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Baltimore IT head apologizes for ransomware attack response

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's chief information technology official has apologized to city leaders for the response to a cyberattack that has crippled the city for a month.

The Baltimore Sun reports Frank Johnson offered his "sincere apologies" to city council members Friday during a public meeting in which they said residents and city agency leaders did not receive information about the attack fast enough.

The computer servers were hit by the ransomware attack May 7. Officials quickly shut down most servers, and services like online payments and email were affected.

City Councilman Zeke Cohen told Johnson the lack of details caused some of his constituents "enormous distress."

City officials have refused a demand to pay the equivalent of $76,000 in bitcoin in response to the attack, which used a ransomware variant called RobbinHood.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

Man charged in fatal YMCA locker room stabbing in Maryland

EASTON (AP) — A suspect has been charged in the fatal stabbing of a man in the locker room of a YMCA on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Police in Easton say 31-year-old Andre Lamont Price Jefferson faces multiple charges including first- and second-degree murder and armed robbery.

Authorities have accused Jefferson of stabbing 72-year-old John Cassidy Thursday at the Talbot County YMCA. They say Cassidy died of his injuries at a hospital.

Police say Jefferson stabbed Cassidy with a knife multiple times and then tried to leave the YMCA but people stopped him.

Police say Jefferson also was found with stab wounds and treated at a hospital.

Records show Jefferson is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Attorneys with Talbot County's Public Defender's Office could not be reached by phone Saturday.

Police: Maryland elementary school intruder charged

UPPER MARLBORO (AP) — A man accused of entering a Maryland elementary school and making threatening statements to a staff member is facing multiple charges.

The Prince George's County Police Department on Saturday identified the suspect as 35-year-old Ricard Campbell. Court records show charges against the Upper Marlboro resident include robbery and disorderly conduct.

Officers searched Patuxent Elementary School Friday after receiving a call of an active shooter. They determined no shots had been fired and escorted children and adults who were in an after-school care program.

Police later arrested Campbell. They determined he had a grill lighter that a school staff member had "perceived" as a possible weapon.

Police say Campbell robbed someone at the school of a piece of jewelry.

Court records do not list an attorney who could comment on Campbell's behalf.

Maryland officials: Inmate killed in prison-yard altercation

CUMBERLAND (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland inmate is dead after violence involving a cluster of criminals on a prison exercise yard.

Maryland State Police said Sunday that 33-year-old inmate Herbert Mayes was dead where he fell inside the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland.

Homicide investigators are looking into what happened Saturday afternoon when Mayes was involved in a scuffle involving six other inmates, who all were taken into police custody.

Mayes' body is being autopsied to determine what killed him.

Police: Maryland rapper found dead after shooting, car crash

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — A man who beat hundreds of other rappers to win a national competition in 2016 is dead, and police say he was shot.

Annapolis police said Saturday that 32-year-old Edward Montre Seay of Chester was shot while driving through the city on Friday night. His car crashed, and Seay died of his injuries.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Amy Miguez said Seay was a rapper who performed under the name Tre Da Kid. Miguez did not respond when asked whether his death had any connection to his performing career.

The Capital Gazette of Annapolis reported in 2016 that Seay won a contest seeking the country's best freestyle lyricist. His prize was $10,000 and the opportunity to tour with a hip hop label's recording artists.

4th person charged in MS-13-related death of Maryland girl

RIVERDALE (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say another teenager has been charged in the death of a Maryland girl who authorities say was beaten and stabbed by teens involved with MS-13.

News outlets report 18-year-old Edwin Rios, of Washington, D.C., was arrested in the District last week and now awaits extradition to Maryland. He's charged with murder in the death of 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz.

Police say Funes-Diaz was lured to the woods on April 18 by fellow gang members and killed for fear that she would alert authorities to a kidnapping and robbery crime they committed together in April. Charging documents say her slaying was filmed. Her body was found a month later near a Riverdale creek.

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, 16-year-old Josue Fuentes-Ponce, and 17-year-old Joel Escobar are charged as adults with murder.

Former Maryland youth pastor gets 37 years in sex abuse case

SNOW HILL (AP) — A Maryland judge has sentenced a former youth pastor convicted of multiple sex abuse counts.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports Rodney Harmon Jr. was sentenced Friday to 75 years in prison, with all but 37 years suspended. The 34-year-old Stockton man was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The newspaper reports authorities began investigating Harmon after receiving a complaint in August. The investigation revealed Harmon sexually abused multiple children while he was the youth pastor at a church in Pocomoke City on the state's Eastern Shore.

Harmon was convicted in February of three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of displaying an obscene item to a minor.

The phone number in a public listing for Harmon's attorney was not in service Saturday.

Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,

Baltimore Uber driver charged with raping passenger

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say an Uber driver sexually assaulted a female passenger in the back seat of his car.

News outlets report police charged 31-year-old Joshua Robinson with rape and assault on Friday.

A police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun says the 25-year-old woman didn't arrive home on time Saturday night, so her father tracked her location. Police say he found the victim in the Uber, appearing "visibly upset." Investigators say Robinson then fled the scene and was arrested Thursday.

Uber representatives told news outlets Robinson has been removed from the app. They say they will help police during the investigation.

100 checked after deck collapses at Maryland house party

GERMANTOWN (AP) — Scores of injured are recovering after a backyard deck strained by visitors to a Maryland house party collapsed.

Media reports say about 100 people were checked for possible injuries after the Saturday night celebration at a townhouse in Germantown, about 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. No serious injuries were reported.

Montgomery County authorities say the deck may have been overcrowded during a family celebration.

Maryland-set 'Blair Witch Project' to get video game

BALTIMORE (AP) — A video game inspired by the Maryland-based horror film "The Blair Witch Project" is expected to come to PCs and Xboxes in August.

The Baltimore Sun reports the game was announced Sunday at a video game conference in Los Angeles. The game will draw on events from the 1999 film, with a release date of Aug. 30.

The movie was shot in locations in Maryland, including the town of Burkittsville. The film follows a group of college students as they create a documentary in the Maryland woods about the legend of the Blair Witch. The low-budget film earned a reputation as a cult classic that popularized the "found footage" horror genre.

According to the trailer, the game follows a detective's search for a missing person amid supernatural occurrences.

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