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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - In the second day of the trial for Officer Edward Nero, who faces assault and other charges in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray, the state called its ninth witness.
Brandon Ross testified that he was with Gray and another friend on April 12, when they came upon a bike patrol officer. Gray took off running and that officer and two others, including Nero, chased Gray.

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$112 million is coming Maryland’s way as part of a 2017 Senate bill funding Energy and Water Development that was approved this week.

The money will be will go to projects by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving the state’s waterway and infrastructure.

The projects range from $62 million for Poplar Island environmental restoration and $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program to $1.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive restoration plan and $2 million for maintenance dredging of the Wicomico River.

EARLEVILLE, Md. (AP) - Recovery Centers of America has announced that it will be transforming a Cecil County mansion into a drug and alcohol treatment center.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the treatment center is scheduled to open in July and will employ 70 people full time inside Bracebridge Hall in Earleville. The company is spending $13.7 million to turn the 31,000-square-foot mansion into a 108-bed residential facility.
Bracebridge Hall was built in 1991, and was originally a private residence.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors will call more witnesses Friday in the trial for Officer Edward Nero, one of the Baltimore police officers facing charges stemming from Freddie Gray's arrest and subsequent death.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but not seat-belted into the back of a police van.

Edward Bailey, a 20-year Baltimore Police Department veteran and member of the inspections unit, took the stand yesterday as the state's sixth witness in Nero's trial.

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The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder says Wicomico County must find a compromise between residents and poultry growers over the proposed mega-chicken house in Wicomico County.

In addressing the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this week he said he recognized the importance of the poultry industry calling it “the lifeblood of the economy” on the Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he added that there have to be parameters for such operations.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has concluded that criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although investigators concluded that one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials will review old Virginia criminal cases that involved the testing of blood types, following the exoneration of a man who spent 33 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Virginia Department of Forensic Science Director Linda Jackson told the agency's board members Wednesday that they'll start reviewing 200 cases from 1982, 1986 and 1990 to look for any problems.

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For the first time in 43 years the Maryland congressional delegate could be absent any women in its ranks.

Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring this year congressman Chris Van Hollen has won the Democratic nomination to succeed her in a heavily blue state.

Ironically, he defeated the only other woman in the delegation Representative Donna Edwards who sought the Democratic senatorial nomination.

In addition, Van Hollen will have competition from the Republican standard bearer Kathy Szeliga for the senate seat.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Democratic state senator running for Congress has withdrawn legislation that would have made Delaware a "sanctuary state."

Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark withdrew the legislation Thursday amid recent criticism following the arrest of Richard Diaz-Garcia on federal charges of heroin possession and illegal re-entry. Court documents show Diaz-Garcia has been deported to the Dominican Republic five times and twice convicted of illegal re-entry.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has appointed its first female president in the institution's 127-year history.

News outlets report that 49-year-old Dr. Redonda Miller was named the hospital's president Thursday and will assume her role July 1.

Miller will replace Ronald R. Peterson, who has been the president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 19 years.

Peterson says Miller's experience and knowledge make her well-suited to lead the institution.

In the first half of today's program, we explore an ongoing 15 year Salisbury University program that sends students and faculty to the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland  to discuss philosophy with the inmates. How does philosophy give prisoners a changing sense of self and how they relate to society at large?

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is cutting fees.

He announced that he would be slashing and in some cases eliminating 155 of them across the state.

WBOC reports that these would range from cutting replacement birth and death certificate and child support collection fees to the cost of E-ZPass transponders and admission to state parks for veterans.

In addition, $15 million would cut from the surcharge on phone bills.

Last year the governor cut tolls by $270 million and $50 million in other fees.

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DALEVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hungry bears have forced the closure of a shelter and campsite along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

The Roanoke Times reports that the Lamberts Meadow Shelter and campsite near Daleville could remain closed for several weeks.

Diana Christopulos of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club tells the newspaper that there were numerous bear sightings at Lamberts Meadow last weekend. Hikers reported bears getting food that had been tied up in a tree and even entering the shelter in search of snacks.

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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A former Naval Academy instructor is facing a military hearing after a newspaper uncovered new evidence related to his convictions three years ago for indecent acts with female midshipmen.

The new charges - making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer - stem from Maj. Mark Thompson's efforts to clear his name by taking his story to The Washington Post. Instead, a Post reporter found further evidence that Thompson lied about sexual encounters with students.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's State Board of Elections has ordered Baltimore to rescind its certification of last month's primary results. But it's not yet clear if that could change the winners of any contests, including the bitterly fought mayor's race.

Linda Lamone, state administrator of elections, said in a phone interview Thursday that 80 unchecked provisional ballots were found in a supply closet in a warehouse.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The director of a national association of music teachers is out of a job after he reportedly told a diversity forum that blacks and Latinos lack the "keyboard skills" needed for the profession.

The Reston-based National Association for Music Education said Wednesday it has parted ways with its executive director and CEO, Michael Butera.

Attendees at a forum in Washington last month sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts say Butera stormed out after questions about his organization's lack of diversity.

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During opening statements prosecutors told a Baltimore judge that the defendant, Officer Edward Nero, disregarded his police training when he chased Freddie Gray and arrested him without probable cause, and was callously indifferent to the 25-year-old man's wellbeing when he failed to secure him in a seatbelt.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are urging doctors to follow more stringent regulations when they prescribe pain medications.

The Department of State announced three proposed changes Wednesday that are aimed at reducing the frequency with which painkillers are prescribed and subsequently abused.

Under the proposed guidelines, doctors would be able to provide an initial supply of opioid medication for  no longer than seven days for patients recovering from an injury or procedure.

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A Maryland state compliance panel has found that the Talbot County Council violated state law when it decided behind closed doors to keep the statue of a confederate soldier known as The Talbot Boys on the courthouse lawn.

Corey Pack, president of the council, says he disagreed with the ruling but read a statement aloud in a public meeting to inform residents of the letter sent by the board to comply with its decision.   

WBOC reports that Pack said he believes the process was open and noted that the council held its own public comments session before making the decision.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Division of Public Health has announced that three more people have died of flu-related complications.

This brings the total to six flu-related deaths during the 2015-2016 flu season. The DPH says the flu season is ongoing, so the number can still rise.

The deaths include two New Castle residents - a 69-year-old woman with swine flu and a 54-year-old man with influenza B - and a 42-year-old Sussex County woman.

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The man who was shot and killed at a Salisbury apartment complex has been identified as Keonte Gaskins by his grandmother Thelma Russell.

That’s according to the Salisbury Daily Times.

Police say that his body was found outside the Waterside apartment complex in a stairwell.

The paper reports that police were called around 7 a.m. yesterday about the discovery of a body.

Salisbury police also say that someone heard gunshots sometime after midnight.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A man facing a homicide by motor vehicle charge in connection with the death of a jogger has died in custody.

Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Department of Corrections says 44-year-old Brent Morgan Taylor died Wednesday of lung cancer. He had been hospitalized for more than a week.

Taylor was charged on April 8 in an Oct. 16 incident where 37-year-old Robert T. Schultheis was struck by a truck while jogging near Fruitland. Investigators say Taylor was driving the truck that struck Schultheis, who later died from his injuries.


BALTIMORE (AP) - One of six Baltimore officers who face charges stemming from the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray is going on trial Thursday.

Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. Nero, along with two other officers, arrested Gray after making eye contact with him and chasing him in West Baltimore last year.

Gray was placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police transport van, where he suffered a critical spinal injury. He died a week later.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court in Virginia spent more than an hour vigorously questioning lawyers about the constitutionality of Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines.

Thirteen judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the ban Wednesday. The court typically takes several weeks to rule.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor Larry Hogan has hired former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Neall to lead an effort to reorganize Maryland's government.

Neall, who has also served as a senator and a delegate in the General Assembly, will begin the new job on July 1. He's being tasked with reviewing the state government and recommending ways to make it more efficient. The state government hasn't been substantially revamped since the 1970s.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says 80 percent of more than 200,000 convicted felons whose voting and other civil rights he recently restored were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The governor's office said Wednesday that an analysis of the 200,000 convicted felons also shows that African-Americans accounted for 46 percent, while blacks make up only 19 percent of the state's population.

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GROTTOES, Va. (AP) - Cleanup is ongoing in Shenandoah National Park, more than a week after firefighters contained the second largest fire in the park's history.

Shenandoah's Fire Response Team spokeswoman Barb Stewart tells The News-Virginian  that she is unsure how long the cleanup and recovery process will take.

Although the Rocky Mountain fire was declared contained on April 29, crews still had to work on controlling and cooling down any remaining hot spots before the cleanup process could begin.

At its height, the fire stretched across more than 10,000 acres.

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May 12, 2016

The Dover police released their March report which found it had seized a dramatic amount of heroin that month.

WBOC reports that the Dover PD took in 743 grams of heroin in March as well as 270 grams of cocaine and 563 grams of marijuana.

Meanwhile, the number of calls received had increased by 2-thousand over the same time last year standing at a total of 10-thousand.

The television station says the report also found that most of the burglaries have been solved this year while the number of car crashes remained steady.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - A funeral is being held for a Maryland man who police say died while trying to help a woman being carjacked by a man now charged with three murders.

In a statement, the Catholic Church says a funeral Mass for Malcom Winffel is being held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.

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One man is dead after being shot in Salisbury on Parsons Road this morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police received a call around 7 a.m. about an incident at the Waterside Apartments.

Salisbury Police Captain Rich Kaiser told the paper that it has not been determined whether it was a homicide or a suicide.

As of mid-morning he told the paper there was no sign of a break in and no one was in custody.