the night of his acceptance speech, our national debt passed $16 trillion. His own Dept. of Labor reports that we have only recovered 300 thousand  jobs during his term, not the 4.5 million with which the president seeks to cloak himself.

I listened to a speech that was to be pragmatic with direction and I heard a retreaded “Hope and Change”. The president said he had “changed” during the past 4-years, yet this is where he and Bill Clinton part company. Clinton accepted the winds which were afforded him and set his sail accordingly. Obama will not change his tack preferring to command the wind.

We all suffer from leadership that will not take responsibility (“The Buck Stops Here!). If you cannot accept that your policies have failed, you will not change direction and our countrymen will continue to suffer. When you cannot create your own wind, that’s when the whip and oars come out as you determine to tax and regulate your way “forward”. Marylanders know all too well how increased taxes and a punitive regulatory environment are not the pathway of prosperity.

Tears and emotional pleas will not fuel our economy. False narratives and fear mongering are a pitiful way to ask Americans to give you another 4-years “to get things right”.

Governor O’Malley had a brief moment of clarity, but it passed him by when he would not embrace it. When that moment comes for you, don’t be afraid to say, “The Emperor has no clothes”.

Pocomoke City Downtown Fall Festival ~ Vendors Welcome ~

Both food & non-food vendors are still welcome for our Downtown Fall Festival.

Forms available from DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 15

**Market Street from Second Street to Front Street will be closed off!** 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Westover Moose Lodge #2431 ~ FUNDRAISER~

COMING SOON To The Delmarva Discovery Center

Worcester County Maryland Library ~ Pocomoke City Branch

Pocomoke Branch September Programs

Adult Knit/Crochet Group An informal monthly group for people who love to knit or crochet to gather and share ideas, patterns and projects.
Monday, September 17th @ 11:00 am

Family Game Day
 Grab the family and come to the library to play all of the old family classic board games
Saturday, September 22nd @ 9:00am

Movie & Craft: The Avengers
The movie that dominated box offices all around the world. Come watch it at the library and make an Avengers related craft.
Tuesday, September 25th @ 4:00 p.m.

Litwits: an informal adult reading groupAn informal discussion of recommended titles, authors and genres. Come share your favorites. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, September 25th @ 11:00am

Rocket Launches Scheduled September 8-15 From Wallops Island

Two Terrier-Lynx suborbital rockets are scheduled for launch September 8 -15 for the Department of Defense from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Based on the approved range schedule, the first rocket is scheduled between 8 and 10 p.m., September 8. The backup launch days are September 11 and 12.

Visibility map for Terrier-Lynx Launch
The second rocket is scheduled for launch between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., September 15. The rockets may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

These launches will not be shown live on the Internet nor will launch status updates be provided once the countdown begins. The NASA Visitor Center will not be open for viewing the launches.

For more information:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

TIME MACHINE Preview ... 1915 Article Recalls Vanished Glory Of Eastern Shore Cooking.

The year is 1915 and Dr. Fulton, who travels the peninsula, laments the fact that some old Eastern Shore cooking favorites are disappearing. "A number of dishes are almost lost in oblivion."
Read about it this Sunday on the Pocomoke Public Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two or more if you wish. Your name won't be used unless you ask that it be. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Mother Removes Children From School Due To Bonus Question On Test

This is just ridiculous, this mom pulls her children from school to home school them because she thinks a bonus question on a test that ask "who the Reindeer are?" is instilling Christian beliefs. 

WHAT? Since when did "Reindeer" have anything what-so-ever to do with religion or religious beliefs? Reindeer?

From what she says in the video about being called in to the school office repeatedly... it sounds like to me that a little religious installation wouldn't hurt her little juvenile delinquent in the first place.

Congressman Scott Rigell to Hold Town Hall Meetings On Eastern Shore Friday

Congressman Scott Rigell is scheduled to be on the Eastern Shore this Friday  -September 7, 2012- to hold a series of town hall meetings.

Looking to bolster a re-election after his first term, Rigell will hold the first meeting at the Chincoteague Council Chambers at 10:00 AM, a second town hall be in the town of Onancock on the town lawn at noon and the final will be at Rayfield's Pharmacy in Cape Charles at 2:30 PM.

The public is welcome to attend.

Congressman Rigell is racing Democratic Challenger Paul Hirschbiel, a businessman from Virginia Beach who is the owner of the venture capital firm Eden Capital.


Obama's Citizen Kill List Goes Mainstream - Drone Kills 16 Year Old American!

New Humane Society Helpline

The Humane Society of the United States
just launched a helpline for those who have questions about the recent court ruling in Maryland involving pit bull-type dogs.
Please share this message, and if you have questions call 1-855-MDDOGS1

Wall Street Journal: Oh My, O'Malley

Oh My, O'Malley

Anyone who watched his speech last night at the Democratic conventionknows that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is an unflinching critic of Republicans and defender of President Obama's record. But what about Mr. O'Malley's record?

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan now say they want to take America back. And so we ask: Back to what? Back to the failed policies that drove us into a deep recession? Back to the days of record job losses?" said the governor, who is expected to run for president in 2016. "No, thank you. I don't want to go back."

Yet Mr. O'Malley's own record as a job creator and champion of fiscal responsibility is spotty at best. He tends to embellish his
performance as governor with selective facts. When I criticized him
for falling short of Virginia and other states in the region on most
measures of progress, the governor fired back with a press release
filled with ad hominem attacks and cherry-picked statistics. That's
par for the course, Maryland political watchers tell me.

But the facts are tough to dance around despite Mr. O'Malley's best
efforts. Maryland has lagged behind Virginia in job growth since 2007.  During the first six months of this year, Maryland has lost jobs compared to gains in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. The political group Change Maryland notes that he has raised taxes or fees 24 times as governor. And Ohio, under Republican Gov. John Kasich's reforms, is now rated as more pro-business than Maryland.

 Mr. O'Malley's fiscal record is a bust, too. His press office says
that he "has cut more state spending than any governor in Maryland's history—$8 billion." But Change Maryland says that "nobody understands where this number comes from." Its research shows that the state budget expanded to $35.5 billion today from $28.8 billion in 2007 .

"With our lagging economic performance and record tax increases, the evidence grows by the day that Maryland is falling behind other
states," says Larry Hogan of Change Maryland. With this record,
Republicans think that Mr. O'Malley is the ideal spokesman for Mr.

Suicidal Subject Subdued By Ocean City Police

On September 1, 2012, at approximately 9:55 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 2109 Philadelphia Avenue to check on the welfare of an unknown male subject.  Citizens called police after the man, whose name is not being released, was initially acting disorderly but had since walked away from the area and passed out in a vehicle that was parked at the above address.

Officers met with the male, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, and learned that he had been arguing with his girlfriend and was upset over the altercation.  The subject suddenly produced a folding knife from within the vehicle, opened it and held it to his own throat.  Officers immediately established a perimeter around the vehicle, restricting the vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area. 

While attempting to negotiate with the male, he pulled the knife away from his body but was still holding it in his hand.  During this time, an officer equipped with an Electronic Control Device (ECD) seized the opportunity to deploy his ECD into the subject.  The subject experienced neuro-muscular incapacitation and dropped the knife. 

At this time, officers were able to pull the subject from the vehicle and take him into custody.  Despite the impact sites from the ECD probes, the subject was not injured during this incident.   He was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) for an emergency evaluation and also received treatment to remove the ECD probes, which had become imbedded when he fell. 

While at PRMC, the subject made statements that he intended to commit “suicide by cop” but the officers’ actions stopped him before he got the opportunity.  This incident was successfully resolved through the use of the ECD.  Since February 2012, Ocean City Police officers have had 10 uses of the new weapon. 

Ocean City Police Press Release

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan on Martin O'Malley's DNC Remarks

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan on Martin O'Malley's DNC Remarks:

Annapolis - "Governor O’Malley talks a lot about 'moving forward' but here in Maryland his policies have slammed us into reverse and have us stuck in a ditch.

If Governor O'Malley worked in a bipartisan manner in his six years in office, state government would have made the tough choices needed to restore economic performance. Instead, he criticizes others and relishes partisan attack-dog politics rather than focusing on the hard work of governing.

"Under Martin O'Malley, Maryland lags behind our region in attracting jobs, businesses and those who pay taxes. Make no mistake, modern investments in a modern economy is just code language for more tax-and-spend governing like we have had here in Maryland."

Change Maryland is the state's largest non-partisan grass roots
citizen's organization.


Pocomoke City Gets New VA Outpatient Clinic

When the Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic opened its doors 12 years ago, it had one doctor and one nurse working just one day a week.  Over the years, the staff has more than tripled and operating hours grew to five days per week.  As the staff and Veteran population increased, the need for a larger space became evident. 

On Saturday, August 18, 2012,  VA Maryland Health Care System Director Dennis H. Smith, Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic staff, local dignitaries and over 70 Veterans joined to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the new Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic at 1701 Pocomoke Marketplace, Unit 211 in Pocomoke City.   The clinic currently serves more than 1,500 Veterans in Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset Counties on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore and Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia.

The Pocomoke VA Outpatient Clinic provides the following services:
  • Primary Care
  • Medication Management
  • Anti-Coagulation Clinic
  • Mental Health Care
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care
  • Telehealth Clinics
  • Preventive Health Care
  • Women’s Health Care
  • Education Services
  • Referrals for Specialty Care Services
Veterans on the Lower Eastern Shore can enroll for VA health care at the Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic by bringing a copy of their DD-214, a photo I.D., and financial information from the previous calendar year to facilitate the enrollment process.

Veterans may also enroll for VA health care by calling the Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic at 1-866-441-0287 or 410-957-6718.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Seeking Help In Identifying Subject

The Worcester County Sheriffs Office is currently investigating several thefts that have occurred in the southern portion of Worcester County and in the Pocomoke City area.

Below is a photo of a person of interest.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office would like the public's help in identifying the male subject in the picture.

Please contact the Sheriffs Office at 410 632 1112  if you can help identify the subject in the picture or if you have any information regarding the thefts that are occurring in Pocomoke City area.

As always you may remain anonymous.

Deputy investigating the thefts is D.F.C. Trotter.

"Voter Suppression" In Last Snow Hill Election To Be Investigated

Somerset Prosecutor To Probe Snow Hill Election Allegations
By Staff Writer Travis Brown
SNOW HILL -- Investigations into accounts of voter suppression during the last Snow Hill election in May have been transferred to Somerset County State’s Attorney Daniel W. Powell, despite the protests of the man bringing the claims.

“We would have preferred that our State’s Attorney investigated the matter,” said Edward S. Lee, a member of the Snow Hill Circle of Leaders who is spearheading the request for an investigation.

Lee asserted that the “outcome of this decision could have statewide implications” and should have been handled by someone familiar with the area that is also known by the community.

“I do not know the State’s Attorney in Somerset County; I do not know what he stands for or his beliefs,” said Lee.

Lee has accused Snow Hill’s recently-elected Mayor Charlie Dorman of “voter suppression” including stuffing campaign literature into absentee ballots, unauthorized surveillance of voters and intercepting and interfering with leaflets from a local church and using them to self-promote his bid at election.

For his part, Dorman declined to comment on Lee’s accusations at the time, only saying that he was willing to wait for the investigation to “run its course” and doesn’t expect any wrongdoing to be confirmed.

“When it comes back it will prove, I’ve done nothing wrong,” Dorman said.

"Good Neighbor Day" At Enchanted Florist

Today is GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY at Enchanted Florist in downtown Pocomoke

At Enchanted Florist, we're hoping to bring the "Good Neighbor" spirit to Pocomoke City

FTD has been the national sponsor of the event for 17 + years.

What is Good Neighbor Day?

It originated in 1994 by an FTD Florist, and continues to be a day of celebration of friendship and goodwill for everyone!

Visit the Enchanted Florist
Wednesday, September 5th,
 receive a dozen flowers (while supplies last) when you bring in a minimum of 5 non-perishable food, paper or hygiene products.

You keep one flower for yourself and give the others away to 11 different people.
Photo Enchanted Florist

All donations will be given to the Samaritan Shelter, in Pocomoke City.

So, be a "Good Neighbor" and contribute to the community and make someone smile with a flower!!

We will open at 6:30 a.m. until they are gone.

Maryland Court Did Not Define What They Think A "Pit Bull" Is

High-Altitude Suborbital Rocket Launch Rescheduled

Due to required additional testing of the payload, the launch attempt for September 5, 2012 has been scrubbed.

The next attempt will be September 6.

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – NASA will conduct a test flight of a Talos-Terrier-Oriole suborbital sounding rocket between 7 and 10 a.m., September 5, from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

This will be the first flight of this launch vehicle which is being developed, using motors that currently exist in the sounding rocket fleet, to support high altitude space science research.

The backup launch day is September 6.

Chuck Brodell, project manager with the Wallops sounding rocket programs office, said, “One of the main objectives of this mission is to develop alternative high altitude vehicle three and four stage configurations that will augment the current NASA stable of suborbital research vehicles. In addition we will test several new hardware developments as well as flight support systems.”

This will be the first flight of the Oriole motor as a third stage for the NASA Sounding Rocket Program and the first flight of the Terrier as a second stage.

The 3-stage, 65-foot tall vehicle is projected to lift its 1,664 pound payload to approximately 176 miles above the Earth. After a 10 minute flight, the payload is expected land in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off the Wallops Island coast. The payload will not be recovered.

The launch may be visible to observers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the three lower counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and southern Delaware.

The NASA Visitor Center at the Wallops Flight Facility will open at 6 a.m. on launch day for public viewing.

The mission will be available live on Ustream beginning at 6 a.m. on launch day at:

Mission status on launch day also can be followed on Twitter and Facebook at: and

Mission status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

Change Maryland on O'Malley's Criticism of OH Gov. John Kasich

Change Maryland on O'Malley's Criticism of Gov. John KasichOhio Creates 3 Times More Jobs Than Maryland Under Kasich

Annapolis - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley continued his series of attacks of other elected officials yesterday, saying Ohioans should have "buyers remorse" in electing Ohio Governor John Kasich in 2010.  The records between the two Governors could not be more stark - Ohio has produced three times the jobs Maryland has since Kasich took office.  In state rankings, the cost of doing business in Maryland is mired in the 40's whereas Ohio is now sixth in the nation.

"Martin O'Malley's serial attacks on Governors with better records than his, continues the pattern of deception that we're all too familiar with here at home," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.  "John Kasich has done a tremendous job turning Ohio's economy around in a very short period of time. We can't say the same thing for Martin O'Malley who has been in office four years longer and who rightfully admitted that we're not better off before backtracking on his comments."

Under Governor Martin O'Malley's tenure since 2007, taxes and fees have been raised 24 times, removing an additional $2.4 billion from the economy annually.  The results speak for themselves where Maryland leads the region in lost jobs, businesses and taxpayers.

"Martin O'Malley is managing the decline of Maryland;  John Kasich is restoring Ohio's economic performance,"  said Hogan.


"(O'Malley) used his speech to the Ohio delegation Monday to link Romney and Kasich, blast them and praise former Gov. Ted Strickland, who may be running for the job again in two years."

“If there’s one place to find buyer’s remorse, it’s Ohio,” O’Malley said. "O’Malley: Ohioans Should Know Better Than Most What Romney Would Do"

Background / Economy:


Ohio has created three times more jobs than Maryland since January of 2011.

MD: 37,300

OH: 122,500

BLS: Data extracted on: September 4, 2012

Business climate:

Maryland is mired in the 40's but drastic improvement in Ohio.


MD: Cost of Doing Business: 42

OH: Cost of Doing Business: 6

CNBC "America's Top States for Business"


MD: Cost of Doing Business: 43

OH: Cost of Doing Business: 29

CNBC "America's Top States for Business"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Heroin Distribution Investigation Leads To Arrest

In July 2012, members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team began a Heroin distribution investigation and identified Tony Lamont Mills, Age 32, of Berlin, Maryland who was distributing Heroin throughout Northern Worcester County. During the course of this investigation several purchases of Heroin were made from Mills. As this investigation progressed, an undercover Detective from the Criminal Enforcement Team was able to conduct two hand to hand purchases of Heroin directly from Mills on two separate occasions. It should be noted that during one of these hand to hand purchases of Heroin, Mills conducted this transaction while holding an infant child on his chest. It was also learned that Mills was also wanted on a Parole Retake Warrant from the Department of Corrections and a Violation of Probation Warrant from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. The Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit assisted the Criminal Enforcement Team throughout this investigation.

As a result of this investigation, Detectives authored a search and seizure warrant for a residence located on Elizabeth Street, Berlin, Maryland, where Mills was residing. On August 31, 2012, members of the Criminal Enforcement Team executed this search and seizure warrant utilizing the Berlin Police Department SWAT Team. Mills was subsequently apprehended while attempting to hide in a closet inside of the residence. A search of the residence revealed 6.8 grams of marijuana and additional six bags of Heroin along with a loaded .32 caliber revolver. A total of 28 bags of Heroin was recovered over the course of this investigation totaling approximately 2.8 grams. Mills is prohibited from owning and/or possessing a firearm as a result of a previous conviction of a disqualifying crime. This loaded .32 Caliber handgun was located in the closet where Mills was taken into custody. Additional items of evidentiary value was also seized from the residence. Mills was subsequently transported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with the following offenses:

On View Charges:

·         Possession of Marijuana – 1Ct.
·         Possession of Heroin – 3 Cts.
·         Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin – 1 Ct.
·         Distribution of Heroin – 2 Cts.
·         CDS – Possession of a firearm – 1Ct.
·         Firearm – Possession with felony conviction – 1Ct.
·         Firearm in relation to drug trafficking crime – 1Ct.
·         Illegal possession of a firearm – 1 Ct.

     Committed to the Worcester Co. Jail - $55,000.00 Bond


·         Violation of Probation – $25,000.00 Bond
·         D.O.C. Parole Retake – Lodged as a detainer

     The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team was assisted during the execution of this search and seizure warrant by the Berlin Police Department SWAT Team, Berlin Police Department Canine Division, Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Virginia Has New Pesticide Website

The state has launched a website to assist homeowners, gardeners and others on the safe use of pesticides.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services created the site after staff in its office of pesticide services concluded a lot of misinformation on pesticides needs correcting.

Commissioner Matt Lohr said the website will be useful to anyone who has applied a pesticide to their lawn to kill weeds or insects. Farmers and groundskeepers can also find value in the Virginia Pesticide Safety website.

To access the site, visit

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"Good Neighbor Day" At Enchanted Florist Pocomoke



Wednesday  September 5, 2012

Receive a dozen flowers (while supplies last) when you bring in a minimum of 5 non-perishable food, paper or hygiene products.

You keep one flower for yourself and give the others away to 11 different people.

ALL donations go to the
Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City.

So, be a "Good Neighbor" and contribute to the community and make someone smile with a flower!!
Open at 6:30 a.m. until they are gone.

Just look for the balloons !!!