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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sentence for former chief reported.

(Delmarva Now)

Former Pocomoke police chief sentenced for misconduct: Prosecutors

A former Pocomoke City police chief was given a three-year suspended sentence and probation in connection with a misconduct in office conviction, prosecutors said Tuesday.
A judge sentenced Kelvin Sewell to three years of incarceration which was suspended in favor of three years of supervised probation, according to the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor. 
Sewell, who served as Pocomoke City police chief from 2011-15, was convicted in May on the charge, which stemmed from a 2014 incident involving a Maryland correctional officer and fellow local Masonic lodge member and a traffic crash.
Prosecutors alleged that Sewell and another former officer, also a Mason, conspired to resolve the incident without charging or citing the driver.
Sewell was initially convicted in 2016, but an appeals court overturned Sewell's conviction in 2018, saying the judge erred in excluding expert testimony Sewell said would have supported his claim that he acted reasonably.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chief Harden's Departure

Few details have come to light so far regarding this week's resignation of Pocomoke City Police Chief William Harden other than the former chief citing policy differences with city officials according to news media reports.

Pictured is Chief Harden being sworn into office in October, 2015. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Afternoon Storms

Friday afternoon flooding in Accomack County.

(WBOC photo)  

(story courtesy 

Massive storms began at about 1:30 PM Friday afternoon dropping as much as 9 inches of rain between Parksley and Melfa. The storm then spread to cover the entire Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Route 13 in areas was completely shut down due to heavy rain and the heavy holiday weekend traffic. Standing water, downed power lines and limbs caused detours in several areas.

Both lanes of Rt. 13 were closed when power lines fell across the road near Johnsons Rd. south of Fisher's Corner. Northbound traffic was allowed to proceed but the southbound lane was closed for several hours due to flooding. Traffic was detoured to Rt. 316 causing a back up as heavy holiday weekend traffic was squeezed onto the 2 lane road. Many back roads were impassable due to the flooding.

Several minor accidents were reported and there were some vehicles that stalled in the flooded areas. 

There was some minor flooding reported at Shore Life Care in Parksley but the residents were never in any danger. 

The National Weather Service estimates 5-8 inches of rain in central Accomack County.  

WESR callers reported as much as 12 inches in localized areas.

Traffic was stopped completely on Rt. 13 for almost an hour Friday afternoon due to flooding near Johnson Rd. just South of Fisher's Corner. The northbound lane was opened after approximately an hour but the southbound lane remained closed and traffic was rerouted down 316 causing an extended backup as heavy fourth of July traffic was squeezed onto the two lane road. 

Back roads all over central Accomack County were flooded in spots and several minor accidents and car abandonments were reported . There were no injuries. 

Minor flooding was reported at Shore Life Care but residents were never in any danger. Also flooding was reported at the day care center on Rt. 13 north of Fisher's Corner but again none of the children were ever in any danger. 

The storms moved off at around 4:30. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pocomoke Fire Investigation

The State Fire Marshal's office is seeking information on Pocomoke's spectacular fire Sunday night at the former Somerset Packing Company building. Anyone having information regarding the fire is asked to to call (410) 713-3780.

                                                                  (Lorie Ann Strout photo via

Friday, October 2, 2015

Chief Harden Assumes Duties..


Posted October 2, 2015

The Pocomoke City Police Department welcomes William “Bill” Harden to his first day as Chief of Police. Chief Harden was officially sworn in last evening during a ceremony among the Mayor and City Council, City Business and Faith Leaders, Family and Friends. Chief Harden retired from the Maryland State Police after 25 years of service serving as Division Commander for Special Operations. He also worked with the Wicomico County Detention Center as an Investigator.

Chief Harden is ready to put his efforts and knowledge to good use in Pocomoke City. Harden is feeling positive and has dealt with challenging situations in the past and is ready to utilize his expertise to benefit the Pocomoke City Police Department and the citizens of Pocomoke City. “I’m excited,” he said. “I’m ready to start the job.”

Monday, August 10, 2015

View Meteor Shower From Beach..


The recreational beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will remain open, all night, from Wednesday evening, August 12 until dawn on Thursday. August 13, allowing visitors to enjoy a night of stargazing and night sky watching of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. with an Astronomy 101 presentation at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center; conducted by staff from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center. Participation is limited to 175 people per presentation. The auditorium presentations will occur regardless of weather

At the recreational beach, Parking Lot 1 will close to vehicle traffic from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., where the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will provide onsite expertise and night sky viewing opportunities for the visiting public. Experts, telescopes and binoculars, will only be available from approximately 8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The telescope viewing is subject to cancellation, due to inclement weather.

Visitors wishing to participate in overnight viewing opportunities must arrive on the refuge before the entrance gate closes at 10 p.m. Those not wanting to stay all night may leave at any time. Anyone leaving after 10 p.m. will not be permitted to re-enter until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Public access to trails and other visitor facilities will be prohibited after 10 p.m. Only beach access and parking will remain open. All campfires will be prohibited after 10 p.m. to enhance nighttime viewing opportunities.

The Astronomy 101 and Night Sky viewing opportunities are presented by collaboration between the Assateague Island National Seashore, the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. These activities are free and open to the public. However, standard refuge entrance fees still apply.

For more information about the Perseid meteor shower viewing opportunities at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, please call (757) 336-6122. 

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