Saturday, May 4, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1895..Temperanceville is okay with "road machine;" 1969.. New libraries planned for Pocomoke City and Snow Hill; 1938.. Farmers make a spring planting rush on lower Eastern Shore; 1887..Heavy loss in Onancock fire; 1913.. An arrest is made in the death of a young Salisbury office worker.
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!

Two Month Drug Investigation Ends In Arrests

On May 2, 2013, members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team concluded a two month crack cocaine distribution investigation in the Pocomoke, Maryland area with the assistance from the Pocomoke Police Department.

This investigation was initiated as the result of several citizen complaints about a residence on Walnut Street in Pocomoke, Maryland.

As a result of this investigation a search and seizure warrant was executed at this residence.

 During the execution of this search and seizure warrant , one individual identified as Jerren Hinmon, age 23, of Pocomoke, Maryland fled on foot and was subsequently apprehended two blocks away. Two individuals located inside of the residence, identified as James Orville Taylor, Age 60, of Pocomoke, Maryland and Anthony Tyrone Jenkins, Age 55, of Pocomoke, Maryland were also taken into custody.

 Investigators located a small quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana. These individuals were charged with the following offenses:
James Orville Taylor:         
·         Possession of Crack Cocaine
·         Possession of Paraphernalia

Anthony Tyrone Jenkins:  
·         Possession of Crack Cocaine
·         Possession of Paraphernalia

Jerren Hinmon:       
·         Possession of Marijuana

Both James Orville Taylor and Anthony Tyrone Jenkins were released by the District Court on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond.

Jerren Hinmon was released on a criminal citation.

The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team was assisted by the Pocomoke Police Department, Worcester County STAR Team, and Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Lieutenant Edward C. Schreier

Riverside Grill Pocomoke / Specials

Saturday, May 4, 2013
-MD Crab Soup w/ ½ deli sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -Fried Shrimp Basket w/ fries 8.99*
 -Beef BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw & hush puppies 6.99
 -Fried Oyster Caesar Wrap w/ fries 9.99
 -Cobb Salad 7.99
 *$1 off shrimp baskets
$2.50 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s
 $4 burgers 5 pm-close
$3.50 Stoli & Stoli flavors (blueberry, peach, vanilla, orange, salted caramel)
 $3 Corona, Corona light & Red Stripe

Cinco de Mayo Specials starting @ 5 pm!!

Cinco de Mayo Specials / Riverside Grill

Cinco de Mayo Specials
Starting @ 5 PM on Saturday, May 4th
and  ALL day on Sunday,  May 5th
 * $1 tacos (ground beef, cheese, lettuce & tomato) and quesadillas (cheese & pico de gallo)
 * Steak & Shrimp Quesadilla $9.99
 * Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos w/ fries $9.99
 * $3 House Margaritas, Coronas & Corona lights
 * $2 Bud light lime

Scout Programs at the Delmarva Discovery Center

Snow Hill Woods Fire Ignited By Chinese Lanterns

Photo/Wor. Co. Fire Marshal's Office
Matt Owens
Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office
The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a woods fire located at 6828 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill, Maryland in Worcester County. 

 At approximately 10 pm on April 27, 2013 the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported woods fire at the above mentioned address.  Upon their arrival, they observed three different fires in a wooded area located behind this address.  

The fires were extinguished and the Maryland State Forestry Department was contacted.  

The fires were ignited by “Chinese Lanterns” which were being utilized at a party next door, just to the south of this address.  The “Chinese Lanterns” were ignited and let go, three of them landed in the woods, igniting the fire.  

“Chinese Lanterns” are illegal in the State of Maryland.


Worcester Honors Most Beautiful Award Winners

By Publisher/ Editor, Steven Green
SNOW HILL -- The Worcester County Commissioners and Volunteer Services Manager Cyndy Howell recognized the contributions of area volunteers during a recent 2013 Worcester County’s Most Beautiful People (WCMBP) Volunteer Awards Ceremony.

This celebration honored 16 individuals and two organizations recognized by Worcester County for their ongoing service to the community.

Individuals recognized by Worcester County included Jennifer Hamilton of Berlin; Rita Taylor of Bishopville; Andrea Adams, Patricia Ilczuk-Lavanceau and June Yeich of Ocean City; Linda Dearing, Kim Dornes, Bill Gibbs, Irmgard Heinecke, Bozy Markowtiz, Lou Etta McClaflin, Marlene Ott, James Trummel and Patricia Winkelmayer of Ocean Pines; and Gearge Fear and Joann Shoemaker of Pocomoke.

The two groups recognized included Contractors for a Cause and Everyday English Class.
These outstanding individuals and organizations are among the 1.3 million Maryland volunteers whose combined volunteer hours represent a worth of $4 billion this past year.

“Several tragedies have occurred in the last few weeks, and with them we’ve seen everyday heroes step forward to help, with no thought of reward or recognition but because it was the right thing to do,” Volunteer Services Manager Cyndy Howell said. “Today we recognize the unsung heroes of Worcester County who assist others quietly and behind the scenes for those same reasons. Their stories are inspiring to all and remind us of the goodwill that exists.”

Those in attendance during the county’s 2013 WCMBP ceremony represent only a small sample of the hundreds of volunteers whose efforts sustain vital programs that otherwise could not be made available in our area, according to Howell.


Friday, May 3, 2013

CYPRESS FESTIVAL~ Wristband Sales/ Event Sign-Up

Let's Show 'Em What We've Got! "Bras for a Cause"

Let's show 'em what we've got!

Help MARKET STREET BOUTIQUE raise funds during
the "Bras For A Cause" fundraiser

 Benefiting Women Supporting Women.
Give as you are able.  Literally every penny counts!

Please stop by the store...

145-A Market Street (across from Scher's Bridal)
and make your donation. 
Or you can follow this link to do so online
All entries will be on display at The Center in Salisbury, now through June 1st.
Help us Help Women Supporting Women!

Thank You
**When you give your donation on line please take a moment to find out just why Bras for A Cause is so dear to Kim's heart.**
Here's a picture of Kim's snazzy creation!
To make a donation:

Thefts From Vehicles In Area

From the Pocomoke City Police Department

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at approximately 11:21 hours there were three (3) thefts from vehicles and a stolen vehicle reported in the Jenkins Orchard area of Pocomoke City. Pocomoke City Police will be stepping up enforcement daily in the area during the day and evening hours.
Jenkins Orchard is a quiet suburban residential community and residents may become complacent about car security. I encourage residents to make sure you do not leave your keys in the ignition, the vehicle running and to keep your vehicles locked at all times.

 In addition, do not leave items such as; money, loose change, wallets, computers, headsets, etc. in plain view as these will be an enticement for a thief to enter your vehicle.
Often times, your homes’ exterior lighting may be too dim or not in use. Overly tall shrubbery and other brush on the premises can provide thieves with the necessary cover they need to steal.

Please stay vigilant for suspicious activity in your Community and notify the Pocomoke City Police Department of any suspicious activity.

Three Injured in Route 50 Crash On Thursday Night

QUEENSTOWN, Md. – Maryland State Police say three people were injured in a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 50 near the Route 301 split  in Queen Anne's County Thursday afternoon.

A crash investigation showed a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by 77-year-old Mary Greer of Queenstown was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 50 when it hit a tractor-trailer head-on. 

The Jeep then crossed all eastbound lanes striking a 2006 Hummer H2 and another car.  Greer, along with 56-year-old Herbert Jones and 54-year-old Gale Jones, both of Princess Anne, were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

The extent of their injuries have not been released.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 54-year-old Ernest Adams of Delmar, Delaware was not injured.

Maryland State Police say the other drivers and passengers involved in the crash were not injured or refused treatment at the scene.

Route 50 was closed in both directions for one and a half hours, but lane closures remained until 8 p.m.


Maryland State Police Conduct Operation Tailgate "May Day"


(Largo, MD) - Operation Tailgate: “May Day”, a special safety initiative conducted by the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division removed 23% of all the vehicles stopped and deemed unsafe yesterday in Prince George’s County.

A total of 580 commercial vehicles were inspected from 7:15 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. yesterday in an effort to remove unsafe and overweight commercial vehicles off of one of Maryland’s busiest interstates. State Police placed 132 vehicles out of service for equipment violations. Troopers and inspectors placed twelve drivers out of service for driver qualification violations, or for violations of hours-of-service regulations. Two people were arrested for outstanding warrants and one was arrested for a handgun violation. Troopers issued 140 citations and 361 warnings during this one day initiative.

Yesterday’s enforcement took place at Fed Ex Field and focused on the I-495/I-95 corridor. Operation Tailgate: “May Day” is a commercial vehicle safety initiative designed to remove dangerous drivers, dangerous commercial vehicles and dangerous cargo from Maryland highways. Operation Tailgate started in 2005 and takes place three times a year.

A new component was added to this Operation Tailgate initiative. A Preventive Radiation and Nuclear Detection (PRND) was implemented to detect the movement of radioactive materials (natural or for illegal purposes) through the area of operations. 

During the enforcement initiative, there were two activations for radiation that were adjudicated by the PRND Teams as natural materials.

Last year, the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division personnel weighed more than two million commercial vehicles and conducted more than 69,000 roadside inspections. They conducted over 1,800 maintenance audits and more than 220 compliance reviews, checking trucking company maintenance records, driver qualification files, hours of service, and other safety related information. Troopers issued 39,111 citations and 45,514 warnings for traffic and equipment violations involving commercial vehicles during 2012.

The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division operates ten weigh and inspection stations across Maryland. The Division also has roving units that work throughout the state with portable scales and truck inspectors.

Operation Tailgate: “May Day” included assistance from MSP Special Operations Division, the Work Zone Automated Speed Camera Enforcement Unit, the Maryland Department of Environment, Maryland Comptroller’s Office, Motor Vehicle Administration and State Highway Administration. The inspection portion of the operation also included assistance from allied police agencies which included the Prince George’s County Police Dept., Greenbelt Police Dept., Riverdale Park Police Dept., and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Major Accident closes Rt. 50/ US 301 in Queen Anne's County

QUEENSTOWN, MD - A major accident has closed Route 50 in each direction prior to the U.S. Route 301 split in Queen Anne's County. Motorists are advised to expect major delays on Route 50 while the crash scene is cleared.

According to Maryland State Police, one passenger vehicle was traveling East, against traffic, in the Westbound Lane, and struck several other vehicles including at truck carrying hazardous materials.

So far three people have been flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Their injuries are unknown at this time.


Designate a Sober Driver This Cinco de Mayo

Ocean City Police Urges Citizens to Designate a Sober Driver This Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an increasingly popular holiday for citizens to celebrate with friends and family.  Because of the amount of people celebrating, roadways have the potential to become dangerous.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2007 and 2011, 38 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities that occurred each year around May 5th involved impaired drivers or motorcycle operators.
“With Cinco de Mayo celebrations on the rise across the country, alcohol-impaired crashes, injuries and fatalities may also rise,” said Acting Chief Gregory Guiton. “Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving, and is never safe or acceptable. So folks should plan ahead now to avoid the temptation on the big day.”

The Ocean City Police Department and Worcester County Sheriff reminds citizens of the following tips to ensure a safe Cinco de Mayo:

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Before you begin drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or take the bus so you are sure to get home safely.
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.
Remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.
Ocean City Police Dept.


Senior Citizens Target of Jailed Relative Scam

Ocean City Police and Worcester County Law Enforcement agencies have seen an alarming increase in a scams directed at senior citizens and retirees.  The scam, which is fairly common, has several variations, but in the end involves a loved one who is in trouble and needs help getting out of an embarrassing or harmful situation.

Typically, the scammer will call the victim and claim to be their grandchild, child, niece or nephew, depending on what level of information they have on the family. The scammer will tell the family member that they are in trouble, indicating that they have been arrested and are in jail, and need help. In some cases, another scammer will interact with the victim via telephone, claiming to be a lawyer, a bail bondsman, a deputy or an official from a jail to further convince the victim the scam is legitimate. The scammer will then request credit card information or money, sent to a Western Union office out of the area, in order to get them out of jail or whatever harmful situation the scam presents.
Ocean City Police have learned that scammers are accessing family knowledge, usually gained from the Internet, to make the scam more convincing. In addition, unlike most scams, the scammer does not have a foreign accident but often doesn’t resemble the voice of their family member. Often times, the scammers will blame the phone line or an illness that is making them sound different on the phone.
The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to never wire money to strangers or someone you haven’t met in person. Requests to wire money are “red flag” signs that it’s a fraud. If you get a call like this, contact another family member, a trusted friend or your local police department. They can help you evaluate the situation and try to contact your loved one.
Also, police remind citizens to never provide any type of banking or credit card information to persons or entities they do not know.  If you are contacted and asked for this kind of information, it is most likely a scam.  Further, if you are told that a family member or loved one has been arrested and needs to be bailed out of jail, it is wise to verify this information by contacting other family members or law enforcement. 
Criminals can take advantage of us when we are at our most vulnerable.  By practicing a few easy proactive measures and reporting these types of scams, citizens can make it tough for criminals to take advantage of you.  Never make on-line or telephone transactions with credit cards that are directly linked to your checking/savings or money market accounts
In addition, bank and credit card accounts should be routinely monitored for suspicious and unauthorized transactions.
If you feel someone has attempted to scam you or you have been the victim of a scam or there is unauthorized activity occurring on any of your financial accounts (bank or credit) immediately contact your financial institution and report the issue.  If you are the victim of a theft report the theft to your local law enforcement agency.
Ocean City Police Dept.

Possession of Concealed Weapons Arrest

Roger Delano Holloway
OCPD Arrests Man for Possession of Concealed Weapons

On April 28, 2013 at approximately 2:10 a.m. Ocean City Police observed a suspicious male on the boardwalk at Dorchester Street with a partially concealed sheath knife protruding from his waist band.

Officers stopped the suspicious male who was identified as Roger Delano Holloway, 38, of Rosedale, Maryland.   Police recovered a large “Bowie” style sheath knife which was concealed under Holloway’s shirt and pants waistband. 

Holloway was arrested and searched revealing a second concealed fixed blade knife as well as automatic-opening folding knife and a set of metal knuckles. 

Holloway was charged with three counts of concealed deadly weapon and one violation of the Ocean City Martial Arts Weapons Possession ordinance.

Holloway was seen by seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.

Ocean City Police Dept.

GUMBORO MUDBOG ~ First Event This Saturday

Winter is over!! 
The 2013 Gumboro~Crisfield Mudbogs Season begins THIS Saturday!

For more information and information on RACING RULES:


Pig and a Jig BBQ Festival

The First Annual Pig and a Jig
 BBQ Festival
Saturday, May 4th
10:00am until 10:00pm

Rt. 113 just north of Snow Hill
5761 Worcester Hwy

$2 admission/kids are free
Live music all day
 Corn-hole tournament
 amateur BBQ competition
unique vendors
 carnival games
 Fun for all ages!
 Band schedule...
 11:00 The Hot Meals
 1:00 The Zen Monkeys
 3:30- The Stims
 5:30- Semi Blind
 8:00- Bad Mojo

Dale Smack 10-3 and DJ Siren 3-10

For more information:
Pig and a Jig on FACEBOOK


LOOK OUT ABOVE!!! Flight Activity Could Begin This Summer

A C-2A Greyhound
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class Brent Thacker
It's a GO!

Navy To Conduct Landing Practice at Wallops
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) - A long battle over where to conduct Navy landing practice operations was finalized Thursday.

NASA announced it signed an agreement with the U.S. Navy to conduct Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations at the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.

The E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound flight activity is expected to begin as early as this summer, according to a NASA news release. The Navy says the aircraft will conduct up to 20,000 passes annually at the site.

As part of the agreement, the Navy will pay $1.9 million each year to assist with repairs and upgrades to the Wallops airfield. The Navy will also reimburse NASA for support services during training.

To prepare for the upcoming training, the NASA Wallops airfield will undergo construction and lighting upgrades in the next few weeks.

The Navy released a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) in January and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) after evaluating the potential environmental effects that could result from the proposal to conduct regular, scheduled E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations at Wallops.

The purpose of the decision to train at Wallops is to provide additional local FCLP training for E2/C2 squadrons operating from NS Norfolk Chambers Field.


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1895..Temperanceville is okay with "road machine;" 1969.. New libraries planned for Pocomoke City and Snow Hill; 1938.. Farmers make a spring planting rush on lower Eastern Shore; 1887..Heavy loss in Onancock fire; 1913.. An arrest is made in the death of a young Salisbury office worker.
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!

Burglaries Reported In Worcester County

LOCATION: Pocomoke and Snow Hill,

Worcester County’s Bureau of Investigation is investigating two separate burglaries of residences in the county.

The first was reported on April 30, 2013 at 10:30 A.M., when the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Brantley Road near Pocomoke City, Maryland for a reported Burglary in progress.  Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the residence. Several items were stolen from the residence. The owner was not at home at the time of the burglary. An extensive search of the area failed to locate the suspect(s).

The second incident occurred on April 30, 2013, when the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Shockley Road, Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland, for a reported burglary. Upon arrival, the homeowner observed that several items were stolen from the residence. It is believed that the burglary happened during the morning hours on April 30, with forced entry into the residence.

Anyone with information on these Burglaries or citizens that may have noticed something suspicious in these areas should notify the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation at 410-632-1111.

INVESTIGATING DETECTIVE: Detective Mike Howard / Detective Jason Burnett
Lieutenant Edward C. Schreier


5 pm TO 8 pm
Large Cheese OR Pepperoni
$10.00 per pizza
New Church Volunteer Fire
and Rescue
4264 Firehouse St.
New Church,VA.
No need to call ahead to order!
It's Drive-thru!!
All proceeds go to support the
 New Church Volunteer Fire Department
~Thank you for your support~

At the Mar-Va Theater This Weekend

Friday, May 3
Saturday May 4
7 PM
Tickets  $5

Permit Needed For Boat Gatherings on Waterway

In 2012, the General Assembly passed legislation establishing a marine gathering permit to provide the Natural Resources Police, local law enforcement, and first responders adequate notice of large gatherings on State waters. The permit process helps law enforcement units and emergency services prepare appropriate safety and security measures for these large events. It also compels event sponsors and organizers to take a proactive roll in planning and managing for safety and security during their private parties on the water.
An organizer or planner of an event on State waters must apply for a permit if the event will likely:
(1) involve or attract 100 vessels or more;
(2) last three (3) hours or more; and
(3) create an extra or unusual hazard based upon consideration of the criteria set out in the answers above.
If a marine gathering organizer fails to obtain or comply with the permit, the Natural Resources Police may disband the gathering if necessary to protect public safety and maintain safe navigation.

The application cost is $100 and is non-refundable

(A marine gathering is an intentional congregation of more than 100 vessels in a specific area of water that, by the event’s nature, circumstances, or location, creates extra or unusual hazards to life or property.)

For more information click HERE..

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrate Your Birthday at the Delmarva Discovery Center

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast ~ Saturday

Coast Guard Hosts Memorial Run In Baltimore Helping Families In Need

Nate’s Run: Run in freedom, for freedom
By PA1 Tasha Tully
The 5th Annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run was held at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore April 27. More than 80 people participated in the five-kilometer event in honor of Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal. Bruckenthal was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Matt Franco, of Baltimore, leads the pack of participants during the
 Fifth Annual
Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore,
 April 27, 2013.
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Masaschi
Each year the event is coordinated by the Coast Guard Yard’s Morale, Well-being and Recreation Program, the Chief Warrant Officers Association, the Chief Petty Officers Association, the Coast Guard Enlisted Association and the Greater Baltimore Area Coast Guard Spouses Association.
This is the second year in a row that we have brought a group from [Coast Guard] Station Philadelphia,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lennox, a maritime enforcement specialist.
“Though I didn’t know Nate, I worked in the same unit that he did in Miami and I feel like I had to come to honor him.”
Awards and prizes were given to the top two male and female finishers in the following age categories: 15 & under, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. The best overall times for male and female runners will have their name placed on a plaque in the Coast Guard Yard Galley. 
“I came to support a good cause,” said overall winner Matt Franco of Baltimore. “It is a nice event every year.”

All proceeds from the run will go to support Nate’s Open Door, a non-profit baby pantry that helps military members and civilian employees in the Baltimore area.
U.S. Coast Guard

Saturday IS "STUDIO DAY" At The Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce

 See artists Jan Coulbourne and Leslie Brett
at work
Saturday, May 4, 2013
10:00am until 4:00pm
Stop by to see the many beautiful paintings done by these local talented ladies
Jan an Leslie will be set up in the
6 Market Street
Pocomoke, Md
Next to the Delmarva Discovery Center
Be sure to LIKE of Facebook

Alien-looking Skeleton From Chile Poses a Medical Mystery

By Jeanna BrynerLiveScience

A teensy skeleton with a squashed alienlike head may have earthly origins — but the remains, found in Chile's Atacama Desert a decade ago, do make for quite a medical mystery.

Apparently when the mummified specimen was discovered, some speculated that it was an alien that had somehow landed on Earth, though the researchers involved never suggested this otherworldly origin.

Now, DNA and other tests suggest that the individual was a human and may have been 6 to 8 years of age when he or she died. Even so, the remains were just 6 inches (15 centimeters) long. [See Images of the Alien-Looking Human Remains]

"While the jury is out regarding the mutations that cause the deformity, and there is a real discrepancy in how we account for the apparent age of the bones … every nucleotide I've been able to look at is human," researcher Garry Nolan, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, told LiveScience. "I've only scratched the surface in the analysis. But there is nothing that jumps out so far as to scream 'nonhuman.'"

Analyzing the tiny human
Nolan and his colleagues analyzed the specimen in the fall of 2012 with high-resolution photography, X-rays and computed tomography scans, as well as DNA sequencing. The researchers wanted to find out whether some rare disorder could explain the anomalous skeleton — for instance, it had just 10 ribs as opposed to 12 in a healthy human. They hoped to determine the age at which the organism died, as its size suggested a preterm fetus, a stillborn or a deformed child. They also thought the DNA would confirm whether it was human or perhaps a South American nonhuman primate.

The remains showed skull deformities and mild underdevelopment of the mid-face and jaw, the researchers found. The skull also showed signs of turricephaly, or high-head syndrome, a birth defect in which the top of the skull is cone-shaped.

The genome sequencing suggested that the creature was human, though 9 percent of the genes didn't match up with the reference human genome; the mismatches may be due to various factors, including degradation, artifacts from lab preparation of the specimen or insufficient data.


76 Year Old Man Arrested For Moonshine Ring

Vernon Thomas (left) and Berard Davis (right)
Source:Virginia  ABC
Special agents with the Virginia ABC arrested a 76-year-old for running moonshine, a man allegedly part of a ring making illegal liquor in North Carolina.

Vernon Thomas, 76, of Chesterfield, and Bernard Davis, 64, of Chase City, were nabbed in Mecklenburg County in separate takedowns. Thomas was caught on Interstate 85 at the intersection of Route 58 in South Hill. Davis was arrested on Route 58 in Boydton.

Agents seized 150 gallons of untaxed distilled spirits, $510 in U.S. currency, a Chevrolet truck and Chevrolet cargo van. The arrests happened April 21 around 5:30 a.m., after a three-month investigation.

According to the ABC, Thomas lives on the 7900 block of Southford Terrace in Chesterfield. The 76-year-old could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The suspects were charged with illegally transporting alcoholic beverages and possession of untaxed distilled spirits. Each charge is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2500.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pre-sale Wristbands for Cypress Festival Available May 1st

Pre-sale wristbands will be available at the Chamber office
at 6 Market Street
beginning at 10 am Wednesday May 1! 

Wristbands are $8, 1/2 price regular admission, and are good for Wednesday,  Thursday, or 12 to 4 Saturday.

Pocomoke Nature Trail Tentative Construction Dates - Volunteers Needed


From Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce:

Pocomoke Nature Trail Tentative Construction Dates
~Volunteers Needed~
Thanks to Chris Miles, the City has received enough lumber to start building the understructure for the new boardwalk.  The foundation lumber or "sleepers," are being delivered today.
 We are in need of volunteers to help us get ready for the construction of the 600' long final piece of the Stevenson's Pond loop. 
This truly is a wonderful project!
We would like to work on several Friday/Saturday times in May. 
If you can lift a board or drive a 16 penny nail, we need you!
Sign up sheets are posted at Harris Ace Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce and at the office of Ritchie Shoemaker MD.
The spectacular Bird shirts, including ladies cuts, are being made now.
 For more information on donation of time or some dollars, please call the Chamber at 410-957-1919 or Dr. Shoemaker at 410-957-1550."
Please see for more details.

From Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan on O'Malley's
Response to Prison Scandal
 Annapolis - Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan released the following statement today upon Gov. Martin O'Malley's return from overseas travel in his first public appearance to address the Baltimore prison scandal.
"Martin O'Malley calls the corruption in his administration 'a very positive development.' This Governor is completely out of touch and his phony positive spin on this disgraceful failure of leadership is completely unacceptable."
Hogan, a former Appointments Secretary under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, previously called on the State's corrections department secretary to step down.
"Unlike this Governor, the previous Governor said to government officials, 'don't screw it up.'  "Well. Secretary Maynard screwed up. He needs to go,"  Hogan said.
As Appointments Secretary, Hogan was responsible for placing cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials in key positions in state departments and agencies.