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Vice President Pence scheduled to speak to Maryland GOP

LINTHICUM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to attend the Maryland Republican Party's "Red, White and Blue" dinner.

The vice president is scheduled to speak at the event in Linthicum on Monday night.

The annual dinner is a fundraiser. Tickets started at $150, with $1,000 tickets for a private reception.

Other tickets included $1,000 to host a table, $6,000 to be a "Chesapeake Sponsor," $10,000 to be a "Capitol Sponsor," and $25,000 to be a "Chairman's Circle Sponsor."

Memorial proposed for fallen journalists year after shooting

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — The publisher of a Maryland newspaper where a gunman killed five people last year is pushing for a national monument to fallen journalists.

Tribune Publishing Chairman David Dreier announced Sunday that a bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce legislation this week to establish the "Fallen Journalists Memorial" in Washington, D.C.

Dreier says a new foundation has been created to oversee the design and construction of the memorial and the Annenberg Foundation and the Ferro Foundation have provided initial funding.

He said the foundation would honor journalists who "sacrificed their lives in the name of a free press."

The announcement comes nearly one year after five people were killed when police say a man with a history of harassing people at the Capital Gazette opened fire in its Annapolis newsroom.

Trial set to begin for former Baltimore Ravens running back

OWINGS MILLS (AP) — A trial begins Monday for the Baltimore Ravens' former starting running back Alex Collins on drug and weapons felony charges.

Collins is charged with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime, as well as two misdemeanors.

Charging documents say Collins' Corvette crashed into a tree while he was driving a passenger home from a party in March.

Police say they smelled marijuana, searched the car and found drugs and a gun. On a related search warrant, police say they found two more guns and ammunition in Collins' home.

The Baltimore Sun reports Collins told police his friend was responsible for the drugs, but charges were dropped against the passenger.

Collins was released from the Ravens in March.

Ellicott City store closes after being flooded twice

ELLICOTT CITY (AP) — A Maryland business owner is closing her craft shop that flooded twice in two years after raging floodwaters engulfed a historic mill town's main street.

The Washington Post reports that Sally Tennant is closing her eclectic Ellicott City store, called "Discoveries," where she has worked and lived for about 40 years.

Old Ellicott City became a soggy ghost town in 2018 after floodwaters violently gutted shops and swept a visitor to his death. The treacherous flash flood occurred less than two years after a 2016 flood — at the time dubbed a 1-in-1000 year event — ravaged the old town situated in a ravine, destroying businesses and killing two people.

Tennant's building is one of four the county wants to tear down.

Multiple shootings in Baltimore leave 2 killed, 6 injured

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Police say two people are dead and six others are injured after several overnight shootings around the city.

Police said an unidentified man early Saturday approached a crowd standing in East Baltimore and began shooting. A 19-year-old man was shot in the stomach and later died at a local hospital. Four others were also shot.

Police said that event was one of four overnight shootings that saw eight people shot and left two dead.

One man was killed after being shot in the head.

Police did not identify any of the victims or suspects.

Baltimore is struggling to bring down a violent crime rate that is among the highest in the country.

Police: Man dead after police-involved shooting

PHOENIX, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say a man is dead after at least one officer fired a gun while responding to an emergency call.

Baltimore County Police said on Twitter that authorities received a call about a man with a weapon Saturday morning.

Police said officers responding to the call saw a suspect come out of the front door of a house with a gun. Police say at least one officer fired a service weapon, but officials didn't elaborate on whether that shot hit the suspect.

Police add the man retreated back into the house where he was later found dead. They say a handgun was found beside him.

Police did not immediately identify the man or the officers involved.

3 firefighters sustain minor burns in Maryland fire

OXON HILL (AP) — Three firefighters in Maryland are recovering from minor burns after a fire at an apartment complex forced more than 60 people out of their homes.

WTOP-FM reports that smoke from the Prince George's County fire Saturday evening could be seen from ten miles away.

A total of 61 residents had to be evacuated. The injured firefighters were treated at a local hospital. There were no reports of any injuries among the residents.

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