Saturday, December 14, 2013

There Is Nothing Like FINE Jewelery For The Holiday Season

Available in silver or plastic.  One size fits all.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1894.. Excursion to Pocomoke City for Christmas shopping; 1956.. Pocomoke collecting gifts for Yule.  1972.. Pocomoke Christmas concert; 1897 Christmas Eve shopping tradition.

Do you have a Christmas memory or other 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!

Winter Watermen's Festival TODAY!

Worcester County Sheriff's Office / Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

Perry William Sharpley
LOCATION: 5634 George Island Landing Road, Stockton, Maryland, 21864

 CRIME: Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

 ACCUSED: Perry William Sharpley, 5634 George Island Landing Road, Stockton, Maryland 21864
CHARGES: One(1) count of Distribution of Child Pornography and three(3) counts of Possession of Child Pornography

 NARRATIVE: On Thursday, December 12, 2013, Perry William Sharpley of Stockton, Maryland was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Distribution of Child Pornography.

 The arrest was the result of the combined efforts of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Department of Homeland Security. Through their affiliation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Detectives learned that Perry had uploaded an image of known Child Pornography to a “Facebook” account he had created.

Investigators obtained his personal laptop computer on which they found three more images of known child pornography.

 Sharpley was taken before a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on his own recognizance.

Friday, December 13, 2013

“Windows at the Fire House” Pocomoke Community Center

Pocomoke Community Center
Market Street

 Sunday, December 15, 2013
“Windows at the Fire House”

Santa arrives at 4:00 by helicopter 

View the enchanting decorated windows while listening
to Christmas music.

Drop off your Christmas list in Santa’s Mailbox.
*Be sure to include you first name and address if you would like a letter back from Santa.

Come and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate served by
Mrs. Claus and the Elves.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The idea behind "Windows at the Firehouse" was hatched out of those holiday storefront displays that you'd find every season. Come out and see what we've put on the other side of the glass!

Have Your Picture Taken With Santa and Mrs. Claus

The Santa House will be open at the Mini Park in Downtown Pocomoke

Saturday, December,  14, 2013
 Saturday, December, 21, 2013
11 am-2 pm

Come get your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus!!!

The Samaritan Shelter BAKE SALE At Enchanted Florist Pocomoke

A Note From Enchanted Florist Pocomoke

The Samaritan Shelter 

Saturday, December 14th
9 a.m.-3 p.m

The Samaritan Shelter, will be here with their yummy 
and they will be announcing the winner of their 4th Annual Bountiful Blessings Basket. It is valued to be over $1000. of gift cards and merchandise. 

We are selling tickets for the basket raffle for $5. each or 3 for $10.

So stop by, we will be offering discounts and will have all of our new dips and cheesecakes prepared for sampling....

HO, HO, HO !!!

Hunters For the Hungry Seek Donations

The Eastern Shore Chapter of the Hunters for the Hungry greatly needs deer donations during this final month of the deer hunting season. With the recent restriction of doe harvest days by the VDGIF, deer donations are down from the same period in the past. Now that the restriction has been removed for the remainder of the season, the local chapter is encouraging hunters to donate deer to the program. 

The deer hunting season closes on January 4, 2014.

Deer must be properly registered and field dressed only, not skinned out. The deer may be taken to the refrigerated trailers at The Food Bank in Tasley and BB Convenience on Lankford Hwy in Machipongo. Brent Powell also receives deer at his processing location in Wachapreague off Bradfords Neck Road. There is no cost to the hunter to donate the deer to the program. 

The program is a non- profit organization and contributions are deductible as allowed by law. With 2013 closing, the chapter also encourages any final year donations to pay for the processing costs for the deer. 

Donations, made out to Hunters for the Hungry may be sent to Worth Saunders, chapter director, at PO BOX 1702, Parksley VA 23421.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1894.. Excursion to Pocomoke City for Christmas shopping; 1956.. Pocomoke collecting gifts for Yule.  1972.. Pocomoke Christmas concert; 1897 Christmas Eve shopping tradition.

Do you have a Christmas memory or other 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!

Arson Trial To Remain In Virginia Beach / Bundick Remains Behind Bars

Tonya S. Bundick
A preliminary hearing for Tonya Susan Bundick on 62 additional charges stemming from last years arson spree was held in Accomack County Circuit Court this morning. (Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013)

 Judge Glen Tyler denied bail and appointed Norfolk attorney Alan Zaleski and his son Alexander Zaleski to represent Bundick at both of her trials.

Bundick will face charges on January 13 and 14, 2014 on the original two charges of arson and conspiracy to commit arson. Tyler denied a motion to move that trial out of Virginia Beach.

 A final motion to prevent the Commonwealth from referring to activities surrounding the additional 62 charges in the first trial was tabled and will be considered on January 9, 2014. 

Bundick remains behind bars in the Accomack County Jail awaiting her first trial.



Billy Conn Davis, Jr.
(December 10, 2013) – On December 7, 2013 at approximately 5:50 p.m. the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit brought an eight-month drug distribution investigation to an end with the arrest of Billy Conn Davis, Jr., 50, of Snow Hill, MD. Over the course of eight months, police received information that Davis was selling controlled dangerous substances in Ocean City.

On December 7, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit conducted surveillance on Davis and initiated a traffic stop in the area of 67th Street and Coastal Highway. During a search of Davis’ vehicle, police recovered over 150 bags of heroin and a large amount of cocaine and crack cocaine. Police also recovered marijuana, oxycontin and seized over $900.

Ocean City police have charged Davis with multiple drug possession and distribution charges. Davis was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Ocean City Police Dept.

Pocomoke River Canoe Company ~ TRAIN GARDEN

Train Garden at the
 Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Come to the second floor of the Pocomoke River Canoe Company, home to the Corddry Company Crossing Train Garden that is reminiscent of Snow Hill many years ago. 

Children and their families will love this recently renovated enchanted wonderland reduced to "O" gauge. 

While admission is free, donations are welcome

Open both Saturday and Sunday afternoons of December.
For more information, contact (410) 632-3971 

Scams Involving Your Utility Companies

From the
Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Please be aware of a scam involving your utility companies. Several citizens report being contacted by BG & E, Delmarva Power and Constellation. These scams have been previously reported to the FBI and are being handled. 

In the meantime, to prevent further victims or Identity Theft; if YOU receive a phone call or other means of communication from someone asking for pertinent information regarding your account; safeguard this information and hang up or do not respond to request. 

After you have disconnected, consult your individual company direct, meaning YOU call them.

 DO NOT CALL the original person back. Hang up your phone, then redial. This is to insure you are not connecting to a spam portal on a unknown source. 

If this sounds confusing, please feel free to contact the Community Policing Division of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office at 410-632-1112.

Some important numbers:
Worcester County Sheriff 410-632-1112
Maryland State Police 410-641-3101
Delmarva Power 1-800-375-7117
Choptank Electric 1-877-892-0001
Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UPDATE: Tonya Bundick Denied Bail On Arson Charges

Wednesday AM

ACCOMACK CO., Va. - The Accomack County woman, (Tonya Bundick) now accused of dozens of additional arson charges, will remain behind bars.
An Accomack County judge ruled the circumstances against the alleged arsonist too high for a new bail.

 Also, there will not be another venue change, and the trial will stay in Virginia Beach. Bundick will be tried on the first two counts on January 13th.
She faces an additional 62 charges, most of them felonies, all dating back to November 12th of last year, when the string of more than 70 arsons began.

Market Street Boutique / The 12 Days of Christmas Shopping

The 12 Days of Christmas Shopping  Market Street Boutique

Dec 10 - 24, 2013
10% OFF on the Tenth; 11% OFF on the Eleventh; 12% OFF on the Twelfth...
right up through Christmas Eve with 24% OFF.

Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. 

But, on Monday, Christmas Eve, we will be open for last minute shoppers from10 AM-5 PM ! 

Each day as the discount grows, the inventory goes. 

Don't wait too might miss out on that "special gift"!

Tonya S. Bundick Preliminary Hearing Wednesday

Tonya S. Bundick will face a preliminary hearing Wednesday on 62 charges stemming from last winters arson spree in Accomack County. 

Bundick was charged two weeks ago with the additional counts. She was originally charged with arson and conspiracy in connection with the arson of a Melfa residence on April 1.

 Bundicks boyfriend and accomplice faces a maximum penalty of over 500 years for his part in the arson spree. 

Charles R. Smith III has pled guilty to 67 counts of arson and conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing. 


Breakfast With Santa ~ Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Accomack County Circuit Court Report

Accomack County Circuit Court Report
Thursday, December 5, 2013

David Tull was charged with three counts of embezzlement going back to October 2010. Mr. Tull's issues came as the result of misuse of a company credit card. The charges included charges in the state of Virginia for a total of $3,465; in addition Mr. Tull had similar charges in Maryland for $24,937 which was not part of the trial. The defendant paid the final restitution of $1,800 before court started today. Testimony was that he had also completed his jail time for the charges in Maryland and was now on parole. Tull requested to remain out on bond until sentencing which was granted this case was continued for a presentencing report.

David Strand was charged with misdemeanor larceny. With no other criminal record, his original charge of felony larceny was reduced to a misdemeanor. Being employed for more than two continuous years he was sentenced to 10 days with good behavior for three years and restitution at $1307.90 and court costs to be paid, with unsupervised probation.

Aaron Davis was charged with grand larceny, felony shoplifting, and receiving stolen property. Mr. Davis, who had been in jail for 8 months and 19 days, had a lengthy record going back to 1993 and was sentenced to 10 years on the grand larceny charge, five years for felony shoplifting, and and 12 months for receiving stolen property. All but time served was suspended with indefinite supervised probation.

Rodney Nock was charged with burglary, and two counts of grand larceny. Having received first offender treatment both as a juvenile and as an adult, Judge Lewis sentenced Mr. Nock to 10 years on each charge of grand larceny to run concurrently all but six months suspended. On the burglary charge, he was sentenced to 10 years all but one year and six months suspended with instructions he was to have no contact with the family that was burglarized.

Demitrius Justis was charged with more than three offenses of shoplifting. Justice was in court due to probation violations, which included a positive cocaine test and two drunk in public charges. With approximately 4 years left hanging over his head Judge Lewis re- imposed the full sentence with all but six months suspended minus time served.

Antonio Flores was charged with failing substance-abuse testing while on probation. He refused to take a drug test today stating he knew it would be positive but asking for help with his substance abuse problem. Judge Lewis sentenced Mr. Flores to three months allowing 30 days of the sentence to a inpatient substance program that must be completed.


Walk Through Bethlehem Begins December 13th

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Murder of Steven Pettit Being Investigated by Virginia State Police

Steven Pettit
Virginia State Police are still investigating the apparent murder of 35 year old Steven Pettit on Gargatha Landing Road last Thursday.

 Pettit was discovered in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head.

Pettit had recently moved to Salisbury and was back in the area visiting family when the incident occurred.

Police have not released any more information.

 Robbery hasn't been ruled out. Funeral services for Pettit were conducted Sunday.

 Pettit was the father of two sons.

Christmas Open House at Costen House

Christmas Open House at Costen House

 Friday, December 13, 2013

5:30 PM -8:00 PM

Bring a guest, and help  celebrate the Christmas season.

Private Ambulance Service In Six States Abruptly Shuts Down With No Explanation

Locals lose their jobs with this company also.

A private ambulance service that transported more than a half-million patients a year in six states abruptly shut down without explanation, leaving dozens of cities and towns scrambling for medical transportation options Monday without a word of warning.

First Med EMS, based in Wilmington, N.C., served hospitals and other medical facilities in more than 70 municipalities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. It operated under the names TransMed, Life Ambulance and MedCorp, boasting in publicity materials: "We take pride in our performance and the safety of our patients. We refuse to compromise on this."

First Med's website was inaccessible Monday, and calls to corporate offices either reached disconnected lines or weren't answered. Company workers said in Facebook posts and tweets that they were told the corporation had declared bankruptcy, but no bankruptcy documents were yet on file Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

First Med was the largest EMS service in Ohio, where at least 1,500 paramedics and other medical workers were left jobless in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Youngstown and numerous smaller towns.

First Med also provided services in Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News in Virginia, as well as Wilmington, N.C.

Much of First Med's business was "non-emergent" transportation — such as taking dialysis patients to their weekly treatments and shuttling nursing home patients to doctors' appointments — and officials in some cities said there should be little impact on patient treatment.

"The unfortunate thing was lack of notice," Larry Stephens, ambulance service director for Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., told NBC station WTAP. "They closed up shop on Friday, and people were scrambling to get to their appointments all weekend, plus early this week."

Many of the company's approximately 2,300 employees learned about the shutdown from colleagues. When they tried to show up for work Saturday, they found locked doors.

"I found out on Facebook and from a co-worker that I no longer had a job," Stacey Carpenter, a First Med dispatcher in Wilmington, told NBC station WECT. "I am absolutely devastated. I don't know what I am going to do."

Dispatch services in several cities reported that First Med called them Friday night and Saturday to stop all requests for emergency runs. Workers who were in the middle of their shifts were told to turn around and go home.

"We didn't know what to do," Derek Griffin, an emergency medical technician in Hopewell, Va., told NBC station WWBT of Richmond. 

"They told us to turn our truck in, to turn our equipment in. That was it," he said. "It was done so shadily and so behind closed doors."

Medical facilities said the shutdown took them by surprise, too, and at least one county — Bertie County, N.C. — declared a state of emergency at noon Monday. The county board of commissioners said in a statement that it would pursue legal claims against First Med.  


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA ~ Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company


Saturday, December 21, 2013
7:00 am until 11:00 am
Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
10071 Atlantic Road
Atlantic, Virginia 

Eggs, Scrapple, Sausage,
Pancakes, Coffee, Juice, Milk

$7 Adult (Carry Outs Available)
$3 Kids 6 and Under

Girdletree Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. Toys-for-Tots Fund Raiser

This Saturday, December 14th, the Fire Company has partnered with Iron Order to hold a Toys-for-Tots Fund Raiser. 

$10 entry with a $10 Toy (new in a box) gets you in the door. 

Food, Soda & Beer, plus the band "Punk" and games and raffles. 

Doors open at 6PM and the fun last until 11PM.

State's Attorney Beau Oglesby, of Worcester County, Maryland. "We need to do everything we can to protect them." (Children)

By Kelly Rule

Worcester Co. Cracks Down On Child Abuse Through Task Force

WORCESTER CO., Md. – According to "Darkness to Light," a non-profit working to end child sexual abuse, about one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

In addition, studies show that only 12 percent of child abuse is reported. However, in Worcester County, predators who use the Internet may now be up against a stronger dragnet.

"If there's one person that's affecting the lives of children then it's something that needs to be addressed," says State's Attorney Beau Oglesby, of Worcester County, Maryland. "We need to do everything we can to protect them."

The Worcester County Sheriff's office is partnering with the Internet Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice, and Delinquency Prevention to help more than 3,000 agencies across the country. Now in Worcester County, it will support the sheriff's office efforts.

"Nobody's been actively looking for it proactively prior," says Detective Corporal Alex Kagan with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation. "I think it's a bad problem, and like a lot of things, if it's not identified people just assume that it's not a problem."

The new system reportedly uses a "meta data crawler" to search for potential child pornography being sent or received in the area. Once the evidence is located, officials say a further investigation is required to identify the violators and make criminal arrests.

"A lot of times people who possess these known images may possess images that haven't been catalogued yet," says Dt. Cpl. Kagan.

"Generally you have to react with a situation with law enforcement," says State's Attorney Oglesby. "Someone will call in a complaint and you send out an investigator or a uniformed officer. This is being proactive, this it trying to stop crime before it happens."

Dt. Cpl. Kagan says detectives are undergoing specialized training, and all training and equipment are covered through the government grant. They plan to work with an assigned prosecutor from the state's attorney office on a daily basis, and also continue working closely with the local child advocacy center.

"With these crimes, I think we are going to see a lot of crossover," says Dt. Cpl. Kagan. "Some of the people abusing children may also possess this pornography."

The non-profit child advocacy center, CRICKET, was opened back in 2009. The center provides a team of child protection workers, medical and mental health professionals, and local law enforcement, to help investigate, prosecute, and treat child physical and sexual abuse in a child-friendly environment.

"This task force has kind of branched off from that as well," says Dt. Cpl Kagan.

State's Attorney Oglesby says he hopes the task force makes people think twice before even contemplating violating children through the use of Internet crimes.

"I'm hoping that they see they can't do it in Worcester County, and they'll go to prison."

Worcester County Sheriff's Dept. Partners With Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Monday ~ December 9, 2013
Worcester County Sheriff's Dept.

(Snow Hill)  Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason announced a new initiative to combat crimes against children by partnering with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). 

The ICAC Task Force was created to help Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The Program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

“The ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies”, said Sheriff Mason, “…and we join these agencies who are actively engaged in proactive, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions.”

The new system employs a meta data crawler to search for potential Child Pornography being disseminated in Worcester County and the surrounding area. 

Once evidence is located, further investigation is required to identify violators and make criminal arrests. Sheriff Mason and Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby look to their affiliation with the ICAC Task Force to further strengthen the fight against child abusers and exploiters in Worcester County. 

“This new tool furthers the mission of Worcester County’s Child Advocacy Center,” said State’s Attorney Ogelsby. “It allows law enforcement to take a proactive stand against those who prey upon our most vulnerable population…our children”. 

In 2009, the first ever Child Advocacy Center was opened in Worcester County staffed by a Worcester County Sheriff’s Detective, an Assistant State’s Attorney, and members of the Maryland Department of Social Services. It has provided a safe environment for the victims of child abuse to be interviewed and for a coordinated effort to take place which minimizes potential trauma to victims of abuse.

By joining the ICAC Task force, Sheriff Mason, State’s Attorney Oglesby, and the Worcester County Government have strengthened their fight against child abuse.

Monday, December 9, 2013


(Elkton, MD) – After making next of kin notification, investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit identify the victim in the Cecil County homicide.

The victim is identified as Jane Kyle, 64, of the unit block of Pinder Avenue in Elkton, Maryland. Kyle was found deceased, lying in the bathroom of her residence. The cause and manner of death will be determined after the completion of an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. yesterday, state police at the North East Barrack received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible homicide at a trailer park, adjacent to Route 7 in Cecil County.

 Upon arrival, troopers found the victim in her bathroom and unresponsive. Emergency service personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

State Police criminal investigators from the Homicide Unit and from North East Barrack are on the scene. Crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division responded and are processing the scene. The Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office has been notified.

Police continue to interview suspects while the investigation continues...

Maryland State Police


R E V I S E D   A G E N D A
7:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013
City Hall

  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Review and approval of minutes from meeting of November 4, 2013.
  3. Review and approval of bills to be paid.
  4. Authorize Mayor to sign proclamation for 125th Anniversary of the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company.
  5. Presentation of retirement plaque to Mr. James Norton following twelve years service on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
  6. Special recognition of Chairman Mike Shannon and the Pocomoke Parade Committee for the successful Christmas Parade held on December 2, 2013.
  7. Authorize City Manager to sign Basic Interconnectivity Agreement with Delmarva Power for new solar electricity-generating system.
  8. City Manager to present recommendation from Housing Coordinator Harvey Davis for repair or demolition of several buildings.
  9. Discuss recommendation from Police Chief and City Manager for purchase of two new police patrol vehicle using grant funds from U.S.D.A. and local matching funds.
  10. Consider request from Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce for use of City Festival Tent on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
  11. Mayor to discuss holiday schedule for City employees.

Comments from the Audience.
Mayor and Council Items.


Have Your Pet's Photo Taken With The "Special Guest Santa" At Pocomoke Animal Hospital

Pocomoke Animal Hospital  will be collecting dog/cat food or supplies for our local shelters or a $5 donation that will go to MAGDRL, a local rescue group. 


Rudy Wise and Santa Claus 2012
Photo B Wise
Friday, December 13, 2013 
from 3 pm-5 pm have your pet's picture taken with (special guest) Santa! 

Cost  is $5 or a bag of cat or dog food, litter or bleach  that will be donated to the local animal shelters for needy pets this holiday!!!!! 

Monetary donations will go to MAGDRL, a local rescue group and all dog and cat supplies will be divided among the local animal shelters and humane societies in both Maryland and Virginia.

Please spread the word!!!


Snow Hill Christmas Parade Postponed until Wednesday .

The Snow Hill Christmas Parade-
 originally scheduled for tonight-
 has been postponed due to the inclement weather predictions. 

The parade will now be held on Wednesday December 11, 2013. 

All times and locations are the same.

McDermott Luncheon Set For January 6, 2014


December 6, 2013

Virginia 3rd State in Nation to Launch Safety Mobile Application 

With the month of December being one of the busiest times of the year for the Commonwealth’s airports, highways, malls, restaurants, movie theatres, places of worship, and countless festive venues, Virginia residents are encouraged to keep their environments safe. Because suspicious activity can happen anywhere at any time, Virginians now have another means of helping safeguard themselves and their community, especially during the holiday season. 

Today VSP launched the new crime prevention mobile application See Something, Send Something®. The reporting app enables suspicious, criminal activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Virginia State Police. 

“The fundamentals of investigating and solving a crime haven’t changed,” said Major Rick A. Jenkins, Deputy Director of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, at the press conference held in Prince William County, Va., Friday to launch the app. “But, keeping the public engaged with us through the crime-solving, tip-sharing process has evolved and now so have we. This app is simply the 21st century version of the traditional telephone crime tip line or hotline.”

The application, which can be downloaded at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity. The service is already available in Pennsylvania and Louisiana. The app does not replace 911 and should not to be used for someone needing immediate police action or to report an emergency. 

The photograph or information submitted by a citizen via the app goes to the Virginia State Police for review and analysis. If the tip is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation or incident, then it will be forwarded on to the investigating law enforcement agency. If the tip is unfounded, then the information provided, and the name and phone number of the tip’s provider, are permanently deleted. There is no archiving of tips or collection database.

The app provider, My Mobile Witness, uses patent-pending privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizens’ personal information. The system allows law enforcement to engage citizens without tracking one’s location or storing personal information. 

Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the Virginia State Police for analysis.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Worcester County HUMANE SOCIETY 3rd Annul Raffle

In Memory of John Lennon

R. I. P.

TIME MACHINE ... 1953, 1886, 1939, 1890, pre-1960's, circa 1970.

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)


(Rousing success for project involving Pocomoke City citizens- from first-graders to business owners.)

March, 1953
(Salisbury Times)


Pocomoke City - Fire Inspection Tuesday climaxed preparations and talks which have been going on for the past several weeks in Pocomoke City.

At 9 a.m. some fifty members of the State Fire Prevention Association gathered at the firehouse, and after preliminary instruction traveled throughout the city inspecting stores, public buildings, schools, and churches.

The inspection was made by teams of two members of the association, accompanied by a Boy Scout. Each property was checked for hazards, which if left uncorrected, might result in fire. The defects were marked with a red tag saying "Fix Me, Do It Now."

After the inspection a luncheon was served by women of the Presbyterian Church for those participating. In conjunction with the inspection, a contest was held in the schools, using the fire prevention theme. Posters, essays, and dramatic skits were prepared and presented by the children in the contest.

Mayor George S. Mathews presented awards of $10 each to the following classes: 1st grade- Mrs. Anne Bull teacher, 2nd- Mrs. Zella Lamden, 3rd- Miss Annie Ross, *5th grade- Miss May Ellis, 6th- Mrs. Katherine Thompson, *6th Mrs. Dorothy Elliot, 9A- William S. Lewis. *(Newsprint for these numbers was not fully legible.)

The grand prize was awarded to Mrs. Anne Bull's first grade class.

James Maloney of the State Fire Prevention Association said that in his many years experience in fire prevention activities he had never seen such enthusiasm and particularly fine work done by school children.

The Boy Scouts participating in the inspection were also awarded certificates of merit by William R. Finnie of the association. Mr. Finney expressed his appreciation for the spirit and assistance which was shown by the people of Pocomoke City.

Special appreciation was expressed to Fire Chief Fred U. Henderson for his efforts to make the inspection a success. As a token of recognition he was presented an inspection manual prepared by the National Fire Prevention Association.


March, 1886
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac)

The name of Upshur's Station in Northampton, has been changed to Nassawadox. A post office has been established there, with Mr. John T. Rogers as postmaster.


August, 1939
(Reading Eagle- Reading, Pa.)

'Fancy' Name Wanted For Public Landing, Md.

Public Landing, Md. (U.P.)- A movement is underway to rename the 150-year-old Worcester county community.

Captain Jack Lilliston, boatman and self-styled "Mayor of Public Landing," suggests that an Indian name would be more appropriate.

"One hundred and fifty years ago when Public Landing was named," he said, "it was a bay port for the shipping of crops. Today it is a nice resort and should have a fancy name."


May, 1890
(The Herald And Torch Light- Hagerstown, Md)

Mortgage statistics prepared for the United States census bureau to show the indebtedness of Worcester County reveal the fact that real estate in the county is less encumbered than any other county on the Eastern Shore unless it be Caroline County, the statistics of which have not yet been obtained.


"Number Please" (From Time Machine archive- a recollection)

Dial telephone service arrived in Pocomoke City in the early 1960's as I recall. Prior to that time all local calls were operator assisted. You'd pick up the telephone and wait for the operator to come on the line. "Number please" she'd say, and you'd give her the phone number you wanted to reach such as "187R" (that was our home phone number). If the line was busy she'd tell you, otherwise you'd hear the online ring.

The local phone numbers consisted of three numbers or three numbers and a letter (some phone numbers may have been two digits in earlier times as was true in Salisbury; a late relative who grew up in Salisbury once told me "It is said that I as a small child, I used to ask the operator for my daddy, and she would ring 60").

The local operators in Pocomoke worked at the phone office located on the second floor of a building at the northeast corner of Willow Street and Clarke Avenue. You could also pay your telephone bill there. As a youngster I remember going up the steep flight of stairs once and seeing the operators with their headsets on patching cords into their switchboards as calls were being placed. Pocomoke, I believe, was the last Eastern Shore of Maryland area to get dial telephone service. -tk


Do you remember when Santa came to Pocomoke via helicopter?
It was late 60's or early 70's and during the day.  The helicopter hovered over Newberrys and he came down a rope ladder onto the roof.  He then was in Newberry's for children to visit until Christmas.

Monna Van Ess

Do you have a Christmas memory or other 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! 


Suspects Fleeing On Foot Nabbed By Police/ Worcester County

On Wednesday December 5th 2013, a deputy with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office was attending a meeting, in an off duty capacity, at the Heath Dept. in Snow Hil, MD.

 When leaving the area, the deputy observed 2 males in the parking lot of the Health Dept.

The deputy was familiar with the subjects from prior contacts and was able to identify them as Keith Jackson and Kamron Lucas.

The deputy also knew that both subjects had active warrants. The deputy stopped both subjects in the parking lot area and attempted to detain them and wait for another unit to arrive to assist them.

Both parties then chose to flee on foot from the scene. The deputy pursued Lucas through John Walter Smith Park and was also able to keep the Jackson subject in their line of vision. The deputy was able to relay the suspects location to dispatch, who were able to dispatch and coordinate with numerous units in the area to assist in apprehending both subjects in a matter of minutes. Deputies were able to apprehend Lucas in the field area beside John Walter Smith Park and other assisting units were able to apprehend Jackson in the field area closest to Washington Street.

The Sheriffs Office was assisted by Snow Hill Police Department during the incident.

 Suspects: Keith Ramon Jackson 07/18/1992,
Kamron Michael Lucas 10/12/1988

 Charges: Keith Jackson 3 warrants ( 2 were failure to appear, 1 was Failure to Pay Fine)in addition to the on view arrest for Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order. Mr. Jackson was held on $2,500 bond for each warrant and was held on $5,000 bond for Failure to Obey.
Kamron Lucas was served with 1 warrant for Failure to Pay Fines, and was also charged with the on view arrest for Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order. Mr. Lucas was held on $2,500 bond for warrant and $5,000 for Failure To Obey.

 We would like to thank our 911 Center dispatchers for coordinating the above events and helping with the apprehension of both subjects in a short amount of time.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office