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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments were vandalized in Virginia's capital city.

Richmond police said Tuesday that they are investigating.

WWBT reports that a Jefferson Davis monument was spray-painted with the phrase “This is Racist.”

Davis was the president of the Confederacy, which had its capital in Richmond.  

A Stonewall Jackson monument was spray-painted with the phrase “God is Gay.”

Jackson was a Confederate general.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that two people have been arrested after a Confederate monument was vandalized in the city of Charlottesville.

A Charlottesville police spokesman says the arrests were made early Thursday morning at the statue of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Authorities did not release the individuals' names but said more information will be released.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, that became a rallying point for white nationalists has been vandalized again, this time with graffiti saying, "Impeach Trump."

News outlets report that the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was also spray-painted Thursday night with "This is Racist."

Tarps were put over the graffiti and city officials expect a clean-up effort to start Monday. The statue was vandalized earlier this year with an expletive directed at President Donald Trump.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, that became a rallying point for white nationalists has been vandalized with an expletive against President Donald Trump.

TV station WVIR reported graffiti was discovered on the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Wednesday. A photo showed a profanity directed at Trump on the statue's base.

A Charlottesville police spokesman said the city's Parks and Recreation department would clean it up.

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The Mt. Olive A.M.E. church in Salisbury has been vandalized.

WBOC reports that Pastor Christian Johnson said that the vandals tried to get into the church by smashing the windows as well as destroying the church’s crawl space.

He said they failed.

The television station reports that the facility had been inactive until last month and Johnson said the church will be open on Sunday for services.

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Campaign signs for Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell in Caroline County have been vandalized.

Some of his signs have been plastered with a big sticker reading CORRUPT.

Newell told WBOC that he figures nearly half of his 100 signs have been hit with the vandalism.

The candidate says he has no idea who might be behind it or why they would target him.

Maryland police are looking into where the stickers came from and want anyone with information to come forward.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Virginia has been vandalized for the second night in a row.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was again found spray-painted in red on the base of the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Wednesday morning, this time joined by the words "Ban KKK." The word "racist" was found in the same spot Tuesday, before being cleaned.
The latest vandalism is the third such incident in the state this week, after "#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER" was spray-painted on a memorial to the Confederate dead in Norfolk on Monday.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.  

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

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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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With the election of Donald Trump who once questioned the birthplace of the first black president Barak Obama black churches in Delaware consoled their flocks.

The Reverend Donald Morton with the Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral in Wilmington urged his congregation to pray for the nation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he said was fearful for what Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency would mean for the black community.

He told the congregation, “You’ve got to pray that God keep him from doing the things he says he’s going to do.”

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A county Republican headquarters in Maryland has been vandalized with language bashing Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that messages in spray paint appeared on the Wicomico Republican headquarters early Saturday morning. Someone disparaged the Republican nominee for president with foul language.

The vandal or vandals also drew Xs through campaign signs for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga.

Shawn Jester, president of the Wicomico County Republicans, said the vandalism was "cleaned up pretty quickly."

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The First Unitarian Church in Wilmington has hung banners celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement up along U.S. Route 202.

And this time reports the Wilmington News Journal they are hoping they will stay up.

Previous signs had been torn after they had been vandalized.

The banners read, ”Black Lives Matter” and “Standing on the side of love.”

They went up on Sunday morning.

The mostly white church said that for each incident of vandalism it would make a donation to the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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A Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized on the property of the First Unitarian Church in Wilmington on Friday or Saturday.

The word Black was cut out of the banner.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the church issued a statement which said the vandalism was an effort to silence the voice of the church.

In the statement the church added that the largely white congregation put the sign up not only as a spiritual commitment but also to begin “a conversation within the community about institutional racism and violence aimed at people of color.”

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Ocean City buses and vans could soon have cameras – around 400 of them all told if the town council agrees.

WBOC reports that there is a federal grant for the cameras and that Maryland Transportation Authority has said it will help with the financing.

The feds would cough up $400-thousand while the state and resort would add another $50-thousand.

The resort’s Transportation Committee has said that the cost is reasonable given the safety and insurance considerations.

Officials say the cameras would help prevent vandalism and other illegal activity.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Jurors adjourned yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Jurors started their deliberations about 2:30 p.m. Monday and their discussions for the day concluded about three hours later.

They will resume deliberations today.

Jurors' Questions

During yesterday's deliberations, the jurors did ask for transcripts of police dispatcher and a police interview with Officer William Porter.

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CLAYTON, Del. (AP) - State police are investigating vandalism at a cemetery as a hate crime.

The Wilmington News Journal the Foreman-Massey Cemetery, which is run by the Byrd's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Clayton, was vandalized sometime over the weekend.

Headstones at the cemetery were defaced with spray paint and left with vulgar messages. Some grave markers were defaced and damaged and one was knocked over. Another had its foundation kicked in. Wayfinding signs were covered in spray-painted messages and swastikas.

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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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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police are trying to determine who vandalized a mosque and school in Newark.

Investigators believe it happened early Friday morning at the Islamic Society of Delaware's community center in Newark. Vandals tore down a fence and used rocks to damage a digital sign. Pieces of the fence were used to make a cross on the property.

Delaware State Police and the FBI are investigating the case.

On Monday, the group CAIR-Philadelphia will hold a news conference to respond to the vandalism.