Saturday, October 13, 2012

TIME MACHINE Preview ... A "Marriage Tree" Near Pocomoke City.

What was a Marriage Tree? A 1937 newspaper article tells more about it, and it being recognized by the Maryland State Roads Commission with a historic marker.

It's one of the TIME MACHINE items 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!

Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co. Chicken BBQ - TODAY

Chicken B-B-Q
Saturday - Oct 13

Chicken - Baked Beans
Potato Salad - Roll

<< Same as the 4th of July bbq >>

Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.
1410 Market St.

Eat in or Carry out.

Benefits The Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.

Beach Theft Cases Solved

Lindsey Marie Lopez
During late September and early October of 2012, Ocean City Police received several reports involving thefts of property from the public beach areas south of 28th Street.  During the investigation, officers noticed similarities involving the various victims’ reports.  The suspect description was similar as was the type of items being stolen.

On October 5, 2012, at approximately 2:15 p.m. patrol officers responded to a theft of a purse at 16th street and the beach.  When officers arrived at the scene they were met by an off-duty Hagerstown police officer, as well as a previous victim who reported a theft of her purse from the beach the previous day.  This previous victim began observing the suspect, identified as Lindsey Marie Lopez, 23, of Berlin; attempt to steal a purse from the beach at 16th Street.  The off-duty officer detained Lopez until OCPD patrol officers arrived at the scene. 

Officers recovered the stolen purse. Based on witness and victim statements, as well as information obtained during the investigation, police were able to link Lopez to at least nine additional thefts which had occurred between mid-September and early October.  Due to the cumulative value of the stolen property, Lopez was charged with Felony Theft Scheme.

At the time of Lopez’s arrest she was found in possession of a hypodermic syringe, which she admitted was illegal drug paraphernalia.

Lopez was charged with:
  • 9 counts of misdemeanor theft
  • Felony Theft Scheme
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (syringe)
Lopez was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $10,000 bond. The investigation is on-going and Ocean City Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of this crime scheme to please contact Ocean City Police, Officer Moerschel at: 410-520-5368.

Ocean City Police Dept. Press Release

Birthday Today...



Latest Scam: Voting By Phone

Richmond, VA The Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) is aware that some Virginia voters, particularly older Virginians, are receiving phone calls from unidentified individuals informing voters that they can vote over the phone. This information is false. Virginia law does not permit voting through the telephone.

Apart from voting at the polls on Election Day, eligible Virginians may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in-person at the registrars office or other authorized satellite location. However, voting cannot be done via the phone, email, or any other means than absentee voting by mail and in-person during the absentee voting period or on Election Day.

At this point in time, it is unclear how widespread these calls have been. However, SBE has received several complaints over the past few days.

These calls may violate several state and federal laws and the State Board of Elections will alert appropriate law enforcement authorities regarding this matter and provide new information if SBE receives additional voter complaints.

We encourage any voter who receives a call matching this description to ask for the name, phone number, and organization from where the individual is calling. We then ask voters to contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and provide a staff member with that information.

Bartender Arrested For Selling Marijuana

During the summer of 2012, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit received anonymous tips
regarding a female dealing Marijuana and prescription narcotics while bartending at Crab Cake Factory, 12000 Coastal Highway.

On September 28, 2012, OCPD narcotics detectives concluded a six week undercover drug distribution investigation with the arrest of Jill Lauren Spinnenweber, 34, of Ocean View, Delaware. 

During the investigation, undercover detectives were able to purchase a quantity of suspected marijuana from Spinnenweber outside the rear entrance of the Ocean City business, as well as a second occasion also in Ocean City at a different location. 

Spinnenweber has been charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute marijuana.  Spinnenweber was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Ocean City Police Dept. Press Release

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Specials ~ Riverside Grill Pocomoke


-New England Clam Chowder w/ 1/2 ham sand. or side salad 6.99
-Mahi-Mahi Wrap (grill, blknd, or fried) 8.99
-Wedge Salad w/ blackened shrimp 8.99
-Fried Seafood Platter- a dozen single frd oysters, 6 shrimp, 5 oz. clam strips, fries and cole slaw 18.99
-Soft Shell Crab Sandwich 9.99

Every Friday:
Happy hour 4-7
@ 8 PM: $1.50 domestic drafts
$3.50 Sailor Jerry's and Captain Morgan drinks

O'Malley Pushes Radical Economic Agenda U.S., Maryland

O'Malley Advances Radical Economic Development Agenda

National GPI Movement Gains Traction in Maryland,
Redefines American Progress

Annapolis - Change Maryland released a fact sheet today to expose a radical nationwide movement underway to redefine economic progress in America. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley recently hosted an Annapolis summit for advocates of what is called a "Genuine Progress Indicator."  The national forum received scant media attention and the issue itself has largely been under the radar of most mainstream media outlets.

The impetus behind the Genuine Progress Indicator, or GPI movement, is to supplant traditional federal government statistics with new and arbitrary criteria that deducts what other government bureaucrats deem as environmental and social costs that accrue from prosperity.

"Under Martin O'Malley, Maryland is falling further and further behind competitors in the region and across the country according to legitimate organizations, and objective, accepted and proven measures," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.  "He wants to throw out real economic reports and adopt a radical propaganda campaign inspired by the failed model of central economic planning."

The GPI consists of 26 arbitrarily-chosen economic, environmental and social "indicators" that attempt to deduct or add various scenarios that occur with everyday life to state-government planning models.  For example, deducted would be a wide range of wildly-subjective indicators such as noise pollution and income inequality.

Nationally, the GPI agenda is pushed by groups such as New York-based Demos, a liberal public policy non-profit that describes itself as dedicated to "empowering the public sector" and that advocates "re-thinking American capitalism as it exists today."

GPI is also pushed by a cadre of left-wing university professors who say that people just need food and shelter for happiness, economies do not need to grow, individuals are interchangeable with one another and that corporations will collapse.

The web-based Maryland GPI initiative, implemented in the executive branch of Maryland State Government since 2010, also contains a number of meaningless platitudes.  For example state government tells us that, "Marylanders' social well-being is reduced when the underemployed are not working to their full potential by consequential negative feelings and actions, such as frustration and substance abuse."

"Maryland's well-being will be greatly enhanced when we stop losing businesses, jobs and our tax base," said Hogan. "It's absolutely ridiculous that accepted measures such as IRS tax migration data are ignored and this radical left-wing nonsense is what the state wants to use to measure it's lack of progress."

Maryland has lost 6,500 businesses and 31,000 members of taxpayer households between 2007 and 2010, which puts Maryland at or near the bottom of the region.  The loss of 36,000 jobs since 2007 also cements Maryland's place as a regional laggard in economic performance.

In addition to Maryland, Oregon is exploring the GPI program.  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed GPI legislation into law this Spring.

Background: Attached.
Note to press: An Annapolis Capital article is pending from coverage of the 10/9 GPI forum

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Local mudbogging is right back where it started earlier this season.  The final Gumboro~Crisfield mudbog will be held in Gumboro this weekend.


Admission:  $7.00  for Adults and Children 10+ years
Children under 10 years of age are
FREE but must be with an adult


Driver's Registration: 10:00 am until 12:00 pm

(Must be equipped with manufacturer's battery)
NO exceptions

And once again there will be the "Gamblers Race".
Each driver dials in a time he thinks it will take for his vehicle to complete the trek though the mud.  The driver closest wins the money.
In the two previous races Bryan Watson driving "Little Red Dakota" took the prize in the July race.  His winnings were $1,500!!

Sam Jones driving "Dirty Dreams" won $2,000 at the September race.

The final results from these races  will determine which place each driver finishes for the mudbogging season.

Be sure to come out and cheer for your favorite driver and truck!!

For more information on Rules & Regulations, Registration Costs, etc. go to:

Inmate Being Sought By Caroline County Deputies

Shawn Richard Lituski
DENTON, Md.- Deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff's Office are searching for an inmate who failed to return to the county detention center earlier this week.

Shawn Richard Lituski was temporarily released from the Caroline County Detention Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to attend a family member's funeral. He did not return by the deadline set by court.

Police said Lituski has a lengthy history with the law, including drug and assault charges.
He was serving an 18-month sentence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

Lituski has family on the Mid-Shore, but police believe he may have traveled to the Baltimore City area. He is described as a 23-year-old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Caroline County Sheriff's Office (410) 479-2515 or the Caroline County Detention Center (410) 479-2517.

Convictions In the Christine Sheddy Murder

Clarence Jackson
SNOW HILL, Md. - The trial for two suspects in connection with the murder of Christine Sheddy has just ended. Clarence Jackson and Tia Johnson were both convicted.

Tia Johnson
Jackson was the mastermind behind burying Sheddy's body. He was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Johnson was convicted of accessory after the fact and 3rd degree burglary. Prosecutors say Johnson drove Sheddy's body to the burial site, with her kids in the car. She was sentenced the maximum penalty of 15 years.

Worcester County State's attorney Beau Oglesby described the murder as the most horrific way that a person could die. He's holding a press conference to conclude this case.

Thursday Specials ~ Riverside Grill

Thursday ~ October 10, 2012

-Chicken noodle soup w/ half shrimp salad sandwich or side salad 6.99
-Fried Shrimp Platter w/ fries and cole slaw 9.99
-BBQ Chicken Sandwich 7.99
-Apple Cranberry Salad 7.99
-Crab Cake Caesar Salad 16.99

Every Thursday Night:
$4 burgers start at 4 PM!
Happy hour 4-7
$3.50 Bacardi drinks starting at 8 PM

TIME MACHINE Preview ... A "Marriage Tree" Near Pocomoke City.

What was a Marriage Tree? A 1937 newspaper article tells more about it, and it being recognized by the Maryland State Roads Commission with a historic marker.

It's one of the TIME MACHINE items 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!

Earnhardt, Jr. Injured In Sunday Race...Will Not Drive...

According to Hendrick Motorsports,  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. suffers from a concussion  and  will sit out the next two Sprint Cup races at Charlotte and Kansas.

The driver received the injury as the result of 25-car pileup during the last lap of Sundays  race in Talledega.

Reagan Smith will replace Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 car for the next two events.

 This puts an end to his championship chances this season.

Chincoteague Schools Closing ASAP

Chincoteague High and Elementary Schools will be closing as soon as possible due to no water in the schools.

If you have a child who attends these schools please make arrangements as soon as possible to pick them up.

Letter To The Citizens of Pocomoke City....

This letter was previously mailed to the citizens in the Pocomoke City Fire District.

Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
October 2012

Dear Neighbor,

This is National Fire Prevention week and each year at this time the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company conducts our annual sustaining campaign. this is when we ask for you financial support in helping the fire company meet its budgetary needs for the day to day operation of the organization.

The cost of maintaining a first class emergency response operation is staggering. We are fortunate to receive outstanding financial assistance from the City of Pocomoke, Worcester and Somerset Counties, and the State of Maryland.  However, these funds do not completely cover the full amount of our budget and that is why we come to you each year asking for your generous donation.

These are exciting times for our fire company. While many volunteer organizations are having difficulty filling their ranks, we are very fortunate to have a roster of over 70 dedicated active volunteers who, at a moment's notice, are ready to answer your call for help. Our members are all trained as certified firefighters and many have specialty advanced certifications such as hazardous materials technicians, rescue technicians and fire prevention specialists. In addition the fire company has a very active Cadet Corps for youths beginning at age 14 who are interested in joining the fire serve. The program has proved to be very successful and the cadet corps has made a significant contribution to our fire company.

From an emergency response standpoint, your fire company has experienced a very busy past year. We answered nearly 250 alarms for fires, rescues, motor vehicle accidents, and hazardous conditions. This translates into thousands of hours of volunteer service by our devoted firefighters.

This coming year will mark a major milestone in the history of your fire company. Incorporated in 1888, the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company will mark its 125th anniversary in 2013. Our organization is one of the oldest continuously active volunteer fire companies in the nation. We intend to celebrate the anniversary with several community events and we will keep you informed of our plans during the year.

In closing, we thank you in advance for your kindness in helping to sustain our organization. We do hope that you consider our request for support for we must depend on your generosity to maintain the level of fire and rescue services that you and your neighbors deserve. We have provided a self-addressed envelope in which you can return your tax-deductible donation. And to see your fire company in action, please visit our website at There you will find photos, news and other valuable information about the Pocomoke
City Volunteer Fire Company.

With our sincerest gratitude,
The Members of the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company

The Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law

"Service to our Community Since 1888"

You can also find the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook.  Click HERE

Soroptimist Seek Applicants For Women's Opportunity Award

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for the Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist International of Accomack County's major service project.

 Applications are available by contacting Wanda Smith at (757) 787- 4744. Completed applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Accomack County by November 16.

Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. The Accomack County club will provide a cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.

Soroptimist International of Accomack County is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1954, the Accomack County club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas where almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women.

In addition to participating in the Women's Opportunity Awards program, Soroptimist International of Accomack County's mission is to promote the best for women and girls.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Riverside Grill Pocomoke Specials


Chicken Noodle Soup & 1/2 Shrimp Salad Sand 6.99
N C Pork BBQ Sand W/ Hush Puppies & Slaw 6.99
Wedge Salad W/ Blackened Shrimp 8.99
Ribeye Steak Sandwich 10.99
Crab Cake Caesar Salad 16.99
Crab Cake Sandwich 11.99
We use Fresh Local Crabmeat!!!

Every Wednesday Starting at 8 pm:
HUMP NIGHT!!!$2 Coors Light Draft
$5 Red and White Cosmos
1/2 Price House Wine

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Boaters

The Coast Guard suspended its search for two overdue boaters aboard a 38-foot pleasure craft who departed Ocean City, Md., Saturday and did not arrive in Chincoteague, Va.

Missing are Mike Bramlett, 51, and Donald Bramlett, 54.

"The decision to suspend a search is very difficult, but after an exhaustive search by air and surface crews over the last several days, the Coast Guard suspended our search for the missing boaters," said Capt. John Little, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth. "I cannot imagine the sadness felt by the family of these men, and my deepest sympathy goes out to them."

The Coast Guard searched approximately 20,400 overlapping square miles during a 32-hour period, using Coast Guard crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Station Little Creek in Virgina Beach.

The crew of the Navy ship USS Bunker Hill assisted in the search when they spotted a possible debris field and helped vector in Coast Guard assets.

Maryland Gets Pummeled Again......

 Maryland gets Pummeled Again in Prominent Business Climate Index

Annapolis - Change Maryland responded to the Tax Foundation's annual release today of the 2013 State Business Climate Tax Index,  a widely-watched barometer of states' ability to attract companies and jobs.

Maryland's ranking of 41 again makes the dubious list of the 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in the country.

"Since 2007, in addition to losing 6,500 small businesses, Maryland has lost 31,000 residents of tax-paying households and 36,000 jobs, said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. "It's no coincidence that our lopsided tax code is causing this weakness in economic performance."

Under Governor Martin O'Malley, taxes and fees have been raised 24 times, removing an additional $2.4 billion out of the economy each year.

The non-partisan Tax Foundation compares corporate, individual income, sales, unemployment insurance and property taxes among the 50 states.



Trunk Or Treat Halloween Coming Soon!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Riverside Grill Tuesday Specials


-Peas N Dumplings or Loaded Potato Soup w/ 1/2 corned beef sandwich or side salad 5.99

-Softshell Crab Sandwich 9.99

-Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and green beans 6.99

-Wedge Salad w/ blackened shrimp 8.99

Starting at 4:00 PM:  .99 cent kids meals !

4 ~ 7

Birthday Today......

In memory of  John Lennon of The Beatles on his birthday

John Lennon
Born:  October 9, 1940
Died:  December 8, 1980

Christmas In October ~ A One Stop Shopping Event

For More information contact:  Dawn Bloxom~ 410-251-8810

First Annual Beer & Wine Festival

Coast Guard Continues Search For Missing Boaters

PORTSMOUTH, Va.- The Coast Guard is continuing its search for two overdue boaters who departed Ocean City, Md., on Saturday morning and did not arrive in Chincoteague, Va., that evening as expected.

According to the Coast Guard, brothers Mike Bramlett, 51, and Donald Bramlett, 54, both of Texas, were aboard a 38-foot sport fishing boat called "Reel Fun." A Coast Guard spokesman said the men purchased the boat in New Jersey and were taking it down to Florida.

The Coast Guard said Mike Bramlett's wife reported the two men as missing at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard is currently conducting a search with a C-130 aircraft out of the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. There is also a search being conducted out of Station Cape May in New Jersey. The Coast Guard said it is also looking from Cape May all the way down to the Virginia/North Carolina border.

Anyone with information regarding the missing boaters is asked to contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (757) 483-8567.


Navy Extends Public Comment Deadline For Environmental Study At Wallops

The U.S. Navy has extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the potential environmental effects from conducting regularly scheduled E-2C/D Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound Field Carrier Landing Practice operations at either Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport or at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility.

Under the proposal, these twin engine, turboprop aircraft would conduct up to 20,000 practice carrier landings annually at the selected field. The Navy has not identified a preferred site.

In response to requests from elected officials and members of the public, and in order to ensure interested parties have ample opportunity to provide input into this document, the Navy has extended the public comment period until October 19. The original deadline for public comment was October 5. Public input is important in order for the Navy to fully understand community concerns and relevant issues. Individuals interested in the project are encouraged to provide their comments.

A printed copy and an electronic copy of the Draft EA are available for public review in the Richardson Memorial Library, 100 Spring St., Emporia, VA; Chincoteague Island Library, 4077 Main Street Chincoteague, VA; Eastern Shore Public Library, 23610 Front Street, Accomac, VA and at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport, 139 Airport Drive, Emporia, VA.

PCVFC Cadets "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Dinner

Northampton County Man Being Sought In Sage Restaurant Incident

A Northampton County man is being sought in connection with a fight which occurred on September 8 at the Sage Restaurant in Exmore. Officials arrested seven others involved in the incident on September 28. Kenyun Berryhill is being sought on charges of malicious wounding and malicious wounding as part of a mob. Seven others have been arrested in the case.

William Berryhill, Purnell Mason and Darion Baines were arrested on two counts each of malicious wounding and malicious wounding while being part of a mob. Berryhill was also charged with one count of assault and battery on Rosianka Tankard. Tankard faces the same charge in an alleged attack of Berryhill.

Arkiece Dyce Davis, Markee Turner and Keyon Cherry were arrested on one count each of malicious wounding and malicious wounding while being part of a mob.

Keith Pruitt and Ernest Jones sustained injuries. Pruitt was a bouncer for the Sage Restaurant and Jones was a customer, according to the town.

Anyone having information on the location of Kenyun Berryhill is requested to contact the Exmore Police Department.

The Exmore Police, Accomack County Sheriffs Dept. , Northampton County Sheriffs Dept. and the Virginia State Police assisted in making the arrests.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Riverside Grill Specials ~ Monday

Riverside Grill
Monday ~ October 8, 2012

-Peas n Dumplings soup w/ 1/2 roast beef sandwich or side salad 5.99

-Chicken or Flank Steak Quesadilla w/ beans n rice 7.99

-Softshell Crab Sandwich 9.99

-Single Fried Oysters (a dozen) 9.99

Happy Hour:  4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Monday's starting at 8 Pm:
1/2 price appetizers and 1/2 price import beer

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boaters

The Coast Guard is searching for two overdue boaters aboard a 38-foot pleasure craft who departed Ocean City, Md., Saturday morning and did not arrive in Chincoteague, Va., Saturday evening as expected.

Missing are Mike Bramlett, 51, and Donald Bramlett, 54.

Mike Bramlett's wife contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watch standers at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday, reporting her husband and his brother are aboard the pleasure craft Reel Fun and did not arrive as expected in Chincoteague.

Sector Hampton Roads watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako, an 87-foot patrol boat home ported in Cape May, N.J., and dispatched an aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to search for the overdue boat.

Anyone with information regarding the overdue boaters is encouraged to contact the command center at 757-483-8567.

Pocoween ~ Donations and Volunteers Needed

The Delmarva Discovery Center is in need of items for their Halloween event (Pocoween).
If you can help them out with any of these items please contact:
Sarah Rubin or Joanne Moore at 410-957-9933. Or email


Items needed are:
* 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  with this fun spooky halloween event, please call.  

Lots of spots available for different activities.

Accomack County Circuit Court

By Connie Morrison

 A woman who burglarized her uncles home was sentenced October 4 in Accomack County Circuit Court. Heather Crutchley of Melfa, age 27, was on bond for an August, 2011 charge of selling Vicodin when the burglary occurred (April 2012). She initially denied any part in the theft, but when confronted with DNA evidence from a can of Dr. Pepper from which she drank while in the victims home, she admitted she had been inside the home. She was convicted on the drug charge in May, and of burglary and grand larceny in September.

Judge W. Revell Lewis III sentenced her to five years for the drug conviction, with all time suspended except what had been served, and to 10 years each for burglary and grand larceny offenses, with all but 6 months suspended. The two 10-year sentences will run concurrently, but are consecutive to the drug sentence, which means that Ms. Crutchley will spend another 6 months behind bars.

 Other sentences meted out by Judge Lewis on October 4 include:

 Russell Dale Corbin, Jr., of Parksley, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, received five years, with all but 30 days suspended.

David Ward, of Bloxom, sentenced for manufacture of marijuana, received five years, with all time suspended. Judge Lewis cited Mr. Wards flawless record, noting that not so much as a traffic conviction was found.

Joshua Lee Brown, of Bloxom, sentenced for grand larceny, received 10 years for each of six counts, with all but four months of each suspended.

 Mr. Brown was part of a theft ring that stole copper wire from irrigations systems and from A and N Electric in the summer of 2011. He was also ordered to pay over $13,000 in restitution.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Laser Pointer Attacks Taking Off: Pose Serious Threat To Aviation Security

If you’ve ever thought about pointing a hand-held laser at an aircraft of any kind, think again. It’s highly dangerous and a federal crime.

FBI Photo
The number of laser attacks in the U.S. is on the rise. Incidents are projected to reach 3,700 this year—compared to just 283 in 2005. That’s a rise of more than 1,100 percent. And that doesn’t include the thousands of attacks that go unreported every year.

George Johnson, a supervisory federal air marshal who is a liaison officer with the FBI, says the number of attacks is almost reaching an “epidemic level.”

In recent years, technology has improved the performance and power of handheld lasers; the Internet has also made these gadgets cheaper and easier to purchase.

These incidents are dangerous to pilots in the cockpit, passengers aboard the plane, and people on the ground. Captain Robert Hamilton of the Air Line Pilots Association, International was landing a plane when he was struck by a laser light. “I had temporary blindness. My eyes were burning. It caused disorientation, and it was distracting,” he says.
To combat the threat, the FBI recently established a Laser Strike Working Group National Initiative, which includes law enforcement partners and private entity stakeholders. The idea came from the FBI’s Sacramento Division, which created the first Laser Strike Working Group in 2008 to reduce incidents in the area. It worked—the number of attacks against commercial aircraft arriving and departing from the Sacramento International Airport decreased 75 percent.

Those who aim a laser pointer at an aircraft can be prosecuted under two federal statutes. A law put into effect this year makes pointing a laser at an aircraft a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $11,000 per violation. Under a law already on the books, those who interfere with the operation of an aircraft can receive up to 20 years in prison and be fined $250,000.

“Use a laser pointer for what it’s made for. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is dangerous and reckless. Just don’t do it,” says Johnson.

To report a laser attack, dial 911. You can also e-mail the Federal Aviation Administration at or contact your nearest FBI field office.

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

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

November, 1920

(Appleton Post-Crescent- Appleton, Wis.)


CRISFIELD, Md.- Self-banished from society, cut off from mankind, on Watts Island, 15 miles from here, Charles H. Hardenburg spent 12 years of his life.

Hardenburg is truly a modern Robinson Crusoe. Like Crusoe, he had finally found deliverance from his "Island Of Despair" and returned to civilization.

There is a lighthouse and frame building (on Watts Island) built by Hardenburg's ancestors in 1784. His uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Doremus, lived thirty years on Watts, and four of his ancestors are buried there.

Hardenburg, Princeton graduate and wealthy attorney of Jersey City, was sick, and his physicians told him that unless he "went back to nature" he would die. Dr. Daniel S. Hardenburg, Charles' brother, and an eminent Jersey physician, was so sure his brother's death was imminent that he bought Watts Island from his aunt and gave it to Charles.

Then came the exile and the long sojourn on the tiny "continent" alone with the seabirds and his dog, with the ceaseless booming of the surf and the eery calls of the seagulls as the only sound to break the silence.

"I hadn't been there long until I knew that life on the island was my only way to health," he said. "I truly believe I would be in my grave today had I not gone to Watts. So when people say that I wasted 12 years of my life, I disagree."

At times fate, too, held Hardenburg its captive. Two years ago the sea to shoreward was frozen over and Hardenburg's supplies grew low. He lived on unleavened bread, the fat of a goose he killed, and coffee. When the ice broke, the people of Onancock, Va., sent relief supplies.

"Rover," his dog, lived seven years. Hardenburg brought a "Tabby Cat" to his island and a year later a fisherman from Tangier brought him a "Tom cat." Now there are "wild cats" all over the island. And they are wild!

Life was pretty much "one thing after another" to Hardenburg. He rose at sunrise, cooked his meal, and cleaned his house. Then he rowed his boats to his fish traps and in the afternoon hunted geese, brant, and swan. There was an inexhaustible supply of shellfish at his door.

In the summer Hardenburg kept a garden and in the winter spent most of his time with books.
Now Hardenburg finds it a little hard to readapt himself to the ways of civilization. He has a clerical job in Tifton, Ga.
Erosion has claimed all of the former Watts Island and the location is now charted as "Watts Island Rocks" and is marked only with a lighted buoy. (Wikipedia)

June, 1974
(The Salisbury Times)


Lt. McGee Given Farewell Dinner

By RICHARD CULVER Of The Times Staff.

OCEAN CITY- In a testimonial dinner, highlighted by humor, a stellar audience, and a moving salute to his family by guest of honor, Edwin D. McGee, the Salisbury barrack "E" commander was given an affectionate farewell by friends and fellow officers this weekend.

He is retiring July 1 after 33 years with the Maryland State Police.

First Lt. McGee, 57, who was born near Pocomoke City, came to the Salisbury barrack after a short hitch as a rookie in the Belair area, at the start of his career in 1941. Remaining here, he became barrack commander in 1969.

At the gala Friday evening dinner-dance, a host of well-wishers took the podium to tell "Big Mac" anecdotes and present him gifts.

April, 1912

(The Daily News- Frederick, Md.)

Roosevelt To Speak At Salisbury

Salisbury, Md. April 30.- The followers of Roosevelt in Wicomico county are jubilant over the news received that Mr. Roosevelt will be here and address a political meeting on May 3.

April, 1916
(The New York Times)


Mr. And Mrs. Wilson Cheered By Throng At Crisfield, Md.

CRISFIELD, Md., April 2.- President and Mrs. Wilson, who are on a cruise down Chesapeake Bay, stopped here today. They arrived at 230 P.M. on the Mayflower, and came ashore on the tender. About 5,000 persons cheered them. Mrs. Wilson received a huge bouquet of sweet peas and violets.

The entire police force of Crisfield acted as an escort.

November, 1890

(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac)

Reprinted from Pocomoke City Record and Gazette

Mr. E. D. Bates of Pocomoke City, has leased the property in Virginia known as "Red Hills," and intends making of it a first class summer resort.

August, 1895

(Peninsula Enterprise-Accomac)

New Church

There were about 5000 people at the Red Hills, Wednesday, from all parts of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland.

December, 1973

(Salisbury Times)

RED HILLS. This long-forgotten little resort on Chincoteague Bay sat on a little hill by the bay just below the Maryland line, reached by turning left at Sign Post, Va., on the Stockton Road. Only foundations are left.

Footnote: Red Hills' specific location was at Sinnickson. In the mid 1950's local radio personality Eddie Matherly promoted Sunday afternoon live country music shows there. The location was given as 14 miles south of Pocomoke City..turn off Route 13 at New Church to Horntown and then turn left. Anyone have recollections of Red Hills? I recall a Pocomoke neighbor speaking of going to Red Hills for bathing in the 1950's.-tk  
(Back In Time From Around The World)

September, 1910

(The Lock Haven Express- Lock Haven, Pa.)

A House In the Air.

In 1863 a balloon of 200,000 cubic feet capacity was constructed at Paris. It was named the Giant and was intended to show the possibilities of the air. The car attached consisted of a small two story house, fitted with every modern comfort, lavatories, dining room, bedroom, kitchen, parlor, etc. Thirteen passengers made the first assent but the journey was of only four hours duration.
The last assent was for seventeen hours and was abruptly terminated by a high wind, which when the balloon descended, dragged the little house bumping over the ground. The remains of this giant of the air was for a long time exhibited in the Crystal palace in London. 

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