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POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) - Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting.
    
Two local pastors, representing a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, called on the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell.
    

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to once again lower their energy use from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this afternoon.

Energy use is expected to peak at that time bringing premium prices of can be up to $1 a kilowatt-hour.

It is suggested that customers turnoff all unnecessary lights and appliances as well as delay any major use of appliances.  

In addition, raising the thermostat a few degrees is recommended.

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The Middletown Town Council gave its unanimous approval to the proposed data center and it natural gas co-generation power plant.

Located in the Westown part of the city the center with its 52.5 megawatt facility has drawn some sharp opposition from local residents.

Opponents last night presented a petition with 530 signatures demanding some answers to some of their concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one centered on whether the smoke stack height could increase the number of such ailments as asthma and cancer as well as premature death.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County has erected a wooden box around a Confederate monument recently spray-painted with the words "Black Lives Matter," in hopes of shielding the statue from further vandalism.
 
The Washington Post reports that officials are seeking to move the 102-year-old bronze statue of a Confederate soldier out of downtown Rockville.
 
County workers put up the barrier Friday, about a week after the words appeared across the base of the statue.
 

Homicide in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man was found fatally shot in the street.

Troopers say officers from the Salisbury Police Department, responding to 911 calls about 11:30 a.m. Monday, found 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Deshields was walking when someone approached and shot him.

Deshields died at a local hospital. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) - Leaders of a small, predominantly black town on Maryland's Eastern Shore are defending their decision to fire the town's first black police chief and call for healing racial tensions that have divided the community.

Two local pastors, representing a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, called on the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell.

OC Crime Rate Down

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Ocean City has seen its crime fall by 8.3 percent as of late last month.

But, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said that there was a small increase in alcohol-related incidents.

In addition, he noted that officers used their Tasers less frequently.

This is despite the fact that the number of officers with Taser has risen from 20 to 70 over the last two years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the figures came despite being the height of the tourist season.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police and civic leaders have kicked off a 60-day partnership with five federal agencies to embed their special agents with that city's homicide detectives to counter a spike in homicides, and other violent crime.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and U.S. representatives Barbara Mikulski, among others, to launch the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force.

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First State Animal Center and SPCA has a deal for local governments that is ending their animal control contracts.

First State says it is willing to cover animal control services through June of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in exchange it wants the local governments to pay for their employee’s severance, unemployment compensation and bonuses.

The price tag: $780-thousand.

Local governments were caught up short when First State decided to end all of its contracts in September instead of fazing them out over 18 months.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Vice President Joe Biden's most vocal supporters is joining the super PAC working to draft him into the 2016 presidential race.

Dick Harpootlian is the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He tells The Associated Press that he's donating $10,000 of his personal funds to the group Draft Biden and is ready to donate another $10,000 if asked.

Harpootlian says he's also formally endorsing Draft Biden and will start fundraising for the super PAC immediately.

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