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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a Delaware prison inmate serving a 30-year sentence for child rape has killed himself.

Department of Correction officials announced Monday that 35-year-old Bryson T. Strickland was pronounced dead shortly after 6:40 p.m. Friday.

Prison officials said foul play was not suspected in Strickland's death but refused to provide any other details.

A spokeswoman for the state Division of Forensic Science said the case was ruled a suicide.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police says a man suspected of shooting his estranged wife before fatally shooting himself is a former trooper.

Spokeswoman Elena Russo tells The Daily Times that Gary Preston retired in 2005 at the rank of Trooper First Class.

Preston was found dead at a home in Crisfield on Saturday. State police said responding officers also found his estranged wife, 44-year-old Susan Preston, at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Three deputies who left a Virginia sheriff's office in the wake of a teen's suicide in a courthouse cell have been hired by a neighboring sheriff.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the Norfolk Sheriff's Office fired Deputies Kevin Griffin and Harvey Richardson and Sgt. Sharnika Johnson resigned in February, following an internal investigation into 17-year-old Katrell Jaymar Washington's Nov. 16 self-strangulation.

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Wicomico County Public School system issued an explanation as to why it decided not to hold a moment of silence in the wake of an apparent suicide.

The school system did not identify the student by name but the Salisbury Daily Times reports that social media identified her as 14-year-old Kaitlyn Purnell.

The statement said that the schools have responded to her death with “counseling services, compassion and a willingness to listen.”

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Maryland State Police say there has been a murder suicide in Wicomico County over the weekend that has left one man dead and another in critical condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say on Saturday 25 year-old Evan Gottlieb of Berlin was found dead in his victim’s stolen pickup truck of a self-inflicted wound.

65 year-old Blair Ranneberger suffered from gunshot wounds and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where reported to be in critical condition.

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There’s a bill in the Delaware legislature that would allow judges and police to temporarily take guns away from people whose family believes they might be a danger to themselves or others.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Democratic state Representative David Bentz believes the measure would enable authorities to defuse potentially explosive situations – particularly those considering suicide.

Police would be able to search and seize guns from a person’s home after a petition has been filed describing the type of weapon and where it is.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The family of a man who hanged himself outside a Delaware psychiatric hospital says in a lawsuit that the hospital had turned him away one day earlier.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims 38-year-old Clay McInnis III was denied admission to the Rockford Center on March 28, 2016. McInnis had a history of bipolar disorder and suicide attempts.


A NASA research scientist’s death has been ruled a suicide.

48 year-old Tiffany Moisan’s body was found just behind a Food Lion along Route 13 in Princess Anne in June.

WBOC reports that her death appears to have been caused by the chemical Ethylene glycol that is used in anti-freeze.

Her vehicle was found in the store’s parking lot.

Keith Kohler with the NASA Wallops Flight Facility told the television station that she had been studying oceans and phytoplankton. 

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Federal agencies are calling on Delaware state officials to investigate the apparent suicide of Clay McInnis III late last month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources close to the investigation says he was refused admission to the Rockford Center in Stanton.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Delaware state police have refused to disclose how the 38-year old man died even after they wrapped up their probes into his death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for state prison officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of an inmate who hanged himself.

The parents of Blaise DeJesus claim prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward him while he was awaiting placement in a substance abuse program in 2014. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that prison workers failed to properly check on DeJesus after he begged them not to put him in a cell by himself because he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was concerned he may hurt himself.