Saturday, May 24, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1845.. Visitor's discription gives peak of lower Eastern Shore life; 1977.. Mosquito war is on in Somerset County;  1908.. Worcester County makes choice on liquor prohibition issue; 1961.. Bridge-Tunnel progress being made;  1910.. Praise for the women of Pocomoke City.

Although you may not find all of 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!

The American Pickers ~ Do You Have Any Items They May Be Looking For?


With the Memorial Day holiday traffic surge well underway on the interstates of Northern Virginia, the Virginia State Police are stepping up their presence for the duration of the long weekend. As part of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which is conducted annually nationwide on all major travel holiday weekends, the Virginia State Police currently has 75 percent of its uniformed workforce out on patrol. The increased visibility began at 12:01 a.m. Friday (May 23, 2014) and continues through midnight Monday (May 26, 2014) in conjunction with the operation.

In addition, Virginia State Police will be participating in Operation Millipede, the Maryland State Police traffic initiative targeting Interstate 95. On the Virginia side of I-95 throughout the holiday weekend, Virginia troopers will be conducting strict enforcement of speed limits and targeting seat belt and child safety seat violations, impaired drivers, and aggressive driving behaviors.

“During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, two of Virginia’s nine fatal crashes occurred in Northern Virginia,” said Capt. Mike Spivey, Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Commander. “We are encouraging all motorists to prevent traffic crashes by buckling up, not driving distracted or impaired, and not tailgating. Simply drive to save lives.”

With the increased presence of troopers on the Maryland and Virginia sides of Interstate 95, Interstate 495, and all other Northern Virginia interstate and highway corridors, motorists are reminded of both states’ “Move Over” laws. Virginia’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to change to another travel lane away from emergency personnel or, when not able to, cautiously pass first responders stopped on the side of the road. The law also applies to highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) just launched a new “Move Over Awareness Video” on Tuesday (May 20, 2014), which can be viewed on the Virginia State Police YouTube site at The video is available in both English and Spanish.

Follow ‪#‎MoveOver‬ on Twitter for the latest on Move Over safety efforts around the nation.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coast Guard Coordinates Rescue of 3 People 350 Miles Offshore

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of three people Thursday who were rescued by good Samaritans after their 41-foot sailboat, the Elusive, was beset by storms in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 350 miles east of Virginia Beach.

Rescued are Larry Monesson, 60, Sean Monesoon, 40, and James Moore, 40.

The father of James Moore contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday reporting he received a message via satellite phone from his son.  The message stated the crew of the Elusive were experiencing high winds, 25-foot ocean swells and engine failure, but were attempting to repair the engine and not requesting assistance at the time.

District command center watchstanders established a communication watch with the crew of the Elusive.  The watchstanders also conducted a search for the closest automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue (AMVER) ships to the distress and conducted an enhanced group call (EGC), a broadcast service using the Inmarsat communication system, asking for possible assistance from ships in the area.

The crew aboard the Bow Clipper, a 600-foot Norwegian flagged tanker, responded to the Coast Guard's EGC broadcast and contacted the crew of the Elusive via VH-F radio.

At approximately 5 p.m., a crewman aboard the Elusive contacted the district command center watchstanders and informed them the situation worsened, and the crew intended to abandon ship and transfer to the Bow Clipper.

The two crews coordinated the rescue and at approximately 7:15 all three people were reported safe aboard the Bow Clipper.

"The early communications by the crew of the Elusive and the proactive response by the crew of the Bow Clipper allowed the watchstanders to arrange for the Bow Clipper to be in position to effect an immediate rescue when the situation aboard the sailing vessel Elusive deteriorated," said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Eason, the 5th District's search and rescue mission coordinator. "Additionally, the crew of the Elusive took the proper precautions before departing port by ensuring they had a working satellite phone and personal locator beacons."

The Bow Clipper's next port of call will be Wilmington, North Carolina.

There are no reports of injuries.

4th Friday Art Stroll ~ Downtown Pocomoke City

Downtown Pocomoke City

Tonight~ Friday, May 23, 2014
  5-8 pm.

 Local artists & craftsmen
 Stores open late
 Live music
 Restaurant specials 
 Free admission to our museums! 
Fun for everyone.

The Costen House Museum will be offering FREE admission during the 4th Friday Art Stroll tomorrow from 5-8 pm. We will also be selling $2 "walking tacos" 

Riverside Grill Pocomoke, Golden Garden & Cafe Milano will be offering 10% off your purchase during 4th Friday Art Stroll hours. 
 Stop in one of the local retail stores in Downtown Pocomoke to pick up your coupon!

Nandua Middle School Student Arrested

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, on May 13, 2014 at approximately 10:06 PM, the Accomack County Sheriffs Office received a report that a Nandua Middle School teacher had become ill after consuming water that she had left unattended in her classroom. 

The teacher was transported to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle where she was treated and later released. The substance was reportedly white out.

An investigation into this incident has resulted in the identification and subsequent arrest of a 13-year-old female Nandua Middle School student. On May 20, 2014, juvenile petitions were issued for Adulteration of Food, Drink, Drugs, Cosmetics, Etc., and the suspect was arrested and transported to the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center. 

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriffs Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666. 

Tips may also be submitted through our website at


NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

Artist's concept image of ISEE-3 (ICE) spacecraft.Image Credit: NASA

NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft.

The agency has signed a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (NRSAA) with Skycorp, Inc., in Los Gatos, California, allowing the company to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft as part of the company’s ISEE-3 Reboot Project. This is the first time NASA has worked such an agreement for use of a spacecraft the agency is no longer using or ever planned to use again.

The NRSAA details the technical, safety, legal and proprietary issues that will be addressed before any attempts are made to communicate with or control the 1970’s-era spacecraft as it nears the Earth in August.

"The intrepid ISEE-3 spacecraft was sent away from its primary mission to study the physics of the solar wind extending its mission of discovery to study two comets." said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington. "We have a chance to engage a new generation of citizen scientists through this creative effort to recapture the ISEE-3 spacecraft as it zips by the Earth this summer."

Launched in 1978 to study the constant flow of solar wind streaming toward Earth, ISEE-3 successfully completed its prime mission in 1981. With remaining fuel and functioning instruments, it then was redirected to observe two comets. Following the completion of that mission, the spacecraft continued in orbit around the sun. It is now making its closest approach to Earth in more than 30 years.

The goal of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project is to put the spacecraft into an orbit at   a gravitationally stable point between Earth and the sun known as Lagrangian 1 (L1). Once safely back in orbit, the next step would be to return the spacecraft to operations and use its instruments as they were originally designed. ISEE-3's close approach in the coming weeks provides optimal conditions to attempt communication. If communications are unsuccessful, the spacecraft will swing by the moon and continue to orbit the sun. 

NASA has shared technical data with these citizen scientists to help them communicate with and return data from ISEE-3. The contributions of any citizen science provided by the spacecraft, if it is successfully recovered, depend on the current condition of its instruments. New data resulting from the project will be shared with the science community and the public, providing a unique tool for teaching students and the public about spacecraft operations and data gathering. 

The data also will provide valuable information about the effects of the space environment on the 36-year old spacecraft.

The ISEE-3 mission opened new pathways for scientific exploration, helping scientists better understand the sun-Earth system, which at its most turbulent can affect satellites around Earth and disrupt our technological infrastructure.

To learn more about the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, visit:

To learn more about ISEE-3, visit:

Volunteers Needed For Makemie Monument Dig

FBI Announces Child Safety Tips

In advance of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Washington Field Office is sharing tips on how to keep kids safe and information about how the FBI investigates instances of child abduction and exploitation. Through the Child Exploitation Task Force, the FBI works to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation, provide a rapid investigative response to crimes against children, and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement agencies.

An unfortunate reality is that every year, thousands of children go missing. In these cases, the FBI works to assist in the investigation and speedy recovery of the abducted child. In cases of child exploitation, an individual often targets a child for the purpose of abuse or violence. This targeting can be done in person by an acquaintance or a stranger or it can be done online through social websites and chat rooms.

To help in child abduction recoveries, the FBI has developed the Child ID app, which provides an effective way for parents and guardians to keep their child’s pictures and information on hand in case he or she goes missing. The app also includes safety tips for parents to help keep their kids out of harm’s way. The app is free, and, in the event a child goes missing, parents and guardians can quickly e-mail the photos and information to authorities. No information about you or your child will be collected or stored by the FBI. To download the Child ID app, go to iTunes Apps Store on your iPhone or Play Store on your Android phone.

As the school year draws to a close, many parents are planning for their children’s summer activities. Whether a child is spending the summer at home with parents, a nanny or tutor, or away from home at a summer camp, the following safety tips will help ensure that children are being cared for under the watchful eyes of trusted and vetted adults.

Know your child care providers. Choose babysitters, nannies, and tutors with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Many states now have registries for public access to check criminal history or sex-offender status. Observe the interaction with your children and ask your children how they feel about your child care provider. Do background screening and reference checks on everyone who works in your home, particularly those people who care for your children. Check references with other families who have used the child care providers. Make sure you know as much about them as they do about you and your family. For access to sex-offender registries, visit

Check out camps and summer programs before enrolling your children. Ask if a background screening check is completed on the individuals working with the children. Make sure there will be adult supervision of your children at all times and make sure you are made aware of all activities and field trips offered by the camp or program.

Observe how adults work with your children. Be involved in your children’s activities, and if you are concerned about anyone’s behavior, discuss your concerns with the sponsoring organization. Notice when anyone shows one or all of your children an inordinate amount of attention or tries to give them gifts. Take the time to talk to your children about the person and find out why that person is acting in this way. Tell your children to never accept money or gifts from anyone unless you have told them it is OK.

Know where your children are and who they are with. Make sure an adult whom you have met and know the background of is supervising children any time they are outside or away from home. Review rules with your children about whose homes they may visit and discuss the boundaries of where they may and may not go in the neighborhood.

Talk to your children about safety and encourage them to tell you or another trusted adult if anyone or anything makes them feel sad, scared, or confused. Teach them it is OK to tell you what happened and they will not be “tattletales” for telling.

Remember to stay alert, informed, and focused about personal-security issues. Being available and taking time to really know and listen to your children helps build feelings of safety and security. Be sure your child knows what to do in case of an emergency and how to reach you by phone. Children should have a trusted adult, whom you know, to call if they are scared or there is an emergency.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gumboro Mudbog THIS Saturday

Spend a day of your Memorial Day Weekend watching trucks racing through the mud!!

Saturday, May 24th


 10am - 12pm


* Adults  & Children 10+  - $10
*Children under 10 FREE (All 
    children must be accompanied
    by an adult!!)
*Pit admission - $5 per person
*All drivers & 1 crew person
    FREE in pits.

    each event!!  (Must be equipped
    with manufacturer's battery.  NO

For more information:  GUMBORO~ CRISFIELD MUDBOGS

Pocomoke City Police Seeking Communities Assistance

Pocomoke City Police are seeking the help of the Community in identifying a Suspect involved in a recent Theft case. If you or anyone you know have any information on the below suspect, please contact the Pocomoke Police Department at 410-957-1600 or via email at Contact Det. Bailey with any information. 

You may remain anonymous! 

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1845.. Visitor's discription gives peak of lower Eastern Shore life; 1977.. Mosquito war is on in Somerset County;  1908.. Worcester County makes choice on liquor prohibition issue; 1961.. Bridge-Tunnel progress being made;  1910.. Praise for the women of Pocomoke City.

Although you may not find all of 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!

Odor of Marijuana Leads To Vehicle Search

On May 20, 2014 at approximately 4:10pm a deputy from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop in the area of Worcester Hwy and Woodside Lane, Snow Hill for a speeding violation.

Upon contact with the vehicle operator, she was identified by her VA drivers license as Tia Chaunice Dees, the deputy detected a strong odor of suspected raw Marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted and the deputy located a small bag of Marijuana and paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Dees was arrested and later released on Maryland Uniform Criminal Citations for possession of Marijuana less than 10 grams and possession of paraphernalia. Dees was given a warning for the speeding violation.

SAVE THE DATE ~ Concert In The Park

Concert in the Park
Cypress Park
Thursday, June 5, 2014
6:30 pm

Precious Memories Gospel Band

FREE to the Public

Refreshments Available for Purchase

Petco and PetSmart to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

Major pet retailers Petco and PetSmart have announced that they will be eliminating dog and cat treats made in China from their store shelves amid ongoing concerns about their safety.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration said that since 2007, it has received more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths and nearly 5,000 reports of dog illnesses after the animals had eaten chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats made in China.

The FDA has long cautioned pet owners about jerky treats from China, but despite years of investigation, it has not been able to identify a specific cause of the pet illnesses. The agency is continuing to investigate and is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and veterinarians from around the country in its efforts.

Petco said Tuesday it would remove the treats from its 1,300 stores by the end of this year. The company said its customers had urged it to drop Chinese-manufactured treats.

“We know the FDA hasn’t yet identified a direct cause for the reported illnesses, but we decided the uncertainty of the situation outweighs the lack of actual proof,” said Jim Myers, Petco CEO, in a statement.

The company said it has been expanding its selection of products made in the U.S., and also carries products made in New Zealand, Australia and South America.

PetSmart quickly followed suit, saying it planned to take Chinese-made treats off of its shelves by March 2015, reported the AP via ABC News. PetSmart has over 1,200 North American stores.

The FDA also said in its update last week that they’d detected the presence of the human antiviral drug amantadine in some jerky samples containing chicken. But, while the drug shouldn’t be in the treats at all, they didn’t think it had contributed to the illnesses.

In the cases reported to the FDA involving jerky treats, about 60 percent reported gastrointestinal or liver disease, 30 percent kidney or urinary disease, and the remaining 10 percent of complaints included signs of other problems such as neurologic, dermatologic and immunologic symptoms, according to the agency’s update. About 15 percent of the kidney or urinary cases also tested positive for Fanconi syndrome, a rare kidney disease.

The FDA has recommended avoiding jerky treats and urges people to call their veterinarian if they suspect a problem.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

eBay Warns Customers to Change Passwords After Database Hacked

Personal information for all of eBay’s 145 million active buyers could have been accessed in a hack two months ago, a company spokeswoman said, as the online auction giant advised all users to change their passwords Wednesday.

The database contained encrypted passwords and was compromised from late February into March. The hacked database contained customer information including names, phone numbers, birth dates, home addresses and email addresses. It did not include financial information, the online auction site said.

The company has not yet said how many accounts were breached, but personal information for all eBay users in the database was potentially compromised, according to eBay spokeswoman Amanda Christine Miller.

Information for PayPal, an eBay subsidiary, is encrypted and maintained separately.

“Cyberattackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network,” the company said in a statement. EBay has seen “no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats.”

The breach was discovered about two weeks ago, according to eBay, leading to a probe that identified the hacked database. The company said it is "aggressively investigating the matter" and working with law enforcement.
EBay users will be contacted by the company on Wednesday asking them to change their passwords. A notice asking users to change their eBay passwords was first posted on the company website for PayPal, which is owned by eBay and handles its online payments.
Users who use the same password on eBay and other websites should change their passwords on all sites, the company said.
PayPal released a statement saying that an investigation has not uncovered any evidence that information for its customers was hacked.
“PayPal customer and financial data is encrypted and stored separately, and PayPal never shares financial information with merchants, including eBay,” PayPal said.
High-profile hackings have plagued several companies in recent months. Target reported a massive security breachthat laid financial information for tens of millions of customers vulnerable over the holiday season. AOL Mail reported a major hack in April in which email accounts were broken into and used to send out spam.

From the Desk of Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell ~ Press Release

Pocomoke City Police Department
Press Release
May 1, 2014 to May 20, 2014

 May 1, 2014, Loynial Sturgis, age 34 of Pocomoke City was Arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

 May 2, 2014, Heather Taylor, age 23 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Vehicle While Impaired By Alcohol.

 May 3, 2014, Robert Dolby, age 24 of Pocomoke was Arrested for CDS Possession of Marijuana and CDS Possession of Paraphernalia.

 May 4, 2014, Stan Schoolfield, age 25 of Princess Anne was Arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

 May 4, 2014, Donna Hilton, age 25 of Snow Hill MD was Arrested for 2nd Degree Assault.

 May 4, 2014, Nathaniel Pittman, age 31 of Pocomoke was Arrested for 2nd Degree Assault.

 May 4, 2014, Marguees Wise, age 21 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Arson and Malicious Burning.

 May 5, 2014, Juan Quiles, age 32 of Camden New Jersey was Arrested for CDS Possession of Marijuana.

 May 6, 2014, Catherine Gravenor, age 50 of Bel Air MD was Arrested for Theft less than $100.00.

 May 6, 2014, Kimberly Stephens, age 30 of Salisbury MD was Arrested on a Outstanding Warrant for Theft less than $1,000.

 May 8, 2014, Johnny Collins Jr, age 27 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Theft less than $500.

 May 10, 2014, Hakeem McBride, age 24 of Pocomoke was Arrested on a Outstanding Warrant for Violation of Probation.

 May 11, 2014, Marvin Fletcher, age 53 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Disorderly Conduct and an Alcohol Violation.

 May 11, 2014, Joel Owen, age 21 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Vehicle Under Alcohol Per Se.

 May 12, 2014, Robert Hickman, age 60 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.

 May 13, 2014, Ted Davis, age 20 of Pocomoke was Arrested on a Outstanding Warrant for Manufaturing Counterfeit Currency, Attempt to Possess/ Issue Forged Currency and Possession/Issue Forged Currency.

 May 13, 2014, Craig Douling, age 31 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Malicious Destruction of Property.

 May 15, 2014, Cecelia Briddell, age 52 of Pocomoke was Arrested on a Outstanding Warrant for Prostitution, Possession CDS Not Marijuana and Possess with Intent to Distribute Narcotics.

 May 18, 2014, Shakeisha Sample, age 32 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Peace Order/Fail to Comply.

 May 19, 2014, Jahad Triggs, age 19 of New Church VA was Arrested for CDS Possession of Marijuana.

 May 20, 2014, Keshon Hayes, age 20 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Rogue & Vagabond and Theft less than $100.00

 May 20, 2014, Michael Yeffstig, age 20 of Pocomoke was Arrested for Rogue & Vagabond and Theft less than $100.

 May 20, 2014, Tamika Fisher, age 20 of Pocomoke was Arrested for 1st Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Assault.

Judge Won't Dismiss McDonnells' Charges, No Separate Trials

Bob and Maureen McDonnell will have their day in court together, even if they would rather not.

In three orders Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer denied motions by both defendants to dismiss many of the charges they face, to separate their trials, and to give them access to communication records between prosecutors and the grand jury.

His ruling is a setback for the defense ahead of a jury trial set for July on public corruption charges. The McDonnells were indicted in January.

While the defendants "take issue with the Indictment primarily on the ground that it fails to allege Robert McDonnell performed or promised to perform any 'official act' within the meaning of the federal bribery statutes," Spencer in one order concludes it is for a jury to decide whether the McDonnells' conduct "constituted 'the corruption of official positions through misuse of influence in governmental decision-making.' "

The judge also denied a request for disclosure of grand jury information that the defense thought might help improve its fortunes by weakening the foundations of the government's case.

Spencer released his orders one day after federal prosecutors and attorneys for the McDonnells argued over motions to dismiss many of the charges against them. The defense claimed Bob McDonnell's conduct wasn't bribery by government standards because the former governor never took official action to aid a benefactor who lavished expensive gifts and loans on his family.


Bingo To Benefit The MarVa Theater

Friday, May 23rd at 7 PM

Tom's Cove Park
(Inside of the Clubhouse)
Chincoteague, VA

Doors Open at 6 PM
Cash Bingo
Special Game * 50/50 * Door Prizes

NASA Television Coverage Set for Next Space Station Crew Launch

Image Credit:  NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA Television will broadcast prelaunch activities for the next three crew members flying to the International Space Station, followed by extensive live coverage of their launch and docking to the orbital laboratory Wednesday, May 28.

Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA, Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will launch to the space station in a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:57 p.m. EDT (1:57 a.m. May 29, Baikonur time).

NASA TV coverage begins at 3 p.m. and will include video of the prelaunch activities leading up to and including the crew members boarding their spacecraft.

The crew is scheduled to dock to the station's Rassvet module less than six hours later, at 9:48 p.m. NASA TV coverage of docking begins at 9 p.m.

Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos will greet the new crew when the hatches open at about 11:25 p.m. NASA TV hatch opening coverage begins at 11 p.m.

**Wiseman, Suraev and Gerst will remain aboard the station until mid-November. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev will return to Earth in mid-September, leaving Suraev as Expedition 41 Commander.

For the full schedule of Soyuz prelaunch, launch and docking coverage, as well as NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For more information on the International Space Station, visit:
For b-roll and other media resources, visit:

**Wiseman is from Cockeysville, Maryland

Pocomoke City Police Department: Items Stolen From Vehicle - Arrests Made

On May 20, 2014 at approximately 0108 hrs Pocomoke City Police received a report involving two suspicious males in the area of Linden Avenue & 14th Street, attempting to get into several vehicles by pulling on their door handles. Upon arrival Police made contact with both individuals. After further investigation Police placed both suspects under Arrest.

During the early morning hours of May 20, 2014 at approximately 0818 hrs Pocomoke City Police received a Theft complaint. After further investigation it was discovered that the items reported stolen were in the possession of the suspects that were arrested earlier in the morning. 

Pocomoke City Police completed an Application of Statement of charges on the suspects. Once the paperwork was received both suspects were arrested and charged with additional charges of Rogue and Vagabond and Theft less than $100.00.
Keshon Hayes

 Keshon Hayes, age 20 of Pocomoke City. Hayes was charged with seven (7) counts of Rogue & Vagabond and Theft less than $100.00.

Michael Yeffstig, age 20 of Pocomoke City. Yeffstig was charged with seven (7) counts of Rogue & Vagabond and Theft less than $100.00. 
Michael Yeffstig

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sign Up For The TUG O WAR ~ Cypress Festival

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce Photo
The Cypress Festival is June 11 through the 14th with free admission Saturday, June 14 thanks to our sponsor Tyson Foods! 

 Tug O War will take place on Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th.  

For more information or to sign up go to

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce


(CENTREVILLE, MD) – A combined local, state and federal law enforcement partnership has led to the disruption of a cocaine distribution network operating throughout the Upper Eastern Shore and the arrests of two dozen suspects.   

Police believe three suspects were involved in directing the operation.  The first suspect is identified as Adrian L. Reed, aka “Slick,” 37, of the 2200-block of Pondtown Road, Chestertown, Md.  He was arrested May 12, 2014 and charged on a 35 count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to distribute cocaine, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to manufacture cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  He is currently being held on $250,000 bond. 

The second suspect is identified as Baraka Z. Chauka, aka “Rock,” 37, of the 1400-block of Barclay Road, Barclay, Md.  He was arrested May 19, 2014 and charged on a multiple count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.  He is currently being held on $100,000 bond. 

The third suspect is identified as Carlos J. Cain, aka “Cain,” 40, of the 100-block of Washington Street, Centreville, Md.  He was arrested May 8, 2014 and charged on an indictment with conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, and conspiring to distribute cocaine.  He is currently being held on $100,000 bond. 

The more than six month investigation began in the fall of 2013 when the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, and the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, began an intense investigation of a cocaine distribution ring operating in Queen Anne’s County.  During the investigation, it was learned the three suspects listed above were importing large amounts of powder and crack cocaine from Delaware and Pennsylvania into Queen Anne’s County.   

Investigators believe they were importing and distributing more than three pounds of cocaine within a two month period.  They were then using a network of distributors to sell the cocaine in Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Caroline counties.   

During the ensuing investigation, police served 18 search warrants in Maryland and two in Delaware.  Police obtained felony indictments on 14 persons, including the three listed above.  In addition, police made six on-view felony arrests and four on-view misdemeanor arrests.  They recovered more than $14,000 in drug related money and eight vehicles believed to be involved in, or the fruits of, the drug operation.  Police recovered various amounts of marijuana, powdered and crack cocaine, and heroin.    

The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Maryland State Police, The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Queen Anne’s County Office of the State’s Attorney, the Centreville Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resources Police, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations. 

Investigations like this one highlight the multi-jurisdictional nature of drug crimes and how the close working relationship between the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and numerous allied law enforcement partners both in and out of Maryland, are helping stem the flow of illegal drugs coming into Queen Anne’s County. 

MD. State Police News Release

Five Chinese Military Hackers Charged with Cyber Espionage Against U.S.

From left, Chinese military officers Gu Chunhui, Huang Zhenyu, Sun Kailiang, Wang Dong, and Wen Xinyu have been indicted on cyber espionage charges.

In a case out of the Western District of Pennsylvania, five Chinese military hackers were indicted on charges of computer hacking, economic espionage, and other offenses directed at six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals, and solar products industries. This marks the first time criminal charges have been filed against known state actors for hacking.

From 2006-2014, defendants Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, who were officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, were allegedly involved a hacking conspiracy that targeted Westinghouse Electric Co.; U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG; United States Steel Corp.; Allegheny Technologies Inc.; the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union; and Alcoa, Inc.

“The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a press conference announcing the charges today in Washington, D.C. “Success in the global market place should be based solely on a company’s ability to innovate and compete, not on a sponsor government’s ability to spy and steal business secrets.”

“State actors engaged in cyber espionage for economic advantage are not immune from the law just because they hack under the shadow of their country’s flag,” added Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. “Cyber theft is real theft, and we will hold state-sponsored cyber thieves accountable as we would any other transnational criminal organization that steals our goods and breaks our laws.”

As FBI Executive Assistant Director Robert Anderson emphasized, “If you are going to attack Americans—whether for criminal or national security purposes—we are going to hold you accountable. No matter what country you live in.”


(May 19, 2014) – This week, a group of specialized DUI enforcement officers with the Ocean City Police Department will be hitting the streets in an effort to curb impaired driving in the resort town. A group of officers that are specially trained in traffic safety will now dedicate their time to detecting and enforcing impaired driving.
“Impaired driving continues to be an issue in Ocean City and now with this dedicated enforcement team we will be able to combat impaired driving head on,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Finding a sober ride home is an easy choice one can make to protect their safety.”
This group of specialized officers is dedicated to making Ocean City safer by striving to eliminate the threat of impaired drivers on roadways. Other specialized DUI enforcement teams across the state, including the Maryland State Police SPIDRE team, have seen great success and experienced significant decrease in impaired driving collisions.

“Impaired driving is one of the biggest problems on our roadways,” began Milt Chaffee, Administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and the state’s Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety. “An average of 175 people have died every year for the past five years as a result of someone being impaired while behind the wheel. I applaud the Ocean City Police Department’s effort to stop impaired drivers and urge all drivers to always find a safe ride home. Call a friend or call a cab but do not get behind the wheel after you have been drinking.”
The Ocean City Police Department reminds citizens to always plan a safe ride home prior to consuming any alcoholic beverages. Citizens are strongly encouraged to designate a sober driver, call one of the many local taxi companies or ride the municipal bus.
For more information on the OCPD’s specialized DUI enforcement initiative, contact Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal at 410-520-5395.
Ocean City Police Dept.




Friday, May 23
Saturday, May 24
Monday, May 26

11 am until sold out
Most days they are there to at least 6 pm





Reminder: Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge

As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.7 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday – plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe.  This total represents a 1% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.  MDTA officials anticipate more than 333,000 vehicles will travel the Bay Bridge between Friday, May 23, and Monday, May 26: 

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the summer months: 

Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include: 
            Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. 
Memorial Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!
Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
Visit to view traffic cameras at the Bay Bridge and to sign up for  email alerts.
Follow the MDTA at and
Ease your travel with E-ZPass.  Visit to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit for statewide travel information.  To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit
The current cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $6. 

Please be aware of the new safety signage installed on the Bay Bridge, including:
MANDATORY HEADLIGHT USE AREA signs along both the westbound and eastbound bridges. Headlights are required at all times on the bridge;
Curve warning signs and 40 mph speed-limit signs prior to curves on the westbound and eastbound bridges;
YOUR SPEED IS signage on the bridge; 
DO NOT TAILGATE signs on the westbound and eastbound bridges;
To be installed after Memorial Day weekend: CONGESTION AHEAD signs with flashers to activate during heavy congestion to warn motorists of the potential for slowed/stopped vehicles.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA's priority.  The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Friday, May 23, at 5 a.m. through Tuesday, May 27, at 9 a.m.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span.  Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland. 
Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.  Click It or Ticket. 
Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.  
Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance. 
Move-over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

In accordance with the State's budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, May 23, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center.  Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card.  Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 27.