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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anne Arundel Police Union Contributes To Fund For Ferguson Officer

The officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is getting support from the Anne Arundel County police union.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, the union that represents officers in Anne Arundel, has donated $1,070 to an online defense fund for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. That's the largest donation listed for the campaign on the website gofundme.com.

O'Brien Atkinson, an Anne Arundel County police officer and president of the lodge, said his members wanted to send money to help feed police officers working long shifts during the protests and unrest that have erupted since Wilson shot Brown on Aug. 9. But the national FOP suggested contributing to the legal defense fund instead.

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College Park considers new animal shelter

BY CHRIS MELVILLE

The city of College Park is considering adding a regional north county animal shelter to bring an estimated 500,000 pets closer to the services they need.

In an Animal Welfare Committee meeting July 24th, Tamela Terry, president of the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince Geroge’s County, backed the addition.

“The county isn’t doing enough right now,” said Terry. “Prince George’s County pets need us.” Terry has volunteered for over ten years in Prince George’s County. Her local trailer is the only place pet owners will find reduced shots and shock treatments in the area. Residents line up for hours every first Sunday for $10 shots and $25 microchipping. “Unless there’s snow or a Redskins home game,” said Terry.

A study to determine a new shelter’s value is required before construction can begin. Some committee members estimated a cost of at least $200,000 to complete the research, a combination of municipality and city government funding.

Christine Nagle, co-chair of the committee, believes the money might be better used elsewhere.

Our shelters have a 65 percent kill rate for cats and an 85 percent kill rate for dogs. Expanding hold times in cages could reduce that number, said Nagle.

Other members of the committee were supportive of the building in concept but were uncomfortable with the cost. Betty Gailes, in her first Animal Welfare Committee meeting, asked if there were ways current shelters could be improved. At this point, committee members agreed a new shelter is years away.

There are an estimated 350,000 pet owning households in Prince George’s County and an estimated half a million pets, according to figures by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Roughly 20,000 pets are licensed in the county.

“[There’s] such a huge need out there for low-cost vet care,” said Terry.

Current county shelters do not provide public services, such as animal control. Members said those services were better performed by the police and, if a new shelter were built, advised it follow those guidelines. ​

A Falcon nested in a tree


Illegal Immigrant Woman Convicted of Running Over Two Girls Will Not Be Deported

An executive action taken by the Obama administration to delay the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children was not supposed to extend to anyone convicted of a felony. Nevertheless, it will extend to a 19-year-old woman convicted of a felony hit-and-run killing of two young girls in Oregon.

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros was convicted in January in the deaths of stepsisters Abigail Robinson, 11, and Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, in October 2013, after she drove over a pile of leaves the two girls were playing in. Though hitting the girls was accidental, Garcia-Cisneros and her boyfriend tried to cover up the incident, which occurred in Forest Grove, Oregon, near Portland.

Garcia-Cisneros received three years’ probation and 250 hours of community service for not coming forward, but was being held at the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, pending a deportation hearing.

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‘God Saved My Life’: Watch the Powerful Speech About Prayer and Faith Given by the Missionary Declared Free of Ebola

Doctors say that Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, have been cured, with Brantly proclaiming that it is a “miraculous day” and giving God credit for saving his life during a press conference held Thursday.

“As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position. When my family and I moved to Liberia last October to begin a two-year term working with Samaritan’s Purse, Ebola was not on the radar,” he said after his release from Emory University Hospital. “We moved to Liberia because God called us to serve the people of Liberia.”

Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called ZMapp and was later moved to the U.S. along with Writebol for treatment.

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Millsboro Death Classified as Homicide, Victim Identified

Millsboro-Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives have identified the male victim found deceased inside of the taxi cab parked on the shoulder of Country Living Road, Millsboro as William Toomey-45 of Millsboro, Delaware. Toomey was a taxi cab operator employed by Delaware Beach Taxi.

The death of William Toomey has been classified as a homicide by the Division of Forensic Science. Details as to the cause and manner of death are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and have released the attached crime scene photo of the taxi. Detectives are requesting that anyone who may have observed this taxi in the Millsboro, Delaware area between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to contact State Police at the below listed contact information.

No further investigative details to be released at this time as to not compromise the integrity of continued investigative efforts.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Homicide Detective Mark Ryde at 302-299-6102 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/ Information can also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."


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Spike Lee Hopes 'Things Will Really Blow Up' if Ferguson Officer Is Acquitted

After a week of rioting and confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri, filmmaker Spike Lee said he hoped that "things will really blow up" if Officer Darren Wilson is tried and the people of Ferguson are unhappy with the verdict.

Lee made his incendiary remarks on Tuesday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, saying that, even though he does not have the facts, "something smells bad in Ferguson, and it's not just tear gas."

"And I'm not saying that people should burn down stuff and riot and loot," Lee told host Anderson Cooper. "But this is not the first time we've seen this. And I just hope that things will really blow up if the people aren't happy with the verdict of this upcoming trial."

Cooper let Lee's inflammatory comments slide without even asking a follow-up question or calling him out.

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Republicans struggle to fundraise in Maryland Congressional race

BY CHRIS MELVILLE

David Banach, a Republican in his first campaign for public office, has raised $958 in the Congressional race for Maryland's second district, according to July Federal Election Commission filings.

Of the $958, $496 are itemized individual contributions. David Banach was his biggest contributor in this section with $355. His mom, Mary Christine Banach, contributed $244. David Banach also
contributed $390 in the candidate self-financing section.

Banach's operating expenditures were $671 and his cash on hand amount was $125. The details of his operating expenditures were not described in the filing but Banach confirmed that no money had been spent on television or radio advertising.

Dutch Ruppersberger, the Democrat incumbent, had raised $766,843 and had $963,254 cash on hand, according to the same filing. More than 70 percent of Ruppersberger's contributions came from PACs.

The Ernst & Young PAC contributed $10,000 and the AT&T Federal PAC contributed $8,000.

Banach had no PAC support.

“He is backed by corporations, defense corporations,” said Banach. “He's going to vote for every policy possible to keep defense intact. Individual donors are really all I care about.”

With $958, Banach has raised more than four other Republicans in the eight district race.

Frances Lee, a professor of government politics at the University of Maryland, views the lack of fundraising as a viability issue.

“It's a kind of a vicious cycle where one of the reasons why you're seen as not viable as a candidate is because you haven't raised money, and because you're seen as not viable it's hard to raise money,” said Lee.

“You can't even mount a credible campaign for less than half a million dollars, probably more than that.”

Banach doesn't see himself as a threat in this race but doesn't expect his political career to end when it's over.

“I do see myself running again,” said Banach. “If I could somehow muster the money then I'd be a contender.”

The largest amount raised in this Congressional race was by incumbent Steny H. Hoyer, with $3,088,426. His challenger, Republican Chris Chaffee, had raised zero dollars according to the report.

Hoyer's amount is low compared to amounts raised in close races.

“The competitive house races are very expensive,” said Lee. “Tens of millions of dollars are spent in competitive house races.”

David Banach is a cook at Chili's while campaigning.

Seven Ways Pot Legalization Has Been A Disaster In Colorado

Hat tip on this one to Cully Stimson at the Daily Signal, who dove into a report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area to get to the truth about the social costs being wrought by this ill-conceived public policy. For those of you still making the rote, brain-dead argument that "the money spent on the War on Drugs hasn't been worth it," is this the result you wanted?

1. The majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana and 25 to 40 percent were marijuana alone.

2. In 2012, 10.47 percent of Colorado youth ages 12 to 17 were considered current marijuana users compared to 7.55 percent nationally. Colorado ranked fourth in the nation, and was 39 percent higher than the national average.

3. Drug-related student suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent from school years 2008-09 through 2012-13, the vast majority were for marijuana violations.

4. In 2012, 26.81 percent of college age students were considered current marijuana users compared to 18.89 percent nationally, which ranks Colorado third in the nation and 42 percent above the national average.

5. In 2013, 48.4 percent of Denver adult arrestees tested positive for marijuana, which is a 16 percent increase from 2008.

6. From 2011 through 2013 there was a 57 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits.

7. Hospitalizations related to marijuana has increased 82 percent since 2008.

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Station 7 West Ocean City TONIGHT

There were sixteen people standing outside waiting to get a table, they were that packed tonight. Food was awesome, (as usual) and the service, (especially considering how busy they were) was fabulous. Thanks for showing your support. 

CNN: REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNISTS AND ANARCHISTS CAUSING UNREST

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill reported that an “anarchist” and someone from a “revolutionary communist” group started Monday night’s stand-off between the police and demonstrators in Ferguson, MO.

Hill said that tensions rose when two water bottles were thrown at police, and that one of the individuals who threw the bottles was an “anarchist,” and he was told that the other was “from a revolutionary communist group in Illinois.”

He added that the protesters were not happy with the outside agitators attempting to provoke the police, stating “both were in the crowd. both white. Two people said ‘go back to your neighborhood with that instead of coming in here and messing with us.’ They didn't want to be lumped in with these two people.”

He blamed the individuals who threw the bottles for causing the stand-off on Monday, “as soon as they threw it, police start to encroach, the crowd got scared. They didn't know what was going on.”

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Some Neighbors Are Headed to Ferguson Today. The Reason Will Warm Your Heart.

Amid civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., some St. Louis County residents hope to help the town move toward recovery with a “buycott” in support of looted and damaged businesses.

Led by Bill Hennessy, a resident of Wildwood, Mo., citizens of neighboring towns plan to spend an hour today shopping at affected small businesses in the St. Louis suburb. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Hennessy said:
The goal is to let everyone in the area know that those places are open, and to generate commerce in the area. A lot of them are very small. … The little shops are left on their own.
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Ebola Patients Flee Saudi Hospital and 'Cured' Doctor Drops Dead From The Disease

What the circled area says is:

Adedavoh becomes the fifth Nigerian to die from the virus, excluding Sawyer. She had been discharged from the Centre for Infectious Disease Control at Yaba Lagos after recovering from the disease.

The Minister of Health for Nigeria has confirmed the death as Ebola related. So, we have an apparently recovered patient who is discharged from medical care who then drops dead…apparently from Ebola. Has something changed in the virus that it re-emerges or is it a case that there was a false negative test result?

Ebola is unpredictable at the best of times, presenting a wide variety of symptoms, and incubating anywhere from two days to 21 days. As a virus Ebola is able to mutate and change just like any other replicator virus can, let’s hope that’s not the case.

If false negatives are possible maybe the test should be repeated on all patients before they are released back into the community. It also makes you wonder if any of the people who have tested negative around the world have Ebola in some form. The United states, Canada ,Austrailia, Spain, Kenya and Scotland have all released patients who have had negative test results, and these are just ones that have made the news.

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Worcester County Board of Education Adopts Discipline Policies

Following Maryland’s overhaul of its student discipline policies early this year, the Worcester County Board of Education adopted its updated discipline policy during its meeting Tuesday.

The aim of the state changes is to relax longstanding severe and zero-tolerance policies and help keep students in school.

“With the new policy changes and procedural changes will come new changes in our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson, adding they will be “small changes, minor changes” to existing procedures.

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60 Percent Of Democrat Voters Fear Bosses Will Switch Them To ObamaCare Policies

Oh no! Not that!

This is one of the reasons liberalism enjoys its moments of political ascendancy, but never really takes hold as a philosophy the nation accepts on an enduring basis. Simply put: One of the cures for liberalism is when its advocates find they have to live with its consequences.

When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, Democrats across the nation embraced it almost unanimously because they've always been in favor of "universal health care," and while ObamaCare was not quite the single-payer system most of them really want, it was the biggest step in that direction they'd ever had the opportunity to take.

But many liberals are actually two people. There is the assortment of opinions they hold in the abstract about how society should be. And then there's the individual who has a job, has a family, has to deal with the cost of living . . . and has a health insurance policy. Put that law in effect for the nation as a whole, but I'm good, bro.

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No, It’s Not Our Fault

Americans as a whole are not responsible for events in Ferguson.

‘We are all complicit in the warzone that has become Ferguson, Missouri,” declare the headline writers at Esquire.com.

And you thought you had been on your best behavior in the past week, hm?

Those of us who live outside of Ferguson ought to react with empathy; the locals there seem caught between, on one side, opportunists who think outrage over a police shooting offers them a nice chance for some looting and tipping over public portable toilets, and on the other side a police force that looks like a U.S. military platoon heading into Fallujah, with some members of that force losing their cool. So far, no approach is sufficiently quelling the rioting, the looting, and the related crime: not the armor, rifles, tear gas, and flash-bang approach, not the initial lighter touch of Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson on Thursday night, not the subsequent curfew, not the arrival of the National Guard.

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This Photo Shows a California Lake Three Years Ago. The Second Shows How It Looks Now.

It’s no secret that California has endured a severe drought for the past three years — but some Americans may not realize exactly how serious it is.

Before and after photographs, however, may change that

The top photos picture Lake Oroville three summers ago, in July 2011.

BREAKING NEWS: S&P sets new record, Dow closes above 17,000

The S&P set a new record by closing above 1,990, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 17,000.

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Publishers Notes: I've got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn too. 

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What’s Best for You

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”—C.S. Lewis

Surveillance cameras, government agents listening in on your phone calls, reading your emails and text messages and monitoring your spending, mandatory health care, sugary soda bans, anti-bullying laws, zero tolerance policies, political correctness: these are all outward signs of a government—i.e., a societal elite—that believes it knows what is best for you and can do a better job of managing your life than you can.

This is tyranny disguised as “the better good.” Indeed, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this is the tyranny of the Nanny State: marketed as benevolence, enforced with armed police, and inflicted on all those who do not belong to the elite ruling class that gets to call the shots. Thus, this explains the recent rash of parents getting charged with negligence and arrested for leaving their kids alone for any amount of time, whether at a park, in a store, in a car, or in their front yard—another sign of what C.S. Lewis referred to as tyranny exercised by “omnipotent moral busybodies.”

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DNC Chair: Martin O’Malley Right On Border Kids’ ‘Certain Death’

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also thinks deporting children detained at the border is sending them back to “certain death.”

The White House went apoplectic last month when likely 2016 presidential candidate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said, “We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death.” Tuesday night, Wasserman Schultz said twice — strongly — that she thinks O’Malley was right.

“As you know, Gov. O’Malley said that to send them back would be to send them to certain death. Do you agree with him?”Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asked in an interview.

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Looter: 'I'm Proud of Us. We Deserve This'

According to the Washington Post, a looter in Ferguson, Missouri, expressed pride and admiration for looters and said their actions are justified.

"I'm proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what's supposed to happen when there's injustice in your community," said DeAndre Smith, whom the Washington Post says was "fresh from looting the QuikTrip."

One officer told the Post that widespread looting has spawned "looting tourism" wherein thieves as far away as Illinois and Texas are traveling to Ferguson to steal.

"It's like looting tourism," said the officer. "It's like they are spending their gas money to come down here and steal."

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Hoses and Holsters Softball Tournament

The Delmarva Emerald Society is hosting the 1st Annual Hoses and Holsters Charity Softball Tournament at 9am on September 27th, 2014 at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, 711 Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, MD. 21801 to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. $300 per team. To register, please contact Brandon Records at (443) 235-2555. For everyone else, we'll have corn hole, giveaways, a 50/50 raffle, and plenty of fun!

BREAKING NEWS: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap, watchdog finds

Nonpartisan Government Accountability Office rules Pentagon broke law by not properly informing Congress about the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders earlier this year.

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600 People Quarantined In Germany After West African Worker Collapses in a Job Center

There is a chance that Ebola has gotten a little closer to home today.

A West African woman working at a job centre in the Pankow district of Berlin has collapsed with Ebola-like symptoms sparking the emergency quarantine of 600 people. Having recently returned from West Africa she has admitted she had contact with Ebola victims in Nigeria.

The employment centre has been sealed off, with 600 people inside the Berliner Zeitung reports. They were held for several hours. Those who were established to have had close contact with her were taken to hospital and the rest of those held were released.

There have already been Ebola cases reported in Spain and Austria. A spanish priest, Miguel Pajares became the first person in Europe to die of the disease after he was transported from Liberia for treatment.

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"Isolation Procedures Put In Place" After Ebola Suspect Dies In Ireland; Ebola-Like Disease Claims 70 In Congo

Last week Ireland rushed to deny that a man with Ebola-like symptoms  who was being tested in Dublin, did not have the disease. It may find such a refutation more difficult this time after Irish Times reported  that a man was found dead last night in Donegal, after working in Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak, and where "it is understood that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus." The deceased was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether the death resulted from Ebola.

In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal.

“The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak,” it said.

“The appropriate national guidelines, in line with international best practice, are being followed by the public health team dealing with the situation. This means that the body of the deceased has been isolated to minimise the potential spread of any possible virus.”

The statement said blood samples had been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.

“Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.”

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Hackensack cops seek ‘knockout game’ suspect after three assaults

Hackensack residents were warned to be alert as police hunted for a man who randomly approached and punched three others Monday night in what may be the first local incidents of “the knockout game.” The activity has resulted in one North Jersey death and plagued urban areas nationwide.

The three separate, sudden assaults took place within 15 minutes and involved the same man, who appeared to be acting alone, police said.

The knockout game typically involves a strolling group, with one person suddenly punching a passer-by and another recording video to display on a social media site. “Someone just walks up and cold-cocks someone in the face totally unannounced, totally unprovoked,” city police Capt. Thomas Salcedo said while detailing the local incidents.

He said that the assailant was described as a 6-foot-tall or taller black man with an athletic build who was wearing a black V-neck short-sleeved T-shirt, black pants and a Brooklyn Nets cap. The incidents all took place in the areas of Essex Street, Summit Avenue and Beech Street, Salcedo said, and the victims were two men in their 50s and another in his 20s. None of the men was seriously injured.

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Shot Fired by Suspect during Car Break-In, Lewes

Lewes - Troopers are investigating an incident in which a suspect breaking into a car fired a handgun after being confronted by a homeowner in Lewes.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m. at a residence in the 17000 block of King Philip Way in the development of the Reserves at Nassau, Lewes. The 67 year old male resident was awakened by the sound of the automatic garage door to the residence opening. The victim went to investigate and entered the garage area through an interior door of the house, exterior garage door partially opened. The victim ducked under the garage door and observed 2 suspects rummaging through his car located in the driveway. He was confronted by one of the suspects armed with an unknown type handgun. The suspect forced the victim to the ground, pointing the handgun in his direction and discharged 1 round in the direction of the victim. The round did not hit him and he was not injured as a result of the gunfire. Both suspects fled the area on foot with undisclosed property removed from the car.

Suspect is described as an unknown race male, 18-25 years of age, 5’08” tall, thin build. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with hood pulled up over his head. He was armed with an unknown type handgun. No further physical or clothing description available at this time. The physical and clothing description of the 2nd suspect is not available.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

If anyone has any information about this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet atwww.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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Star Witness In Michael Brown Shooting Charged With Theft, Filing False Police Report

Dorian Johnson, the primary witness to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has an outstanding warrant for a 2011 theft in Jefferson City and pleaded guilty for filing a false police report related to that theft.

St. Louis ABC affiliate ABC 17 cross referenced Johnson’s name against several records and discovered the warrant.

Johnson will be the star witness for any potential prosecution proceedings against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Brown. Johnson was walking with Brown when the shooting occurred.

He has already done multiple media appearances where he falsely claimedBrown was shot by Wilson in the back. He also has claimed that Brown never reached for Wilson’s gun, was “shot like an animal” and that Brown had his hands up and told Wilson he was unarmed.

Johnson’s claims helped inspire the protests and riots in Ferguson over the past 10 days, as well as the “Hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of the protesters and their supporters.

Teacher says union resorting to bully tactics in wake of decertification

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The doom and gloom predictions of the state’s largest teachers union haven’t come to pass more than a year after Deerfield USD 216 faculty opted to boot out the Kansas National Education Association, according to teacher Doug Crandall.

“Things are going pretty well, actually,” said Crandall, who is also president of the newly revived Deerfield Educators Association.

In May 2013, Deerfield faculty voted to decertify KNEA within USD 216, meaning the union could no longer negotiate with local board of education members on teachers’ behalves. At the time Pamela Torgerson, director of Southwest UniServ, the district headquarters for KNEA, said the decision could turn foul without warning.

“My concern with that is that without any kind of organizational backing, it’s going to be hard for the teachers there to enforce their negotiated agreement,” Torgerson said. “So, if they get into trouble during bargaining, they have to go to mediation on their own, and if things work out even worse and they decide to go to fact-finding, they’re pretty much on their own.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Todd & Associates Building Is On Fire





Salisbury News has just learned the Todd & Associates building on Division Street down by the Churches is on fire. 

Attendees: Fruitland, Delmar, Hebron, Parsonsburg, and oh, Salisbury.

SFD Calls For Service 8-20-14

  • Wednesday August, 20 2014 @ 22:59Nature: Emergency UnknownCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday August, 20 2014 @ 22:53 Nature: Automatic AlarmAddress: 121 E Naylor Mill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday August, 20 2014 @ 22:04 Nature: Flood With Electrical HazardsAddress: 510 E Locust St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday August, 20 2014 @ 21:39Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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This Is Your Recovery, And This Is Your Recovery Without Drugs

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson

Does this chart portray an economic recovery in any way? Wages have been stagnant since the START of the supposed recovery in 2010. Real median household income, even using the highly understated CPI, is on a glide path to oblivion. You just need to observe with your own two eyes the number of Space Available signs in front of office buildings, strip centers and malls across America to realize we have further to fall. Low paying, part-time burger flipping jobs aren’t going to revive this debt saturated economic system. But at least the .1% are enjoying their Federal Reserve created high. Fiat is a powerful drug when administered in large doses to addicts on Wall Street.

We Are Above the Law Declares County Attorney

It would be illegal for the county to pay the baby’s medical bills

Habersham County, Georgia, the jurisdiction that allowed intentionally or through negligence a SWAT team to break into a home with violent force in the middle of the night and throw a stun grenade into a baby’s face sending him to a hospital for weeks where he was in life support, has ruled that it would be illegal for the county to pay the baby’s medical bills. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/lawyer-county-refuses-pay-medical-bills-toddler-hu/ng3s9/

The negligence of the police, and thereby the county, is a triple dose. It was the wrong house. A SWAT team was unnecessary in order to exercise a search warrant for a drug suspect. There was no excuse for throwing a stun grenade into a baby’s crib.

But the county attorney has ruled that the county is not liable for these massive incidences of unbridled negligence.

However, the unjustifiable SWAT team assault on the family in the home was legal.

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Buck for your ballot? Los Angeles considers cash prizes for voting

The Los Angeles government might soon offer an unconventional incentive for people to vote: cold hard cash.

At least, that's an option being floated by city officials desperate to boost what one called a "truly depressing" voter turnout in local elections. Last Thursday, the city's Ethics Commission voted to recommend that the Los Angeles City Council explore creating a drawing for a cash prize for anyone who casts a ballot.

"I think that this idea addresses a crisis for which I don't have any other short-term solutions," Ethics Commission President Nathan Hochman told FoxNews.com.

But the plan is running into some serious criticism.

"It's an affront to democracy," California attorney Troy Slaten told Fox News on Wednesday, voicing concern that the plan would attract people who may know nothing about the candidates, looking only for a cash payout.

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50,000 Quarantined in Liberia's Capital -- "Out of Control"

This is the wave of the future in West Africa.

MONROVIA, Liberia —
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

Soldiers repelled the surging crowd with live rounds, driving hundreds of men and boys back into the slum known as West Point. . . .

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa.

The U.N. health agency also warned of shortages of food, water and other essential supplies in West Africa’s population centers.

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Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

(Reuters) - A Maryland State Police trooper has been put on administrative suspension after sheriff's deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday.

The incident is the most recent in a spate involving naked people around the country.

Harford County sheriff's deputies arrived around 11 p.m. on Saturday at the bar in Jarrettsville, 32 miles north of Baltimore, and located two men who identified themselves as state troopers. The trooper in question appeared intoxicated and denied that he had been naked, sheriff's deputy spokeswoman Christie Kahler said.

Customers told deputies one of the troopers had pulled off his pants and at one point exposed himself, according to the report. Neither man was charged.

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Looting Decimates Small Businesses in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Missouri — It's not easy running a business with riots going on. In the ten days since Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, the small businesses that line the streets have suffered a major financial blow from the constant rioting, vandalism, and looting, owners said.

Looters and vandals have smashed windows of store fronts, spray painted graffiti, stolen property, and burned down businesses. Some stores re-opened with plywood plugging up their smashed windows. The words “open for business” are often spray painted on the plywood, but many customers are too afraid to even come.

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These Companies Are REFUSING to Pay Obamacare Tax

What would happen if Americans, en mass, both individuals and businesses,rebelled against Obamacare and refused to participate in the health care law?

The law would simply fall apart due to lack of funding, most likely. In fact, we are already seeing that, to an extent, as Obamacare’s enrollment numbers keep “shrinking”, mostly due to people dropping the mandated coverage, or because they simply aren’t signing up in the first place.

We have also seen a number of doctors and hospitals choose to not participate in Obamacare either, refusing to accept new patients with government subsidized insurance, due to the low reimbursement rates.

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Ferguson: New York Times Buries News of Officer Wilson's Injury

The New York Times has big news on the biggest story in the country today, but as Noah Rothman at Hot Air discovered, theTimes buried that news 26 paragraphs deep. According to theTimes' own police sources, "witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car."

However, law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.

As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away. The officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone, according to law enforcement officials.

Mr. Johnson took cover near a parked car as he saw the officer confronting Mr. Brown, Mr. Bosley said.

A man who lives nearby, Michael T. Brady, said in an interview that he saw the initial altercation in the patrol car, although he struggled to see exactly what was happening.

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Missouri Governor under fire after calling for 'vigorous prosecution' of cop who shot dead Michael Brown but grand jury won't make decision until OCTOBER

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has come under fire after calling for the 'vigorous prosecution' of the Ferguson police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The Democrat governor released a five-minute video on Tuesday, where he said: 'A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.'

His statement began: 'Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in broad daylight. The world has watched as a community has been engulfed in grief, anger, fear, at times violence.'

The governor then called upon Attorney-General Eric Holder and St Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch to 'meet expectations' by finding justice for Michael Brown and his family 'thoroughly, promptly and correctly'.

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ALMANAC PREDICTS COLDER WINTER, HOTTER SUMMER

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal.

"Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation."

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Russia Adds Another 300,000 Ounces of Gold To Its Reserves in July

Russia’s de-dollarization efforts continued in July as they added another 300,000 ounces of gold worth approximately $3.9 billion to their burgeoning reserves. Russia has added 1.1 million ounces of gold to its reserves in the past three months.

As of the end of July 2014, Russia’s gold reserves are approximately 36 million ounces, up nearly three fold since 2008. Russia’s gold reserves place them in the top ten nations by gold reserves

Russia is also the world’s third largest gold producer.

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Student Punished For Saying "Bless You"

Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.” She was "raised up right," with good manners as they are prone to say around Dyersburg, Tennessee.

So it was not out of character for Kendra to say “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed. But that common courtesy landed the 18-year-old in hot water.

Kendra said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.”

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told Memphis television station WMC.

Another student sent the television station a photo taken inside the teacher’s classroom showing a list of banned words. Among the censored words are "dump," "stupid," "my bad," "hang out" and "bless you."

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N.Y. farm owners fined $13,000 for refusing to host lesbian wedding

New York farm owners who rent their facilities for birthday parties and wedding ceremonies have been fined thousands of dollars for refusing to host a lesbian wedding.

Cynthia and Robert Gifford were fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the lesbian couple after they refused to hold the wedding at their Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, Religion News Service reported.

When Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked the Giffords to use the facility for a 2012 wedding, Mrs. Gifford, a Christian, said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding. Weddings typically are conducted on the first floor of the Giffords’ home, and Mrs. Gifford argued the lesbian wedding would “literally hit too close to home,” RNS reported.

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DRUNK DRIVER HITS PEDESTRIAN AND ATTEMPTS TO FLEE

8-20-14 Ped Collision On August 17, 2014, at approximately 2:20 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 55th Street and Coastal Highway for a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a male, later identified as Lester A. Simpson, 32, of Salisbury, MD, attempting to move the vehicle out of the roadway and away from the scene.
During the on-scene investigation, officers determined that another male, later identified as Branden C. Whitley, 31, of Salisbury, was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Whitley had attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly located by officers nearby on 55th Street.
The pedestrian, a 21-year-old female of Willow Grove, PA, was treated on scene by Ocean City EMS and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. She was released from hospital care on August 18. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk when she attempted to cross Coastal Highway.
Upon contact with Simpson and Whitley, officers suspected that both were under the influence of alcohol and administered field sobriety tests. Both were unable to complete the tests successfully and were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Ocean City police have charged Whitley with multiple charges including driving under the influence, failure to remain at the scene of a collision, failure to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian and many more. Simpson was charged with multiple driving under the influence charges and was released on his own personal recognizance. Whitley has since been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Citizens are reminded to Walk Smart! in Ocean City and always use marked crosswalks when attempting to cross Coastal Highway and all other city streets. The Ocean City Police Department is committed to enforcing drunk driving and pedestrian safety and encourages everyone to use the many safe modes of transportation available.

JESSUP MAN LEADS OCEAN CITY POLICE ON AN EARLY MORNING PURSUIT

Carlton M. Stephenson III
Carlton M. Stephenson III
(August 21, 2014) – On August 21, 2014, at approximately 3:10 a.m. Ocean City police were on marked patrol in the area of Coastal Highway and 65th Street when officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound through a nearby parking lot and on to southbound Coastal Highway, nearly causing a collision with oncoming traffic.
While traveling southbound, officers observed the vehicle fail to stay in a single lane and continue southbound at a high rate of speed. Officers then activated emergency lights and siren as the vehicle failed to stop at a red light on 49th Street, turned west on to 49th Street and entered a nearby parking lot. The vehicle then exited the parking lot, traveled south on Coastal Highway and made a U-turn at 48th street all while failing to yield for right-of-way traffic.
Stationary Traffic Safety Unit officers recorded the vehicle to be traveling at a steady speed of 98 mph in the area of 65th Street. Shortly after, the vehicle failed to control its speed and collided with a condominium building in the area of Coastal Highway and 72nd Street. The vehicle crashed into and destroyed electrical meters and an electrical box causing electrical fluid to saturate northbound Coastal Highway.
The collision caused northbound traffic to be rerouted to a single southbound lane for more than four hours as Ocean City Public Works and electrical crews worked to clean up the fluid spill and restore power to the building.
The driver, Carlton M. Stephenson III, 21, of Jessup, MD, was arrested on scene with no injuries. Ocean City police have charged Stephenson with driving under the influence and a multitude of traffic violations. He is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

BREAKING NEWS: Holder opens criminal investigation into American journalist's beheading

Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by an Islamic State militant of American journalist James Foley, whose beheading was recorded and posted online.

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Report: Spec Ops Contractors To Missouri: “Never Guessed We Would Deploy A High Threat Team In Our Own City”

The events in Ferguson, Missouri are a harbinger of things to come

The events in Ferguson, Missouri are a harbinger of things to come. In addition to the deployment of National Guard troops and the heavy militarization of local and federal law enforcement agents in the area, it looks like private special operations contractors with experience in middle east war zones have been asked to help.

Their mission is not clear and no one in any official government capacity is saying anything. But according to a tweet from Asymmetric Solutions on Tuesday, private contractors have been requested in the Feguson/St. Louis area. The company is a division of Applied Defense Technologies, which employs ex-special operations members like Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Delta Force operatives, often to high-risk theaters of war in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Supreme Court Puts Hold On Virginia Gay Marriages

RICHMOND, Va. — Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

The nation's highest court granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Thursday morning. The state would have also had to start recognizing gay marriages from out of state if the Supreme Court had denied the request. The court provided no explanation for its order.

The federal appeals court last week refused to delay its decision striking down the ban, issued in late July, while it is appealed to the high court. The appeals court's order did not explain why it denied that request.

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Watch What Instantly Happens After a Cop Uses His Taser on the 18-Year-Old in This Video

Newly released video of an encounter between a Hartford, Connecticut, police officer and an 18-year-old man has the family raising questions about the officer’s actions. The video shows the officer threatening to taser the man on Tuesday afternoon, the man stopping and putting his arms by his side, and the officer firing the stun gun. And what happens as a result is adding to the criticism.

As soon as the man — Luis Anglero, Jr. — is hit with the taser’s prongs, he stiffens up and falls straight back, appearing to hit his head hard on the sidewalk.

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Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.; whites most common victims, but underreporting feared

Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities.

D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.

The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted racial tension in the St. Louis suburb and prompted widespread calls for an evaluation of race relations between communities and their police departments.

The number of hate crimes reported in the District fell overall from 81 in 2012 to 70 in 2013.

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Obama lit the match in Ferguson

Exclusive: Wayne Allyn Root asserts president could have easily defused crisis days ago

There is something very wrong. I can feel it. Can’t you?

The unrest and rioting is getting worse in Ferguson. Get used to it. More unrest is on the way … soon to a street near you. Obama never lets a good crisis go to waste. For Obama, this is the perfect crisis.

August 9. That was the day that a young black male was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. That was 10 days ago. The situation has smoldered for 10 long days. Monday night two people were shot, 31 arrested.

This situation could have been defused 10 days ago with an appearance by the president. Barack Obama isn’t just any president; he’s the first black president. The young man killed by police was a black male. The smoldering town is predominantly black. The angry crowds are black Americans. A few words from Obama while standing on the ground in Ferguson could have put this smoldering fire out days ago.

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The Poor get Poorer: Low Wage Jobs Still Dominate

Not so long ago, Russ Holton was married, making a six-figure income and looking at a promising career ahead.

Now, seven years later, he's divorced, interviewing for $12-an-hour jobs and trying to further his education and stay afloat in a jobs market that is creating in excess of 200,000 positions a month but few that provide an opportunity to live the life to which he had become accustomed.

"I'm not finding what I'm looking for," Holton, a 45-year-old resident of Mason, Ohio, said during a phone interview that provided a break during a day of job hunting. "I just interviewed for a job that pays $12 an hour. I felt really stupid. For 12 bucks an hour, that's not right.... It's a different world right now."

While it may be a different world, it's a familiar story.

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Almanac Predicts Colder Winter, Hotter Summer

The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal.

"Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation."

More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.

Before unpacking the parka, however, remember that "colder than average" is still only about 2 to 5 degrees difference.

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McDonald's Coffee to Hit Supermarkets

Not too many years ago, this would have been unthinkable: buying a bag of McDonald’s-branded coffee at the grocery store.

But to say that coffee is hot — and that McDonald’s MCD is now a big name in coffee — is an understatement. So, McDonald’s and KraftKRFT today announced plans to sell McCafe brand coffee at the supermarket beginning in early 2015. And no wonder. The typical working American spends $21.32 a week on coffee, reports Statista, the statistics portal.

“There is a huge demand for at-home options,” said Greg Watson, senior vice president of McDonald’s U.S. Menu Innovation, in a statement. “It was a natural, next step to provide customers with McCafe coffee to enjoy in their own home.”

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America's FAILED raid to rescue James Foley

White House reveals how US special forces stormed ISIS camp just a month ago - only to find hostages weren't there...as Obama goes back to his golf

Several dozen special-operations forces attempted to rescue Americans held hostage by ISIS in Syria earlier this summer but failed, it was revealed Wednesday following the graphic release of a video showing the gruesome beheading of photojournalist James Foley.

The mission was carried out earlier this summer but failed because the hostages had been moved by the time U.S. forces arrived for the rescue, according to statements released by the White House and State Department

'This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL,' the State Department statement reads. 'Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.'

Officially, the administration said it would not release more details on the raid, but sources told the New York Times that the mission was carried out by two dozen special-ops members, who were dropped off in Syria in early July and were met with gunfire.

'While on site, it became apparent the hostages were not there,' one of the officials said.

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Local Eastern Shore Girl Develops Revolutionary Way To Learn Spanish

Erin Ashley Sieber, author and creator of The Gringa Way, from Ocean City, Maryland, is set to release her highly anticipated book titled Learn Spanish The Gringa Way “The Easiest Way For English Speakers To Learn Spanish” worldwide early this Fall.

She has taken a somewhat “non traditional” approach toward teaching the Spanish language to native English speakers. In doing so, she pioneered a system, The Gringa Way, which allows learners to translate their English thoughts into Spanish thoughts and sentences.This total “new approach” not only makes the language much easier to learn and understand but it transforms what many thought was impossible and makes it completely “achievable”. Many people have been totally overwhelmed by the “strict rules” and vast grammatical differences they discovered when trying the “old" and “traditional” methods of learning Spanish – so they quit – saying it is simply way too hard and frustrating.

The book is set to publish early this Fall. Stay tuned for the date....

For more information about the book and the author email info@thegringa.com or visit http://www.thegringa.com

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Troopers Conducting Suspicious Death Investigation Millsboro

Millsboro - The Delaware State Police are conducting a suspicious death investigation after an adult male was found deceased in a taxi cab parked on the shoulder of Country Living Road, Millsboro.

The incident was reported on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. as a passerby contacted State Police and reported a suspicious vehicle parked on the shoulder of Country Living Road west of Hardscrabble Road (SR20). Troopers arrived and found an unresponsive adult male inside of the passenger compartment of the taxi. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation and examination of physical evidence at the scene by Troopers has classified this as a suspicious death. No further investigative details to be released at this time.

State Police Detectives working in coordination with investigators from the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science (DFS) removed the body from the scene and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death. Troopers continue their investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

The investigation is currently in its early stages and more information will be released as the investigation progresses.

Gunmaker Remington Arms lays off 105 workers this week

ILION — Herkimer County gunmaker Remington Arms is laying off 105 employees this week.

The reduction comes as parent company Remington Outdoor works through a restructuring that includes a new factory in Hunstville, Ala. Since the plant was confirmed in February, it has been speculated by some and assumed by others that Remington’s presence in Ilion will diminish once production ramps up in the South — employment in Huntsville may eventually hit 2,000.

The local plant is Herkimer County’s largest employer; it had a workforce of about 1,300 earlier this year.

In May, Madison, North Carolina-based Remington announced that it would move the Bushmaster rifle and R1 pistol production lines from Ilion to Huntsville starting this summer.

“The latest announcement from Remington Arms, although not unexpected, is still deeply disappointing for our community,” said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, R-118, Newport, whose district includes parts of Oneida and Herkimer counties. “This is more than 100 of our friends, neighbors and relatives whose families now face an uncertain future. Our thoughts are with them.”

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Lost Dog 8-21-14

"Bosco" Lost 8/20 @ 7:30am from Ellegood St. (next to Pemberton Elementary School in Salisbury, MD) Neutered male, 20lbs, sable and white (looks like a fox), wearing a blue harness, 3yrs old. Very scared! He was neutered 8/19- he needs his pain medication! 

He has a registered microchip, and has been reported missing through PetLink.net Flyers have been posted in the area, and have been sent to every animal hospital and humane society in the area, as well as on the facebook page LostPetPR. 

*Update: seen in a field across from the little league fields on Pemberton Dr. approx 9:30am 8/20 

*Update: seen in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood off Pemberton Dr. approx 11am 8/20 

Please call Healing Hands Animal Hospital 410-742-4884 with any information! Please help us find this little guy!

What Are They Hiding?

Save Our Stevensville Demands State, County Records Ahead of Public Meeting On Controversial New Homeless Shelter

Stevensville, Tuesday August 19 - Save Our Stevensville has asked the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to make public all records pertaining to the new Queen Anne’s County homeless shelter and transitional housing facility planned for 325 State St. in Stevensville.

The 8,623-square-foot structure will have space for 20 emergency overnight beds and eight transitional living beds. The Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners has approved several state grant applications funding the project. On August 1, Save Our Stevensville filed a similar information request with Queen Anne’s County and as of this writing still awaits a response.

According to SOS spokesman Mike Ranelli, “With a public meeting next Monday - even though the facility was designed last year and approved last April - all county citizens deserve to know why it’s a good idea to build a large shelter on the Cross-Island Trail, next to Old Love Point Park, and so near Kent Island’s schools.”

SOS filed three Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) requests referencing several grants, including Community Development Block Grants, awarded between 2009 and 2012. Requests were made of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland General Assembly, to include any related correspondence between state and county legislators.

A third PIA request was filed to obtain Maryland Transportation Authority records regarding state funds for the expansion of County Ride, Queen Anne’s County’s bus service. At a 2012 meeting for potential shelter architects, county officials stated that homeless clients will arrive at the shelter via County Ride. According to the county, buses operate not only fixed routes, but also “demand response service open to everyone,” and will shortly begin serving Annapolis. According to theBay Times, “County Ride was recently notified by the Maryland Transit Administration that grant funding has become available for just such a service.”

The most recent Maryland Report on Homelessness shows that in January 2013, there were 87 homeless persons, or 1% of state’s total, in Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Kent, Caroline and Dorchester combined.

“While much of our community is involved in charitable ministries, we still need to understand how this site is best for our county’s own homeless.” Ranelli said. He added “The distance from 325 State St. to impoverished areas, health services, adult education and jobs could be less than ideal for them as well.”

Because the county may break ground shortly, SOS requested a waiver of PIA fees. “Citizens have been reaching out to our representatives without satisfactory response. What are they hiding? People are just stunned that local input was not sought before placing this facility in such a uniquely problematic location,” Ranelli said. “It may look great on a zoning map, but the reality on the ground is far different.”

A public meeting will take place on Monday, August 25 from 6-8 pm at the Percy Thomas Senior Center, 891 Love Point Rd. in Stevensville. Citizens may speak for 3 minutes each. “Although the meeting is on the first day of school, we’ve heard that concerned Stevensville, Chester and Grasonville families will make every effort to attend.”

Save Our Stevensville is a group of citizens preserving community appeal and ensuring the public is well-informed. For info visit Save Our Stevensville on Facebook, or email saveourstevensville@gmail.com. Stevensville, located at the foot of the Bay Bridge on Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County, has a population of over 12,000 and a poverty level of 2.7%, compared to the the county’s 7.4% and Maryland’s 9.4% (source: US Census Bureau) The town was founded in 1850 and contains roughly 100 historic structures, many within a National Historic District adjacent to the county’s shelter site.