Saturday, April 20, 2013

Antares UPDATE

 FROM: NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
After weather review, the #Antares launch has been moved to 6:10pm EDT.

We will remain in hold until one hour before launch. There is still concern for high level wind speeds.

"Bay Queen" Bids Pocomoke City Farewell

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Hello readers of the Pocomoke Public Eye. 

 Last evening I received an email from Captain John Raggi the captain of the ever so popular "Bay Queen".  As  most of you know Captain Raggi and his wife have been responsible for the many sight seeing tours for many years aboard the "Bay Queen" .  I always enjoyed reading the adventures from the Eagle Tours.  And even though the "Bay Queen" was sometimes docked in Snow Hill, seeing the "Bay Queen" docked in downtown Pocomoke was as much a comfort to see as the huge American flag.  She has been one of those many "securities" I treasure about the area I love.

I am posting Captain Raggi's email simply because the Captain says it best!  I wish the best for the "Bay Queen" and her new Captain.  If you'd like to send Capt. Raggi a message go to the facebook page The Bay Queen Cruises

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This is Captain John Riggi the captain/owner of the "Bay Queen".

I would like if you can kindly post that as of today the "Bay Queen" has been officially sold and will be moving to her new home on the Niagra River upstate NY soon.

My wife and I would like to thank everyone for helping us have the best job ever on the Eastern Shore enjoying and sharing the sights and beauty of the Pocomoke River.

Thanks to the many thousands of people who have been part of the "Bay Queen" Experience.

Would like to also thank Pocomoke City for being our gracious host the past 7 years.

Captain John Riggi

Cruising the Pocomoke River before Riverside Grill was built
Photo Delmarva Discovery Center (2009)

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1918.. Some tough words for "loafers;" 1882.. Worcester land owners to receive one-dollar for right-of-way; 1974.. Local essay winners announced; 1880.. Decades age difference in Accomac marriage; 1913.. And the saga continues with still another revelation in the investigation of a young Salisbury office worker's death. 

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 and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Market Street Boutique ~ Wonderful Addition To Downtown Pocomoke Shopping

Grand opening and ribbon cutting were held yesterday (Friday, April 19).  Photos will be posted soon.  Be sure to stop by and welcome Kim to Pocomoke.

Another plus for downtown Pocomoke.  Keep in mind that among the outstanding selection of unique goods and something  for everyone,   Kim also offers special attention to women who have suffered with breast cancer.

Photo/Market Street Boutique
Pocomoke boutique offers unique goods
Written by
Elaine Bean
POCOMOKE CITY — New Orleans is a long way from Pocomoke City, yet a famous French Quarter fragrance is now available in Maryland’s southernmost city at the new Market Street Boutique.

Owner Kimberly Jackson said she’s dedicated to offering her customers truly unique goods that can’t be found elsewhere locally.

“I won’t carry what everyone else carries,” she said.

The Hove Parfumeur line of fragrances, for example, is still made today by the Hove family in the French Quarter, and produces floral scents reminiscent of the tropical city: sweet olive, magnolia and gardenia. The collection is not widely sold outside of New Orleans, but Jackson knew about it from her days living in the Quarter.

Market Street Boutique’s grand opening and ribbon cutting is (was)Friday, April 19. In preparation, the charming store has added a new sign and elegantly decorated windows to the Market Street streetscape. Inside, antique display cases and cabinets display Jackson’s unique wares.

Town officials say Market Street Boutique is a welcome addition to downtown.

“Ms. Jackson has done a wonderful job decorating the store,” Mayor Bruce Morrison said.

Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Rafter thinks the new store makes downtown a one-stop place for shoppers.

“Anything you need for an evening out can be found downtown now. Since prom is about to happen, you can get your dress at Scher’s, your corsage at Enchanted Florist and both your cosmetics and jewelry at Market Street Boutique,” she said.

Jackson carries a privately labeled line of cosmetics that includes foundation, shadows, lipsticks and skin treatments, and she’ll do custom makeovers upon request, a first for the town.

She also offers three-piece jewelry sets for proms or weddings starting at $15.

Women’s hats are a featured item at the eclectic boutique in dressy styles appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride or a festive day at The Preakness. Amy Butler organic cotton handbags and totes greet the shopper with strong bursts of color, and Mad Style watches and patent leather bags are sleek and contemporary offerings.­

In what she calls her second “secret” business, Jackson offers trained mastectomy fittings for women who have suffered with breast cancer.

“Customer service is huge to me. You have to work with people, see what they need, and try to get it for them,” she said.

Morrison said Jackson took advantage of the town’s low-interest loan program to get her business off the ground.

“It’s a low-interest loan for anyone who wants to start a new business in downtown Pocomoke,” he said. “It comes from the state and is to help revitalize downtowns.”

In choosing Pocomoke City for her business, Jackson, who is originally from Virginia but lived in “a lot of different places,” wanted to get closer to family and back to a simpler lifestyle. She and her husband recently purchased a home downtown.

“We were looking for something not so congested. And Pocomoke is the friendliest town on the Shore,” she said. “Everyone’s been very welcoming. It’s such a quaint town.”


Antares Liftoff Still A Go For Today

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Today's the day!

Antares liftoff is planned for 5 p.m. EDT with an available window running from 5-7 p.m.

NASA TV coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. To tune in, check your local television listings or view online at

 The NASA Visitor Center will be open today at 10 a.m. and will remain open through the launch this evening.

Public viewing is available from
 the Visitor Center or from Assateague Island, Va.

This Weekend At the Delmarva Discovery Center

Delmarva Discovery Center
Weekend Public Programs
Saturday April 20, 2013
1:00  Critter Corner
"Jeremiah Was A Bull Frog"
Jeremiah really is a bullfrog!
Learn about bullfrogs & how they  survive on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Make your own frog craft too!
Photo DDC
Sunday, April 21, 2013
3:00  Nature Walk

It's time for adventure outdoors with Aquarist Sarah.
Meet her at the DDC for a beautiful stroll on the nature trail and learn about the critters & plants that we have in our native Delmarva.
Photo DDC
For more information, please contact the DDC @ 410.957.9933

Friday, April 19, 2013



(LIBERTYTOWN, MD) – A Pennsylvania man whose license is suspended has been charged with multiple counts of assault and additional charges are pending following his reckless drive through Carroll and Frederick counties last night that ended when he collided with another vehicle near Libertytown.

The suspect is identified as James L. Myers II, 27, of Biglerville, PA. He is charged on a warrant obtained by Maryland State Police with three counts of first degree assault and three counts of second degree assault. Additional charges will be filed against Myers, including multiple traffic charges. Myers has been taken to the Frederick County Central Booking Center for processing and his initial appearance before a court commissioner.

Due to injuries sustained in the crash last night, Myers was flown by Trooper 3 to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was treated and released from the hospital at about 5:00 a.m. today.

The information known to investigators at this time indicates the incident began about 7:30 p.m. yesterday when a Taneytown Police Department sergeant stopped a Ford F150 on Rt. 194, south of Taneytown, for expired tags. When the sergeant approached the driver, later identified as Myers, the suspect accelerated and drove away.

The Taneytown sergeant called in reporting the driver fled and was headed south on Rt. 194 driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. The sergeant discontinued his pursuit as the suspect neared the Frederick and Carroll County line.

Maryland state troopers from Frederick and Westminster barracks had monitored the incident and moved toward the area. A Maryland State Police helicopter, Trooper 3, stationed in Frederick, was airborne and responded immediately. The crew of Trooper 3 located the vehicle and began calling out locations to ground units.

A trooper from Westminster Barrack was at Rt. 550 and Clyde Young Road as the suspect approached. The trooper activated his emergency equipment and stopped his car in the northbound lane of Rt. 550 as the suspect drove south. The suspect swerved over the centerline and drove directly at the trooper’s stopped car. The trooper was able to swerve out of the way to avoid a head-on collision, but the suspect did sideswipe the rear fender of the patrol car.

The trooper turned southbound and pursued the suspect with this lights and siren activated. As the suspect approached two Frederick County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars and deputies stopped on the shoulder of northbound Rt. 550, he drove onto the shoulder of the northbound lanes directly at the deputies. The suspect swerved back onto the road just before striking a deputy who was attempting to deploy stop sticks. The deputies then joined the trooper in pursuing the suspect south on Rt. 550.

According to the trooper involved, the suspect repeatedly crossed the centerline and drove at oncoming civilian vehicles, causing them to swerve to avoid being hit. No civilian vehicles were hit at this time.

The suspect drove into Lansing Court and a cul de sac, where another trooper was waiting. The trooper was outside his patrol car and the suspect drove his vehicle directly at the trooper. The trooper was able to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Duty officers from both the Maryland State Police and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office directed their units to discontinue their active pursuit, due to the aerial surveillance of the suspect by Trooper 3. Troopers and deputies backed off, but continued in the direction of the suspect’s route of travel. The suspect continued to drive recklessly on several state and county roads as he proceeded south.

At the intersection of Old Annapolis Road and Rt. 26 in Libertytown, the suspect collided with a

Ford SUV occupied by Ricky L. Shorb, 64, and Barbara E. Shorb, 71, both of Union Bridge. His vehicle then struck a tree and came to rest in a yard.

A Frederick County deputy arrived at the scene first and found the suspect still in his truck, which
had numerous beer cans plainly visible. The suspect, who was the only occupant, was having trouble breathing. The deputy established an airway, but while monitoring the suspect, found that he had lost his pulse. The deputy began emergency resuscitation procedures and the suspect regained a pulse.

Trooper 3 landed and the flight paramedic provided additional emergency care along with EMS providers who responded. Myers was then flown to the Shock Trauma Center by Trooper 3.

The Shorbs were not seriously injured in the crash. No troopers or deputies were injured.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges will be placed against Myers. Troopers have evidence indicating Myers was driving under the influence. His Pennsylvania driver’s license is suspended. The license tag on the truck Myers was driving was expired and listed to another vehicle.

Submitted by:
MD State Police

Motions Filed On Behalf Of Both Suspected Arsonists

The Virginia Pilot
A General District Court judge on Wednesday denied bond for the woman charged with arson in Accomack County, and her attorney has asked the court for a psychiatric evaluation.

A motion filed this week says Tonya S. Bundick's actions during the time of the alleged offense "may have been affected by mental disease or defect," and that evaluation is needed to determine her mental state at the time of the offense and her competency to stand trial.

The motion asks the court to appoint a physician to also evaluate any mitigating factors related to Bundick's history, character or mental condition and include an assessment of "future dangerousness."

Police have said they believe Bundick, 40, and fiance Charles R. Smith III, also known as Charles Applegate, 38, are responsible for a majority of the 77 arsons set in the county since November.

Both are charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson, felonies, in connection with an April 1 fire in Melfa. Additional charges are expected.

Smith's attorney last week filed a motion to suppress evidence taken "during a warrantless seizure and search" the night of Smith's arrest, including observations, test results and statements Smith made.

That motion claims there was no probable cause for Smith's arrest and that interrogation began before Smith was read his Miranda rights. It also claims Smith's search and seizure violated his Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.




(LIBERTYTOWN, MD) – A man driving on a revoked license and two people in another car were injured tonight in a Frederick County crash that ended the man’s 30-minute ride through two counties during which he attempted to run down a deputy and a state trooper and sideswiped another trooper.

The suspect is a 27-year-old man from Pennsylvania. He is not being identified because he has not been charged at this time. He is facing multiple criminal and traffic charges. Troopers have determined his license is revoked.

State Police investigators are still compiling detailed information about the incident and will not have more complete information until tomorrow. The preliminary investigation indicates the incident started at about 7:30 p.m. today when a Taneytown Police Department officer stopped the suspect on Rt. 194 south of Crouse Mill Road for expired tags. As the officer approached the Ford F150, the suspect sped off. Maryland State Police at the Frederick Barrack and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office were notified and units responded to the area of Rt. 194 as the suspect drove into Frederick County.

The crew of Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 3, based in Frederick, were notified and launched immediately. The crew of Trooper 3 quickly located the speeding vehicle and began calling out its location to ground units. All police cars were ordered not to directly pursue by supervisors from both the State Police and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Troopers and deputies set up at locations along various roads to deploy stop sticks as the suspect passed by.

At one location, the suspect tried to strike a deputy who was deploying stop sticks. At Rt. 550 and Clive Young Road, the suspect sideswiped a State Police car from the Westminster Barrack. Another trooper near Libertytown was deploying stop sticks when the suspect swerved toward him.

Trooper 3 maintained visual contact overhead and continually called out the suspect vehicle location to troopers and deputies in the area. No police cars were pursuing the suspect.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the crew of Trooper 3 saw the suspect’s truck strike a passenger car on Old Annapolis Road at Rt. 26. After striking the car, the suspect’s vehicle hit a tree and came to rest in a yard. Troopers and deputies responded to the scene and summoned EMS personnel.

The two people in the car struck by the suspect sustained minor injuries. They were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. The suspect sustained more serious injuries and was flown by Trooper 3 to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No troopers or deputies were injured in the incident.

The investigation will continue throughout the night. Investigators will be consulting with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding charges. Additional details will be made available tomorrow.

MD. State Police

FBI Releases Video of 2 Boston Bombing Suspects

BOSTON Plucking a couple of faces in baseball caps out of a swarming crowd, the FBI zeroed in on two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and shared surveillance-camera images of them with the world Thursday in hopes the public will help hunt them down.

The somewhat blurry but still detailed photos and video depict one young man in a dark cap and another in a white cap worn backward, both wearing backpacks and one walking behind the other on the sidewalk near the finish line as marathoners run by.

The man in the white hat was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.

"Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects," he said. "Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us."

They looked much like typical college students, but DesLauriers described them as armed and extremely dangerous, and urged anyone who sees or knows them to tell law enforcement and "do not take any action on your own."

The photos of the suspects can be seen online on Any tips regarding the suspects can be called into the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or send via the Web at Sources say investigators have leads on possible names, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported, but DesLauriers said the FBI still needs help.

CBS News has learned that FBI is reporting record traffic on its web sites as people go online to view stills and video of the suspected Boston bombers. The FBI is also getting an extremely high number of phone calls and emails.

Authorities believe both baseball caps have logos that are Bridgestone Golf.

Investigators had been focusing on a man wearing a white baseball cap seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions. Orr reported that investigators were able to retrace his steps and discovered video of the man with another man carrying a backpack.


Antares Test Launch Update

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
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Antares Test Launch Update:
Orbital has confirmed the next opportunity to test launch its Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will be no earlier than 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 20.
 NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 4:30 p.m. By the time coverage starts, the launch window will likely have been reduced to 10-15 minutes.

 An attempt Friday was called off after review of the weather forecast. Saturday’s forecast indicates an 85 percent chance of favorable conditions. If needed, a back-up launch opportunity is available on Sunday.
For an updated briefing and NASA TV coverage schedule, follow:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Motion For Psychiatric Evaluation.....


"......a motion for psychiatric evaluation filed by Bundick and her attorney. The motion requests Bundick be examined by one or more mental health experts and alleges that Bundick may have been affected by mental disease or defect at the time of the "alleged offenses."

"It is necessary to determine the Defendant's mental condition at the time of the offense and her competency to stand trial," the motion read."

Complete Article/Video

2nd Annual Free Lunch To All Local Vol. Firemen/EMS

Including desserts!
Please feel free to drive your trucks!  Plenty of parking!!

DOWNTOWN POCOMOKE'S NEWEST STORE ~ Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

145-A Market Street
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 19, 2013
12:00  PM
Store hours:
Tuesday thru Friday~ 10am-6pm
Saturday~ 10am-7pm.

LIKE  Market Street Boutique on FACEBOOK

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1918.. Some tough words for "loafers;" 1882.. Worcester land owners to receive one-dollar for right-of-way; 1974.. Local essay winners announced; 1880.. Decades age difference in Accomac marriage; 1913.. And the saga continues with still another revelation in the investigation of a young Salisbury office worker's death. 

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 and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Dog Treats Recall

April 17. 2013 – Breeder’s Choice Pet Food of Irwindale, California has has issued a voluntary recall for a single batch of Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats due to the presence of mold.

The recalled product includes the following information:
  • Breeder’s Choice Active Care Healthy Joint Treats
  • Product Code/SKU/ Material #: BCP-080
  • UPC Code: 0130104895
  • Size: 24 ounces
  • Best Before Code: 19-Dec-2013
Products and product lots that do not appear in the above lists have not been affected.

According to a release from the manufacturer, the mold seems to have occurred due to varying dryer temperature settings for drying biscuits. This exposed the recalled product to excess moisture and has since been remedied.

Pet owners who fed their pets the recalled biscuits should watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include gastrointestinal issues such as loose stool.

At the time of this release, there have been no reports of human or pet illnesses associated with this recall.


This Weekend At the Mar-Va Theater

Friday, April 19
Saturday, April 20
7 PM
Tickets: $5

Bond For Bundick Denied ~ Lashes Out At Reporter

WAVY 10 Photo
Andy Fox

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - One of the two suspects in the Eastern Shore arsons won't be going anywhere any time soon.
Bond has been denied for Tonya Bundick, accused of setting the majority of arsons on the Eastern Shore. Bundick and her fiance Charles Smith, III are accused of setting nearly all of the 77 arsons on the Eastern Shore since November of 2012.

Bundick and Smith were arrested after troopers with the Virginia State Police say the pair were spotted leaving the scene of the last arson in Melfa. Court documents obtained by show Smith admitted to setting 52 of the 77 fires and said Bundick set 15, adding up to 67 of the 77 fires.

While on her way into court Wednesday, Bundick refused comment. Accomack County Chief District Court Judge Gordon Vincent denied bond because she is a risk to the community, there is a chance she would not return to court to face all the other arson charges not yet filed, and the seriousness of the charges warrants no bond status.

Accomack County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar reminded the judge Bundick left her 11-year-old and 13-year-old boys home alone while setting the fires.  

On her way out of court, Bundick exploded with pent up emotion and anger after WAVY's Andy Fox asked her about her kids. She screamed several expletives at Fox.

Bundick's attorney Shannon Dunham kept mum as well.

"I don't know that that was really his decision at all," Dunham answered when asked if the judge considered Bundick leaving her kids at home while setting fires in Wednesday's decision.

Bundick's friend "Robin" testified in court that Bundick is a good mother who would watch her children, and that she is shocked that Bundick is involved in the Accomack arsons.

Dunham said she will appeal the decision to the circuit court.
Bundick and Smith will be back in court May 6. Bundick's two son's are now in foster care.   



Driveby shooting at Sandpiper Marine in Accomac Being Investigated

Photo WESR
On Thursday afternoon, April 11, shots rang out at Sandpiper Marine on Front Street in Accomac. According to those at the local boat dealership, at approximately 4:40 PM, bullets began flying through the windows. One employee of Sandpiper was grazed by a bullet along her waist, and one of the vehicles parked in front of the store was also hit.

No other major damage was done.

A phone call asking for comment from the Sheriff's Office had not yet been returned Wednesday afternoon.

The Accomack County Sheriff's office is investigating this crime and has not made any arrests.

 If you have any information as to who is responsible for this incident, please contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 787-1311.


Rocket Launch Rescheduled

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Days for rocket launches don't get any better than Wednesday was.

We traveled to our usual destination for such events and on this trip I don't remember ever seeing so many cars on a road that usually only gets the traffic from those who live back there.

Stopped to tell the Deputy Sheriff where we were headed- and after a happy conversation he let us through.  I couldn't help but think that just a few weeks ago all of us - especially the Sheriff's Department- were still in the "arson warp".  Today was probably the first time in six long months that all of us could get out and NOT look at each other without that question of "arsonist" in the back of our minds.

But with that behind us, a warm sunny day, and with the largest rocket to ever blast off from Wallops we all had a reason to smile!

Antares Rocket
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And by now you know the rest.  12 minutes! before the launch!  Oh, well, it was still a great afternoon and it was delightful to spend a couple of hours with friends we had not seen in a while.

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Statement Regarding the Antares Launch Postponement

Orbital announced that a premature separation of a launch pad umbilical connection to the Antares upper stage used for data communications halted today's countdown of the Antares test launch at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Engineers are currently analyzing what occurred to determine what measures will be taken to resolve the issue.
During a launch countdown, safeguards are put in place to periodically verify that all systems are functioning as planned. With twelve minutes left in the count, the launch team identified the anomaly and called a scrub of today's test launch attempt.

 The next launch attempt is tentatively set for no earlier than Friday, April 19, pending final resolution of the issue and acceptable weather conditions.

"We are still examining all of the data, but it appears that the issue is fairly straightforward," said Mr. Frank Culbertson, Orbital's Executive Vice President and Mission Director for the Antares Test Flight. "With this being the first launch of the new system from a new launch facility we have taken prudent steps to ensure a safe and successful outcome. Today, our scrub procedures were exercised and worked as planned. We are looking forward to a successful launch on Friday."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham was on a ten-mile Boy Scout hike with his son in Texas when he was arrested and accused of “rudely displaying” his firearm.  Knowing there are wild boars, coyotes, and cougars in the area, he had an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder and was also carrying a .45 caliber pistol, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.

A “huge Constitutionalist” and prominent military blogger, Grisham has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout his 18 years in the military.  He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his service.

But on the day he was arrested in mid-March, Grisham says he was treated like a “street thug.”
He described how it all happened:
At about the 5 mile mark of our hike, a voice behind us asked us to stop and the officer motioned for us to approach him. He got out of his car and met us a few feet later. He asked us what we were doing and I explained that we were hiking for my son’s merit badge. He thenasked me what I’m doing with the rifle, to which I responded in a calm manner, “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law?”

At that point, the officer grabbed my rifle without warning or indication. He didn’t ask for my rifle and he didn’t suggest he would take it from me. He simply grabbed it. This startled me and I instantly pulled back – the rifle was attached to me – and I asked what he thought he was doing because he’s not taking my rifle. He then pulled his service pistol on me and told me to take my hands off the weapon and move to his car, which I complied with. He then slammed me into the hood of his car and I remembered I had a camera on me (one of the requirements of the hiking merit badge is to document your hikes)…Up to this point, I am not told why I am being stopped, why he tried to disarm me, or even that I’m under arrest.

The arresting officer is Officer Steve Ermis and the supervisor is Sergeant Minnicks of the Temple Police Department.
Grisham’s 15-year-old son recorded the entire incident, and the video is posted on YouTube.
In it, you can see a handcuffed Grisham repeatedly asking what he is being detained for.  TheBlaze spoke with attorney Michele Byington of Texas Law Shield who confirmed that, while Texas does have open carry laws, they don’t apply to “long guns,” like Grisham’s AR-15.  He would only be in trouble if he had been carrying the rifle in a way “calculated to cause alarm,” like waving it in the air — not strapped to his chest and pointed towards the ground.
“In this day and age people are alarmed when they see someone with what you have [a rifle],” one of the officers explains, noting that someone had called the police. “They don’t care what the law is.”

“Do ​you​ care what the law is?” Grisham shot back.
Video shows the veteran continuing to elicit clarification as his hands are handcuffed behind his back, asking why the officers didn’t ask him to drop the weapon instead of resorting to such drastic action.

“I will not be in the habit of doing that for anybody with a firearm, because it’s dangerous,” one of the officers replies.

“So just because a guy’s got a firearm he’s dangerous?” Grisham responds.

“Yes sir,” the officer says.

The video has even more stunning dialogue, but Grisham says he is the most upset about how his son was treated, and how the incident will shape his view of the police.

“What a bad excuse you guys are showing for [the] police force,” Grisham says at one point.

“Actually, it’s a bad excuse as a dad,” one of the officers replies.

Todd Starnes at Fox News has more:
As the officers put Grisham in the back of the car, the video picked up sounds of [Grisham's son] Chris crying.
The officers told Grisham they would take the boy home.

“I told him not to answer any questions,” Grisham said. “I told him not to answer a single question until his mother was there — and she would answer the questions for him.”
But that’s not what happened.
Chris told Fox News that the police officer refused to let him out of the car until he answered a series of questions. The boy had not been arrested.
“The officer told me that I wasn’t getting out of the patrol car until I answered his questions,” Chris said. “He said I didn’t have a choice. I was scared.”
Grisham said his boy was traumatized by the incident.
Every time he sees a police officer he has a panic attack,” he said. “That’s unfortunate because we always taught our kids to respect police officers. My wife and I are angry about it.”  [Emphasis added]
Chris told Fox News that he wants to be like his dad when he grows up.  “He inspires me,” he said, adding that his father “didn’t do anything wrong at all.”

At this point, roughly a month later, Grisham says is still “100 percent confused” about why he was arrested.  His charges were downgraded from resisting arrest to interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty, but he still thinks the situation is absurd and inexcusable.

“For me, it’s a difficult turning point,” the decorated veteran said. 

“I wonder what it is that I’m fighting for.  If our basic rights are being violated this way — what is my purpose?”

The Blaze has reached out to the Temple Police Department, but did not receive an immediate response.

“Where this case goes now is really up to a jury,” Grisham’s attorney Kurt Glass told TheBlaze.  “It’s up to the citizens of the state of Texas.”

The entire, unedited video from the scene is worth watching:

TheBlaze is aware of accusations that Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham has a controversial past, but the video is — at the least — curious, and deserves to be fairly debated. 
TheBlaze is working on getting more information on all facets of the story, including Grisham’s past, and will keep you posted.
Editor’s note: An editing error in the headline originally suggested the father claimed multiple Boy Scouts were present.  It has been corrected to reflect that he was on a Boy Scout-related hike, but that his son was the only Scout present.

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