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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities have dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 19-year-olds Joy Shuford and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, where second-degree arson charges against them were also dismissed.

A second arrest has been made in the burning of the Trump billboard in Princess Anne.

Police say that 19 year old Joy Shuford of Ownings Mill turned herself in and has been charged with second degree arson among other charges.

She is currently out on $20-thousand bond.

19 year-old D’Asia Perry has already been arrested for the destruction of the billboard.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities have surveillance video of Perry and her vehicle.

Damage to the billboard is estimated at $800.

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Police have arrested a 19 year-old Baltimore woman after a Trump political billboard in Princess Anne was set on fire.

Police say that D’Asia Perry was taken into custody on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The motive, authorities said, was over “political differences”.

The Salisbury Daily Time reports it is not clear if she attended UMES.

The paper reports that she has been charged with arson and the commission of a hate crime and has been released on a $20-thousand bond.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Two people have been arrested after officials say they attempted to catch a house on fire in Salisbury.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office tells local media that 38-year-old Netisha Black and 62-year-old Gregory Wilson tried to detonate a Molotov cocktail on Feb. 12 next to a Salisbury home.
According to a statement, the homeowner found the device burning next to his home. Fire investigators later determined the attack was the result of a family dispute.

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There could be more arrests in the Onley arson case.

That’s the word from the town’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue company.

Brandon Haynes was arrested for the February 2nd arson of a tractor trailer.

It belonged to Antonio Logan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Fire Chief Chris Davis said there could be additional arrests of junior members of the company connected to a series of fire-related incidents over the last winter.

The paper says that the Virginia State Police have been called into investigate.

Brandon Haynes a 20 year-old firefighter in Onley is facing arson charges.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was seen being taken out of the fire station in handcuffs yesterday.

He has since been released on his own personal recognizance.

The arrest arises from a 1993 Freightliner that was set ablaze on February 2nd.

The paper reports that initially Haynes denied any knowledge of the fire but admitted to it after being told by authorities that they knew he was the person who made the 911 call about the blaze.


A fire at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is being called arson.

There was no one inside the centuries old church in Tyaskin where an accelerant was used on the outside of the building.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the damage is estimated at around $12-hundred.

Someone passing by spotted the damage and called authorities.

Reverend Dennis Morgan at St.Mary’s told the paper that the damage was minimal and limited to the outside of the building.

The church was established in 1798.

STANTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are investigating three fires that destroyed a mobile home and damaged two others as arson.

The Wilmington News Journal reports three separate blazes broke out just after 2 a.m. Sunday in Stanton.

No injuries were reported.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says the fires left 12 people without a home.

One mobile home occupied by nine people was destroyed. The other homes sustained moderate damage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to a trio of arsons at rural Delaware churches.

The Delaware State News reported Thursday that co-defendants Joseph T. Skochelak, of Felton, and Alex J. Harrington Jr., of Harrington have been sentenced in Kent County Superior Court. The two men pleaded guilty in April to three counts each of second-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree conspiracy.

The men were arrested after a police investigation into overnight fires on Dec. 2, 2014 at three Felton-area churches.

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A Delaware City man has been found guilty of reckless manslaughter in the fire-related deaths of his girlfriend and two children in 2010.

The Wilmington News Journal reports 29-year-old Travis Jones was found guilty Monday, although not on the murder and arson counts he was originally charged with. Nineteen-year-old Teyonna Watts and the couple's two daughters, 3-year-old Breyonna Watts and 7-month-old Jordan Watts, all died of smoke inhalation Oct. 4, 2010 after a fire in their home.