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Another night, another shooting in Salisbury.

WBOC reports that police were on the scene last night at around 11 p.m. in the area of the West Road Apartment complex on East Road.

The victim was identified as Troy Smiley and was ultimately taken to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma for life-threatening injuries.

The television station says that Smiley was shot in the face.

There are no suspects in the case.

Units from the Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Fire Department responded to the shooting.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State officials in Maryland are lending reflective vests to children and their Halloween chaperones.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says adults can pick up the vests at most State Highway Administration maintenance facilities beginning Wednesday and ending Friday. The vests will be available on a first come, first served basis between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The vests are being made available as part of the annual "Vests for Visibility" program.

The vests have to be returned by Nov. 4.

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The Maryland State Police have identified 17-year old Natalie Insley as the teenager who was killed in a Sharptown car crash on Monday.

She was a passenger in the vehicle when it struck a tree.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. with three other teens ranging in age from 14 to 17.

When she arrived at Peninsula Regional Medical Center she was pronounced dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports authorities are awaiting a decision as to whether the driver will be charged before releasing the name.

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There were a number of arrests along the Ocean City boardwalk over the weekend.

WBOC reports that authorities say the first incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday around 7th Street where a large crowd turned hostile toward law enforcement.

Authorities say there were nine arrests.

It took officers from the Maryland State Police and deputies from Worcester County Sheriff’s Office before the crowd was broken up.

This was followed by another crowd that gathered around 10th Street.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland State Police trainee has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired because she married her boyfriend, a former Secret Service agent who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.

The Daily Record reports Ariana Esposito was training at the police academy in early 2015 when her boyfriend, Shaun Bridges, was charged in California with stealing $800,000 in bitcoins.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have arrested a man in connection with murder in the shooting death of another man in a Salisbury home.

Troopers said in a news release that 22-year-old of Salisbury has been charged with first-and second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Irvonte C. Jones of Salisbury. Shaquille Gaskins was served with a warrant this week at in the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial for a separate case.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state trooper has been suspended after he was arrested on an assault charge.

Maryland State Police tell media outlets that trooper Kenneth N. Moore was suspended with pay after Cambridge police charged him with one count of second-degree assault Saturday in Dorchester County.

The Cambridge Police Department notified the Maryland State Police that they had responded to a complaint of an assault from Moore's wife Saturday night.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge was held in Maryland. Nearly 10,000 people jumped into the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday for the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.

The event benefits Special Olympics Maryland and its year-round programs.

Most participants raise $75 each for a plunge in the water at Sandy Point State Park. But some "super plungers" raise thousands of dollars to jump in the frigid water multiple times. So far this year the Plunge has raised over $1.5 million according to the organization's website.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pocomoke City officials and law enforcement charging racial discrimination.

The suit was brought by former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, the town’s first black chief, along with former Officer Franklin Savage and Lt. Lynell Green who is still on the force.

They claim that they faced discrimination and retaliation during their time on the force.

The Pocomoke City manager Ernie Crofoot told WBOC that he was reviewing the lawsuit and would not have any comment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to "explore every possible state action" to stop gun sales to dangerous individuals, particularly those on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Republican governor Thursday. He noted that Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, is pursuing a ban on gun sales to those on federal no-fly watch lists.

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A recent audit of the Maryland State Police has found problems with spending and handgun accounts.  

The reports discovered that the records failed to identify specific activities when it came to expenses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this resulted in unusually large balances ranging from a $44 million deficit in one account and a $34 million surplus in another.

The report also said there were discrepancies in how the department kept track of firearms and their ownership.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 150 high school students are taking part in Anne Arundel County District Court's Schools in the Court program.

On Thursday, the students will be visiting criminal court proceedings and learning about the consequences of being charged with offenses such as drunk driving. The students will also get to meet members of the Maryland State Police's K-9 squad.

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Crisfield police say that a man has barricade himself in a house in Crisfield this morning.

And, the Salisbury Daily Times reports the Somerset County Sheriff’s office has confirmed the suspect has a gun.

The paper reports that authorities have evacuated all residential homes on Silver Lane.

In addition, a Tawes Brothers Buick GMC dealership has also been evacuated.

The Daily Times reports that the Maryland State police are also on hand.

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Maryland State Police in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state police barracks to receive the drugs.

The goal of the program is to give people a chance to dispose of their prescription drugs safely.

Maryland has seen an increasing rate of drug addiction and overdoses that stems from prescriptions and many times ends up with heroin use.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A psychological firm paid to evaluate troubled Baltimore police, including a lieutenant charged in Freddie Gray's killing, is under investigation by the city and has been put on probation by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers.

The Maryland State Police took action against Psychology Consultants Associated in June after finding it was completing evaluations of officers' mental stability in 15 minutes instead of the required 45 minutes, according to government documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man was found fatally shot in the street.

Troopers say officers from the Salisbury Police Department, responding to 911 calls about 11:30 a.m. Monday, found 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Deshields was walking when someone approached and shot him.

Deshields died at a local hospital. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have charged the former treasurer of a Talbot County nonprofit with stealing from the organization.

Forty-year-old Lisa N. Gowe of Neavitt was charged Thursday with theft scheme, $100,000 plus.

Troopers say in January, members of the Talbot Watermen Association contacted state police and alleged that Gowe, then the group's treasurer and event organizer, depleted the association's bank accounts.

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The Maryland State Police sergeant involved in a single-vehicle accident in May apparently swerved to avoid debris sending him off the road.

The Maryland State Police say that Sgt. Anthony Myers had been driving his vehicle westbound on the Salisbury Bypass at around 9:40 p.m. in early May.

After swerving to avoid the debris in the road, he struck a guardrail and plunged down the embankment striking trees before finally overturning.

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Hundreds of people marched last night to the Baltimore City Hall to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while apparently in police custody.

This week saw a series of marches which have been largely peaceful.

Once incident caught by CNN showed police taking two demonstrators into custody.

Maryland State troopers were on hand to help commuters and traffic congestion.

Governor Larry Hogan said that he had sent 32 troops to the city at the request of the mayor.


An employee in the Somerset School system has been suspended with pay resulting from complaints by parents.

The employee has not been named but was asked to leave the school grounds immediately.

The nature of the allegations have not yet been made public but Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis says there is an investigation by law-enforcement to see if there is a need for criminal charges.

In addition, to the Maryland State Police the Somerset County Department of Social Services has been brought into the investigation.


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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue a man who fell 200 feet from a cliff in western Maryland.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that crew members hoisted the 19-year-old into the helicopter Tuesday evening near Wiley Ford, West Virginia, across the Potomac River from Cumberland.
He was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment.
The teen's condition wasn't immediately available Thursday. Police haven't released his name.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland State Police are cracking down on distracted driving this month.

During April, the agency says that troopers from all 22 barracks statewide will conduct additional patrols to identify distracted drivers. They say they'll be on the lookout for people who are texting, talking on the phone, grooming, reading, watching videos, using navigation systems, or even adjusting the radio.

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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.