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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.


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.


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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A white police officer who broke a black suspect's jaw with a kick says he was aiming for the man's upper body, not his head.

Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV testified Thursday in his felony assault trial.

Webster testified that Lateef Dickerson was slow to comply with repeated police commands to get on the ground. Webster also said he was scared and feared for his safety and others' safety because officers were told that Dickerson was armed with a gun.

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Delaware lawmakers have approved $2 million to boost law enforcement efforts in Wilmington and Dover.

But with an ongoing record of shootings in Wilmington they also said they were willing to take away the city’s unilateral police powers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that such a move would require an amendment to the city’s charter which can be done by the state legislature.

The paper reports that the move by legislators reveals a great distrust between city officials and lawmakers.

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In 2012 $5 million was seized by Delaware law enforcement from people who were arrested but in some cases never criminally charged.

That’s the finding by the Wilmington News Journal which reports that much of the money was used the buy items ranging from armored Humvees and helicopters to coffeepots and margarita machines.

The paper notes that law enforcement has been shielded from the public about just what they spend the money on.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A statewide test of Virginia's public records law shows that many officials are refusing to hand over documents they're required to provide.

Thirteen Virginia newspapers tested the state's Freedom of Information Act to find out whether officials are actually disclosing documents they're supposed to by law.

The Daily Press reports that the newspapers found that more than half of the police or sheriff's departments wouldn't provide information about felony incidents, which the law considers public records.


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A man who was shocked with a stun gun by a Fredericksburg police officer two years ago is seeking $5 million in a federal lawsuit against the department.

The Free Lance-Star reports that the Lantz Day says in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court that the incident caused him "mental and physical anguish."

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel is holding a seminar on how to de-escalate confrontations with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions is holding a session on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate what works and what doesn't in a mental health crisis that will include participants who will role play.

The panel is hosting a three-day seminar. About 30 law enforcement officials and behavioral health partners will train at a facility in Sykesville.

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There are some new military style vehicles around South Bethany Beach.

They have been acquired by the local police department and include a military grade boat and a Humvee.

WBOC reports they would be used for emergencies such as evacuations during stormy weather.

During flooding when the National Guard does not step in the vehicles will help police navigate the streets.

Police Chief Troy Crowson told the television station that they will also allow his officers to carry out inspections rather than borrow or rent a boat.