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State awards $1.3 million for police forces

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday the state's first law enforcement technology grants, a total of $1.3 million awarded to 19 jurisdictions, Maryland State Police and other state agencies to help improve technology systems, including electronic ticketing, computer-aided dispatch and warrant databases.

The governor made the announcement during the Maryland Crime Victims' Rights and Compliance Conference, a two-day event at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City that ends today. Prince George's County will receive $293,611, the largest grant. Other jurisdictions that will receive awards include: Anne Arundel County, $47,500; Baltimore City, $37,785; Baltimore County, $89,247; Carroll County, $24,924; Harford County, $75,522; Howard County, $48,838; and Montgomery County, $88,547.

Tyeesha Dixon

Harford County

: Murder trial

Lawyer links killing to 'self-preservation'

The attorney for a 28-year-old man charged with first-degree murder said during opening statements yesterday in Harford County Circuit Court that his client shot an Edgewood resident out of "self-preservation."

In addition to the murder charge, Sean Nelson Smith of Edgewood faces two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and a handgun charge. He is accused of shooting Samuel David Horne, 25, on Aug. 11 in the 1800 block of Brookside Drive in Edgewood.

Smith's attorney, John Janowich, said there were significant factors that "give rise to the excused homicide of Samuel Horne." In a previous incident, Horne, a longtime Edgewood resident, had shot and paralyzed Smith's friend, and the victim had also threatened Smith, Janowich said.

Madison Park

Anne Arundel

: Crofton

Motorcyclist, hit by SUV, dies

A 52-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Crofton after being struck by a Toyota 4Runner, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

John Carlton Winner of the 2700 block of Belair Drive in Bowie was heading east on Defense Highway about 7:30 p.m. when the SUV's driver turned left from the Priest Bridge Center onto westbound Defense Highway, directly into his path, police said. Winner was thrown from his 2006 Harley-Davidson and pronounced dead about an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The driver of the SUV, Karleen Jeane Talbott, 58, of the 6200 block of Talbott Road in Lothian, was not injured.

No charges have been filed.

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