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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland is joining a sex-offender registry program that law enforcement officials say will make it more efficient to share records.

The Herald-Mail reported Sunday that Maryland became the 17th state to join OffenderWatch last week. A statewide contract will allow every sheriff's office, participating police departments and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to use the technology.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill preventing municipalities from establishing housing restrictions for sex offenders that are stricter than what state law requires.

State law prohibits sex offenders from residing or loitering within 500 feet of school property. The bill to be considered Thursday would restrict the ability of municipalities to impose broader residency and proximity restrictions.

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There’s legislation in Delaware that would keep registered sex offenders from coming near licensed day care centers.

Currently, the law keeps them from being within 250 feet from a school.

The measure is sponsored by Representative Kevin Hensley a Republican from Middletown.

There is also legislation from down state Republicans who want to tighten restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man seen on a dashboard camera video being kicked in the head by a Delaware police officer has been arrested on gun charges.

State police say Lateef Dickerson and two other men were taken into custody Thursday morning in Newark after police stopped the vehicle in which he was riding following a traffic violation.

Police found a .32 caliber revolver in a bag on the rear seat of the car. All three men were charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is meeting with attorneys to discuss the murder case against a man accused of raping and killing a fellow church worker in Sussex County.

The judge scheduled an office conference Thursday with attorneys to discuss the case against 31-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro. Burton is scheduled to be tried in April in the death of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett.

Bennett, a volunteer daycare leader at Bay Shore Community Church near Gumboro, was found dead in June 2012 in Worcester County, Maryland. 

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a Delaware law that requires GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders on probation.

The complaint filed Monday targets a 2007 law that requires GPS monitoring of Tier 3, or high-risk, sex offenders who have been released from custody and are on probation.

The ACLU says the law is unconstitutional on its face, and as applied by the Department of Correction to people convicted of offenses that occurred before July 2007.

The public hearing set for later this month on Milton’s sex offender residency ordinance has been put off indefinitely.

The Town Clerk issued a statement saying that Delaware’s Sex Offender Management Board and the Delaware Attorney General’s office has told town officials that the state legislature will be taking up the issue of ordinances that are more restrictive than state law.

Milton’s code prohibits a sex offender from living within 3-thousand feet from a school, town park or childcare facility.

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In Milton a sex offender cannot reside within 3-thousand feet of a school, park or child care center.

Now, town officials say they will consider reducing that as a result of a potential legal challenge by two attorneys on behalf of their clients because it effectively prohibits sex offenders from living in the resort.

Town Solicitor Seth Thompson said that officials want to make sure that the ordinance would withstand any sort of constitutional challenge.


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware is calling on the Dover City Council to oppose an ordinance that would place some living restrictions on registered sex offenders.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the group sent a letter to council members to oppose the proposal that would prevent registered sex offenders from living within 500 feet of licensed day care centers.