AMERICAN TERROR PLOT-JUVENILE
Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Maryland teenager convicted with two American women in a Jihadist terror plot has been sentenced in Philadelphia to five years in prison.
Mohammad Khalid, of Ellicott City in the Baltimore suburbs, was sentenced Thursday. He has already spent three years behind bars in the case linked to Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose, who is serving a 10-year term.
Federal prosecutors say Khalid met LaRose and other extremists online when he was 15. They say he used his "brilliance and eloquence" to help translate documents and try to recruit westerners.
Defense lawyers argue that Khalid's youth, foreignness and Asperger's syndrome made him isolated and vulnerable.
Prosecutors say the 21-year-old native of Pakistan has assisted with global terrorism investigations since his 2011 arrest.
Khalid says he hopes to rebuild his life in the U.S. but knows he could be deported.
Western Md. teen charged in shooting of vehicle
CASCADE, Md. (AP) - The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old Cascade boy shot a vehicle in the rural mountain town, but the driver and his two young children weren't hurt.
The agency says the teen was arrested at home after a motorist reported his vehicle was shot by a man standing in the road Wednesday night.
The teen is charged as an adult with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and other offenses. He was being held without bail Thursday pending an afternoon bond review. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juvenile defendants.
The sheriff's office says the teen told investigators he fired a .22-caliber rifle at a number of vehicles that he thought were trying to run him over.
POLICE CHIEF RETIRING
Howard County police chief announces retirement
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County Police Chief William McMahon is retiring, after eight years in the post and 30 years in law enforcement.
County Executive Ken Ulman announced McMahon's retirement on Thursday. He said the chief has made Howard County a better place.
Ulman appointed McMahon chief in 2006.
McMahon, 51, was in the national spotlight in January after a gunman killed two people at Columbia Mall before killing himself.
McMahon's last day will be June 30.
Ulman says he has named Maj. Gary Gardner, deputy chief for operations, to succeed McMahon.
Man killed crossing road in Westminster, Md.
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a man who hit by a car while crossing Route 140 in Westminster.
The Carroll County Times reported Thursday that the victim was 66-year-old Harry Dowden Jr.
Police say he was struck just before 10 p.m. Wednesday by a car driven by a 34-year-old woman. They say Dowden was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.
Police say they do not believe speed or alcohol contributed to the collision.
Dems to appear at gubernatorial forums
TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the race for Maryland governor are scheduled to appear at two Baltimore-area forums.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur will appear separately at a Baltimore senior center Thursday evening at a forum sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the local NAACP.
Later, the candidates will appear separately at a forum at Towson University. Each will take five questions from a panel arranged by the Greater Baltimore Economic Forum and the university.
The primary election is set for June 24.
BEAU BIDEN-GOVERNOR RACE
Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, says he won't seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year but plans to run for governor in 2016.
Biden, who underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center last year, announced his intentions in a statement issued Thursday.
The 45-year-old Biden had said previously that he would seek a third term as attorney general.
Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, was hospitalized last August after becoming weak and disoriented during an Indiana vacation.
He was later flown to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, where doctors removed what was described as a small lesion.
Biden has refused to discuss his latest health scare, but the Texas center's head of neuro-oncology gave him "a clean bill of health" in November.
ALLEGED FLASHER PHOTOGRAPHED
Woman photographs alleged flasher; man is charged
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Police say a man has been charged after officers published a photo a woman took of an alleged flasher on social media.
Officers say the woman was jogging in Brandywine Park on April 12 when a man exposed himself to her. Investigators say the woman took a picture of the man, who then fled.
Police say the woman gave the picture to officers, and it was distributed through a news release and social media.
Authorities say 29-year-old Nicholas Saienni of Wilmington surrendered at police headquarters on Wednesday after officers had received tips and contacted him.
Saienni was charged with indecent exposure.
Man robs Wilmington deli
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a Wilmington deli.
It happened about 9:50 a.m. Thursday at Country Maid on Kirkwood Highway. Troopers say a man gave a note to a cashier demanding money.
Police say the cashier gave the man money from the register. The suspect then ran away.
No one was injured.
Del. museum: Art vandalized with stickers
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Museum of Art says a group of visitors recently vandalized paintings and a statue with stickers.
The News Journal reports in an email obtained by the newspaper, museum Registrar Amy Hussey says the small stickers displaying religious script and iconography were placed on Pre-Raphaelite paintings and an outdoor statue.
A conservator removed the stickers, but the amount of damage to the collection considered one of the best outside Britain is unknown. A museum spokeswoman says the museum does not comment on vandalism.
In the email Hussey asks members of the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums if they have encountered similar situations. She says security footage indicates the group "tried to hide from cameras when in the act."
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