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The Wicomico County State’s Attorney says that the picture of a methadone bottle posted by a local blogger with Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell’s name on it did not come from police evidence.

WBOC reports that Mitchell said she believed the bottle was in police evidence after an alleged traffic stop with her son.

State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello said that after checking there was no possibility that the photograph came from any sort of law enforcement contact.


Conservative blogger Joe Albero has posted the picture of a pill bottle on his web site with the name of County Council at-large candidate Laura Mitchell on the label.

The drug is for methadone.

There is no text except for a post line that reads “The Laura Mitchell Smoking Gun.”

Mitchell, who was elected to the Salisbury City Council in 2011, confirmed the authenticity of the bottle and said she briefly took the drug to treat migraine headaches.

It’s Election Day in Salisbury.

Topping the list is that of the race for Mayor where incumbent Jim Ireton is facing off against Delmarva blogger Joe Albero.

In the money race Ireton comes out ahead with a commanding lead of over $10-thousand to $71-hundred for Albero.

At one time, Albero had been supportive of Ireton.

Meanwhile, in District 2 two term incumbent Council Vice President Debbie Campbell is being challenged by urban planner Jake Day…who overwhelmed her in the primary with over 800 votes around 300.

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Mayoral and city council candidates  met last night for the last of their debates on the campus of Salisbury University as they face off in next week’s election.

In the most contentious race Mayor Jim Ireton was pressed about when he planned to send up a name to fill the long vacant position of Fire Chief.

The Mayor responded that he would do so when “…it was ready to go.”

Meanwhile, challenger Joe Albero is a local blogger who has been sharply critical of the Salisbury Zoo.

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At a forum held by the Salisbury Area of Chamber of Commerce the two candidates for Mayor got grilled on a proposal that could shut down a business that experienced multiple police visits.

Mayor Jim Ireton defended the plan that could trigger a year’s closure with as few as two police calls for more serious crime within a two year period.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he told the Chamber “…police your own or the city will have to do it for you, respectfully.”

In what could be a pivotal election, on April 2 Salisbury voters will go the polls to choose the next mayor.  Incumbent Jim Ireton and challenger Joe Albero discuss their vision of the city's future.

The controversial blogger Joe Albero is seeking $200-thousand from the Mayor of Salisbury Jim Ireton.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the suit was filed in June.

Albero, who established a residence in downtown Salisbury on the second floor of his office in March, is seeking damages for the Mayor calling him Delaware blogger.

The blogger alleges this raises questions about his eligibility to run for office.

City law requires that candidates must be a resident of the city for at least one year before the election.

Joe Albero may not have announced officially, but already he is getting scrutiny for an expected run for Mayor of Salisbury.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at this controversial blogger's ideas for the city and his clashes with local leaders. 

It was a spoof.

That’s the word from Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Salisbury police have identified David Gaudette as the person who called local blogger Joe Albero pretending to be a drunk Mayor Ireton conceding the upcoming mayoral election and asking him to meet with him the next day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when Ireton did not show up at the fictitious meeting Albero phoned City Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to tell her about the incident.