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Gansler says he has paid speeding ticket

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney Doug Gansler has paid a speeding ticket, amid highly publicized reports about how Maryland State Police say he directed them to drive him and his own use of a state vehicle.

Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, released a statement from his office Tuesday announcing he paid the ticket.

Gansler says apparently his office received a photo-camera ticket from the District of Columbia.

The attorney general says that while determining who was driving the vehicle at the time, the ticket was inadvertently not paid. Gansler says he went ahead and paid it Tuesday, even though he says it's still unclear who was driving.

State police memos in 2011 describe Gansler directing troopers to bypass traffic jams by driving on the shoulder and presenting safety concerns.

Missing Md. sex offender FOUND

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County Police have located and arrested a sex offender that had gone missing.

Detectives have issued a warrant for Arthur Edward Spicer Jr., 37, who could not be located during a check of all registered sex offenders in the county.

Spicer's last known address was 6664 Dovecote Drive in Columbia, Maryland. There are two warrants for his arrest, one for the registry violation and one for failing to pay child support, officials said.

Police say they check on the registered sex offenders before Halloween to remind them that they cannot participate in Halloween.

Officers located all but one of the 104 sex offenders registered in Howard County.

Spicer was located at a friend's house in Laurel, Md., police said. 

A link to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry can be found at www.HCPD.org.

355 citations during 'Move Over' law crackdown

(WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police say approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the "Move Over" law as part of a crackdown.

Monday, troopers were out on the roads making sure that drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated to switch to another lane not next to the emergency vehicle, if it's safe to do so. If it is not safe to move over, drivers are supposed to slow down as they pass the scene.

Tuesday, state police said preliminary results revealed that troopers made approximately 1,411 traffic stops during the 24-hour period. Approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the 'Move Over' law during that time.

Additionally, troopers made 20 criminal arrests while issuing an additional 476 citations and 409 warnings for other traffic violations, according to police. Police say there were 97 repairs orders issued as well.

Burglar sees 93-year-old resident, runs away

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis police say a burglar ran out of a home after he saw the 93-year-old resident.

Officers say the woman heard noises behind her home early Saturday.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that when she went to investigate, a man in the home saw her and ran through a sliding glass door, which had been removed from its frame.

Nothing was taken from the home.

Escapee from Anne Arundel Co. arrested

(WUSA9) -- Anne Arundel County Police have arrested an escapee named Elwood Veney. He was on State Highway Administration detail before he fled.

Police are not releasing details on his apprehension. 

Prior to the arrest, Veney was seen running from 130 Defense Highway towards Generals Highway in the direction of Annapolis Mall after he escaped from work detail. 

Veney was sentenced for robbery with a deadly weapon and firearm possession, say police. He was scheduled to be released in 2017.

O'Malley announces 2014 unemployment tax rates

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced that unemployment insurance tax rates will be going down for Maryland employers.

O'Malley said Wednesday that the rates have dropped again due to progress with the state's economic recovery.

In 2012, the highest rates were in effect, with a range of 2.2 percent to 13.5 percent of the first $8,500 in annual wages.

Last year, the tax rates went down to a range of rates of 1 percent to 10.5 percent. Next year, the lowest range of rates will be in effect. That range includes rates of .3 percent to 7.5 percent.

The O'Malley administration says many businesses will realize an 86 percent reduction in their unemployment insurance cost per employee over the last two years.

Man strikes co-worker with car, co-worker later dies

SAVAGE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police say a man who was struck in a parking lot by a co-worker last week has died from his injuries.

Fifty-nine-year-old Tsung Ming Huo of Bowie was hit early Friday while walking in the rain through a parking lot in the 8600 block of Larkin Road in Savage, according to police. Police say Huo had just parked his car and was walking towards his workplace when his co-worker pulled his car into the lot and struck him. Police say they don't know what caused the co-worker to hit Huo.

The co-worker called 911, and Huo was taken to Shock Trauma, say police.

Late Sunday night, police were told that Huo had died.

Police say driver error may have been the cause of the crash but no charges have been filed yet.