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Robert McGrory’s Drunk Driving Arrest Report

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I obtained the official arrest report of Robert McGrory, Centreville’s town manager (recently resigned), and you can read it for yourself.  Its content is quite sad, yet at the same time enlightening.  I don’t suggest leaving it on the screen for the kids to read.

Before being tempted to feel sorry  for McGrory, re-read the portion where he tells the officer that he knew he was drinking and should not have been driving.  This obviously shows that he knew he was breaking the law and chose to do so.

The second portion I would ask you to re-read is where he repeatedly points out to the officer that he is the Town Manager of Centreville and requests to know “if there is something he could do to get out of this.”   Clearly, McGrory felt that his position should somehow put him above the laws the rest of us must follow.

I ask you to remember these two points as I will elaborate on them soon in an upcoming story.  This is certainly not the only time Bob McGrory has knowingly broken the law or put himself above the laws he was required to follow related to his position as town manager.

But for now, click here to read the arrest report.

Click here to read another crime McGrory committed while intoxicated.

Click here to discover the redacted passenger’s name in the report.

Cheating Doctor Rice?

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Last April, Tim McClusky won re-election to the Centreville town council.  During his campaign he was asked by citizens at a meet and greet in Symphony Village about rumors of the Town Council’s plans to buy buildings near the town’s wharf.  They expressed concern about increasing Centreville’s already huge debt to achieve such a purchase.  Mr. McClusky reassured them that he had no knowledge of this possible purchase.  (See for the full report of this meeting at Symphony Village) This was a blatant falsehood, as just a month before, with his strong support, the Centreville Town Council had authorized a “contingency” contract to “explore” the purchase.

On June 20, 2012, the Centreville Town Council, under the direction of Bob McGrory, their town manager, purchased the buildings.  But the way the deal was done smelled horribly to those following the process.  You see, there was another buyer for the property.  Dr. Rice, wanted it for his growing veterinary practice.

In February of 2012 Dr. Rice took his staff to see the property.  In less than two hours of his visit, Bob McGrory showed up at his veterinary office demanding to speak ASAP with Dr. Rice.  When they spoke, McGrory instructed Rice that the Wharf property was not the appropriate location for his veterinary business and that his current location was where he should stay.  McGrory tried repeatedly to convince Rice that the property would not work out for him as the town had intentions of acquiring the property. (more…)

Another McGrory Indiscretion

Friday, January 4th, 2013

In spite of the fact that Bob McGrory, Centreville’s Town Manager resigned his position, it’s important for people to accurately understand behavior of which the Centreville Town Council was keenly aware.  With respect to the liability McGrory was and would continue to be to the town’s reputation, the council was extremely neglectful.  The ever increasing mound under the rug was noticeable to a growing number of the community and the council’s hands were on the broom.  Below is a statement from a young woman relating to just one example of Bob McGrory’s poor conduct.

About two years ago I experienced horrific behavior from Robert McGrory, Centreville’s Town Manager.  Three of my girlfriends and I had gone to Doc’s Riverside Grille to dance, have a drink and hang out with each other.  Our enjoyable evening took a horrible turn as one of my girlfriends and I were on the dance floor together.  We observed, along with a lot of other patrons, Mr. McGrory with his shirt unbuttoned, sweating profusely and dancing in a very outrageous manner.  We did our best to keep a safe distance from him and surmised that he must have been drinking heavily.  We were quite shocked at his unbecoming behavior given his  position as town manager. (more…)

Town Drunk or Town Manager?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

DATE / TIME: 01/01/2012 @ 0354 Hours
LOCATION: Calvary Court, Claiborne Fields, Centreville

ARREST: Robert Conrad McGrory (48) of Centreville

NARRATIVE: Deputies were in the area assisting MSP attempting to locate a subject. A 2007 Honda Civic was stopped for speeding (34/25) and driver identified as Robert McGrory by his MD license. A strong odor of alcohol was coming from the car and the driver stated they had been to a party. Driver was requested to attempt several field sobriety tasks and afterward was placed under arrest for DWI. Driver refused any breath test, was issued a temporary license and was released at the scene to the passenger .

Bob McGrory, the town manager of Centreville was arrested around 4:00 am New Year’s morning for driving drunk in his town issued vehicle .  Sharing the ride with him at that early hour was none other than Lori Peddicord, the Centreville town finance officer (bookkeeper).  A sheriff’s deputy apparently stopped McGrory while he was driving around the development of Claiborne Fields which happens to be Ms. Peddicord’s neighborhood.  Now I suppose I should be quick to state that Mr. McGrory is innocent until proven guilty and that he no doubt has a perfectly good reason for being out at that time with a woman other than his wife.


An All Time Low

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

   A recent Gallop Poll shows that Americans’ approval of congress has fallen to an all time low of ten percent.  Politicians’ disregard of citizens’ wishes has resulted in overwhelming dissatisfaction.  The unspoken declaration is that citizens are incapable of intelligent decision making.

   On September 20, 2012, the Centreville town council finally voted on the Gravel Run housing project.  In numerous previous council meetings the citizens of Centreville repeatedly voiced excellent rationale for opposing the project.  In one meeting faced with unanimous opposition to Gravel Run, Frank Ogens, council president, and Smokey Siegler, council vice-president, declared emphatically they were elected to represent the will of the citizens of Centreville and their impending votes would do just that. (more…)

Lacking Honor

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

In Maryland, prior to officially taking office, an elected official swears an oath, which among other things, states that he or she will execute their office according to the Constitution and Laws of the State. As citizens we hope that this oath really means something to our representatives.

One of the first documents newly elected officials receive is a copy of the Maryland Open Meetings Act. This informs them of their legal obligations to conduct the business of the people in full view of the people. This is one of many things the law states: (more…)

Selective Prosecution

Friday, June 9th, 2006

To use Frank Kratovil’s own words, his “recent article only demonstrates his ignorance in an area in which he proclaims to have knowledge.” Mr. Kratovil claims “that not one single criminal allegation was found to be substantiated” with respect to the town of Centreville. Let’s review the facts. (more…)

Unintentionally Incompetent

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

According to our Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney, Frank Kratovil, it is perfectly acceptable for someone to break the law as long as they do not intend to do so. That was his explanation for not holding anyone responsible for the failure of the Town of Centreville to collect fees for water and sewer allocations, as well as engineering and inspection fees. (more…)

Centreville Guilty Again

Monday, June 5th, 2006

The office of the Attorney General for the State of Maryland responded on May 31, 2006 to three charges against the Centreville Town Council for violations of the Open Meetings Act. The charges were brought by Centreville town resident Sveinn Storm on March 27, 2006. (Here is a copy of the findings of the State of Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board.) (more…)

A New Storm Rule

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Sveinn C. Storm
209 South Commerce Street
Centreville, MD 21617

June 1, 2006
Robert McGrory
Town Manager, Centreville
101 Lawyer’s Row
Centreville, Maryland 21617

re: Letter of May 24, 2006

Dear Mr. McGrory,

Below is a list of the questions I have related to the water main break which occurred on May 15, 2006. I was incredibly disappointed in the fact that Maryland Environmental Service and David Crossley were not in attendance this evening to answer questions related to this incident. The fact that you did not request their presence spoke volumes. In the past, on many other agenda items, citizens have been allowed to ask questions of the appropriate persons in a public forum. (more…)