Saturday, February 15, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1906.. Fire claims most Stockton businesses; 1970.. A new role coming for Pocomoke City's armory building; 1888.. A telephone line to connect two buildings betweem Accomack County towns; 1977.. These Pocomoke High School seniors are earning college credits; 1939.. Maryland beaten biscuits, "They prepared em' with an axe" (recipe included).

Although you may not find all of 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 and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Possible Meth Lab In Gargatha, Virginia

Possible Meth Lab Being Investigated 
Friday, February 14, 2014

The Accomack County Sheriffs Office and a hazardous materials team Friday launched an investigation that may uncover Accomack's first methamphetamine lab.

According to Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin, the investigation is taking place at a mobile home on Music Circle, near Gargatha Landing Road.

The discovery was made when a search warrant was executed early Friday morning.

If confirmed, it would be the first discovered meth lab in Accomack County.

The Eastern Shore Regional Haz-Mat Team ed decontaminatd the scene before investigators could begin their work.

The investigation is expected to continue and no further information will be made available at the is time.

In addition to the Sheriffs Office and the hazmat team, Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company responded with a fire truck and an ambulance at the scene.


Change your passwords: Comcast hushes, minimizes serious hack
Are you a Comcast customer? Please change your password.

On February 6, NullCrew FTS hacked into at least 34 of Comcast's servers and published a list of the company's mail servers and a link to the root file with the vulnerability it used to penetrate the system on Pastebin.

Comcast, the largest internet service provider in the United States, ignored news of the serious breach in press and media for over 24 hours — only when the Pastebin page was removed did the company issue a statement, and even then, it only spoke to a sympathetic B2B outlet.

During that 24 hours, Comcast stayed silent, and the veritable "keys to the kingdom" sat out in the open internet, ripe for the taking by any malicious entity with a little know-how around mail servers and selling or exploiting customer data.

Comcast customers have not been not told to reset their passwords. But they should.

Once NullCrew FTS openly hacked at least 24 Comcast mail servers, and the recipe was publicly posted, the servers began to take a beating. Customers in Comcast's janky, hard-to-find, 1996-style forums knew something was wrong, and forum posts reflected the slowness, the up and down servers, and the eventual crashing.

The telecom giant ignored press requests for comment and released a limited statement on February 7 — to Comcast-friendly outlet, broadband and B2B website Multichannel News.

The day-late statement failed to impress the few who saw it, and was criticized for its minimizing language and weak attempt to suggest that the breach had been unsuccessful.

From Comcast's statement on Multichannel's post No Evidence That Personal Sub Info Obtained By Mail Server Hack:
Comcast said it is investigating a claim by a hacker group that claims to have broken into a batch of the MSO email servers, but believes that no personal subscriber data was obtained as a result.

"We're aware of the situation and are aggressively investigating it," a Comcast spokesman said. "We take our customers' privacy and security very seriously, and we currently have no evidence to suggest any personal customer information was obtained in this incident."
Not only is there a high probability that customer information was exposed — because direct access was provided to the public for 24 hours — but the vulnerability exploited by the attackers was disclosed and fixed in December 2013.


PRESS RELEASE ~ Delegate Mike McDermott

Delegate McDermott Proposes a Bill to Help Contractors
February 14, 2014

ANNAPOLIS – A bill sponsored by Delegate Mike McDermott (R – Worcester & Wicomico) will change how permits are issued to contractors and builders by making the process fairer.

In Maryland, there is currently no law requiring a permitting office to specify why a particular permit was rejected. The absence of this requirement, according to Delegate McDermott’s testimony, creates a costly back and forth process between the contractor or homeowner applying for the permit and the permitting officials.
This complex permit process goes back and forth, back and forth, often times taking six months to a year to figure out exactly what is wrong with the proposed plans,” said Delegate McDermott at the bill hearing. “What House Bill 213 does is deal with fundamental problems in a regulatory process that makes things way too complex and costly for the people.”
 The unnecessary back and forth process costs people time, and time is money, whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor,” Delegate McDermott continues. “This bill says that if the people are denied a permit, the government must simply tell them why they were denied.”
A veteran contractor was also on hand in Annapolis to give testimony of the complex process currently in place. William Schmitt, who has been in the contracting business since 1987, welcomed the changes that Delegate McDermott’s bill would bring.
“As absurd as it sounds, I can tell you that this is a real problem,” Schmitt said. “During my last encounter trying to get plans approved, I had to go back and forth ten times, and never once did they tell me what specifically I had gotten wrong in my plans.”
“There are thousands of regulations,” Schmitt continued. “Knowing exactly which one the permit official is looking for you to correct can be a daunting task.”
 If the government is going to take actions against the citizens of this state and deny them the right to do something on their property, it must simply tell them why,” McDermott concluded.
The bill awaits a vote by the Environmental Affairs Committee.

Callback Scheme Used In International Revenue Share Fraud

Callback Scheme Used In International Revenue Share Fraud

Telephone companies in the United States are seeing missed calls used to enable International Revenue Share Fraud (IRSF). Fraudsters are using call generators with automated spoofing capabilities to place calls to a large volume of US cell phone numbers. The calls typically ring once. The number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID is a high cost international number, usually located in the Caribbean. The recipient calls the number back and is greeted with a message designed to keep them on the line, such as “Hello, you have reached the operator, please hold.” The longer the caller stays on the line, the more revenue fraudsters generate.

Recipients do not realize they are calling an international number and that they will be billed for an international call. Businesses are also victims because recipients often use their work telephone to make the return call.

Telephone companies in the United States are charged when a return call is made because they are required to pay a fee to transfer calls to foreign countries. The payment is then shared with the fraudster who spoofed the calls. This is referred to as IRSF.

Area codes used in the spoofed numbers are from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. These countries’ numbers are part of the North American Numbering Plan and do not require 011 to be dialed as with other international calls.

Recipients should not answer calls from numbers they do not recognize or initiate a return call. Recipients will not be charged for receiving the calls, however.

Companies that do not conduct business with companies in the above-mentioned countries may want to consider blocking these area codes to avoid this type of charge.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Three Found Guilty In OC Beach Brawl

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Four Beach Brawl Suspects Found Guilty, Three Get Jail Time

OCEAN CITY — Three of the four suspects arrested in July following a melee on the beach in Ocean City with police were found guilty this week of assault and other charges and received jail time for their roles during the incident while a fourth was fined and placed on probation.

Trials resumed on Wednesday for the four suspects involved in the incident, including three men and one woman, who was nine months pregnant at the time and ultimately needed an emergency C-section after being tackled to the ground during the fracas. The state presented its case against the defendants in November, but in a somewhat unusual break from routine, the case was continued until this week to allow the defense to prepare its witnesses.

After hours of testimony in District Court in Ocean City on Wednesday, one of the suspects, Abdul Kargbo, 25, of Woodbridge, Va., was found guilty of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. His brother, Saidu Kargbo, 21, of Woodbridge, was found guilty of second-degree assault and was fined $500 and placed on unsupervised probation for one year. Dalima Palmer, who was nine months pregnant at the time of the incident, was found guilty of second-degree assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Her fiancé and father of her six-month old baby, Musa Seisay, 25, of Garrisonville, Md., was also found guilty of second-degree assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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SPRING BINGO At Pocomoke Fairgrounds

Pocomoke Fairgrounds
Broad Street
Doors open at 5:30
Games begin at 7:00
Coach & Longaberger prizes!
 Special raffles, 50/50, great food at the concession
  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door
Limited seating to first 150 persons
Reserve tables of 6 or more players
Bring 4 canned goods for donation to the Samaritan Shelter of Pocomoke and receive a FREE special game card
Call 410.422.9195 or 443.614.4456 or 443.783.8197 for info or tickets

UPDATE - PLEASE READ -Delmarva Discovery Center ~ Reptile Festival On Saturday

NOTICE FROM-Delmarva Discovery Center
Important Update - Our annual Reptile Festival has been RESCHEDULED for Sunday, February 23rd from 1 pm - 4 pm.
We greatly apologize for any inconvenience but due to the severe weather that hit Western Maryland this week, Brian Kristal and Reptile Wonders - A Nature Center on the Go! are unable to travel to the event originally schedule for tomorrow.
Our dedicated education and husbandry staff will still perform animal presentations at 1 pm and 3 pm for those visiting the museum and we will be offering HALF OFF admission the entire day!
Come visit TOMORROW and FEBRUARY 23rd and see what you will DISCOVER!
The Reptile Festival is coming up
Saturday, Feb 23, 2014
 Come see Brian and his amazing collection of reptiles, as well as the reptiles that call the Delmarva Discovery Center home.
Make reptile crafts
 Play games
 Get your face painted too

A fun-filled family event which will educate and amuse! For more information, please call 410-957-9933.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1906.. Fire claims most Stockton businesses; 1970.. A new role coming for Pocomoke City's armory building; 1888.. A telephone line to connect two buildings between Accomack County towns; 1977.. These Pocomoke High School seniors are earning college credits; 1939.. Maryland beaten biscuits, "They prepared em' with an axe" (recipe included).

Although you may not find all of 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 and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Pocomoke City Man Sentenced To Ten Years

Kelvin D. Sewell,  Police Chief
Eliseo Rozas was convicted of 2nd Degree Assault in Worcester County on February 12, 2014, and received ten years in prison, suspended three years, for an assault of a Pocomoke City Police Officer which took place on August 26, 2013.
Eliseo Rozas
PCPD Photo
On August 26, 2013 officers of the Pocomoke City Police Department were dispatched to a possible domestic call. 
Upon arrival Rozas failed to obey lawful order and was arrested by Sgt. Robert Horseman and then transported to the Pocomoke City Police Department.  While at the Pocomoke City Police Department Rozas became extremely combative and a violent struggle between Rozas and Sgt. Horseman ensued.
The result of the assault ended with the sentencing that took place on February 12, 2014.

Looking for Love? Beware of Online Dating Scams

February 12, 2014  

Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate. But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.

These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. In reality, they often live overseas.

Their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk.

Here’s how the scam usually works. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you. He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you. For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. You may even be sent flowers or other gifts.

 But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.

So you send money...but rest assured the requests won’t stop there. There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts. He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package.

So what really happened? You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites. The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites. The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.

In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).

In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate. Victims were later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and claims that they were “cheaters.” In order to have that information removed, victims were told they could make a $99 payment—but there is no indication that the other side of the bargain was upheld.

While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.

We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (

Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits.
This helps keep everyone safe.

Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.

Recognizing an Online Dating Scam Artist

Your online “date” may only be interested in your money if he or she:
  • Presses you to leave the dating website you met through and to communicate using personal e-mail or instant messaging;

  • Professes instant feelings of love;

  • Sends you a photograph of himself or herself that looks like something from a glamour magazine;

  • Claims to be from the U.S. and is traveling or working overseas;

  • Makes plans to visit you but is then unable to do so because of a tragic event; or

  • Asks for money for a variety of reasons (travel, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospitals bills for child or other relative, visas or other official documents, losses from a financial setback or crime victimization).
One way to steer clear of these criminals all together is to stick to online dating websites with nationally known reputations.


Maryland State Police


(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- Regardless of their normal assignments, Maryland state troopers are all focused on storm patrol today as more than 150 additional troopers assist with the state’s response to the latest snow.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown has ordered troopers not normally assigned to road patrol duties to work in emergency operation centers or supplement patrol troopers at barracks across the state. Extra troopers began their duties early this morning and will continue throughout the duration of the storm.

“Every Maryland state trooper knows he or she is to be a ‘full-service’ trooper and they are ready to take on a different assignment, especially when it involves ensuring public safety in times like this,” Colonel Brown said. “Our assignment today is to ensure those who need to travel on our highways are safe and to work in cooperation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the State Highway Administration, the National Guard, and our allied law enforcement agencies to respond to those areas where our assistance is most needed.”

All leave was canceled for patrol troopers in the Field Operations Bureau and barracks will have full complements of troopers on patrol. Their patrols will be supplemented by troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division, the Aviation Command, and the Special Tactical Assault Team Element. Four-wheel drive vehicles have been assigned to areas where snowfall is predicted to be the highest.

Troopers from the Support Services Bureau have been assigned to staff positions at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center. They will be able to immediately direct State Police resources to locations where they are needed. Troopers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau will be detailed to county Emergency Operations Centers where they have been requested.

Marylanders are reminded of Governor O’Malley’s advice not to drive, unless it is an absolute necessity. If travel is undertaken, drivers are urged to use extreme caution, ensure their vehicle is in good working condition, and be certain they are carrying an emergency kit with them.

Citizens are urged not to call State Police barracks for road conditions, so troopers can be ready to take calls for more urgent needs. Marylanders can check up to the minute road conditions at, or, or by dialing 511 on a cell phone when safe to do so.

Looking For A Furever Friend?

Here's your chance to find the forever friend you have been looking for!!

DASH Rescue  will be at Tractor Supply in Pocomoke City, Maryland
 Saturday, February 15, 2014
 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Stop by and say hello to the RESCUE Team and the furry friends they have with them.
If you have been thinking about adoption now is the time to adopt your furry friend.  He's waiting....


DASH Rescue - Take a look at their facebook page to see the many other things the Rescue Team does!
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
― Josh Billings 

Northampton Circuit Court ~ Sentences From the Judge

 Northampton Circuit Court
 Tuesday, February 11, 2012

 Sheika Monique Thomas - Birdsnest, charged with credit card forgery, credit card fraud and credit card theft received three years on each count to run concurrently with all but three days suspended; 25 hours of community service and supervised probation.

Joseph William Pae Jr. - Exmore received 10 years on each count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of Vicodin with the intent to distribute to run concurrently. All but one year and nine months were suspended. There will be supervised probation.

Terence Devon Brisco - Nassawadox is charged with assault and battery of a family member was given 12 months with all but three months suspended. Brisco was sentenced to five years with all but one year suspended for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He will serve a total of one year and six months with the balance on probation.

Richard Oscar Holden, Jr. - Temperanceville was sentenced to 8 years with all but 12 months suspended conditioned upon successful completion of the Detention and Diversion Center programs. Holden was also given supervised probation for 10 years.

Vincent Richard Stith - Cheriton was sentenced to 10 years on each count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The sentences will run concurrently with all but 12 months suspended conditioned upon the successful completion of the Detention and Diversion Center programs. Stith received supervised probation for 10 years.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


WORCESTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  Keeping Residents of Worcester County and local Virginia Updated

The latest update from Wakefield Weather:









Kim Jackson ~ "Bringing A New Perspective To Pocomoke"

Kim Jackson For Pocomoke City Council, District 3

"Do you have a question for me or a concern you would like to share? Send me a message.  April 1st is only seven weeks away!"

Kim Jackson, Candidate For Pocomoke City Council- District 3 would like to  discuss any topic or question you may have concerning Pocomoke City.  Or just see what's on her mind concerning the town.

All in an effort to make herself more accessible to District 3 Voters,  Kim has a phone activated just for the campaign and job!
443-735-VOTE (8683)

Pocomoke Election Day is April 1st!

“Delegate McDermott Awarded for Being Business Friendly”

February 12, 2014

I’m trying vigorously to make this state a more business friendly environment,” ~ Delegate Mike McDermott

ANNAPOLIS – During the past two legislative sessions, Delegate Michael McDermott was one of the few lawmakers in Annapolis to receive a business friendly score higher than 90% from the Maryland Business for Responsive Government. This February, Delegate McDermott received the John Shaw Award from the non-partisan group Maryland Businesses for Responsive Government (MBRG) in recognition of his business friendly agenda.

 I’m extremely grateful for this award, and I’m thankful to be put in this position to try and strengthen the business climate in Maryland,” Delegate McDermott said. “I’m appreciative to be recognized for something I believe in so strongly.”
Of the four other representatives of the Lower Eastern Shore, only one, Delegate Charles Otto, received a rating of more than 90%. Senator James Mathias received the lowest score of the five Lower Eastern Shore representatives at 54%. Delegate Norman Conway was slightly better than Mathias at 56%. Meanwhile, Senator Richard Colburn received an 84% and Delegate Otto received a 93%.
I’m trying vigorously to make this state a more business friendly environment,” Delegate McDermott said. “I’m thankful to receive this award in recognition for my undeterred efforts in support of Maryland businesses.”




(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have expanded their search for the person or persons responsible for the murder of a university student far beyond the Somerset County campus where it occurred one year ago.

At about 9:00 p.m. on February 16, 2013, 21-year-old University of Maryland Eastern Shore student Edmond St. Clair was a passenger in a Honda traveling across campus on College Backbone Road. Not far from the Student Services Center, St. Clair and those he was traveling with encountered several people, possibly three or four, who were walking in the street.

Investigators believe some type of altercation occurred between St. Clair and these individuals. During the altercation, St. Clair was stabbed in the upper torso. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

State Police Homicide Unit investigators say as many as three persons may have been involved in the murder. They are described as tall, African American males, two of whom had lighter complexions. All three were wearing dark clothing. One may have been wearing some type of ski mask.

The State Police search for suspects in this murder has expanded far beyond the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus. Due to the 2013 Homecoming Weekend activities occurring, there were hundreds of people on the UMES campus, many of whom were from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. regions. Not all of those on campus that weekend were university alumni. Several events were open to the public.

During a search of the area near the crime scene, State Police investigators recovered a folding knife. The knife was examined at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division Laboratory. Evidence was found on the knife that positively connected it to the murder of St. Clair.

Due to the unique appearance of the 3 ½” bladed Remington Sportsman’s Series folding knife with burnt orange and black camouflage handles, State Police investigators released a picture, thinking it might help prompt the memory of someone who may have seen the knife before. Anyone with information about the knife is still urged to contact police immediately.

Investigators would also like to identify three potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the crime. They are believed to have been walking toward the student apartments shortly after 9:00 p.m. Two of the three are believed to have been carrying umbrellas. Two more potential witnesses may have been walking toward the scene shortly after the murder occurred.

Troopers continue to attempt to identify a light colored vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. This vehicle was seen in the area of the crime scene. Investigators would like to interview the driver and any passengers in this vehicle who may be potential witnesses to the crime.

Investigators would also like to identify the driver and any passengers in a gold vehicle. The gold vehicle was seen turning around a short time after the crime occurred and headed back toward the crime scene.

The investigation into the murder of Edmond St. Clair is active and ongoing. State Police investigators appreciate the assistance and support provided by the administration and the police department of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

State Police homicide investigators returned to the UMES campus during the fall of 2013 and just last week, re-distributed flyers seeking information about the murder. Investigators will be on campus throughout the 2014 Homecoming Week seeking anyone with information.

ClearChannel Outdoor assisted last year by providing a digital billboard on Rt. 13 asking for information. The company has generously agreed to renew its billboard notice seeking information about the murder and reminding viewers of the reward that is still offered.

Police investigators continue to need the help of persons both on and off campus who may have information about this crime. Persons with information are urged to contact the Maryland State Police at 410-651-3101, or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers and UMES are offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

Maryland State Police investigators are committed to the successful conclusion of this investigation. They will continue their efforts to identify those responsible for the murder of Edmond St. Clair.

Princess Anne Police Department Seeks Publics Help

Princess Anne Police Department ALERT (facebook)

SPECIAL ALERT: the Princess Anne Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspected bank robber in an incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

 The suspect entered the BB&T Bank on Elm Street at approximately 3:30pm and is described as a light skinned black male, possibly early 20's, 5'09-5'10, wearing gray pants, a black jacket with white or lime green piping with a black hood and black scarf/bandana covering his face.

Photographs are attached, and although the photos are blurry- someone may recognize a known individual to have similar style clothing, stature, physical appearance, etc.

Any information, please contact the Princess Anne Police Department at 410-651-1822. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


DEA and Maryland Science Center Open Powerful New Exhibit

DEA and Maryland Science Center Open Powerful New Exhibit That Explores Costs and Consequences of Drug Abuse

BALTIMORE – February 11, 2014   The 10,000 square-foot Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause exhibit opened today at the Maryland Science Center and runs through September 1st.  The national touring exhibit is an interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug abuse prevention, and drug treatment specific to Maryland’s local communities.

Experienced by more than 22 million students, teachers, and parents in 9 cities across the country to-date, Target America explains the science behind illegal drug addiction, and the countless costs and consequences of illegal drugs to individuals, American society, and the world. Visitors will experience a drug investigation from start to finish, helping them understand the environmental effects of drugs and what law enforcement, drug abuse education, and treatment are doing to break the troubling cycle of drugs and drug-related violence. They will view both an actual South American jungle coca processing lab, a re-created Afghan heroin factory, as well as analyze brain-scans in a simulated MRI machine and view real wreckage from a drug-related car accident. A new portion of Target America will focus specifically on Maryland and Baltimore, exploring the evolution of heroin abuse and enforcement in the area, the addiction science research taking place at Maryland universities, and drug abuse prevention groups working to educate students across the state.
“This exhibit opens at the height of school group visitation to the Maryland Science Center.  We look forward to sharing its content with the hundreds of schools who will be visiting on field trips between now and the end of the school year,” says Maryland Science Center President and CEO Van Reiner.

Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause was developed in partnership with The DEA Educational Foundation, The U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The U.S. National Guard, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, and The Partnership at 
“This Baltimore, Maryland exhibit will educate both youth and adults of the Mid-Atlantic Region on the devastating effects that drug trafficking and drug use have on our community.  Marylanders will understand that drug enforcement, prevention, and education go hand-in-hand in order to solve the drug abuse and addiction issue,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Karl Colder.

A broad coalition of corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors helped cover the costs of bringing the Target America exhibit to Maryland.  The exhibit began a national tour in 2002 at the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia and has since inspired over 22 million visitors in Dallas, Omaha, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and most recently in Tampa.  For more information on the content of the exhibit and related educational programs, visit
Target America is free for Maryland school groups when visiting on field trips. All Target America activities are free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center.  For dates of specific activities, more information and ticket prices, visit or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.

About the Maryland Science Center
Named one of Parents Magazine’s Top 10 Science Centers in America, the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore makes science understandable and fun for more than 500,000 visitors a year. The Maryland Science Center inspires, fascinates, motivates and engages children and adults with dozens of interactive exhibits, traveling exhibitions, original presentations in the world-famous Davis Planetarium, larger-than-life movies in the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and hundreds of hands-on programs delivered throughout the state each year. 

DEA Public Affairs

Deterring Laser Strikes Aimed At Aircraft

February 11, 2014

FBI Pilots New Reward Program Aimed at Deterring Laser Strikes            

The FBI today announced a new regional reward program to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft.

Reported incidents of the federal violation are on the rise. Since the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began tracking laser strikes in 2005, statistics reflect a more than 1,100 percent increase in the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers.

In an effort to raise public awareness about the issue, the FBI has launched a targeted regional reward program, which will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices. As part of the pilot program, the FBI will offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual who aims a laser at an aircraft.

The FBI will also be working with state and local law enforcement to educate teens about the dangers associated with lasing.

“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions.”

In 2013, there were a total of 3,960 laser strikes reported—an average of almost 11 incidents per day. Industry experts say laser attacks present potential dangers for pilots.

“Shining a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft can temporarily blind a pilot, jeopardizing the safety of everyone on board,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We applaud our colleagues at the Justice Department for aggressively prosecuting aircraft laser incidents, and we will continue to use civil penalties to further deter this dangerous activity.”

“The risk associated with illegal and inappropriate laser illuminations is unacceptable. Pointing lasers at aircraft in flight poses a serious safety risk to the traveling public,” said Air Line Pilots Association International President Captain Lee Moak.

“Since ALPA successfully urged lawmakers to make laser illuminations on aircraft a specific federal crime, laser targeting of aircraft is now a violation of both federal and civil laws with real penalties, and we will advocate for our FBI and FAA partners to vigorously pursue anyone who misuses these devices.”

Thousands of laser attacks go unreported every year. If you have information about a lasing incident or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call your local FBI field office or dial 911.

FBI field offices participating in the regional reward program are Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Juan, and the Washington Field Office.


Send A Message To Our Troops


 Opening Day / 20th annual Scrolls for deployed U.S. Troops scroll drive is set in stone for this Saturday the 15th near the inside entrance to the Food Court at The Centre At Salisbury.
Photo- George Jackson

Write a morale boosting message to our brave Troops from 10AM until 5PM.

 There  5 scrolls, one for each branch of the U.S. Military - ARMY, NAVY, MARINES, AIR FORCE, COAST GUARD.

(2013 Picture is from FOB APACHE in Afghanistan. Soldiers are standing in front of a portion of their scroll layered on the wall)

Toy Story "Woody" Figure Has Weapon Confiscated

Heathrow security confiscate miniature 'gun' from Toy Story Woody figure

The thought of Toy Story character Woody being considered an airport terror threat may seem laughable to most, but not so for the Heathrow security staff who confiscated a miniature toy gun from the doll before allowing it to travel with its owner.

A puzzled father uploaded a picture of the moment staff chose to remove the tiny firearm after examining his Woody figurine.

"I have travelled the world with Toy Story’s Woody, taking pics for my son," the father told Reddit users. "At Heathrow, security just confiscated his “weapon”, keep the world safe boys…"

He added this was the first time he had ever had trouble taking Woody aboard a flight before. "[The] guy didn’t notice me taking the pic", he said. He was actually quite nice [and] tried to see if they would override the rule … but in the end he had to take the gun."

Some Reddit users responded with surprise, while others could not help but drop in the obligatory Toy Story quotes, with one replying: "'Did they find the snake in his boot?"

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport would not comment directly on the incident, but said: "We do not comment on specific incidents or details of our security regime.

"Airports and airlines can use their discretion to remove any item being carried in hand luggage when they believe it may be perceived as a threat", they told The Daily Mail.


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Tonya Bundick Trial Scheduled For April 10, 2014

Tonya Bundick
anya Bundick will face 62 counts of arson before a jury on April 10 in Accomack County as of now.

 Bundicks lawyer has filed a change of venue motion but there has been no date set for the court to hear the motion.

Last month Bundick entered an Alford plea in court for one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson connected with a fire in Melfa on April 1, 2013.

 No date has been set for sentencing on those two charges.

Bundick, along with her fiancé Charles R. Smith III are charged in a string of arsons that began in November of 2012 and ended in their arrest on April 1, 2013
Smith pleaded guilty earlier in Accomack County Circuit Court to 67 charges of arson.


Somerset County Sheriff's Office ~ Arrests

Somerset County Sheriff's Office / Recent Arrests

  2-5-14  Tina Dize -  Crisfield, arrested  on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Dize was held on a $ 500.00 bond.

2-5-14  Travis James Shreaves  -  Chincoteague Virginia, arrested  on a warrant for violation of probation. Shreaves was held without bond.

2-10-14  Robert Lee Daniels 3rd. - Crisfield, arrested  on warrants for violation of probation. Daniels was held without bond.

2-10-14  Anthony Costantino Panzo  - Marion, arrested  on a warrant for violation of probation. Panzo was held on a $ 25,000 bond.

 2-10-14  Brandon Wayne Linton -  Willards, arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Linton was released after posting bond.

 2-11-14  William Dale Perdue  -  Princess Anne, arrested  for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving impaired by alcohol, driving on a suspended and revoked driver’s license, and driving without a license. Perdue was released on signature pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by Deputies for a traffic violation in the Westover area.