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It was a bird’s nest that caused all the trouble on Saturday night when hundreds of Wicomico County residents lost power.

The Choptank Electric Cooperative says it was able to get the number of affected customers down to 500 out of 11-thouand members by late Saturday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the nest was found at Walston Switch substation located near Route 50 on the eastside of Salisbury.

A traffic signal at Walston Switch went out forcing Maryland State Police to take care of traffic.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a man has been killed in a shooting in Salisbury.

The shooting of the suspect took place overnight on Dennis Street between East Road and West Road.

WBOC reports that the deputy suffered a broken bone during the shooting and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

He has been released.

The television station reports that Lewis told them that his deputy would have been executed if he had not fired on the suspect.

The man has not been identified.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear a case involving the state's public records law and whether it requires Maryland State Police to turn over records involving a trooper who used a racial slur.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have rescued five people and a dog from the Chesapeake Bay.

Police said Monday that the group was on a 22-foot boat Sunday night when they experienced a problem with the fuel system. The boat stopped working and strong winds blew the vessel onto a small island southwest of Crisfield.

The group called 911.

Police say the winds were too strong and the water too shallow for rescue boats. They used state police helicopters based in Salisbury and Frederick to hoist the five people and the dog to safety in a rescue basket. 

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police are warning the public after a man impersonating an officer pulled a woman over in Maryland's Eastern Shore, and then beat and robbed her.

Maryland State Police say the woman was driving on U.S. Route 13 in Salisbury when a dark, unmarked car with emergency lights in the dash pulled up behind her just before noon Wednesday. Thinking it was an officer, the woman pulled over.

Police say that's when a man walked up to her window and immediately began assaulting her. He also robbed her.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Results from a statewide food drive are set to be announced by the Maryland Food Bank.

Representatives from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation are scheduled to weigh food donations collected throughout September.

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After a three-county high speed chase Maryland State Police took a suspect into custody this morning in the 1300 block of North Salisbury Boulevard at the AutoZone.

Authorities say they chased the suspect from Pryor Avenue in Salisbury into Somerset and Worcester counties before ending the chase in Salisbury at around 10 a.m.  

Police say they may have been aided by road construction that restricted traffic to one lane near the AutoZone where the orange traffic cones began.

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EAST NEW MARKET, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say they're investigating the suspicious death of an unidentified person whose decomposed remains were found in a shallow grave in Dorchester County.

Police say a hunter with a crop-damage permit found the remains Sunday in the woods near a soybean field in the rural community of East New Market. Investigators believe the person may have been dead less than six months.

They say the remains have been sent to state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for determination of gender, age, identity and cause and manner of death.

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Maryland State Police are searching for Tanisha White who was last seen in the Salisbury last Wednesday.

The teenager from Somerset County was wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage leggings and brown boots.

She also had her brown backpack that also had a T-shirt and black leggings.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that her mother told police her daughter has been missing since July 26th.

She said her daughter has been known to runaway but usually comes back within a day.


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Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello said yesterday no criminal charges will be filed against two Maryland state police officers involved in the shooting death of Winfield Fisher in April at the state barrack in Salisbury.

Captain Anthony Myers was struck by Winfield’s car as the suspect left the barrack after initially coming in with a repair order for his 1995 Oldsmobile 98.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Myers and fellow trooper Jeffrey Wilkins fired their weapons at Fisher’s car which subsequently crashed north of the barrack on Route 13.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police says the agency is partnering with Special Olympics Maryland to provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to spend time with troopers, including going out on patrol.

The Maryland State Police said Tuesday that the outreach effort is aimed at promoting a greater understanding for employees about children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police stopped more than 11,000 vehicles during stepped-up traffic enforcement over the Memorial Day weekend.

Troopers say Tuesday that more than 8,600 citations were issued. More than 100 drivers were charged with driving while impaired and nearly 200 people were arrested for criminal violations, most of them drug offenses.

State police will conduct additional initiatives during the summer, including checks for speeding or aggressive driving, and distracted driving.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a man sought after three law enforcers were injured during when their cruiser was struck has been arrested in Delaware.

Troopers said that 32-year-old Edwin Fletcher of Salisbury was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Dover. Authorities say he is awaiting an extradition hearing.

Authorities say two state troopers and a sheriff's deputy were injured when Fletcher drove onto and over their vehicle on March 26 in Salisbury. Authorities were trying to arrest Fletcher on a drug felony warrant in Wicomico County.

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Police are looking for Edwin Lamont Fletcher who is wanted after he allegedly slammed into a Maryland State Police car and injured a state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy in Salisbury.

The incident near Parker Place last night led to a lockdown of the Salisbury University campus as authorities searched for the 31-year old man from Crisfield.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police used K-9 dogs and a State Police helicopter in addition to police on foot and in cars.

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Winfield Fisher III has been identified as the man who was shot and killed by Maryland State Police at the Salisbury barrack after he apparently struck an officer.

The 32-year old from Salisbury was hit by at least one bullet and was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Fisher showed up at the barrack so someone could check on a repair he’d made to his car.

Shortly after Corporal Anthony Meyers went outside to check he returned needing help.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say troopers shot and killed a man who may have hit or dragged a trooper with his vehicle at the Salisbury barrack.

While the barrack's duty officer checked a repair to a man's vehicle in the parking lot on Tuesday night, he called for assistance.

Police say the duty officer and a second trooper who responded to help both fired their weapons and the duty officer was found on the edge of the parking lot with injuries consistent with being hit or dragged by a vehicle.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokesman for Attorney General Doug Gansler's campaign for governor says Gansler will hold a news conference to discuss his brief appearance at a teenage party at a Delaware beach house.

The Baltimore Sun obtained a photo it published Thursday that shows Gansler at the party. In an interview with the Sun, Gansler said he doesn't remember whether he saw drinking but that if he had, it wasn't his responsibility to intervene.

A Gansler campaign spokesman says the candidate will talk this afternoon in Silver Spring about what happened.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney Doug Gansler has paid a speeding ticket, amid highly publicized reports about how Maryland State Police say he directed them to drive him and his own use of a state vehicle.

Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, released a statement from his office Tuesday announcing he paid the ticket.

The attorney general says apparently his office received a photo-camera ticket from the District of Columbia.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP)- Maryland State Police are cracking down on drivers who fail to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles.

After one trooper was struck and critically injured and a second trooper's patrol car was destroyed in a crash earlier this month, police are launching an initiative Monday to remind drivers to give emergency workers space.

Police warn that special enforcement operations will be active across the state. A violation is a primary offense and could mean a fine of $110 and one point.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland State Police says officers from several law enforcement agencies will help troopers conduct background checks for people applying to buy guns.

State police said Thursday that officers from other agencies will conduct firearm purchase application background investigations. State law requires that the investigations be conducted by police officers.

As many as 20 officers will work out of a Maryland State Police office in Columbia beginning Monday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland delegate is asking the attorney general whether it's legal for state police to allow up to 200 employees from five agencies to view prospective gun buyers' information as the state churns through an application backlog.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun purchase applications in Maryland are up ahead of the start of a gun control measure that gives Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws.

The Washington Times reports state police received 85,141 gun-purchase applications this year through Aug. 31. That's compared with 70,099 applications in all of 2012 and 46,339 applications in 2011. Gun dealers say they have been overwhelmed ahead of the law's Oct. 1 effective date.

More than two dozen firearms have been given to people in Maryland who were barred from owning them because of their criminal records.

The Baltimore Sun reports that officials say it’s because the state is unable to keep up with background checks.

A team of undercover troops recovered 30 guns which the dealers had legally released after the 7 day period.

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Hundreds of police officers across the sdtate of Maryland are pulling over truckers and bus drivers this week.

It's part of an effort to promote commercial vehicle safety.

Maryland State Police say serious injuries caused by commercial vehicles are on the decline in thes taste and they want to keep it that way.

Maryland New Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

There was a suspicious package left in the parking lot of White Marlin Mall that sent law enforcement scrambling to cordon off the mall and evacuating several store on Sunday afternoon.

An employee of a nearby business called in the report to the Maryland State Police.

The three stores evacuated were Radio Shack, Subway and Kentucky Fried Chicken for around 90 minutes.

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Maryland State Police issued just over 68-hundred traffic citations over the Memorial Day Weekendwith another 51-hundred warnings.

There were also 102 arrests for impaired driving as well as another 51 for drug offenses.

Another 73 were charged with other criminal violations.

The Maryland Highway Safety Office provided grants to fund the overtime needed for additional patrols.

DENTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a trooper is in critical condition after he was dragged by a car while off duty in Caroline County.

Police say the trooper apparently confronted three juveniles in a car in Denton on Wednesday evening when they appeared to be involved in some kind of vandalism. The trooper approached group on foot and while he was speaking to them, police say the driver of the car accelerated and the trooper was somehow dragged. After a time, police say the trooper was dislodged and fell to the roadway and the driver fled.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled police must release files relating to how authorities investigate racial profiling.

The Maryland Court of Appeals released the decision on Thursday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP have contended the Maryland State Police must turn over the record. Police have argued the documents are personnel records that are exempt from disclosure under Maryland's public information law.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has elaborated on his public safety priorities for this year's legislative session.

O'Malley said Friday he wants to make $25 million available for schools to invest in security like locks and cameras. O'Malley also wants to boost the number of Maryland State Police officers.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - For 26 out-of-state trips, the state of Maryland spent $98,460 on Gov. Martin O'Malley's security detail from January until Sept. 18.

The Maryland State Police released the figure at the request of a Public Information Act request by The Baltimore Sun from Sept. 18.

A review by the state police says the total cost includes overtime, hotel bills, meals, rental cars, gas, airline and train tickets and other related expenses.