Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Take A Look In The Mirror.....

Take A Look In The Mirror
  Drawing the Right Lessons from Newtown
Photo/AND Magazine
Written by:
Charles Faddis
AND Magazine
Let me start with a couple of caveats.

First, I am not a particular gun enthusiast. I was taught to shoot as a boy by my father, and we had numerous firearms in the house at all times. I served as a combat arms officer in the Army and learned to operate a wide range of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. I spent twenty years in the CIA and for many years carried a weapon on my hip or my ankle every waking moment. I own several weapons, and I shoot often enough to maintain proficiency.

Still, guns are nothing but tools to me, and tools I hope not to use. Second, I am not opposed to reasonable measures to control the sale and licensing of firearms. I think the reality of our modern society is such that we need to accept such restrictions, and I do not see any inherent conflict between such controls and the right to bear arms. I know that the gunfight at the OK corral in Tombstone was precipitated by Wyatt Earp's insistence on enforcing a ban on the carrying of firearms in Tombstone, Arizona. We have understood the necessity to manage the power of guns for a long time.

 Having said all that, the demands being made for an assault weapons ban in the wake of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut shooting strike me as completely disingenuous. They may make people feel that they are doing something. They may provide an outlet for grief and anger. They have virtually nothing to do with what has just happened, and such a ban will not stop the epidemic of mass shootings plaguing our nation.

 What happened at Newtown was unspeakable. I have been around death and conflict most of my adult life. Still the horror of the senseless shooting of helpless children was such that I found it almost impossible to bear to watch the news coverage of the event. The cause of this tragedy, however, was not a semi-automatic rifle, and a ban on the sale of such weapons would not have prevented it.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available......

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
as a Result of Hurricane Sandy

RICHMOND- Individuals unable to work as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that occurred in Accomack County on October 26 through November 8, 2012, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

Self-employed and unemployed workers that live or work in Accomack County who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the major disaster declaration announced by President Obama on November 26, 2012. Under this program, benefits of up to $378 per week may be paid to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
Disaster unemployment assistance covers those who:
  • are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or they were unable to travel to their workplace due to the effects of the hurricane damage;
  • are self-employed, but are prevented from working due to the effects of the hurricane damage;
  • have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because the head of the household died as a result of the hurricane; or
  • cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the hurricane.
Anyone interested in filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) local office on or before the filing deadline of Monday, February 4, 2013. The VEC office on the Eastern Shore is located at 25036 Lankford Highway, Unit 16, Onley, Virginia 23418.

Applicants should have their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the year 2011.
For further information, contact C. B. Pierce at the VEC at (804) 786-1883 or Bob Spieldenner at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at (804) 897-6510.
 Click here for the official Press Release

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Caroline County / Attempted Child Abduction

AlertAttempted child abduction - Federalsburg MD
On 1/8/13, at approximately 3:00 PM Officers of the Federalsburg Police Department received a complaint of an "Attempted Child Abduction" in the Town of Federalsburg, MD, near the 300 block of West Central Avenue. The suspect attempted to abduct a 12 year old child. The suspect was using a vehicle in the attempted abduction.
The description of the suspect is:
 - A Black Male
 - Bald
 - With a Medium Complexion
 - Wearing a red sweatshirt with blue jeans
 - Red necklace with beads and a Jesus with a cross on it.
The vehicle used was described as:
 - An older model sedan
 - Whit or Eggshell colored
 - Possibly an "Oldsmobile"
 - Dark tinted windows
 - A dent on the rear drivers side
 - Had black steel rims with no hubcaps
 - Chrome cover at the bottom of the door that was dirty
Please contact the Federalsburg Police Department at 410-754-8966 or 410-479-2515 if you should have any information on the suspect or the vehicle used.

Riverside Grill ~ Downtown Pocomoke

Photo BW

JANUARY 8, 2013

-Chili w/ 1/2 turkey sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and green beans 6.99
 -Fried Oyster Po' Boy w/ fries 9.99
 -Apple Cranberry Salad 7.99

@ 4 pm: 99 cent kids meals
 Happy Hour 4-7 pm w/ $1 off appetizers
@ 8 pm: 50 cent wings

MarVa Theater ~ Volunteers Needed

Forever Missed ~ Frank Shockley

Frank Shockley
7/27/42 - 1/3/13
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company - 45 years
 Gold Badge Member
Pocomoke City, MD. – Elton Franklin “Frank” Shockley, Jr., 70, of Pocomoke City, died January 3, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Born in Salisbury, MD on July 27, 1942, he was a son of the late Elton Franklin Shockley, Sr. and the late Lucinda Hobbs Shockley.
Frank served in the Navy for four years aboard the USS Kirwin. He then started his career with Eastern Shore Gas, from where he retired with nearly 40 years of service. An avid bass fisherman, he also served the Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Dept. for 45 years and was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Phillips Shockley, one daughter, Robyn S. Pettit (Jeffrey), one grandson, Joshua Howard Griffin all of Pocomoke City; one brother, Ronald Shockley of Tampa, FL; one sister, Marilyn Joan Levy of Greenwood, DE, several nephews and one niece.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Sherman Shockley.
A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Tom Northam, will be held Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Holloway Funeral Home in Pocomoke City, where family and friends will gather 2 hours prior to the service. Interment with military and firefighter honors will follow in the First Baptist Cemetery.
If desired memorial donations can be made to the Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Dept., 1410 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.
My sincere condolences to the Shockley family.  I will forever cherish his friendship.  Frank will always be missed....fondly remembered. bw

No More Paper Check Refunds From Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - If you generally choose to have your Virginia tax refund printed on a paper check, get ready for a change.

All state refunds will be issued by either direct deposit or on a prepaid debit card, beginning with tax year 2012 returns.

It's a cost-saving measure that is part of the 2012-2014 Appropriations Act .

If you don't select direct deposit when you file your return, you will automatically receive a debit card, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation .

For additional details on the new 2013 rules, click here.


Casino Night To Benefit Billy Marsh

For more info go   HERE

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday - Riverside Grill Specials

JAUNARY 7, 2013
-Shrimp & Corn Chowder w/ 1/2 ham sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -Fried Oyster Po' Boy w/ chips and pickle 9.99
 -Taco Salad 6.99
 -1 Chili Cheese Dog w/ fries 4.99 or 2 dogs for 6.99
 -Chili Nachos 5.99
 Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
 @ 8 pm: 1/2 price apps and import bottles, $1 tacos & quesadillas, $3 margaritas

PES Teacher Of The Year ~ Gina Dean

A graduate of Pocomoke High School herself !

STORY TIME ~ Worcester County Library- Pocomoke Branch

For More Information and to see photos:

Tales from Tangier: An Evening of Lively Stories at the Barrier Island Center

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will host an evening of storytelling about the past, present, and future life on Tangier Island
 Saturday, January 19,
 beginning at 6 p.m.
 Barrier Island Center
 Machipongo, Va.

In this intimate atmosphere, some of Tangier's most colorful characters will share treasured memories and perspectives that exemplify the unique lifestyle that is Tangier.
Scheduled speakers include the Mayor of Tangier James “Ooker” Eskridge; Charles and Cindy Parks; Lonnie and Carol Moore, and others. The evening of storytelling will be hosted by Don Baugh, CBF’s Vice President of Education, who will ask speakers to reflect on their childhood, and how life is changing and becoming more challenging on Tangier. All share a love and concern for their unique home in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. All realize that a healthier Bay is key to maintaining a healthy economy for the future of the island.

“Tales from Tangier” is a free, family-oriented event open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. At the conclusion of the storytelling, The Chair Place Players, a bluegrass band from Craddockville, Va., will perform.
The Barrier Island Center is located on Route 13 between mile markers 90 & 91 at the intersection of Route 13 and Young Street in Machipongo. For more information, contact Tatum Ford, or call 757/971-0366.
About the speakers

 Mayor James (Ooker) Eskridge A lifelong waterman fishing for crabs and eels, he has been mayor for the last six years. In the last election he received 100 percent of the votes. He was also instrumental in recently getting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Virginia to commit to building a seawall and jetty to protect the island.
Lonnie Moore Prior to coming to CBF’s Education Department 20 years ago, he was Virginia’s top waterman for decades. One of Tangier’s favorite sons; excels at many things from pitching and dancing to winning boat docking competitions.
Charles Parks
 A lifelong Tangier waterman, who has worked as captain and educator for CBF for 15 years, he is one of CBF’s best messengers, telling stories to students about life on Tangier and the need for improved water quality. He is also noted for his role in the church choir.

Accomack County Fires.......

The fires that have seemed to plagued the Accomack County emergency personnel from all branches along with the residents of the county have seemed to cease.  At least for now.

The last fire (according to my notes) was December 24 in a barn situated on a farm in Bloxom.

Bloxom, Parksley, Tasley, Atlantic, Onancock and Saxis were all dispatched to the scene.  It took approximately two hours to control the fire on this Christmas Eve night.

There have been many nights when so many of our volunteers, police officers, investigators, etc. have been called to duty.  As insane as fires such as these are it is their duty to serve us- the residents.

Please remember to say thanks.  Their job is not always an easy job and very seldom does it come with any great benefits.  And if possible make a New Year's Resolution to support the fire department in your area in any way you can.  Pay it forward........

And since there has been no recent word from investigating parties I remind you that
anyone with information about the fires or people or vehicles seen near the destroyed structures PLEASE call:

Virginia State Police at 800-582-8350 or 757-424-6820 or the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131.

As soon as I receive any word concerning this investigation I will pass it along.

Virginia Launches New State Government Website

RICHMOND - Virginia has redesigned and launched an entirely new version of its official state website,, Governor Bob McDonnell announced today.

"The Commonwealth has a national record of providing outstanding citizen services online," said Governor McDonnell. "Our new state Web portal continues this tradition by streamlining access to Virginia government through one efficient Web portal.

"Internet service delivery has changed significantly since Virginia launched its first government website in 1997," Governor McDonnell added. "Today, our citizens are enjoying faster connections and often using mobile devices. Our job as a website provider has not changed, however; we must efficiently deliver information and services that our citizens, businesses and visitors need."

The site has an inviting new look backed by an efficient architecture focused on improving citizen usability. It provides citizens with easy-to-use Web access to Virginia government information and services. An all-new mobile version also has been launched. This website, also known as the state portal, directs visitors to the many online offerings of Virginia agencies faster and more efficiently.

The new website enhances Virginia's image as one of the nation's best states in which to operate a business and raise a family. It provides direct access to information that businesses looking to start up, locate or expand can use, enhancing economic development and job creation efforts.

Five rounds of formal citizen usability testing were conducted on the desktop and mobile versions. Citizen users participated in a series of real-world scenarios during each test. Their responses drove enhancements.

"We have measurably improved our service delivery through this new website by focusing on the user's experience with government tasks," Governor McDonnell said. "Use of this quantifiable process will help us continue to improve going forward."

The new site measurably loads more quickly, both on desktop and mobile versions. Task times to complete and success rates of task completion also are improved. The same tasks were tested on the previous version of the website and the new site in order to validate the comparison. A user survey is prominently displayed on the home page of the website; ongoing refinements and enhancements will continue based on further usability best practices.

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) led the public procurement, which established the contracts and managed administration of the project. Multiple agency representatives helped define the mission, vision and requirements for the new website during both the procurement and design processes.

Service providers for the website all are Virginia-based. Website architecture, construction and usability testing were performed through a contract between the commonwealth and CapTech of Richmond. Big River, a Richmond-based advertising agency, provided design work through CapTech. The site is hosted by AIS Networks of Falls Church. The commonwealth will continue to manage the website.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... Clogg's Garage Left Mark In Pocomoke City's History.

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)
February, 1921
(The Worcester Democrat)

The Front and Willow Street section of the new garage of Mr. J. Milton Clogg is nearing completion. So much so that he was able this week to move most of his business interests into that section.
September, 1921
(The Worcester Democrat)

Saturday last was one of the largest days ever experienced in Pocomoke City, so it is claimed by our oldest citizens. The occasion was the giving away by Mr. J. Milton Clogg of a new Ford Touring Car, the event marking the opening of his new and handsome garage at the foot of Market Street.

Ira Brittingham won the car with ticket No. 2151.

Footnote: Clogg's Garage escaped the disastrous Pocomoke fire of 1922 and after the fire, served as temporary headquarters for Pocomoke City National Bank, Lloyd Blaine Druggists, Pocomoke City Garage, and E. Fontaine Insurance. Numerous buildings which survived the fire served as temporary locations for businesses that didn't survive the blaze as outlined in the April 22,1922 edition of The Worcester Democrat. 

Note the Front and Willow Street, foot of Market Street, locations given for Clogg's Garage. Possibly the same building, or part of the building, that would later be home for decades to Duncan Brothers auto dealership and in more recent years the Delmarva Discovery Center. -tk
June, 1976
(The Salisbury Times)

Father And Son To Head Clubs

SNOW HILL- Father and son will become presidents of their Rotary Clubs at a joint meeting of the Snow Hill and Pocomoke City clubs Wednesday night.

The event will be at the Nassawango Country Club.
William G. Kirbin, Jr., Snow Hill attorney, will become president of that club succeeding Ninnian Beal.

His son, William H. Kirbin, editor of the Worcester County Messenger, will become president of the Pocomoke City club. He will succeed Thomas Ashby.
September, 1924
(Kingston Daily Freeman- Kingston, N.Y.)


(Item reporting on tourists visiting in Crisfield) 

...While they were attending services at the Methodist Church at Crisfield, Md., they were surprised to see President and Mrs. Coolidge enter the church, accompanied by Secretary Hughes. The congregation remained standing until the president's party had left the church, then hurried to the wharf to wave as they returned to the president's yacht, the Mayflower, that had quietly anchored in the harbor. 

Memories of Accomac, 1890
John S. Wise Jr.. "Memories of Accomac, 1890" Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Va.: August 21, 1937)
A friend recently said to me that after all, our memories remain with us and with many are all they get out of life. Certainly I cherish nothing more than my memories of old Drummondtown (later named Accomac) and Accomack County in 1890, now nearly half a century ago, when I spent a summer with my dear old cousin, Dr. John J. Wise, at his old home "Woodburn," about a mile north of Drummondtown.

I was then a lad of fourteen and full of youthful vitality and activity and interest and curiosity about all things of the Eastern Shore new to a boy who had spent most of his time in the inland country mountains.

(PART 2)

Dr. Wise was a typical Eastern Shoreman of his time. He was slight of stature and a little less than six-feet tall. He was as bald as a clam-shell with a pair of big violet-blue eyes that popped out like the eyes of a crab. They were the kindest eyes anybody ever saw but when angered the old man could almost shoot fire and his swearing was sulphurous and almost musical. He had a pair of large ears that stood well out from his head and were so thin the light came through them. He also had the full length Eastern Shore beard.

I slept in the room with him. In those days we had no fly screens. The doctor's abomination was flies. They tickled his bald head so that when smoking his pipe on the porch evenings he had to wear his hat. He said, a mosquito gave an honest warning, but, what he said of flies, ought not to be printed for general reading.

Many nights I was awakened by the old fellow, out of bed, killing flies with a folded newspaper and throwing stifling clouds of fly powder.

Nights there would be medical calls. For those he went out regularly without any secrecy. But other nights there were very gentle taps on the blinds, hushed talk and quiet exits.

Some have suspected this meant a poker game in the town. Generally after these calls the doctor did not get up in the morning early enough to make his customary inspection of the farm before breakfast.

The doctor had five good horses and there was one always available for my travels around the country and I traveled. Tom Scarburgh was a distant relative of mine and about my age and we ranged far and wide for youngsters.

Money we didn't have so we made out own amusement out of riding, fishing, sailing and swimming.

After the doctor's visits to his patients he was on the porch of his office where gathered a group of cronies to settle the affairs of the land and await the midday mail. Only a few of the elite belonged to this coterie.

Mr. John J. Blackstone was the most regular. He was older than the doctor but they had been friends many years.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Specials ~ Riverside Grill Pocomoke

JANUARY 5, 2013
 -Shrimp & Corn Chowder w/ 1/2 deli sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw and hush puppies 6.99
 -Ale-Batter Fried Shrimp Basket w/ fries 8.99*
 -Cajun Shrimp Caesar Salad 8.99

**Take another $1 off shrimp baskets all day!

$2.50 Mimosas & Bloody Marys
5 PM ~ $4.00 Burgers
8 PM ~ $3.50 Stoli drinks
Corona, Corona Light and Red Stripe


TIME MACHINE Preview ... Clogg's Garage Left Mark In Pocomoke City's History.

Its' 1921 opening was described at the time as one of the largest days ever experienced in Pocomoke City; the structure later played a significant role following Pocomoke's disastrous fire of 1922, and the location has been a Pocomoke landmark even through today.
Read more about it this Sunday here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 

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Photo  WMDT
(BERLIN, MD) -- A recent traffic stop by a Maryland state trooper in Worcester County led to the recovery of more than 350 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of the driver who was transporting it.

The suspect is identified as Donald P. Gayle, 54, of New Brunswick, NJ. After consultation with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, Gayle was charged by Maryland State Police with importation of a controlled dangerous substance into the state, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of marijuana. He was incarcerated in the Worcester County Detention Center on $650,000 bond. The investigation began shortly before 4:30 p.m. on December 30, 2012. A trooper from the Berlin Barrack was on the slow shoulder of southbound Rt. 113, north of Germantown Road, near Berlin. He was stopped in his unmarked patrol vehicle, but had his emergency red and blue lights activated, which were visible to passing traffic.

The trooper observed a Toyota Sienna van pass his patrol car and fail to move over into an available lane, which is a violation of the state’s move over law. The trooper stopped the van for the violation on southbound Rt. 113 south of Germantown Road.

During contact with the driver and only occupant of the van, later identified as Gayle, the trooper observed a number of factors that indicated criminal activity may have been underway. A Berlin Police Department officer who was nearby stopped as a backup, while the trooper called for a State Police drug dog team to respond.

A trooper and drug dog quickly responded and conducted a canine scan. The drug dog gave a positive alert for the presence of drugs.

Troopers then conducted a probable cause search of the van. They recovered five large nylon duffel bags, which each contained three large cellophane wrapped packages of suspected marijuana. The combined weight of the 15 packages of marijuana was more than 350 pounds.

Gayle was placed under arrest and taken to the Berlin Barrack for processing. Contact was made with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations task force and an agent responded to assist. Also assisting was a member of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team.

The investigation is continuing.

  Maryland State Police Press Release

Visit The Delmarva Discovery Center This Weekend


 Delmarva Discovery Center this weekend !!

Here's a great deal you need to take advantage of!!!

The First Weekend of Every Month, 50% off Admission for Locals!

 (Sussex, Worcester, Somerset,  Wicomico and Accomack Counties)

Judge Declares Mistrial For Tyvon Smith Murder Trial

 By Connie Morrison

Judge Glen A. Tyler has declared a mistrial in the murder trial of Tyvon Smith, who was accused of the July, 2011 murder of Belarmino Escalante. He also faced charges of attempted murder and related firearms charges.

Day two of Mr. Smith's trial began with testimony from Devonte Davis, who is a co-defendant in the murder case. Mr. Davis testified that he, Mr. Smith, and Kevonte Bell, another defendant in the case, were hanging out together in the early morning hours of July 21, 2011. They pulled alongside a fuel pump the Royal Farms at Nelsonia, and decided to rob the Hispanic at the pump in front of them. They followed the individual in his truck to Candelero de Oro church on US-13 near Gargatha, not knowing that there were three other vehicles also going from Royal Farms to the same location. The co-defendants pulled up to the first vehicle to commit the robbery, but others began to arrive, frustrating their plans. Mr. Escalante had left his vehicle and was approaching on foot. They decided to leave, and as they did, Mr. Davis testified he heard Mr. Smith tell Kevonte Bell to back up the vehicle, then he heard a gunshot. Mr. Escalante was shot, and the three co-defendants sped off in their vehicle. Mr. Davis said he saw the gun in Kevonte Bells hand.

Mr. Davis testimony concluded the Commonwealths evidence, and defense attorney Carl Bundick immediately moved to strike the Commonwealths evidence because he said that even in the best light, the evidence did not support the charges. Judge Tyler granted the motion on counts three and four attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of an attempted robbery but denied the motion for murder and two other related firearms charges.

Mr. Bundick then called Mr. Smith's parents as alibi witnesses, and Mr. Smith testified in his own defense. All testified that Tyvon had worked at Tyson that night, and was picked up by his mother at around 2:00 a.m., and he did not leave the house again that night. A Tyson's employee provided records that showed Mr. Smith arrived at work on the 20th around 4:00 p.m., and clocked out around 11:33 p.m. that same night. Mr. Smith explained that he was required to stay another two hours off the clock because he was still learning his job.

Royal Farms surveillance first caught the three codefendants and their vehicle on video around 12:30 a.m. on the July 21st 2011 as they purchased gas at the Parksley Royal Farms. Royal Farms in Nelsonia captured the vehicle again around 4:00 a.m. on the 21st at as it waited behind a white pickup truck, and then followed it out of the Royal Farms Parking Lot. In both cases, the video was not of a resolution to permit identification without other knowledge of the scene. In the Parksley video, a witness who knew the three and engaged them in conversation while they were pumping gas identified himself and the codefendants in the video. Devonte Davis provided identification for the second video.

The judge gave the jury instructions, and then the jury heard closing arguments.

Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar emphasized the instruction regarding concert of action.

"Were they planning to kill someone? It doesn't matter. All who participated in bringing it about are responsible whether the resulting crime was originally contemplated or not," said Mr. Agar.

After deliberating for about three hours, the jury returned and the foreman reported they were hopelessly deadlocked on the murder charge and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, but they had reached a verdict on the charge of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime as a juvenile that would have been a felony for an adult. Judge Tyler said he did not see how he could accept a verdict on the last, without a verdict on the other two when all three charges were so intertwined, and declared a mistrial. Mr. Agar said he intends to re-try the case.


Dress In Your Princess Finery and Have Tea....

Friday, January 4, 2013

Riverside Grill ~ Pocomoke

JANUARY 4, 2013
-Shrimp & Corn Chowder w/ 1/2 ham sandwich or side salad 6.99
-Fried Rockfish Sandwich w/ fries 9.99
 -Wedge Salad w/ blackened shrimp 8.99
 -Shrimp and Clam Strip Basket w/ fries 8.99

Happy Hour 4-7
w/ $1 off appetizers
@ 8 pm:
$3.50 Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry drinks
 $1.50 Yuengling, Bud Light, and Coors Light Drafts

Tax Returns Could Be Late Due To Fiscal Cliff Deal Delay

There’s some potentially bad news for those who can’t wait to get those tax refunds.

They may be late.

Congress took too long to pass the fiscal cliff deal, so now the fate of Americans’ tax returns is in limbo.

Congress didn’t get a deal done until January 1st.

Now the IRS has to re-program its systems and issue tax forms based on the revised laws.

That could delay the start of the tax filing season, which typically starts in a few weeks.

The later the tax return forms go out, the later the tax refund.

The IRS hasn’t said exactly when the revisions will be made, so it looks like millions of taxpayers could be waiting for their cash.


SBA Still On Eastern Shore Offering Low Interest Loans To Residents/ Hurricane Sandy

The Small Business Administration is currently on the Eastern Shore offering low interest loans to folks who suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.

"Hurricane Sandy really tore up the Eastern Shore. We have low interest loans available for home owners, renters, nonprofits and small businesses here," explained Erin Knapik of the SBA. "Rates are as low as 1.68%. Our loans don't come with any fees or costs. You don't have to accept the loan immediately or at all."

The SBA will be on the Eastern Shore through the month of January at the Accomack Regional Training Center in Melfa. The SBA also will soon open an office in Crisfield. If you would like more information about low interest loans from the Small Business Administration, you can call 800-659-2955 anytime or visit

More Information Small Business Administration's Website


Francis Makemie Society Archaeology Project ~ Volunteers Needed

For more photos of the area and what is being done go to Francis Makemie Society on Facebook

Two Arrested In Connection With Officer-Targeted Shootings

Orrin Joudrey
SUSSEX CO., Del. - State Police have arrested two men in connection with the recent string a shootings involving law enforcement's homes. Delaware State Police say on Wednesday morning, they arrested Orrin Joudrey, 20, of Delmar, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police searched the vehicle where they say they found a shotgun and rifle ammunition.

They believe the items were used in the December 27th shooting of a Dewey Beach Police Officer's home, West of Laurel. Joudrey apparently told the officers that he was staying with a friend, David Watson II, at a home on County Seat Highway, in Laurel, for the past few days. A Police investigation reportedly found that Joudrey and Watson had driven around Sussex County, DE and Maryland and fired multiple rounds of shotgun and rifle ammo into law enforcement officer's homes. No one was injured during the incidents.

David Watson II

On Wednesday afternoon, police additionally arrested 24-year-old Watson, who is on level III probation, without incident. Officials searched his home, where they say they recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, and a 7.62mm rifle, along with shotgun and rifle ammunition. Joudrey was charged with 1st degree attempted murder, 4 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, driving under the influence of alcohol, and other related offences. He is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $320,500 cash only bail.

Watson is also being held at SCI on $330,500 cash only bail. He is charged with 1st degree attempted murder, 4 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and other related offences.

Delaware State Police say that they are still investigating a shooting that happened on December 30th on
Sharptown Road in Laurel. Anyone with information on that incident is asked to call Det. Kelly at 302-856-5850 x.219, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or text DSP to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips can also be submitted on the internet at

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office is holding a
press conference on Friday morning to release information about the reported Maryland shootings. Last week, they informed WMDT that there had been a similar shooting of both a Wicomico County, and a Worcester County Sheriff's deputy, involving their private homes. At that time they said that the cases were related, and that the homes had been targeted based on there being a marked police car outside of each of the homes.


2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Gala

Thursday, January 3, 2013


(BERLIN, MD) – The commander and assistant commanders of the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack will be joined by the Worcester County State’s Attorney to announce a recent arrest and the recovery of more than 350 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. Although the marijuana was packaged in an attempt to reduce its scent, a State Police drug dog was able to detect its odor and alert troopers to the presence of drugs in the stopped vehicle.

The marijuana will be on display at the media briefing. Further details will be provided at that time.


WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013, 1:00 P.M.


Maryland State Police Press Release

UPDATE: Arrests Made In Officer-Targeted Shootings

SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County officials say they have made arrests in possible assassination attempts on law enforcement across Delmarva. They aren't releasing much information at this time, but last week they told WMDT there were three shooting incidents at the private homes of officers.

Authorities say the incidents involved a Wicomico County Police officer, a Worcester County Police officer and a Delaware State Trooper.

Those shootings reportedly happened between 10PM and 4AM at the private homes of the officers.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said, "We do believe that they were targeted because of their jobs and the profession they chose, which is to serve our Country and to serve our Citizens."

Luckily no injuries were reported. Authorities did say last week they believe the cases are connected.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Department has planned a press conference for Friday January 4, 2013 to release more information.


TIME MACHINE Preview ... Clogg's Garage Left Mark In Pocomoke City's History.

Its' 1921 opening was described at the time as one of the largest days ever experienced in Pocomoke City; the structure later played a significant role following Pocomoke's disasterous fire of 1922, and the location has been a Pocomoke landmark even through today.
Read more about it this Sunday here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 
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Riverside Grill ~ Thursday Specials

JANUARY 3, 2013
-Tomato Florentine Soup w/ 1/2 shrimp salad sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -Ale-Batter Fried Shrimp Platter 9.99
 -BBQ Chicken Sandwich w/ chips and a pickle 7.99
 -Apple-Cranberry Salad 7.99

 Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
 @4 pm: $4 burgers
 @ 8 pm: $3.50 Bacardi drinks

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce ~ 80's Night

Support Brunch To Be Held ~ Delegate Mike McDermott

MarVa Theater This Weekend

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Friday and Saturday
January 4th & 5th
Tickets  $5

Meteor Showers Will Light Up The Night Sky

Meteor Showers.Org Photo
By CNN Staff
(CNN) — Skywatchers will be setting their alarm clocks for the early morning hours Thursday when the annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks.

This year’s show in the sky may not produce as many highlights for some viewers because of light from the moon, NASA said in a statement.

Meteor watchers can expect to see 60 to 200 meteors an hour streak across the sky, NASA said.

Bill Cooke, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said by e-mail that the shooting stars would be visible after about 11 p.m. in each time zone in the United States, with the best viewing time from 3 a.m. until dawn.

The Quadrantids were first noted in 1825 and got their name from the constellation of Quadrans Muralis, which is no longer considered a constellation by astronomers, according to NASA.

The material that is burning up in Earth’s atmosphere during the Quadrantids likely comes from a comet that broke into fragments centuries ago, NASA says.

“After hundreds of years orbiting the sun, they will enter our atmosphere at 90,000 mph, burning up 50 miles above Earth’s surface,” NASA said.

The space agency said observers at latitudes north of 51 degrees south should be able to see the meteor shower.

NASA and Ustream will have a webcast from Wednesday through Friday with one view of the meteor shower. The camera is mounted in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Marshall Space Flight Center.



MarVa Theater Seeking Volunteers

Billy "Zombie Marsh" Benefit

Come on!!  Gumboro/Crisfield Mudboggers!!   We've been called to help one of our own.

Saturday, January 19, 2012
3 PM until  11 PM
Princess Anne Civic Center
11828 Crisfield Lane, Princess Anne, MD.
For further information or tickets please contact Wright Townsend at 443-614-6585.


Man Charged In Ocean City for Child Abuse

During the month of December 2012, Ocean City Police concluded a child sexual assault investigation stemming from an incident occurring in August of 1981. 

 OCPD investigators have charged, 70, of Salisbury, Maryland with:
  • 4th Degree Sex Offence
  • Child Abuse: Custodian

    Tucci is alleged to have brought a child to an Ocean City motel room in August of 1981.  While in the motel, it is alleged the illegal sexual acts occurred. 

     Police ask that anyone with information about Tucci, a former Priest in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1971 until 2007, contact Detective Brett L. Case at 410-723-6632.

    Ocean City Police Dept.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Eastern Shore Robotics Season Kicks Off January 5

Robotics seasons kicks off January 5 as high school students from across Delmarva receive their challenge that will pit them in competition with other students from the mid-Atlantic to across the nation.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 5, at the Marine Science Consortium outside the gate of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, students from several Eastern Shore teams will gather to learn what task befalls them in the 2013 FIRST Robotics competition.

Amy Davis, FIRST Robotics coordinator at NASA Wallops, said, "Every year there are more and more students and adults on the Eastern Shore interested in robotics programs. There is a lot of excitement when these students get together to work as a team and use their ingenuity to solve the challenges placed before them."

This years kick-off day will include check-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. An engineering challenge will be conducted from 9 to 10:30. This will lead up to the live announcement of the 2013 game challenge from FIRST headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire,

Davis said, "The kick-off day is open to the public to encourage more students in elementary, middle and high school to take part in the robotics programs in their schools and across the Shore. You don't have to be a member of an established robotics team to attend."

For directions to the Marine Science Consortium, visit:

For more information on NASA education programs at the Wallops Flight Facility, visit:

Tyvon Murder Trial Scheduled To Start

Tyvon Smith
Accused of murder
The trial of Tyvon Smith, accused of murder in the July, 2011 shooting death of Belarmino Escalante, is scheduled to begin on January 2, 2013. Mr. Smith, who turned himself in to the Accomack County Sherriff's Office in August after a Grand Jury indictment for the crime, also faces charges of attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony that stem from the same event.

A co-defendant, Devonte Davis, pled guilty to and was convicted of attempted robbery on August 20, 2012. Mr. Davis' charge of murder, along with two felony weapons charges, were continued until March 23, 2013, as was his sentencing for the attempted robbery conviction.

According to evidence given by Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar at Mr. Davis' August court appearance, Mr. Smith, Mr. Davis and co-defendant Kevonte Bell, were pumping gas at the Royal Farms in Nelsonia when they determined that they would rob the vehicle in front of them once it had left Royal Farms. The three co-defendants followed the vehicle, which contained Mr. Escalante and two or three other men, into the parking lot of Candelero de Oro church at about 4:00 a.m. on July 21, 2011. The men were meeting a foreman for a job they were going to start. Mr. Escalante was not robbed, but he was left with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. One of the cars in the church parking lot followed Mr.Davis' car and obtained enough information to lead investigators to Mr. Davis, and the case unfolded from there.

Mr. Escalante, of Greenbush, was 27 years old at the time of his death and is survived by his wife and four young children.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Facebook Password Laws Go Into Effect In Six States

Employers in six states will no longer be able to require their employees hand over personal Facebook account passwords thanks to new laws passed this year.

California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey all passed similar bans, reported Reuters.

The California and Illinois’ laws also include job applicants.

The Michigan law adds educational institutions to the ban. They can be punished for dismissing or failing to admit a student who does not provide passwords and other account information used to access private internet and email accounts, including social networks.

Laws preventing employers from demanding access to an employee’s Facebook or other social media accounts began after the case of a Maryland state correctional services worker was told he had to turn over his Facebook password if he wanted to be reinstated to his job after a leave of absence.

The ACLU of Maryland took up the case saying the request was a violation of Robert Collins’ privacy and was discrimination.

“My personal communications, my personal posts, my personal pictures, looking at my personally identifiable information, where my religious beliefs, my political beliefs, my sexuality — all of these things are possibly disclosed on this page,” Collins said in a YouTube video. “It’s absolute total invasion and overreach.”

Yet despite these protections, workers and job seekers will still need to be careful what they post online: Employers may continue to use publicly available social networking information.

Be aware of your privacy settings and remember inappropriate pictures, tweets and other social media indiscretions can still come back to haunt your job prospects.

For more information about the various state laws, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures.