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Reports: Plane had engine trouble before landing on beach

OCEAN CITY (AP) — Police in Maryland say the pilot of a small plane told them he was experiencing engine trouble before he made an emergency landing in the shallow ocean waters of a Maryland beach.

News outlets quote Ocean City police as saying in a news release that 23-year-old Trevor H. Deihl took off in his Cessna plane from Reedville, Virginia, on Tuesday for a flight to the Ocean City Airport.

Police say Deihl told them he was about 1 mile from shore when he began experiencing engine trouble and glided toward the shallow water for an emergency landing.

Authorities say one person onboard the aircraft was evaluated by paramedics and released.

Police spokeswoman Ashley Miller says the Maryland State Police will investigate.

Police, Baltimore man each blamed for security guard's death

BALTIMORE (AP) — The fourth trial of a man accused killing a Baltimore security guard has started, and the defense's main argument points a finger at the city's troubled police department.

The Baltimore Sun reports assistant State's Attorney Patrick Seidel says officers were responding to a car crash in June 2015 when a driver called out that a man had a gun. Seidel says police gave chase and ultimately arrested 27-year-old Keith Davis Jr., initially spotted less than a mile from where Kevin Jones was fatally shot.

Assistant Public Defender Deborah Levi says police in a city reeling from the death of Freddie Gray mistakenly killed an unarmed black man and planted evidence because they were afraid of the possible fall out. Two deadlocked juries and withheld evidence ended the last three trials.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

Court hearing scheduled in Maryland newspaper shooting case

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on pretrial matters in the case of a man accused of killing five people at a Maryland newspaper last year.

The hearing in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is set for Wednesday in Annapolis.

Prosecutors have asked Judge Laura Ripken to order the release of Jarrod Ramos' tax records since 2003. Ramos has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible by reason of insanity to charges of killing five of the Capital Gazette's employees last year.

Prosecutors contend the tax records will show Ramos was of sound mind. Defense attorneys say releasing the tax records would violate their client's constitutional rights.

Ramos is scheduled to be tried in November on first-degree murder charges in the June 2018 shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.

Campaign to reunite Central American families launched

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts immigrant activists are working to reunite Central American youths with their families after the Trump administration was ordered to partly resume an Obama-era program.

The National TPS Alliance and the Salvadoran Worker Center launched a campaign Monday in Boston to help families who qualified under the Central American Minors refugee program.

The federal program was created in 2014 to allow parents legally in the U.S. to bring children or other family members in Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador to the country.

The Trump administration ended the program in 2017, but a federal judge this year ordered the administration to resume processing applications for roughly 2,700 people who had already received conditional approval.

Immigrant activists say most of the affected families reside in Massachusetts, Maryland, California and Texas.

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