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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker wants to forbid a police chief or any public official from naming an officer who discharges a gun, or is under investigation for using force, until an investigation is complete.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Although possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in Maryland, the state's highest court has ruled that police can still search a car without a warrant if they smell pot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Court of Appeals issued the unanimous opinion on Friday. Judge Shirley Watts wrote that "decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful."

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Hampton Roads region now has six police departments with liaisons to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Suffolk is one of the latest cities to join in. The liaisons who started there in January are detectives Tiffany Whitten, who is gay, and Sean Rowan, who is heterosexual. The city of Hampton recently created similar positions, as well.

The Suffolk detectives say it's important to maintain a line of communication with the community, whose members might not always feel comfortable talking to police.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A film festival in Annapolis this weekend is honored a disabled Maryland man who died from asphyxiation in 2013 when three sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theater.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival featured works created by or about people with Down syndrome. It runs through Sunday.

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The Baltimore police force has committed to sweeping policy changes as part of a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.

The improvement plan was filed in federal court Thursday.

It is meant to require an overhaul in how police officers do their jobs, mandating improvements in stops and searches as well as arrests.

The agreement resolves months of negotiations with the Justice Department, which had identified pervasive constitutional violations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's new mayor says the city is aiming to reach an agreement with the federal government to overhaul police practices before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Mayor Catherine Pugh, who took office two weeks ago, told news reporters Tuesday she thinks they can do it. Last week Attorney General Loretta Lynch put pressure on Baltimore saying "the ball is in the city's court" to conclude negotiations soon.

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Salisbury University has a new app.

It will allow students and staff to quickly contact police for help.

It’s called the 911 Shield App.

Julia Howell, president of the Student Government Association, told WBOC that even if there isn’t a problem the new app provides a sense of security.

The app can be customized to provide personal information that can help authorities when a student is in trouble.

Within the last month there have been cases of assault on students around the campus.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Milltown-area high school was evacuated after authorities say a bomb threat was found written inside a restroom.

The Wilmington News Journal Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says the written threated was discovered on a wall of a second-floor bathroom at St. Mark's High School on Thursday morning.

Hale says the threat advised there were several bombs inside the building.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Two men have rescued a child from rough conditions off Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Police Chief Mike Redmon tells the Salisbury Daily Times Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach Monday when a woman ran to him and said her 11-year-old son was trapped in the surf.

Ely called police, and then ran into the water to attempt a rescue. Ely was able to reach the boy, but the rough conditions were making it hard for him to keep the boy's head above water.

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Ocean City is getting ready for the H2Oi car show this coming weekend.

These are generally heavily modified Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that are water cooled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during last year’s event there were 773 service calls.

That was down from over a thousand in 2014.

In addition, there were 34 arrests last year compared to the 2014 figure of 53.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner is defending her decision to return to the city of Baltimore a nearly $50,000 reimbursement for assisting with riot control in 2015 after the death of a young black man whose neck was broken in a police van.
 
The Democratic official told The Frederick News-Post Tuesday that the county has a "social contract" to help other jurisdictions in times of need such as the riots after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.
 

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has launched a new program aimed at teaching teens how to interact with law enforcement officials.

Herring announced the program Monday at the 16th annual Virginia School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton.

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There will be an active shooter exercise today at the Dover Air Force Base.

So officials say that those near the base should expect to see a large number of police, firefighters and emergency personnel.

The told WBOC that this could cause some traffic congestion including delays at the entrance to the base.

There will also be some unusual sounds coming from the base including alarms.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration wants to know how the state can strengthen relationships between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.

The administration is planning to hold four "listening sessions" across the state in August and September to get recommendations on ways to improve police-community relations. They're inviting law enforcement agencies and community partners to attend.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Officials in the city of Norfolk are considering a new policy that would release footage from police body cameras.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city's prosecutor supports the idea. But questions remain about when police would publicly release such videos and how they could impact investigations and prosecutions.

The police-involved shooting in June of a mentally ill man sparked the discussion. Police say the man lunged at officers with a knife. But the city has refused to release the footage.    

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There were two reported attempted abductions in Newark over the weekend.

They occurred late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the first occurred around 11:30 p.m. at the Colonial Gardens Apartments.

The paper reports that police say a 28-year old University of Delaware student had been unloading her car when a man tried to put a cloth soaked a chemical over her mouth.

At around 3:30 a.m. police say another woman says a man tried to abduct her from a nearby apartment complex called the Main Towers.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police officers now have the power to arrest people who repeatedly violate municipal infractions, such as smoking in a prohibited area.

WMDT-TV  reports that the City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass the proposal as an emergency ordinance in order to make it go into effect immediately.

Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richards says the ordinance will ensure that boardwalk performers are following the new laws that require them to sign up through city hall and perform in a designated area.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The sister of a Virginia man who died after repeatedly being shocked with stun guns by police says a prosecutor has decided not to bring charges against the officers.

Gwendolyn Smalls and her attorney told The Associated Press on Monday that Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said she doesn't believe there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges against South Boston Police Officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay.

Martin didn't immediately respond to messages Monday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Worcester County last night with a packed crowd in the Stephen Decatur High School gym. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush filed this report.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An analysis of Taser use in Maryland found that Baltimore police exceeded widely accepted safety limits for use of the stun guns than any other force in the state.

The Baltimore Sun analyzed data on the use of Tasers from 2012 to 2014. It found that Baltimore police used Tasers in nearly all cases with suspects who ignore orders, but otherwise were not deemed a threat.

In Baltimore, most of the suspects who were stunned were black and two thirds occurred in the city's lowest medium income neighborhoods.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - After the deaths of four people who were shocked by officers' stun guns, a Maryland county leader is ordering police to review stun gun use and investigate the incidents.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said Wednesday he wants to make sure the incidents and subsequent investigations were handled properly. His announcement comes after the newspaper investigated stun gun use in Maryland and found that officers frequently failed to follow best practices.
 

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Delaware lawmakers are considering a measure that would end requiring school officials to report to police incidents of bullying in which there are no injuries.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has proposed to eliminate the requirement that all fights be reported to law enforcement authorities.

WBOC reports that he points out there 130 students were sent to the police involving non-injury incidents.

The measure also requires the schools to inform parents that the Attorney General’s office is available if they believe an issue is not being addressed.

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CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) - Police say they're seeking answers for why a gunman opened fire outside a police station in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital, killing an officer in what the police chief called an "unprovoked attack."

Prince George's county police chief Hank Stawinski says the shooter opened fire on the first officer he saw outside the station around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A gun battle followed, with several officers shooting at the suspect, who was wounded.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has killed a bill that would have allowed the government to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and the public.

A House subcommittee voted unanimously to table Republican Sen. John Cosgrove's bill on Thursday, effectively killing the measure for the year.

The bill pit open-records advocates up against law enforcement groups in a fierce debate over government transparency.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are outlining a package of gun-control measures as part of their legislative priorities this session.

One measure discussed Wednesday would ban guns on public college campuses. Now, gun policies are decided on a campus-by-campus basis.

Another bill would ban people on the national no-fly list from buying guns. It would prevent the state police from issuing gun permits to those on the terrorist-watch list that is maintained by the FBI.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel is recommending the state extend the time residents can file a complaint against police from 90 days to a year and a day.

The recommendation was one of about 20 approved Monday by a workgroup of state lawmakers.

The panel was created by legislative leaders in May, days after rioting in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man who was hospitalized in critical condition three weeks ago after being hit with a police stun gun has died.

Authorities say they are awaiting autopsy results on 35-year-old Lionel Waters, who died Saturday at a hospice center.

Investigators say Waters got into a struggle with police on Dec. 20 at a Milford home where troopers had gone to arrest another man.

Police say Waters was hit with a stun gun after brandishing a handgun and refusing commands to drop it.

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Wilmington could lose $1.5 million in state money if they do not come up with how they are using their police officers.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware lawmakers have put the money aside until they get some answers.

The funds were to go for 20 weeks of foot patrols and overtime by Wilmington county and state police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $75-thousand was allocated to the state police for studying crime in Wilmington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A governor's commission created after the 2013 asphyxiation death of a Maryland man with Down syndrome has released a report highlighting changes in disability awareness training for Maryland police agencies.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities released its report to the public online last week.

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There is no verdict yet in the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster on assault charges for a 2013 incident in which he kicked suspect Lateef Dickerson in the jaw.

A dashcam video shows Dickerson who is black down on his hands at the time but not completely prone when Webster who is white struck him.  

The 12 member jury began deliberations last Friday as outside the courthouse a hand full of people stood with cardboard signs.

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