Saturday, October 6, 2012

Legislative Updates By Delegate Mike McDermott

“Raising Awareness on Question 7”

(Snow Hill) Delegate Mike McDermott appeared today before the Worcester County Commissioners to provide a detailed briefing on what Ballot Question 7 will mean to Worcester County and the lower shore if it is approved by voters in November. The Delegate started off by stating, “Question 7 is about the business of gaming in Maryland and not the issue of gambling.”

Delegate McDermott stated, “Worcester County alone stands to gain millions in additional revenue that is currently being sent to Baltimore City and Prince Georges County”. As part of the deal that Delegate McDermott helped broker, the local impact money that is currently being sent across the bridge due to the original agreement will remain in Worcester County as soon as the other casinos come on line. “A vote for Question 7 is a vote to keep millions of dollars on the shore instead of sending it off to Baltimore City and Prince Georges County, and who on the Eastern Shore would oppose that?”

The Eastern Shore will also benefit from hundreds of new jobs created by the two shore locations when table games are allowed. These added opportunities will insure that Maryland remains competitive with surrounding states in the region.

The bill also allows for Veteran’s support organizations to operate non-profit slot machines with the proceeds being directed to helping Maryland veterans. “Maryland State government has labored in trying to keep up with the needs of our military veterans. This bill represents a significant boost to these organizations and will allow them to meet needs that currently go unmet throughout our state” said Delegate McDermott.

The Delegate went on to say, “It is impossible to overlook the thousands of jobs that will be created if Question 7 is adopted. Couple that with a dedicated $300 million school construction fund and you have a win-win for Marylanders during some very challenging economic times”.

The Delegate noted that the principle opposition to the expanded gaming in Maryland is coming from the surrounding states with casinos who want Marylanders to keep coming to their establishments. “When West Virginia and Delaware tell you Question 7 is a bad idea for Maryland, you certainly must consider their motivation and the hundreds of millions that they stand to lose if Marylanders keep their money in state”, stated Delegate McDermott.

Miss Pocomoke City Fire Prevention Is Selected

Brittany Layton has been selected as
 Miss Fire Prevention 2012-2013

PCVFC Chief Dicky Gladding and Brittany Layton

Brittany will represent the Pocomoke City Volunteer  Fire Company  at the annual Miss Delmarva Fire Prevention  contest in Eastville, Virginia on Sunday  October 7, 2012.

Good luck, Brittany!

TIME MACHINE Preview ... 12 Years Alone On An Eastern Shore Island.

Self-banished from society, cut off from mankind, a modern Robinson Crusoe of the 1920's chose to spend 12 years of his life alone on a now vanished island 15 miles from Crisfield.

Read more 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. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Don't Miss the Downtown Pocomoke Annual Fall Festival TODAY!!


Northampton County/Virginia/Arrest Report

Northampton County Arrest Report
September 2012
Sheriff David Doughty

Dontrell M. Walker of Craddockville was arrested 9-10-12 for malicious wounding. He has been released on bond.

Oscar Orlando Hernandez of Cape Charles was arrested 9-9-12 for felony vandalism. He has been released on bond.

Jaunquel Donte Brown of Birdsnest was arrested 9-19-12 for unauthorized use of a vehicle. He has been released on bond.

Creisoforo Alonzo-Velencia of Cheriton was arrested 9-17-12 for B&E and misdemeanor A&B. He is being held at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail with no bond.

Robin Orsinger of Cape Charles was arrested 9-11-12 for obtaining property by false pretense, knowingly make a false application for public assistance, forge a letter to obtain free or reduced meals, and utter a letter to obtain free or reduced meals. She was released on bond.

Randolph Evans Lewis of Wachapreague was arrested 9-10-12 for embezzlement. He was released on bond.

Shawn LaFiama Holloway was arrested on 9-14-12 for grand larceny of farm equipment. He is being held in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail with no bond.

Asa Thomas Taylor of Cape Charles was arrested on 9-10-12 for 2 counts of sexual abuse and 4 counts of attempted cunnilingus. He has been released on bond.

Aaron Daniel Siegrist of Cape Charles was arrested 9-11-12 for aggravated sexual battery. He is being held in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail with no bond.

Also Served:7Capiases for failure to appear
8Misdemeanor warrants for assault & battery
1Temporary Detention Order

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hartley Hall "Fall Benefit Bash"

Proceeds will benefit "The Hartley Hall Walk To End Alzheimer's Team"

Lots of yummy homemade items....
Salsa, pickle relish, bread n' butter pickles, banana bread and MORE

SPCA Eastern Shore Pet Walk ~ Saturday

Riverside Grill Specials For Today

For October 5, 2012

-Maryland Crab soup w/ 1/2 ham sandwich or side salad 6.99

-Mahi-Mahi Sandwich 8.99

-Pesto Pasta Salad w/ grilled chicken 7.99 or blackened shrimp 9.99

-Wedge Salad w/ blackened shrimp 8.99

-Fried Shrimp Platter w/ fries and slaw 9.99

Friday Drink Specials

$3.50 Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry drinks
$1.50 domestic drafts- coors lt, bud lt, yuengling

Delmarva Discovery Center Halloween Event~ A List of Items You Can Donate

The Delmarva Discovery Center is currently in need of items for their Halloween event (Pocoween).

If you can help with any of the following items please call  Sarah Rubin or Joanne Moore at 410-957-9933. Or email

* 6 two liter (soda type) bottles
* boxes or bags of white rice (We need ALOT - like to fill a cooler)
*lots and lots of goldfish crackers
*16 oz plastic cups (ex. red solo cups)
*bags of large size thin pretzels
*Assorted decorations
*white, yellow, orange spray paint
* 6 boxes of tissues
* boxes of candycanes (around 100 candycanes are needed)
* self adhesive rhinestones/jewels
* tulle fabric
We also need volunteers (around 20!)
If you are 18 or older and would love to help us out with our fun spooky halloween event, please call us. we would love your help!! lots of spots available for different activities.

Thank you for your support!

Pocomoke City Mayor & Council September Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2012

The regular meeting of the Pocomoke Mayor and Council was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday September 10, 2012. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Present: Mayor Bruce Morrison
Council Members: Rob Clarke, Tracey Cottman,
Diane Downing, Donald L. Malloy, George Tasker
City Attorney William Hudson
City Manager Russell W. Blake
City Clerk Carol L. Justice

Review Minutes:
In a motion (Malloy, Cottman passed), to approve the minutes of August 6, 2012.

Review Bills:
In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed), the bills presented to be paid. (Copy of bill list attached to original minutes).

Authorize Mayor to issue proclamation for American Legion Month in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Post 93 in Pocomoke City:
Mayor Morrison read the Proclamation for the record. (See attached minutes).
In a motion (Malloy, Downing passed) to authorize Mayor Morrison to issue American Legion Post 93 a proclamation honoring their 80 years of service to Pocomoke and proclaiming the month of October American Legion Month.

Second Reading of Ordinance No. 410 regarding Ethics:
AN ORDINANCE enacted by the City Council of Pocomoke City to
amend Chapter 37 of the Pocomoke City Code to comply with the
local government requirements of Subtitle 8 of the Maryland Public
Ethics Law (Md. Code Ann. State Gov’t Title 15 (Suppl.2022)).
In a motion (Malloy, Cottman passed) to accept Ordinance No. 410 regarding Ethics.
Mayor Morrison stated that he would like to appoint Will Stevenson, Jimmy Covington, and Pam Pittman to the Pocomoke City Ethics Commission.
In a motion (Malloy, Downing passed) to accept the appointments of Will Stevenson, Jimmy Covington, and Pam Pittman to the Pocomoke City Ethics Commission.

Discus recommendations from Planning and Zoning Commission:
  1. Annexation of Hertrich Ford property on US Rt. 13 at Sheephouse Road:
City Manager Blake stated the Hertrich Ford would like to annex their 4.5 acres to the City. They are requesting to hook up to the City sewer. They will also be adding on to their building and remodeling it.

  1. Site Plan for proposed improvements at Buchanan Subaru on Market Street Extended:
City Manager Blake stated that Buchanan will be adding a new showroom building. The site plan shows the building as well as landscaping. They were required by Subaru to update the facility when they purchased it.

  1. Site Plan for Coastal Commodities project to construct new grain elevators on Quinn Avenue south of railroad tracks:
City Manager Blake stated that this site was chosen because it has rail, truck and water access to transport the grain.
Councilman Malloy stated that it was the ideal location for this facility.
Councilman Tasker asked which way the fans would be blowing.
Mr. Charles Floyd, owner of Coastal Commodity, stated that they would be on the back side of the bins.
In a motion (Malloy, Cottman passed) to approve all of the recommendations from Planning and Zoning Commission.

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:
In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed) to approve for City Manager to sign documents on behalf of the City regarding purchase of a 2013 Kenworth truck. Roll call: Tasker, aye; Downing, aye; Cottman, aye, Malloy, aye, Councilman Clarke was absent.

Review proposal from Bozman Paving Company for patching several street cuts and openings and for repaving at Cypress Park:
Mayor Morrison stated that several streets in town needed to be repaired and repaved, including Cypress Park under the bridge and pavilion area as well as widening the roadway under the bridge. He stated that he would like to waive the normal bidding process because in the past Bozman Paving has had the lower bid and they have done a good job for the City.
In a motion (Tasker, Malloy passed) to approved Bozman Paving Company to complete patching of several streets and repaving in the Cypress Park in the amount of $23,309.

City Manager and Water/Sewer Superintendent to recommend purchase of used generator:
City Manager Blake stated that Superintendent Mike Phillips has gotten a proposal for a used generator with low hours in good shape for the amount of $8,000. This would handle the load at the main pumping station. This generator would be mounted on a trailer and can be moved to other locations as needed.
In a motion (Tasker, Cottman passed) to accept the recommendation from City Manager Blake and Superintendent Mike Phillips to purchase a generator from J & M Generator in the amount of $8,000.

City Attorney to discuss proposed ordinance to regulate bulk item collections:
City Attorney Hudson stated that this is a draft of Ordinance 411, adding to “Solid Waste” Chapter 195-7F and 7G of the Code. This will delete Section 195-6A which reads “Large branches, trimmings and hedge and bush clippings will also be collected periodically upon published notice for disposal by chipping.” Adding Section 195-7F which reads: “Large branches, trimmings and hedge and bush clippings will be collected for disposal by chipping on the second Wednesday of the month or at such as other times as are published. Such items shall not be placed at the curb or roadside or alley before six p.m. on the Monday before the scheduled bulk collections. Branches with diameter in excess of eight (8) inches shall not be accepted”. Adding Section195-7G which reads: “Other bulk items such as ordinary household furniture and appliances will be collected for disposal on the second Wednesday of the month or at such other times as published. However, no more than ten (10) items will be accepted and such items shall not be placed at the curb or roadside or alley before six p.m. of the Monday before the scheduled bulk collection. Items not acceptable for collection include automobile parts, tires, construction materials, dangerous or hazardous materials, and other items which may be added to this list or published in the future”.
Mayor Morrison stated that this was the first reading of Ordinance 411.

Discuss letter from Major East requesting approval to hunt on City property on Dunn Swamp Road with bow and arrows:
Mayor Morrison read a letter from Major East and Patrick Dize asking for permission to hunt on City property on Dunn Swamp Road. Mayor Morrison stated that they had been approved in the past years to hunt on the property and there have not been any problems.
In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed) to authorize Major A. East, III and Patrick Allen Dize to bow hunt on the City’s property located on Dun Swamp Road with proper permits.
Mr. East asked if they could hunt on other City property.
Mayor Morrison stated that he should check with the City Manager to see if there was other property available to hunt.

City Manager to discuss recently approved state grant for sidewalk repairs on Willow Street and Clarke Avenue:
City Manager Blake stated that that the City was recently approved for a grant by the State in the amount of $25,000 to repair streets on Willow from Second to Front, and Clarke Ave from Market to Maple Street. The City would remove the existing concrete and will be requesting bids soon.

Comments from the Audience:
Karen Riback, of 208 Walnut Street, asked how to get in touch with the Historical Society. Her house was built in 1885 and she would like to list it on the Historical Register.
City Manager Blake stated that the City has an area designated as eligible for the Historic Register. If private money is used to replace or repair the house, it does not need to be approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer. But if State or Federal money is used, it will need to be approved.

Travis Ayes, 205 Laurel Street, asked if there was a barking dog Ordinance. He has contacted the Police Department concerning a dog barking in his neighborhood.
Mayor Morrison stated that there is an Ordinance. He stated that Mr. Ayes would need to go to the Police Station and file a complaint about the dog barking.

Councilman Tasker asked about a recent increase in some water bills, stating that some people have been complaining about their water bills. He asked if the residents that were affected will have some time to pay their bills.
City Manager Blake stated that there was a problem and it has been corrected. The affected customers will have a grace period to pay their water bills.
Councilwoman Downing asked if they will be charged the $10.00 late fee associated with the late payment.
City Manager Blake stated that they would not be charged the late fee.

With no further discussion Councilman Malloy made a motion to adjourn at 8:18 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Cottman and approved.


Carol L. Justice
City Clerk

Furnace Town- Celtic Festival- This Weekend

Evans Pleads No Contest To Discharging Weapon At Murder Scene

Jakori Evans
By Connie Morrison
Jakori Evans entered a plea of No Lo Contendre, or no contest in Accomack County Circuit Court to shooting a firearm in an occupied structure. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $2,500 plus court costs.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Mr. Evans will serve two years of a 10 year sentence, with credit for time served since his February arrest. The other eight years are suspended, with the condition that Mr. Evans incurs no further violations of law, he keeps the peace, and complies with all conditions that the probation office sets upon his release from prison.

The charges arise from an incident in February, in a home on US-13 near Parksley. According to evidence offered by Deputy Commonwealths Attorney Matthew Brenner, Mr. Evans was with Mark Smith and another man when they tried to gain access to the home, where a party was underway. Mr. Smith tried to force his way in and when Vladimir Sadin tried to keep him out, Mr. Smith shot him.

Mr. Sadin died from his injuries. After the fatal shots, Mr. Evans claimed he fired his weapon into the air, but some of his shots entered the home.

Judge W. Revell Lewis III accepted the plea agreement, and sentenced Mr. Evans accordingly, telling Mr. Evans: I hope you can put this behind you, serve your time, and get on with your life and be a happy productive citizen.

Mr. Evans was remanded into the care of the Sheriff to serve his sentence.


Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Auditions

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
October 6
10 AM - 2 PM

October 7
12 PM - 2 PM

October 9
7 PM - 9 PM

The performances will take place on December 14 & 15 at 7 PM and on December 16 at 2 PM.
At the audition, you will read from the script.

A copy of the script can be obtained online.
Google "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

There will be carolers pre-show, during the intermission. and at the closing of the show.

Contact: 443-614-0830 or

Mar-Va Theater This Weekend

OCTOBER 5th and 6th
Admission: $5.00

Blessing of the Animals Services

The Blessing of the Animals This Friday & Saturday
Pet guardians and animal lovers are invited to 'bring your best friend(s)' to our always joyful, and often unpredictable, Blessing of the Animals services in early October.

All creatures are welcome to join us at
5:00 PM on Friday, October 5th
on the front steps of St. James' in Accomac or
 on Saturday, October 6th at 1:00 PM
in the St. Francis courtyard at St. George's in Pungoteague.
The brief, but memorable, outdoor services will feature personal blessings, treats for people and for pets, music, lots of laughter and the chance to take out a new leash on life!

Representatives from the Eastern Shore's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will join us; an offering for the local SPCA will be taken at both events.

Pets are urged to attend on leashes or in crates. Humans may come on their own recognizance.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

TIME MACHINE Preview ... 12 Years Alone On An Eastern Shore Island.

Self-banished from society, cut off from mankind, a modern Robinson Crusoe of the 1920's chose to spend 12 years of his life alone on a now vanished island 15 miles from Crisfield.
Read more 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. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Operation Medicine Drop - Success In Worcester County

OPERATION MEDICINE DROP – Safe Communities/Healthy Waterways’ NETS 662 LBS UNUSED MEDS IN 2012

Two New Permanent Drop Off Locations Contribute to Enormous Yearly Drug Take Back Totals

Berlin,  MD -    Assateague COASTKEEPER announced today the September 29 Operation Medicine Drop drug take-back day netted 134 lbs of expired or unused medications throughout Worcester County in a four hour period.

“We collected 217 lbs of medications during our Spring 2012 event and another 134 lbs this past weekend,” Kathy Phillips, Assateague Coastkeeper, explained. 

“In addition, this year Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean City Police Department offered two permanent drop off boxes at the Ocean Pines Police Station and the Ocean City Public Safety Building, which collected 311 lbs of medications between May 30 and October 1, so we saw a total of 662 lbs of medications kept out of our waterways in 2012!”

Recent research by the U.S. Geological Service now confirms that some flushed drugs pass largely unaltered through our wastewater treatment plants and enter our Bays and other waters.  Recent studies have found ‘inter-sex’ largemouth bass, with both male and female reproductive organs,  in ponds and lakes on Delmarva, an indicator of biological interference from pharmaceuticals in our waterways.

Unused medications, if not properly disposed of, can find their way into the community, posing a health threat to families, especially small children who often ingest medications mistaking them for candy. Unused medications also pose a safety threat to the community if narcotic, or controlled prescriptions,  find their way into the wrong hands.  

Detective Jeffrey Johns, with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, has been tracking the controlled prescription pills collected at both drop boxes that are commonly possessed by drug addicts, drug seekers and drug dealers who often illegally obtain/abuse these controlled medications.

“The Ocean City drop box has yielded 1,895 individual controlled prescription pills with a street value of approximately $10,135 dollars,” Johns said.  “The Ocean Pines drop box has yielded 2,696 individual controlled prescription pills with a street value of approximately $20,889 dollars.”

The Ocean City permanent drug drop box is located in the front lobby of the Ocean City Police Department (6501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD) and is available to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The Ocean Pines permanent drug drop box is located in the front lobby of the Ocean Pines Police Department (239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD ) and is available to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Detective Johns noted, “Both these permanent drug drop boxes were sponsored by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and funded by the Ocean City Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Program, and we greatly appreciate their support.” 

“We encourage Worcester County residents to use these permanent drop boxes,” Phillips said, “ and we’re working with local agencies to acquire at least one more box in the south end of the county. This is a huge benefit to the community and gives folks an option to clean out their medicine cabinets more often.”   

Assateague Coastkeeper, Phillips, exclaimed,  “ Properly disposed medications keep our communities safe and our waterways healthy.”

For more information visit

Assateague Coastal Trust works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Delmarva coastal bays watershed through advocacy, conservation, and education.

 PHOTO CREDIT:   ACT File Photos
OMD2:    A total of 134 pounds of unused and expired medications, collected during the Sept. 29 OPERATION MEDICINE DROP, are officially weighed in at the Berlin Police Department.

OMD3 -  Operation Medicine Drop is a joint effort by non-profit Assateague Coastal Trust/COASTKEEPER and local government agencies to protect our communities and keep our waterways FISHABLE.

 Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Fire Prevention Week Open House At Mt. Vernon Vol. Fire Company

Mt. Vernon Vol. Fire Company
Fire Prevention Week Open House
27440 Mt. Vernon Road
Princess Anne, Maryland

Saturday  October 13, 2012
1:00 pm  ~  4:00 pm

Join us on October 13th for an Open House to celebrate Fire Prevention Week 2012.

We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, interactive displays, and plenty of activities for the kids!

This year, Fire Prevention Week is from 7-13 October and the theme is "Have 2 Ways Out!".
For more information, go to:

The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RABIES CLINIC TODAY @ Stockton Vol. Fire House


Worcester County Animal Control will be having there Rabies Clinic at The Stockton Vol. Fire Company Wednesday October 3, 2012 between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The cost is $5.00 for Worcester County Residents and $10.00 for non-County Residents.

Any questions contact Worcester County Animal Control at 410-632-1340.

Ret. K-9 Toby Will Be Missed Greatly

K-9 Sir Toby
Worcester County Sheriff's Office
Best friend to handler DFC Lewis
 Worcester County, Maryland Sheriff's Office

Retired K-9 Toby, a Springer spaniel, who served for 9 years as an explosive detection K-9 has  passed away.
 Sir Toby of Worcester, his official name, was born and trained in England as an explosive detection K-9. He frequently searched the Worcester County Court house for explosives as a precautionary measure.

He was called on by many other jurisdictions in and outside the State of Maryland to search for explosives and guns. He was instrumental in many cases locating hand guns that were used in crimes.

Toby had just begun enjoying his retirement becoming an avid pool swimmer.

K-9 Sir Toby of Worcester will be missed by the members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and especially his handler DFC. Lewis.

Worcester Co. K-9 Jonka Ranks High In Competition

Worcester County Maryland  Sheriff's Office

In September of 2012 Cpl. Edgar of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit entered the second annual Deputy Kyle Pagerly K-9 trial.

Deputy Kyle Pagerly, a Berks County Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 handler, was shot and killed in 2011 while serving a warrant as part of a fugitive task force at a home on Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township.

When task force members arrived at the scene the suspect ran into the woods. Deputy Pagerly and his canine pursued the suspect. When officers located him he opened fire with an AK-47, striking Deputy Pagerly in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

The Kyle Pagerly K-9 Trials raises money for the Deputy Kyle Pagerly memorial fund.

Cpl. Edgar and her K-9 Partner Jonka, took first place in obedience. During the speed trial Jonka reach a speed of 26.8 miles per hour in chasing down a target making her the third fastest K-9 in the competition.

To Honor Fallen Firefighters ~ Bells Across America

The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.

Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.

For the second year, bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 7, 2012 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2011. Fire departments and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Second Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 6 & 7. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute.

Bells Across America GO HERE

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – In support of the efforts of Governor Martin O’Malley to reduce domestic violence and related incidents of abuse, Maryland State Police are reminding citizens of resources available to them as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“No one should have to suffer abuse, whether that abuse is at the hands of a spouse, partner, parent, guardian, or bully,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown said. “Police at the local and state levels are trained and ready to take the appropriate criminal investigative and enforcement action needed in these situations. We are also able to connect you with the citizen support networks that are staffed with qualified and caring individuals who have been where you are and understand your fears and concerns. There is no need to suffer in silence. There is help available to end the cycle of violence you may be in and bring the appropriate person to justice.”

State troopers have made 346 arrests so far this year during the investigation of domestic violence cases. Troopers have also removed 77 firearms from homes where domestic violence has occurred.

Maryland State Police troopers are trained to use the Lethality Screen, developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, when responding to a domestic abuse call. This screening process asks specific questions that help gauge the potential for lethal violence in that situation. Troopers can use that screening assessment to help develop the appropriate response to the situation, which can include the trooper making a call directing to a domestic violence hotline counselor and doing everything possible to engage the victim with the counselor.

Troopers are also trained to provide information to victims regarding the services available to support them. These services range from counseling to help them cope, to shelters to help protect them. Troopers are also trained to instruct victims on how to obtain protective orders.

State Police barracks that most often respond to reports of domestic violence have assigned a specific investigator to follow up on all cases. Those investigators review all domestic violence reports and coordinate with the local domestic violence crisis worker through Family and Children’s Services. Investigators assist with protective or peace orders and follow up to take photographs a day or two after the injury, when they are more evident. They coordinate with the domestic violence liaison in the local state’s attorney’s office and conduct additional interviews or investigation if necessary.

Persons who are being physically or sexually assaulted are encouraged to contact their local police or the state police barrack in their county. Those who would prefer to talk first with someone other than a police officer can call a variety of service agencies for help and advice. Listed below are agencies that provide assistance to those involved in domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, or bullying situations.

Domestic Violence

House of Ruth
• House of Ruth's 24-hour Hotline: (410) 889-RUTH (7884)
• House of Ruth's Community Advocates: (410)261-3016
• Spanish Language Line: (410) 554-8480
• Toll-Free Legal Hotline: 1-888-880-7884

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
• 1-800-MD-HELPS or (30) 352-4574

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
• (410) 974-4507

Maryland Safe at Home

The Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Suicide Prevention

Maryland Statewide Crisis Hotline/Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
• 1-800-422-0009

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Commission on Suicide Prevention
• (410) 402-8490

Maryland Suicide Hotlines

Mental Health Association of Maryland

Bullying Resources

Maryland State Department of Education
• Dominic Romano, Education Program Specialist
• (410) 767-0301

Maryland Bullying Prevention Initiative
• 1-800-257-7810

Children's Mental Health Matters!

Child Protective Services/Child Abuse
Allegany County
• (301) 784-7050

Anne Arundel County
• (410) 421-8400 (24 hours)

Baltimore City
• (410) 361-2235 (24 hours)

Baltimore County
• (410) 853-3000 (Option 1)
• After hours: (410) 583-9398

Calvert County
• (443) 550-6900
• After hours: (Toll Free: 1-800-787-9428)

Caroline County
• (410) 819-4500
• After hours: (410) 479-2515 Sheriff's Office.

Carroll County
• (410) 386-3434 (24 Hours)

Cecil County
• (410) 996-0100 (Option 3)
• After hours: (410) 996-5350

Charles County
• (301) 392-6739
• After hours: (301) 932-2222

Dorchester County
• (410) 901-4100
• After hours: (410) 221-3246

Frederick County
• (301) 600-2464
• After hours: (301) 600-2100 Police Dept.

Garrett County
• (301) 533-3005
• After hours: (301) 334-1930 Sheriff's Office

Harford County
• (410) 836-4713
• After hours: (410) 838-6600 Sheriff's Office

Howard County
• Tel: (410) 872-4203
• After hours: (410) 313-2929 Police Dept.

Kent County
• Tel: (410) 810-7600
• After hours: (410) 758-1101 State Police

Montgomery County
• Tel: (240) 777-4417 (24 hours)

Prince George's County
• Tel: (301) 909-2450
• After hours: (301) 699-8605

Queen Anne's County
• Tel: (410) 758-8000 (all hours)
• After hours: (410) 758-0770 Sheriff's Office

St. Mary's County
• Tel: (240) 895-7016
• After hours: (301) 475-8016

Somerset County
• Tel: (410) 677-4200
• After hours: (410) 651-9225 Sheriff's Office Central, Emergency Services

Talbot County
• Tel: (410) 770-4848 (option#1)
• After hours: (410) 822-3101 MD State Police

Washington County
• Tel: (240) 420-2222 (24 hours)

Wicomico County
• Tel: (410) 713-3900 (option#1)
• After hours: (410) 548-4891

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Pit Bull Awareness Month

October 27th is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, but the MSPCA participates in this important campaign all month long! 

Visit your local MSPCA adoption center to learn more about Pit Bull adoption and to meet the animals who are waiting for their forever families.
Judge & Sprout enjoying the beach!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Change Maryland On Raising State Debt Limit

In response to a state panel voting to raise Maryland's debt limit Monday, Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan issued the following statement today:

"The O'Malley Administration proved to everyone that with more revenues, come more spending.  In their view, a debt-induced spending binge will somehow create thousands of jobs, the estimates of which are pulled out of thin air.  This spending will do nothing for struggling Marylanders looking for work, nor will it improve our state's dismal record in job creation."

Noting that Comptroller Peter Franchot was the lone dissenter in the Capital Debt Affordability Committee's 4 to 1 vote, which raised debt spending to $1.1 billion, Hogan said the split within the Democratic Party's governing machine shows the arrogance of the current Administration.

"When our top elected official in charge of state revenue collections sounds the alarm about out of control spending, and the snooze button is hit yet again, it shows the current regime just doesn't get it," Hogan added.

The most recent 2012 National Governor's Association report on state budgets shows Maryland's general fund spending has increased 15.5%, three times the national average, and the highest in the region between fiscal years 2011 and 2013.

Taxes and fees have been raised 24 times since 2007, removing an additional $2.4 billion annually from the state economy.

"We have a spend first, ask questions later approach to governing," said Hogan.  "Far from moving Maryland forward, O'Malley's record tax hikes, record spending and more debt has thrown us into reverse and put our state in a ditch."



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Article Featuring Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell

Staff Writer Elaine Bean has done such a wonderful job writing about Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell. 
Written by
Elaine Bean
Pocomoke chief pens real-life crime saga

POCOMOKE CITY — The 2012 murder count to date: Baltimore 163, Pocomoke City 0.

The quiet little town of Pocomoke City is a long way from the crime-infested streets of inner-city Baltimore.

Pocomoke Police Chief Kelvin Sewell was knee-deep in murders, drug deals and violent crimes for more than 22 years as a Baltimore City police detective.

“On one of my first days on the job in Pocomoke, a woman waved to me on the street,” he recalled. “I turned around to see who she was waving at. It was me. I wasn’t used to that.”

Sewell’s book, “Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore,” covers 11 of his most notorious and often horrific cases as a Baltimore City detective.

“It was a therapeutic type thing to write about the cases,” he said.

Reading about the crimes that Sewell handled is disturbing. There are scenes straight out of HBO’s “The Wire,” but these cases are factually true. A teen shoots a woman he chooses at random as target practice. A 17-year-old girl is stabbed to death over a cell phone, and the killer calmly eats her unfinished sandwich. Gang members stab a petty drug dealer 22 times, then torch his body to destroy evidence.

Pocomoke is a big change for Sewell, who retired from Baltimore City police after years of dealing with hard-core criminals in homicide, narcotics and internal affairs. He moved his family to Pocomoke in November 2010 and took over as police chief in December 2011.
After his retirement, Sewell said he “wanted to stay in law enforcement, but wanted to move to a smaller town, and Pocomoke was what I was looking for. It’s a quiet town, a nice place to retire.”

The police chief’s oldest daughter graduated from UMES and is now in her first year of law school. His younger daughter is a second-year student at UMES. Wife Rhonda was a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 22 years, and now works at Atlantic General Hospital.
Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell with wife Rhonda
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The violence in Baltimore was something Sewell handled day to day.

“Because it’s Baltimore, you kind of accept it, because that’s the way it was there. You get used to it.” He added, “It makes you appreciate a place like Pocomoke City.”

Sewell’s book has been well received, not only in the United States but also in the United Kingdom, where shows like “The Wire” are popular. Sewell made a trip to Scotland to promote the book, and stayed with his wife in a medieval castle.

The book was co-authored by Stephen Janis, an investigative producer for WBFF-TV in Baltimore and formerly a criminal reporter for the Baltimore Examiner newspaper.

photo/Kathy Ben
February 2012
“The point of the book was to put into words what (Sewell) was experiencing,” he said. “We wanted to give an insider’s perspective, what goes through the minds of the detectives who handle these cases.”

Currently, a TV series based on the book is in development.

“We’re experimenting with scripts,” Janis said.

Chief Sewell said there was one particular case “that threw me back. A mother buried her kid in a grave in Druid Hill Park. The baby was inside a back pack similar to the one my daughter had. She was on her way to school with the back pack on, and I sat in kitchen and watched her go out the door. It was the same Nike back pack that the baby was buried in.”


**No date has been set for the veiwing of the series based on the book "Why Do We Kill?".  To view the "Why Do We Kill?" Trailer -Video  OR CASE FILE 1: The Bounty Hunters

I will keep you posted.  In the meantime read the book!  As an average citizen you have NO idea as to what violence and crime is all about!  jmmb