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By Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
A Carroll County woman was fatally shot by a Maryland state trooper after she pointed a gun at him during a confrontation at a Hampstead home, state police said late Monday. State police were called about 5:40 p.m. to a home in the 4600 block of Upper Beckleysville Road for a domestic dispute. A second emergency call reported that the 40-year-old woman had a gun and was threatening to kill herself, state police said in a news release. The woman's sister said she and a teenage daughter had locked themselves in a bedroom for protection, police said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
John L. Ruth Sr., a retired wholesale flower salesman who earlier had been a Maryland state trooper, died Monday of heart failure at his home in Thomasville, Pa. He was 73. The son of Woodrow G. Ruth, a salesman, and Minnie B. Wenger Ruth, a dress factory worker, John Leroy Ruth Sr. was born and raised in Hagerstown. Mr. Ruth was a 1959 graduate of South Hagerstown High School and in 1961 joined the Maryland state troopers, serving for a decade. For 30 years until retiring in 2012, Mr. Ruth was a salesman for Pennock Floral, a wholesale florist, in Baltimore.
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February 14, 2010
State police say a trooper shot and killed a pit bull who attacked another officer at a home in rural Queen Anne's County. It happened Thursday night in Millington. Police were responding to a report of a man firing a handgun during a party at his home. Twenty-three-year-old George Thomas allegedly fired the gun at the ceiling and held it to the head of his sister, 20-year-old Jessica Thomas. George Thomas faces charges including first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
A Baltimore man was killed in a car crash Sunday after fleeing from a Maryland State Police trooper in Calvert County, officials said. The man was not immediately identified as authorities worked to notify his relatives. State Police said a trooper, identified as Trooper First Class Shareef Lewis, was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Rt. 4 near Industry Lane in Prince Frederick around 3 p.m. when he noticed a Mitsubishi without a front plate. The trooper attempted to stop the Mitsubishi, which initially pulled onto a shoulder before accelerating and fleeing north along Rt. 4. The trooper followed the car, which drove onto a side road, Main Street, and back onto Rt. 4, swerving back and forth across traffic and going southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, state police said.
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December 26, 2009
NEWARK, Del. - Police say a Newark man kicked a state trooper who tried to take him into custody. Police were called Tuesday to a home about a strange vehicle parked in the driveway. Officials say troopers found the driver passed out at the wheel, covered in vomit, and could smell alcohol and marijuana. The driver, 20-year-old Adam Decktor, got out of the car after troopers asked him to. But police say he then kicked an officer and tried to run away. He's charged with offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, marijuana possession, driving under the influence and other charges.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
A Pennsylvania state trooper fatally shot a Maryland motorist who attacked the officer during an accident investigation on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tuesday night. The officer found Daryl Jerome Berry, 45, of Columbia, arguing with another motorist at the scene of a collision that occurred just before 9 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County. Berry approached the officer with two aggressive Rottweiler dogs and then hit the officer repeatedly with a flashlight, police said.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
Authorities are searching for the driver of a car that struck and injured a Maryland state trooper early Sunday on Interstate 83 as he stood near a car that he had stopped. Trooper First Class Jason M. James, 30, was conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of northbound I-83, north of Ruxton Road, at 1 a.m., authorities said, when he was struck by the mirror and side of a passing vehicle. He was then pushed into the car he had stopped, authorities said. James, who was in uniform and wearing a reflective jacket, used his radio to report that he had been struck and asked for help, authorities said, adding that pieces of the car that struck James were found at the scene.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
On his 21st birthday, Tanner Nickerson received a birthday card and a gun. He had graduated from the Maryland State Police academy in September, more than two weeks before he could legally make an arrest. The newly minted trooper bided his time at the Centreville Barracks wearing street clothes until Oct. 11, the day he became old enough to put on the olive-colored uniform and Stetson hat, and arm himself with a .40- caliber Beretta. Tanner Nickerson has a unique reason to be eager.
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By Richard Irwin and Mike Farabaugh and Richard Irwin and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writers | May 11, 1994
A Maryland state trooper -- shot twice in the chest with a .38-caliber pistol just after midnight -- has good reason to celebrate his 32nd birthday today.Trooper Eric Johanson is alive, thanks to the body armor he was wearing when a motorist shot him twice after a traffic stop in Edgewood. In fact, he was treated for bruises and minor cuts and released from a hospital to go home.Shortly after Trooper Johanson, of the Benson Barrack, stopped a motorist on U.S. 40 at Mountain Road about 12:20 a.m. because the car's license-plate light was out, the motorist leaned out the window of his Chevrolet Cavalier and shot the trooper twice in the chest at nearly point-blank range as he approached the vehicle.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Minutes after being pulled over by a state trooper on the side of Interstate 95 in White Marsh this week, 23-year-old Bel Air resident Scott Kampes was slumped over in the driver's seat of the car he was driving — fatally wounded from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to Maryland State Police. Police said the shot, from a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun found in Kampes' lap, was not heard by the two state troopers at the scene or by his uncle, who was also there.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
A red-faced state trooper hardly acknowledged Harry Belafonte before a 1967 performance at the University of Baltimore during heat of the civil rights movement. After the show, part of a tour with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an envelope from the trooper awaited the famous black calypso singer and activist at the front desk of the fieldhouse. Inside were six bullets and a letter. "After having met and heard Dr. King and you, I will never fire a weapon ever again," Belafonte said the trooper wrote.
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By Carrie Wells and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
A manhunt continued Thursday for a suspect who rammed and drove over a Maryland State Police trooper's vehicle in Salisbury, an incident that prompted a lockdown at nearby Salisbury University. Police shot at the suspect but it is believed that he was not struck by gunfire. Salisbury University officials lifted the lockdown at the Eastern Shore campus at 12:15 a.m. Thursday and said that students sheltering in academic buildings were escorted to their dorms or cars by police. The suspect wanted in connection with the incident was identified by police as Edwin Lamont Fletcher, 31, of Salisbury.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The brother of the man accused of shooting off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was ordered to be held in custody on a federal drug charge after a brief hearing Monday. Federal authorities have confirmed that Lamont G. Thomas spoke to city police as officers hunted for his brother Gregg Thomas earlier this month, but have not said whether there is a connection between the two cases. Mcneill remains in critical condition with injuries from the March 14 shooting. After watching the federal court hearing, Gilbert Thomas, the two men's father, said his sons had done nothing wrong.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Maryland State Trooper Jacqueline Kline was grateful to return to work after months of medical care, she says, but it's tough for her to listen to the dispatch radio at the Glen Burnie Barrack. "It's very frustrating because I just want to get back on the road," the 26-year-old said Tuesday in her first public comments since she was critically injured in a car crash in October. Kline was assisting a fellow police officer who had pulled over a suspected drunken driver on Route 100 in Pasadena when she was struck by a passing car. She was thrown onto the hood of the passing car, then onto a police vehicle, police said.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Maryland State Police on Tuesday issued traffic charges to an Anne Arundel man involved in a crash four months ago that critically injured a state trooper on a traffic stop. Enrique Guzman Jr., 21, of Pasadena, was issued traffic citations for violating Maryland's 'move over' law, and for negligent driving. The two carry fines of $750 and $280, respectively He was charged in connection with an Oct. 6 crash on Route 100. Trooper Jacqueline Kline had stopped on the shoulder of the highway for a traffic stop when the car driven by Guzman struck her, police said.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Not long after Neill Franklin stepped behind a lectern in Annapolis to argue for making marijuana legal, the retired law enforcement officer was fighting tears again. It happens all the time - whenever he pauses to think of the futility of the war on drugs and the lives he says have been wasted. "We've been at this forever," he said. "It never worked. " As a broadening coalition pushes to legalize marijuana in Maryland this year, advocates have turned to Franklin to help sell the idea.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
A Frederick County man was listed in critical but stable condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was shot in the chest by a state trooper investigating a domestic dispute in New Windsor.The man was expected to survive his wounds, said a state police spokesman.Police said John M. Carter, 45, of Thurmont, had handcuffed his estranged wife to a metal pipe in a second-floor bedroom of her home in New Windsor and threatened to kill her. He was wounded after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a state trooper, authorities said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | April 16, 1994
The state trooper who fatally shot a Baltimore motorist in Towson after a high-speed chase down Interstate 83 last April is challenging attempts to discipline him, saying the internal charge against him is too vague.Tfc. Chad Hymel is accused of handling his gun improperly in the April 25, 1993, shooting of Antonio Carlos Towns. A state police trial board had been scheduled to convene in his case May 3.However, Trooper Hymel's attorney, Michael L. Marshall, obtained a show-cause order from a Baltimore County judge last week, giving the state until April 25 to answer a request to postpone the hearing and to declare the charge unconstitutionally vague.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Harold D. Petty Sr., a retired Maryland state trooper whose career spanned 25 years, died Friday of cancer at his farm in Darlington, Harford County. He was 76. The son of farmers, Harold Dean Petty Sr. was born in Galax, Va., and moved with his family near the end of World War II to a farm in Hickory in Harford County. They later purchased a farm in Darlington, where the young Mr. Petty worked before going to school each morning. He graduated from North Harford High School in 1955 and three years later from the state police academy.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The driver of a vehicle that crashed outside City Hall and killed a city worker was traveling up to 115 mph before he entered downtown streets followed by a state trooper, according to a police report that for the first time details the investigation into the April crash. Johnny Johnson's car crashed through a light pole, hit 45-year-old finance employee Matthew Hersl and broke a tree before overturning, the report said. Police found heroin rocks, a burnt spoon, a smoking pipe and a syringe inside the vehicle.
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