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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The parents of a black college student who was stabbed to death at the University of Maryland are scheduled to urge lawmakers to strengthen the state's hate crime law.

The parents of Richard Collins III are scheduled to attend a news conference Tuesday with Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

The legislation would clarify that hate does not have to be the sole motivation for a hate crime. Sean Urbanski was found guilty in December of killing Collins in 2017.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a hate crime charge against a white man who fatally stabbed a black college student at the University of Maryland. But a murder trial will continue Wednesday for 24-year-old Sean Urbanski.

A defense attorney and a state's attorney's office spokeswoman said Tuesday that a judge agreed to acquit Urbanski of the hate crime charge.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A prosecutor says racist memes poisoned the mind of Sean Urbanski, motivating the white man to fatally stab a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus.

Urbanski doesn't deny stabbing Richard Collins III that night in May 2017, but one of his lawyers says he was very drunk and there is no evidence that race was his motive.

Jurors heard those dueling explanations for the stabbing during Wednesday's opening statements in Urbanski's trial. He is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A trial is scheduled to begin this week for a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus.

Prince George's County prosecutors will argue Sean Urbanski killed Richard Collins III because he was biased against black people.

They say Urbanski liked a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation" and had at least six photographs of racist memes on his phone.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a "hate crime motivation" should result in stricter sentences for three members of a white supremacist group who pleaded guilty to attacking counterprotesters at a rally in Virginia for far-right extremists.

In a court filing Monday, Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging from 30 months to 46 months for Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen. Defense attorneys are seeking more lenient sentences from U.S. District Judge Norman Moon on Friday.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A judge has granted a delay in the trial of a white man charged with murder and a hate crime in a black student's fatal stabbing.

The Washington Post reports a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge granted the delay Thursday, 11 days before the trial of 24-year-old Sean Urbanski was scheduled to begin. Defense attorneys sought the delay, saying in a June 28 court filing that their expert in digital forensic examination needs more time to analyze material from Urbanski's cellphone.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A judge must decide if prosecutors can present evidence that a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the University of Maryland's campus belonged to a racist Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on defense attorneys' request to exclude evidence of the Facebook page from Sean Urbanski's trial next month.

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GLENELG, Md. (AP) - A judge says he won't drop hate-crime related charges against teens who argued the racial slurs and swastikas found at a Maryland high school were constitutionally protected free speech.

Four Glenelg High School seniors were charged with misdemeanors after the graffiti was found spray-painted in May. Attorneys for 18-year-old Matthew Lipp and 18-year-old Tyler Curtiss had filed separate motions to dismiss counts related to religious or racial harassment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he will propose legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence.

Herring's announcement on Thursday comes in response to an increase in hate crimes in Virginia and around the country, notably a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

This will be Herring's third consecutive proposal of such legislation. Two previous attempts have failed to win approval from Virginia's General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A report from state police says Maryland saw a sharp uptick in reports of hate or bias in 2017.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland State Police and records obtained through a public information request indicate the state's law enforcement agencies received 398 such reports last year, an increase of 35 percent from 2016.

The trend mirrors a national increase in reported hate crimes.

The most common incident was vandalism. Around 60 were assaults.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say reports of hate crimes had increased by more than 100 from 2016 to 2017.

The Capital Gazette cites the newly released numbers from State Police as saying there were 398 reports of hate crimes or bias incidents in 2017 in Maryland compared to 295 in 2016.

The increase was mostly from more densely-populated regions as Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties each had more reported hate crimes.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for the white man accused in a fatal stabbing of a black college student in Maryland want a judge to separate his murder and hate crime charges.

The Baltimore Sun reports in a filing in Prince George's County Circuit Court, lawyers for Sean Urbanski questioned the admissibility of evidence tying him to a Facebook page called "Alt-Reich: Nation," as well as "certain cartoon images."

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Lawyers for the man charged with murder and a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black student in Maryland have asked a judge to exclude evidence tying him to a Facebook page called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

News outlets report 23-year-old Sean Urbanski's lawyers filed a motion Friday, saying they believe prosecutors will present content from the now-deleted white supremacist Facebook page that they say is "inflammatory" and "irrelevant."


Legislation has been introduced in Annapolis that would tighten the reporting of hate crimes on Maryland university campuses.

The measure comes in response to the fatal stabbing of a Bowie State University student at the University of Maryland, College Park.

It’s being sponsored by Democratic Delegate Angela Angel who has based the measure on regulations developed at College Park following the death of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins in May.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - The depth of community sorrow at the death of a 17-year-old Muslim girl attacked as she walked to her mosque has been made clear after thousands attended her funeral and a subsequent community vigil.

Many who turned out in support of Nabra Hassanen and her family Wednesday said they're fearful for their children's safety after the attack.

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(AP) - Vigils are being held around the country to honor a Muslim teen who police say was fatally beaten with a baseball bat by an angry driver as she walked with friends to a Virginia mosque this weekend.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group partnered with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Muslim teen who disappeared while walking with her friends to her mosque died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.

Police in Virginia say "road rage" prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder. Police say they believe Martinez Torres acted alone and say they are not looking for other suspects.

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A Virginia man has been charged in the murder of a Muslim teenager who had confronted her near a mosque in Sterling,Virginia.

22-year-old Darwin Torres has been charged in the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

The Washington Post reports that friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center had been at a sleep over when they saw some kind of dispute with a man on Sunday morning.

The paper reports that the friends told authorities that the driver left his car and brandished a baseball bat.

The friends scattered and afterward called police.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal lawsuit accuses two white men of attacking a black teenager near his Virginia home as part of a campaign to run his interracial family out of their neighborhood.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after the men were convicted of assault and battery of 18-year-old Mister Frazier. However, they were cleared of hate crime charges after a judge said it appeared to be just a neighborhood fight.

During their trial, attorneys for the men argued Frazier was the aggressor and strongly rejected the idea that the fight was racially motivated.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The FBI is helping to investigate the stabbing at the University of Maryland to determine whether it was a hate crime.

University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Sunday that he sought the FBI's help after finding that 22-year-old Sean Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation," where members post racially charged material.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities have dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 19-year-olds Joy Shuford and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, where second-degree arson charges against them were also dismissed.

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Police have arrested a 19 year-old Baltimore woman after a Trump political billboard in Princess Anne was set on fire.

Police say that D’Asia Perry was taken into custody on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The motive, authorities said, was over “political differences”.

The Salisbury Daily Time reports it is not clear if she attended UMES.

The paper reports that she has been charged with arson and the commission of a hate crime and has been released on a $20-thousand bond.

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CLARKSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Howard County police have arrested a man they say vandalized 15 properties in Clarksville.

The department said in a news release that 24-year-old Taylor Richard Allen was charged with 42 offenses, including destruction of property, malicious burning and committing a hate crime.

Police say between April and December, they responded to numerous vandalism incidents, including swastikas and other graffiti being written or painted on sidewalks, footpaths, playgrounds, mailboxes, cars and other property.

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STERLING, Virginia (AP) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says hate crimes tear at the fabric of American communities and are a stain on our "nation's very soul."

Lynch spoke Monday at a mosque in Virginia amid a large spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims.

Recently released FBI statistics show a 67 percent surge in hate crimes against Muslims in 2015, the highest total since the year of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Lynch told the audience that the "sobering" increase in violence should alarm all Americans.

Hate Crime in Claymont

Jun 9, 2015
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In Claymont a couple found a swastika scratched in the paint of one of their cars with a racial slur etched on the rear hatch door.

Ameerah Green discovered the damage to the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer on Sunday after finding her front yard had been vandalized.

In addition, her husband’s 1995 Lexus was also scratched running from the headlight to the taillight.

The couple did not have insurance to pay for the damage on the cars.

Police say they are treating the incident as a hate crime.



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes is dead in Virginia.

The Republican-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure Wednesday at the state Capitol on a 7-7 vote.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Favola, an Arlington County Democrat. It would have added sexual orientation and gender identification to an existing state law requiring that hate crimes be reported to the State Police. The current law is limited to race, religion and ethnic origin.

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Three 16 year old boys have been arrested last night and charged in connection with vandalism at the Islamic Center of Delaware.

Associated Press reports that two of the teens have been released on bond and the third is being held on bond at a juvenile facility.

The three were charged with felony criminal mischief over $5,000 and with second degree conspiracy. 

Police say two concerned citizens came forward earlier in the day with information about juveniles who might have committed the vandalism.

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Judy Shepard, mother of Mathew Shephard, who was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 because of his sexual orientation will be coming to the campus of Salisbury University tomorrow night.

Her book, entitled: “The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed” is the subject of this semester’s New Student reader program at the University.

October 15th will mark the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death which sparked a national outcry calling for crimes motivated by sexual orientation become a hate crime.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity has cleared a House committee.

The committee released the bill following a public hearing on Wednesday. It is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday.

The legislation, approved by the Senate last week, adds gender identity to the existing list of protected nondiscrimination categories, including race, age, religion and sexual orientation.

Hate Crime Near Newark

Aug 21, 2012

New Castle County Police say they have found spray-painted slurs on the sidewalk outside the victims home on Laurel Lane in the Barrington community.

Authorities report that the incident took place near Newark overnight on Saturday and has been classified this as a hate crime.

Similar graffiti was also found in front of several other houses in the area as well.