Maryland/Delaware AP headlines

  • Officials say inmate linked to disappearance hanged himself

    Officials say the inmate found dead hours after he was linked to a decades-old disappearance hanged himself. Fifty-one-year-old Fernando Asturizaga was declared a "person of interest" last week in the 2000 disappearance of Alison Thresher. Thresher was a copy editor at The Washington Post, and...

  • Prosecutors: Officer shot during struggle with suspect

    A federal grand jury has indicted a Baltimore man for possession of a firearm that discharged and wounded a city police officer in his right hand. The U.S. Attorney's office says the handgun fired while the suspect was being wrestled to the ground by an officer. The man was being taken into custody...

  • California man found guilty of kidnapping Lyft driver

    Prosecutors say a California man who ordered a Lyft driver at gunpoint to make a trip from Maryland to a Washington, D.C., apartment has been found guilty. A U.S. Attorney's Office statement says 27-year-old Shane Browne, formerly of Beverly Hills, California, was found guilty of multiple offenses...

  • Stormy Daniels performing 3 days at Baltimore strip club

    Porn actress Stormy Daniels will be performing at a strip club in Baltimore. News outlets report Daniels has performances scheduled for Thursday night, Friday and Saturday at Fantasies Nightclub and Sports Bar. Fantasies bartender and manager Renata Welsh tells The Baltimore Sun there will be extra...

  • Police: Highway rest stop safe, suspicious package found

    State troopers say a Maryland highway rest stop is safe after a "suspicious package" was discovered outside. WBAL-TV reports the Maryland House along Interstate 95 in Harford County was evacuated Thursday evening after the package was reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. It was declared safe roughly...

  • Ethics concerns delay Maryland highway oversight contract

    Ethics concerns have prompted Maryland officials to delay voting on a $68.5 million transportation contract. The Department of Transportation delayed the vote Wednesday amid questions about the ties between the winning bidder and the state's transportation secretary, Pete K. Rahn, news outlets...

  • Trump: honored to be speaker at Naval Academy graduation

    President Donald Trump says it's his great honor and pleasure to give the commencement speech to the U.S. Naval Academy's 2018 graduating class. The White House on Thursday confirmed Trump as the speaker for the May 25 ceremony. In a statement, Trump says his administration will fight to ensure...

  • Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

    In the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Maryland is close to enacting a law that some experts say would set a new standard for how states deal with foreign interference in local elections and increase overall transparency in online political ads. If signed by...

  • Police: Sandwich mistake led to thrown coffee, pepper spray

    Police in Delaware say a woman assaulted convenience store workers with pepper spray and hot coffee over a botched sandwich order. Dover police said in a statement that the incident occurred Wednesday at a Wawa. Police said 34-year-old Tiffany Evans ordered a sandwich and then yelled at a male...

  • Police arrest 8-year-old with loaded gun in school backpack

    Police in Maryland say they've arrested an 8-year-old boy after a loaded gun was found in his book bag in his elementary school. The Washington Post reported that it happened Wednesday at Park Hall Elementary School in St. Mary's County. That's the county where just last month, authorities said...

  • Regulations lead to big drop in opioid prescriptions

    Officials in Delaware say opioid prescriptions have dropped "significantly" since regulations were enacted a year ago to combat the drug scourge. Delaware's Department of State said in a press release Thursday that 14 percent fewer opioid prescriptions were written in the first quarter of 2018...

  • Teachers: Poor students struggle with computer-based tests

    Some Baltimore teachers say computer-based tests may be widening the achievement gap for low-income students. Govans Elementary School Principal Linda Taylor says low access to computers makes it difficult for students to develop computer skills. Taylor tells The Baltimore Sun that some students...

  • Virgin Holidays pledges $300k to move dolphins to sanctuary

    The tour operator Virgin Holidays is pledging $300,000 to help move seven dolphins from the National Aquarium in Baltimore to a seaside sanctuary. The aquarium is still deciding where to retire its dolphins, though a statement Wednesday from Virgin Holidays says the site selection is focused on...

  • Lawmakers seek to end mandatory sentences for juveniles

    Democratic lawmakers are proposing to do away with minimum mandatory sentences for juvenile criminal offenders in Delaware. A bill up for a House vote on Thursday would repeal and remove all minimum-mandatory sentencing schemes for juveniles adjudicated delinquent in Family Court. Family Court...

  • National Guard chaplain drops out of Delaware US House race

    A high-ranking National Guard chaplain running for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat is ending his campaign days after it began. A spokeswoman for Brig. Gen. Kenneth "Ed" Brandt told The News Journal on Wednesday he is dropping his bid to challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Lisa...

  • Delaware "red-flag" gun measure poised for final vote

    A "red flag" bill that allows authorities to seize guns from a person deemed by a mental health provider to be a danger to themselves or others is poised for a final vote by Delaware lawmakers. The measure, which passed the House unanimously last month, cleared a Senate committee Wednesday and...

  • Newscaster Carl Kasell of NPR's 'Morning Edition' dies at 84

    Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to "Morning Edition" and later his wit to "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" has died. He was 84. NPR said Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He retired in 2014. Kasell's radio...

  • Deadly force justified against suspect in trooper death

    Police were justified in using deadly force against a Delaware man who exchanged gunfire with officers during a lengthy standoff after he fatally shot a state trooper, the attorney general's office has concluded. In a report dated Tuesday, authorities said Burgon Sealy Jr., 26, immediately began...

  • Man gets 90 years for shooting into crowd, killing teen

    A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for firing a gun into a crowd and mistakenly killing a 13-year-old. The Baltimore Sun reported that prosecutors announced the sentence on Tuesday. Anthony Clark Jr. had been convicted of second-degree murder and related charges. The 27-year-old...

  • Candidate for governor releases income tax returns

    A Maryland Democratic candidate for governor is calling on his opponents to make their income tax returns public after he released six years of his state and federal returns. State Sen. Richard Madaleno became the first candidate in a crowded Democratic primary to make his returns public Tuesday...

  • Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

    Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland's 90-day legislative session. Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief — a process of challenging a conviction in court. Until...

  • People with mental health, drug problems overwhelm hospitals

    Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland are being overwhelmed with people needing treatment for mental health or substance-abuse problems. The Baltimore Sun explored the issue after video showed workers at the University of Maryland Medical Center 's Midtown Campus depositing a woman in a mental health...

  • Baltimore County School Board to keep interim superintendent

    The Baltimore County School Board has voted to keep its interim superintendent permanently despite ethical lapses. The Baltimore Sun reports the board voted eight-to-four Tuesday night to keep Verletta White, who has been the interim superintendent for nine months. During that time, the board's...

  • Police: Armed man breaks into Delaware home, assaults woman

    A man is accused of breaking into a Delaware home, threatening its occupants and assaulting a woman. Forty-six-year-old Gregory Johnson was arrested on charges including strangulation, assault and terroristic threatening. New Castle County Police Master Cpl. Heather Carter tells The News Journal...

  • Lawmakers eye additional restrictions on use of drones

    The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill aimed at preventing the use of drones to harass people. The bill, which passed the House unanimously last month, makes it a crime to fly an unmanned aircraft in Delaware to harass someone on private property or invade their privacy. The measure, which...

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