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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pikesville, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police say troopers stopped more than 8,900 vehicles during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Police announced Monday that 96 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence. Fifty-six people also were arrested for drug violations. Police say there were 133 people arrested for various other criminal violations. Troopers also recovered three guns during traffic stops.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says homicides, violent crime and property crime have dropped to the lowest levels since 1975 in Maryland.

O'Malley released year-end crime data on Wednesday for 2011. The Maryland State Police compile the data, which is submitted each year to the FBI.

O'Malley, a Democrat, says the total number of crimes has dropped 4.6 percent, compared to 2010. The governor says it's the lowest total crime rate reported in Maryland since the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted in 1975.

 

The Maryland State police are investigating Wicomico County Council member Bob Culver after his mother filed a protection order last week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State police confirmed that there is an investigation but declined to comment further.

The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office says that the investigation is being carried out by the State Police from the Princess Anne barrack because Culver is an elected official.

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