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February 02, 2010

Police training will bring mock gunfire to Annapolis

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Sounds of fake gunfire and clusters of police cars in downtown Annapolis on Wednesday will signal the start of an Annapolis police training program. Police said the exercise, in which department employees are to act as victims, is designed to simulate a shooter and injured people. The mock emergency is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and run most of the day at the old Annapolis Recreation Center at 9 St. Mary's St., near the City Dock. The training will continue every Wednesday for seven weeks, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

T. Kittleman plans to run for Howard Co. executive

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Former Ehrlich administration transportation official Trent Kittleman plans to officially announce her candidacy for Howard County executive on Feb. 15, two days before holding a fundraiser featuring the ex-governor. Kittleman, a former deputy state transportation secretary and director of the Maryland Transportation Authority under Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., is the widow of former state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman and the stepmother of Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, the Senate minority leader. The Republican would oppose County Executive Ken Ulman, a Democrat. Trent Kittleman plans to lead a Howard GOP ticket sprinkled with former Ehrlich officials. Robert L. Flanagan, a former state delegate and Ehrlich's transportation secretary, and Dennis R. Schrader, the state's former Homeland Security secretary, are both working toward County Council campaigns, though neither has made a formal announcement.

- Larry Carson

Crime reported down along D.C.-Md. border

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty are crediting increased law enforcement cooperation with reducing crime along the Maryland-Washington border. Authorities say homicides are down in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. O'Malley says the number of homicides has dropped about 25 percent in the Maryland-D.C. area. O'Malley attributes the drop to increased sharing of information between Washington and Maryland, including the pulling together of 85 databases to pool information. Fenty says police in the region are operating more like one police department.

- Associated Press

Marine killed in Afghanistan to be buried at Arlington

A 25-year-old Marine from Frederick who was mortally wounded in Afghanistan will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The Pentagon says Sgt. David Smith died Jan. 26 of wounds suffered Jan. 23 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He died at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. A funeral service will be conducted Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Frederick Christian Fellowship Church Complex. Burial at Arlington will start at 3 p.m.

- Associated Press

Effort to reduce deer near Camp David is under way

Government sharpshooters are taking aim at hundreds of white-tailed deer in the national park surrounding the Camp David presidential retreat in Western Maryland. The move to reduce the deer population comes after nearly three decades of research and opposition from animal-rights advocates. Acting Park Superintendent Sean Denniston said shooting in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont began Monday afternoon and will continue most weekday afternoons and nights through mid-March. Large sections of the park will be periodically closed, he said. Park officials say the hunt is intended to cull an outsize herd that has devoured so many saplings and low-hanging tree branches that the health of both the forest and the deer have suffered.

- Associated Press

Exhibit on 'slave village' opens at Monocacy

The National Park Service is marking Black History Month with an exhibit on a 200-year-old "slave village" that archaeologists found at the Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick. The temporary exhibit opened Monday at the park visitor center and will be up through the end of the month. Spokeswoman Tracy Shives says the exhibit uses written materials and artifacts such as buttons and pottery pieces to explain how the community of up to 90 slaves was uncovered and how they lived.

- Associated Press

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