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Maryland Medical System elects new chair, vice chair

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland Medical System has elected a former chief of staff to a governor as chairman of its board of directors and a retired federal judge as vice chair.

The system said in a news release that James DiPaula Jr. was elected chairman of its board of directors and retired Judge Alexander Williams Jr. as vice chair. DiPaula was the state budget secretary and chief of staff to then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Their elections came a week after the Baltimore Sun reported that four top executives had resigned amid an ongoing investigation into board financial arrangements that led Baltimore's previous mayor, Catherine Pugh, to resign in May. Three other members also resigned last month, including the former board chairman.

DiPaula says he regrets "the poor decisions which have jeopardized confidence in the system."

Driver fleeing Pennsylvania police crashes in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland driver fleeing Pennsylvania troopers on Interstate 95 crossed into Delaware and crashed into a guardrail.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports 20-year-old Spencer Noelle Guns was charged Tuesday with offenses including failing to stay in a single lane. Pennsylvania state police say fleeing and eluding charges are pending. They say a trooper tried to pull Guns over, but she fled.

They say the pursing trooper ended the chase as Guns neared the Delaware border. Delaware state police say Guns crossed the border and crashed into the guardrail while attempting to take an off-ramp.

Passenger Angela Horsey was also arrested. She was jailed as an out-of-state fugitive from Maryland and on an outstanding Delaware shoplifting warrant. A second passenger escaped authorities. It's unclear if anyone was injured.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,

Maryland gun shop robbery leaves 1 dead; 4 at large

ROCKVILLE (AP) — Maryland Police responding to a burglary at a Rockville gun shop say one person is dead and four others are at large and "armed and dangerous" after a clash with authorities.

News outlets report five men used a stolen vehicle to smash into the gun shop early Thursday morning. Investigators responded to the scene, and say the suspects fled. WUSA reports the suspects then rammed a separate SUV into a police car, and officers opened fire. Four people fled the car and police found the fifth suspect dead inside. It is unclear whether the suspect died from the crash or wounds sustained in the shooting.

News outlets report several guns were stolen. WTTG reports the same shop has been the target of burglaries in the past, including one in February.

Jury awards $2.7M to man assaulted by Maryland prison guards

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland jury has awarded nearly $3 million to man whom correctional officers beat almost six years ago in what his attorney says was a "systemwide failure."

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports jurors in Baltimore awarded $2.7 million to Kevin Younger, who was assaulted by officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics & Classification Center in Baltimore in 2013.

Officers beat Younger the day after he witnessed other inmates assaulting a guard. Younger's lawsuit said three officers attacked him as "misplaced retaliation" because they believed he was involved in the attack.

Attorney David Daneman said the attack resulted from a "systemwide failure" at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The trial began June 3 in a Baltimore court, and jurors reached their decision Wednesday.

Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore,

Doctor gets prison time for prescription fraud scheme

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A physician has been sentenced to three months in prison for her role in a fraudulent prescription scheme that cheated Connecticut's state employee prescription benefit plan out of nearly $900,000.

Federal prosecutors say Dr. Kakra Gyambibi was sentenced Wednesday. She pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Authorities say Gyambibi, who then lived in Connecticut and now lives in Maryland, conspired with her husband to submit fraudulent prescriptions to a Mississippi-based compounding pharmacy where her husband worked as a sales representative.

Although the prescriptions had Gyambibi's signature, she did not treat, examine, or even meet with the patients for whom the prescriptions were written. Her husband, and others, received commissions for those prescriptions.

Her husband, Kwasi Gyambibi, was previously convicted of some charges and awaits sentencing.

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