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Maryland school safety training to soothe traumatized kids

BALTIMORE (AP) — School safety is the subject of a conference drawing teachers, law enforcement officers and mental health service providers in Baltimore County, Maryland.

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention is providing training on Wednesday in Baltimore on how to minimize the impact of traumatic events on students.

The initiative is known as Handle with Care. It begins when first responders notify schools after encountering a child at the scene of a traumatic event.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced last year that Maryland would adopt the program statewide. So far, 11 counties have signed on and six others, including Baltimore County, are set to begin a pilot program in the fall.

Board OKs $27M to tear down old Baltimore jail buildings

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — A Maryland board has approved a $27.5 million contract to tear down nearly 40 structures that were part of the correctional complex at the closed Baltimore City Detention Center.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 for the contract with Towson Mechanical Inc., which is based in Parkton, Maryland.

The contract calls for the demolition of 16 major structures and 23 minor structures. They include buildings that were part of the closed portion of the detention center, as well as some buildings that were part of the Metropolitan Transition Center, which was formerly known as the Maryland Penitentiary.

Gov. Larry Hogan, one of the three board members, closed the detention center in 2015. Hogan wants to build a drug treatment center on the grounds in downtown Baltimore.

Maryland Police arrest 3 tied to fatal gun shop theft

ROCKVILLE (AP) — Maryland authorities say they've arrested three suspects tied to the gun shop burglary that left a 17-year-old suspect dead from police gunfire.

The Washington Post reports police arrested two brothers, 17-year-old Brandon Jackson and 21-year-old Terrence Massey Jr., as well as a 15-year-old. Jackson is charged as an adult.

Charging documents allege this was the second gun shop theft that week for some of the suspects, one of which was found with guns in his car from a separate theft the night before.

The documents also say Marquis Weems was killed by an officer's gunfire as the suspects rammed into a police cruiser during the getaway.

The newspaper reports dozens of guns remain missing from the burglaries.

Jackson is in jail without bond while Massey's public defender says there's not enough evidence to charge him.

Officials want results of ethics probe into Metro chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The governors of Virginia and Maryland and the mayor of Washington, D.C., want Virginia transit officials to release the findings of an ethics investigation into their board chairman.

The Washington Post reports Govs. Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam on Monday demanded the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ethics committee share findings of the probe of Jack Evans. Evans' relationship with private legal and consulting clients is under federal investigation.

Committee Chair Clarence W. Crawford released a probe summary, but officials countered with a demand for the full report. But he says there is no full legal report, as recommended by Evans' lawyer. There also are no committee meeting minutes, contributing to a dispute about whether Evans committed any violations. Hogan says Evans forced WMATA "to cover up his extensive wrongdoing."

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