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Trial of accused cop-killer moved to Anne Arundel Co.

BY ERIKA BUTLER, ebutler@theaegis.com

2:47 PM EST, January 2, 2013

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From The Aegis dated Jan. 7, 1988:

The new year brought a new baby for a Havre de Grace couple. Albert and Janice Caldwell of Wilson Street in Havre de Grace welcomed the first Harford baby of the new year on Jan. 1, when Kimberly Joy Caldwell made her entrance at 9:01 p.m.

The 7 pound, 13-ounce girl, who measured 21 inches, was born at Harford Memorial Hospital, where she joined two older sisters.

Just hours before a trial was scheduled to begin, lawyers for accused cop killer Frank Green made an "11th hour" request to have his capital murder trial moved from Harford to Anne Arundel County.

"Believe me, it was a decision that was made at the 11th hour," assistant Harford County public defender H. Edward Andrews, assigned to defend Green, said.

Andrews cited pre-trial publicity as the reason Green wouldn't get a fair trial in Harford.

Because it was a capital murder case, the change of venue request had to be granted.

The 75-year-old Grove Church in Aberdeen suffered an estimated $350,000 in damage from a fire set in the basement using sheet music, fire officials said 25 years ago.

The blaze, called "one of the worse church fires in Harford County history," caused extensive smoke damage to the upstairs sanctuary and foyer and gutted the basement choir and electrical room.

The arsonists, being sought by state fire marshals, entered through a basement window they had broken and set the fire with sheet music used by the choir.

"Oh this is just terrible; I can't believe someone would be sick enough to do something like this," Helen Connolly, a member of the church choir since 1951, said in 1988 as she rummaged through the ashes.

The town of Bel Air appeared to be close to obtaining land for a major recreation complex in its boundaries. Negotiating for the town, the county was said to be planning to "respond favorably" to a counter-offer from representatives of the Herbert Hanna family on a 22-acre parcel off the new Route 24 next to the new Motor Vehicle Administration building.

The county wanted a 30-day extension to consider the offer made by the Hanna family of $12,500 an acre ($275,000 total) for the mostly flat, cleared land. The county had offered $10,500 per acre, which didn't have ready access, which was being sought from the MVA parcel.

As 1988 began 25 years ago, members of the local business community were making predictions, and issuing words of caution, for the year ahead. Among those forecasts were continued economic growth in Harford.

"Harford County is going to continue expansion in its economic development. Based upon the tremendous traffic we have coming through our office and the backup of people looking, particularly bigger companies, I don't see any let-up. It looks good, very good," said William Sivertsen, director of the county's economic development office.

Clark Turner, president of the Harford Homebuilders Association, on the other hand, said residential development is going to have to slow down, especially since the county's "been on a 60-month high in homebuilding ... it's got to start coming down."

On the sports front, after leading John Carroll's football team for six years and having "restored its winning tradition," Bill Mackley was leaving to pursue other interests.

Mackley, who owned a carpet sales and restoration business in Perry Hall, took over a football team with a 4-26 record over three seasons and was the first varsity high school football coach not to have a teaching degree.

"I've been involved in coaching for the past 21 years and when I got the job at John Carroll, it was like a dream come true for me... I haven't totally ruled out the possibility that I'll coach again, but I'm ready to move on to other things now."

The Patriots had already begun their search for a new coach.