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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has scheduled the first of six police officers' trials in the Freddie Gray case for Nov. 30 and the other trials are set for early next year.

Officer William Porter will go on trial first. He is accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray and not securing him safely in a van. Gray was a black man who died after being injured in custody. His death led to protests, rioting and a curfew after people became angry over the police treatment of Gray.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is launching an initiative across the state to train police officers how to use force appropriately, de-escalate dangerous situations and recognize potential biases they may bring to the job.

At a press conference Tuesday in Arlington, Attorney General Mark Herring said he was motivated to act over the last year after rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. He acknowledged that Virginia has had incidents of its own that have called into question whether police have used excessive force or might be targeting minorities.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County police say wearing body cameras has been beneficial despite some challenges.

WTOP Radio reports that Capt. Paul Liquorie says the cameras tend to de-escalate situations. Liquorie told the County Council's Public Safety Committee that the cameras also give officers detailed looks at car crash scenes and are useful when collecting evidence in a hurry.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A campaign spokeswoman for Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he will not run for Senate.

Jaime Lennon, the spokeswoman, said Tuesday Ruppersberger plans to seek re-election to Maryland's 2nd Congressional District instead.

Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents parts of Baltimore city and parts of the surrounding area, will be running for his eighth term in Congress.

Ruppersberger had been mulling running for the Senate seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state task force is set to begin weighing various options for expanding port operations in Delaware.

The task force was scheduled to receive presentations Wednesday regarding responses from consulting firms interested in conducting a long-term strategic study of Wilmington port operations.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - More Potomac River communities are taking steps to protect their drinking water from last week's chemical spill at a western Maryland paper mill.

Treatment plant operators announced precautions Tuesday as a preliminary analysis indicated the nonhazardous, synthetic latex is not breaking down into potentially harmful components.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors is scheduled to hold a leadership meeting in Baltimore at the end of the week.

While most of the meeting is closed to the public, participating mayors are scheduled to hold a news conference on Saturday about the agenda they want to put before the 2016 presidential candidates.

About 40 mayors from around the country are scheduled to attend.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the president of the organization. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to attend and take part in the news conference.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to fund Planned Parenthood in his next budget proposal.

Lawmakers sent a letter making the request of the Republican governor on Tuesday. It is signed by 74 Democrats, including nine senators and 65 House members.

Matt Clark, a spokesman for Hogan, says the administration will spend the next several months crafting next year's budget, which won't be released until January.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say the mother of a Delaware man in a wheelchair who was fatally shot by police has been accused of assaulting a woman she thought made a 911 call about her son.

Officials said the woman Phyllis McDole allegedly assaulted was not the woman who made a 911 call last week about a man who had shot himself and was still armed with a gun. Police say officers fatally shot 28-year-old Jeremy McDole after he ignored commands to drop his weapon and reached toward his waist.

CHRISTIANA, Del. (AP) - Evening rush-hour drivers will run into backups near Christiana, Delaware for more than two weeks as road crews replace the bridge deck on northbound Interstate 95 over Delaware Route 7.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the four available lanes on northbound I-95 will be reduced to two on that bridge starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday until Oct. 16. Transportation officials say roadwork will occur weekdays from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. and weekends from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot are urging state residents who paid income taxes in another state between 2011 and 2014 to apply for a tax refund against the county portion of their income taxes.

The Republican governor and the Democratic comptroller made the announcement Monday.

Hogan says an estimated 55,000 taxpayers are eligible, due to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Hogan says it could add up to more than $200 million.

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A man who had barricaded himself in his mother’s home with a rifle in Crisfield surrendered to police mid-afternoon  yesterday.

32 year old Jamie Coulbourne was led away from his home after a three hour standoff with police.

During the standoff WBOC reports that Coulbourne fired a rifle outside a rear window toward two troopers at around 11:30 a.m.

No one was hit.

WBOC reports that he came out the front door but refused to comply with police instructions.

A trooper then fired a less lethal round causing him to stumble.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing Delaware State Police of terrorizing a disabled veteran and his quadriplegic wife during a 2014 drug raid in Claymont.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that police used excessive force against 54-year-old Ruther Hayes of Rehoboth and his 45-year-old wife, Lisa, while executing a search warrant aimed at two of her nephews.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has denied a last-minute attempt to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer who claims that he's intellectually disabled.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys had asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so that the 49-year-old can be transferred to California. His lawyers there hope to argue that Prieto is ineligible for the death penalty because he's intellectually disabled.

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Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

Residents of Seaford have voted by 102 to 23 to approve $1.6 million for a new solar array that will hopefully save the resort $57-thousand a year.

WBOC reports that City Manager Delores Slatcher says that $1.1 million will be borrowed while another $500-thosuand will come from a state grant.

In addition, the city will be able to sell $62-thousand in Renewable Energy Credits.

There will also be the cost of maintenance at around $12-thousand in the first year.

The ultimate net plus for the city will be $40-thousand a year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says an energy developer has won a state permit to build an 80-megawatt solar array on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

McAuliffe's office says the project will quadruple the amount of solar energy currently in place in the state, and will be the largest in the Mid-Atlantic.

Community Energy is partnering with Amazon Web Services with a power purchase agreement for the energy. The power from the solar array in Accomack County will supply Amazon Web Services' facilities, including those in northern Virginia.

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Ocean City officials say that five people were saved yesterday.

A town spokesperson told the Salisbury Daily Times that three adults went into the water after two children got into the trouble.

The paper reports that one adult was airlifted out of the region.

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The Met Charter School in Wilmington will not close after all.

The school leaders convinced its board last night the facility could solve its behavioral problems that have come up during its first few weeks into its first academic year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school had not enacted clear rules or consequences for disruptive behavior.

In addition, the paper reports that teachers have been having trouble with the schools teaching model.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have issued penalties to two Delaware hospitals for hazardous waste violations.

Officials say Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover and St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington have 30 days to appeal the penalty orders.

Kent General has been ordered to pay a penalty of more than $73,000 and just over $11,000 in cost recovery after environmental officials identified 22 violations regarding handling of pharmaceutical wastes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general has scheduled three appearances across the state to announce what he calls a major initiative to promote 21st century policing.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring starts his day Tuesday in Arlington, followed by stops in Richmond and Norfolk.

Herring said he will be joined by community and law enforcement leaders at each appearance. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran is also scheduled to offer remarks.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017.

Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017.

Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons.

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Crisfield police say that a man has barricade himself in a house in Crisfield this morning.

And, the Salisbury Daily Times reports the Somerset County Sheriff’s office has confirmed the suspect has a gun.

The paper reports that authorities have evacuated all residential homes on Silver Lane.

In addition, a Tawes Brothers Buick GMC dealership has also been evacuated.

The Daily Times reports that the Maryland State police are also on hand.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Wilmington say extra officers were called in to a shooting scene after a large crowd gathered and some threw rocks and bottles at officers.
Chief Bobby Cummings said after a man was shot in the chest Sunday afternoon, a crowd assembled and several officers were hit by objects. Police said Monday that the 23-year-old man was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical condition. Police say the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Powerball ticket worth $2 million has been claimed in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports state lottery officials plan to reveal the winner's name Monday. The ticket was bought in Virginia Beach.

The ticket was one of two $2 million tickets purchased for the Sept. 19 Powerball drawing in Virginia. Each ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball. Each ticket's $1 million prize was doubled because the buyers paid an extra dollar for Power Play.

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Last night the Salisbury Fire Department reported that around 100 gallons of petroleum fuel spilled onto Snow Hill Road near Airport Road.

WBOC reports that at around 10:49 p.m. fire officials say a truck hit a deer releasing the fuel onto the highway.

Fire officials say that the driver was not injured.

The television station says State Highway Officials put sand over the spill.

Snow Hill Road was closed until 1 a.m. 


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Court records show that a Delaware man in a wheelchair who reportedly shot himself and refused repeated commands to drop his weapon before being killed by police had previously expressed suicidal thoughts and had a history of being combative with police.

Some people who saw 28-year-old Jeremy McDole in the days and hours before he was killed Wednesday said he did not appear to be sad or to be acting strangely.

Berlin Gets Another Award

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Berlin has been bestowed another accolade.

This time Good Housekeeping Magazine has put the Worcester County town in the top “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America”.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mayor Gee Williams says this is the 17th award in the last three years.

Williams praised his town telling the paper that tourists may get the feel of a town that looks like a hundred years or more in the past.

The Mayor describes the town as having “a sprinkling of architectural and cultural whimsy, but always with a touch of class.”

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There were four DUI arrests during a stepped up presence on Saturday night in Worcester County.  

There also was one civil citation for possession of marijuana.

In addition to the saturation patrols state police say they checked 306 vehicles during a one hour period last night starting at 11 p.m. on Route 50.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were no DUI arrests from that checkpoint.