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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY-POSTCARD

Delaware warns of unclaimed property postcards

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are warning residents that postcards about unclaimed property are not from the state and should be ignored.

State escheator David Gregor said in an email that the postcards stamped "Unclaimed Property Notification" have been distributed in several states and one was reported in Delaware on Monday. He says the postcards tell recipients to call a toll-free number and provide personal information.

Gregor, whose office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's abandoned property statute, says the postcards were not sent by any Delaware agency.

DC GUN LAWS

DC asks for stay of ruling allowing gun carrying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the District of Columbia have asked a federal judge to stay his ruling that strikes down the city's ban on carrying guns outside the home.

Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed the request for a stay on Monday. The judge's ruling was made public on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mayor Vincent Gray plans to draft legislation that would comply with the court ruling. Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Gray, says the mayor doesn't want to wait for appeals process to play out before exploring what legislative steps would be needed.

In the wake of the ruling, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has instructed officers not to arrest District residents who are carrying registered firearms or visitors who have permission to carry guns in their home states.

NUTRITION PROGRAM-GRANT

Delaware gets $690,000 grant for nutrition

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say Delaware's Women, Infants and Children program has received a grant of more than $690,000 to implement an electronic benefits transfer system.

The Division of Public Health said Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the one-time grant. It will allow the state to replace paper food checks or vouchers with a card for use at authorized stores.

The new cards will be rolled out over a two-year period.

Delaware's WIC program serves nearly 20,000 low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their young children.

ROADSIDE SLAYING

Man pleads guilty in slaying of friend's wife

BALTIMORE (AP) - A California man has pleaded guilty to his role in the slaying of a friend's wife in Maryland.

Thirty-year-old Dellando Campbell of Lemoore pleaded guilty to interstate domestic violence resulting in the death of a spouse Monday in federal court in Baltimore.

According to his plea agreement, Campbell conspired with Ryan Holness to kill his wife, 26-year-old Serika Dunkley Holness of Brooklyn, New York. Prosecutors say on June 4, 2009, the three drove from New York to Maryland. Serika Holness was found fatally stabbed on the side of a rural Eastern Shore road the next day.

Authorities say Ryan Holness told police that he and his wife were carjacked, and Campbell left his own blood at the scene to provide support for Holness' claim.

Holness was sentenced to life.

POLICE VEST STOLEN

Trooper's tactical vest, knife stolen from vehicle

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a trooper's tactical vest and other equipment were stolen from an unmarked police vehicle at the trooper's home.

Troopers say the items were stolen early Friday in Bel Air after the rear window of the vehicle was smashed.

Police say a green ballistic vest, which was labeled "Trooper" and "STATE Team," and ammunition, a pry bar and a knife in the vest were stolen. A green flight suit and a gas mask were also taken.

FATAL STABBINGS

Man gets 2 life terms in fatal stabbing of wife

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A Joppa man has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms for fatally stabbing his estranged wife and another man.

Forty-six-year-old Bryant Walls was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He had been convicted of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 42-year-old Okemia Walls and 50-year-old William Cunningham.

Prosecutors say on Dec. 2, 2012, Bryant Walls kicked in the door to a home in Parkville. Authorities say he stabbed Cunningham 17 times, chased Okemia Walls out of the house and stabbed her 25 times.

TRAFFIC STOP-DRUG ARREST

Man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police have arrested a man on drug charges after a traffic stop.

Officers say they stopped a car Saturday near Thornhill Drive and Lockhaven Court in New Castle. Police say a passenger, 37-year-old Richard Lloyd of New Castle, had an active warrant.

Authorities say Lloyd had 26 bags of heroin, 3 bags of crack cocaine and a digital scale. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and other offenses.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN-GRANTS

Grants for pre-K expansion announced

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - The recipients of grants to expand pre-kindergarten in Maryland have been announced.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Charlene Dukes, the president of the Maryland Board of Education and Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County superintendent of schools announced the $4.3 million in grants Monday Perry Hall.

The grants will be distributed to 24 providers statewide.

Lawmakers approved the grants in this year's legislative session in an effort to expand full- and half-day pre-K to 1,500 more children.

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