Man convicted in fatal Hagerstown, Md., stabbing
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A Hagerstown man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenager in the downtown business district last October.
Twenty-one-year-old Shakeem Miles was convicted in Washington County Circuit Court after entering an Alford plea Thursday in the slaying of 18-year-old Jalonte Thomas-Leach. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgement that prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.
In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped other charges, including first-degree murder.
Sentencing is set for May 14.
Police say Thomas-Leach was stabbed during a large melee early on a Sunday morning that began as fight among a group of women. They say Miles stabbed Thomas-Leach after the younger man apparently refused to fight him.
FLAGS HALF STAFF
Md. flags flown half-staff to honor 2
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's flag is flying at half-staff over the State House and at all Maryland Department of Natural Resources facilities to honor a former DNR secretary who died.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the flag flown at half-staff Thursday and Friday from sunrise to sunset in honor of Torrey Brown, who died Sunday at age 77. Brown was the Secretary of the department from 1983 to 1994.
O'Malley also ordered Maryland's flag and the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset Friday in honor of U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo. Mayo was fatally shot March 24 aboard the USS Mahan in Norfolk by a civilian truck driver trying to get on board.
Mayo will be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.
GERMANTOWN FATAL FIRE
Fire officials: Man dies in Germantown blaze
GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials say a 65-year-old man has died in a fire at a Germantown home.
Fire and Rescue officials say the fire was reported Thursday morning at the home on Jamieson Place after a man driving in the area spotted smoke.
When police and firefighters arrived, they found a woman on the first floor of the home who said there was a man upstairs. Officials say firefighters found the man, who died from his injuries at the scene and the woman was taken to an area hospital.
Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Chief Dee Howard Richards says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Md. installs nesting platform for osprey
SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have installed a nesting platform for a persistent osprey who built nests that blocked traffic cameras by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman Tamory Winfield says crews installed a platform Thursday near the camera where the bird most recently tried to nest. He says the platform is secured over the shoulder of Route 50, not the roadway, to make it safer for any future chicks.
Officials got U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permission to remove the nest last week since it didn't contain eggs or young birds. But Winfield says after the third removal, officials decided to lure the bird to another spot.
People can check the osprey's progress for 15 minutes at noon Mondays through Thursdays when a camera is turned toward the platform.
BALTIMORE BASILICA-JOHN PAUL II
Basilica marks Pope John Paul II's Baltimore visit
BALTIMORE (AP) - A new exhibit commemorating Pope John Paul II's visit to Baltimore in 1995 is opening at the basilica's museum.
The exhibit opening Thursday honors the canonization of John Paul II this Sunday. The exhibit is free of charge.
It includes photographs and memorabilia from the pope's visit. Other items include a telegram the pope sent to Cardinal William Keeler following his return to Rome and a piece of wood from the altar used for the Mass celebrated by the pope at Camden Yards.
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are being declared saints by Pope Francis during a special Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Del. attorney general: State needs crime lab
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Beau Biden says a recent investigation of a state drug-testing lab overseen by the medical examiner's office shows Delaware needs independent crime laboratory.
Biden said in a statement Thursday that the state needs to build its own crime laboratory.
In February, Dr. Richard Callery was suspended as chief medical examiner amid an investigation of evidence tampering at a state drug-testing lab. The criminal investigation of drug evidence being tampered with, substituted or going missing after being submitted is ongoing.
Biden says prosecutors must to send different evidence to separate laboratories in Delaware, and sometimes to private laboratories out of state.
Biden announced last week that he will not seek re-election s attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016.
Man robs Milltown bakery
MILLTOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a baker in Milltown.
It happened about 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dunkin' Donuts on McKennans Church Road. Troopers say a man presented a note to two employees demanding money.
Police say the robber ordered the employees to open the cash register. When the employees complied the man grabbed cash and then ran away.
There were no injuries.
The Grand to bring Elvis Costello to Delaware
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Grand theater in Wilmington has booked Grammy Award-winning singer Elvis Costello for a concert in June.
Costello will perform solo on June 27. Tickets go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $60 to $75.
The News Journal reports Costello is coming off of his collaboration last year with The Roots on the full-length album "Wise Up Ghost."
Costello is also currently anchoring a project using unfinished lyrics by Bob Dylan from the late 1960s. An album and TV special are expected later this year.
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