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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.

Homicide in Salisbury

Aug 4, 2015
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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.