Maryland/Delaware AP headlines

  • Delaware bridge design error to cost taxpayers an extra $1M

    The rebuild of a Delaware bridge expected to be completed last Thanksgiving after initial delays is now expected to extend into March. Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman C.R. McLeod told The News Journal of Wilmington on Monday those delays have added an extra $1 million to Del. 141...

  • Appeals keep 2 inmates on death row despite overturned law

    Two men are still on death row in Delaware despite the state Supreme Court ruling the state's death penalty unconstitutional more than a year ago. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Michael R. Manley and David D. Stevenson have been fighting their first-degree murder conviction for decades,...

  • Environmentalists support bill banning oil terminal creation

    Environmentalist groups plan to rally outside of Baltimore's City Hall in support of a bill that would ban the construction of new crude oil terminals. The Baltimore Sun reports the Wednesday rally is in support of the City Council taking up the bill as part of an effort to limit oil trains passing...

  • Baltimore bridge rebuild cost to exceed $100M

    Baltimore transportation officials say the rebuild of Hanover Street Bridge set to begin next year will cost more than $100 million. But The Baltimore Sun reports City Council members say the bridge's poor condition prompts immediate action, "regardless of estimated cost or existing priority."...

  • Maryland weighs reviving insurance for health insurers

    To help steady Maryland's struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have started taking to stabilize insurance markets: revive a sort of insurance for insurers. Measures relating to health insurance are scheduled for hearings Wednesday. One includes a proposal...

  • Prison visits restricted as preventative flu measure

    Delaware prison officials are restricting inmate visits as a preventative health measure amid the current flu epidemic. Officials say that starting Wednesday morning, prison visits will be suspended for any child under the age of 16. Meanwhile, Department of Correction officials say they are working...

  • Man dies, teenager charged with several offenses

    According to court documents, a teenager who was charged with several offenses including first-degree murder told authorities he had tried to help the dying victim before returning to his Delaware home. According to court records, the teenager got into a fight with Todd Dorn before 8:30 p.m. Sunday...

  • State lawmakers want to boost sanctions for murder-for-hire

    Murder-for-hire is a misdemeanor in Maryland, and prosecutors have just three years to bring charges. State lawmakers from both parties want to change that. A bill, co-sponsored by Delegates Geraldine Valentino-Smith, D-Prince George's, and Susan McComas, R-Harford, would remove the statute of...

  • Former Maryland delegate's trial begins in bribery case

    The trial of a former Maryland state delegate charged with bribery has begun with his lawyer insisting that his client accepted bundles of money believing they were campaign donations, not bribes. Michael Lynn Vaughn, a Democrat from Bowie, was charged last year with bribery and conspiracy. Federal...

  • Owners bit, Delaware officials warn of rabid pit bull

    Public health officials say a pit bull in central Delaware tested positive for rabies after biting its two adult owners. Official said Tuesday that the animal was not leashed when outside, and that the home in Houston has no fenced backyard, so it is not possible to determine how or when the animal...

  • Delaware approves $4.3M in grants for downtown development

    More than $53 million worth of redevelopment projects are planned in Wilmington and three smaller towns, boosted by $4.3 million from a taxpayer-funded grant program designed to spur downtown development. The News Journal reports that private developers and at least one religious organization will...

  • Democratic candidates pick running mates in governor's race

    Most of the Democrats running in the crowded Maryland primary for governor have announced their running mates, and four out of five of them so far are women. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker announced Elizabeth Embry as his running mate Tuesday. Embry is a former Baltimore prosecutor...

  • Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

    Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he'd been living in his retirement, said...

  • Police: Barbershop shooting may be linked to other shootings

    Police say a shooting at a Baltimore barbershop that left one dead and one injured may be linked to separate area shootings. Baltimore police spokesman TJ Smith tells the Baltimore Sun that police "have reason to believe" the Monday night shooting at the His & Her Barbershop in Highlandtown is...

  • Report: MTA knew Baltimore Metro violated standards in 2016

    A Maryland Transit Administration report says the agency knew Baltimore Metro's subway rails didn't meet safety standards in 2016, more than a year before it declared an emergency shutdown. The Baltimore Sun cites a 2018 MTA report that says 17 of the Metro's turns were found in a November 2016...

  • Man convicted of murder as teen appeals life sentence

    A Maryland man who was convicted of murder when he was 16 is appealing his life sentence. The Star Democrat reports Seth Dallas Jedlicka was convicted in 2011 for a 2009 crime in Chesapeake City. Jedlicka and three others broke into an area home on Nov. 4, 2009, fatally shot a woman, beat her father...

  • Delaware juvenile charged in shooting death of 18-year-old

    A juvenile has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Delaware. News outlets report the unidentified minor fatally shot the man in the upper chest around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after an altercation on a street. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the minor...

  • Mistrial declared in Delaware beach rape case

    The case against a 21-year-old man charged with ambushing, detaining and raping a 21-year-old woman has been declared a mistrial. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that police say Joshua Abele confronted the woman with a handgun, that turned out to be a BB gun, when she returned to a Rehoboth...

  • State auditor declines to seek re-election, citing health

    State Auditor Tom Wagner, one of the longest-serving, statewide officeholders in Delaware, says he will not seek re-election this year. Wagner, who has spent nearly 30 years in office as Delaware's fiscal watchdog cites health concerns in his decision not to run again. Wagner said in a statement...

  • Flu death toll in Delaware increases to 18

    Delaware public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 18. Officials are reporting eight new deaths, six in the past week and two others that occurred earlier in the flu season but were just recently reported. All of the six individuals who died last week were from New Castle...

  • Maryland woman charged in shooting death of boyfriend

    Authorities say a Maryland woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Officials say 37-year-old Tavon Purnell Matthews died at a hospital after being shot late Sunday morning in Waldorf. Authorities say investigators learned that Matthew and 31-year-old...

  • Attorney seeks sentence of time served for FBI impersonator

    An attorney for a Maryland man who pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent says the man's life began to unravel when he became addicted to painkillers and was kicked out of the Navy. Eric Kappesser's public defender is asking a Delaware judge to sentence him to time served at a Feb. 26 hearing....

  • Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

    The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy. The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times...

  • Former VP Biden mulling another run for presidency

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy...

  • Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy...

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