Crime, Education, Sci-Tech

BCPS officials issue statement on ‘catastrophic’ ransomware attack

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued a statement regarding this week’s ransomware attack that has decimated the school system’s technology infrastructure. The attack was reported on Wednesday morning as all classes, both in person and virtual, were cancelled. The following statement was issued on Friday: “Our technology and other central office teams have been working these past few …


Business, Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, positivity rate falls

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise while the overall positivity rate dropped over the past week. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, November 27, 2020, there have been 192,858 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland. The state has now conducted 4,335,442 tests. The …


FBI assisting Baltimore County Public Schools with ransomware investigation

UPDATE: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Following a ransomware attack that has paralyzed Baltimore County Public Schools’ technology infrastructure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering assistance. “The FBI takes all cyber-crime seriously and is aware of the cyber-attack at Baltimore County Schools today. Per our usual policy, the FBI …

Carjacking, robbery reported in Overlea

OVERLEA, MD—Police are investigating a pair of crimes that were reported in the Overlea area over the weekend. At just before 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, an individual was stopped at a traffic light in the area of Belair Road at Overlea Avenue (21206) when two suspects approached the vehicle and struck the victim with a handgun. The suspects …

BCPS closes schools due to ransomware attack

UPDATE 4: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. UPDATE 3: The FBI is now assisting with this investigation. UPDATE 2: Baltimore County government officials have issued the following statement: “We are aware that Baltimore County Public Schools has been the victim of a ransomware attack. Our Office of Information Technology is working closely with them to …

Traffic calming approved for major corridor in Seven Courts

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Tuesday evening announced that sufficient signatures had been collected to implement traffic calming along a major corridor in the Seven Courts Drive area. Six speed bumps and raised intersections will soon be constructed along Hickoryhurst Drive and near Stoneway Place in Perry Hall. “Baltimore County has approved a major traffic calming project that …

Baltimore County to host small business webinar on executive orders

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and County officials will host a free webinar on Tuesday, December 1 to help small business owners and managers navigate the current reality of operating businesses staying up-to-date with state and local executive orders. The webinar will also educate attendees on additional resources such as loans and grants that are available. “Deciphering Current Executive …

White Marsh bank robber pleads guilty to robbing 9 banks over 4 months

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A 52-year-old man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to robbing nine banks over four months, including financial institutions located on Campbell Boulevard and Honeygo Boulevard in White Marsh. Fletcher M. Dorsett, Jr. has pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges in connection with nine bank robberies and attempted robberies committed while on escape status from a halfway house and after his …