Saturday, July 6, 2013

Coast Guard Medevacs Woman From Sailboat

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced an 66-year-old woman Friday from a 45-foot sailboat at the entrance of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C.

Crewmembers aboard the sailboat Valaudrey contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 5 p.m., reporting a woman had lost consciousness.

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Station Oak Island crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat to assist.

The crew arrived on scene, transferred the woman from the Valaudrey to the Coast Guard boat and took her to Station Oak Island, where she was met by awaiting Burnswick County emergency medical services personnel.

U.S. Coast Guard

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

2005.. Positive study for across-the-bay ferry to Crisfield; 1920.. Miraculous escape on Pocomoke tracks; 1909.. Parksley church fire; 1963.. Pocomoke City Kiwanis Club's new officers; 1933.. Milk trucks put out fire near Snow Hill.

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!

Snow Hill V. F. C. Canoe Joust TODAY !

Come  TODAY  for the Joust!!!
Sign Up at 10.
Joust at noon!

During the joust food and drinks will be available.

After joust live music, food and drinks available.

Fireworks at dark. Then also live music after fireworks with bar available till mid night!

Friday, July 5, 2013


 New Church Volunteer Fire Department
5 pm to 8 pm
 Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza
All proceeds go to support the

 New Church Volunteer Fire Department.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

2005.. Positive study for across-the-bay ferry to Crisfield; 1920.. Miraculous escape on Pocomoke tracks; 1909.. Parksley church fire; 1963.. Pocomoke City Kiwanis Club's new officers; 1933.. Milk trucks put out fire near Snow Hill.

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!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013 - Convicted Arsonist- David Clifton Parks- Gets 20 Years

David Clifton Parks, 38, of Melfa, Virginia, was sentenced today for his conviction in an April 11, 2012 arson
on Sheephouse Road in Pocomoke City, Worcester County, Maryland.  Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Groton, III sentenced Parks to 20 years for the Second Degree Arson conviction.  Judge Groton suspended 8 years.  Additionally Parks was sentenced to 5 years supervised probation with mandatory alcohol and mental health consoling with GPS monitoring upon his parole.  Parks was also ordered (to pay) restitution to the family in the amount of $2,900.  During the sentencing today, Parks admitted to setting the fire and said he had "a problem with setting fires".  During the procedures today, Parks' defense attorney stated he was a firefighter.  Judge Groton quickly corrected the Defense and said, "He was a firefighter back in 2006 when he was convicted in Wicomico County of arson, he was not a firefighter in 2012."   Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon was asked to give a statement in which he stated, "With the conviction of two arsons it is clear Mr. Parks has a problem. 

Photo /Worcester Couty Fire Marsh Office

 Although the fire he (Parks) set was in an unoccupied structure, the hazards to the responding firefighter still exist.  These firefighters are volunteers and in addition to being placed in harms way during the supression of the fire, they also may be injured responding to and returning from the fires."  A family member also made a statement in which she expressed the stress on the family.

According to Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon, after a lengthy investigation, Parks was arrested on August 14, 2012 and the trial was held in April 2013. Parks was found guilty on all four charges including Second Degree Arson, Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Enlargement. In 2006, Parks was charged with setting several fires in Salisbury, Maryland.  He was convicted of setting at least one of the fires in 2006 for which he served time in the Maryland Correctional System.


Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

 In the afternoon of July 2, 2013 a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responded to a residence on Jarvis Rd for a burglary.

   The home owner stated that an older gentleman, possibly in his 60`s, wearing sunglasses, a black shirt, khaki shorts, and light colored socks and shoes, and had dark colored hair that appeared to be balding, came onto the property and opened a storage shed. The suspect then looked into the residence before leaving the property. 
     The suspect was further described as tall with a skinny build.  The suspect was operating a newer model white Ford Super Duty with 4 doors and had a silver colored folding ladder in the bed.  The vehicle had unknown Delaware registration.
If anyone has information in regards to this incident please contact the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office 410-632-1111.

Car Wash / Bake Sale To Benefit Courtney Bloxom & Family on Saturday


Mar-Va Theater This Weeked !

Friday, July 5th at 7 PM
Saturday, July 6th at 7 PM
Tickets: $5

Annual Forth of July Fireworks Celebration / Chincoteague

The Town of Chincoteague will host its
 Annual Forth of July Fireworks Celebration
10 p.m.
 Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Free transportation to and from the Carnival Grounds is available via the Town Shuttle Buses with free parking available at Chincoteague High School on North Main Street.


City Ordinance Violation Leads to Drug and Weapons Arrest

On June 30, 2012, at approximately 5:50 a.m. Ocean City Police officers observed a vehicle parked on 5th Street that was occupied by three sleeping individuals. As officers approached and spoke with the occupants, officers could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
After requesting to do a search of the vehicle, officers recovered marijuana, paraphernalia, MDMA, a concealed knife and a loaded .38 Special revolver.

All three occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with the following:

Tyrone Winston Lee, 25, of Plymouth, PA

  • Handgun in vehicle
  • Possession of MDMA
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
Desmond James Matthews, 22, of Willingboro, NJ
  • Handgun in vehicle
  • Possession of MDMA
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
Malcolm LaKnight Bates, 22, of Plymouth, PA
  • Handgun in vehicle
  • Possession of a concealed deadly weapon
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of MDMA
Lee, Matthews and Bates were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released without bond.
Ocean City Police Dept.

David Craig Calls on General Assembly to Repeal 'Rain Tax'

David Craig Calls on General Assembly to Repeal 'Rain Tax'
Harford County Executive David Craig today called on the Maryland General Assembly to repeal the so-called rain tax in the next legislative session.   Craig, a candidate for Maryland governor, raised red flags about the measure last Fall asking at what point Marylanders will have had enough of tax increases.  Answering that question in a morning appearance on "the Sean and Frank Show" on WCBM today, Craig said that time is now.

"Stormwater-related costs necessary to comply with EPA mandates are projected to cost county taxpayers a staggering $6.3 billion through 2025," said Craig.  "If you wanted to open a business with a parking lot,  would you want to come to Maryland and figure out this new tax?" he asked.

The law, formally known as the Stormwater Management - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, allows counties to diverge widely in what to charge businesses and homeowners. For example,  Baltimore City charges homeowners $144 for a certain size residential property while Frederick County charges a penny regardless of size.  Harford County will charge homeowners $12.50 in the first year of implementation, and it is capped at $125 when fully phased in.  Taxes also vary widely in businesses and other organizations in the ten counties affected under the law.

Craig said Maryland Governors need to engage the U.S. EPA on mandates like the one on which the state rain tax law is premised.

"There is no reason the Governor of Maryland should assume a subservient status when it comes to conforming with federal government wishes," said Craig.  "Maryland is not leading, we're following, which is a shame because we have more at stake in protecting the Bay than any other state."

In an op-ed that ran in the Gazette last September, Craig said that economic considerations must provide a reality check on the need to protect the Bay in order to achieve balanced approach.

The EPA mandate, however, does not prescribe a tax as the sole method of reducing pollution loads into the Bay, and Maryland has adopted the most pervasive revenue collection regime of any state in the watershed.

"In the rush to comply with the EPA mandate, our elected officials over-compensated and defaulted to raising taxes," said Craig.

Two Hour Tour On the Pocomoke River on the 4th

Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company Annual Chicken BBQ

PCVFC Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Next to-
KRW Auto & Golf Cart Sales
1316 Ocean Highway,
Pocomoke City, Maryland
1/2 Chicken + Baked Beans + Potato Salad + Roll $7.00 adult tickets or $8.00 at the door
 Buy tickets from Pocomoke Firefighters or at
 First Shore Federal in Pocomoke!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hole Cut In Side Of Crisfield Business- Two Arrested

Anthony Panzo
CRISFIELD, Md. - Two Marion men are accused of cutting a hole in the side of a building, in order to rob a business. Crisfield Police say on Monday night, they were called to the Somers Cove Market, on Cove Street, where they found a hole large enough for a person to fit through, on the outside of the building, making the inside accessible.

According to the report, damages and property loss are estimated at $3,000. An investigation lead to the arrest of 32-year-old Anthony Panzo and 21-year-old Robert Brown Jr., both of Marion.

Robert Brown Jr.,
 During searches of their homes, Police say they found several items of evidence. 

Panzo and Brown were arrested, charged with 2nd and 4th degree burglary, and theft. Both are being held at the Somerset County Detention Center on $35,000 bond.



Joshua Dale Adickes
It is with great sadness that the Ocean City Police Department confirms that two of our police officers, Joshua Dale Adickes and Thomas James Geoghegan, Jr., were the victims in yesterday’s plane crash in Ocean City.

OFC Adickes, 27, of Berlin, is originally from Long Valley, NJ. He joined the Ocean City Police Department as a seasonal police officer in the summer of 2011 and was hired as a full time officer in 2012. He was currently assigned to the patrol division where he worked on the evening south shift.  He was fun-loving, charismatic and liked by all who knew him.  He loved the beach and loved being an Ocean City Police officer. 

OFC Geoghegan, 43, of Ocean City is originally from Annapolis. He began serving the department in 1991 as a seasonal officer and has served each summer since 2002. OFC Geoghegan served numerous tours as an undercover narcotics detective and was currently assigned to the patrol division where he worked on the evening south shift. Amongst many hobbies, he loved to fly airplanes and enjoyed taking his friends for airplane rides.

Thomas James Geoghegan, Jr.,

Both officers were dedicated and courageous both on and off duty. They had a true love of life, which they demonstrated in their professional and personal pursuits. They exemplified the finest character and their passing is a tremendous loss to the Ocean City Police Department family.

As we deal with this difficult time, we recall their joyful spirits and professional accomplishments. The Town of Ocean City and the Ocean City Police Department, is a better place because of their attributes, and that is how they will be remembered

Change Maryland Blasts July 1 Tax and Toll Hikes

Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan fired up a sold-out crowd of several hundred at a fundraiser last Thursday, "Your family trip to the beach just got a lot more expensive. Today, the second round of O'Malley toll increases took effect and the gas tax increase kicked in at the same time. While you are sitting in traffic at the Bay Bridge for the 4th of July weekend you can thank Governor O'Malley and the monopoly in Annapolis for the 140% increase in tolls, and for giving us the most expensive gas in the region."

Change Maryland, a non-partisan organization, is the largest and fastest growing grassroots movement in the state made up of more than 46,000 people from every jurisdiction in the state. Nearly half of them are Democrats and Independents. The group's Facebook page includes 10 times more people than Democrat gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, and 25 times more than Republican candidate David Craig. In fact, the Change Maryland page has more people engaged on-line than the Maryland Democrat and Republican Parties, and all the potential Democrat and Republican candidates for governor, combined. As of last week, Larry Hogan's organization actually surpassed that of his frequent sparring partner, Martin O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor, two term governor and candidate for President.

Hogan explained that the impact of the 30% increase in state spending and the 40 consecutive O'Malley-Brown tax increases was that the state has gone from 13 Fortune 500 companies down to 3, we lost 6,500 small businesses, the unemployment rate has nearly doubled and 31,000 taxpayers have fled the state. Hogan then fired up the standing room only crowd with: "Governor O'Malley says he's 'Moving Maryland Forward'. But if that's moving Maryland forward, I say maybe next year, we'll just have to take Maryland back!"

The bipartisan crowd at the Change Maryland event included many top Republican leaders, as well as a former Democratic Governor, a former Speaker of the House and a number of prominent Democrats from across the state. "This isn't just another fight between Democrats and Republicans. It's more important than that. This is a fight for Maryland's future, and it's a fight worth fighting", Hogan said.

In addition to being the founder and Chairman of Change Maryland, Hogan is a successful businessman, and a former state Cabinet Secretary. In 2010 he was the only serious candidate willing to challenge O'Malley, until former Governor Bob Ehrlich entered the race. Ehrlich called him "One of the only Republicans in Maryland who could win." Maryland's most powerful Democrat, Steny Hoyer called Hogan the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his entire career.

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Change Maryland Facebook Page Comparison.pdf (PDF - 181K)

When Less is More: The Power Of Limited Government

When Less is More: The Power Of Limited Government
by Delegate Mike McDermott
JULY 1, 2013
I have seen few applications in life where the phrase, “Less is more” could be applied accurately; but when it comes to government, I can make the connection. When the American people experience “less government” in their lives, the result is always “more” liberty; and what Americans have done with their freedom is the envy of the world.
Our Constitution was purposely crafted to “limit” the powers of government rather than limit the freedom of the people.   Big government remains expensive to operate, and every dollar sent to Uncle Sam is a dollar not utilized by the one who earned it in the first place. Government is a taker, not a producer. Some believe that government spending stimulates the economy despite all evidence to the contrary. Any short term gains are soon replaced with greater deficits, while there is convincing evidence that the private sector and consumer confidence are what move our country forward.
When he became President, Ronald Reagan restored our sense of liberty in America. His policies worked to limit the size and scope of government. Through tax cuts and streamlining, our country pulled itself out of the muck and mire. Conservatism was put on display and what followed was the greatest economic expansion in our nation’s history.
Our economy and American way of life has always been based upon risk versus reward. It holds us in check and makes us weigh our choices carefully. It makes us responsible for our own actions or lack thereof.
Liberty allows us to choose wisely, it does not protect us from failure. You want to stretch a double into a triple? You better be sure you can make it!
When consumers pick the winners, we all win. We all know what it is like when an umpire (government) becomes part of the game instead of a neutral arbiter.
Time is money in business.  Consider a chicken house up and running in 6-months versus 2-years (MD’s current rate). During the 18-month difference, a broiler operation could produce 9-10 flocks as opposed to zero.
That constitutes a family providing for itself while feeding the world. It means discretionary spending boosting our local economy and increased government revenues from Property and Income Taxes paid.  Over regulation costs time, and we begin to see that time is money for taxpayers as well.
The best stimulus for our economy is limited government.  Less money in taxes and fees results in more money in the pockets of taxpayers.
Historically, what do Americans do with more money in their pockets?
They invest, and they spend which fuels an economy like nothing else can. Again, this results in increased government revenue through an increasing tax base.
Our government is to protect us from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. It has been established to serve at our pleasure that we may,”… secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity.”  When we focus government on protecting and defending liberty, we narrow the scope and make it more effective.
"Marylanders Take Back Your State!"

Monday, July 1, 2013

Search for Victims Continues After Plane Crashes into Ocean

WBOC Photo
OCEAN CITY, Md.Authorities have resumed their search for the victims after a small plane crashed into the ocean off Ocean City.

After having to suspend search efforts Sunday evening because of darkness and unsafe conditions, dive teams picked up their efforts once again Monday at 9 a.m. The search was called off overnight due to dangerous conditions.

On Monday morning, wreckage of the plane was located on the ocean floor, according to Ocean City police and Maryland State Police.

State police said the plane went down at around 4 p.m. Sunday a half mile offshore at 133rd Street. Mayor Rick Meehan said witnesses told police that the aircraft spun out of control before crashing.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the single-engine CJ-6A took off from Ocean City Municipal Airport.

There is still no official word about the number of passengers on board the plane or their identities. However, the Maryland Coast Dispatch newspaper in Ocean City is reporting that two people were on board that plane and both were off-duty members of the Ocean City  Department.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, especially anyone who may have photos or video of the aircraft prior to or during its descent, is urged to contact the MSP Berlin Barrack at (410) 641-3101.


Sunday, June 30, 2013


(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

In 1935 a young man writes a letter to a newspaper near his Pennsylvania home about his life at a CCC (Civilan Conservation Corps) camp in Worcester County. Little did he realize that his letter would be read again by the public now, almost 80 years later, as he shares his interesting and informative comments about the CCC experience from that bygone era. (And is he offering some food for thought about a similar experience that some of today's young people might benefit from?) -tk

 (Wikipedia) The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25. Robert Fechner was the head of the agency. A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 3 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30 a month ($25 of which had to be sent home to their families). 

January, 1935
(The Titusville Herald- Titusville, Pa.)


Editor Of The Herald.

Dear Sir:- I am a CCC boy and my home is in Diamond, Pa. My folks and friends take The Titusville Herald and (I) would like to have you publish this letter. You may send me a copy of it.

My temporary home is now in the CCC Co. No. 1318 S-62 Snow Hill, Md.  I enlisted on October 8, 1934 for a period of six months, was sent to Fort Meade, Md., for a medical examination and a few simple army and camp instructions.

I was kept at Fort Meade for six weeks and later sent here to my temporary home.

This camp is located in amongst large pines of varying heights, 100 to 150 feet, and off the state highway about 1/2 mile, between Pocomoke City and Snow Hill, Md.

We have a good outfit here, the best in the third corps area, with 250 boys. Life here is different than on the outside. It builds up the boys physically and mentally. Every day is something different, so we get some experience here that was never done on the outside,- from dish washing down on the line to cutting trees in swamps and changing clothes after falling in a swamp hole. Therefore, we are being prepared for everything that gets in our way in the line of work and play.

I am in the CCC going on four months and like it quite well, except for dish washing which I get for Sunday K.P. about twice a month, which means standing over a big tub 3 x 3 x 4 feet, filled with water and soap, standing there for three solid hours except for about a half hour or so of gold bricking, washing 250 plates, knives, spoons, forks, cups and bowls, not to mention what other boys on K.P. have to do with greasy pots and pans. I mean its fun if you take it that way.

Although we get plenty to eat, some outsiders say that we are being fed too well, for some of the boys look like as if they were over fed. It isn't the eats, its the G.I. grease. It gives us strength and health, with lots of fresh air, which we need to cut down those pines which are of varying heights.

Our work here consists of cutting down defective trees, clearing away underbrush, and building fire trails.

One thousand acres of state forest land here have to be cleared and it will take the rest of our two months to put a kink in it. Most of the boys are excellent workers and are rated according to their work. Now, I mean when we work, it's work.

We ride to work on trucks and to see us coming resembles a funeral. Five stake body trucks and ten dump trucks, all loaded with men. We ride to work and back for we have 1 1/2 miles to go.

We work 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day, rain or shine. Saturday afternoon and Sunday we get off. Saturday morning until noon we have to work in camp. In camp- scrub barracks floor, wash clothes, clean windows, stoves and arrange our clothing for inspection. After dinner is dress inspection. We line up in front of the U.S. flag on the parade grounds, stand at attention until the captain O. K.'s our dress. Then we are free to roam anywhere until 6 a. m. Monday morning. We have to sign in the recreation hall on a book when we come back or leave camp, so as to keep tally on us. Anyone leaving camp without signing out gets extra duty of 72 hours in the kitchen as K. P.

Monday mornings we must all be in camp. Reveille is at 6:45 a.m. The sergeant in the barracks yells out , "crawl out, boys, and push on the mops." We have to mop the floor every morning besides Saturday, make our bunk, and eat chow at 7 a. m.  7:30 a. m. we polish up the camp area, pick up all match sticks, paper and cigarette stubs that have been thrown away carelessly over Saturday and Sunday. 8 a. m. call for work detail, line up and be on our way with axes and saws, to the wood, ready to do work and fill the woods with the ringing of the saws and and echoes of our axes, until 4 p. m., when the days work is done.

Hurrah for the CCC, for every boy is a man when he leaves.

Now friends, if you doubt what I've said come down to Co. No. 1318 S-62 CCC Snow Hill, Md., at your own expense and find out.

Your CCC friend,

Steve J. Brenner

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Annual Independence Day Celebration TODAY

Annual Independence Day Celebration

New Church Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
Sunday, June 30, 2013
4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
 New Church firehouse
good food
  well-known local DJ
 one of the best fireworks shows on the
 Eastern Shore

Launch Postponed NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Launch Update:

Since weather conditions do not look favorable there will be no launch today- Sunday. 

Next attempt will be Monday, July 1, 2013 with a launch window of 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.