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O'Malley touts DNA backlog arrests

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the state has arrested 267 suspected criminals as the direct result of clearing a backlog of more than 24,000 unanalyzed DNA samples that his administration inherited upon taking office in 2007.

The announcement, made at police headquarters in Baltimore, was the latest by O'Malley designed to demonstrate progress Maryland has made since he succeeded former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is trying to win back his job this fall.

O'Malley said the statewide arrests aided by the DNA samples included 122 burglary or robbery suspects, 16 homicide suspects and more than 100 individuals wanted for sex offenses.

A campaign spokesman for Ehrlich shot back that O'Malley's staged event -- held to mark a milestone of 250 arrests as of last month -- was the latest example of the Democratic incumbent "trying to take credit for Ehrlich's accomplishments."

Ehrlich Press Secretary Andy Barth said that Ehrlich deserved credit for funding a $24 million forensics lab where state police put samples into a database for comparisons.

-- John Wagner

THE DISTRICT

Several injured in Metro station brawl

Half a dozen people were injured late Friday when a brawl broke out at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in Southwest Washington, authorities said.

Initial reports indicated that fighting occurred around 11 p.m. inside and outside the station.

Seven people were reported under treatment by D.C. fire and emergency services personnel.

-- Martin Weil


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