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SPIES AND LIES: U. S. Navy Rocket Scientist Jonathan Toebbe & Wife Diana Can Get Cameo on Spy Series ‘Americans’ after their arrest for allegedly selling secrets of US nuclear warships

SPIES AND LIES: U. S. Navy Rocket Scientist Jonathan Toebbe & Wife Diana Can Get Cameo on Spy Series ‘Americans’ after their arrest for allegedly selling secrets of US nuclear warships

Dead Drop for Secrets Was in Chewing Gum Package and Half a Peanut Butter Sandwich!

SPIES AND LIES: UPDATE

U. S. Attorney filed motion with Federal Judge to keep Toebbe’s incarcerated due to them being a flight risk, and the penalty for their crimes, if convicted being death or life in prison.

RANDOLPH J. BERNARD
ACTING UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Jonathan Toebbe now has counsel from the Federal Public Defender Office

Nicholas J. Compton
Federal Public Defender Office – Mtg
651 Foxcroft Ave
Suite 202
Martinsburg, WV 2540

MOTION TO CONTINUE DETENTION HEARING

Comes now Defendant, Jonathan Toebbe, by and through counsel, Nicholas J. Compton,
Assistant Federal Public Defender, and files this motion to continue the detention hearing in this case currently set for October 15, 2021. In support, Mr. Toebbe offers the following:

  1. On October 8, 2021, FBI Special Agent Justin Van Tromp filed a criminal
    complaint [ECF 1] against Mr. Toebbe alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. § 2274(a).
  2. Mr. Toebbe was arrested on October 9, 2021. A motion to detain [ECF 9] him was
    filed on October 11, 2021.
  3. Mr. Toebbe made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble
    on October 12, 2021. At that time, Magistrate Judge Trumble temporarily detained Mr. Toebbe
    pending a detention hearing [ECF 17]. The Court set that detention hearing for Friday, October 15,
    2021, at 11 a.m. The Court also set a preliminary hearing on the criminal complaint for
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 1 p.m. [ECF 16]. Undersigned counsel was also appointed to
    represent Mr. Toebbe that same day [ECF 21].
    Case 3:21-mj-00138-RWT Document 33 Filed 10/14/21 Page 1 of 3 PageID #: 79
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  4. Given the nature of the charges in this case, and after having met with Mr. Toebbe,
    Counsel believes that additional time is necessary to prepare for the detention hearing in this
    matter.
  5. Counsel and the Defendant specifically request that the Court reset the detention
    hearing in this matter for Wednesday, October 15, 2021, at 1 p.m., to coincide with the Defendant’s
    currently scheduled preliminary hearing.

Respectfully submitted,
JONATHAN TOEBBE
By Counsel
s/ Nicholas J. Compton
Nicholas J. Compton
Attorney for Defendant WV State
Bar # 11056
Federal Public Defender Office

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Diana-Toebbe-booking-photo-from-West-Virginia-Regional-Jail

Court grants continuance to October 20, 2021

PAPERLESS ORDER as to Jonathan Toebbe. For good cause shown, the Court GRANTS Defendant’s MOTION [ECF No. 33] to Continue Detention Hearing. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Detention Hearing is CONTINUED to 10/20/2021, at 01:00 PM in Martinsburg Magistrate Judge Courtroom, 1st Floor before Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble. Signed by Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble on 10-14-2021. (dh) (Entered: 10/14/2021)

By Ken Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

BALTIMORE, MD. – Move over Mr. & Mrs. Smith we have the Toebbes of Annapolis ready to star in a new drama of spies and lies soon to play out in Federal Court. Just like the cable TV show in FX, the Americans, where a Russian couple posed as ordinary Americans, an Annapolis couple decided to sell American nuclear secrets to an American enemy, not yet named but likely the Russians or Communist Chinese.

While Jonathan Toebbe is employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer, his wife Diana endorses socialist policies on her Facebook page and has been a teacher at an exclusive private school in Annapolis for the past ten years. The similarity of the Toebbes to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were convicted of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets and executed in 1953 (see below) does not end with their spying activities. Both the Cold War spies and the accused Annapolis spies went to jail leaving behind young children.

The Daily Mail published this photo of the Toebbes with the faces of their children obscured

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration.

Federal prosecutors say that Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, both of Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested in Jefferson County, West Virginia, by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.

They had their initial appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

For almost a year, Jonathan Toebbe, 42, aided by his wife, Diana, 45, sold information known as Restricted Data concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person they believed was a representative of a foreign power. In actuality, that person was an undercover FBI agent. The Toebbes have been charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Atomic Energy Act.

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G-MEN SAY THE COUPLE GOT 100 Gs!

Diana Toebbe posted mean things about Donald Trump on her Facebook page and right after Trump’s loss to Biden they went to work building their little crypto stash, according to court filings

Diana-Toebbe-has-been-a-teacher-at-the-Key-School-in-Annapolis-for-ten-years-teaching-humanities

Exclusive Annapolis Key School taught President Joe Biden’s grandchildren and the school filed suit to collect arrears tuition while Hallie Biden was living with Hunter Biden at the same time he fathered a child with a stripper.

Biden son tossed out of Navy after testing positive for cocaine

Key-School-filed-litigation-against-Hallie-Biden-for-tuition-payments-for-President-Joe-Bidens-grandchildren.

ANNAPOLIS GAZETTE:
July 1, 2019 — The Key School filed a lawsuit against Hallie Biden in March for not paying tuition. Biden owes the school $55,740.
Court records show that the lawsuit was settled out of court and dismissed voluntarily on October 1, 2019.

THE COMPLAINT AGAINST THE ALLEGED SPIES

“The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

Jonathan Toebbe is an employee of the Department of the Navy who served as a nuclear engineer and was assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, also known as Naval Reactors. He held an active national security clearance through the U.S. Department of Defense, giving him access to Restricted Data. Toebbe worked with and had access to information concerning naval nuclear propulsion including information related to military sensitive design elements, operating parameters, and performance characteristics of the reactors for nuclear-powered warships.

Spies Sent Secrets on April Fools Day!

The complaint affidavit alleges that on April 1, 2020, Jonathan Toebbe sent a package to a foreign government, listing a return address in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, containing a sample of Restricted Data and instructions for establishing a covert relationship to purchase additional Restricted Data. The affidavit also alleges that, thereafter, Toebbe began corresponding via encrypted email with an individual whom he believed to be a representative of the foreign government. The individual was really an undercover FBI agent. Jonathan Toebbe continued this correspondence for several months, which led to an agreement to sell Restricted Data in exchange for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.

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On June 8, 2021, the undercover agent sent $10,000 in cryptocurrency to Jonathan Toebbe as a “good faith” payment. Shortly afterward, on June 26, Jonathan and Diana Toebbe traveled to a location in West Virginia. There, with Diana Toebbe acting as a lookout, Jonathan Toebbe placed an SD card concealed within half a peanut butter sandwich at a pre-arranged “dead drop” location.

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Prosecutors say that after retrieving the SD card, the undercover agent sent Jonathan Toebbe a $20,000 cryptocurrency payment. In return, Jonathan Toebbe emailed the undercover agent a decryption key for the SD Card. A review of the SD card revealed that it contained Restricted Data related to submarine nuclear reactors. On Aug. 28, Jonathan Toebbe made another “dead drop” of an SD card in eastern Virginia, this time concealing the card in a chewing gum package. After making a payment to Toebbe of $70,000 in cryptocurrency, the FBI received a decryption key for the card. It, too, contained Restricted Data related to submarine nuclear reactors. The FBI arrested Jonathan and Diana Toebbe on Oct. 9, after he placed yet another SD card at a pre-arranged “dead drop” at the second location in West Virginia.

The Hillsmere Estates neighborhood where the Toebbes lived in a house just three blocks from the Key School. Neighbors told the Baltimore Sun that FBI agents swarmed the house for hours executing a search warrant and went door to door interviewing residents about their Spies Next Door.

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G-MEN: Spies hid stolen Nuke secrets in pack of chewing gum and in half of peanut butter sandwich

Trial Attorneys Matthew J. McKenzie and S. Derek Shugert of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Lara Omps-Botteicher of the Northern District of West Virginia, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar for the Western District of Pennsylvania are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the NCIS are investigating the case.

America’s newest nuclear traitor waxes poetic about meeting his spymaster one day to share a bottle of wine and laugh about how he sold out the United States

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100 Grand Buys a lot of trust for traitor selling out his country

Key School letter

The Head of School at Key School in Annapolis issued the following letter to the community:

Dear Key School Community,

On October 9, Key School was informed that Upper School faculty member Diana Toebbe and her husband, Jonathan Toebbe, an employee of the Department of the Navy assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, were arrested and charged with a criminal complaint of violations of the Atomic Energy Act. The complaint alleged that they sold information concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person they believed was a representative of a foreign power. In actuality, that person was an undercover FBI agent.

To be clear, Key School is in no way connected to the investigation nor any personal criminal activity involving the Toebbes. Like all of you, we were shocked and appalled to learn of their arrest and the charges filed against them. In the strongest terms possible, we condemn their alleged behavior. It goes against the values we stand for as a school and the example we must set for our students. Diana Toebbe has been suspended from Key School indefinitely pending the outcome of the investigation.

Key School fully supports the administration of justice by the FBI and NCIS and will cooperate with the investigation if requested through our school’s legal counsel to do so.

Our top priority during this time is our students, and in particular, our Upper School students. We have been, and will continue to work on plans that minimize disruptions to academic programming and other activities Diana Toebbe was involved with.

We are also working on plans that will provide emotional support to our Upper School students. Our initial step will be a meeting with the Upper School student body that I will facilitate on Tuesday morning. If your student is experiencing any emotional trauma as a result of this news, our school counselors Jennifer Ford (Middle and Upper School students) and Erin Weiss (First and Lower School students) are available, and welcome outreach from you. Jennifer will be directly involved in formulating short-term and long-term emotional support plans for our students.

We understand that many of you will have questions about the events that have transpired. Like you, we are still gathering information and processing the alleged crimes committed by the Toebbes. This is a challenging time for our community, including the Toebbes’ minor children. Please keep them in your thoughts. Be assured that as more information becomes available, we will keep you apprised.

In the interest of the School and our students, we ask that any media inquires you may receive be directed to Kate Austin, Key School’s Director of Communication (kaustin@keyschool.org).

Regards,

Matthew Nespole

Head of School

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HUSBAND AND WIFE SPIES ROSENBERGS’ WERE EXECUTED IN 1953

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of espionage and sentenced to death by Federal District Court Judge Irving Kaufman on April 5, 1951. After numerous appeals up to and including the Supreme Court, which ruled for the third time on May 25, 1953, that the high court would not intervene.

The Rosenbergs’ were convicted of giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. The Justice Department gave the Rosenbergs’ an offer to disclose what they knew about spy secrets and that action could be taken into account in deciding on any clemency pleas.  Both President Truman and President Dwight Eisenhower refused to grant clemency.

Eisenhower said on Feb. 11, 1953, that their crime involved, “the deliberate betrayal of the entire nation and could very well result in the death of many thousands of citizens.”

New York attorney Emanuel H. Bloch fought to keep his clients from being executed up to the minute that they were electrocuted. Bloch represented many left-wing clients in his career involving civil rights cases.  His effort to prevent the Rosenbergs’ from being put to death marked four execution dates being scheduled and then delayed until they finally got the death call, and the switch was thrown on June 19, 1953, in Sing Sing Prison.

At the burial for the convicted spies, Bloch stood at the graveside and was quoted in news reports as saying: “I place the murder of the Rosenbergs’ at the door of President Eisenhower, Attorney General Brownell, and J. Edgar Hoover.  They did not pull the switch, true, but they directed the one who did pull the switch.”

Bloch, 52, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 30, 1954, from what was believed to be natural causes.

ETHEL’S BROTHER WAS INVOLVED IN STEALING ATOMIC SECRETS

The brother of Ethel Rosenberger, David Greenglass, was sentenced to prison for fifteen years for his role in the spying conspiracy and cooperating with the prosecution. Greenglass was an Army sergeant during WWII at the secret Atomic laboratories at Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1944.  Greenglass testified at Rosenbergs’ trial that he turned over atom bomb secrets to his sister and her husband. Greenglass also testified that he passed atomic secrets to Harry Gold, a Philadelphia biochemist. Gold was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison and also testified against the Rosenbergs’.

A co-defendant of the Rosenbergs’, Morton Sorbell, avoided the electric chair and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

JUDGE KAUFMAN SAID ROSENBERGS’ SPYING WAS SORDID AND DIRTY WORK

Federal Judge Irving R. Kaufman, who sentenced the Rosenbergs’ to die, gave harsh words to the convicted couple at sentencing.  Judge Kaufman said that in his opinion, the treason of the spying couple led to the Korean War and as a result, 50,000 American casualties.  He also said millions could die in atomic war.

“By your betrayal, you undoubtedly have altered the course of history to the disadvantage of your country.”

Judge Kaufman read from a prepared statement at the trial.

“I believe that your conduct in putting into the hands of the Russians the A-bomb before our best scientists predicted Russia would perfect the bomb has already caused the Communist aggression in Korea with the resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 Americans and who knows but how millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason.”

THE LAST HOPE TO STAY EXECUTION ENDED ON 5-4 VOTE AT SUPREME COURT

The judicial drama continued up to June 16, 1954, when on a five to four vote, the Supreme Court refused to block the execution. The vote to deny a stay of execution got the votes of Chief Justice Vinson and Justices Reed, Burton, Clark, and Minton. Voting to stay the execution were Justices Frankfurter, Jackson, Black and Douglas.

DECADES LATER, NEW EVIDENCE PROVED THE GUILT OF THE SPIES

Decrypted messages intercepted by the United States and sent by the Soviets were never used in the Rosenberg trial because they were deemed too sensitive to use in open court proceedings. 

The National Security Agency said in 1995 that the intercepted messages show that the Rosenbergs’ were not only guilty but involved in much more than atomic espionage and were trying to gain information on American military operations. The messages that implicated the Rosenbergs’ in their spying activities came about due to the painstaking decoding operations by the predecessor agencies to the Central Intelligence Agency between 1943 and 1946.

Delaware SSN 791 Sea Trials – Bravo

This is the first time in nearly 100 years the name “Delaware” has been used for a U.S. Navy vessel. It is the seventh U.S. Navy ship, and the first submarine, to bear the name of the state of Delaware.  Delaware is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; delivery of special operations forces; strike warfare; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.

The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. It will operate for over 30 years without ever refueling. Delaware’s keel was laid April 30, 2016, and was christened during a ceremony on Oct. 20, 2018. It is the final Block III Virginia-class submarine, before the next wave of Block IV deliveries.

200307-N-UB406-0047 NORFOLK (March 7, 2020) Sonar Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Ryun Lewis, right, demonstrates line-handling procedures to Sea Cadets from U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Alexandria Division, during a tour aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791), March 7, 2020. Delaware is currently moored pier side at Naval Station Norfolk as it prepares for its upcoming commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cameron Stoner/Released)

200307-N-UB406-0047 NORFOLK (March 7, 2020) Sonar Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Ryun Lewis, right, demonstrates line-handling procedures to Sea Cadets from U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Alexandria Division, during a tour aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791), March 7, 2020. Delaware is currently moored pier side at Naval Station Norfolk as it prepares for its upcoming commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cameron Stoner/Released)

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) returns to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk following the successful completion of their deployment, Nov. 25, 2020. While deployed, supported national security interests and maritime security operations at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfred Coffield)

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) returns to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk following the successful completion of their deployment, Nov. 25, 2020. While deployed, supported national security interests and maritime security operations at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfred Coffield)

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MURDER USA: The Case of the Freezer Sisters; Renee Denise Bowman still in prison for the murder of two adopted children kept in a freezer while she cashed checks from the District of Columbia

Maryland Officials Say They Aren’t to Blame, Have No Supervision Once Children Are Adopted

UPDATE FROM 2008 MURDER: Freezer with dead children inside was moved twice from Rockville; once to Charles County and then to Lusby in Calvert County. Bowman collected over $150,000 from District taxpayers while the children lay dead in freezer.

Renee-Denise-Bowman-is-incarcerated-at-the-Jessup-Correctional-Institution-for-Women-in-Maryland-as-of-October-24-2021. She is serving two life sentences without parole plus 75 years.

GUILTY: Two life sentences plus 75 years without possibility of parole in 2010. STILL IN PRISON AS MD OFFICIALS ALLOW DANGEROUS KILLERS TO BE SET FREE AS IN CASE OF KEITH GREEN convicted of the murder of Claudia Pickeral

MURDER USA: MARYLAND OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED CHILD KILLER KEITH GREEN ON PAROLE AFTER SERVING ONLY TWENTY YEARS AND HE NOW LIVES NEXT TO AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND IN WALDORF

Minnet and Jasmine Bowman were smothered and put in the freezer which was moved twice from Rockville to Charles County and then to Calvert County.

“You sentenced these two young innocent children in the dawn of their lives to a death chamber, and for you that option is not available,” Montgomery County Circuit Judge Michael J. Algeo told Bowman

Evidence technicians arrived at the home of Renee Bowman in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, Md., after the discovery of two dead children in her freezer
Maryland and Calvert County Detectives examine the house of Renee Bowman. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photos.

Maryland child welfare official Brenda Donald went on to post in District of Columbia as interim director after predecessor left the job while under scrutiny

Head of D.C. child welfare agency departs as problems investigating neglect persist

From Washington Post: District mayors have long been vexed by child-welfare services. In the days of the crack-cocaine epidemic, social workers were barely able to keep up with the surge of children living in dangerous environments. In 2008, the city government reeled after Banita Jacks killed her four children despite repeated warnings to child-welfare authorities.

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY – ALL CRIME ALL THE TIME – Copyright 2021

By Kenneth C. Rossignol

LUSBY, MD (September 2008) — Joy Bowman, the child who escaped from her adoptive mother’s special little house of horrors in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates will now find that the state agency responsible for her care will place her in a fine home with a great family, which is likely what she was told by the District of Columbia child protective services agency two years ago. 
Secretary of Human Resources Brenda Donald sent out a press release the day after Rene Bowman was jailed on child abuse charges while the State Medical Examiner thaws out the two bodies of Joy’s sisters in order to learn how they died.
“Earlier today, the Maryland Department of Human Resources successfully petitioned the court for custody of the surviving adopted child of Renee Bowman,” said Donald’s statement. “Once this little girl is discharged from the hospital, she will be placed with an especially nurturing and loving foster family.  DHR has completed a comprehensive review of all data systems and have found no records to indicate that we received any child abuse or neglect complaints about this family. Understandably, there has been an outpouring of concern for this little girl from the public, but we certainly hope that the media will respect her privacy as she has been through more than most of (us) could ever imagine.”
Following that message from Secretary Donald, Nancy Lineman of the agency called to discuss the procedures and supervision of children in Maryland foster care and those who have been adopted.
Lineman said that Maryland conducts a comprehensive evaluation of a family and an examination of all aspects of the home environment that a child will enter when adopted but after the adoption takes place, the family is considered a “private family” and no interference with the family is undertaken by the agency.
The family is respected and treated like any other and only were there complaints would any action for intervention be undertaken.
With Bowman adopting the three children in the District and moving to Maryland, the flow of monthly support checks for the children apparently came without any monitoring of the home or checkups on how the children are doing.
Neighbors of the Bowman residence on Buckskin Trail in Lusby said that they never even knew there were children in the home.  Police say that they believe, from interviews with Bowman, that the two dead girls were killed in Montgomery County and moved to Lusby inside the freezer. 
Lineman said that there are about 9,300 children under the supervision of Maryland’s child protective services.
When children are in foster homes there is a high level of oversight for their care and well-being.
The District has had several cases of brutality against children with lax supervision provided by human services staffers.  
With an adoption virtually ending any oversight of a child’s welfare, a child who has been dealt a tough hand by life is abandoned and sent off to live with the hope of a good life, but with no oversight to assure that life.  For those least equipped to deal with calamity or abuse, the only thing they have going for them is simply hope.


Quoting Paula Tolson <ptolson@dhr.state.md.us>:

Statement from DHR Secretary regarding the Bowman case_STATEMENT FROM
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES_ _SECRETARY BRENDA DONALD ON
CALVERT COUNTY CASE_   September 30, 2008   Earlier today, the
Maryland Department of Human Resources successfully petitioned the
court for custody of the surviving adopted child of Renee Bowman.
Once this little girl is discharged from the hospital, she will be
placed with an especially nurturing and loving foster family.   DHR
has completed a comprehensive review of all data systems and have
found no records to indicate that we received any child abuse or
neglect complaints about this family.   Understandably, there has been
an outpouring of concern for this little girl from the public, but we
certainly, hope that the media will respect her privacy as she has been
through more than most of could ever imagine.   # # #

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America’s Veterans: ‘Your Sacrifices Will Never Be Forgotten’

The American cemetery at Normandy, France. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Harry Calvin Raley of Great Mills

Harry “Buddy” Raley in 1942, just after being drafted into the United States Army.

World War II Heroes: ‘ Your Sacrifices Will Never Be Forgotten’

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY SPECIAL FEATURE

(Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in 2006 and is being presented again as a tribute to America’s Veterans in 2021.”

CALLAWAY—Sixty years ago, Harry “Buddy” Raley realized first-hand the brutal, murderous actions taken by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime when he walked through the Nordhausen concentration camp

“It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen; the smell was so bad you had to wear your gas masks, and guys were vomiting,” Raley said. “The smell of human bodies is like awful, like nothing else.”

While some people may not realize the magnitude of actions taken by men like Raley to literally save the world from evil, the images of World War II are embedded in his mind with crystal clarity.

“Some of it is as clear as the day it happened,” said Raley, 81, during an interview in his Callaway home. “I remember landing on that beach like it was yesterday, and I was 20.”

On June 6, 1944, Raley landed on the beach in Normandy, France, along with more than a million American and allied troops, to begin a sweep across Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s reign.

Normandy-German-bunker and gun emplacement. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

He was a member of the 1st Army, VII Corps Antiaircraft Artillery 474th division. Raley’s division drove “half-tracks” directly on Utah Beach from “landing craft tanks.” They landed two hours after thousands of infantrymen stormed the beach on foot, as portrayed in the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

“It’s one of the worst jobs in the world to have to pick up your buddies in pieces,” Raley said Thursday, unable to hold back the tears in his eyes. “… and they were just up walking around a little while ago.”

He saw much death, and his unit is credited with taking out more than a hundred German fighter planes. He is proud of the Allies’ victory over Germany, but many memories are hard to recall without tears, even the good times.

Raley’s division was dubbed the Maverick Outfit. The half-tracks were a cross between a truck and a tank, with tank tracks in the rear. The antiaircraft guns on the half-tracks were designed to shoot down enemy jets, but they also did the job on enemy tanks.

“Wherever they needed us, we would go; that’s why they called us the Mavericks,” he said.

Raley grew up in Callaway, two houses down from where Raley’s Alignment is today.

At 18, he was drafted into the Army on Dec. 12, 1942. After tactical training at bases in Maryland, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, “crawling under barbed wire,” he boarded a ship in New York headed for England on about Jan. 1, 1944.

“I’ve been a very lucky man, and a lot of guys weren’t so,” he said. “A lot of guys didn’t make it on that beach.”

After he drove on the beach, the antiaircraft units had to wait several hours while combat engineers destroyed a concrete wall in the way of the tanks and half-tracks.

The Allies secured the seaport town of Cherbourg, and Raley’s men easily captured sixteen surrendering German soldiers.

The beaches at Normandy where the Allies invaded France on June 6, 1944. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

To Mortain, across France toward Belgium, the “triple-A” antiaircraft artillery unit traveled, supporting advancing infantry. Sometimes, the triple-A units moved ahead of the advancing front lines.

He recalled one occasion British warplanes dove down toward his unit’s position and opened fire, mistaking the VII Corps for the enemy. No one was hurt, and the planes pulled back after the men laid out the bright orange markers that signified they were allies.

During his year over there, Raley was not injured, but he had many close calls. He remembered a time driving a truck back to where the men were camped, and German’s were dropping artillery shells on the road behind him.

“Boy, did I hit the gas then,” he said. “They got pretty close to me a couple of times, a little too close for comfort.”

Another time, his unit came upon a German troop train heading to the Battle of the Bulge. They turned their antiaircraft guns on the train and blasted the engine car, sending German troops running in all directions.

“It was quite an ordeal, I tell ya.”

“Once we captured a town, and the older Germans there were very pleasant, they were glad we were there,” Raley said. “But before that, they couldn’t tell us because Hitler would have them executed.”

“I still get shook up about it all,” he said.

With all the horrible scenes of war, Raley wishes no one would have to see combat. “No one likes killing people, but it’s shoot or be shot, you know.”

In one confusing emotion, the war was the greatest and worst time of his life.

“But I wouldn’t trade it for any experience in the world,” he said. “It made a better person out of me.”

Thursday marked Buddy’s and his wife Thelma’s sixtieth wedding anniversary. Occasionally, when he is out wearing his “World War II Veteran” hat, people stop him in the street and thank him for winning the war.

And he appreciates that.

Raley lost close friends in the war. And he watches as other WWII veterans die every day.

 “It’s later than you think sometimes.”

(Harry Calvin Raley, 88, died surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Leonardtown on Monday, June 18, 2012.)

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MOVIE MADNESS WITH JUNGLE CRUISE: Nieman Marcus Branch had a big day at the movies!

MOVIE MADNESS WITH JUNGLE CRUISE:
Nieman Marcus Branch had a big day
at the movies!

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Deputy State Fire Marshals report that they arrested a man after he allegedly stole movie posters and discharged a fire extinguisher inside a Hagerstown theatre on October 12, 2021.

Fire Marshals report that investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal assisted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after they responded to the Regal Valley Mall after receiving a report of a person who had discharged a fire extinguisher inside a screening of Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

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While performing a routine check, a manager reported that they observed a lone male, later identified as Neiman Marcus Branch, 29, sitting in the front row with a white cloud of dust throughout the theatre. After approaching the man, he suddenly grabbed a backpack and ran out of the theatre.

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Deputy State Fire Marshals and Washington County Sheriff’s Office searched the area and located a man who matched the description of the person who fled earlier.

Branch was identified as the person inside the cinema, and investigators discovered he had several stolen movie posters from a theatre storage room in his possession.

Investigators obtained a warrant charging Branch with 2nd Degree Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,000, and theft less than $100. Branch was arrested by Fire Marshal Edward Ernst and transported to Washington County Jail, and later released on a $2,500 bond.

The Regal Valley Mall theatre is now open after it closed for two days and incurred upwards of $5,000 in costs to clean the cineplex.

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The following persons were reported by the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack as arrested for DUI

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John Joseph Santos54SalisburyMD
William Ralph Culver72SalisburyMD
Robert Douglas Jones53DelmarMD
Wardell Foreman Jr64SalisburyMD
Carrie Ann Blamble41SalisburyMD
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ST. MARY’S COUNTY: Bringing Order to the Court

Bringing Order to the Court

By Kenneth C. Rossignol

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(This article was initially published in 2008)

LEONARDTOWN — St. Mary’s Senior Circuit Court Judge Marvin Kaminetz spent a long time serving as the county’s Juvenile Master before being appointed to the bench by then-Governor William Donald Schaefer. It was a dress rehearsal while handling some of the most challenging cases to come to the courts.

Next, he spent the last 15 years since his appointment in 1989 working a heavy caseload, for much of the time, one of only two judges on the circuit court bench.

St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge John Hanson Briscoe. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo by Darrin Farrell

Since the retirement of Judge John Hanson Briscoe three years ago, Kaminetz has been serving as the administrative judge in the progressively busier courthouse, which now houses four judges in four courtrooms.

The historic 1901-St. Mary’s County Circuit Courthouse-rear-exposed by the demolition of the old jail. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

When Judge Kaminetz first donned his black robe, he presided over cases in what used to be the county commissioner’s conference room on the first floor of the 1910 Circuit Courthouse. That courtroom was later rebuilt into what had been the tax assessor’s office down the hall.

In that courtroom, Judge Kaminetz presided over the trial and sentencing of the infamous creature named John Thanos, who Judge Kaminetz sentenced to die, the first murderer to be executed in 25 years in Maryland.

Thanos dropped his appeals and asked to be executed, a request which was thankfully granted.

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Thanos was a cold-blooded killer who was mistakenly released from prison and killed a teenage couple on the Eastern Shore. At his trial, he warned he would do it all over again if he ever had the chance.

When he was executed by lethal injection on May 16, 1994, his last words were recorded as simply: “Adios.”

Thanos is not the only crazy who has come before Judge Kaminetz, and the security of the courthouse was designed with several incidents in mind.

One local nutcase who repeatedly threatened the Judge did so often and convincingly that Kaminetz took pistol target training at a police range and armed himself with a gun he carried at all times, even on the bench.

St.-Marys-Circuit-Court-Judge-Marvin-Kaminetz in his new courtroom in the renovated and expanded circuit courthouse. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Judges must deal with an assortment of criminal and civil cases, many of which are highly charged with emotion. Many deal with people who give little care to controlling themselves and know no bounds on their conduct or behavior, which is part of the reason that they often are on the fast track to an extended stay in jail or the state prison.

The Circuit Courthouse was rebuilt and expanded after a protracted public debate decided by a vote of the St. Mary’s Commissioners in 1995.

A group appointed to determine the space needs of St. Mary’s recommended a $23 million courthouse complex to be built at Leonard Hall Government Center next to the District Court and welfare offices.

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Commissioners Larry Jarboe, Chris Brugman, and Frances Eagan voted to completely overhaul the existing 1901 courthouse and add a significant addition to it.

The work of the reconstruction took five years and cost about $12 million, in the process retaining the site of the court’s business in the same place as it had been for 300 years.

This Tuesday, Judge Kaminetz pointed out features of the old building, including an addition, which was added in 1957. What had been the ceremonial courtroom on the second floor of the old courthouse was remodeled, and the entire second floor houses the States Attorney’s Office.

St. Mary’s Commissioner Larry Jarboe campaigned to save the historic courthouse in Leonardtown. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The new addition to the courthouse was built over the rear property where the jail once stood and offered a splendid view over Breton Bay, with that view prominent in the chambers of Judge Kaminetz. The Judge noted that the view dramatically improves in the winter when the leaves are off the trees. Still, no matter the season, St. Mary’s County boasts the only courthouse with any type of water view that links directly to the distant sea.

The view duplicates that of the historic Tudor Hall manor house next door, which once looked out over sailing ships and steamboats coming into Leonardtown Wharf.

As the years passed, barges with oil were the most usual commerce borne to the docks below Judge Kaminetz’s windows.

Now a townhouse project and a waterfront retail complex are in the early stages of construction.

The economic activity associated with the courthouse still brings many visitors to Leonardtown, and the courthouse expansion has spurred a revitalization of the county seat that has been underway for several years.

While the parking around the courthouse appears to be more than ample, the landscape continues to change, especially with the construction of a three-story condo office building across the street and another planned.

The concerns of security that Judges Briscoe and Kaminetz addressed are found throughout the building but are barely noticeable, on the surface to visitors, unless, of course, they ever served on a jury in past years or had occasion to visit the chambers of Judge Joseph A. Mattingly Sr.

When Judy Dyson Bowles was the secretary for Judge Mattingly, about the only obstruction to passage up the front stairs of the courthouse might have been Senator Paul J. Bailey doing pushups for anyone who challenged the 70-year-old to knock off 100 reps.

Sen. Paul J. Bailey at Trent Hall on the Patuxent in 1990. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

To go up the rear or public stairs of the courthouse, there was no guard or x-ray machine until about 1990. A special federal grant produced funds for an elevator, which was added onto the rear of the building in the mid-eighties. Now, the new building boasts four public elevators as well as secure ones in the rear.

Other times the challenge to gain access to the Judge’s chambers may have been to get past County Commissioner Dick Arnold regaling a group of lawyers and deputies with a story about the old days in the Seventh District or the infamous Oyster Wars on the Potomac. Clerk of the Court Mary Bell, dressed in a long black robe, would hold wedding ceremonies inside or outside on the front lawn.

Leonardtown-Mayor-J.-Harry-Chip-Norris-III led the battle to keep the Circuit Courthouse and expand it. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

About the only way, one could know the Grand Jury was in session was a bailiff standing guard in the hallway.

Today the courthouse is greatly different.

The security for the building is electronic and digital, with sensors, cameras, and radios all employed to allow access for those coming and going into the building.

A complete set of stairs, elevators, and underground parking is provided for the transport of prisoners into the building by jail guards. Interview rooms for use by lawyers with their clients with even the access secure and a window separating the attorney and the prisoner. The interview rooms are secure and connected by a secure passage to four holding cells.

All of the courthouse prisoner areas are accessible for jailers only after securing their weapons in lockboxes. Following this rule makes it unlikely that a prisoner can disarm a guard after disabling them, such as what took place recently in Atlanta, where a prisoner took a deputy’s gun and killed the Judge and three others.

A special security control room enables Security Director Oliver “Skip” Stewart to maintain a vigil over all courthouse security operations.

With key and electronic pass access for all judiciary personnel, the court functions aren’t nearly as colorful or casual as in past years but are a lot safer.

While the three judges, Clarke Raley, Karen Abrams, and Kaminetz, along with Juvenile Master Mike Harris, have indoor parking, visiting Judges are thrown to the luck of the draw with parking spots in the public parking lot.

St. Mary’s County Treasurer Jan Norris.

The County Treasurer was allowed to hang on to offices in what had functioned as the temporary courthouse at Leonard Hall while the old courthouse was rebuilt. But the Register of Wills was somehow destined for the ground floor of the newly expanded courthouse addition.

In order to get there, visitors must take a walk through the main floor of the old courthouse and then walk down a ramp or use an elevator. Many visitors to the Register of Wills are older folks, but they may soon forget the inconvenience if they are inheriting property and money. If they are the benefactors, they are used to being on the giving end, and that little walk won’t hurt them.

St. Marys Clerk of the Circuit Court Evelyn Arnold. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The front of the courthouse on the first floor is divided up for the various functions of the Clerk of the Court, where Clerk Evelyn Arnold presides in the office she has held since the late Mary Bell retired in 1990. Arnold is likely to run again, having won tough races with skill and considerable political prowess she said she learned from her two mentors, her late husband and from Bell.

Judge Kaminetz’s secretary Liz Passarelli is likely to challenge Arnold in the Democratic Primary. At the same time, Sandy Bailey Redden plans to put on another strong race for the GOP like she did in 2002.

Judge Kaminetz is looking forward to retirement and occasionally working in a retired senior status. Even though he could seek reappointment, his retirement will likely result in a new judge being selected by Governor Robert Ehrlich.

The local judicial nominating commission will recommend qualified candidates to Ehrlich with one name virtually guaranteed to not be included being that of States Attorney Richard Fritz. Fritz, however, could do as he did in 2004 and challenge a sitting judge in an election. That effort resulted in a significant embarrassment for Fritz when he lost the election in the Republican primary, coming in third behind two Democrats.

Now political activists in the GOP are looking for a candidate to replace him for States Attorney, as they are worried he will lose the post to the likely Democratic candidate John Mattingly.

The inside line for Ehrlich to pick as Judge is Republican Central Committee Vice-Chairman A. Shane, Mattingly. Mattingly represented the GOP in the race for delegate in 1998 and has been a strong party organizer.

Many large groups and families gather for events at St. Mary’s Landing including this campaign fundraiser for Judge Karen Abrams in 2004. Former Congressman and Sen. Roy Dyson, left, Judge Abrams, former Del. Ernie Bell. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Judge Kaminetz’s service as Juvenile Master followed his years as a partner in the firm of Briscoe, Kenney, and Kaminetz, which was the principal Lexington Park area law firm. All three of the original law partners were appointed to the bench, with Briscoe and Kaminetz serving on the St. Mary’s Circuit Court and Kenney, husband of Judge Karen Abrams, appointed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals by Maryland Governor Parris Glendening.

The local kingmaker, or judgemaker, has been former Sen. J. Frank Raley Jr., college roommates with Gov. Harry Hughes, who secured the judgeship for his political ally Briscoe.

Jack Daugherty, left, and Sen. J. Frank Raley Jr. were both business and political cohorts for decades. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Raley and Briscoe headed up the New Leadership political machine in 1962, with both of them taking a victorious team into domination of local politics, Raley into the State Senate, and Briscoe in the House of Delegates, where he became Speaker and served until 1979. Sen. Raley then is credited with influencing the decision of Governor Schaefer in picking Kaminetz and later convincing Gov. Glendening to select Clark Raley to the Circuit Court.

Judge C. Clarke Raley at the dedication of the St. Mary’s Court House Expansion and Renovation that was fought tooth and nail by Judge John Hanson Briscoe. Given this is St. Mary’s County, after Briscoe caused cost overruns and lengthy delays, the Board of Commissioners renamed the courthouse after Briscoe. Briscoe wanted to abandon the historic courthouse and pushed to build a new $23 million Judicial Palace. The conservative Republicans on the 1994 Board – Larry Jarboe, Chris Brugman and Francy Eagan stood firm on keeping the courthouse in Leonardtown.

Judge Kaminetz brought a young lawyer’s enthusiasm to the business of the courts, with a strong interest in family law, winning him an appointment by Judge Mattingly as the juvenile master. Over the years, the arena of family law has quickly become more contentious, complicated, and explosive.

With a quick wit and a constant eye for justice, the Judge has earned the respect of most folks who have come in contact with him, which is about the chief compliment a jurist could expect to achieve.

Circuit-Courthouse-renovation-and-dedication.- From left, Judges C. Clarke Raley, Karen Abrams, and Marvin Kaminetz. At Podium, St. Mary’s Commissioner President Tommy McKay, at right, Commissioners Kenny Dement, Larry Jarboe, Tom Mattingly, and Dan Raley. THE-CHESAPEAKE-TODAY-photo

The dedication of the renovated and expanded courthouse that the judges didn’t want but was decided by St. Mary’s Commissioner Frances Eagan, Larry Jarboe and Chris Brugman.

St. Mary’s County has experienced a long line of distinguished circuit judges, who used to wield tremendous political power as well as the ability to decide the fortunes of civil litigants and send miscreants off to jail.

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Circuit Court Judge Joseph D. Weiner, who is still alive but retired from the practice of law, was defeated for election by Judge Mattingly in 1972, a hotly contested race. After the election, he returned to the private practice of law. After Judge Philip H. Dorsey retired, he mainly practiced politics, playing a significant role in the referendum, defeating the Steuart Oil Company proposal for a refinery at Piney Point.

St. Mary’s Bar Association. Philip Dorsey, lower left, helped pass the repeal of prohibition in the Maryland General Assembly and was later appointed to the Circuit Court where he served until he retired in 1970. Bottom right, next to Judge Dorsey is William O. E. Sterling, who became St. Mary’s first District Court Judge. Photo courtesy of Walter B. Dorsey.

St. Mary’s Bar Association. Philip Dorsey, lower left, helped pass the repeal of prohibition in the Maryland General Assembly and was later appointed to the Circuit Court where he served until he retired in 1970. Bottom right, next to Judge Dorsey is William O. E. Sterling, who became St. Mary’s first District Court Judge. Photo courtesy of Walter B. Dorsey.

Five-term States Attorney Walter B. Dorsey said last week that the legacy of Judge Kaminetz wouldn’t be political.

“He will be recalled as a fair, conscientious, dedicated, and progressive judge free from the shackles of political ties,” said Dorsey. “Who could ask for more?”

St. Mary’s States Attorney and Maryland State Senator Walter B. Dorsey. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
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