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Cambridge mayor resigns amid revenge porn charges

Andrew Bradshaw

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw announced his resignation from the office in a statement sent out Monday, Jan. 10.

“Today, I announce my resignation as Mayor of the City of Cambridge,” Bradshaw said in the statement. “I make this decision after a period of difficult self-reflection and after many hours and days of consideration toward the proper path forward for myself and for the City of Cambridge.

“Because of the legal matter in which I have been embroiled over the past several months, I no longer have the confidence of my colleagues on the City Council, nor have I been able to maintain the relationships with other local, state, and federal leaders necessary to move Cambridge forward at this time,” he continued. “Now, as we approach so many important crossroads for our city, I am unable to perform some of the tasks so important to ensure success for Cambridge.”

The resignation statement came almost immediately after Bradshaw appeared in Dorchester County Circuit Court for a status conference. Bradshaw’s defense team and the Office of the State Prosecutor had been working on a plea agreement, but no deal was reached after Circuit Court Judge Brett Wilson told the defense and prosecution that he would not bind the court to any sentencing agreement as part of a deal.

Bradshaw’s resignation also came after a unanimous vote by the city council on Dec. 13, to issue a formal complaint to remove the mayor from office.

A social media post on City of Cambridge’s official page acknowledged the resignation was tendered about noon.

According to the city charter, a special election will be arranged and held to fill the vacancy. Commission President Lajan Cephas will perform the duties of mayor in the interim.

“Status Report — Mayor Bradshaw,” was listed under new business for the council’s 6 p.m. meeting.

Bradshaw, 32, is currently facing 50 counts of distributing revenge porn on Reddit. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine. If found guilty of every count and ordered to serve consecutive sentences, he could be facing up to 100 years in jail and $250,000 in fines.

In the one and a half page statement, Bradshaw apologized for having to make the decision, but said, “I find myself unable to continue the job that was started.”

Mayor Andrew Bradshaw Resignation Statement

Bradshaw pledged to remain active in the community and the efforts to better it, but said he knew his reputation had been seriously damaged.

“My reputation right now has been nearly destroyed, and my motivations have been called into question, even by some who have known me for years and decades. Time must pass for a reputation to be regained, and, for some, nothing I do will ever be enough to prove my worth,” he said.

The former mayor said his character remained “unchanged,” and he reiterated his desire to make the community, “better and more whole.”

“Though I have placed myself in an embarrassing and damaging circumstance, all that I espoused and that I represented to you all was and is real. It is for that reason I take a step away from the Office of Mayor, to prove by my words and my actions, publicly and privately, the authenticity of my beliefs: by my character, I may someday regain my reputation,” Bradshaw said.

Hogan announces expanded, $500 million re-fund police initiative

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Monday, Jan. 10, announced the expansion of his Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment in increased support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control and victim protection services across the state. The governor also announced that he will reintroduce legislation to address violent crime during the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly.

In recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Hogan was joined by state police agency leaders, including Chief Mike Wilson of the Maryland Capitol Police, Colonel Adrian Baker of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Major Jerome Howard of the Maryland Transit Administration Police, Chief Kevin Anderson of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Lt. Colonel Roland Butler of the Maryland State Police.

“Even in the most progressive cities all across the country, leaders are now following our lead and admitting that instead of defunding, they need more investment in public safety,” Hogan said. “There is nothing more important than addressing the violent crime crisis in our state and our effort to re-fund the police and to give them the support and the resources they need to do their jobs more effectively.”

The governor’s expanded three-year, Re-Fund The Police Initiative includes:

• $220 million for historic salary increases and bonuses for law enforcement officers to help ensure more competitive compensation and to help with recruitment and retention, as well as police scholarship programs

• $137 million for a 50% increase in state police aid to local jurisdictions statewide

• $50 million for major capital improvements for Maryland State Police barracks and a new tactical services building for the Special Operations Division

• $37 million to fully fund victim services providers

• $30 million in Neighborhood Safety Grants to support hardware upgrades, lighting, cameras, and increased security services for community organizations, business districts, and main streets

As previously announced, the initiative also includes:

• A 100% state-funded match for all Crime Stoppers rewards that lead to arrests

• $24 million to create a new Accountability Resources Fund, which will be used to provide more body cams, de-escalation training, and other critical tools for state and local police agencies

• $1 million for the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association to further expand operational training and support

Additional line-item details will be available in the FY23 budget.

The governor announced that he will again introduce legislation to address violent crime during the session of the Maryland General Assembly that begins Wednesday:

• The Violent Firearms Offender Act significantly toughens penalties for offenders who use and illegally possess firearms, as well as those who illegally supply firearms to criminals.

• The Judicial Transparency Act will require the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to track and publish detailed information on the sentences that are handed down by judges for violent crimes.

• The governor will also introduce the Re-Fund The Police Act to make the increase in local aid permanent.

Hogan also directed Secretary Robert L. Green of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Division of Parole and Probation to begin aggressively tracking all open warrants, beginning in high crime areas in Baltimore City, in help local law enforcement get more offenders off the streets.

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Pedestrian struck and killed near Chestertown

CHESTERTOWN — A woman walking across the travel portion of state Route 213, south of state Route 544 in Queen Anne's County, suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a pickup truck Thursday night, Jan. 6.

Maryland State Police identified the deceased as Michelle Marie Barrett, 46, of Middletown, Del.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to MSP.

The driver was identified as Douglas Arden Baker Jr., 74, of Hamilton, Texas. He was operating a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Route 213 when Barrett was struck, according to police.

The collision was shortly after 6 p.m.

Emergency Medical Services personnel responded.

Neither Douglas Baker or his passenger, identified as his wife, Karen Elaine Baker, 63, suffered any injuries, according to police.

Members of the MSP Crash Team also responded to the scene, to take measurements and photographs to assist in the accident reconstruction.

At this early stage of the investigation, police do not know why Barrett or the Bakers were at that location.

This is the second pedestrian-involved fatality in Queen Anne's County in the first week of 2022.

Thi Thanh Hang Tran, 40, of Fruitland was struck and killed Saturday, Jan. 1 while walking on U.S. Route 50/301 just minutes into the new year, according to the MSP.

Tran was in the center lane of the three-lane highway when he was struck by a 2016 Kenworth truck pulling a trailer, according to police.

EMS responders declared Tran dead at the scene.

In the preliminary investigation, police did not give a reason for Tran being in the middle of the highway.

The incident occurred at 12:18 a.m. on Route 50/301 west at Chester River Beach Road, Grasonville.

Police did not identify the driver, but said he stayed at the scene.