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I hardly know where to start with all of this. It’s almost, almost so ridiculous, that it’s hysterical. Except that it’s not really. It’s more pathetic and sad than anything, but mostly it’s very illustrative of the rot gut in our community.
The local news has been high lighting a circus of a story about a prank phone call, and at the center of it all is local blogger extraordinaire; and supposed Salisbury mayoral candidate; Joe Albero. The story starts back a few weeks ago when Albero claimed on his blog that Salisbury mayor,Jim Ireton, phoned him late on a Saturday night, intoxicated, and that Jim conceded the election, well in advance of next April’s vote. Albero claimed Ireton asked to meet him the next day.
Only, none of that was true. Albero had a prank phone call, from a guy pretending to be the mayor. That was it and it should of been not only obvious, but the end of the story….but it wasn’t, it was only the beginning. I’d say it was gullible, if I am to be charitable, for Albero to believe that 1. The mayor would call him. 2. The mayor would call him at 11 o’clock on a Saturday night 3. The mayor would call him drunk. and 4. The mayor would call him to concede the election 10 months away. But he stands by his version of the story, and is now threatening to sue…..somebody. Allegedly the mayor.
Next, Albero calls city council woman Debbie Campbell, who in turn calls the Police Chief because she was allegedly concerned about Jim’s “well being” because he didn’t show up at the fake meeting discussed on the fake phone call the night before. Then somehow, Albero ends up going to the police and filing a complaint or something. That’s when, apparently the police chief, the states attorney, the sheriff, the FBI, WBOC-TV, The Daily Times, WMDT-TV, and reporter, Sarah Lake all conspired to go after Albero, at least according to him.
The police department conducted an investigation into the call at the request of Albero and in doing so they obtained the phone records from Ireton and Albero. As it turned out, indeed there was no phone call from Ireton to Albero. The guy who made the prank call was named and not charged, a newspaper reporter was fired for with holding knowledge of the callers identity and the Police Chief closed the case, as Ireton held a press conference to clear up the whole mess, yesterday.
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