Saturday, April 13, 2013

Man Dies In Eastern Shore Virginia Shooting

MACHIPONGO, Va. (WAVY) - A man shot on the Easter Shore died early Saturday morning.

Northampton County Sheriff David Doughty Jr. said deputies responded to a shooting victim at the A&E Auto Repair at 8131 Sylvan Scene Drive just after 2 a.m.

Deputies arrived to learn a man who suffered a gunshot wound had been taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle.  When deputies arrived at the hospital, they learned that doctor's had pronounced the victim dead.

Doughty identified the victim as 23-year-old Jessie Leon Jordan of Cheriton. 

Doughty said witnesses reported the shooting happened during a party. Anyone with information should contact the Northampton County Sheriff's Office at 757-678-0458.

The case will be investigated as a homicide.

More Eastern Shore News

Dazzling Northern Lights ~Tonight



Seattle, New York, Pittsburgh, and Washington might see a display of the northern lights after sunset. At least that's what some forecasting models are saying.

Thanks to a big solar flare that left the Sun Thursday, Accuweather.com is generating some buzz online by predicting a "dazzling" light show tonight:

"The flare is also expected to cause vibrant northern lights from the Arctic as far south as New York, the Dakotas, Washington and Michigan, with a smaller possibility of it going into Pennsylvania and Iowa, even Kansas. The lights are currently estimated for 8 p.m. EDT Saturday arrival, with a possible deviation of up to seven hours. If the radiation hits much after dark settles on the East Coast the lights may be missed and will instead only be visible for the West."

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Legislative Updates From Delegate Mike McDermott




Apr. 12th, 2013

The First Donation to DPR's Campaign
"Where the libs go to get the dough"
by Delegate Mike McDermott
 
 
Lately the Times has been full of articles about Delmarva Public Radio. Despite a $135 Million in additional State Debt provided to Salisbury University to pay for a new “library” courtesy of Delegate Norm Conway and the Democrats, the school could find no more room for the station on campus. The paper provided a platform for this supposedly listener supported station to launch their fund raising drives and awareness summoning all liberals and progressives to come to the aid of one of their own (although many conservatives enjoy classical music, the vast array of programming does not just lean left…it falls over).


With all of this attention, I thought surely those folks would rise to the occasion or the school would throw them a bone from that $135 Million (that’s $49 Million for planning and design plus $51 Million for bricks and mortar this year alone). Boy was I surprised on the last Saturday of the 2013 Session when I looked through a supplemental budget debt appropriation that included an amendment to provide Delmarva Public Radio $900,000.00 to cover relocation, equipment, and whatever else they deem appropriate. Not a bad day’s work for a station that claims an annual operating budget of $1 Million.


It seems the station has an ardent supporter in Delegate Norm Conway, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Why let a little thing like “public input” stand in the way between friends?  To say that I am appalled at this reckless disregard for public spending is putting is putting it mildly. To see the paper fail to mention this “modest” donation courtesy of the taxpayers of this state is disturbing.



There are other “listener supported” radio stations in our state. The vast majority of them are Christian stations such as WOLC (102.5 FM) in Princess Anne. They all conduct annual “share-a-thons” which often cover a number of days whereby they receive pledges and donations upon which they base their budget.  I wonder what they could do with a million bucks.


Our airwaves are full of commercial radio stations all competing for those precious dollars of advertising that tend to go toward those that have the greater listenership and programming. Like every other business, they have had a tough go of it in this Maryland economy. I’m sure a cool million would quench a few thirsts from where they sit.


At a time when our local governments are struggling and many needs cannot be met, it’s no wonder this little million dollar gem tried to slip in unannounced through the back door.  We must expect better from our leaders.

Marylanders…take back your state!



TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview


1921.. How are the Peninsula's roads looking? 1896..Snow Hill progresses; 1994.. Pocomoke City college senior wins art award; 1893- India hopes to grow a popular Eastern Shore crop; 1913.. Two updates on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young Salisbury woman. 

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at 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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS OF SAFE CROSSINGS IN OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AND THE OCEAN CITY POLICE HEIGHTENS PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS OF SAFE CROSSINGS IN OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND



New Curb-Top Markings Remind Pedestrians
Not to Jay Walk;
Raise Awareness of Pedestrian Safety
(April 10, 2013) – Prior to the peak tourist season in Ocean City, the State Highway Administration (SHA) in partnership with the Town of Ocean City is installing curb-top markings along Coastal Highway (MD 528) between 52nd and 59th streets. About 100 yellow and black stencils advise “NO PEDESTRIAN X’ING” along Coastal Highway between marked crosswalks, where pedestrians may be tempted to cross unsafely.  Crews will finish installing the curb markings this week. Efforts and programs to protect pedestrians are closely coordinated between SHA, the Town of Ocean City Public Works Department and the Ocean City Police Department.

The population of Ocean City swells between June and August to such an extent that it becomes the second most populated city in the State.  As a result the nine-mile Coastal Highway corridor becomes crowded with drivers and pedestrians, some of whom are not familiar with the region. Ocean City Police reports reveal the primary cause of pedestrian crashes to be failure of pedestrians to cross at marked crosswalks, or walking in a crosswalk, but against the traffic signal.    

The “thermoplastic” markings are the same material as stamped pavement crosswalks, not painted, which wear out faster.   Each marking has a usable life of between 10 to 20 years.

SHA, Ocean City Police and the MVA’s Highway Safety Office advise that a safe summer starts with street smarts – motorists and pedestrians following the basic rules of the road.  Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks according to Maryland State law and should follow the posted speed limit, as speeding only makes it more difficult to safely stop for pedestrians.  Pedestrians should cross at marked crosswalks, see and be seen traveling in an “expected” manner, look left, right, and left before crossing and when possible, make eye contact with drivers.  The extra moment it takes to stop for a pedestrian or to walk to a crosswalk can avert needless tragedies.

Submitted by:
Ocean City Police Department

REPTILE FESTIVAL 2013 TODAY


Race Day Added To Gumboro~Crisfield Mud Bogs



The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company will be sponsoring a mudbog this year.  All rules that apply to the Gumboro~Crisfield Mudbogs will apply to this event also.  For RACING RULES go
HERE.   Any questions concerning the event can be posted there


 
 
2013 GUMBORO~CRISFIELD MUDBOGS EVENT SCHEDULE
 
Saturday, May 4                 Gumboro
 
Sunday, May 26                 Crisfield
 
Saturday, July 13               Snow Hill
 
Saturday, July 27                Crisfield ~ night race
 
 Saturday, August 31          Crisfield
 
Sunday, September 22        Gumboro
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Assaulted Prison Inmate Has Died ~ UPDATE

STATE PRISON INMATE DEATH INVESTIGATION

(JESSUP, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators are working with state public safety investigators in an ongoing joint investigation after an inmate who was assaulted in an Anne Arundel County prison last night died from his injuries.

The deceased inmate is identified as Javaughn A. Young, 26, an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup (MCI-J), in Jessup, Maryland. After the assault last night, he was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition.

Young succumbed to his injuries today at 12:15 p.m. Young’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Another inmate at the prison has been identified as a suspect. Charges against him are pending.
Shortly after 7:00 p.m. yesterday, an inmate at MCI-J contacted a correctional officer and reported an inmate on the east wing needed assistance. Correctional officers responded and found Young lying in a walkway near the entrance to the wing, with trauma to his head. Emergency care was immediately provided while an ambulance responded to the prison to transport Young to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

State Police crime scene technicians responded to the prison and processed the scene for evidence last night. Investigators continue to interview the more than 60 inmates assigned to the prison wing where the assault occurred.

Following Young’s death, Maryland State Police homicide investigators are continuing the investigation, with assistance from the DPSCS investigators. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be presented to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for review and charges.

Submitted:
Maryland State Police

Suspect Arrest In Connection With Early Morning Stabbing In Ocean City

OCPD Arrest Suspect in Connections with and Early Morning Stabbing

On April 11, 2013, Ocean City Police responded to 2611 Coastal Highway “7-Eleven” store, in reference to a fight.  When officers arrived in the area, witnesses stated the fight had broken up and the persons involved in the altercation had left the area.

Approximately 30 minutes later officers received a complaint of a stabbing and met with a victim at a residence on 146th Street. 

While meeting with this victim, officers determined that the victim had been involved in the previously reported fight at the 26th Street 7-Eleven, during which the victim was assaulted with a knife and sustained two stab wounds.  The victim was treated by Ocean City Paramedics and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

During the investigation, OCPD officers identified the suspect as: Brandon Maurice Hudson, 24, of Snow Hill, Maryland as the perpetrator who stabbed the victim.

Investigators obtained information as to Hudson’s whereabouts and at approximately 4 p.m. located him in Berlin, Maryland where he was arrested in connection with the stabbing.

Hudson has been charged by the OCPD with:

1st and 2nd Degree Assault
Possession of a Dangerous Weapon With the Intent to Injury.

Hudson was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $100,000.00 bond.  Hudson has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Submitted:
Ocean City Police Dept.

Montgomery County, Let My People Go! (SB281 Amendments)

Published on Apr 12, 2013
This video highlights the discussion on Delegate Mike McDermott's amendment to SB-281 that would allow off-duty police officers the right to carry a weapon on school grounds. At the end of the debate, the points raised by the Montgomery County Delegates led Delegate McDermott to exclaim "Montgomery County, LET MY PEOPLE GO!"


 

"Hardwire Everyday Heroes" Program

FROM
HARDWIRE ARMOR SYSTEMS



Delmarva Shorebirds and Hardwire Team Up for the “Hardwire Everyday Heroes” Program

Local teachers will be honored for being everyday heroes
Salisbury, Md. – The Delmarva Shorebirds, the class “A” affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are excited to announce a brand new program entitled “Hardwire Everyday Heroes” in partnership with Hardwire, a local Pocomoke, Maryland company. Hardwire specializes in armor systems for the Department of Defense and has recently applied their armor solutions to school safety applications.

During the 2013 season, the Shorebirds and Hardwire will honor teachers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula that are true “everyday heroes.”

The Shorebirds are asking community members and fans to nominate teachers that deserve recognition for excellence in the classroom and helping to enrich the lives of local students. The person nominating the teacher must submit a short write up that explains why the teacher should be considered for the “Hardwire Everyday Hero” award.

The Shorebirds will honor one teacher at each homestand during the 2013 season. The winning teacher will receive the following for being recognized as the “Hardwire Everyday Hero”: four reserved box tickets to a Shorebirds game, four meal vouchers for a hot dog, chips and Pepsi, a team autographed ball, pre-game on-field ceremony recognizing the teacher for his/her accomplishments, the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, an article in the Shorebirds gameday program, an article on the Shorebirds website, and a complimentary bulletproof whiteboard from Hardwire. The Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboard is a hand-held whiteboard teaching tool; however, it also provides dual use as a last line of defense in the event of a school intruder.

“The Shorebirds are honored to team up with Hardwire to recognize great teachers and promote their new bulletproof whiteboards,” said Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters. “We look forward to recognizing the great teachers on the Delmarva Peninsula and creating awareness for the great work that Hardwire is doing.”

George Tunis, Hardwire CEO, says “This program is a great way to recognize the hard work and dedication of the teachers in our community and to say ‘thanks’ for all they do for our children.”

To nominate a favorite teacher, send an email to hero@theshorebirds.com detailing why the teacher is an “everyday hero.” In addition to your nomination, the email should include your name, the teacher’s name and school, and your best contact information.

For more information about the “Hardwire Everyday Heroes Program,” contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112 or Hardwire at 410-957-3669.

Delmarva Shorebirds
The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 7th Inning Stretch, L.P., the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. In 2012, 231,194 fans came to Shorebirds games, the highest total attendance since 2002. The Shorebirds were the proud hosts of the 2011

South Atlantic League "Strike Out Hunger" All-Star Game presented by Perdue that drew 7,410 fans. For more information, call the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.

The Shorebirds celebrated 17-years of professional baseball on the Eastern Shore in 2012. During the 2009 season, the Shorebirds finished with an average attendance of 3,567 fans, the largest average since the 2002 season. In 2007, The Shorebirds had the top attendance based on market size in Minor League Baseball(tm), according to Sports Business Journal (Aug. 2008). In 2010, more than 6,000 fans packed Arthur W. Perdue Stadium nine times including a season high of 8,993 fans on August 7th. In 2012, the Shorebirds welcomed 13 crowds of over 5,000 fans.

The Shorebirds were established in 1996 by an investor team headed by legendary chicken company owner, the late Frank Perdue. The Shorebirds have called Arthur W. Perdue home ever since. For more information about the Delmarva Shorebirds call 410-219-3112 or visit www.theshorebirds.com.

Maryland State Prison Assault Under Investigation

SERIOUS ASSAULT AT STATE PRISON UNDER INVESTIGATION

(JESSUP, MD) – Maryland State Police and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services investigators are continuing their investigation into an assault last night at a state prison in Anne Arundel County that seriously injured an inmate.

The victim is identified as Javaughn A. Young, 26, who is an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup (MCI-J), in Jessup, Md. He has been taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he is in critical condition.

Another inmate at the prison has been identified as a suspect. Charges against him are pending.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m. yesterday, an inmate at MCI-J contacted a correctional officer and reported an inmate on the east wing needed assistance. Correctional officers responded and found the victim, identified as Young, lying in a walkway near the entrance to the wing. Officers observed the victim had sustained trauma to his head.

Emergency care was provided to the inmate while an ambulance responded to the prison to transport Young to the Shock Trauma Center.

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Internal Investigations Unit investigators began the investigation and requested the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit respond. A joint investigation is continuing.

State Police crime scene technicians responded to the prison and have processed the scene for evidence. Investigators are continuing to interview the more than 60 inmates assigned to the prison wing where the assault occurred.

The investigation is continuing.

Submitted:
Maryland State Police

Annual Missless Pageant and Dinner


Arson/ Motion To Supress Filed ~ No Probable Cause For Arrest

WMDT
By David Caldwell

ACCOMACK CO., Va. – Accused arsonist Charles R. Smith III appeared in General District Court yesterday for his bond hearing. Judge Gordon Vincent denied Smith's bond. According to an affidavit filed at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Smith said that his fiancĂ©, Tonya Bundick "personally set 15 abandoned structures on fire" in the county in the last five months.

Both Smith and Bundick are charged with felony arson and felony conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a fire in Melfa on April 1st, when Smith was arrested.

Court documents also show that Smith's lawyer, Carl H. Bundick, filed a motion to suppress evidentiary material related to his April 1st arrest. The motion claims that Smith's search & seizure, and arrest violated his 4th, 5th, and 6th amendment rights. Specifically, he claims there was no probable cause for his arrest, and that "Agents of the Commonwealth" began interrogation before he was read his Miranda rights.

Some community members expressed relief since the two were arrested. Evelyn Hope, of Accomack Co., said of fellow residents  "There's a feeling of relief. They're just mellowing out right now, but you know, we pray there are no more fires."

Police are "confident" that Smith and Bundick are responsible for "a majority" of the 77 arson fires set in Accomack County. Smith will return to court May 6th for a preliminary hearing.

Officials are reluctant to associate every one of the fires with Smith and Bundick, and that margin for error has other community members offering their own theories. Shannon Salazar, of Accomac, said "I think there are two more people out there and they're just hiding away, and nobody wants to tell anybody about it."

Smith will return to court May 6th for a preliminary hearing.

VIDEO/SOURCE:

Info From The Pocomoke Animal Hospital

 
From Pocomoke Animal Hospital, Inc.....


Did you know that April is also heartworm prevention month!! In the last 2 weeks we have diagnosed 5 dogs with this fatal disease!!

 Heartworm is easily prevented by getting your dog tested and keeping them on heartworm pills!!


When was the last time your dog was tested????

POCOMOKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL on Facebook

POCOMOKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL  on the internet

Be sure to take a look at the "Home Delivery" page on their website.

2013 Schedule For Melson Power Show



For more information go to Facebook ~ Melson's Tractor Pulling

The Most Decorated War Dog of World War I ~ Stubby

Taken from AMERICA'S VETDOGS  on Facebook

photo/ stubbydog.org

The United States had not established an official K9 Program during World War I. American Troops had to barter with the French, Belgian and English troops for trained sentry and courier dogs.

The most famous American War Dog in World War I was a dog named Stubby.

Stubby was a stray Pit Bull who was picked up on the streets of Hartford Connecticut by a soldier and smuggled on board his troop ship headed for France. In February 1918, Stubby became the mascot of the 102d Infantry, part of the Army's 26th "Yankee Division".

Stubby became a hero when he distinguished himself in the battles of Chateau-Thierry, the Marne, Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.

ALSO: The most decorated war dog of World War I, and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spaghetti Fund Raiser To Benefit David Chew III Fund





Spaghetti Fund Raiser To Benefit David Chew III Fund

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview


1921.. How are the Peninsula's roads looking? 1896..Snow Hill progresses; 1994.. Pocomoke City college senior wins art award; 1893- India hopes to grow a popular Eastern Shore crop; 1913.. Two updates on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young Salisbury woman. 

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at 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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Delmarva Discovery Center Aquarist Sarah On "Delmarva Life" TODAY

Don't miss Aquarist Sarah from the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke City ~ TODAY AT 4:30 PM
on WBOC  "Delmarva Life"



BE SURE TO TUNE IN!





Sarah will be talking about the  "Reptile  Festival" this weekend at Delmarva Discovery Center  this Saturday!



SAVE THE DATE ~ Firemen's Fest

Princess Anne and Mt. Vernon Vol. Fire Dept's
 Firemen's Music Fest
 
 
 


There are several ways to get tickets:
 
Online (either the webpage or through facebook )
 
from any Fire Co. member
 
at The Pizza Shoppe in Crisfield
 
the Hebron Savings Bank in Princess Anne
 

Installation Of Rev. Jeffrey T. Howard On Sunday



PHOTO OF WEAPON USED IN MURDER OF UMES STUDENT RELEASED

Weapon believed to have been used in the UMES
murder in February 2012
(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) -- Maryland State Police investigators today released a photo of the weapon believed to have been used to murder a University of Maryland Eastern Shore student in February, in an attempt to generate more information about the person or persons responsible for the crime.

State Police Homicide Unit investigators released the photo of a Remington Sportsman’s Series folding knife with a 3 ½” inch blade. The knife handle is reddish orange with a black camouflage print. The knife is believed to have been manufactured and sold in 2010.

The knife was found by State Police Homicide Unit investigators on the ground near the scene where Edmond A. St. Clair, 21, was murdered when he was stabbed at about 9:00 p.m. on February 16, 2013. The crime occurred when St. Clair was a passenger in a Honda traveling across campus along College Backbone Road, not far from the Student Services Center. Investigators believe several people were walking in the street and an altercation ensued between them and St. Clair.


The knife in the photo released today has been examined at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division Crime Laboratory. Evidence found on the knife has positively connected it to the St. Clair crime scene. Specific information regarding the evidence on the knife and its connection to the crime will not be released.

State Police investigators believe the unique orange and black camouflage handle might be enough to prompt the memory of someone who may have seen the knife before. Anyone with information about the knife is urged to contact police immediately.

State Police also stressed today that the search for suspects has expanded far beyond the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus. Due to the Homecoming Weekend activities occurring, there were hundreds of people on the UMES campus, many of whom were from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor. Not all of those on campus that weekend were university alumni. Several events were open to the public. Activities persons from out of the area may have been attending included an alumni breakfast, parade, tailgate party, scholarship luncheons, pep rally, men’s and women’s basketball games, and evening receptions.


The description of possible suspects continues to be that of three tall, African American males, two of whom have lighter complexions. All three were wearing dark clothing and one may have been wearing some type of ski mask.

Investigators would also like to identify three potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the crime. They are believed to have been walking toward the student apartments shortly after 9:00 p.m. Two of the three are believed to have been carrying umbrellas. Two more potential witnesses may have been walking toward the scene shortly after the murder occurred.

Troopers are trying to identify a light colored vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. This vehicle was seen in the area of the crime scene. Investigators would like to interview the driver and any passengers in this vehicle who may be potential witnesses to the crime. Police are also trying to identify the driver and any passengers who were in a gold vehicle. This vehicle was seen turning around a short time after the murder occurred, heading back toward the crime scene.

Persons with information are urged to contact Maryland State Police at 410-651-3101, or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers and UMES are offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

Submitted by:
Maryland State Police

Police Still Confident Arson Duo Set Most Of the 77 Arsons

Charles R. Smith III
By Margaret Matray
The Virginian-Pilot

ACCOMAC
After his arrest, Charles R. Smith III told authorities his fiancee, Tonya S. Bundick, had "personally set 15 abandoned structures on fire," according to a search warrant filed in Circuit Court here and viewed Wednesday by The Virginian-Pilot.

News site DelmarvaNow.com reported that another warrant revealed Smith confessed to setting 52 fires.

Police have said they are confident Smith, 38, also known as Charles Applegate, and his fiancee, Tonya S. Bundick, 40, are responsible for most of the 77 arsons set in the county since November.

The documents came to light as Smith appeared before a General District Court judge on Wednesday, seeking to have bond set. His request was denied. One warrant said Smith told authorities the couple used a white Dodge Avenger belonging to her while committing arsons.
Tonya Bundick

On Tuesday, police searched a 2008 white Dodge Avenger purchased by Bundick in February 2012. Assorted papers and clothing and one men's shoe were taken, according to the warrant.

Smith and Bundick each are charged with one count of felony arson and one count of felony conspiracy to commit arson in connection with an April 1 fire in Melfa. Additional charges are expected.

At Wednesday's hearing, Smith said, if granted bail, he would return to work at his Tasley auto repair shop and try to provide for his family. His attorney, Carl Bundick, asked the judge to consider that Smith had kept court appearances in past cases and was not at risk to leave the county.

Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar argued that releasing Smith on bond was not what the community would expect after such a lengthy investigation.

"This is not a candidate for release on bond whatsoever," Agar said.
Judge Gordon S. Vincent declined to set bond, saying "the safety of the community is the overwhelming concern."

Smith wore a white jumpsuit and was shackled at the waist, his hands and feet in cuffs. He became emotional when asked about dependents and said his daughter turned 14 Wednesday. He said he also helped support Tonya Bundick's two children.

Answering questions asked by his lawyer, Smith admitted to once having drug problems. He said he relapsed about 21?2 years ago when his mom was dying but has been clean since meeting Tonya Bundick.

The former firefighter said he first became involved with the Tasley Volunteer Fire Company when he was about 12. Company members at one point had encouraged him to seek help for his drug problems, he said.

According to court documents, Smith's criminal history includes 31 felony convictions.
Smith and Tonya Bundick were taken into custody without incident shortly after midnight April 2 when a state trooper and sheriff's deputy stopped their minivan near a fire on Airport Drive in Melfa.
Virginia State Police were conducting surveillance on an unoccupied house April 1 when troopers saw a minivan stop in the road, heard a car door slam and then saw someone run from the vehicle toward the back of the house, according to search warrant documents. The troopers saw the flicker from a match or lighter, and a fire started at the back door, where the person was standing.

Troopers saw the person run toward the street, and the same minivan picked up the person, according to the documents. After the fire was extinguished, fabric was found wedged between the frame and the rear door of the dwelling.

When police stopped the gold 1997 Plymouth Voyager minivan, Bundick was identified as the driver, and Smith was the passenger. Smith confessed to setting the fire, according to court documents.

Police executed additional search warrants last week. Seized from the couple's home on Matthews Road in Parksley were a gas can, two laptops, several sets of boots and men's coveralls, according to search warrant documents.

A blanket was taken from Smith's business and, from the van, police recovered eight lighters, 14 white towels, two cellphones, black gloves, hats and jackets, a pair of shoes and brown gloves, according to the warrants.

The county saw its first suspicious fire Nov. 12 in Parksley. Since then, vacant residential and commercial buildings were set ablaze across the rural county.

Smith is being held in the Accomack County Jail.

Tonya Bundick was arraigned last week and is being held in the county jail without bond.
 
Pilot writer Sarah Hutchins contributed to this report.

Source:

Summer Camp ~ Delmarva Discovery Center


Delmarva Discovery Center
SUMMER CAMP
 

It's time to think
SUMMER CAMP!
 
 
Three great programs for children entering 2nd grade through 8th grade!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Space is limited!
RESERVE  a spot for your child now
 
Camps run Monday-Friday
9 AM - 3 PM
 
 
 
 PRICING -
 Early registration - (ends May 31st)
 Member $170
 Non-Member - $180
 Regular Registration - (as of June 1st)
 Member - $190
 Non-Member $200
 

 After Camp is available from 3 PM - 5 PM for $40 per day.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Possible Reason For the J Floyd Graffiti....??

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I knew I had read an explanation  to the story behind the Floyd graffiti that is still seen across Accomack County. Many residents wondered if the fires could be connected to the arsons in the local area.   During the arsons in Accomack County the J Floyd name associated with the graffiti was found on some of the selected burned buildings.

However, I do not think there have been any arrests in the spray painting even though the Accomack County Sheriff asked for information.  MAYBE since 77 arsons have struck the county in recent months citizens have become more aware of their surrounding and things that could possibly go wrong.


In July 2012 The Eastern Shore Drug Task Force/Accomack County Sheriff's Office was seeking info and offering a reward from anyone who may have any information linked to the graffiti.  READ
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Eastern Shore Post
Published Oct. 19, 2012

A felony charge was dismissed Monday in Accomack General District Court against Lander J. (Jay) Floyd Jr., a Parksley man made famous locally when his name was spray-painted across Accomack County in derogatory graffiti by culprits who damaged thousands of dollars worth of property and have managed to avoid arrest.
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Floyd, 48, of  Leemont  Road was accused  of possession in February of a firearm by a felon. Court records show Floyd was convicted of illegally possessing a drug with intent to distribute
in Florida in 1988.


His lawyer (and former commonwealth’s attorney), Jon C. Poulson of Accomac explained the gun was left at Floyd’s house by a man who borrowed money under the pretenses that it was needed so a third person could get chemotherapy treatment in Hampton Roads.


According to Poulson, Floyd became suspicious and later confronted the man and learned the gun had been stolen. “He found out who it belonged to and returned it,” the lawyer said. “The owner of the gun was extremely appreciative of what Jay did. A lot of people would have pitched it in the creek, so to speak.

Obviously, Jay did the right thing … and the commonwealth agreed.” Floyd took this action before police became involved, Poulson said.


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Floyd’s case was dismissed by retired Judge Robert Phillips. Most of the graffiti accuses Floyd of being a narcotics agent. Local law-enforcement has said this is not true. Some of the writing also accuses him of being a drug dealer and having officers “in his pocket.” The damage has been seen on buildings and roadways across the county, including homes under construction, road signs, the trailer of an 18-wheeler and even bales of hay.

Two men have been charged in connection with Floyd’s dismissed firearm charge.  Roy Edward Shreaves, 37, of Guilford Road in Bloxom and Robert W. Thornes, 39, of Mears Street in Greenbush were indicted earlier this month on counts of burglary and theft of a 20-gauge shotgun on Feb. 15 from the home of Craig Justis of Accomac.

 Thornes also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Eastern Shore Post

Save The Date ~ Ribbon Ceremony At Market Street Boutique

DOWNTOWN POCOMOKE'S NEWEST STORE
 
145-A Market Street
 
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At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

April 11,2013
 7 PM
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NASA Sets TV Coverage for Antares Test Flight

Photo/NASA/Brea Reeves
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., is scheduled to launch its first Antares rocket from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wednesday, April 17. 

NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 4 p.m. EDT. Liftoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. with a daily launch window that runs until 8 p.m. If needed, back-up launch opportunities are available April 18-21. 

The Antares test flight is the first of two missions Orbital is scheduled to conduct this year under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program. This mission will demonstrate the Antares launch system beginning with its April 6 rollout and placement on the launch pad through its fueling, launch, and delivery of a mass simulator payload into orbit. 

The mass simulator matches the weight and dimensions of the Cygnus spacecraft, which Orbital has developed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The simulator carries instruments to collect data about the launch environment during the Antares flight. 

In advance of the launch, NASA will host a media briefing to discuss the Wallops Flight Facility, Orbital's activities under NASA's COTS and Commercial Resupply Services initiatives, and the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A. It will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Wallops Visitors Center. At 3 p.m., NASA will host a prelaunch news conference about the test launch and mission. Both briefings will be carried live on NASA TV and the agency's website. 

NASA Gov.

TROOPERS INVESTIGATE FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH

TROOPERS INVESTIGATE FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH IN BALTIMORE

April 9, 2013

(BALTIMORE, MD)



Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash which occurred when a speeding driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a pedestrian in front of Baltimore City Hall, this afternoon.


The deceased pedestrian is identified as Matthew Hershl, 45, of Baltimore, Maryland. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The driver involved is identified only as a 43 year old man from Baltimore. He was taken into custody as he attempted to flee the scene. He is not being identified further at this time, due to pending charges. He is currently being treated at Mercy Medical Center for minor injuries sustained during the crash. He was operating a 2000 Acura TL.

Just before 2:00 p.m. today, Trooper First Class Zachary Mills, of the Golden Ring Barrack, was traveling southbound on the Jones Falls Expressway prior to Pleasant Street. At that time, a black Acura passenger vehicle approached Tfc. Mills’ marked Maryland State Police patrol at an extremely high rate of speed.

Concerned the vehicle may strike his patrol unit in the rear, Tfc. Mills activated the rear emergency lights to warn the oncoming vehicle. The Acura slowed and stayed directly behind the patrol vehicle. Tfc. Mills moved to the side to let the vehicle pass. Once at the Pleasant Street exit, the Acura abruptly crossed traffic and exited the expressway.

Tfc. Mills did not initiate a pursuit, but attempted to observe the vehicle in order to alert the Baltimore Police Department. The Acura continued through a red signal at the intersection of Holiday Street and Saratoga Street. The Acura attempted to make a left turn at Lexington Street and lost control.

Seeing the smoke from the brakes of the Acura and hearing sounds of a crash, Tfc. Mills activated the emergency equipment of his patrol unit and responded to the crash scene. Once at the scene, he observed that the Acura overturned and struck a pedestrian in the process. The driver was attempting to exit the vehicle and flee the scene. Tfc. Mills detained the driver. The Baltimore Police Department and emergency medical personnel were immediately notified

The Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene and is conducting the ongoing investigation. There were no passengers in the Acura. There has been no determination of speed at this point in the investigation.

Due to the severity of the crash and the amount of debris, the intersection of Holiday and Lexington Streets were closed for several hours. Baltimore Police Department officers handled the road closures.

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office has been notified and will be consulted reference any charges being placed against the driver. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police, Golden Ring Barrack at (410) 780-2700.

Submitted:
Maryland State Police

Arsonist David Parks To Be Sentenced

David Parks
In 2006 David Parks with arson in Salisbury, Md. (Wicomico Co.)  Parks was charged with starting four fires: The Country House, a tea room, the former Feldman's building and a vehicle.  He pled quilty to two counts of arson and two counts of reckless endangerment and was sentenced.  At the time he resided in Melfa, Virginia.

AUGUST 2012
After a long investigation by Virginia State Police, Worcester County Authorities and  Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office  David Parks was  arrested  in Accomack County for an April 11, 2012 fire   and charged with  arson in connection of a barn fire located  on  Sheephouse Road in Pocomoke City, Md.

Parks was living in Accomack County while on post-release probation from the Wicomico County fires.

Photo/Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office


He waived extradition at the time of his arrest and since April 11, 2012 David Parks has been behind bars in Snow Hill.
 
Trial date for Parks,  being rescheduled a few times, arrived on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  Having selected to not have a jury trial David Parks stood before a Judge.

David Parks was found guilty on all four counts:

Arson Second Degree
Malicious Burning/First Degree
Malicious Destruction Of Property/Value Less Than $500
Reckless Endangerment

A presentence investigation has been ordered.

**Keep in mind that at that time there were other fires of undetermined causes in southern Worcester, northern Accomack areas. One of those major fires was Red Hills.


 At that time the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office and Worcester County investigators, V‏irginia officials were still working on those when Parks was arrested but no connection was found between Parks and the fires.**