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Witness describes prison riot defendant as “puppet master”

The prosecution’s star witness says an inmate charged with the murder of a correctional officer during a Delaware prison riot was the “puppet master” of the uprising. Continue reading

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More weapons found in Delaware prison 2 years after riot

More than two years after a fatal riot, investigators have found more homemade weapons in a building at Delaware’s maximum-security prison where a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. Continue reading

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Trial beginning for 1 of 3 defendants left in prison riot

Jurors in the trial of one of three remaining inmate defendants in a deadly riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison should use their common sense in deciding guilt or innocence, a prosecutor said Monday. Continue reading

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Prosecutors drop most remaining cases in fatal prison riot

Delaware prosecutors are dismissing all but three remaining cases against inmate defendants charged in a deadly prison riot. Continue reading

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Jury deliberations set in trial over fatal prison riot

Jurors are set to begin deliberating Friday in the trial of three Delaware inmates charged in a deadly prison riot. Continue reading

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Inmate charged in fatal riot denies committing violence

A Delaware inmate charged in a deadly prison riot testified Tuesday that he did not assault or kill anyone, and that he was expecting inmates to stage a peaceful protest about prison conditions. Continue reading

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Delaware to move hundreds of inmates to Pennsylvania

Hundreds of inmates from Delaware’s maximum-security prison, the site of a deadly inmate uprising last year, will be transferred to Pennsylvania in an effort to reduce overtime for severely understaffed correctional officers, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Man called ‘mastermind’ of prison riot severed from trial

A Delaware inmate accused by prosecutors of being the “mastermind” behind a deadly prison riot last year has been dismissed from a trial at which he and three other inmates were facing murder and kidnapping charges, a judge told jurors Tuesday. Continue reading

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APNewsBreak: Prison riot defendant pleaded guilty months ago

A Delaware inmate who is a key prosecution witness in a deadly prison riot entered a guilty plea almost a year ago to charges stemming from the uprising, but the plea was not noted in court records until this week. Continue reading

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Investigators say John Glenn’s remains not disrespected

A lengthy investigation by Air Force officials has concluded that the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn were not treated disrespectfully at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary prior to his burial at Arlington National Cemetery last year. Continue reading

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Police: Family of 5 found fatally shot in murder-suicide

A couple and three young children were found fatally shot at their Delaware home in what police described Tuesday as a murder-suicide. Continue reading

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Maryland office park killing suspect sentenced in Delaware

A man accused of shooting five co-workers, killing three, at a granite company in Maryland was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for the later shooting of a man in Delaware. Continue reading

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$210M settlement eyed in Wilmington Trust shareholder suit

Wilmington Trust has agreed to a $210 million cash settlement in a shareholder lawsuit alleging that the bank fraudulently concealed billions of dollars in bad loans. Continue reading

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National Guard helping after chemicals found in town’s wells

Gov. John Carney has authorized the National Guard to assist residents of a Delaware town after high levels of toxic chemicals were discovered in municipal wells. Continue reading

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Year after riot, Delaware prison still potentially explosive

One year after a deadly inmate riot and hostage-taking, Delaware’s maximum-security prison remains a potentially explosive, understaffed facility managed by overworked guards overseeing hundreds of inmates with too much idle time on their hands. Continue reading

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Rare quake shudders through Northeast; centered in Delaware

A rare earthquake jolted the Mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast on Thursday evening, prompting some to flee offices and homes, but causing no serious damage or injuries. Continue reading

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Security head no longer with prison system after inmate riot

The former security chief at a Delaware prison where inmates staged a deadly riot and hostage-taking last winter is no longer with the state Department of Correction. Continue reading

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No dismissal of suit over abuse of prostitute’s children

A Delaware judge has refused a motel company’s request to dismiss a lawsuit involving the abuse of a prostitute’s children. Continue reading

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Judge assigned to handle cases stemming from prison riot

A trial judge who previously served as U.S. Attorney for Delaware has been assigned to handle the cases of 18 inmates charged in a deadly prison riot and hostage-taking. Continue reading

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Suspect in Maryland office shooting indicted in Delaware

A man accused of shooting several co-workers at a Maryland granite company, killing three, before fleeing to Delaware and shooting another man, has been indicted by a Delaware grand jury. Continue reading

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