Wednesday, December 8, 2010
December 6, 2010 – West Ocean City Arson Conviction
Written by Matt Owens
Monday, 06 December 2010 12:45 The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office has been investigating an April 11, 2010 residential house fire at 10359 Keyser Point Road, Ocean City, Maryland in Worcester County. Evidence and information from interviews led to the September 1, 2010 arrest of Thomas W. Sellers, (no permanent address). On December 1, 2010, Worcester County Circuit Court convicted Sellers of First Degree Arson. A Pre Sentence Investigation has been ordered. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 x 2 or at firstname.lastname@example.org@wcfmo.org.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The 911 Center received a reports of a fire at 10:20 PM at 5202 Cobbs Station Rd. near Cheriton.
State Police investigators are trying to determine if any of the fires were arson and if there is any connection among them. It is very unusual to have that many fires within such a short period of time on the Eastern Shore.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Some people might wonder why I believe the new residential fire sprinkler requirement that’s sweeping the country is a load of bovine-generated biomass.
It’s simple. Advocates argue that some 3,500 people die each year in house fires and that this will help lower that number. But if the main concern of governments is to save our lives — at our own expense — think about this:
More than 51,000 people die of colon cancer every year, according to the National Cancer Institute, 14 times the number of people who will lose their lives in house fires, yet neither the federal, state or local government has seen fit to require us to install an early warning detection system where the sun don’t shine.
I’m trying to get a handle on their logic.
Seeing how my *** apparently belongs to the government, one would think it would want to do more to protect it from far greater dangers instead of demanding only that I water it down in case of fire.
Personally, if all I had was smoke detectors in my house, which I do, and if the alarm sounded, I would get my *** out of there, thus saving it a fraction of the cost.
On the other hand, while we have the Southern Building Code, the BOCA building code and the International Code Council, et al, we do not have a formally adopted Southern *** Code, BOCA *** Code or an International *** Council, which means that for now, anyway, our ***es are unregulated, as anyone who has been to Wal-Mart will attest.
Another factor might be that the zoning code makes no provision for a single-family ***, a high-rise *** and a multi-unit ***, although there is a good argument that Congress would fall in the latter category.
But I’m serious about this. If this is all about saving lives, what’s the difference between requiring people to pay for a sprinkler system they may not want but could save their lives and mandating colonoscopies that they may not want and could save their lives?
Governments will no doubt respond that your *** is none of their business, unless, of course, you are preparing to fly commercially, in which case, they are going to check your *** out before allowing you to check in.
Considering all this, I have a suspicion that this particular aspect of the building code, has less to do with saving our ***es than we are led to believe.
After all, if protecting our ***es is what this is about, a wiser and more cost-effective expenditure would be the $3,000 average cost of a colonoscopy than the average $4,000 cost of a fire sprinkler system, albeit the former costs more on a per square foot basis.
Then again, government’s preference for mandated sprinkler systems over mandated colonoscopies could be more fundamental.
I’m sure that even with the job shortage these days, finding a qualified *** inspector would be difficult unless, of course, you’re flying commercially.
The Public Eye
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Selbyville police were advised to look for the vehicle after receiving a tip that it had been involved in a burglary in Ocean Pines.
According to Lt. Greg Schoepf of the Ocean Pines Police Department, two residents returned home Saturday to find two strangers on their front porch. Once confronted, the two people said they were feeling weak and looking for some juice, according to police.
After the strangers left, the residents went inside to discover their house had been broken into and several items had been stolen. They immediately called Ocean Pines Police to report what had happened and give them a description of the vehicle.
They later identified James W. Cloyd, 63, of Berlin and Patricia J. Clemer, 25, of Berlin as the two who had been on their porch, police said.
After confirming it was the same vehicle that had fled the burglary in Ocean Pines, police held the occupants until Ocean Pines Police officers and detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation could arrive.
Upon searching the vehicle authorities found about $4,400 in suspected stolen property, drug paraphernalia and 40 100-mg pills of a controlled substance.
The suspected stolen property included several televisions, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, tools, videos and DVDs, according to Scott Collins, chief of the Selbyville Police Department.
"I think it's ironic -- they do a burglary and then get stopped for a couple of seat belts," Collins said.
Some of the stolen property has already been returned. Collins said additional property is expected to be returned to the original owners once they are found and able to identify it.
Cloyd and Clemer were charged with six counts of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle for drug distribution, two traffic offenses of not wearing seat belts and not having valid insurance.
Cloyd is being held at Sussex Correctional Institute on $34,100 secure bond, and Clemer is being held on $33,000 secure bond.
Charges in Maryland are pending, police said, as well as additional charges in Delaware.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Deputies arrived at the home of Ronald John Melcher, 60, of Marumsco Road, Marion, around 8:30 a.m. and saw Melcher exit the front door and walk toward a vehicle in the driveway, according to Maryland State Police.
Melcher refused to obey the deputy’s verbal commands to stop and he continued toward the vehicle, all the while yelling that he was not going back to jail, police said.
Deputies then used a Tazer on Melcher, who fell into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
As the deputies attempted to take Melcher into custody, they saw him pull a .38-caliber revolver from within vehicle.
A deputy ordered Melcher to put the gun down, but he shot himself in the head and was killed instantly.
None of the Sheriff’s Office personnel at the scene were injured.
Melcher was wanted by Maryland State Police in Salisbury for drug possession, Baltimore City for drug possession and Virginia State Police for credit card theft charges.
He was also a suspect in a criminal investigation being conducted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
The state police Princess Anne barrack, along with MSP homicide unit, crime scene and IAU personnel, were asked by the sheriff’s office to investigate the case which is continuing.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
*UPDATE* The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation has made an arrest in the stabbing death of a teenager in Pocomoke City.
Authorities say 29-year-old James Ballard murdered 18-year-old Russell Bailey near 9th St. in Pocomoke Wednesday. Ballard is behind bars this morning.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
NBC News film crews and the "Today Show's" Ann Curry visited the school Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday to gather footage for the feature.
"Our entire school felt an enormous amount of pride to have the 'Today Show' visit," Principal Caroline Bloxom said.
The school gained the notice of producers working on the series after being named one of the country's 10 NASSP Breakthrough Schools for its improvements in student achievement in 2008, and then being profiled on the U.S. Department of Education's website in 2009.
On the "Today Show" piece, Pocomoke Middle will be featured as an example of a successful public middle school in spite of the challenges it faces as a rural school with a high population of poverty. Curry interviewed Bloxom, while teachers and students were filmed sharing their thoughts on programs and initiatives -- such as its literacy program and Arts Immersion initiative -- that they thought made the school unique.
Bloxom, who is beginning her 11th year as the school's principal, said it was an exciting experience for her as well as the school's students and staff to have film crews at Pocomoke Middle.
"It's not every day that a national news network rolls into our school," she said.
She said students and staff were looking forward to seeing what producers chose to use for the three- to four-minute piece that would be aired on "Education Nation."
"They have an amazing amount to choose from," Bloxom said.
Although it's not known what time the piece will air on Wednesday, Bloxom said if it was during school hours the school would be tuned in. Otherwise, students will get to view the piece on DVD after it is broadcast.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
TRAFFIC COLLISION PRESS RELEASE:
DATE & TIME: 09-25-2010 @ 0320 hours
Case # 10-96-006360
LOCATION: MD 610 W/O Shavox Church Road, Worcester County, MD
VEHICLE 1: 2004 Honda, MD Registration: 9BSJ06
DRIVER 1: Kristina Lynn Wenger, 40 YOA, Ocean City, MD
On September 25th, 2010 at 0320 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack responded to a personal injury collision which occurred on MD 610 W/O Shavox Church Road, Worcester County, Maryland. The collision involved a single vehicle which had left the roadway, collided with a ditch, and overturned in a farm field. As a result of the collision, the vehicle caught fire and became fully engulfed. The driver, 40-year old Kristina Wenger, was able to free herself from the vehicle. She was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by the Maryland State Police Aviation due to injuries sustained in the collision and is in stable condition. The Showell Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the vehicle fire. The roadway was closed during the collision investigation. The driver was charged with DUI, Negligent Driving and related offenses.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The fee waiver applies at both the Maryland and Virginia districts of the National Seashore.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the National Seashore at a great time of the year," said Kicklighter. "Fall flowers are blooming, the weather is perfect, and the island is less crowded than during the busy summer season."
National Public Lands Day is an annual event celebrating service and recreation at more than 1,600 parks, refuges, and other public lands throughout the nation. Visitors to Assateague and other areas are encouraged to help out during their stay by volunteering in public service projects. Stop by the Maryland District Ranger Station to see how you can participate.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics, the Ocean City Police Dept.,Worcester County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police will be on the rooftop in an effort heighten awareness and raise money to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics of Maryland.
These brave officers will be on the rooftop of the Dunkin' Donuts waiting for your support in donations so they can come down from the rooftop: Chief Reggie Mason, LT Smack, SGT Andy McGee, DFC Kenny Parr, DFC Dale Trotter, DFC Mike Hickman and many, many more!
Stop by Dunkin' Donuts this weekend and leave a donation towards a worthy cause. Let's see how much in donations these officers above will raise for the worthy cause
They'll be watching and they will be waving to you below....Help them out because when you do you help the Special Olympics of Maryland.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Giddens has served 24 years with the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, in addition to four years before that with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel police.
Among other duties over the years, Giddens was the county’s first DARE officer, a job he said was his favorite. He also served as court service deputy.
He was promoted to sergeant in 1991 and to lieutenant in charge of the patrol division in 1994 before becoming captain and the department’s chief deputy.
Giddens was instrumental in the 2003 accreditation process for the department, which was one of only 14 in the state fully accredited at the time from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standard Commission.
Despite his many years of experience with the Sheriff’s Office, Giddens said he did not fully understand the pressures that come with the top job until he became sheriff.
“I didn’t imagine the magnitude, the pressure, of the job until I stepped into it,” he said.
Giddens said the sheriff’s office has within its ranks a strong candidate to replace him.
“We have a strong chain of command that is in place that knows the business, and I feel strongly that they will continue to serve the public in the way they’ve been used to,” Giddens said, adding, “My blessings and prayers are with my major, my second in command, Todd Godwin.”
Giddens said when he became sheriff two and a half years ago he had planned to run for a second term, but has since decided to retire. In Virginia, law enforcement officers with hazardous duty can retire at age 50 with 25 years of service.
Giddens’ retirement plans include substitute teaching, coaching area youth and some traveling, as well as catching up on projects around the house.
“I’m not planning on sitting down,” he said.
And Giddens had some advice for whoever steps into the position next: “The number one thing is to continue to be honest, open-minded and put people first.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Written by Jeff McMahon Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Update: Monday, July 12, 2010 - BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECT
Effective immediately (July 7, 2010), outdoor burning is banned for an indefinite period of time in Worcester County.
Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon issued the burning ban today, July 7, 2010 after dry weather and 12 outdoor wildfires occurred in Worcester County during the past 30 days.
The ban applies to all outdoor ignition sources, including campfires, bonfires, fireworks, leaf, brush, grass and trash burning and other similar methods of open incineration.
The ban does not apply to public permitted fireworks displays with fire company personnel assisting or Assateague beach campfires.
Since the beginning of June, the County has experienced an increased number of brush, field and woods fires,” said McMahon.
“These fires cause safety concerns for area residents and responding personnel. -The ban will remain in effect until the dry conditions dissipate.
For further information contact Fire Marshall Jeff McMahon at 410-632-5666.