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There was loud banging and yelling just behind a courtroom in Northampton yesterday forcing the judge to bring proceedings to a halt in yesterday.

It was the result of an enraged teenager who had to be restrained by deputies.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say a 16-year old boy had come from a juvenile detention center.

He had been accused of sexually assaulting a staff member.

Authorities the paper that the boy had become enraged after being sentenced to 20 more days in detention.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year in the state.
The health department said Monday an adult who lives in western Maryland has survived the infection.
The department says the virus has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. A pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites around the state.

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There has been a call by local residents for a curfew in Pocomoke City after a recent fight that took place on Fourth and Laurel Streets last month.

Pocomoke City Mayor Ernest Crowfoot told WBOC that he had been asked by a number of people for help to combat bad behavior and crime.

He told the television station that the city would take a look at the curfew laws during a public meeting in September.

Crowfoot said that imposing a curfew would be a difficult to implement but was not impossible.

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The decision to pull books from a Chesterfield County summer reading list has drawn the attention of a state senator and criticism from national free-speech advocacy groups.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that during a June School Board meeting, Chesterfield Schools leader Donna Dalton said the division revised a summer reading list after parents expressed concerns over some of the books.

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The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service says it will soon drop its investigation into the death of 13 bald eagles that were found on an Eastern Shore farm.

WBOC reports that Neil Mendelsohn of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that officials intend to close the case "in the near future" because of a lack of evidence linking anyone to the crime.

Authorities say that the eagles which were found in February on a Laurel Grove Road farm were poisoned and did not die of disease.  

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It's back to school and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is time to begin the term after Labor Day throughout the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Comptroller during last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties to talk about the idea and down signs for fiscal health of the state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The sister of prominent African-American journalist and publisher George Curry says her brother has died. He was 69.

Charlotte Purvis says Curry died suddenly Saturday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after he was taken to the emergency room. Curry lived in Laurel, Maryland.

Curry's syndicated column appeared in more than 200 African-American newspapers. He served as editor-in-chief of both Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a news service for black newspapers.

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The First Unitarian Church in Wilmington has hung banners celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement up along U.S. Route 202.

And this time reports the Wilmington News Journal they are hoping they will stay up.

Previous signs had been torn after they had been vandalized.

The banners read, ”Black Lives Matter” and “Standing on the side of love.”

They went up on Sunday morning.

The mostly white church said that for each incident of vandalism it would make a donation to the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - With the Sept. 13 primary approaching, more than a dozen politicians statewide have been fined for having illegally placed signs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 13 politicians' campaign signs have been spotted on utility poles, medians or too close to the road in the past three months.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Westhoff says the signs can obstruct motorists' views if they are placed within 10 feet of a road.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced this weekend that he is ending the statewide requirement that business and homes use the best available technology for septic tanks.

During an appearance at the Maryland Association of Counties Hogan said that businesses and local leaders complained that the regulations had been expensive and a burden.

WBOC reports that while repealing the regulations there would be environmental safeguards in the critical areas.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for Baltimore's top prosecutor say lawsuits filed against her by five of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are without merit and should be dismissed.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against six officers in the death of Gray but did not win any convictions. Gray is a black man who died after he was severely injured while riding in the back of a city police van.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys are meeting with a judge in advance of the retrial of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

Monday's pretrial conference involves the prosecution of Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says a 20-year-old man is missing after he went underwater near Smith Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Coast Guard reports that the man was wading from the beach to a pontoon boat about 20 feet offshore when he went underwater around 2 p.m. Sunday and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard crews are searching for the man along with Virginia Marine Police and Virginia Beach firefighters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A major brewery is set for a $60 million expansion in Rockingham County.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week that MillerCoors will spend the money expanding its Shenandoah brewery, which serves markets in the Northeast.

MillerCoors will receive a $500,000 grant and be eligible for other incentives for the expansion, which should add 27 new jobs.


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana commission next week will be releasing the rankings of top applicants to become growers and processors.
Patrick Jameson, the commission's director, made the announcement Saturday during a panel discussion at a local government convention.
The commission already has named the top 15 growers and 15 processors now on the path to get be licensed.
Jamison says the commission will release names of the top 20 growers and top 30 processors.

This week on our show we will hear an encore presentation of our interview with painter Patrick Henry. We will also revisit our stories on the button making industry and the importance of the tomato canning industry in our farming heritage. And we’ll finish up with an all new interview between naturalist Dave Wilson with Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society. They’ll be talking about Delmarva’s beautiful and mysterious dragonflies.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is mulling whether a 16-year-old girl charged with homicide after a high school restroom fight that left another 16-year-old girl dead should be tried as an adult.

Following a Family Court hearing last week, the judge was expected to rule Friday whether the defendant will be tried in Superior Court on charges of criminally negligent homicide and conspiracy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge says New Castle County's former chief administrative officer can proceed with a defamation suit over his firing last year by County Executive Tom Gordon.

While dismissing David Grimaldi's claims that his firing violated his First Amendment rights and county and state whistleblower laws, the judge ruled Thursday that Grimaldi's defamation claim can proceed.

The judge's ruling is noteworthy for declaring that whistleblower protections do not apply to high-ranking appointees serving at the pleasure of the county executive and governor.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A panel will be discussing how the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game presents challenges for local governments.

It will be a topic of discussion on Friday at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.

Participants will be talking about the positive and negative aspects of the game.


Mark Shaeffer who is running for a seat on the Sussex County Council in the third district was charged with drunk driving on Monday.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 11 p.m. at Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road in downtown Lewes.

Police Chief Tom Spell told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 57 year old Shaeffer was believed to be impaired and given a breath test.

He was arrested and eventually released to his family.

The Daily Times reports that yesterday morning Schaeffer confirmed the charge in an email.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging at least $1 million in grants to help groups that serve victims of sexual assault in Baltimore after the Justice Department found the police department's responses to sexual assault "grossly inadequate."

The Republican governor said Thursday that the money represents immediate action to improve services to victims.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The city of Baltimore has terminated its contract with a lawyer after a published report says he supported Neo-Nazi groups.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office announced the termination of a one-year contract with Glen Keith Allen on Thursday. He had been a contract employee with the city's law department.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - About 1,200 motorcycles are rumbling across western Maryland and northern Virginia in what organizers are calling their last ride honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

The America's 911 Ride begins Friday morning at the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and continues through Cumberland and Hagerstown, Maryland, before heading south through Leesburg, Virginia, to a hotel near the Pentagon.

The ride continues Saturday from the Pentagon to the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City.

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A biplane made an emergency landing on a beach in the Assateague National Park.

The Park Service says yesterday morning around 11:30 a.m. the pilot of an Ocean Aerials Ad reported something was wrong with his plane.

He decided to land his aircraft at the north end of the island.

WBOC reports that both the pilot and the passenger were uninjured in the incident and that it is not clear what caused the mechanical failure.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Thursday, a Wicomico County jury convicted Delonte Bryant in the death of 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields.

Prosecutors say on Aug. 3, 2015, Deshields was found 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.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A nonprofit organization that tracks campaign funds has released data showing that state lawmakers are accepting fewer gifts than a year ago.

Data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows that 74 lawmakers reported taking a gift worth more than $50 between November 2015 and April. That number dropped by 15 percent compared to the same time frame a year ago, when 87 lawmakers reported taking gifts.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to help raise money for Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that Walker, who briefly ran for president, will attend a fundraiser for Gillespie next month at a private home in Northern Virginia.

Donations are expected to be as high as $25,000.