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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.

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.


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.


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.