Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Abandoned Structure Fire ~ Accomack County

Monday,  March 11, 2013
9:56 PM
Abandoned Structure Fire
30281 Nocks Landing Road
Oak Hall, Virginia

Structure was fully involved when fire units arrived.

Monday nights fire comes after an almost three day lull from any fires.  Since Friday night extra officers have been on hand to conduct road blocks in various areas, making themselves available, in an attempt to answer any questions or concerns  citizens may have concerning the recent 60 plus arsons.

There were no injuries reported in tonight's fire. Units from Atlantic, Oak Hall Rescue, Bloxom and Wallops Island responded.

Accomack County fire departments were assisted by the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company.

Video/Tony Hurst

Anyone with information about the arsons and/or individual(s) responsible is encouraged to contact law enforcement via a Tip Line dedicated to these investigations. Text, call or email at 757-655-1437.
Anyone with a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Seeks Sex Offender for Law Violation

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Press Release
Snow Hill, Md.
The Worcester County Sheriffs Department have obtained an arrest warrant for one man for violations of laws that pertain to their status as registered sex offenders.
The Worcester County Sheriffs office is seeking 34 year old,  Joshua Aaron Baker,  last known address of 12905 Swordfish Dr. apt # 1 Ocean City Md. 21842 . He is a Tier 3 sex offender wanted for failing to re-register as a sex offender within three days of moving to a new location. Baker also has numerous  other warrants for his arrest on unrelated  matters in the State of Maryland. Baker has been convicted four other times for failing to reg. as a sex offender, as required by law.
Joshua  Aaron Baker
To offer information regarding this investigation please contact the Worcester County Sheriffs Office at 410-632-1111. Tipsters may also call to provide information through lines maintained  by Maryland Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.
Lt. Edward C. Schreier
 Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Governor Martin O’Malley Announces “Governor for a Day” Essay Contest

Continues commitment to empowering women & fighting for equal opportunity

ANNAPOLIS, MD  - In honor of International Women’s Day, Governor Martin O’Malley launched Maryland’s first-ever “Governor for a Day” Essay Contest – an effort aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in public service, including in elected office. The contest asks young women ages 8-12 to explain in 400 words why they want to be Governor of Maryland and what they would do if they were Governor for a day.

Submissions will be accepted here.

Each individual that enters the contest will receive a package containing information about Maryland’s State Government, the requirements of elected office, and a special video message with words of encouragement from the Governor. Entries for the contest will be accepted until April 15, 2013.

One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Governor’s Office. The prize awarded to the writer of the winning essay will be unveiled once a winner is announced, and it will include a meeting with Governor O’Malley in Annapolis.
Maryland’s “Governor for a Day” contest builds on the Governor’s strong commitment to empowering women and fighting for equal opportunity.

“Maryland  has an abundance of smart, successful women who work to help move Maryland forward every day,” said Governor O’Malley. “Together, we have strived to support our women-owned businesses, appoint a record number of exceptional women to the bench, provide better health care to those previously uninsured, and drive down violence against women. We took these measures because it’s part of the better choices we’re making for our State. In Maryland, our diversity is our greatest strength and the accomplishments of women are an integral part of our progress as a people.”

Recognizing the strong role women play in the O’Malley-Brown Administration, the Governor released a video featuring a few members of his Cabinet who’ve offered words of advice to young women.

Maryland is one of the top three “States for Women” and has the second lowest wage gap between working men and women. One-third of all businesses in Maryland are owned by a woman, the country’s highest percentage. In FY2012, MBE participation reached 25.2 percent, marking the first time the State achieved its goal of 25 percent program participation. Over the past five years, awards to women-owned firms increased 59 percent from $322.9 million in FY2007 to $550.8 million in FY2012.

Truck Tow Leads To Arrest

On March 8th 2013 Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the area of Porters Crossing and US Route 113 to assist a motorist who had gotten his 2013 Ford Truck stuck in a ditch with engine area of the vehicle submerged.

While the vehicle was being pulled out of the ditch and loaded on to tow truck, Deputies observed the owner of the vehicle identified as Brett A Baczek, 27, from Connecticut, was wearing a gun holster on his right hip.  Further investigation revealed Mr. Baczek was carrying a loaded handgun and what appeared to be cocaine. Mr. Baczek was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Mr. Baczek was seen by a Commissioner and released on his own Recognizance.

Lieutenant Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Sunday, March 10, 2013

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/ Pocomoke City Police Department

 Pocomoke City Police Department


Position: Police Administrative Assistant

 Pocomoke City Police are accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Assistant; this position requires a High School Diploma and previous office/computer experience.
Call Ms. Gayle Waters at 410-957-1600 or pick up an application at the Pocomoke Police Department located at 1500 Market Street.

Applications will only be accepted up to March 30, 2013.
Pocomoke City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pocomoke City Police Department
 1500 Market Street

TODAY ~ Delmarva Discovery Center

The Delmarva Discovery Center
TODAY at 1:30 PM
Educational program "It's lunch time, Come and Get IT!" featuring the very special Gary Busey, our eastern box turtle!
Come learn about Gary and the fish in the 6000 gallon tank eat for lunch!

Riverside Grill ~ Sunday

MARCH 10, 2013
 -Veggie Beef Noodle Soup or Turkey Barley Chili w/ 1/2 deli sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Chicken & Berry Salad w/ honey mustard dressing 7.99
 -Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos w/ mango salsa and fries 9.99
 -Sausage, Peppers & Onions (Served on a hoagie roll w/ a side of fries) 6.99

Check Points Continue In Accomack County

Check points began Friday night and will continue until Tuesday in Accomack County.  Uniformed troopers, deputy sheriffs, and police officers will be on patrol until 1 a.m.  handing out flyers in their attempt to gather information and to spread awareness concerning the 64 arsons that have struck the county since November 12, 2012.
Your patience and cooperation is appreciated at these random locations.

TIME MACHINE ... 1909..1980..1941..1924..1934

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

January, 1909
(Attica Daily Ledger- Attica, Indiana)


Man to Escape Drowning Climbs Pole and "Cuts In" on Line
Seaford, Del.- H.W. Carty, district manager at Salisbury, Md., for the Diamond State Telephone company had a narrow escape from death on the march across the Nanticoke River near Vienna, a town 20 miles from here.

That he did not succumb to the cold and exhaustion was due to the fact that he had a telephone receiver in his pocket, and the strength to climb a pole.

His horse got off of the road, taking the vehicle and driver with him. Mr. Carty had strength enough to swim to a nearby pole placed in the water, and then climb it. He "cut in" with his receiver and told the operator at Salisbury of his plight, and asked that help be sent to him.

After considerable delay men in boats were sent to his rescue, finding him partly unconscious, his spike in the pole holding him. 
December, 1980 
(The News- Frederick, Md.)

Musicians hope to become Shore Symphony


SALISBURY, MD. (AP)- About 40 volunteer musicians from all parts of the lower Eastern Shore and nearby Delaware are rehearsing here regularly for what they hope will become the Shore Symphony Orchestra.

Their conductor, Gail L. Crawford Jr., a musician and an attorney here, aims to get them into shape in weekly rehearsals in time for their first concert tentatively set for Feb. 17.

After a more than two-hour first session at a local high school, during which he paced them through a rendition of Sibelius' "Finlandia," Crawford congratulated the musicians.

For a group of strangers playing together for the first time, he said, they had done very well. "It'll be a long, hard struggle, but I think you have the makings of an orchestra," he told them.

Most had come from the Salisbury area, but others drove from areas like Snow Hill and Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Princess Anne in Somerset County, Cambridge in Dorchester, and Seaford in Delaware.

All brought their own instruments with them to form the basic symphonic sections- strings, woodwinds, and brass. The only thing lacking was a percussion section, volunteers for which are expected.

February, 1941

Firemen from Snow Hill, Berlin, and Pocomoke City battled a blaze that broke out after midnight in a two story brick building at the corner of Washington and Market Streets, across from the Court House, in Snow Hill. The fire started in an apartment and spread to the Gem Theatre, Brimer Brothers restaurant, the office of Medical Examiner Dr. John L. Riley, the Harris And Pusey insurance office, Frank Upshur's law office, a barber shop and another apartment. The fire was brought under control in about two hours as firemen drew water from the Pocomoke River to quell the blaze. Several persons suffered minor injuries from falls on ice covered streets; no direct injuries from the fire were reported.

January, 1924 (TIME MACHINE Archive)

The Shore Transit Company was planning to establish a new route to its services that would go from Salisbury to Crisfield, Pocomoke, Snow Hill, and Berlin.

April, 1934
(Eastern Shore News- Onancock, Va.)
Aged Man Tells of Early E. Shore Life
The material of this article was gotten from an interview with Benjamin F. Scott, a ninety-six year old Civil War veteran of Chincoteague Island. Beginning with his birth he has given us some interesting highlights of his life, which acquaint us with the conditions of former days.

Mr. Scott was born on the 8th of May, in 1838 at Hog Island. 

(PART 2)

In '63 Mr. Scott enlisted on the Northern Side. He was twenty-five years old. He was among a group of sixty-three men coming from Chincoteague, which completely swept the island of men of that class. Mr. Scott belonged to a company of one hundred men.

He tells an interesting story of how Chincoteague came to be on the northern side. A Mr. George Clayville went, at the outbreak of the war, to Philadelphia, by beating way up the beach, since he could not go by the mainland for he would have been captured immediately. He went to Jim Conner, of Philadelphia. This Mr. Conner had gone to Philadelphia, made money, and bought a share in nearly all the oyster boats of Chincoteague. George Clayville asked him to get the North to grant us protection and free trade. Naturally Jim Conner also was interested in Chincoteague so he went with our plea. The northern government gave Chincoteague the right to free trade and sent a gunboat for our protection. This boat was called the Louisiana and was not more than one of our tug boats today, but it was equipped with several guns. Chincoteague hoisted the Stars and Stripes and kept them flying continually until the war ended. They made their flag pole out of two tall trees nailed together and as soon as one flag was worn out another one was hoisted.

The rebels tried to take Chincoteague three or four times but each time they were headed off. On the last attempt, they made it ashore on Great Shoals and a big storm arose: they had to go back. During the whole war our free trade with the north continued.

Mr. Scott related an extremely ghostly tale about an incident of his war days. A lady of Chincoteague, Mrs. Mary Turlington, was drowned when the boat in which she was, sank. Her body was the only one found and it was found ashore on Hog Island. Mr. Scott's company was coming to Chincoteague one night, so his lieutenant said that they would take the lady's body, which was buried on Hog Island, back to its native soil. He sent two or three men to dig up the body. They went taking their lighted lanterns along. They began their work and suddenly their lanterns went out. Three more times this happened and at last the men the men gave up. The body is still there. These people also reported strange noises like many people yelling. The soldiers thought that perhaps it was a rebel attack but next morning no trace of them was found. They came to the conclusion that it must have been some southern "guerrillas." 

These "guerrillas" of the rebels were men scouting around for provisions. They watched the doings of the northern army very closely and, when they knew that the guards were off duty, made their attack. At one time they captured, without fighting, a steamer, three soldiers and much food.

Mr. Scott's company was kept on the go all day. They went from one of the three headquarters — Drummondtown, Eastville and Onancock to the other making reports and receiving orders.

The cavalrymen of the North on the Eastern Shore, hardly ever used government "feed" for their horses. They would ride to a man's home, say he was a Rebel, and confiscate his corn and hay stack for their own use. If he complained he was captured and imprisoned. The soldiers would kill the beef and pigs of the people whenever they needed them. 

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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Virginia's Burning Law Is In Effect

Before you begin a control burn in your Accomack County area contact administration - 757- 787-0911-  They can also answer any questions you may have.

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

Burning of leaves, yard waste or trash continues to be the major cause of wildfires in Virginia. These "debris" fires can easily escape unless proper precaution is taken. Take a look at these mini-posters (color; black-and-white) and learn more about how to be safe when burning debris.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time Changes...



Spring Forward one hour tonight!
With Daylight Savings Time ending, it's a good idea to replace the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors .

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1909.. Pocket phone saves life on Eastern Shore; 1980.. Musicians hope to become Shore Symphony; 1941.. A major fire hits Snow Hill; 1924.. New bus route to Eastern Shore towns; 1934.. Part 2 of first-hand remembrances of life on lower shore in mid-1800's. 

Although you may not find 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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Upcoming Events

Delmarva Discovery Center Programs

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan ....

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan on
Senate Passage of O'Malley's Offshore Wind Proposal

Annapolis - "It seems Martin O'Malley's priority is to make electricity and motor fuels more expensive. He wants an increase in the gasoline tax while simultaneously pushing a wind energy policy that is not cost effective and guarantees that electricity will be more expensive for rate payers.  The timing couldn't be worse.

"There are no assurances that this offshore wind proposal will not devolve into crony capitalism that reward friends of the governor and political donors.

"While there may be political support for offshore wind among narrow special interest groups, 96% of Marylanders are opposed to higher taxes.  And make no mistake, the Governor's offshore wind proposal is simply a tax by another name.

"This governor has raised taxes and fees 24 times, taking $2.4 billion out of the economy each year.  That is likely soon to be at least 25 with top-elected officials including the Governor rigidly adhering to increasing the motor fuel tax and adding charges to consumers' electric bills."

Friday, March 8, 2013

Your Travels May Be Slowed Tonight In Accomack County

A huge THANK YOU to all of the officers and emergency personnel who have stepped in to assist our worn out yet hard working officers!  -Even thouth they aren't ready to give up yet.
I just have to give a shout out to the Officers from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office in Snow Hill, Md.

WTKR Photo

Law enforcement agencies increase presence in Accomack County in hunt for arsonist
TONIGHT Friday, March 8, 2013
Accomack County, Va. – Accomack County residents will see a significant increase in the presence of state and local law enforcement tonight through Tuesday night as the hunt for the serial arsonist continues.

Uniformed troopers, deputy sheriffs, and police officers will be on patrol and conducting informational gathering checkpoints at random locations around the county as part of the ongoing investigation into the 64 suspicious fires that have occurred since mid-November.

The latest arson occurred early Friday morning in the 28500 block of Saxis Road in Temperanceville, when an abandoned, two-story residential structure was burned.

Troopers will be handing out fliers featuring the Accomack County Arson Tip Line and reward information, as well as soliciting any information or concerns motorists may have concerning the fires.

“This is just another investigative resource the law enforcement agencies on the Eastern Shore are putting forth in our dedicated efforts to solving and stopping these fires,” said Capt. Tim Reibel, Commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office. “We have the Tip Line and appreciate the more than 100 calls, texts, and emails we have received so far, but we also want to make ourselves as available as possible to the public to share with us any information, suspicions or concerns they may have.”

Anyone with information about the arsons and/or individual(s) responsible is encouraged to contact law enforcement via a Tip Line dedicated to these investigations. Text, call or email at 757-655-1437.
Anyone with a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.

The Virginia State Police, the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, Chincoteague Police Department, Eastville Police Department, Onancock Police Department, Onley Police Department, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County, Md., Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia Marine Resources Commission Police will all be participating.


REPOST/ AUCTION~ Buddy's Electronics and Sign Company

 Buddy's Electronics & Sign Co.
1316 Market Street
Pocomoke City, MD
Saturday,  March 9, 2013

Food & Drinks will be served.


 Full list of items and pictures that will be sold are available at



An Update on the Death Penalty Repeal Bill (SB276) By Delegate Mike McDermott

  • The House Judiciary Committee Passes the Death Penalty Repeal: My Thoughts.
  • By Delegate Mike McDermott
Mar. 8th, 2013

The Death Penalty Repeal Bill (SB276) just passed the House Judiciary Committee. I voted against the bill. Today, the O'Malley-Brown Administration asked the House Judiciary Committee to do something in the future that he is unwilling to do for the past: eliminate the Death Penalty in Maryland. The governor will not commute the Death sentences of the 5-inmates currently on Death row testifying that he needed to evaluate each on a "case by case basis"; yet he asks the General Assembly to consider all murderers the same going forward and make the tremendous leap that none of them qualify for the Death Penalty. We offered amendments that would keep the Death Penalty a viable sentence for mass school homicides and even for the mass killing of a million people by nuclear arms, but the Democrats would not yield. In this action, they have removed protections from our law enforcement officers and our corrections officers all over the state from inmates already sentenced to Life Imprisonment. How do you control an animal who is already in prison under a Life Without Parole sentence if you cannot hold a Death Penalty sentence over his head? By this action, we clear the way for the General Assembly to render Maryland impotent in addressing the very worst of the worst in our society. It is truly against the wishes of a vast majority of Marylanders and will serve to insure that more innocent people will be killed by those whose only sentence can be Life Without Parole.

REPOST: Photo/Possible Arson In the Same Area As Before

Friday, March 8, 2013, 1:40 AM
29000 Saxis Road, Temperanceville, Virginia
Abandoned  structure fire

Saxis, Alantic, New Church, Parksley, Oak Hall Rescue, and Bloxom responded to the fire.

The structure was located between Route 13and the railroad tracks on Saxis Road in the 29000 block and within feet of  the structure that was burned in February 2013!

Photo by BW

This is what is left today.
Photo/ BW

REMINDER:A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the series of arson fires.
If you have information call the Accomack County Sheriff's Department at 757-655-1437

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/ Pocomoke City Police Department

Position: Police Administrative Assistant
Pocomoke City Police are accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Assistant; this position requires a High School Diploma and previous office/computer experience.
Call Ms. Gayle Waters at 410-957-1600 or pick up an application at the Pocomoke Police Department located at 1500 Market Street. 
Applications will only be accepted up to March 30, 2013.
Pocomoke City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pocomoke City Police Department
1500 Market Street

REMINDER: Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit the Pocomoke Vol. Fire Dept. Cadet Program

Bring the Kids....Everyone loves Spaghetti !
Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.
Spaghetti Dinner
To Benefit the Cadet Program
Friday -
March 8th
5pm  til 8 p.m.

All you can eat Spaghetti, plus what goes with it !!!

Silent Auction of sports memorabilia
& 50/50

Home made sauce by the Firemen "Cooks"
Adults $10 **  ages 5-12 $5.00 ** 4 and under free

Dinner served at
The Community Center
at the
Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co


Upcoming Community Events

Events that will be happening in the community

Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church's band and choir will be performing at a benefit concert at First Baptist Church in New Church VA this Sunday, March 10 at 6:00 pm

Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church will be having an All You Can Eat Taco Night on Saturday, March 16 from 5-7.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for Kids.  Pitts Creek Church is on Market Street across from the Post Office.  For details call Chris Palmer at 410-726-1590.

The Pocomoke Ministerial Association will be having a Community Good Friday Service at the Abundant Life Apostolic Church on Front Street on Friday, March 29 at noon.

Pitts Creek and Beaver Dam Presbyterian Churches and Salem and Bethany Methodist Churches will have a joint Easter Morning Sunrise Service on the dock behind Salem church at 6:30 am on March 31. All are invited.

FACEBOOK Gives News Feed A New Look

(CNN) – Facebook wants to cut clutter.

The social media site, which has more than 1 billion users, on Thursday announced a newly redesigned News Feed that blows up photos and visual content, and adds categories that focus on specific types of content. The Web version of the social network now looks much more like the mobile apps, which are also getting a revamping.

Facebook announced the changes during a press event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The new Web version will roll out slowly to users starting Thursday, and updated iOS and Android apps will be available in the coming weeks.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg compared the revamped feed to a local newspaper and the new channels to the traditional sections, such as sports and business, you’d find there.

“I think that there’s this important and social place in this world for this customized newspaper,” Zuckerberg said.

He didn’t note the irony of comparing Facebook to an industry that his site and others are marginalizing.

The News Feed is the first, and sometimes only, page people see when they log on to the Facebook website or fire up a Facebook mobile app. The nerve center of the Facebook experience, the News Feed fills the middle of this home screen with updates, photos, articles and other content and activity from your friends, such as likes and app updates. Interspersed among that somewhat-chronological content are posts from pages you follow and targeted ads.

The main page, which Facebook is calling the “front page” to go with its newspaper metaphor, is adding categories so people can look at a more narrow feed of specific types of content as an alternative to the all-in-one view. There are views for all friends, most recent, close friends, music, photos, games and following.

Photos will show every single image your friends post as well as the photos posted by the pages you follow, including anything shared to Facebook from Instagram. The Music channel will show a combination of nearby concerts, feeds from musicians you follow, and the songs friends are listing to with third-party apps such as Spotify. The channels will appear on the mobile apps and Web versions of Facebook.

“Everyone’s going to start on the front page like they do today. This just gives people more power to dig into the topics they care about,” Zuckerberg said.

The individual elements that populate the News Feed have been redesigned to fill the page better, the company maintains. Text is taking a back seat to visual content, which now makes up almost 30% of the content in the News Feed, according to Zuckerberg. Photos, videos and albums are bigger. Shared articles show a bigger image and larger summary along with a logo for the publisher. Content in the feed about individuals and pages will show a little slice of their timeline, including their cover photo and a button to add them as a friend or to like the page. Maps and posts for third-party apps such as Pinterest have also been cleaned up.

Previously, the News Feed occupied less than 40% of the real estate on the Facebook home page, according to Julie Zhuo, Facebook’s director of design. To cut down on clutter and give the feed more room to breathe, navigation elements on the left have been slimmed down to a narrow black column of icons, similar to the mobile interface.

One thing that’s not changing is the algorithm that decides what posts are displayed in a feed, which has received some criticism. Zuckerberg defended the practice of not showing a full and complete chronological feed of all content, saying people benefit from more important content, such as major life events, being given a more prominent place in their feeds.

Ads also are included in the redesign, though their placement remains the same. Ads are Facebook’s primary source of income. The company made $4.2 billion off advertising in 2012, which accounted for 82% of the social network’s total revenue, according to Engadget. Most of that ad money comes from the Web version of Facebook, and 23% was from ads on mobile devices.

The company may get money from advertisers, but it needs to keep the users who click on those ads engaged, active and happy on the network.


Worcester County Rabies Clinic

Amber Alert Notifications For Cell Phones in Maryland


(Pikesville, Maryland) – AMBER Alert notifications are now being sent to every wireless emergency alert (WEA) compliant cell phone in the area of the alert.

Effective immediately, AMBER Alert notifications in Maryland will be sent to all cell phones with wireless emergency alert compatibility in the state. Previously, AMBER Alerts were only received on your cell phone if you had visited a website and chose to ‘opt’ in. This no longer applies to the new AMBER Alert cell phone notification system.

The wireless emergency alert uses a loud tone, similar to the emergency alert system (EAS) messages on radio or television, to notify the public. Additional to the audible sounds, the system will also send a ninety character text message with basic information concerning the AMBER Alert. If you travel outside of Maryland, you will continue to receive alerts issued in the areas you visit.

Since inception, the AMBER Alert system has been instrumental in the safe recovery of 602 children nationwide. The AMBER Alert signals a critical life or death situation. This new system will allow the alert to reach more of the public, and enlist their eyes to help find an abducted child and aid in their safe recovery.

Users who choose not to receive the AMBER Alert can contact their cell phone service provider or shut off the alerts in the “alert/notifications” section of their cellular phone. If the phone is placed on vibrate or silent, the audio tone will not be heard.

The FCC, FEMA and the Wireless Association (CTIA) assisted in the development of this new “Commercial Mobile Alert System”, to notify the public of certain emergencies. Included in this new system is the new AMBER Alert cell phone notification.

Maryland instituted the AMBER Alert program in August of 2002. To date Maryland has issued 33 AMBER Alerts. The AMBER Alert is issued for abducted children only and must meet strict criteria. An AMBER Alert can be requested by law enforcement only. The system is not utilized for Silver Alerts.

For FAQ’s and more information, visit:
Submitted: Maryland State Police

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coast Guard Suspends Search for 2 Missing Men Off Eastern Shore

March 7, 2013
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended the search Thursday for two men missing approximately 15 miles east of Assateague Island, Md.

Rescued was Patrick Small of New Bern, N.C.

Missing are Steven and Walter Tate of New Bern, N.C.

Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders initially received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon alert from the 67-foot fishing vessel Seafarer at 10:39 a.m. Wednesday.

Watchstanders contacted the vessel's owner, who believed the Seafarer became disabled and the vessel's sister ship, the Captain Alex, reportedly started towing the Seafarer.  It was reported that the Captain Alex lost the tow and sight of the Seafarer when weather conditions worsened.

Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague and an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. to the Seafarer’s reported position. Once on scene, the aircrew rescued Small from a life raft and took him to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.  Afterwards, the Jayhawk and the MLB crews resumed their search for the Tates until the case was temporarily suspended due to nightfall and adverse weather conditions.

Thursday morning a second Jayhawk crew from the air station resumed the search until 1 p.m., when the case was suspended pending further developments.

A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued a man from a life raft off the Eastern Shore following the capsizing of the 67-foot fishing vessel Seafarer, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. The aircrew hoisted the man into the helicopter and took him to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City.

“We want to extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the missing crewmembers,” said Thomas Botzenhart, a search and rescue controller at the 5th Coast Guard District command center. “We have expended multiple Coast Guard assets to search for their loved ones.  We have searched over 560 square nautical miles of the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern shore of Virginia in an effort to locate and rescue their family members.  It is with a great deal of sorrow that we have been unable to locate them at this point of time.”

Submitted: US Coast Guard

Maryland Sheriffs' Association, Inc. / Safer Communities

Maryland Sheriffs’ Association, Inc.

Safer Communities
WHEREAS, the elected Sheriff is recognized throughout the United States as a chief local enforcement officer and is directly accountable to the people through the electoral process, we
stand for the Rule of Law in the United States in which the Supreme Court and lower courts are the ultimate authority in determining the constitutionality of any law.
WHEREAS, all Maryland Sheriffs take an oath of office to support and defend the United States Constitution, the Maryland Constitution, and the laws of the State of Maryland, including
the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment.
WHEREAS, a primary mission of Maryland Sheriffs is to ensure public safety, there must be a comprehensive approach to create safer communities; gun control alone will not solve the
problem of extreme violence. Society needs a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to thisworsening problem, including addressing media violence, drugs,gangs, and the breakdown of
 the family.
WHEREAS, Sheriffs’ Deputies must have access to relevant records to determine whether a person is legally prohibited from 
 possessing a firearm by major improvements in the National
Instant Check System. Mental health records must be available for accurate background checks, for response to 911 calls, and for response to those who suffer from mental illness.
WHEREAS, Maryland Sheriffs believe mental health treatment must be greatly expanded for all those who are experiencing mental illness. There is an epidemic of untreated mental illness across this State and across our country. There is a link between untreated mental illness and an increased risk of violent acts.
WHEREAS, Maryland Sheriffs support local State’s Attorneys in the vigorous prosecution of those who violate existing gun laws and encourage enhanced sentences for violators.
WHEREAS, a primary mission of Sheriffs is to ensure public safety, we support enhanced firearm safety efforts including incentives to promote both safe, and secure storage, and use of
WHEREAS, Maryland Sheriffs stand ready to assist in training for school personnel, and those who operate public and private facilities, to address active shooters and other safety concerns.

WHEREAS, the Maryland Sheriffs hold children as their community’s most valuable asset,we are committed to protecting our children in their neighborhoods and in their schools.
 the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association stands ready to work with all parties to create a safer community for all Marylanders.

Maryland Sherriff's Association / Gun Rally/ Safer Communities

Annapolis  Rally
Annapolis – Representatives from the Maryland Sheriff’s Association recently attended, and spoke at a rally at the State House to voice support for Second Amendment issues that involve gun bills working through the Maryland Legislature.  The rally was sponsored by a number of gun rights’ organizations and associations; all of which were offering opposing testimony to bills that were designed to infringe,  negate, or diminish gun ownership rights under the provisions of the Second Amendment.  Well over 1,000 citizens from these groups were in attendance.  The Maryland Sheriff’s Association had previously taken legislative positions in opposition to gun bill proposals that were convoluted, restricted law enforcement, or that attacked the fundamental rights provided in the Second Amendment.  On major gun bills of interest, Maryland Sheriff’s Association President Sheriff Mike Lewis (Wicomico) and Sheriff Tim Cameron (St. Mary’s - serving as Chair of the Maryland Sheriff’s Legislative Committee) testified in opposition to provisions of gun legislation that adversely impacted gun ownership, sales, transfer, licensing, and other prohibitions that restricted a qualified citizen’s right to purchase or own a firearm.

(L/R):  Sheriff John Price (Kent), Sheriff Dallas Pope (Talbot), Sheriff Mike Lewis (Wicomico), Sheriff Reggie Mason (Worcester), Sheriff Randy Bounds (Caroline), Sheriff Gary Hofmann (Queen Anne’s)
Representing the Maryland Sheriffs, and attending this rally were Sheriff John Price (Kent), Sheriff Gary Hofmann (Queen Anne’s), Sheriff Randy Bounds (Caroline), Sheriff Dallas Pope (Talbot), Sheriff Mike Lewis (Wicomico), and Sheriff Reggie Mason (Worcester).  Sheriff James Phillips (Dorchester) was slated to attend though experienced a last minute conflict.

The Maryland Sheriffs, as Maryland Constitutional officers, had previously met and discussed the current gun bills; assessing their public impact and constitutionality.  In formulating a stance on these bills, the Maryland Sheriffs reinforced the need for thorough and complete background checks to prevent those who are disqualified from owning or purchasing a firearm.  Further, the Sheriffs supported efforts to fully identify and screen those persons with mental health needs who pose a risk to themselves or others from owning or possessing firearms.  Another tangent of their position involved the full and effective prosecution of all current firearms statutes that involve gun crimes, and in particular those gun crimes with aggravating factors of drugs or acts of violence.  Measures to assure the full implementation of sentencing with the maximum penalties applied for gun crimes is of critical importance for the removal of these criminals from our communities.  The stance and proclamation of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association in regard to current gun legislation and related public safety aspects is attached to this release. 

Sheriff Dallas G. Pope

Talbot County Sheriff's Office

115 W. Dover Street

Easton, MD  21601

Lt. Edward C. Schreier

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

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TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1909.. Pocket phone saves life on Eastern Shore; 1980.. Musicians hope to become Shore Symphony; 1941.. A major fire hits Snow Hill; 1924.. New bus route to Eastern Shore towns; 1934.. Part 2 of first-hand remembrances of life on lower shore in mid-1800's. 

Although you may not find 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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Launch From NASA/ Wallops Postponed

The rocket launch scheduled from NASA/Wallop Flight Facility has been  rescheduled due to weather conditions. The launch was originally set for early Friday morning.

The launch of the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket has been rescheduled for Monday, March 11, 2012 between 1:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m.

The rocket may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.
The launch will not be shown live on the Internet nor will launch status updates be provided on social media once the countdown begins. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for viewing the launch.

NASA/ Wallops Flight Facility

Coast Guard Rescues Man, Dog From Disabled Sailboat

Photo/Coast Guard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog Wednesday after his sailboat became disabled in the northwest branch of the Back River approximately half a mile northwest of the Bell Isle Marina in Hampton.

The 41-foot sailboat was disabled, adrift and dragging its anchor.

Towboat U.S. notified Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders of the disabled sailboat at 10:15 p.m. Monday. Towboat U.S. reported that due to weather conditions, they could not safely approach the sailboat and requested additional assistance from Sector Hampton Roads.

Sector watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and the Poquoson Fire Department aboard Fire Boat 1 also responded to assist.

Once on scene, the Coast Guard crew transferred the man and his dog from the 41-foot sailboat to their boat at approximately 2:00 a.m. Tuesday and took them to the Langley Air Force Base marina.

"This is a great example of how the Coast Guard and our partner agencies work together to assist mariners in need," said Capt. John Little, the captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. "Partnership and team building are some of the primary objectives we're building upon this week at our search and rescue forum in Hampton."

There are no reports of injuries and Towboat U.S. is scheduled to salvage the sailboat.