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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says he's proud of community efforts to establish a citywide cease-fire this weekend, even though two people were shot and killed.

In a statement Sunday, Commissioner Kevin Davis said the cease-fire efforts, promoted under the moniker "Nobody Kill Anybody," served as a "great conversation starter and momentum builder."

He said success of community efforts is measured over the long term as opposed to expecting instantaneous change.

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A suspect has been charged in two of the three shootings that hit Salisbury this week.

The police say that they have taken 27-year old Jermel Moss into custody for allegedly shooting a 28 year old man near Middleneck Drive on February 28th.

He has also been charged in the shooting of Troy Smiley around 11:30 p.m. – an hour and a half earlier.

The shooting at 1 p.m. occurred when the victim’s car was flagged down by the suspect.

WBOC reports that police say when the victim stopped the car the suspect asked for a ride.

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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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More than 100 firearms have been seized by the Dover Police Department this year.

Chief Paul Bernat told WBOC that some of this was due to initiatives taken by the department and that more guns were being used in committing crimes.

He said that he believed drug dealers are arming themselves for protection.

Bernat added that most gun violence is related to the drug trade.

So far this year there have been more than 35 people who have been shot in the city.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Maryland official says a federal security officer charged with killing three people, including his estranged wife, voluntarily surrendered seven guns after a March court order and officials didn't suspect he was withholding a weapon used in the shootings.

The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Eulalio Tordil of Adelphi turned in seven guns that were consistent with a general list of five that Tordil's wife provided in seeking a protective order against him.

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There was an 11 percent increase in violent crime in Dover last year.

During a presentation to the City Council Police Chief Paul Bernat said that shootings were up by 53 percent.

WBOC reports that is a jump from 17 in 2014 to 26 last year.

The chief also reported that shots fired complaints were up by 70 reports in 2015 totaling 189.

But the television station reports that when it comes to robberies the chief said that in 2015 there were 261 less than in 2014.

The chief said there also were 81 burglaries.

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Delaware lawmakers have approved $2 million to boost law enforcement efforts in Wilmington and Dover.

But with an ongoing record of shootings in Wilmington they also said they were willing to take away the city’s unilateral police powers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that such a move would require an amendment to the city’s charter which can be done by the state legislature.

The paper reports that the move by legislators reveals a great distrust between city officials and lawmakers.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police and civic leaders have kicked off a 60-day partnership with five federal agencies to embed their special agents with that city's homicide detectives to counter a spike in homicides, and other violent crime.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and U.S. representatives Barbara Mikulski, among others, to launch the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - On the heels of the most deadly month in 43 years, Baltimore saw 11 people shot, two of them fatally, in the first two days of August, including an incident in which seven people were shot.

That incident occurred Sunday in northwest Baltimore.

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