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Salem marks first muster Saturday

William J. Dowd [email protected] @WJD_MHDReporter

The Second Corps Cadets Veterans Association will mark a milestone come Saturday: The 380th Anniversary of the first military muster in the United States right here in Salem, the birthplace of the National Guard. And the association s pulling out all the stops to mark the occaison, starting off with a ceremony in St. Peter s Church and ending with a late-morning cannon salute in Salem Common.

This year we are honored to have the Chief of the Guard Bureau, 4-star General Joseph Lengyel, attending, said Salem Veterans Agent Kim Emerling. There will be many active guard units, mounted Lancers, re-enactors, several veterans groups, as well as a howitzer salute. Lengyel, the guest of honor, serves as the 28th chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And in that role, he advises the president, secretary of defense, National Security Council among others, according to his biography. He is also directly charged with ensuring over 453,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland.

The guard s foundation was Dec. 13, 1636. On that date, the General Court s members organized militia companies across three regions across Massachusetts Bay Colony: North, South and East.

The colonists had adopted the English militia system, which obligated all males, between the ages of 16 and 60, to possess arms and participate in the defense of the community, reads a pamphlet from Emerling. The early colonial militia drilled once a week and provided guard details each evening to sound the alarm in case of attack. And the first drill – or muster – took place in Salem Common in 1637. It s that moment – the exact date is unknown – that will be celebrated Saturday. Former congressman John Tierney sponsored a bill that was passed in Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in 2013, officially establishing Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard.

Saturday s exercises kick off at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St., with a wreath-laying ceremony. The church, according to Destination Salem, is significant as a place of remembrance for the Second Corps as their founder, Stephen Abbott, is buried there.

Observances will continue at Armory Park on Essex Street across from the Peabody Essex Museum with another ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Participants will then march to Salem Common, where a commemoration of the first muster will be held at 11:30 a.m., featuring a pass in review and a cannon salute.

This is one of the great events in Salem that connects us to our past, and our place in America’s history, said Salem City Councilor Josh Turiel, a former participant, in a statement encouraging folks to come out. We should all use this opportunity to remember how the country started, and the ideals of the brave people who mustered to defend their home.

Alleged Alameda Bank Robbers Arrested

ALAMEDA, CA Two brothers with criminal records have been charged with multiple felony counts for a string of five armed robberies at banks in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and Fremont, police said.

Russell Bartlow, 53, and Jerron Bartlow, 36, who live together in the 2000 block of 100th Avenue in East Oakland, were arrested in Oakland last Wednesday and were charged last Friday. They’re scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland on April 10 to enter pleas. Berkeley police Officer Mike Parsons wrote in a probable cause statement that the Bartlow brothers were arrested for robberies at a Chase Bank branch in Oakland on Nov. 19, a Citibank branch in Alameda on Dec. 19, a Bank of the West branch in Oakland on Jan. 23, a Chase Bank branch at 1870 Solano Ave. in Berkeley on Feb. 9 and at a bank in Fremont on March 18. A total of at least $40,000 was taken in the robberies, Parsons said.

Security camera footage and motor vehicle records connected the Bartlow brothers to the series of crimes, Parsons said. One of the suspects wore a security guard jacket and was armed with a small-framed black revolver, according to Parsons. In addition, a records check indicated that Russell Bartlow was on probation for a conviction in federal court for a bank robbery, Parsons wrote.

When officers searched the brothers’ home they found a security guard jacket, black cargo pants, black Nike shoes and a small black revolver that were all consistent with what authorities believe Russell Bartlow wore
or used during the bank robberies, Parsons said. Russell Bartlow ultimately confessed to four of the five robberies, including both incidents in Oakland and the incidents in Berkeley and Fremont, according to Parsons.

He also admitted to wearing the security guard uniform and being armed with a revolver during the robberies, Parsons said. Russell Bartlow is charged with nine counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and possession for sale
of a controlled substance.

Jerron Bartlow is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say Russell Bartlow has seven prior felony convictions dating back to 1985. They say he has three convictions for armed robbery, two for second-degree robbery, one for second-degree commercial burglary and one for possession for sale of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Jerron Bartlow has a prior conviction for possession for sale of cocaine base.

Russell Bartlow is being held in custody in lieu of $1.2 million bail and Jerron Bartlow is being held in lieu of $410,000 bail.

Bay City News; Image by Renee Schiavone, Patch

TSA agent’s pat-down of boy at DFW Airport ‘horrifying,’ mother says

A Transportation Security Administration official is drawing heavy criticism after a video that shows him patting down a boy at DFW Airport went viral on social media over the weekend.

Jennifer Williamson, the boy s mother, posted the video to Facebook on Sunday morning, writing that she was livid at the TSA agent. The two-minute clip shows Williamson s son, Aaron, standing in a security area at the airport. The agent begins patting down the boy s arms, back and torso before moving to the back of his shorts and the insides of his legs. By Monday afternoon, Williamson s video had been shared more than 22,000 times on Facebook and had more than 1 million views. Many of the 12,000 comments criticized the TSA agent, saying the pat-down was excessive.

A statement from TSA said all approved procedures were followed by the agent to resolve an alarm of the passenger s laptop. TSA policies, according to the statement, allow for a pat-down of teenage passengers. Williamson wrote that her son had been detained by security for more than an hour; the TSA statement said that Williamson and her son were held at the security checkpoint for about 45 minutes.

At one point, two DFW Airport police officers also got involved, flanking her son on each side, Williamson wrote. The TSA statement said the officers were called to the checkpoint to mitigate the concerns of the mother.

Williamson wrote that she had requested that her son not be patted down because he has sensory processing disorder, a condition that can cause anxiety in children when they are touched, according to the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder[1].

I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying, Williamson s post said. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.


  1. ^ according to the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (
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