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OCEAN CITY-MANSLAUGHTER

Man gets 7 years for manslaughter in Ocean City

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for the death of his longtime friend in a fight outside an Ocean City bar.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports a judge gave 49-year-old George Nottingham the maximum sentence for manslaughter on Wednesday.

It was Nottingham's second trial on a manslaughter charge in the death of 39-year-old Mike Post of Ocean City. A trial last year ended in a hung jury.

Post died in January 2013. According to testimony, the two longtime friends argued in a bar after Post stole Nottingham's cellphone as a prank. Outside the bar, Nottingham took a swing at Post, who slipped on an icy patch of sidewalk, hit his head and died.

Nottingham apologized in court for his actions.

BUILDING FIRE

Multi-plug adapter blamed on building fire in Md.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Officials say a fire that heavily damaged a two-story wood frame building in Salisbury was caused by a malfunctioning multi-plug adapter.

The fire was reported just before noon Thursday in the multi-occupancy structure. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says it took some 40 firefighters an hour to bring the blaze under control.

No one was hurt in the blaze. Damage was estimated at $110,000.

ROMANCE SCAM

Man indicted in $1M online romance scam

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been indicted on federal charges of defrauding elderly people on online dating services of more than $1 million by pretending to be romantically interested in them.

The 11-count indictment charges 32-year-old Krist Koranteng, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. The indictment was returned Aug. 11, and unsealed Thursday, when Koranteng was arrested.

The indictment alleges that Koranteng and others searched online dating sites for elderly men and women and initiated romantic relationships with them.

Prosecutors say Koranteng and others used false stories and promises to convince the victims to give money via checks and wire transfer.

DRUG LAB

Charges dropped in Delaware drug case

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.

The charges against 31-year-old Braaheim D. Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.

The decision by prosecutors came following court testimony Wednesday regarding the discovery of 648 bags of heroin in an evidence envelope in Reed's case when the envelope was labeled as having 598 bags.

Public defenders have argued during the hearing that concluded Thursday that prosecutors cannot meet their burden of establishing the integrity of evidence in other cases, and that hundreds of pending drug prosecutions should therefore be dismissed.

SHOT FIRED

Burglar fires shot at Delaware homeowner

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a homeowner was shot at by one of two burglars who were breaking into his car in Lewes.

It happened about 4 a.m. Thursday on King Philip Way. Troopers say the homeowner was awakened by his garage door opening and went to investigate.

Officers say the homeowner saw two men rummaging through his car, which was parked in the driveway. Police say the suspects saw the homeowner and forced him to lie on the ground, then fired a handgun in his direction.

The homeowner was not hit. The suspects fled on foot.

DRUG ARREST

Man arrested after drugs found in car

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police have arrested a man on drug charges after marijuana and crack cocaine were found in a car.

It happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 22nd and Pine streets. Police say officers saw a man taking items from his car and hiding them on his person.

Authorities say police confronted the man and a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the scene. Officers say the dog indicated the presence of drugs, and a search of the vehicle turned up 36.2 grams of marijuana and 18 grams of crack cocaine.

Thirty-two-year-old Larry Mangum was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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