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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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